Today on News 7 at 5, three people are injured in a plane crash in Rockbridge County.
and smoke is visible throughout the downtown area as a home burns on Patterson Avenue.
Another bitterly cold night expected then some snow showers by tomorrow night. Forecast details ahead.
Doctors are claiming a breakthrough in the treatment of AIDS.
And a fertility company is buying Ivy League eggs to produce smart children.
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Three men from Baltimore are in local hospitals tonight after a plane crash in Rockbridge County.
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All three were in the private plane that went down after the pilot radioed for help.
Scott Goldberg is at the crash site near Interstate 81 in the Decatur area of Rockbridge County.
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U-S Warplanes fired missiles at Iraqi aircraft in a no fly zone today.
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It's the first air to air confrontation between the U-S and Iraq in more than six years.
U-S officials say Saddam Hussein is frustrated that Arab nations have not supported him.
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No missiles hit the Iraqi planes but one Iraqi plane apparently ran out of fuel and crashed.
The U-S jets returned safely.
Meanwhile in a televised speech, Saddam Hussein called on all Arabs to support Iraq.
Fire has destroyed a 3-family house in Roanoke.
No one's injured, but the owner suspects arson.
Tina Tenret is at the intersection of 10-th and Patterson to tell us what happened.
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The icy conditions are still forcing some school systems to alter their schedules for tomorrow.
You will find the latest information along the bottom of your screen.
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And you can also find the updates throughout the night on our internet web site.
Just call up our home page, WDBJ-7-DOT-COM, and click on "Weather Cancellations."
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Still to come on the newscast, life is beginning to return to normal as gas service is restored to most of Wytheville.
And the leadership in the U-S Senate says the impeachment trial of the President will begin this Thursday.
On Healthcheck, a fertility company says it is taking some classified steps to help couples have smart babies.
And Patrick Evans will look at what you should keep in your car for this winter Weather.
An impeachment trial will begin Thursday.
Senate leadership confirmed that today- but there are still no details on format- or whether witnesses will be called.
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Meanwhile a new face will lead the house.
Republican Dennis Hastert is expected to be elected speaker later today.
The disturbing number of serious accidents on Interstate 81 is spurring a search for solutions.
Sunday's pile-up near Lexington is just the latest in a series of accidents that have focused attention on the problem.
Widening the highway may be the ultimate answer, but other recommendations include separating car and truck traffic, improving drivers education and stepping up enforcement.
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A meeting on interstate safety today in Harrisonburg was scheduled before Sunday's accident, but Sixth District Congressman Bob Goodlatte says the latest deaths highlight the need for both immediate and long- term solutions.
It looks like life may soon return to normal for folks in Wytheville still without gas service.
Officials with United Cities gas company say they hope to have everyone's service back on by late tonight.
Right now-- fewer than 50 customers are still without service.
Service was disrupted to nearly 15-hundred customers early Sunday morning when a natural gas pipeline exploded-- destroying a house and business.
Crews say an explosion like the one Sunday is rare.
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Officials still don't know what caused the explosion.
Tonight at six-- we'll talk with some of the folks affected by the disruption in service to see how they're coping.
In the city of Roanoke a broken water line is the problem.
Franklin Road between 2nd and 3rd Streets will be closed for the next several hours as crews repair a broken water main.
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Its popularity still hasn't waned.
Virginia's eight day old online sex offender registry has had more than 305-thousand hits so far-- and is still quite busy.
State police say people using the searchable database don't seem to be having any trouble the past two days.
Two new processors installed today should also help.
Police are also cleaning up some factual errors pointed out by the public.
And some offenders, who say their convictions were NOT for violent offenses, have been asked to prove it with a court order.
The first piece of a recreational path that could go on for miles is in place.
Roanoke officially opened the first part of its much-talked about Greenway today.
This segment runs through Smith Park.
When the entire Greenway system is finished, it could run as long as one hundred miles through Roanoke County, Vinton and Salem.
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The so-called backbone of the Greenway runs along the Roanoke River.
When it's completed, that stretch of the path will be 25 miles long.
Traveling in this winter weather can pose some unique hazards. Up next on News 7 at 5, Patrick Evans will have some advice on ways to protect yourself.
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With the latest blast of frigid weather, making sure you're prepared in the event of an automotive emergency is essential.
Patrick Evans joins us from the local "Triple A" office with some important safety tips for winter weather travel.
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Coming up on Sports, we'll speak with the E-C-H-L's Goalie of the week.
Today on health check --
We'll tell you what the number one trait infertile parents are looking for in their egg donors.
And more Americans are putting the man in MANicure.
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Doctors say they have made a promising advancement in the fight against AIDS.
For the first time researchers have surpressed H-I-V in infected patients.
The patients were injected with cells made from their own immune system.
Doctors are encouraged by the new approach because it appears to curb the virus temporarily in the Lymph Nodes...an area certain drugs have had limited success treating.
A fertility company wants to help infertile couples who want brainy children.
The OPTIONS National Fertility Registry is seeking egg donors from Ivy League schools.
The company's director says intelligence is the most sought after attribute when prospective parents consider donors.
So it placed ads in Ivy League newspapers seeking the assistance of young female university students.
But doctors say that approach will not guarantee a smart child.
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Getting an Ivy League donor is not cheap or easy. Options says one person spent more than 15-thousand dollars advertising at the top universities.
The young women who donate eggs can make anywhere from 35-hundred to five thousand dollars.
In many species in the animal kingdom, it's the male associated with beauty, like peacocks feathers and lions manes.
The same is starting to become true for humans.
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A day primping at the spa is getting more popular with men.
Fortune magazine reports men are spending nine point-five billion dollars a year on everything from makeup to hairpieces to facials and scalp massages.
Many men say they were hesitant at first to go to a beauty spas.
But what's getting them through the door are gift certificates from the females in their lives.
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Some day spa's have private rooms for men who want they're beauty treatment's done in seclusion.
Baseball picked some new members for its Hall of Fame.
Mike Stevens is here to tell us who made it to Cooperstown.[S5-MLB]
On the baseball front, a very talented trio of ex-big leaguers was voted into the baseball Hall of Fame today.
Nolan Ryan, the greatest power pitcher of all-time received the second highest number of votes ever. He was named on just under 99 percent of the ballots.
Ryan had 5714 strikeouts and seven no hitters.
He is joined in this class by the classy Geroge Brett. He was named on 98 percent of teh ballots. That's fourth best all-time behind only Ty Cobb, Ryan and Tom Seaver.
The other player ot make it in this year is Robin Yount, the two-time american league MVP for the Brewers.
Carlton Fisk missed making it by 43 votes.
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Don't forget later tonight, Fleming and PH play each other in basketball at the Salem Civic Center.
Take Care everybody.
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Welcome folks to sports day that pales in comparison to what's been taking place on the news front.
However, the Roanoke Express steam rolls into tonight's game against Toledo trailing the Storm by just one point in the Northern Conference.
Both teams are 7-2 and 1 in their last 10 games.
Steve Mason spoke to coach Perry Florio just a moment ago as he arrived at the Roanoke Civic Center.
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We have the latest information on tickets for next month's Elton John concert -- you can line up starting this Friday.
Roanoke Civic Center officials will hand out wristbands for the big show between noon and eight on Friday.
Each band will have a number.
Then they will pick a random number to see who gets the first crack at tickets.
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Of course you can also call Ticketmaster from your home.
It's selling the same seats as the Civic Center, and no matter where you buy tickets, they go on sale Saturday morning at 10.