On News 7 at 5, a collision with a train kills a local woman. We'll have the details.
And a guilty plea for illegally dumping hazardous wastes costs the city of Roanoke 600- thousand dollars.
Looking for a blustery day on Tuesday. Temperatures should be in the 50s.
In medical news, are advertisements for prescription drugs aimed at the wrong audience. Some doctors say yes.
and the Red Cross says blood is urgently needed both across the country and right here at home.
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The city of Roanoke will plead guilty in federal court to storing hazardous waste without a permit.
The violation stems from the burial of contaminated barrels at the Public Works Service Center, and the incident will cost the city 600- thousand dollars in fines and community service.
The first drums were discovered in December of 1997, but eventually the city unearthed more than a thousand.
Most were empty, but more than 40 contained hazardous waste such as asphalt patch material and road paint.
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((BILL HACKWORTH/ROANOKE CITY ATTORNEY: WE REGRET WHAT'S HAPPENED. WE HAVE TO TAKE RESPONSIBILITY FOR IT. THAT'S WHY WE'VE AGREED TO DO THESE COMMUNITY SERVICE PROGRAMS AND TO IMPLEMENT AN ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT SYSTEM IN THE CITY.))
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[OUT Q=in the city.]
No individuals will face criminal charges, but under the plea agreement council approved today, the city will beef up training programs for its own employees and officials of other local governments.
The city will also expand programs to collect household hazardous waste, and council has agreed to fund construction of a greenway along Tinker Creek.
An Augusta County woman died today after pulling into the path of a train-- just north of Vesuvius.
State police say the train's conductor blew the horn before colliding with 71- year old Kate McCracken of Raphine.
A witness to the accident told authorities McCracken appeared to be distracted just before pulling onto the tracks.
The train was traveling 34-miles an hour.... and was pulling 46 cars behind it.
The company that brings many Internet service- may now also bring you movies-
A huge merger announced today between American Online and Time Warner. Bobbi Harley explains what it means.
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[SUPER=01-Ted Turner/Time Warner;]
[SUPER=01-Art Hogan/Investment Strategist;]
[SUPER=01-Bobbi Harley/CBS News;]
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WHO COULD HAVE GUESSED THE MOVIE YOUVE GOT MAIL WOULD ONE DAY
ILLUSTRATE WHAT A MEGA MEDIA MERGER MIGHT LOOK LIKE
WELL ITS HERE AMERICA ON LINE WILL TAKE OVER TIME WARNER BOTH
COMPANIES HAD A HAND IN THE 1998 MOVIE HIT AND NOW YOULL PROBABLY SEE
MANY MORE JOINT EFFORTS AOL IS THE LARGEST INTERNET PROVIDER TIME
WARNER THE LARGEST MEDIA AND ENTERTAINMENT COMPANY -- TOGETHER ITS THE
BIGGEST MERGER EVER CREATING A 350 BILLION DOLLAR COMPANY AND
GENERATING A LITTLE HEAT FOR THE AT LEAST ONE EXECUTIVE WHO HAD TO SIGN
OFF ON IT.
TED TURNER/TIME WARNER I did it with as much or more excitement and enthusiasm as I did on that night when a I first made love some 42
IT WAS A LITTLE DIFFERENT ON WALL STREET BUT THE NEWS CAUSED JUST AS
MUCH EXCITEMENT STOCKS ROSE SHARPLY HIGHER AND ANALYSTS SAY THIS IS ONLY THE BEGINNING OF TRADITIONAL MEDIA MEETING THE NEW HIGH TECH FUTURE.
ART HOGAN/INVESTMENT STRATEGIST This is just the tip of the iceberg for the year 2000, in terms of the consolidation thats going to
HARLEY: CONSUMER GETS MORE AND COMPANIES KEEP CASHING IN ON
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Still to come on the newscast, Roanoke County say a sports camp has gotten too big. We'll have the details in a moment.
But first, a police officer who shot an unarmed man is reassigned just a day after the local N-Double-A-C-P complains about his reinstatement.
A press conference this weekend by the N-double-A-C-P may have prompted some changes in the Roanoke city police department.
The Roanoke chapter of the civil rights group is angry that an officer who shot and wounded an UNarmed man last month recently returned to work as a patrol officer.
Today-- a spokeswoman for the department said Officer W-G (BOO-shay) Boucher has been given a new assignment.
Boucher will be handling administrative duties until the investigation into the incident is completed.
The spokesman declined to say if the new assignment was in response to yesterday's news conference.
They say it's a complicated legal matter.
Representatives from the Lewis-Gale Clinic and its parent company have been in discussions all day ... talking about a group of doctors who resigned last week.
A spokeswoman for the Lewis-Gale Clinic wouldn't say how many doctors are leaving- only that more imformation about them ... and what this means for their patients ... will come out later this week.
Fourteen doctors who work at Lewis-Gale satellite clinics have resigned.
So have a number of specialists and surgeons at the main clinic in Salem.
All this after a dispute with the parent company, called Phycor.
