Next on News 7 at 5, a plane crashes in Montgomery County. We'll have a live report.
and nine people are reportedly dead and more are injured as a NATO missile apparently hits a passenger train in Kosovo.
Strong winds die down a bit later tonight. Rather chilly air highlights the forecast.
Today on health check --
Are children in day care in danger?
One government agency found safety hazards in many centers.
Plus -- Amherst County sheriff's deputies are hoping to get some new life saving gear.
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A small plane has crashed in the Alleghany Spring area of Montgomery County.
State Police confirm there are fatalities in the crash, but it is unknown how many people were killed or if there were any survivors.
The crash is off of Lavendar Road near Shawsville.
A caller told police they saw something on fire fall from the sky.
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Eric Earnhart is near the scene. Eric what can you tell us.
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NATO is confirming that a passenger train may have been hit in an allied air attack.
Yugoslav TV is reporting a missile hit a passenger train killing nine people and injuring 16.
Lee Cowan has the latest.
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[SUPER=01-William Cohen/Defense Secretary;]
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((THE 20TH DAY OF THE AIR CAMPAIGN SAW WHAT SERB T-V CLAIMS IS ONE
OF THE WORST ATTACKS ON CIVILIANS SO FAR.
NATO SAYS IT STRUCK A RAIL LINE IT CONSIDERED AN IMPORTANT
MILITARY SUPPLY ROUTE - BUT SERB TV CLAIMS IT WAS ALSO THE MAIN ROUTE
FOR A PASSENGER TRAIN.
AT LEAST 9 CIVILIANS WERE REPORTED DEAD - MORE THAN A DOZEN
MAJ. GEN. CHARLES WAHL//JOINT CHIEFS:
"There's a risk to
the Serbs, there's a risk to us."
BUT AS THE ATTACKS CONTINUED, THE ADMINISTRATION SENT OUT IT'S
STARS - IN FRONT OF THE TROOPS - IN FRONT OF THE INTERNATIONAL
COMMUNITY-- WITH A MESSAGE OF NATO UNITY, SOLIDARITY - AND A
DETERMINATION TO OUTLAST SLOBODON MILOSEVIC.
"He can end it tomorrow. But until he does, he should be under no
illusions that we will end it from weariness."
BUT THE MESSAGE WASN'T ONLY FOR YUGOSLAVIA - IT WAS FOR THOSE
BACK HOME ON CAPITOL HILL.
SEN. BYRON DORGAN/D-ND:
"I would be very concerned _.
REP. JAMES TRAFICANT/D-OH:
"Rape, murder torture, Kosovo is one big war crime."
AFTER REMAINING LARGELY SILENT FOR THE FIRST THREE WEEKS OF THE
CAMPAIGN, CONGRESSIONAL LEADERS ARE PREPARED TO BEGIN DEBATING WHAT THEY
HAD HOPED MIGHT BE OVER BY NOW.
BI PARTISAN MEETINGS AT THE WHITE HOUSE ARE SCHEDULED FOR TONIGHT
AND TOMORROW - SOME TRYING TO CONVINCE THE PRESIDENT TO PUT GROUND TROOPS BACK ON THE TABLE - JUST IN CASE.
A POSITION MADE MORE LIKELY WHEN THE SECRETARY OF DEFENSE HINTED
NOTHING IS SET IN STONE.
WILLIAM COHEN/SECRETARY OF DEFENSE
If and when our military commanders decide that they need to have the
plans updated, then we certainly would entertain that request."
A REQUEST THAT THE PRESIDENT IS HOPING HIS COMMANDERS WON'T HAVE
LEE COWAN//CBS NEWS ))
Virginia's senior Senator says don't fear Russia's intervention in the Balkan conflict.
Senator John Warner is now chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee -- and because of that, he's is asked about Kosovo everywhere he goes now.
Warner told a town hall meeting of Republicans near Fredericksburg today that Russia needs western financial support too much to oppose NATO.
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((SEN. JOHN WARNER/R-VIRGINIA: THEY MAY MAKE SOME OVERTURES TO THEIR SLAV ETHNIC TIES. BUT BOTTOM LINE IS THEY WOULD LOVE TO BE THE KEY PLAYER TO BRING TOGETHER SOME KIND OF INTERNATIONAL COALITION TO RESOLVE THIS, BRING ABOUT A SITUATION OF CEASE FIRE IN KOSOVO.))
