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NOON-HEADLINES

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A Texas couple dies in a small plane crash in Franklin County,
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and a Montana grand jury may begin hearing Unabomber evidence today.
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Looks like a sunny, breezy day for mid-week with the promise that temperatures will soar tomorrow well into the 70's.
Forecast details coming up.
ANCHOR=Melanie


Don't go away. News 7 at Noon is next.

Plane-Crash


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=noon
WRITER=kmc
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Investigators are trying to find the cause of yet another plane crash in Southwest Virginia.
This one happened yesterday in Franklin County.
Sixty-eight-year-old Charles Diseker Junior and 66-year-old Estelle Diseker of Austin, Texas were killed.
Kimberly McBroom has the story.
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((BILL HOLT/WITNESS: WE HEARD THIS PLANE-- BUT WE DIDN'T PAY ANY ATTENTION TO THE NOISE. WE THOUGHT THAT THE WIND HAD BLOWN A TREE OVER. ))
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Holt's home is located only a few hundred yards away from where the single- engine experimental aircraft plunged from the sky-- killing both people on board.
Its ill- fated flight originated in Greenville, South Carolina.
Authorities heard a little after four P-M that the plane had disappeared from the radar and lost radio contact with the Roanoke Regional Airport.
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((CLAUDE WEBSTER/FRANKLIN CO. PUBLIC SAFETY DIRECTOR: WE HAVE NO INFORMATION ON ANY WARNINGS OR ANY INDICATION THE THEY GAVE THAT THEY WERE IN TROUBLE AT ALL. ))
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An all- out search began in the Franklin-- Floyd county area.
But it was a passer- by who discovered the wreckage two hours later off Route 738, also known as Rockland Road.
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((KATHY SHOCKLEY/WITNESS: I RAN BACK HERE AND SAW THE BODIES AND WENT BACK TO THE HOUSE AND-- IN THE MIDDLE OF THE FIELD-- YELLING, CALL 9-1-1. ))
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The cause of the crash remains unknown at this time-- both F-A-A officials and members of the National Transportation Safety Board have been called in to assist.
Kimberly McBroom, News7, Franklin County.))
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Yesterday's plane crash marks the fourth such accident in our area in about a month.
Later in the newscast we'll talk to an aviation expert about flight safety.

Ford


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As many as 23 million Ford vehicles reportedly may pose a fire threat because of faulty ignition switches.
"U-S-A Today" says U-S safety officials are now investigating.
The paper reports virtually all cars and trucks made by Ford between 19-84 and 19-93 have the potential to catch fire, even when parked and shut off.
That word comes as Ford reports first quarter earnings down by 58 percent.

COMAIR


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TAPE# 96-20
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Commercial air service in Roanoke is rising to a higher plane.
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Comair, the regional airline that serves as Roanoke's Delta Connection, will bring jet service here this summer.
The only other carrier that offers jet service to Roanoke is U-S Air.
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((JOE KAUFMAN/COMAIR: THIS NEW SERVICE WILL PROVIDE EASY JET TO JET CONNECTIONS TO SEVERAL COMAIR DELTA MARKETS SUCH AS SALT LAKE CITY, CHICAGO, BOTH O'HARE AND MIDWAY, DALLAS-FORT WORTH.))
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Comair will have one flight daily to its Cincinnati hub in one of its new, 50 seat Canadair planes.
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Comair's three other flights out of Roanoke will remain in prop planes, at least for now.
The jet service will not cost any more than the prop plane flights.
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clinton


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President Clinton has wrapped up a busy day in Tokyo that focused on security.
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The first couple attended a state dinner at the Imperial Palace before retiring for the night.
Earlier today Mr. Clinton met with Japan's Prime Minister to sign a joint declaration.
President Clinton pledged to leave 100-thousand troops in the Asia- Pacific region to maintain peace and stability.
And Japan promised to take a more active military role outside its borders.
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((WE'RE COMMITED TO HAVING TROOPS IN ASIA, HOW MANY ON ANY GIVEN DAY DEPENDS ON WHAT ELSE IS GOING ON IN THE REGION AND WORLD, BUT HONOR COMMITMENTS WITH REGARDS TO OKINAWA & 47,000 PEOPLE HERE. AS FAR AS KOREA IS CONCERNED... IT'S OBVIOUS THERE WILL BE NO PEACE BETWEEN KOREAN PEOL UNTIL THE PEOPLE THERE ARE COMMITED TO MAKING PEACE.....JUST ANNOUNCED ))
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President Clinton also visited the aircraft carrier U-S-S "Independence."
He told the ship's crew that "Asia is more secure" because of them.
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lebanon


