Coming up today on News 7 at 5, Governor Gilmore says he is confident Virginia can avoid a boycott by the state N-A-A-C-P. We'll have the latest.
and while the country waits for the winners of last night's Big Game to come forward, we'll tell you why one of the store owners who sold a winning ticket is upset with his own state of affairs.
Coming up today in sports, the Virginia Tech wrestling team joins the ranks of the elite. Roy Stanley will have more,
and a Hollywood actress says she is relieved after settling SOME of her legal problems.
The big news on the BIG game today- is there are two winners- one in Illinois, and another in Michigan- but none in Virginia.
Drew Levinson has more on the winning tickets.
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[SUPER=01-George Kassab/Sold Winning Ticket;]
[SUPER=01-John Sweeney/Gas Station Owner;]
[SUPER=01-Drew Levinson/CBS News;]
((For just about everyone who entered the Big Game Lottery--those
million dollars dreams aren't worth a plug nickel.
But there are two winning tickets, and they're worth a record 363
million dollars. The tickets were purchased at a gas station in
Illinois and a party store in Michigan.
SOT: George Kassab/Sold winning ticket
The phone call came in about 2:30 in the morning and they told me that
our store, Mr. K's had sold the winning ticket, and that was it. I've
been up ever since. 9:37:17 rem 801 :11
Narr:A man claiming to have the winning ticket has contacted Michigan
Lottery officials. They think he's for real, but they say, until the
ticket is in their hands they won't be able to confirm the claim.
(Nat Sot - presentation of check,to gas station owner) Lori Montana
/Illinois Lottery Director
"Our sincere thanks for being a lottery retailer"
Narr:While waiting for the winners to come forward, the owner of the gas
station in Lake Zurich, a Chicago suburb, was presented with a check for
1.8 million dollars, the Ilinois Lottery's commission for selling the
SOT; John Sweeney
It's a pleasure to accept this check and we'll do good things with it.
11:35:52 rem 805
Narr: Not so lucky, the owner of the Mr. K's Party store, the seller of
the other winning ticket. Under Michigan Lottery rules, his commission
is much smaller.
SOT: George Kassab
"A lousy 2,000 dollars." 9:37:56 rem 801
Narr:George Kassab says he might not even accept the check.
SOT: It's an insult. 11:35:20ish 805
I'm glad I'm here and not there. 11:03:49
Levinson: The exact amount the winners take home depends on state
taxes, but MIchigan officials say their winner will be collecting
roughly seven million dollars a year for the next 26 years...and that's
a big game.
Drew Levinson, CBS News, Chicago))
Governor Jim Gilmore won himself some breathing room today.
Gilmore met privately with officers of the Virginia N-double-A-C-P, over his April proclamation of Confederate History Month.
The group has threatened an economic boycott if Gilmore issues one next year.
[IN Q=And that]
((GOV. JIM GILMORE: AND THAT MEANS THAT THERE ARE A LOT OF PEOPLE IN THIS STATE THAT I'M GOING TO WANT TO TALK TO. PEOPLE FROM ALL PARTS OF THIS ISSUE, ALL SIDES OF THIS ISSUE.))06
((SALIM KHALFANI/VIRGINIA NAACP: THE GOVERNOR WAS SINCERE. HE HEARD OUR POINTS... THIS CAUSE IS LIFE ITSELF TO THEM.))17
[SUPER=01-Salim Khalfani/Virginia NAACP;]
[OUT Q=to them.]
The N-double-A-C-P says it has NO specific timetable for Gilmore to decide what he'll do.
Before the meeting, the Sons of Confederate Veterans held a news conference.
Roanoke-based commander Red Barbour called the N-double-A-C-P a hate group, and threatened his own group could call a boycott.
Tourism efforts in Lynchburg today got a boost with the addition of Fort Early to the state's list of Civil War sites.
The fort, which marks the defense lines from the Battle of Lynchburg in 1864, is now part of the Virginia Civil War Trails program.
The program links more than 260 historic stops in 79 jurisdictions.
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[IN Q=Whereas this site]
((MITCH BOWMAN/VA CIVIL WAR TRAILS PROGRAM: WHEREAS THIS SITE WAS WELL- INTERPRETED.. AND I LOVE THIS MAP.. BEFORE OUR PROGRAM, NEARLY 190 SITES ACROSS THE STATE HAVE HAD HISTORICAL MARKERS PLACED ON LOCATION FOR THE VERY FIRST TIME THROUGH THE VIRGINIA CIVIL WAR TRAILS PROGRAM.))