It's a health management company in Nashville that runs Lewis-Gale ... and a number of clinics around the country.
Phycor has been the subject of a number of lawsuits ... and has severed ties with other clinics around the country, after complaints of bad management.
Meantime ... lawyers involved in this case are telling doctors not to speak ... not even to their patients.
We'll have more on the Lewis-Gale situation tonight at six.
Roanoke County is trying to yank the license from a local sports camp for children.
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The county attorney says Rising Star Sports and Adventure Camp has grown too commercial for a rural area, sponsoring league tournaments instead of camp clinics.
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((IF HE'S REALLY RUNNING A DAY CARE OPERATION ... BE PERMISSABLE.))
[SUPER=01-Paul Mahoney/Roanoke Co. Atty;]
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Chris Pollack, the camp's owner, denies holding leagues and tournaments here but did not want to speak on camera on his attorney's advice.
He says he's not running a day care operation under the county's definitions -- even though he has a day care license from the Department of Social Services.
A trial date has not yet been set.
This week marks the tenth anniversary of the election of Doug Wilder in Virginia.
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Wilder was then and still is the nation's only elected black governor.
[IN Q=I Lawrence]
((I, LAWRENCE DOUGLAS WILDER.))
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((WELL IT MEANT THAT CHANGE HAD BEEN MADE. TO ME IT MEANT THAT CHANGE COULD BE MADE...HUMAN SPIRIT REALLY IS INDOMITABLE.))18
[SUPER=01-Doug Wilder/(D) Former Governor; :05!!!]
[OUT Q=is indomitable.]
We'll have more with Governor Wilder looking back over the decade on News 7 at SIX.
Coming up next, Patrick Evans and Don Mankie will take a look at what to avoid when picking out a healthy way to lose weight.
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The New Year is always a good time to start a diet and pledge to lose some pounds, or just eat healthier, but you want to avoid those "fad" diets that may or may not help.
Patrick Evans has again enlisted the professionals from the Lewis-Gale Health Management Center to kick off the New Year right and avoid dangerous or unproductive diets.
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An injured Redskin could leave the team hurting for this weekend's playoff game. Steve Mason will have the details in Sports. And on Health Check,
we'll tell you why some people are afraid pharmaceutical companies aren't doing enough to inform consumers about the side effects of their drugs.
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(( CHERYL SCHMIDT: I THINK THEY DIDN'T MENTION IT BECAUSE THEY KNEW THAT
THEY WOULDN'T BE ABLE TO HAVE ANYBODY RECEIVE IT BECAUSE NOBODY WOULD
WANT THAT RISK. YOU KNOW, SO THEY WOULD LOSE ALL ))
[OUT Q=would lose all.]
The American Red Cross says blood is urgently needed across the country and right here in our area.
The Red Cross says its local chapter is down to less than one day's supply of type O blood.
That makes the situation especially critical since Type O is considered the Universal Blood Type, which means it can be safely transfused in most patients during emergency situations.
The Red Cross says the holidays cut down on donations. It also says many donors have been prevented from giving blood due to the flu which has hit some regions of the country very hard.
A growing number of doctors say they are concerned about what they are seeing on television. They claim the increasing amount of commercials for prescription drugs are aimed at the wrong audience. John Roberts has more.
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[SUPER=01-Alan Holmer/Drug Industry Rep.; 1:40]
[SUPER=01-Richard Galax/Personal Injury Lawyer; 2:05]
[SUPER=01-Aaron Twerski/Product Liability Expert; 2:38]
[SUPER=01-John Roberts/CBS News; 2:50]
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((IN THE TWO YEARS SINCE THE GOVERNMENT HAS ALLOWED DRUG COMPANIES TO
ADVERTISE ON TELEVISION, EYECATCHING COMMERCIALS FOR THEIR PRODUCTS ARE
EVERYWHERE. IN 1999 ALONE, THE INDUSTRY SPENT OVER TWO BILLION DOLLARS
ADVERTISING IN PRINT AND ON TELEVISION.
ONCE CONFINED TO THE PAGES OF MEDICAL JOURNALS, ADVERTISEMENTS FOR
PRESCRIPTION DRUGS HAVE CAUSED MANY PHYSICIANS TO YEARN FOR THE DAYS
WHEN THE DOCTOR KNEW BEST.
Dr. Nancy Mueller/SOT: usually it=s why aren=t I on this is usually the
first question of don=t you think I would be better off on this and it
takes you back
CAROL ANN RATZ DEMANDED THE CONTRACEPTIVE NORPLANT FROM HER DOCTOR BACK
IN 1991. SHE HAD LEARNED ABOUT IT FROM A MAGAZINE AND A PROMOTIONAL
VIDEO... IRONICALLY IN HER DOCTOR'S OFFICE
Carol Ann Ratz/SOT: it was advertised right to me they didn=t go through
the doctor like I made up my mind I wanted it. This was maintenance
free, it couldn't be any better
BUT THE RESULTS FOR HER WERE NOT AS HAPPY AS THE WOMEN SHE SAW IN THE
Carol Ann Ratz CS1 my breasts were tender I was constantly bleeding the
irregular bleeding was constant I had mood changes and the migraine
headaches they didn=t tell me about that
AFTER SUFFERING THROUGH SIDE EFFECTS, THE SYSTEM FAILED HER COMPLETELY.