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Warner says he's NOT opposed to Russian troops entering Kosovo as peacekeepers.
He also says NATO air strikes are working, and should be given more time.
Representative Rick Boucher says the use of ground troops in Kosovo needs to be carefully considered
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((REP. BOUCHER: WELL I THINK IT'S VERY IMPORTANT THAT WE TAKE THE STEPS THAT ARE NECESSARY TO ENSURE SUCCESS. WE NEED TO GIVE THE FOREMOST SUPPORT TO OUR TROOPS WHO ARE DEPLOYED IN THE FIELD. AND PROVIDING THAT SUPPORT WILL BE MY INTENTION AS CONGRESS DEBATES THIS MATTER.))
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Boucher says he'll weigh the advice of the White House and the Pentagon with regard to the next step that should be taken.
The Congressman was in Roanoke County today at the opening of the R.R. Donnelley educational-nature trail.
Strong breezes shook up one homeowner in Roanoke County today.
The winds uprooted an oak tree behind a house in the 24-hundred block of Loch Haven Drive.
It toppled over onto the roof.
The homeowners were inside when it happened, but they weren't hurt.
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Still to come on the newscast, Virginia Republicans believe they have a strong challenger to face Chuck Robb in next year's Senate election.
and a weak coal market has one of the Valley's largest employers laying off workers.
On Health Check, we'll see how lasers are saving pets a lot of pain.
We'll have all that and much more. Stay with us.
The layoffs at Norfolk Southern were sudden... But not entirely unexpected.
The railroad confirmed today it's laying off 110-people in Roanoke.
The workers make hoppers and locomotives that transport coal.
In the last year, union workers said they noticed the railroad's coal shipments were slowing dramatically.
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((JACK MEDLEY/BROTHERHOOD RAILWAY CARMEN UNION: EVERYBODY HAD RECOGNIZED THAT COAL LOADING WAS DOWN. I'M SURE THEY SENSED THAT SOMETHING WASN'T GOING AS IT WAS GOING LAST YEAR AT THIS TIME.))
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In fact, the railroad said demand for American coal is down by four percent.
Foreign companies with weak currencies can't afford to import as much coal from the United States.
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((SUSAN BLAND: OUR ABILITY TO SELL COAL IN THE REST OF THE WORLD DIRECTLY IMPACTS OUR ABILITY TO EMPLOY PEOPLE HERE. PEOPLE NEED TO REMEMBER THAT COAL IS A VITAL PART OF THE ROANOKE ECONOMY.))
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Norfolk Southern said its 10-billion-dollar takeover of Conrail has nothing to do with the layoffs.
Virginia Republicans have been looking forward to it for awhile.
Tomorrow former governor George Allen is expected to kick off his bid for the U-S Senate in 2000.
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((GEORGE ALLEN/FORMER GOVERNOR: OBVIOUSLY I'VE FORMED AN EXPLORATORY COMMITTEE. AND I'VE BEEN LISTENING TO THE PEOPLE OF VIRGINIA. AND AFTER LISTENING TO THE PEOPLE OF VIRGINIA, I WILL BE MAKING A STATEMENT ABOUT WHAT ACTIONS I'LL BE TAKING IN THE FUTURE. BUT THAT WILL BE FOR TOMORROW.))
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Despite the veil of mystery, Allen went on to say "tomorrow's a very important day, but the big kickoff will be after this November's elections."
Incumbent Democrat Chuck Robb is expected to run for re-election.
A not guilty verdict for Susan McDougal on obstruction of justice charges.
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A jury deadlocked on two other contempt counts- McDougal could face retrial on those charges.
But McDougal says the obstruction charge was the big one.
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((SUSAN MCDOUGAL: YOU KNOW THE GREAT THING ABOUT THIS WAS NOT THE VERDICT BUT MORE THAT I GOT TO HAVE MY DAY IN COURT. I GOT TO TELL EVERYTHING I WANTED TO TELL. WE PUT ON EVIDENCE ALL THE LIVES KEN STARR HAS RUINED.))
