The military plane crash that killed Commerce Secretary Ron Brown costs
three officers their jobs.
And it looks like there's going to be a new leader today in Israel.
Sunny skies and really pleasant temperatures are the hallmark of our
forecast this afternoon, and for the weekend as well.
Stay tuned for the details from the News 7 Weather Center.
Don't go away the news is next.
Three Air Force officers have lost their jobs in connection with the plane
crash that killed Commerce Secretary Ron Brown.
The Air Force says three commanders of the 86th Airlift Wing have been
relieved of duty following an investigation.
Brown and 34 others died when their plane went down last month in Croatia.
The Air Force has not disclosed its findings, but questions remain as to
whether the plane should have been flying in bad weather.
Challenger Benjamin Netanyahu (net-an-YAH'-hoo ) is holding on to a slim
lead over Prime Minister Shimon Peres in Israel's crucial and hotly contested
With all regular polling stations reporting, Netanyahu has 50-point-3
percent of the vote and Peres has 49-point-6 percent.
Jesse Schulman reports from Tel Aviv.
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SUPER=01-Jesse Schulman/Reporting; 1:22
OUT Q=CBS News, Tel Aviv.
There is dancing in the streets, outside Benjamin Netanyahu's
party headquarters in Tel Aviv... For ardent peace process
opponents, and for the merely fed-up, it seems like the dawn of a
brand new day.
Just across town, at the square where Yitzhak Rabin was gunned down by a
Jewish extremist last November, it's more like the end of the world.
The assassin said then, his bullet was aimed at the peace process...
For many Israelis, it has finally found its mark.
So upset by the apparent election result is Rabin's widow Leah, that she's
said she'd considering packing her bags and leaving... a reflex of bitterness.
There is still no final result, but after projections and results went back
and forth through a night of gut-wrenching drama, it now looks all but certain
that Netanyahu has beaten Prime Minister Shimon Peres.
Today the apparent winner is taking it easy.
He ISn't claiming victory, he
says, until the official results are in.
That will take until tomorrow at the earliest, as absentee
ballots are counted, something over a hundred thousand of them, those of
soldiers - and of prisoners... somewhere among them, the ballot cast
by Rabin's jailed murderer.
As the debris of is cleared away, Israelis are starting
to wonder what comes next... All that's clear, is that this country has
drastically changed course.
With the winner not even officially declared, it's risky to make too many
But the signs are Netanyahu will soon be forming a government, it's likely
to be made up of hardliners eager to get tough with the Arabs, and eager to
un-do much of what first Rabin andthe Peres have done in the last four years.
Jesse Schulman, CBS News Tel Aviv.))
President Clinton is pledging to continue his support of Israel and the
Mideast Peace Process regardless of the election outcome.
At the White House this morning the President said if Israel is ready to take
risks for peace, the U-S will do its best to ensure the Jewish state's
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((I WAS IMPRESSSED THAT BOTH CANDIDATES EXPRESSED AN INTEREST IN THE PEACE
PROCESS. IT IS MY HOPE THAT THE PEACE PROCESS WILL CONTINUE. WE'LL JUST HAVE
TO WAIT UNTIL THE FINAL BALLOTS ARE COUNTED.))
OUT Q=ballots are counted.
The president spoke before heading for New Orleans to discuss urban crime
Meantime in Northern Ireland today, voters are heading to the polls as
pro-British Protestants and Irish Catholics decide who will represent them in
Twenty-four parties are vying for a limited number of positions available at
the talks which start June 10th.
The political arm of the Irish Republican Army, Sinn Fein, is certain to
gain enough support to make the cut, but will still be barred from the table
unless it formally lowers its guns again.
The votes will be counted tomorrow.
A Moneta man is dead following a head-on collision with a state trooper's
car early this morning.
Police say 41-year-old Victor Howard Wilcox was driving west on Route 6-16
in Franklin County when his pickup truck hit the shoulder of the road.
Wilcox then lost control of his truck and hit a police car driven by State
Trooper J-K Johnson.
Trooper Johnson was taken to the hospital, where he was treated for minor
injuries and released.
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When News 7 at Noon returns-
Are commercial weight loss programs eating away at your budget?
and when the warmer temperatures of summer return, your pets will be hot -- but
is shaving their fur really going to help them keep their cool?
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Last month, three Community college students went undercover for Roanoke
police in a plan to curb underage drinking.
The trio purchased beer -under the watchful eye of the Vice Squad Unit.
Of the 44 clerks the teens approached, half sold them alcohol.
Keith Humphry has more.
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SUPER=01-Rhonda Mack/SAVE-X Store Clerk; 1:08
SUPER=01-Sue Peterson/Former Village Store Clerk; 1:33
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Laura Reinhard was working for the City Police Vice Squad.
