[7S-Plane-Crash]

[ANCHOR=Melanie]

[NEWSCAST=cutins]
[WRITER=Tha]
[TAPE#=99-6 1:16:33]
[GRAPHIC=Plane Crash Investigation]


Three days after a twin-engine plane went down in Montgomery County, the National Transportation Safety Board is wrapping up its on-site investigation.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Montgomery Co./Monday;]


Four people were killed when the plane went down near Shawsville.
Yesterday, the plane's engines and propellors were removed and taken to another site for further analysis.
N-T-S-B investigators say most of their work at the crash site is complete, but there's much more work to be done elsewhere.
They still need to talk to witnesses as well as officials at the Roanoke Regional Airport.
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[7E-Tax-Day]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=cutins]
[WRITER=eea]
[TAPE#=99-12 39:45]
[GRAPHIC=Tax Day]


It's here-- the day that strikes fear in the hearts of thousands. Many still have forms spread across their desks this morning, but time is running out to file your taxes.
As Eric Earnhart reports, you can still find some help.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=If you are]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke; :06]
[SUPER=01-Deborah Hill/H&R Block District Manager; :14]
[SUPER=@eric1;]
[RUNS=1:30]
[OUT Q=STD.]

(( If you are a late filer, one of the first things you should remember is don't do it again.
District Manager Deborah Hill says early filers can save money.

[SOT 00:09:16]
[IN Q=then you have an ]

((DEBORAH HILL/H&R BLOCK DISTRICT MANAGER; THEN YOU HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO HAVE SOMEONE SAY YOU MAY HAVE THIS DEDUCTION, OR YOU MAY BE ABLE TO REDUCE THIS INCOME BY CERTAIN DEDUCTIONS, AND YOU MAY HAVE TIME TO GO BACK AN SEARCH FOR THAT, OR GET THAT INFORMATION THAT YOU NEED TO PUT THAT ON YOUR TAX RETURN.))
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[OUT Q=your tax return]



So file that away for next year if you're running into trouble at this late hour, professional tax preparers should still be able to fit you in.
You might have trouble connecting to the IRS 800 number, but their website, at IRS-dot-gov, has tips, answers to comon questions, and tax forms... like extensions... but remember if you file an extension, you still have to pay what you THINK you owe NOW... pay too little, and it will cost you.

[SOT 00:10:26]
[IN Q=you pay interest]

((DEBORAH HILL/H&R BLOCK DISTRICT MANAGER; YOU PAY INTEREST IF YOU OWE MORE MONEY, AND IF YOU DON'T HAVE ENOUGH PAID IN, THE EXTENSION IS NO GOOD AND YOU END UP PAYING A PENALTY ANYWAY.))
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[OUT Q=a penalty anyway]



So what happens if you simply file late? If you DON'T owe money... nothing.

[SOT 00:08:38]
[IN Q=if you owe]

((DEBORAH HILL/H&R BLOCK DISTRICT MANAGER; IF YOU OWE TAXES, THEN THE PENALTIES ACCRUE MONTHLY FOR LATE FILING YOUR TAX RETURNS, AND THE MINIMUM IS LIKE 100 DOLLARS OR THE BALANCE DUE ON YOUR TAX RETURN, WHICH IS THE MINIMUN THEY CAN BE. ))
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[take Eric full]
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[7E-Kick-Butts]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=cutins]
[WRITER=ssi]
[TAPE#=99-2-1:42:23]
[GRAPHIC=Smoking]


Some junior high students are working on kicking butts.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.]