[SUPER=01-Mitch Bowman/VA Civil War Trails Program]
[OUT Q=trails program.]
Trailblazer signs now help direct tourists from Routes 460 and 29 to the Fort Early site.
The city's Court House Museum and Old City Cemetery also were added to the program.
The battle over the confederate flag takes an ugly turn in South Carolina-
Someone vandalized the Confederate Soldiers Monument- where the flag may wind up.
The words "Take it Down. We don't want it here" were spray painted on the statue-
Today is Confederate Memorial day in South Carolina- men dressed in period uniform stood guard at the monument- Some Lawmakers are concerned.
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((REP. JAKE KNOTTA/R- SOUTH CAROLINA: ALL OUR STATUES NEED TO BE PROTECTED I HOPET HIS DOESN'T LEAD TO A DOMINOE EFFECT ON THE STATEHOUSE GROUNDS SUCH AS THE ONE ERECTED TOMORROW AT THE AFRICAN AMERICAN MONUMENT.))
[SUPER=01-Rep Jake Knotta/(R) South Carolina Legislator;]
[OUT Q=African American monument.]
The debate is on inside the statehouse on what to do about the flag- that flies above them.
Lawmakers are six votes shy of the votes needed to get the flag down.
Who owns the hazardous materials stored in a Roanoke business. We'll have the details after the break,
and a plan to bring giant presidential statues to Rockbridge County may go bust, but there could still be something historic in the making.
[Commercial Break #1]
The nation's weather experts unveiled two new weapons in the fight against hurricanes today.
With the season just a few weeks away, people in the possible paths of big storms are being urged to take precautions now.
Bobbi Harley has more.
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[SUPER=01-D. James Baker/N.O.A.A.;]
[SUPER=01-Bobbi Harley/CBS News;]
[OUT Q=CBS NEWS Miami]
((A WARNING FOR THOSE WHO LIVED THROUGH THE DEVASTATING HURRICANES OF 1999
EXPECT MORE OF THE SAME THIS YEAR.
EVEN THOUGH HURRICANE SEASON IS STILL WEEKS AWAY, THE NATION'S
FORECASTERS ARE ALREADY PREDICTING A HIGH NUMBER OF STORMS ... FOR AREAS
ALONG THE EAST AND GULF COASTS.
AND OF COURSE, YOU CAN BLAME THIS ON THAT INFAMOUS WEATHER PATTERN KNOWN
AS LA NINA.
IN ORDER TO KEEP UP WITH THE HURRICANE ONSLAUGHT -- OFFICIALS WILL BE
RELYING ON STATE-OF-THE-ART EQUIPMENT ... INCLUDING A NEW WEATHER
SATELLITE ... AND TWO NEW HURRICANE PLANES.
((SOT: D. James Baker/National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration))
"These planes fly into hurricanes and provide us detailed measurements
inside the hurricane of the temperature and the hummidity and the
winds... so that we can get a better idea of about where that hurricane
is gonna go."
((HARLEY STANDUP, MIAMI, about new survey which shows many more people
have moved into the paths of storms, but most don't do anything to
"As few as 1 in 3 could only site a single action other than purchasing
pre-cut plywood for windows.
BETTER PLANNING MIGHT HAVE LESSENED THE PAIN OF LAST YEAR'S HURRICANE
FLOYD -- WHICH KILLED MORE THAN 50 PEOPLE ... AND CAUSED BILLIONS OF
DOLLARS IN DAMAGE. OFFICIALS ARE HOPING THAT WON'T HAPPEN THIS TIME
BOBBI HARLEY, CBS NEWS, MIAMI))
The Environmental Protection Agency says flammable substances have leaked from tanks in an old Roanoke warehouse.
The E-P-A says some of the 600 containers in the old Evans Paint warehouse hold hazardous materials.
They're not sure what's in the other tanks, including those underground.
Some tanks and bags have leaked -- but inspectors say nearby residents are safe.