She made 20 dollars for every successful purchase. If the clerk demanded
to see an I-D- -or otherwise refused to sell her alcohol- -she got nothing.
Including payment for her appearance in court, Reinhard made 360 dollars.
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((IT WAS PRETTY FUN. I DIDN'T DO IT FOR THE MONEY, I JUST PRETTY MUCH DID IT TO
GET PEOPLE IN TROUBLE. (LAUGHS) ))
The daughter of a narcotics officer, Reinhard hopes to become a police
I entered the store, went to the beer cooler
She calmly recounted the afternoon of April 9th... like any other
undercover officer on the witness stand.
Based on her testimony, the judge convicted the clerk.
In one case where fellow undercover operative, Tanya Lightfoot was with
her, Reinhard even quizzed the clerk: "Don't you think she looks too young?"
Lightfoot was 18, wearing braces at the time.
((I WAS KIND OF NERVOUS, BECAUSE I DON'T DO THIS SORT OF THING, BUT I FINALLY
GOT THE HANG OF THINGS.))
Store clerk Rhonda Mack said she couldn't recall the transaction, but
wouldn't have sold Reinhard the beer ...in hindsight.
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((SHE LOOKS ABOUT 19 OR 20, TODAY. AT THAT TIME I OBVIOUSLY THOUGHT SHE WAS 21
AND OVER. SO I DIDN'T CARD HER.))
OUT Q=didn't card her.
Judge Vincent Lilley rewarded Mack for her "candor..." fining her just 25
Sue Peterson- -who worked at the Village Store- -was fined TWO-HUNDRED-
fifty dollars... after she said she'd do it again, because the girl LOOKED old
((IF THEY LOOK YOUNG, I WOULD CARD THEM. I HAVE CARDED 35 YEAR OLD PEOPLE.))
Fifteen store clerks either pled guilty to selling alcohol to minors or were
convicted at trial.
Keith Humphry, NEWS 7.))
The Riner community in Montgomery County is getting a brand new elementary
But not everyone is giving the idea a passing grade.
Last night, school officials unveiled plans for the new Auburn Strand
The school will absorb students from Riner and Bethel Elementary schools.
Riner will become a middle school.
No word yet on what will happen with the Bethel School-- and that has at
least one resident upset.
((JULIA SMITH: WHY NOT KEEP OUR SENSE OF COMMUNITY? IT'S SO IMPORTANT,
ESPECIALLY FOR THE YOUNGER CHILDREN. SOME OF THE CHILDREN THAT GO TO BETHEL
ALREADY HAVE A HALF HOUR BUS RIDE. AND FOR KINDERGARTNERS TO HAVE A 45-
MINUTE, HOUR BUS RIDE IN THE MORNINGS-- THAT'S A LOT ON THEM. ))
OUT Q=lot on them
Smith plans to start a petition drive in hopes of preventing Bethel from
Meanwhile, Auburn Strand is expected to open in the fall of 1998.
The same consumer watchdog group that badmouthed Chinese and Italian food
and movie theatre popcorn, is now knocking commercial weightloss programs.
The Center for Science in the Public Interest is accusing programs, like
Weight Watchers or Jenny Craig, of misleading the public-- by not telling them
how expensive the programs really are and by not fully disclosing their success
or failure rates.
The group says while a commercial may advertise low rates, they don't tell
how much the special food will cost.
IN Q=We purchased this
((LEILA FARZAN/CSPI STAFF ATTORNEY: WE PURCHASED THIS CAN OF TOMATO SOUP FOR 59
CENTS . IT'S MADE OF VIRTUALLY THE SAME INGREDIENTS AS THIS BAG OF JENNY CRAIG
TOMATO SOUP.. BUT JENNY CRAIG PROVIDES HALF AS MUCH SOUP AND IT COSTS $2.20))
SUPER=01-Leila Farzan/CSPI Staff Attorney;
OUT Q=provides half as much soup and costs $2.20. "
Both Jenny Craig and Weight Watchers have issued statements saying they DO
disclose all fees.
Still, the C-S-P-I is urging the Federal Trade Commission to force these
programs to provide complete information before the consumer spends money.
While the weather has been cool this week, it's time to start thinking about
how your pet will manage in the summer's heat.
Dogs can have hard coats, soft coats or double coats, but not all dogs
should be shaved to keep them cool.
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IN Q=Double coated dogs
((PAM JACKSON/DOG TRAINER: DOUBLE COATED DOGS ARE DESIGNED TO INSULATE FROM
HEAT AND COLD SO YOU DON'T WANT TO SAVE THEM.. KEEP THEM BRUSHED. KEEP THEM
FREE OF UNDER COATS AND MATS. ))
SUPER=01-Pam Jackson/Dog Trainer;
OUT Q=coats and mats.
Dark coated dogs will absorb more heat and while lighter coats won't absorb
as much, they are more sensitive to it.
