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A plane carrying Commerce Secretary Ron Brown goes down in the former Yugoslovia,
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and authorities try to identify a body found in a fire in Pulaski County.
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It's a beautiful, sunny day across the region. Highs in most areas will be well into the 70's this afternoon. But, that's NOT the case for the holiday weekend. I'll have the forecast in a few minutes.
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News 7 at Noon is next.

Brown-plane


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A plane carrying Commerce Secretary Ron Brown has reportedly crashed in Croatia.
U-S officials say the plane went down in the Adriatic Sea this morning, just off the coast of Dubrovnik.
Brown was on a trade mission to the Balkans with 12 chief executive officers from American companies.
It's unclear yet if the C-E-O's were on the plane.
The White House press secretary says a search and rescue mission is now under way.
Mike McCurry says wreckage has been spotted in the Adriatic but there are conflicting reports about whether it's from Brown's plane.
We now go to Elizabeth Kaledin in New York for the latest.
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trailer-fire


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Pulaski County Sheriff's investigators are trying to identify the charred remains of a person found dead in a burning trailer early this morning.
A neighbor called 9-1-1 in the Parrott area at about three o'clock.
One man lived alone in the trialer.
The victim's body, burned beyond recognition, was found in the living room.
The cause of the fire has not been determined.
Authorities say the trailer was lit with lanterns and heated with a kerosene heater.
The victim's body is being sent for a autopsy.

Fire-Lawsuit


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The fire that killed five people in Roanoke has brought a lawsuit against the landlord.
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Former tenant Patricia Leftwich is suing the owners of the Stewart Avenue house, where her four children and their grandmother died last winter.
The lawsuit filed yesterday in Roanoke Circuit Court says the house was unsafe, because there was no easy way to escape from a fire.
Leftwich is asking for one-point-three-five million dollars in damages from Rupert Jack Richards, Sr. and his company, W-T-S of Virginia.
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Korsh


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Closing arguments are being heard in the two-million dollar medical malpractice suit against Dr. Eric Korsh.
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Korsh-- a spine surgeon formerly with Lewis Gale Clinic's "Virginia Spine Center"-- faces dozens of complaints against him by patients.
Pat Brunson's case is the first to go to trial-- though two other suits have been settled out of court.
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Brunson says the doctor told him he HAD to have spine fusion surgery-- or else he'd be paralyzed.
With the procedure using pedical screws he'd be pain-free and fully mobile.
That is not the case though, says Brunson now, three years later.
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Brunson's case though has been complicated by the personal history between the two.
Brunson and Korsh were friends, and entered a horse venture together.
When it failed, Korsh filed suit against Brunson, to re-coup his money.
Korsh eventually dropped the suit-- and now he's the defendant in court.

County-Schools


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A proposed 37- point- four million dollar bond referedum for a new Cave Spring High School does not pass the test.
Roanoke County voters rejected it down yesterday. Take Live FullScreen Pinnacle--Bond Vote Results
Here are the final results: With all 32 precincts reporting, there were 9- thousand 334 "no" votes, and 7-thousand 94 "yes" votes.
The only districts to support the referendum were Windsor Hills and Cave Spring.
Kimberly McBroom has the story.
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((JIM MCADEN/BOND REFERENDUM SUPPORTER: I GUESS RIGHT NOW, I'M THINKING TODAY WAS A BRIGHT, SUNNY DAY OUTSIDE-- BUT A DARK CLOUD HANGS OVER ROANOKE COUNTY AND THE ROANOKE VALLEY AS FAR AS I'M CONCERNED. ))
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And a dark cloud seemed to hang over County school administration building-- as teachers, parents and school board members anxiously watched the returns.
In the final tally-- the 37- million dollar school bond referendum failed to make the grade.
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((TERRI LANGFORD/BOND REFERENDUM SUPPORTER: I FEEL LIKE THE PARENTS LET OUR CHILDREN DOWN. WE DID NOT COME OUT. IT GOT TO BE THAT WE WERE COMPLACENT. WE THOUGHT THAT SOMEONE ELSE WOULD COME AND AND DO OUR JOB FOR US. ))
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Langford says concerns over the school's site and the possibility of higher taxes also got in the way.
But opponents of the referendum say those were important issues--and the county had not done its homework.
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((DON TERP/BOND REFERENDUM OPPONENT: REALLY, IN A SENSE WERE WERE BUYING A PIG IN A POKE. I MEAN, WE WERE PUTTING UP 37.4- MILLION DOLLARS AND THERE WAS NO GUARANTEE THAT WE WOULD EVEN GET ANYTHING THAT WAS SUITABLE. ))
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Meanwhile, for the school board, it's back to the drawing board--
And they say they have no idea when they'll re-visit the notion of a new Cave Spring High School.
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((JERRY CANADA/ROANOKE CO. SCHOOL BOARD CHAIRMAN: I THINK WE'LL LET THE DUST CLEAR A LITTLE BIT AND KING OF LET FOLKS' EMOTIONS COME BACK DOWN. I THINK THE SCHOOL BOARD RIGHT NOW NEEDS TO WORK ON THE BUDGET FOR NEXT YEAR-- GET THAT BEHIND US AND THEN MAKE PLANS FOR THE IMMEDIATE FUTURE. ))
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Standup here please
And those future plans may include renovations for Cave Spring Junior High School and other needed improvements throughout the county.
Kimberly McBroom, News 7.))