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[IN Q=Previously in the past]
((PREVIOUSLY IN THE PAST HOMELESS PEOPLE HAVE SOUGHT OUT THIS WAREHOUSE FOR SHELTER DURING THE WINTER MONTHS. SO THAT'S REALLY THE ONLY RISK I SEE. PEOPLE TRESPASSING ONTO THE PROPERTY. AS FAR AS CONTAMINATION OUTSIDE THE BUILDING, EVERYTHING PREDOMINANTLY IS INSIDE THE BUILDING AND THERE REALLY ARE NO OFFSITE PROBLEMS.))
[SUPER=01-Michael Taurino/E.P.A. Agent;]
[OUT Q=offsite problems]
A security agent will guard the site 24 hours a day.
Cleanup won't start until June -- in the meantime the E-P-A is trying to find the containers' owners to soak up some of the cost.
Otherwise the taxpayers will have to foot the bill.
Actress Halle Berry says she is glad she settled charges that she was involved in a hit and run and accident earlier this year.
[SUPER=03-Beverly Hills, CA]
Today, Berry pled no contest to a misdemeanor charge of leaving the scene of an accident.
She was fined 13-thousand, 500 dollars and put on three year's probation.
She will also have to perform 200 hours of community service.
Berry was driving an S-U-V that ran a red light before hitting another car.
The driver of the other car broke her wrist and is suing Berry for damages.
Coming up next on the newscast, Patrick Evans will tell us about a plan to make sure children have the drive to read.
[LIVE=Patrick Full Microwave]
[OUT Q=News 7 at 5 continues.]
The Child Health Investment Partnership, better known as CHIP, helps makes sure that local children in need get access to necessary healthcare.
This week, CHIP is also making sure those children get access to BOOKS, thanks in large part to Barnes & Noble and a special book drive, and that's where we find Patrick Evans this evening.
[SUPER=01-Pamela Taradzinski/Barnes & Noble;]
[SUPER=01-Robin Haldiman/CHIP Exec. Director;]
Watching a child go into surgery is agonizing for any parent. But for the parents of Kenny Willis, it also may bring great hope.
Kenny has a rare birth defect that has robbed him of most of his hearing.
But with the help of a surgeon at the University of Virginia, he might get it back.
Lisa Hughes has more.
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[SUPER=01-Lori Barringer/Kenny's Mom; :25 quick]
[SUPER=01-Dr. Bob Jahrsdoerfer/UVa Medical Center Surgeon; :30]
[OUT Q=Charlottesville, Virginia]
((Dr. Bob Jahrsdoerfer is building an ear from the inside out.
The patient is six year-old Kenny Willis. He was born without ear
canals...without eardrums and on the left side-he has no ear at all.
He's worn hearing aids almost since birth.
SOT: I DON T SEE HIM HAVING LIMITATIONS AT ALL
Lori Barringer admires her son s confidence. She s hoping the surgery
will open his world.
SOT, WE HAVE TO BE OUR CHILDREN S ADVOCATES. AND THAT S WHAT I AM. I'M
KENNY S ADVOCATE.
SOT, I FEEL A GREAT SENSE OF SATISFACTION IF I CAN HELP A CHILD.
Dr. Jarsdoerfer is the expert.
SOT, MY GOAL IS TO HELP THEM DISCARD THE HEARING AID. IF I CAN DO THAT,
I VE WON THE BATTLE
This battlefield is full of mystery. Dr. Jahrsdoerfer must drill a new
ear canal. There are no landmarks.He relies on experience.
He uses tissue from a muscle in Kenny s face to create an eardrum and a
skin graft from the boy s arm to line the new ear canal. Meticulous
work--most often, successful.
SOT: ARE YOU HAPPIER NOW?
Zach Adams had surgery on both ears. It worked.
SOT: HE ASKED ME WHAT THE DIFFERENT BIRDS WERE. THE DIFFERENT SOUNDS.
DIDN T WE?
His parents always knew, if he could hear Zach s school and social life
SOT: THAT DOESN T KEEP YOU FROM WORRYING WHEN HE HAS TO GO THROUGH THE
SUGERY. BUT IN THE END, IT S WORTH EVERYTHING.
Kenny's four-hour surgery is ending. Doctors should know next week
whether his hearing is improved. The odds are 80-percent. Kenny s mom
is waiting anxiously.
SOT: EVERYTHING WENT WELL. IT LOOKED GOOD. I THINK HIS HEARING IS GOING
TO BE BETTER. THANK YOU.