If lighter coated dogs are shaved they are prone to sunburn.
As dogs get hot, their tongues swell and hang out and they will often drool.
Their noses act as air conditioners for their body so dogs with short noses
are more sensitive to the heat.
If your dog stays outside, pet experts recommend leaving plenty of fresh,
cool water and providing some means of shelter for the dog.
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Next up on News 7 at Noon-
We'll talk with an author whose books don't need four letter words to be
and good spelling could pay off --more than five-thousand dollars, in fact.
We'll take you to the National Spelling Bee when we return.
Sarah Ferguson and Britian's Prince Andrew are no longer husband and wife.
A final divorce decree was issued today by a British court.
The couple married in 19-86 and separated two years ago.
Sarah Ferguson keeps her title Duchess of York and also gets three million
Two-thirds of that is set up in a trust for the couple's two daughters.
The 69th annual Scripps Howard National Spelling Bee is down to 103
They enter the final rounds today in Washington.
Among those still participating is the event's first deaf student.
Florida sixth-grader Jimmy McCarthy uses an interpreter who mouths and signs
the words without spelling them.
Jimmy says he's happy to have made it so far and believes it's possible he
Today's spelling champ wins five-thousand dollars in cash, a one-thousand
dollar U-S savings bond, and other prizes.
No filthy four letter words. No explicit sex. No insults or curses.
Sound like the latest Disney film?
We're actually referring to a new book called "Gray Haired Grins and
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Hollins College alumna Margaret Bigger wrote the book and she is here
What sets senior humor apart from other forms of humor?
(Quickly, what's your favorite story?)
(You're holding some two signings this weekend, plus holding a writing workshop
at Hollins next week. Tell us about that.)
(And you've just received some good news regarding another one of your books.
Tell us about that.)
You may want to double-check your dishwasher.
The government has ordered a recall of 500-thousand Whirlpool and Kenmore
dishwashers because wiring in the door latches could overheat and catch fire.
The machines were sold nationwide between June 19-91 and October 19-92.
On Wall Street at noon the Dow was
DOWN 11 points.
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Coming up in sports-
Facing an offer from the New Jersey Nets - Kentucky's basketball coach
decides to follow his heart,
and Virginia Tech breaks ground on a new sports complex.
We'll take you there when we return.
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The basketball coach who led the Kentucky Wildcats to an NCAA championship
has decided to stay put.
Rick Pitino turned down the offer from the New Jersey Nets to become
general manager and part owner.
He released a statement this morning while on vacation, saying he made the
decision after his wife told him to listen to his heart.
The Roanoke RiverDawgs kicked off the first game of a six week day-game
streak last night.
They hosted the Hampton Roads Mariners at Cave Spring Junior High.
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Roanoke shows no fear.
Ian Spooner scores the games first goal on the assist from Grayson
Prilliman, and it's 1-nothing Dawgs.
The Dawgs did it on the defensive end early.
Aaron Ewert makes the acrobatic save to halt a Hampton Roads run.
It's a former Riverdawg and Roanoke native who ties the game.
Former Patrick Henry star Lang Wedemeyer finds the net with this kick.
He scored 2 on the night.
Hampton Roads wins 4-1. Roanoke plays again this Saturday at home against
Nashville at 7:30.
Virginia Tech's recent success in its revenue sports is starting to pay
dividends for some other programs within the athletic department.
Yesterday, officials broke ground on a new one- point- eight million- dollar
It includes an Olympic- quality track and SOCCER field.
((DAVE BRAINE/VA TECH ATHLETIC DIRECTOR: WITH THE BENEFACTORS, THE DONORS WE
HAVE FOR THE TRACK ALONG WITH THE MONEY WE EARNED IN THE SUGAR BOWL, WE FINALLY
CAME UP WITH ENOUGH MONEY THIS YEAR TO FUND THE PROJECT. ))
((RUSS WHITENACK/VT MEN'S HEAD TRACK COACH: WE'LL BE ABLE TO RECRUIT KIDS THAT
WE HAVEN'T EVEN BEEN ABLE TO TALK TO BEFORE BECAUSE OF THIS GREAT FACILITY.))
SUPER=01-Dave Braine/Va. Tech Athletic Director;
SUPER=01-Russ Whitenack/VT Men's Head Track Coach;
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The complex should be complete by November.
Meanwhile, the university hopes to start construction in July on new
softball fields right next door.
That will complete the university's overall sports complex, located within a
five- minute walking radius between Cassell Coliseum, Lane Stadium and Rector
SUPER=04-Friday Football Extra;
And in one other Tech note, former Friday Football Extra Player of The Week
Cam Jackson will play his college football for the Hokies.
The Group Two-A defensive player of the year, also rushed for 1600 yards this
(******patrick toss to mel*******)
That's it for News 7 at NOON.
THanks for joining us, and have a great day.