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Still to come on News 7,
The European Union approves a plan to destroy millions of diseased cattle in Britian,
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and Mexico is demanding a complete investigation into Monday's interstate beatings in California.
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BLand-fatal


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A Wytheville man died early this morning when the car he was riding in drove beneath the rear of a tractor trailer.
Both vehicles were southbound on Interstate 77 in Bland County when the accident happened at about three o'clock.
27- year- old Michael Dwayne Smith was killed.
The driver of the car, 32- year- old Cecil Lin Dancy of Hillsville, is in critical condition.
The driver of the tractor trailer, Ricky Wayne Handy of Stuart, was apparently not injured in the accident.
State Police say charges against Dancy are pending.

BEATING


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There are now three separate investigations, including a federal probe, into Monday's police beating incident in southern California.
One of the two Mexicans assaulted had an emotional meeting with the press.
Her lawyer has promised to sue.
Sandra Hughes reports.
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(( Beating victim Leticia Gonzalez was released late yesterday, walking slowly and stiffly from immigration custody..at a press conference she broke down as reporters tried to talk to her... DAVID ROSS/GONZALEZ'S ATTORNEY: SHE WAS TREATED IN A BRUTAL FASHION.IT HAS HAD A PROFOUND IMPACT ON HER, BOTH PHYSCIALLY AND PYSCHOLOGICALLY SHE IS IN TOTAL SHOCK. Gonzalez and her commonlaw husband Enrique Funez were the victims of multiple baton blows caught on T.V. news videotape Monday. They were riding in a pick up truck with 19 other mexican nationals evading police on an 80 mile chase. Funez required hospital treatment for a hairline elbow fracture..and bruises. The Riverside county deputies involved, Tracy Watson and Donald Franklin have been suspended from duty pending internal and criminal investigations: SGT. MARK LOHMAN/SPOKESMAN, RIVERSIDE COUNTY SHERIFF'S DEPT: ITS SOMETHING WE'RE LOOKING INTO, BECAUSE ON THE SURFACE LIKE I SAY WE DON'T LIKE WHAT WE SAW ON THAT VIDE TAPE. Neither did numerous civil rights organizations who protested what they call another Rodney King-like incident.
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JOE HICKS/CIVIL RIGHTS ADVOCATE: THIS GIVES A BAD NAME TO ALL RESPONSIBLE POLICE OFFICERS THIS IS NOT GOOD POLICING. THIS IS SIMPLY WHAT YOU SAW, ASSAULT, ASSAULT AGAINST PEOPLE, ASSAULT AGAINST PEOPLE'S DIGNITY, ASSAULT AGAINST PEOPLE'S HUMAN RIGHTS. As the FBI launched a criminal civil rights investigation, the Mexican government condememned the incident, calling for swift punishment for the two officers. Sandra Hughes, CBS News.))

mad-cow


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A plan for the massive slaughter of British cattle was approved this morning by the European Union in effort to stamp out Mad Cow disease.
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The farm ministers have agreed to share the huge cost of compensating farmers for lost livestock.
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Almost five million cows will be killed over the next six years.
It will cost 400 million dollars a year.
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Whitewater


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The government's star witness in the Whitewater trial is back on the stand this afternoon in Little Rock.
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Yesterday David Hale testified that then governor Bill Clinton benefitted from an illegal loan.
Hale testified that he was pressured to loan 150-thousand dollars to Mr. Clinton and his Whitewater partner, James McDougal.
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President Clinton denies the allegations.
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Coming up next on News 7,
Roanoke County police need your help in finding a suspect in a recent rash of church robberies,
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and a spark of hope for Southern Virginia College.
We'll tell you about it next.
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Church-Thefts


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To catch a thief.
Roanoke County police are hoping the community will help them do it.
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46- year- old Martin Freeman has nearly two dozen outstanding arrest warrants against him.
Authorities also want to QUESTION him about a string of church robberies over the past month.
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((TOM KINCAID/ROANOKE COUNTY POLICE: WE HAD THREE WARRANTS FOR HIM AND THAT THERE WERE AS MANY AS TEN OTHER ONES AROUND THE AREA. THAT'S NOT TO SAY THAT THIS GUY IS RESPONSIBLE FOR THE ONES IN ROANOKE COUNTY BACK IN EARLY MARCH. BUT WE CERTAINLY HAVE A LOT OF WARRANTS AGAINST HIM AND THEY'RE OUTSTANDING SO WE'D LIKE TO SEE HIM ARRESTED. ))
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The warrants against Freeman include possesion of a stolen credit card, and petty larceny.
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Since the beginning of March, a number of wallets and purses have been stolen from at least three churches.
Police are looking for any information about Freeman.
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Southern-Virginia