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McDougal says this proves special cousnel Ken Starr wasn't really seeking the truth.
McDougal was President and Mrs. Clinton's former Whitewater partner- She was charged after refusing to testiy to grand juries in the Whitewater probe.
Coming up a little later in the newscast,
Federal authorities put the bite on two of the furry fugitives that were damaging Washington's cherry trees..
But that may not be the end of the story.
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Coming up in Sports, NASCAR says the King's engines are close enough. Mike Stevens will have the details in today's two minute ticker.
On health check -- the first lady is joining the Consumer product safety commission
to help parents protect their children while in the hands of others.
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((BOTH THE PRESIDENT AND I BELIEVE STRONGLY THAT MORE MUST BE DONE AT THE FEDERAL LEVEL TO MAKE CHILD CARE BETTER, SAFER, AND MORE AFFORDABLE FOR AMERICAS WORKING FAMILIES.))
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Two-thirds of licensed child-care centers have at least one potential safety hazard.
Federal investigators studied 220 day care centers, including federal, non-profit, for-profit and in-home.
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The Consumer Product Safety Commission is kicking off a national campaign today along with the support of first lady Hillary Clinton.
The C-P-S-C is working to make parents aware of the problems.
To make it easier a Child Care Safety Checklist is available for Parents and Child Care Providers.
-- First make sure cribs meet current national safety standards and are in good condition.
-- Be sure that no pillows, soft bedding, or comforters are used when you put babies to sleep.
-- Look for safe surfacing on outdoor playgrounds.
This helps protect against injuries from falls, especially head injuries.
-- Check playground surfacing and equipment regularly to make sure they are maintained in good condition.
-- Be sure that safety gates are used to keep children away from potentially dangerous areas, especially stairs.
-- Be sure miniblinds and venetian blinds do not have looped cords.
-- Be sure there are no drawstrings around the hood and neck of children's outerwear clothing.
Drawstrings can catch on playground equipment and can strangle young children.
-- Check that no recalled products are being used and that a current list of recalled children's products is readily visible.
For more information about children's safety and recalls of children's toys and products, contact:
The C-P-S-C's toll-free hotline at 1-800-638-2772.
Saving someone's life in a medical crisis often depends on how quickly emergency personnel can get to the patient.
And in a county with all- volunteer rescue squads, any delay can mean the difference between life and death.
So Amherst County is looking to become the first in the state to have its SHERIFF'S department licensed to provide Advanced Life Support.
Deputies on the road will be trained to administer at least Basic Life Support, and they'll carry medical equipment in their squad cars.
Sheriff Jimmy Ayers says the idea is to reduce the amount of time it takes for a patient to be treated by an E-M-T.
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((JIMMY AYERS/AMHERST CO. SHERIFF: BUT THERE'S A LOT OF TIMES THAT A DEPUTY MAY BE IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD THAT A CALL IS HEARD, SOMEONE'S JUST COLLAPSED OR A DIABETIC COMA, WHATEVER IT MAY BE, AND WE'VE GOT A MAN WITH THE TRAINING RIGHT THERE.))
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Ayers' department is applying for a 34- thousand dollar state grant that would buy cardiac monitors and defibrillators for two of its squad cars.
The plan has the support of the county's volunteer rescue squads.
Laser Surgery isn't just for humans, now procedures are being used on pets.
Camie Melton explains the benefits are big, but so is the price tag.
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(( PET OPERATIONS ARE USUALLY PAINFUL AND BLOODY--ESPECIALLY CAT
DECLAWING... BUT NOT THIS TIME.
THIS SURGERY IS BEING DONE WITH A LASER.
"BY THE NEXT DAY THEY'RE UP ON THEIR FEET. TWO OR THREE DAYS LATER
THEY'RE WALKING. IN FACT, SOME CATS WE ACTUALLY HAVE TO HAVE THE OWNERS
RESTRICT THEIR ACTIVITY BECAUSE THEY'RE TOO ACTIVE."
DR. MATT STURMER BOUGHT THE LASER A FEW MONTHS AGO AND IS QUITE
"I'D HAVE TO SAY BEYOND OUR EXPECTATIONS."