Cave Spring Junior High School participated in the national "Kick-Butts" anti-smoking campaign yesterday.
[SUPER=04-File Tape]


With three-thousand children becoming regular smokers every day, it's a hot issue.
But with programs such as "Kick-Butts" in place, many wonder why there are still so many young smokers.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=It's a choice]

[00:08:32] ((BETH GRIMES/STUDENT: ITS A CHOICE THEY CAN MAKE ON THEIR OWN THAT THEY CAN DO IT WHENEVER THEY WANT AND THEY DON'T HAVE TO HAVE A PARENT'S PERMISSION TO DO IT. IT'S THEIR OWN DECISION. AND ITS THEIR SOURCE OF FREEDOM AND THEIR WAY TO BE COOL OR WHATEVER. BUT THEY'RE NOT REALLY REALIZING WHAT ITS DOING TO THEM, SO THEY KEEP DOING IT.))
[SUPER=01-Beth Grimes/Student]
[RUNS=:15]
[OUT Q=keep doing it.]
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[VO-NAT]


Because of the high number of student smokers, Cave Spring Junior High is starting a new tobacco education program.
Weekly, group meetings will be held for students wishing to quit.
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[7WEATHER]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=cutins]
[WRITER=KMC]
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[GRAPHIC=]



Taking a look now at your Thursday forecast..
Rain likely today, with mostly cloudy skies and highs in the low- to mid-60s.
Showers and storms tonight, with some light winds. Lows in the lower-50s.
The extended forecast...
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Friday:

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Anniversary:
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[SUPER=130-12/Kanalyn Jackson/Durham, NC]



[SUPER=130-3/Lee Scott/Rocky Mount]



[SUPER=130-31/Sandra Keene/Christiansburg]


Wow!
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[SUPER=130-4/Alexis Long/Roanoke]



[SUPER=130-24/Kimberly Ortiz/Roanoke] No Pictures:



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[45E-Post-Office]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=cutins]
[WRITER=ssm]
[TAPE#=99-5 1:10:01]
[GRAPHIC=None]


Some Lynchburg residents are trying to stop a proposal that would shut down three post office branches.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Lynchburg]


Postal officials say the plan would speed up mail delivery by moving mail carriers closer to their routes.
A new 28- thousand square foot facility would be built in the Langhorne Road area.. eliminating the need for the Miller Park and Rivermont Avenue offices.
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[SOT 11:44:03]
[IN Q=My proposal is]

((BILL HUSTON/LYNCHBURG POSTMASTER: MY PROPOSAL IS SINCE WE'RE BUILDING THIS NEW FACILITY AND A NEW FINANCIAL UNIT, IS TO NOT JUST CLOSE THE RIVERMONT POST OFFICE, BUT TO CONVERT IT INTO ANOTHER CONTRACT STATION TO SERVE THAT COMMUNITY.))

[SUPER=01-Bill Huston/Lynchburg Postmaster; :00]
[RUNS=16]
[OUT Q=serve that community.]
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[VO-NAT]


Some residents say contract stations-- which are postal windows in existing businesses-- don't have the same neighborhood feel as their local post office.
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[45E-Fulcher]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=cutins]
[WRITER=tte]
[TAPE#=99-8 1:25:20]
[GRAPHIC=Fulcher]


He's a con man who's made a career out of turning in fellow inmates .
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Botetourt Co.;]


Mike Fulcher put inmate Thomas Gray in touch with a so-called hitman, knowing he would really discuss murder with the Botetourt County sheriff.
[SUPER=04-Last May;]


Fulcher says he will also tell a judge what Jay Clements said about starting last year's fatal Church Avenue fire.

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[SOT 11:08:21]
[IN Q=I'm all for]

((I'M ALL FOR HELPING INMATES IF THEY'RE TRYING TO HELP THEMSELVES. IF IT'S AN INMATE ON THE OTHER SIDE WHO WANTS TO RECRUIT ME TO HELP COMMIT A MURDER I'M NOT GOING TO DO IT. I'M GOING TO REPORT IT JUST LIKE I DID TO THE SHERIFF.))
[SUPER=01-Mike Fulcher/Jail Informant;]
[RUNS=:11]
[OUT Q=did to the sheriff]
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[VO-NAT]


Fulcher is a repeat offender-- serving 36 years in prison for stealing three tractors.
For years -- he was a D-E-A informant.
But the sheriff's office always checks his work.
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[SOT 12:33:22]
[IN Q=If you're asking me]

((IF YOU'RE ASKING ME WOULD I TRUST HIM ... I'M NOT SURE OF THAT.))
[SUPER=01-Major Ken Smith/Botetourt Co. Sheriff's Dept.;]
[RUNS=:17]
[OUT Q=sure of that]
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[VO-NAT]