SOT: I'M NERVOUS ABOUT SEEING HIM. BUT I'M HAPPY. DR. J. IS FANTASTIC.
IT'S LIKE MIRACLE STUFF.
The real miracle comes, she says, if Kenny can finally hear.
Lisa Hughes, CBS NewsCharlottesville, Virginia.))
Kenny still has three more surgeries on his right ear. It's plastic
surgery. And he'll go to California for that.
Next spring, doctors will begin work on his left ear. It's a long road.
But Kenny 's mother insists it's worth it.
Good afternoon everyone and welcome to the Wednesday two minute ticker.
First lets check in with the N-B-A playoffs were the Portland Trailblazers lead their series with Utah 2 games to none after last night's 103 to 85 win over the Jazz.
[SUPER=03-Portland, OR/TNT SPORTS; :]
Karl Malone and Scotttie Pippen during Warmups.
Malone was playing with a sore knee but this baseline jumper cut the Blazers lead to 7 to 6 in the first quarter.
But the Jazz couldn't stop Portland's Steve smith on this play he drives to the hoop for the tough two and the foul the Trailblazers took a 69 to 47 lead in the third.
Smith would lead Portland scoring with 19 as the Trailblazers move closer to the N-B-A Semi Finals.
Meantime, The Knicks and Heat at tied at 1 game each after New York's 82 to 76 win last night.
Tonight, the Lakers and Suns play game two of their Western Conference finals. L.A. is up one game to none.
And Indiana and Philadelphia hook up in game three of the Eastern Conference finals. The Pacers are up two games to none.
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Philadelphia Flyer Keith Primeau was released from the hospital this morning.
[SUPER=03-Pittsburgh, PA/Fox Sports-NHL;]
Primeau was decked by Pittsburgh's Bob Boughner in the first minute of last night's NHL playoff game.
Primeau lay motionless on the ice for several minutes and was taken from the game on a stretcher.
He was released this morning after remaining overnight for observation.
The Flyers clinched the series with the 2 to 1 win and will start their series with New Jersey Sunday.
The Virginia Tech wrestling team will join the elite for a national championship in the year 2001.
Tech will participate in the National Wrestlers Coaches Association Dual Meet Championships the third weekend in January at State College, Pennsylvania.
The meet features 16 teams and includes some of the top wrestling teams in the national.
Tech finished 19-th at the N-C-A-A's and two wrestlers, Sean Gray and Chris Martin earned All-America Honors.
Meantime, A big weekend of Tennis this weekend in Blacksburg. Tech is hosting the first round of the N-C-A-A tournament at the Burrows-Burleson Tennis Center.
And I'll have more sport at six and Jean will be back in a moment.
It's time for our website of the day, and today Patrick Evans will show us how we can find some long lost friends from high school.
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[OUT Q=Patrick Evans. Class of 85]
((Despite promises made to the contrary, we all know how easy it is to lose track of our high school friends after graduation..
But as with many things, the internet has made it easier to reconnect. The site at high school alumni-dot-com includes entries from 28 thousand high schools and many different years.
It only includes students from your class who have registered, but the process is quick and painless and webmasters say they never release any private information.
Highschoolalumni-dot-com can even send you a monthly update of who has joined from your class.
So to find an old friend, colleague or even a lost high school love, try our website of the day. You can find it throu
gh a link to our page at WDBJ7-dot-com. I'm Patrick Evans.))[5-Pres-Park]
Buena Vista probably won't be home to 41- statutes of the American Presidents.
[SUPER=03-York Co./March 17]
The giant Presidential heads were constructed for a theme park in York County.
City leaders in Buena Vista wrote to the developers when they heard the project was in jeopardy.
And while it appears the statutes will end up on the East coast-- the developers are considering Buena Vista for a second theme park that would include giant busts of famous Virginians.
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[IN Q=This would]
((THIS WOULD INCLUDE THE CONFEDERATE SOLDIERS, ROBERT E LEE, JEB STUART, THE EIGHT VIRGINIA PRESIDENTS AND OTHERS LIKE ELI WHITNEY.))
[SUPER=01-Everette Newman/Project Developer; :00]
[OUT Q=eli whitney.]
Today Buena Vista's city manager gave the developers a tour of Glen Maury park-- which city leaders hope they will consider as a possible location.
By the way-- the park would not include amusement rides.
We'll have more on just what is being proposed tonight on NEWS 7 at six.