LASERS ARE BEING USED TO TAKE BIOPSIES FROM ANIMALS, TO REMOVE CLAWS,
GLANDS, ULCERS, AND TUMORS.
"LAST WEEK, A CAT CAME IN WITH SIX TUMORS AND IN THE PAST IT WOULD'VE
BEEN A FAIRLY EXTENSIVE SURGERY. WITH A LASER, WE JUST REMOVED THOSE
TUMORS IN A MATTER OF 2/3 MINUTES: NO BLOOD, NO STITCHES, NO
LASERS ARE RAPIDLY CHANGING VETERINARY MEDICINE.
THEY SEAL THE SKIN AND NERVES AS THEY CUT...WHICH MEANS LESS BLOOD,
LESS PAIN AND FEWER INFECTIONS FOR YOUR CAT OR DOG.
AND LASERS ALLOW FOR MORE ACCURACY.
"THE LASER OFFERS US PRECISION THAT WE JUST DON'T HAVE WITH A SCALPEL
SO WHY DON'T ALL CLINICS HAVE THEM?
ONE LASER COSTS 20-THOUSAND DOLLARS OR MORE.
AND PET OWNERS FOOT THE BILL BY PAYING AT LEAST TWENTY-PERCENT MORE
FOR LASER SURGERIES.
BUT MANY SAY IT'S MONEY WELL SPENT.
"TRUE, TODAY, IT'S NOT INEXPENSIVE BUT IT'S SOMETHING WE CAN AFFORD
AND WE CAN OFFER IT AND PEOPLE ARE WILLING TO PAY FOR IT."))[2-shot-toss]
In Sports, John Andretti passes the NASCAR test.
With that and a preview of the N-F-L draft. Here's Mike Stevens.[S5-Andretti]
Welcome folks to the two minute ticker that begins a new work week.
The Express will be working overtime tonight in game four of the team's playoff series with Dayton. The Express leads the best of five 2 games to one.
We'll have highlights from Ohio tonight at 11.
Good news out of Bristol for you Petty fans this afternoon.
The STP Pontiac's engine was impounded yesterday after John Andretti drove the car to a fourth place finish at Bristol.
NACSAR inspectors suspected that the compression ratio on the engines cylinders exceeded the maximum 12-to-1 ratio.
This afternoon NASCAR said the engine was legal, is still legal and Andretti's top five will stand.
The NFL draft is coming up this weekend, and a number of UVa players hope to have their named called by the pros.
The Cavalier expected to go the highest in the draft is defensvie end Patrick Kerney, who has beefed up to 270 pounds.
He and fellow Cavs Antonio Dingle and Wali Ranier recently worked out for a number of scouts including Redskins' defensive coordinator Mike Nolan.
We'll hear from Nolan and Kerney tonight at six.
As for Anthony Poindexter and his reconstrcuted knee, he says he's about 70 percent right now. He's been rehabbing with Jerry Rice's trainer in San Francisco and still hopes to be drafted.
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While the Virginia Grads are looking forward to this weekend's draft, the remaining Cavs are entering the final week of spring practice.
Dan Ellis is expected to lead the team at quarterback, and he'll have seven returning offensive starters by his side, including Thomas Jones, Casey Crawford and John St. Clair.
New offensive coordinator Gary Tranquill was brought in to put some imagination into the offensive game plan.
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The Cavs spring game is this Saturday at 1;30 at Albemarle high school.
Coming up at six tonight, we'll meet a local wrestler who is making his mark on the mat even though he is nearing his 65th birthday.
I'll see you at six - take care everybody.
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It's two down and one to go as federal authorities continue to search for a fugitive.
A second cherry tree eating beaver was captured in Washington D-C yesterday morning.
But after nabbing this suspect, trappers say they saw a third beaver in the water.
The animals have damaged or destroyed nine of the celebrated trees along the Tidal Basin.
Trappers will continue to search for the third beaver.
Magician David Blaine has his feet back on solid ground.
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That after he spent a week under it.
Blaine has spent the past several days buried alive in a tranparent coffin covered by a three ton tank of water.
He emerged today to the cheers of hundreds of fans.
Blaine says his isolation lead him to a prophecy about the unity of man.
He had no food and little water during the experience.
He was taken to the doctor for a check up.