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[7E-H'ville-Plane-Crash]


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A homemade plane was forced to make a crash landing in a Hillsville field yesterday.
The plane clipped a powerline on the way down, but no one was injured.
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Pilot Claude Hess walked away from the accident.
State police say Hess had just bought the kit-made plane in North Carolina and was flying home to West Virginia when his engine started cutting on and off.
He decided to try to land in the Hillsville field.
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((I SAW THE PLANE COMING IN FROM THE WEST. HE WAS FLYING REALLY LOW LIKE HE WAS SKIRTING THE TREE TOPS AND HIS MOTOR WAS MISSING BADLY. 1:19:24 BUTT BUTT BUTT I HEARD A POP. I RAN INSIDE TO CALL 911 AND TELL THEM I THOUGHT A PLANE HAD CRASHED AND NO PHONE SERVICE, NO ELECTRICITY.))
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The downed powerline also darkened stop lights throughout the town.
No traffic accidents were reported and the lights are back on now.
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[7E-Wknd-Arson]


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Arson is to blame for a house fire that seriously injured a Roanoke firefighter last Saturday.
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Fire investigators ruled yesterday that arson was the cause of the fire on Campbell Avenue.
Robert Early was trying to keep the blaze away from the two neighboring homes when the porch collapsed on him, fracturing his back, breaking his ribs and puncturing his lung.
A local fire chief says Earley's injuries are the worst ever suffered by a city firefighter in the line of duty, but doctors say his prognosis is excellent.
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[7E-County-Fire]


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No one was injured in a house fire yesterday in Roanoke County that investigators say was caused by a lit cigarette.
Passerby James Andrews was driving down Sanderson Road when he saw smoke coming from the house.
He tried putting out the fire with a garden hose before firefighters arrived.
They controlled the blaze within minutes, but one of the family's three cats was killed in the fire.
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[7E-Boucher]


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There could be cold days ahead for some residents of Southwest Virginia, but Congressman Rick Boucher is working to prevent that.
An emergency heating program from the federal government that provides assistance to 20-thousand households is in jeopardy.
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Funding for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program has been eliminated from a budget bill now working its way through Congress.
Boucher says he's cautiously optimistic the 30-million dollars will be restored, but he says a fight is brewing on the floor of the House.
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((REP. RICK BOUCHER/D- NINTH DISTRICT: IN THE EVENT THAT PEOPLE ARE NOT ABLE TO GET FUNDING TO HELP HEAT THEIR HOMES, I THINK IT'S RATHER PREDICTABLE THAT OTHER KINDS OF PROBLEMS SUCH AS SEVER MEDICAL COMPLICATIONS COULD RESULT. THAT IN TURN WOULD HAVE AN ADVERSE EFFECT ON OTHER GOVERNMENT FUNDED PROGRAMS PRIMARILY MEDICARE AND MEDICAID, AND SO THIS APPROACH IS PERHAPS PENNY WISE, BUT VERY POUND FOOLISH.))
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Joe Barta, Boucher's opponent in the November election, says he would probably vote to eliminate the funding. He says the heating assistance was created as a response to high energy prices. And he says the program is part of a massive welfare program in need of reform.

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Taking a look now at your Tuesday forecast..
Pleasant weather continues, with partly sunny skies today. Highs will be in the low- to mid-80's.
Tonight will be mostly clear with some light winds. Lows in the mid-60's.
The extended forecast calls for much of the same, with daytime highs hovering in the upper-80's and nighttime lows in the 60's...
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[7BIRTHDAYS!] 7/15/98
Wednesday:

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[SUPER=19-Melanie/Moon;][45Abbitt-Death]



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Former Virginia Congressman Watkins Abbitt Sr. has passed away.
Abbitt died yesterday in a Lynchburg hospital at the age of 90.
He had served Southside Virginia's Fourth Congressional District from 1948 to 1973.
The conservative Democrat opposed school integration and was a critic of the Supreme Court and federal expansion.



[45E-L'burg-Body]


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Lynchburg police are still looking for answers after finding a body in a burning car over the weekend.
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The vehicle was found on a dirt road in a wooded area behind Graves Mill Road on Sunday.
Police say the car was rented from a company in Boston, but they don't know if the man found inside is the same person who signed the lease.
An autopsy should provide an identity and a cause of death.
Anyone who may have seen a green Chevy Malibu like this, with Massachusetts tags 3-3-0 G-V-E, should contact Lynchburg police.
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[45E-Falwell]


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The Reverend Jerry Falwell has big plans for Thomas Road Baptist church.
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Falwell wants to move the Church to a mountaintop overlooking Lynchburg and Liberty University.
The new church will eventually be the centerpiece of a 200-million dollar complex.
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((REV. JERRY FALWELL/THOMAS RD. BAPTIST CHURCH: WE'LL HAVE AN AMPTHITHEATER, AN R-V PARK, KIDS WORLD.. .. FOR THE CAMPUS.))
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The new facility would have room for 12-thousand worshippers, making it the largest church in North America.
The money will be raised through private donations.
Falwell hopes to break ground on the project later this year and move in by the year 2000.
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[45E-Hamlett]


