Coming up on News-7 at Noon, Benjamin Netanyahu is finding out that selling the Mideast Peace agreement to Israelis may be as hard as negotiating it with the Palestinians.
And a man is killed when his car slams into the back of a school bus in Halifax county.
News 7 at noon is next.
The investigation into the death of Derek Poindexter continues.
At the medical examiner's office, Doctor William Masello (muh-SELL-oh) was performing an autopsy this morning on the man who died while in custody of Roanoke police.
He was arrested Saturday night on a crack cocaine possesion charge.
Police say the 34-year old Poindexter was sprayed in the face with pepper spray, after an officer saw him put something in his mouth and he refused to spit it out.
Funeral services will be held today for the New York abortion doctor gunned down Friday at his home near Buffalo.
Meantime the search continues for Doctor Barnett Slepian's killer.
Liz Gonzalez reports.
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(((LOCATOR:AMHERST, NEW YORK)
DR. BARNETT SLEPIAN OFTEN WORRIED HOW HIS FOUR CHILDREN AND WIFE WOULD
COPE IF HIS WORK ULTIMATELY LED TO HIS DEATH. HIS FAMILY, FRIENDS AND
FORMER PATIENTS ARE MOURNING HIS LOSS.
THE 52-YEAR OLD DOCTOR WHO DELIVERED BABIES AND ALSO PERFORMED
ABORTIONS...WAS KILLED BY A SNIPER FRIDAY NIGHT.
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HE WAS SHOT THROUGH A WINDOW OF HIS HOME WHILE TALKING WITH HIS WIFE.
DR. SLEPIAN HAD REPORTEDLY BEEN THE TARGET OF MORE THAN 200 DEATH
THREATS HE OFTEN WORE A BULLET PROOF VEST. IN A 1994 INTERVIEW DR.
SLEPIAN KNEW THAT HIS EVERY MOVE WAS BEING WATCHED.
(SOT/DR. BARNETT SLEPIAN, 1994)
AS WORD OF HIS DEATH SPREAD A MAKESHIFT MEMORIAL SPRANG UP OUTSIDE HIS
OFFICE. MOST PEOPLE ON BOTH SIDES OF THE VOLATILE ABORTION ISSUE
CONDEMNED THE KILLING.
(GONZALEZ STANDUP, DEALING WITH SEARCH FOR THE KILLER, WHITE CAR SEEN
LEAVING THE SCENE)))
At least one anti-abortion group is publicly cheering the murder.
The Reverend Donald Spitz of the group Pro-Life Virginia calls the killer ``a hero'' who ``protected the children.''
But the majority of anti-abortion groups are joining pro- choice groups in denouncing the shooting.
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((CHARMAINE YOEST/FAMILY RESEARCH COUNCIL
WE HAVE COME OUT AND UNEQUIVOCALLY CONDEMNED THIS ACTION.
AND ALL OTHER VIOLENCE THAT'S CONNECTED WITH ABORTION ANYWAY. IN FACT THAT'S WHY WE'RE PRO-LIFE.
MICHELMAN: " I THINK DR. SLEPIAN'S MURDER, COMING ON THE
HEELS OF THE BRUTAL DEATH OF MATTHEW SHEPARD IN WYOMING REFLECTS A
DEEPLY, DEEPLY DISTURBING AND ALARMING TREND OF GROWING INTOLERANCE,
EXCLUSION AND HATRED. ))
[SUPER=01-Charmaine Yoest/Family Research Council;]
[SUPER=01-Kate Michelman/Abortion Rights Action League;]
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Dr. Slepian is among 7 others who have been killed in anti- abortion violence over the last few years.
An Israeli security guard was shot today and his body thrown from a moving car.
Israel has been bracing for terror attacks since last week's signing of the new peace deal.
It took nine grueling days for Prime Minister Netanyahu and Palestinian leader Yassir Arafat to sign a deal.
But as Allen Pizzey reports, the toughest work might still lie ahead-- selling the agreement to the people.
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[SUPER=01-Benjamin Netanyahu/Israeli Prime Minister; :42]
[SUPER=01-Allen Pizzey/Reporting; 1:15]
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VO/THE ISRAELI LEADER'S BIGGEST PROBLEM IS THE PEOPLE WHO PUT HIM IN
POWER.. THE RIGHT WINGERS.. LED BY THE ISRAELI SETTLER MOVEMENT. THE
RIGHT WING HAS VOWED TO BRING NETANYAHU DOWN.. ALTHOUGH SO FAR ALL
THEY'VE DONE IS BLOCK A FEW ROADS AND MUTTER DIRE WARNINGS AND EPITETHS.
