A Texas couple dies in a small plane crash in Franklin County,
and a Montana grand jury may begin hearing Unabomber evidence today.
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.
Don't go away. News 7 at Noon is next.
Investigators are trying to find the cause of yet another plane crash in
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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SUPER=01-Claude Webster/Franklin Co. Public Safety Dir.; :31 quick!
SUPER=01-Kathy Shockley/Witness; :46
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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. ))
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
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
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. ))
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.))
Yesterday's plane crash marks the fourth such accident in our area in about
Later in the newscast we'll talk to an aviation expert about flight safety.
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.
Commercial air service in Roanoke is rising to a higher plane.
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.
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.
President Clinton has wrapped up a busy day in Tokyo that focused on
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
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.
((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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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
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
meanwhile, a local expert says there may a connection between the Unabomber and
the Oklahoma City bombing.
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A federal grand jury meets in Montana today and could begin hearing evidence
against Unabomber suspect Theodore Kaczynski.
So far, Kaczynski has been charged only with possession of bomb-making
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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SUPER=01-Tod Burke/Radford Criminal Justice Prof.; :16
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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.
((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. ))
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.
((I THINK HE WAS JEALOUS OF THE PUBLICITY THAT THAT BOMBING GOT. ))
Just days after the Oklahoma tragedy, the Unabomber mailed his last bomb,
and his 35-thousand word manifesto which the Washington Post eventually
It was the manifesto which led Kaczynski's brother to turn him in.
((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
Burke is a former police officer who now specializes in the study of serial
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.))
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
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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OUT Q=Qualls, News 7, Richmond.
(( 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
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.
((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,
and more on the royal split of Fergie and Andrew.
The marriage could be over in just a matter of weeks.
Yesterday two people died when their single engine plane went down in
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
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
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?
Several local unions in Southside are moving toward a merger with one of
the largest bargaining groups in the country.
The Danville area workers are currently members of the United Textile
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
((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
SUPER=01-Tom McNutt/Local 400 President; :00
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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.
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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
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.
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 have turned lower after opening mixed on
At noon the Dow was DOWN 38 points.
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We'll show you what Jeff Gordon was doing in Danville last night,
and how the Bulls became the N-B-A's all-time winningest team in the regular
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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.
Winston Cup drivers have turned their focus to this Sunday's Goody's 500
Last night, series champion Jeff Gordon took time to visit Danville's
As Steve Mason reports, the 24- year- old is becoming quite a businessman.
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SUPER=03-Danville/Last Night; :00
SUPER=01-Jeff Gordon/1995 Winston Cup Champion; :11
SUPER=01-Harry Johnson/Former G.W. Basketball Coach; :40
SUPER=01-Paige Powell/Jeff Gordon Fan; :51
SUPER=01-Lisa Phelps/Jeff Gordon Fan; :58
SUPER=01-Tom Nichols/Danville Coca-Cola Manager; 1:13
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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.
Britain's Prince Andrew and the Duchess of York are on the fast track for
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.
Tonight on Health Check-- a report on colon cancer-- and what can be done to
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.