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Meantime in the Middle East, Lebanon today rejected a U-S proposal to end the fighting between Israel and Islamic guerrillas.
Details of the U-S proposal haven't been released.
But Egypt's Middle East News Agency says Washington wants a Hezbollah pledge to stop firing rockets into northern Israel.
In exchange, Israel would offer assurances it will eventually withdraw from south Lebanon.
The cross- the- border fighting is now into its seventh day.
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Up next, a federal grand jury is expected to hear evidence in the Unabomber case today,
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meanwhile, a local expert says there may a connection between the Unabomber and the Oklahoma City bombing.
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UNABOMBER


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NEWSCAST=NOON
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A federal grand jury meets in Montana today and could begin hearing evidence against Unabomber suspect Theodore Kaczynski.
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So far, Kaczynski has been charged only with possession of bomb-making materials.
He has not been charged with any of the Unabomber attacks that killed three people and injured 23 over the past 18 years.
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Meantime as the one year anniversary of the Oklahoma City bombing nears, one Radford University professor sees a connection between the two cases.
Tracy Altizer reports.
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Radford-Unabomber


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(( Ted Kaczynski is described as a loner who lived in a woodsy cabin and spurned the advantages of technology.
The description, all the way down to a beard, fits the Unabomber profile Professor Tod Burke gave his students last Fall.
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((DR. TOD BURKE/CRIMINAL JUSTICE PROFESSOR: I SAID IF THIS GUY IS REALLY ANTI-TECHNOLOGY, HE'S PROBABLY GOING TO BE A WOODSY INDIVIDUAL, HE'S GONNA LIKE THE ENVIRONMENT, SO HE'S GONNA BE ISOLATED. AND HE'S GONNA FIT IN WELL WITH HIS ENVIRONMENT AS MOST SERIAL KILLERS DO. ))
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Burke suggests the alleged Unabomber, who stumped the FBI for 18 years, may have finally slipped up after the Oklahoma City bombing a year ago.
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((I THINK HE WAS JEALOUS OF THE PUBLICITY THAT THAT BOMBING GOT. ))
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Just days after the Oklahoma tragedy, the Unabomber mailed his last bomb, and his 35-thousand word manifesto which the Washington Post eventually printed.
It was the manifesto which led Kaczynski's brother to turn him in.
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((IT TOOK THE OKLAHOMA BOMBING INCIDENT TO MAKE A MISTAKE BECAUSE HE ENDED UP WRITING THAT MANIFESTO, ENDED UP GETTING IT PUBLISHED, AND IF IT WASN'T FOR GETTING IT PUBLISHED HIS BROTHER WOULD NOT HAVE READ THIS AND SAID LOOK AT THE SIMILARITIES. ))
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Burke is a former police officer who now specializes in the study of serial killers.
He says the Unabomber most likely believes the Oklahoma bombers were undeserving of the attention because they killed innocent people.
The Unabomber, Burke says, probably believes he is protecting society. Tracy Altizer, News 7.))

Mason-Dixon


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NEWSCAST=noon
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The General Assembly meets today for its one-day veto session.
The session is shaping up as a partisan fight over Governor Allen's veto of federal education funding and his demand for more control over the budget process.
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Meantime, a majority of Virginians disagree with Allen on whether the state should apply for federal Goals 2000 education funding.
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That's according to our latest NEWS 7 - Roanoke Times poll.
Ellen Qualls has the story and the numbers.
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(( George Felix Allen is looking good.
According to the latest Mason Dixon poll, 58- percent of regular voters say the Governor is doing an excellent or good job.
That's his highest score ever in one of our polls.
In contrast, the General Assembly doesn't fare as well.
39- percent say lawmakers are doing excellent or good jobs.
And that bunch's approval rating actually jumped seven points over last year.
Suffolk Republican Robert Nelms apparently did a good job of making the public aware of a law that protects legislators from arrest during the session.
Nelms used it to get an indecent exposure charge dismissed lat week.
Should lawmakers be immune from such arrests?
No according to 73- percent of those polled.
14 percent say the law's okay.
Less arresting for the public has been the Governor's lonely fight against federal Goals 2000 money.
Allen says it will mean too much federal control.
Leading Democrats say the state should accept the almost seven million dollars it's due.
We asked you.
49- percent say yes -- the state should accept the money.
28- percent say no -- the Governor's right.
And a significant 23- percent say they still don't know.
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((ALONG WITH THE GOALS 2000 DEBATE, THIS VETO OVERRIDE SESSION WILL GET PERSONAL. EXPECT TO HEAR MORE FROM ROANOKE DEMOCRATS ABOUT THE GOVERNOR'S VETO OF THREE PROJECTS IN THEIR BACKYARD. ELLEN QUALLS, NEWS 7, RICHMOND.))
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Still to come, we'll talk to an aviation expert about flight safety,
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and more on the royal split of Fergie and Andrew.
The marriage could be over in just a matter of weeks.
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Flight-Safety


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Yesterday two people died when their single engine plane went down in Franklin County.
It was the fourth such accident to happen in our area in about a month.
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Jim DeLong with Star City Aviation is here to talk about small plane safety.