SOT/ NADIA MATAR, WOMEN IN GREEN LEADER
"This is the worst agreement Israel has ever signed with the Arabs.
Tying our hands. We came here to say Bibi, you primised, we believed,
you betrayed us."
VO/AT HIS HOMECOMING PRESS CONFERENCE.. NETANYAHU FORSOOK THE
HIGH-MINDED RHETORIC OF THE WYE AGREEMENT MEETINGS IN FAVOR OF A HARSHER
INSISTANCE THAT HE WAS THE ONLY MAN WHO COULD TRULY PROTECT THE
INTERESTS OF THE RIGHT WING. NETANYAHU SAID THE DEAL HE SIGNED "PLUGGED
THE HOLES" IN THE OSLO PEACE ACCORDS.
"I think we've got a better agreement," a more secure agreement, an
agreement that leaves Israel in an infinitely better position to enter
final status talks for permanent peace between us and the Palestinians."
VO/AN INDICATION OF NETANYAHU'S TROUBLES.. HOWEVER.. WAS THE FACT THAT
HE POSTPONED TODAY'S SCHEDULED CABINET MEETING FOR TWO DAYS TO GIVE
HIMSELF TIME TO WIN OVER A BIT MORE SUPPORT IN HIS COALITION.
VO/HIS PALESTINIAN PARTNERS IN THE PEACE AGREEMENT HAVE TROUBLES TOO.
CLASHES WITH PALESTINIAN POLICE TRYING TO MEET THEIR END OF THE DEAL BY
COLLECTING ILLEGAL WEAPONS LEFT ONE DEAD.. AND THE THREAT OF MORE
VIOLENCE TO COME.
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... ALLEN PIZZEY, CBS NEWS, TEL AVIV.))
State Police are investigating a fatal accident involving a Halifax County school bus.
The accident happened this morning while a bus was stopped to pick up children on Route 603 near Volens.
A white corvette slammed into the back end of the stopped bus, killing the male driver of the car.
State Police are not releasing his name until they notify his family.
One student who was boarding the bus at the time of the accident complained of minor injuries.
Troops and tanks are moving out of Kosovo as the Yugoslav government tries to convince NATO it's meeting tomorrow's deadline to comply with a peace deal.
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A convoy of more than two dozen tanks, trucks and other armored vehicles rolled through Kosovo's capital today and back to their barracks.
NATO's military chief this weekend told Yugoslav leaders to pull more troops from the province -- or face airstrikes.
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Biologists are finding more clues in the case of the fatal disease killing deer in parts of Southwest Virginia.
That's still ahead on News-7 at Noon.
And they're counting down in Florida
John Glenn's return to space is just three days away.
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John Glenn and the rest of the shuttle ``Discovery'' crew head to Kennedy Space Center this afternoon.
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They're getting ready for Thursday's historic launch.
NASA has already started counting down to the blastoff.
At 77, Glenn is the oldest astronaut in NASA's history.
(( JOHN GLENN: A LOT OF PEOPLE SEEM TO THINK THAT I JUST WENT
OVER TO NASA ONE DAY AND SAID, HEY, I D LIKE TO GO UP IN SPACE! AND
THEY SAID OH, THAT S GREAT. THAT S COOL. LET S SCHEDULE IT YOU KNOW
(15:05) (:07)//(17:18:12) THIS WAS DONE AFTER PEER REVIEW BY THE NASA
SCIENTISTS AND PEOPLE WHO LOOKED INTO WHAT GOOD WE COULD GET OUT OF
THIS, AND IT S CERTAINLY NOT DONE JUST AS ANY FAVOR FOR JOHN GLENN. I
CAN GUARANTEE YOU THAT. ))
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Glenn was the first American to orbit the earth in 19-62.
Another tell- all- book about the royal family has hit bookstore shelves.
This one paints a rather disparaging picture of Princess Diana.
Maggie Cooper reports.
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[SUPER=01-Anthony Holden/Royal Biographer; :30]
[SUPER=01-Maggie Cooper/Reporting; 1:04]
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A YEAR AFTER HER DEATH, PRINCESS DIANA IS STILL MAKING HEADLINES.
EXCERPTS FROM THE LATEST BOOK ON PRINCE CHARLES WAS FRONT-PAGE NEWS IN
LONDON OVER THE WEEKEND.