Fulcher's now been nailed as the suspected leader of a drug ring inside Bland Prison.
Tonight on News 7 at six, Fulcher will tell us how GUARDS were allegedly dealing drugs to the inmates.
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[45S-NB-Firefighter]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=cutins]
[WRITER=sta]
[TAPE#=99-7 1:08:03]
[GRAPHIC=Rockbridge Arson Arrests]


Instead of putting out fires, another firefighter from the Rockbridge area is accused of starting them.
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[VO-NAT]


24-year old Joseph Daren Wood is accused of arson in connection with four brush fires beginning March 28th.
[SUPER=03-Rockbridge Co.;]


Wood is a firefighter with the Buchanan and Natural Bridge Fire Departments.
He is the latest of several local firemen accused of setting fires since November of last year.
If convicted, Wood faces up 20 years behind bars.
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[45S-Vila]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=cutins]
[WRITER=equ]
[TAPE#=99-3 1:49:12]
[GRAPHIC=None]


Home fixer upper Bob Vila is making his home in Richmond these days.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Richmond;]


He is now taping his show in the state capital.
"Bob Vila's Home Again" will tape 13 segments on the restoration of Virginia's Executive Mansion.
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[SOT 12:43:27]
[IN Q=]

((BOB VILA/"HOME AGAIN" HOST: ROOMS FURNISHED AND FILLED WITH ANTIQUES THAT CAN RIVAL THINGS THAT WERE IN THE WHITE HOUSE...CONTEMPORARY OF DUNCAN FIFE'S.))
[SUPER=01-Bob Vila/"Home Again" Host; ]
[RUNS=:21]
[OUT Q=Duncan Fife's.]
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[VO-NAT]


The restoration is being overseen by First Lady Roxane Gilmore-- who's already winning praise from the project architect for her desire to restore and update the mansion in the most historically correct way.
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[45WEATHER]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=cutins]
[WRITER=KMC]
[TAPE#=]
[GRAPHIC=]


Checking your Tax Day forecast-- Be sure to carry along those umbrellas.
Skies will be mostly cloudy, with showers and scattered thunderstorms likely.
Highs in the low to mid 60s.
The wet weather will linger into tonight, with lows in the lower 50s.
The five day outlook dries out for Friday...with a brief warmup...before cooling off again over the weekend.
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[8E-Plane-Crash]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=cutins]
[WRITER=THa]
[TAPE#=99-11 26:43]
[GRAPHIC=Crash Investigation]


Some answers as to WHY a plane crashed in Montgomery county should be revealed in a preliminary report coming out in the next few weeks.
Investigators removed the
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[Vo-nat]
[Super=03-Montgomery Co.;]

engines and propellers from the site in Montgomery County yesteday.
The parts were taken elsewhere for more analysis.
And, while the investigation should wrap up soon- there's still much work to be done.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=We'll continue]

((BRIAN RAYNER/NTSB INVESTIGATOR:WE'LL CONTINUE WITH SOME WITNESS INTERVIEWS, THE EXAMINATION OF THE ENGINES, AS WE INTEND TO VISIT THE ROANOKE TOWER AND SEE WHAT KIND OF DATA THEY'VE BEEN ABLE TO DEVELOP OVER THE LAST COUPLE OF DAYS.))
[SUPER=01-Brian Rayner/NTSB Investigator;]
[RUNS=15]
[OUT Q=of days.]
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[VO-NAT]
[Super=04-Monday;]


The pilot and all three passengers were killed when the plane went down, near Shawsville Monday.
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[8E-Fulcher]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=cutins]
[WRITER=tte]
[TAPE#=99-8 1:25:20]
[GRAPHIC=Fulcher]


He's helped authorities catch other criminals... Now a con man is defending his actions on camera.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Botetourt Co.;]


Mike Fulcher put his fellow inmate Thomas Gray in touch with a so-called hitman, knowing he would really discuss murder with the Botetourt County sheriff.
[SUPER=04-Last May;]


Fulcher says he will also tell a judge what Jay Clements said about starting last year's fatal Church Avenue fire.