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Southern Virginia College officials say they will close their doors this May unless someone can bail them out.
And now several groups have shown some interest in the college.
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Officials say because of financial problems the all- girl's school is going broke and will have to close.
Officials say it would take at least two-million dollars to give them any hope.
But, several groups have toured the facility and even met with the school president.
However, officials say the talks are very preliminary and no formal proposals have been made.
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Tobacco


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Southside tobacco farmers are facing their toughest battle.
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That was the message last night from retiring Congressman L- F Payne who spoke at the meeting of the group "Concerned Friends for Tobacco".
Payne told the crowd to be prepared to fight the FDA's attempts to crack down on teen smoking and declare nicotine a drug.
But he downplayed any significance the Liggett case will have on area growers.
The tobacco company recently settled a suit that accused cigarette makers of not telling the public nicotine is addictive.
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((REP. L- F PAYNE/D-NELSON CO.: WHAT'S GOING ON WITH THESE CORPORATIONS I THINK IS VERY MUCH SECONDARY TO US. WHAT'S VERY IMPORTANT TO US IS THAT THE FACT WE HAVE FIVE THOUSAND TOBACCO GROWERS HERE IN SOUTHSIDE VIRGINIA AND ITS EXTREMELY IMPORTANT TO US TO MAKE SURE THAT WE CONTINUE TO BE ABLE TO RAISE THIS CROP AS WE HAVE FOR GENERATIONS. ANDY SHEPHERD/TOBACCO STABILIZATION BD.IT'S DANGEROUS BECAUSE ITS THE FIRST CRACK ITS BEEN IN THE TOBACCO WALL, BUT LIGGETT'S NOT RUN BY TOBACCO PEOPLE, THEY'RE RUN BY CORPORATE RAIDERS, I DON'T CONSIDER THEM PART OF THE COMMUNITY, REALLY. ))
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"Concerned Friends for Tobacco" also named its choice for business of the year.
Belk Leggett of Danville took home the honor for setting aside smoking areas within the store.

Interchange


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Traffic was already bottlenecked at Valley View Mall before the new Walmart moved in.
Now congestion is worse, and state and local officials are discussing a possible off ramp from Interstate 5-81 near the Super store.
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A local citizen's organization held a public hearing yesterday to talk about the possible interchange.
The location is North on 5-81 between Orange Avenue and Hershberger Road. OUTSIDE VIDEO:
Just a few miles away Senator Chuck Robb and local officials held a news conference.
Robb says a new interchange is a good idea.
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((SENATOR CHUCK ROBB: I THINK WE OUGHT TO GIVE IT THE APPROPRIATE BLESSING AND THEN TO GET IT ACCOMPLISHED AS SOON AS WE CAN. BUT I'M DELIGHTED TO WORK WITH YOU AND MR. MAYOR AND TO YOU MR. VICE MAYOR AND THE CITIZENS ASSOCIATIONS AND ECONOMIC REPRESENTATIVES WILL WORK WITH YOU TO SEE IF WE CAN GET THE JOB DONE.))
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Mayor David Bowers says the city has five-million dollars set aside for construction.
He says traffic congestion has made the area notorious for accidents.
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Stocks


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It's been a quiet trading day on Wall Street, with stocks now drifting after opening mostly lower.
At noon the Dow was DOWN five points.
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Coming up in sports,
The Roanoke Express is off the tracks until next season,
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and the bus carrying the country's number one college basketball team drives right into the school coliseum....on purpose of course.
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Express


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The season is over for the Roanoke Express, now that it's lost to Charlotte.
Steve Mason has more on game three of the E-C-H-L playoffs.
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Stuff


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The newly crowned national champions of college basketball are home -- and what a homecoming last night.
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The Kentucky Wildcats drove their team bus right onto the main floor at Rupp Arena with over 23- thousand fans screaming at the top of their lungs.
Head coach Rick Pitino was the first to exit the bus and he of course received a thunderous ovation.
Senior M-V-P Tony Delk wasn't far behind, and neither was the unveiling of the crystal trophy going to the number one team in the nation.
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wrap


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Coming up in tonight's Health Check Report on NEWS-7 at Five--
This may be the cure for just what ails you.
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A rub down-- from mobile massage therapist Pat Sollinger.
She tours around in her fully-equipped Winnebego-- offering de-stressing sessions for busy people.
She even does company picnics.
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Join us for the story, plus the latest news, sports and weather on News 7 at FIVE, and SIX.
That's it for News 7 at NOON. Thanks for joining us.