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Actress Debbie Reynold's fight to get divorce settlment money will be fought in a Roanoke courthouse.
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Roanoke developer Richard Hamlett and Reynolds may meet in the federal courthouse in Roanoke today though it's less likely that SHE'll be there...
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...now that HIS attorney has filed a Bankruptcy petition.
Chip Ma-gee says Hamlett has less than 20-thousand dollars to his name, has no home, no car.
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((OVER THE LAST FIVE YEARS, HE HAS BEEN GETTING OUT OF THE REAL ESTATE DEVELOPMENT BUSINESS, FOCUSING ON OTHER INVESTMENTS. SO HE SOLD HIS COMPANIES TO JANE PARKER OVER THE LAST SEVERAL YEARS.))
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Jane Parker is named in Reynolds' lawsuit in U-S District Court.
Ma-gee hopes to convince the Bankruptcy judge to suspend the District Court proceedings until the Nevada Supreme Court makes a ruling. Hamlett is appealing an 8- point-9 million dollar judgment from a judge in Las Vegas.

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Taking a moment now to check the forecast--
Partly sunny skies today, with only a light breeze.
Highs in the mid 80s.
Mostly clear overnight, with lows in the upper 60s.
Not much change in the long range forecast-- skies should stay partly cloudy for the next few days...
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[SUPER=19-Melanie/Moon;][8E-H'ville-Plane-Crash]



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A POWERLINE was the only casualty in the crash landing of a homemade plane yesterday in Hillville.
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[VO-NAT]
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Pilot Claude Hess walked away from the accident.
State police say Hess had just bought the kit-made plane in North Carolina and was flying home to West Virginia when his engine started cutting on and off.
He decided to try to land in the Hillsville field.
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((I SAW THE PLANE COMING IN FROM THE WEST. HE WAS FLYING REALLY LOW LIKE HE WAS SKIRTING THE TREE TOPS AND HIS MOTOR WAS MISSING BADLY. 1:19:24 BUTT BUTT BUTT I HEARD A POP. I RAN INSIDE TO CALL 911 AND TELL THEM I THOUGHT A PLANE HAD CRASHED AND NO PHONE SERVICE, NO ELECTRICITY.))
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[VO-NAT]


The downed powerline also darkened stop lights throughout the town.
No traffic accidents were reported and the lights are back on now.
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[8E-Wknd-Arson]


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Last Saturday's house fire that seriously injured a Roanoke firefighter was DELIBERATELY set.
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Fire investigators say arson was the cause of the fire on Campbell Avenue.
Robert Early was trying to keep the blaze away from the two neighboring homes when the porch collapsed on him, fracturing his back, breaking his ribs and puncturing his lung.
A local fire chief says Earley's injuries are the worst ever suffered by a city firefighter in the line of duty, but doctors say his prognosis is excellent.
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[8BARRICADE]


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The drive into work may become a headache for hundreds of factory workers.
That's because Rocky Mount is considering blocking off a railroad crossing.
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The crossing leads to M-W Window Factory and the J-P Stephens Warehouse.
There's only one other way out -- and forcing two factories full of people through that exit could jam traffic.
Norfolk Southern says the crossing is unsafe, but others argue it's more dangerous to close it.
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((H. PAGE JOHNSON/MW WINDOWS: IF YOU EXIT 900 PEOPLE OUT ON NORTH MAIN WITH WHAT'S OUT THERE ALREADY AND THE CONGESTION AROUND THE STOPLIGHTS IT'S NOT GOING TO ALLOW ANY EMERGENCY VEHICLES TO EITHER PASS OR GET THROUGH THAT AREA ON THE WAY TO THE HOSPITAL.))
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If the crossing is closed, Norfolk Southern will donate the land to the town.
Rocky Mount could then pave the tracks, creating another way out.
V-Dot and town council will study traffic flow through the area and later vote on the matter.
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[8E-Camp-Wheezer]


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You might say a camp at Radford University is BREATHING NEW LIFE into some children with asthma.
It's called Camp Wheezer.
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Campers get to bowl, swim, make crafts and play games, but only after they pass a breathing test called a peak flow meter. It reads their lung capacity and lets the counselors know how well they're doing. The camp is fully equipped to handle a medical emergency.
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((CINDY CUNNINGHAM, R.N./CAMP COUNCELOR:IT'S STAFFED WITH PROFESSIONAL MEDICAL PEOPLE. WE HAVE A RESPIRATORY THERAPIST, DIETITIAN, NURSES, PARAMEDIC, AND WE'RE JUST HERE TO HELP THEM HAVE A GOOD TIME AND ENJOY CAMP AND HELP THEM DEAL WITH THEIR ASTHMA.))
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Sisters and brothers who don't have asthma are invited to join their asthmatic siblings, so they can learn to help them in case of an asthma attack.
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Time again to take a look at the forecast--
Expect partly sunny skies today, with seasonable high temperatures in the mid 80s.
Mostly clear tonight, with lows cooling into the upper 60s.
The extended outlook is pretty quiet and dry, with high temperatures averaging in the 80s and lows in the 60s.
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