Carol Ann Ratz I got pregnant after 3 years with not only one baby...
THE GOVERNMENT REQUIRES DRUG COMPANIES TO PROVIDE WARNINGS ABOUT SIDE
EFFECTS IN THEIR ADVERTISING. BUT THE INDUSTRY HAS ALWAYS MAINTAINED
THAT DOCTORS ACT AS A SAFETY
alan holmer, pharmaceutical research and manufacturers association,
it's not possible for a patient to watch an ad and then go straight to
the corner drugstore to get a prescription filled. They've got to go
another place they've got to go see their doctor
THAT REASONING HAS PROTECTED DRUG COMPANIES IN LAWSUITS FILED BY
PATIENTS FOR YEARS. BUT ATTORNEYS IN NEW JERSEY WHO'VE FILED SUIT ON
BEHALF OF NORPLANT RECIPIENTS SAY ADVERTISING - REACHING OUT TO
CONSUMERS DIRECTLY - CHANGES ALL THAT.
Richard Galex, personal injury lawyer if they=re going to advertise
directly to the consumer they have a duty to warn of all the possible
dangers so that there is an informed consumer, an informed patient
Prof Aaron Twerski, Product Liability Expert they are caught in a web
of their own making
WARNINGS ABOUT SIDE EFFECTS AND DANGERS HAVE BECOME MORE PROMINENT
RECENTLY. BUT A LEADING PRODUCT LIABILITY EXPERT SAYS WARNING OF A
PRODUCT'S RISKS WILL ALWAYS TAKE A BACKSEAT TO TOUTING ITS BENEFITS.
Prof Aaron Twerski you'll see what I call the smiley page in which
everybody's happy because someone=s taken the drug, and then there=s the
second page in which you get the long list of things which could go
wrong. Now, it is literally impossible to get all the information of
the second page onto the smiley page ))
Good afternoon everyone, welcome to your two minute ticker.
Part of the aftermath of the Nokia Sugar Bowl is which players from Florida State and Virginia Tech are going to forgo whatever eligibility they have left and head to the NFL.
One key Hokie who has been mentioned is tailback Shyrone Stith. Today is the final day a player can declare for the April draft and at this time there is NO confirmation that Stith is going to the NFL. At this time, it appears Stith WILL return next season and play for Virginia Tech.
Michael Vick is set to return next season under center for the Hokies. He is definitely an early favorite for the 2000 Heisman trophy and today he once again proved his mettle off the field.
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Vick spoke to about 80 challenged kids at the Enterprise Academy in Newport News, the school where his mom is a bus driver. He spoke from about noon until one PM and encouraged the kids to stay focused and listen to their teachers. When asked about declaring for the NFL draft in April, Vick said, I am staying at tech.
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[OUT Q=...for virginia tech"]
The Washington Redskins beat Detroit over the weekend. Next up, Tampa Bay. The Redskins say all pro running back Stephen Davis is doubtful for Saturday's game with ankle and knee problems. Center Cory Raymer is also listed as doubtful with a muscle pull in his rib cage.
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Davis has been huge for the Skins all season long and was injured against the Lions after making a significant game contribution. His possible loss hurts even more, considering how potent the Tampa bay defense is.
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[SUPER=01-Norv Turner/Redskins Head Coach; :00]
[OUT Q=...they're a good defense"]
that's it for the two minute ticker, coming up at six, More from Michael Vick and the latest on some of his fellow teammates decisions on declaring for the April draft. Have a great day everybody.
A 54-year old mother of eight is a new mom again-
Arcelia Garcia gave birth to triplets- over the weekend.
Arianna, Brianna and Cecilia are all premies-
but doctors say they're doing well and breathing without assistance.
Today the new mother and two of her older daughters talked about the experience.
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((I THANK GOD THAT MY MOTHER AND THE BABY ARE DOING FINE.))
((MOTHER SPEAKING IN SPANISH.))
[OUT Q=MY LINDA...]
Garcia said it's been a wonderful experience, something she never dreamed of or expected. She said it was a suprise.
Geneticists say the odds of having a baby with chromosomal damage are increased in older mothers-
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((WHILE WE WOULD HAVE SIAD THERE IS AN INCREASED RISK OR THAT WE MIGHT HAVE HAD SOME CONCERNS, CERTAINLY THE ODDS ARE ALWAYS IN THE PATIENTS FAVOR THAT THE BABY WILL NOT HAVE CHROMOSOMAL PROBLEMS.))
[OUT Q=chromosomal problems.]
The babies do not show chromosomal problems.
Garcia and her 60 year old husband left Mexico in 1976 and settled in Washington state where they farmed and raised their eight children.