AMONG THE CONTROVERSIAL CLAIMS MADE IN THE NEW BIOGRAPHY ARE
SUGGESTIONS THAT IT WAS DIANA, NOT CHARLES, WHO FIRST COMMITTED ROYAL
ADULTERY. PERHAPS EVEN MORE SHOCKING IS AUTHOR PENNY JUNORS CLAIM THAT
THE PRINCESS TELEPHONED CHARLES' LOVER CAMILLA PARKER BOWLES SAYING SHE
HAD SENT SOMEONE TO KILL HER.
ANTHONY HOLDEN/ ROYAL BIOGRAPHER:
"I think it is absolutely disgusting they chose to vilify the name of
the late Princess of Wales who cannot, alas, answer back, in an attempt
to rehabilitate the tattered Prince at 50"
YESTERDAY, IN AN UNPRECEDENTED MOVE, PRINCE CHARLES AND HIS
LONGTIME LOVE, CAMILLA PARKER BOWLES, ISSUED A JOINT STATEMENT DENYING
ANY INVOLVEMENT IN THE BOOK.
"St. James Palace is today trying to distance itself and pretend it was
not involved. It's quite clear that a lot of Penny Junors information
had to come from people very close to Prince Charles, including his
ALTHOUGH MANY DECRY THIS LATEST ROUND IN THE WAR OF THE WALESES, THE
TRUTH IS, CHARLES AND DIANA STILL SELL NEWSPAPERS. AND DESPITE
CONTINUED PLEAS FROM THE PALACE TO LET THE YOUNG PRINCES WILLIAM AND
HARRY KEEP THEIR MOTHER'S MEMORY PRIVATE... IT HAS NOT YET BEEN LAID TO
REST. MAGGIE COOPER, CBS NEWS, LONDON.))
Wildlife biologists are learning more about the hemorrhagic disease killing deer in parts of Virginia.
Bob Ellis of the Department of Game and Inland Fisheries says the disease is currently centralized in the Richmond area though some cases have appeared in Wythe County.
Researchers say it is spread by biting flies and other insects.
There's no cure for the fatal disease and it's been known to decrease some deer herds by fifty-percent.
Routing Interstate-73 through Bedford and Botetourt Counties would be a waste of money-- at least according to the road's opponents.
A group called "Blue Ridge Concerned Citizens" says it would be more cost-efficent to build Interstate-73 in the 5-81 corridor.
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((STEVE ROSSI/BRCC SPOKESMAN; THE FINANCIAL COMMITTEE HAS FOUND THAT THE COST OF GOING THROUGH THIS ROUTE WOULD BE AN ADDITIONAL ONE POINT FOUR BILLION DOLLARS OVER USING THE CENTRAL ROUTE.))
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Botetourt County Supervisors already adopted a resolution opposing an alternate route through the region.
And, the group is trying to gather support from state delegates and legislators.
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(((D)JOHN EDWARDS/STATE SENATOR; CITIZEN INPUT IS VERY IMPORTANT I THINK WITH REGARD AS TO WHERE I-73 IS GOING TO GO. AND I THINK IT MAKES SO MUCH MORE SENSE TO GO RIGHT THROUGH THE MIDDLE OF THE VALLEY, THROUGH 581 AND 220 SOUTH, RATHER THAN AROUND EITHER THE EASTERN CORRIDOR OR THE WESTERN CORRIDOR.))
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An alternate route through Bedford County and Botetourt County is one of several state transportation officials are studying.
Legally, V-DOT must study all REASONABLE alternatives before making its final decision sometime next year.
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Bedford Memorial hospital is dried out and open for business follwing this weekend's water leak.
That story is up next on News-7 at Noon.
And it's a Christmas tradition around the world.
This year, the Russian Ballet's version of the Nutcracker is coming to Roanoke.
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Things are back to normal at Bedford Memorial Hospital..
This after a water leak forced the evacuation of 15 patients over the weekend.
A pipe burst on the second floor near the administrative wing dousing the area with two-inches of water.
Hospital officials say the patients have been returned to their rooms and phones and computers are once again back in working order.
They say it will take another couple of days to determine the cost of the damages.
A national campaign to educate people about drug, alcohol and tobacco abuse is underway.
The campaign kicked off locally last night.
A candlelight vigil was held at the Hotel Roanoke and Conference Center.
The vigil kicked-off Red Ribbon Week--a national campaign to raise public awareness about substance abuse.
City council members, drug enforcement agents and recovering addicts were among the speakers.