These accidents involved experienced pilots, how common is it for someone with lots of flight time to make a mistake?
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Do the mountains and weather conditions make this area conducive to such accidents?

One pilot had suffered two accidents recently -- what kind of review is done in the wake of an accident, and should tougher action be taken for multiple accidents?

Legislation has been passed on lifting product liability, making more planes affordable. Do you see this as a boost to general aviation?

Airspace is getting more and more complicated -- do you think this increases the cockpit load on the pilot, thus decreasing air safety?

Do you think there should be an age limit on flying?


Textile-Workers


ANCHOR=Mel
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Several local unions in Southside are moving toward a merger with one of the largest bargaining groups in the country.
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The Danville area workers are currently members of the United Textile Workers' Union.
Their employers include-- Dan River, Hixon (HICK-SON) DanChem (DAN-KEM), Commodore Mobile Homes and Ennis (IN-ISS) Business Forms.
The local unions are close to merging with local 400- of the United Food and Commercial Workers.
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((TOM MCNUTT/LOCAL 400 PRESIDENT:WE'VE ALWAYS HAD A PRESENCE IN THIS AREA AND WE THINK THAT WITH THE COOPERATION AND THE LONG PROUD HISTORY THAT THESE UNIONS HAVE AROUND HERE THAT WE CAN CAPITALIZE ON THAT AND BRING SOME REAL SIGNIFICANT IMPROVEMENTS ON BENEFITS AND SOME REAL GROWTH WITHIN THE LABOR MOVEMENT IN THIS AREA. ))
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McNutt says the merger stems from an agreement reached last fall between the international unions of the United Food and Commercial Workers and the United Textile Workers Union.

Bell-Atlantic


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=noon
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Bell Atlantic and Nynex appear to have quit playing phone tag and are again discussing a merger.
The two Baby Bells are reportedly revisiting the idea of a 22- million dollar deal.
The Wall Street Journal cites executives familiar with the talks as saying an announcement could be made as soon as Monday.
If the regional phone companies do come to terms, it would likely be the second largest corporate deal in U-S history.

housing-starts


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=noon
WRITER=mel
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Homebuilders decided to scale back last month.
The Commerce Department says housing starts slipped almost four percent in March -- that's the steepest drop in a year.
But the drop IS in line with expectations.
Many analysts believe the market may have TOPPED OUT because of rising mortgage interest rates.

Stocks


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Stocks have turned lower after opening mixed on Wall Street.
At noon the Dow was DOWN 38 points.
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Stick around.
We'll show you what Jeff Gordon was doing in Danville last night,
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and how the Bulls became the N-B-A's all-time winningest team in the regular season.
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Bulls


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The Chicago Bulls is the first N-B-A team to win 70 games in one season.
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Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen are all business as they step on the court.
Jordan goes right to work, watch him blow by Johnny Newman and soar for the one- handed throwdown.
But the Danville native comes right back and glides in for the jam!!
It was a two point game late in the SUPER=32-Chicago/=86/Milwaukee/=80;

contest but Pippin puts it away with the dunk and the Bulls win their 70th with the 86-to-80 win.
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Gordon


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Winston Cup drivers have turned their focus to this Sunday's Goody's 500 at Martinsville.
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Last night, series champion Jeff Gordon took time to visit Danville's Coca-Cola branch.
As Steve Mason reports, the 24- year- old is becoming quite a businessman.
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PUTT-PUTT


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The founder of one of the world's most popular family pastimes has died.
Don Clayton, retired chief executive officer of Putt Putt Golf and Games, passed away this morning in North Carolina.
Clayton started the chain of Putt Putt miniature golf courses in Fayetteville, North Carolina, in the 19-50's.
Today there are hundreds of courses worldwide.
Clayton was 70.

FERGIE-ANDREW


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Britain's Prince Andrew and the Duchess of York are on the fast track for divorce.
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A judge today approved the first stage of the procedure.
In a cut-and-dried action the couple was granted a decree that guarantees them a quick divorce in British courts.
The so-called "decree absolute"-- ending the royals' ten-year marriage-- is due in six weeks.
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Wrap


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Tonight on Health Check-- a report on colon cancer-- and what can be done to prevent it.
We'll have the story -- plus a live report from today's Annual Shad Planking in Wakefield -- on News 7 at FIVE.
That's it for News 7 at Noon. Thanks for joining us.