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[SOT 11:08:21]
[IN Q=I'm all for]

((I'M ALL FOR HELPING INMATES IF THEY'RE TRYING TO HELP THEMSELVES. IF IT'S AN INMATE ON THE OTHER SIDE WHO WANTS TO RECRUIT ME TO HELP COMMIT A MURDER I'M NOT GOING TO DO IT. I'M GOING TO REPORT IT JUST LIKE I DID TO THE SHERIFF.))
[SUPER=01-Mike Fulcher/Jail Informant;]
[RUNS=:11]
[OUT Q=did to the sheriff]
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[VO-NAT]


Fulcher is a repeat offender serving 36 years in prison for stealing three tractors.
For years -- he was a D-E-A informant.
The sheriff's office alwayss checks his work.
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[SOT 12:33:22]
[IN Q=If you're asking me]

((IF YOU'RE ASKING ME WOULD I TRUST HIM ... I'M NOT SURE OF THAT.))
[SUPER=01-Major Ken Smith/Botetourt Co. Sheriff's Dept.;]
[RUNS=:17]
[OUT Q=sure of that]
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[VO-NAT]


Fulcher's now been nailed as the suspected leader of a drug ring inside Bland Prison.
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[8S-Lewis-Gale]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=cutins]
[WRITER=tfl]
[TAPE#=99-1 1:59:31]
[GRAPHIC=Lewis Gale]


It may hurt patients' pocketbooks a bit-- but Lewis-Gale Clinic is making some changes in its bill collecting.

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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Salem]

The clinic has never charged interest or late fees and has allowed patients to make small payments over a period of years. The clinic's Executive Director says the new policy is only getting Lewis-Gale up to par with current industry standards. Now patients will be given six months to settle their bill, then they will be offered two options.
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[SOT ub 09 44 26]
[IN Q=The choice is]

((STEVEN KELLEY/LGC EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR: THE CHOICE IS, AT THE END OF THEIR SIX MONTH PLAN TO EITHER PAY OFF THE ENTIRE BALANCE WITH A TWENTY PERCENT DISCOUNT, OR THEY HAVE 90 DAYS TO FIND FINANCING ON THEIR OWN AND WE'LL HELP THEM WITH THAT, BUT IF THEY DON'T CHOOSE ONE OF THOSE TWO OPTIONS, THEN AND ONLY THEN WILL WE SEND THEM TO A COLLECTION AGENCY.))
[SUPER=01-Steven Kelley/LGC Executive Director; ]
[RUNS=:21]
[OUT Q=collection agency.]
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[VO-NAT]

The policy will affect about a thousand Lewis-Gale clinic patients.
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[8S-Vila]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=cutins]
[WRITER=equ]
[TAPE#=99-3 1:49:12]
[GRAPHIC=None]


The Governor's mansion may soon look like the set of "Home Improvement"..
Restoration work is underway there.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Richmond;]


And the TV show about it began taping yesterday.
"Bob Vila's Home Again" will tape 13 segments on the restoration of Virginia's Executive Mansion.
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[SOT 12:43:27]
[IN Q=]

((BOB VILA/"HOME AGAIN" HOST: ROOMS FURNISHED AND FILLED WITH ANTIQUES THAT CAN RIVAL THINGS THAT WERE IN THE WHITE HOUSE...CONTEMPORARY OF DUNCAN FIFE'S.))
[SUPER=01-Bob Vila/"Home Again" Host; ]
[RUNS=:21]
[OUT Q=Duncan Fife's.]
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[VO-NAT]


The restoration is being overseen by First Lady Roxane Gilmore-- who's already winning praise from the project architect for her desire to restore and update the mansion in the most historically correct way.
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[8WEATHER]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=cutins]
[WRITER=KMC]
[TAPE#=]
[GRAPHIC=]


Now, let's take a moment to look over today's forecast...
Mostly cloudy, with showers likely-- and maybe some thunderstorms.
Highs will reach the mid 60s.
Temperatures will cool into the lower 50s overnight, with lingering showers.
But the extended forecast is calling for a return of sunny weather tomorrow...with a mix of sunshine and clouds lasting into next week.
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