For some young local ballerinas it was the chance of a lifetime, as they showed-off their best moves yesterday..
at an audition for the Russian Ballet's version of "The Nutcracker."
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((SAMANTHA HOBACK/BALLET DANCER; I'VE SEEN IT A LOT AND I REALLY WANT TO DO IT. I'VE TOLD LOTS OF PEOPLE THAT I'M GOING TO DO IT. SO I HOPE I GET ONE OF THE PARTS.))
[SUPER=01-Samantha Hoback/Ballet Dancer;]
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Hoback was one of nearly a hundred area youngsters competing to perform in the ballet.
Russian organizers plan to hold similar auditions in each of the 20 cities where performances are scheduled.
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((IRINA VAKROMEEVAI/MOSCOW BALLET MISTRESS; I THINK IT IS VERY GOOD IDEA, GOOD FOR BUSINESS. RUSSIAN DANCERS AND AMERICAN CHILDREN. IT IS VERY GOOD FOR AMERICAN PEOPLE, TOO.))
[SUPER=01-Irina Vakromeevai/Moscow Ballet Mistress;]
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Only 50 dancers made the final cut.
"The Nutcracker" will hit the stage in Roanoke in December.
U-V-A is paying a steep price for Saturday's 23- 13 win over N-C State.
The team learned yesterday it will be without defensive star Anthony Poindexter for the rest of the season.
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Poindexter's left knee was injured when it was smashed by a helmet on this play with just over 5 minutes remaining in the game.
Yesterday, team physician Dr. Frank McCue said Poindexter suffered a tear to his lateral collateral ligament. Poindexter will require surgery, and will not be back on the field this year.
McCue said Poindexter will have x-rays and an M-R-I done later today to determine the extent of his injury.
The A-P rankings came out yesterday and the Cavaliers are ranked 15-th. Virginia is 6 and 1, heading into Saturday's contest with Wake Forest.
Virginia Tech came away with a big win Saturday and they've moved up to the 20-th spot in the poll.
The 6 and 1 Hokies take on rival West Virginia in Blacksburg on Saturday.[Broncos]
Terrell Davis has joined O-J Simpson and Jim Davis as the only running backs to ever gain a thousand yards in the first 7 games of an N-F-L season, as the Broncos topped the Jaguars 37- 24.
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In the second quarter with the score tied at 3, John Elway finds Ed McCaffery. He takes the defender with him on the 42 yard t-d run. The Broncos led 10 to 3.
Denver would add to that lead in the second, when Davis goes outside, then goes back up the middle for the first of his 3 touchdowns. Broncos up 17 to 3.
But the story of the game was a record-breaking kick by Jason Elam. It's a
63 yard field goal- tying Tom Dempsey's record that stood for 28 years.
The Broncos go to 7 and 0 with the 37 to 24 win.
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The Vikings remain undefeated, after yesterday's trouncing of Detroit.
Minnesota trailed 3- nothing until the second quarter when Randall Cunningham hits Jake Reed on the 11 yard T-D pas
s to make it 7- 3 Vikings.
But the Lions would come back. In the second quarter, Charlie Batch hooks up with Johnie Morton on this T-D pass to make the score 10- 7.
Cunningham goes to the air again in the third
quarter- hitting Chris Carter in the back of the end zone and the Vikings win it 34 to 13, to improve their record to 7 and 0.
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Brett Favre carried the Packers over Baltimore, throwing two touchdown passes, and running one in.
But the Packers special teams got on the board first. Roell Preston takes this punt in for the 70 yard touchdown. The Packers led 7- nothing in the first.
Still in the first quarter, Favre goes to the air and
hits Antonio Freeman over the middle on the 4 yard touchdown pass and the Packers win it 28 to 10.
Rusty Wallace emerged from the pack yesterday to win the washed- out Dura Lube 500.
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About 50 laps in, Wallace would take over the top spot. He had a 3 second lead with over 200 laps left.
Points leader Jeff Gordon's car was tight early in the race and he was running in the 13-th spot.
Dale Jarrett had the flu- he had to turn the wheel over to Michael Waltrip, who failed to qualify in the Woods brothers car.
Dale Earnhardt was running third at the halfway point.
But, the race was red flagged because of rain, and after a 40 minute delay with the sun going down, Wallace was declared the winner of the Dura Lube 500.
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Mark Martin was second, Earnhardt third, Jeff Burton fourth and Ted Musgrave fifth.
Points leader Jeff Gordon finished seventh.