Today on News 7 at 5, there's new information about the man suspected of murdering a 20 year old waitress in Roanoke.
And the Volvo plant in Dublin may layoff even more workers.[Weather-Head]
Say "Farewell" to our spring fling. A cold front arrives in the next 6 hours to remind us what month it really is.
In Sports, a local driver is dodging the competition at Daytona.
and in Medical News, researchers have disturbing news on the long term effects of heart bypass surgery.
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((RAY ALLEN: IT WAS A POLITICALLY MOTIVATED WITCH HUNT FROM THE VERY BEGINNING. ))04
((SEN. KEN STOLLE: RAY ALLEN'S ACTED LIKE A MORON IN THIS.))03
[OUT Q=a moron in this.]
The State Police have reported in on the Governor's political action committee...
Good afternoon, I'm Jean Jadhon.
[GRAPHIC=News 7 at 5]
State Police analyzed 150 voicemails, did surprise interviews with telemarketers, and dropped in on the Governor's phone bank.
The conclusion: yes, phone bank workers were sometimes slow to disconnect.
Or they stayed on the line for entire calls between state senators and voters.
But it was apparently unintentional and NO criminal wrongdoing was found.
Senate Finance Committee members say they're satisfied with the police report.
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[sot 11:32:33 ]
((SEN. TOMMY NORMENT/R-WILLIAMSBURG: THERE'S NO QUESTION THE PHONE CALLS WERE MONITORED. THERE'S NO QUESTION THERE WAS INTERVENTION. I EASILY CAN SEE HOW THE STATE POLICE CAN CONCLUDE THAT THIS MAY HAVE HAPPENED, BUT THERE WAS NOT THE REQUIRED CRIMINAL INTENT. I ACCEPT THAT.))
[SUPER=01-Sen. Tommy Norment/(R) Williamsburg;]
[OUT Q=I accept that.]
They're less satisfied with the director of the Governor's political action committee.
The feeling's mutual.
[IN Q=Senator Stolle]
((RAY ALLEN: SENATOR STOLLE NOW HAS AN OBLIGATION, BECAUSE OF HIS POLITICAL ACTIVITY, STATE POLICE HAS WASTED HUNDREDS OF HOURS OF MAN HOURS INVESTIGATING A POLITICAL LARK. HE HAS AN OBLIGATION NOW TO COME FORWARD AND PAY THE TENS OF THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS NOW IN WASTED TAXPAYER MONEY.))
[SUPER=01-Ray Allen/Governor's PAC Director; ]
[OUT Q=taxpayer money.]
The State Police investigation took place over two weeks.
The Governor ordered his phone banks to stop the calls on Wednesday of this week.
More layoffs are on the way at Volvo's Dublin plant.
The company estimates that 400 jobs will be eliminated.
It plans to cut back the number of trucks the plant manufactures by 14 a day ... or nearly 16 percent.
Volvo employs more than 2-thousand people in the New River Valley.
It's cut its workforce by more than a third in the last year.
Officials blame sluggish truck sales for the cutbacks.
The layoffs are expected to take effect on February 26th.
The Army man charged with killing a Hooters' waitress last week has made statements to police that the prosecutor says implicate him in the crime.
Army Specialist Christopher Charles Haynes was arraigned today on a single charge of first- degree murder.
The 26-year old soldier was a member of a 3-man military detail from Fort Lee. They were dispatched to Roanoke to present the colors at a funeral January 29th.
After the funeral the three stopped at Hooters for lunch and met Tina Foster. Haynes talked with her about modeling and told her he'd like to come back to Roanoke and take pictures of her.
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((DONALD CALDWELL/PROSECUTOR: AT LEAST BASED ON HIS STATEMENTS, THEY EXCHANGED PHONE NUMBERS AT THAT WAS WHERE THE CONTACT WAS MADE. IT APPEARS HE WENT BACK TO FORT LEE AND THEN TURNED RIGHT AROUND AND CAME RIGHT BACK TO ROANOKE.))
[IN Q=At this point]
[OUT Q=back to Roanoke.]
The tip that led to Christopher Haynes' arrest came from another Hooters restaurant, this one in Chesterfield County.
That's where a waitress says a man resembling Haynes approached her about taking some modeling pictures.
The woman's story came to light after Tina Foster disappeared in Roanoke.
Hooters management today expressed relief that an arrest had been made.
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[IN Q=We communicated to]
((PHIL CORNETTE/HOOTERS RESTAURANTS: WE COMMUNICATED TO ALL THE RESTAURANTS IN THE THREE STATES WE OPERATE IN.. RECOGNIZE IT DIDN'T HAPPEN AT ONE OF THE RESTAURANTS.. SOME BAD DECISIONS WERE MADE, UNFORTUNATELY, ON THE GIRL'S PART.))
[SUPER=01-Phil Cornette/Hooters Restaurants]
[OUT Q=on the girl's part.]
Cornette says Hooters has cooperated fully with the police investigation.
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Still to come on the newscast, a school bus collides with a tanker truck,
and O-J Simpson was in police custody today. We'll tell you why after the break.
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A plane missing since last night is found in Michigan- and there were some survivors on board.
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The plane had taken off from Chicago's Midway Airport last night-
Today crews found the wreckage on Beaver Island in northern Lake Michigan.
The pilot and co-pilot are dead, but four members of the same family survived the crash.
A mother and her children are being trated at a local hospital for exposure to winter weather.
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A heroic rescue in Texas-
A truck driver saves the life of a school bus driver involved in this fiery crash.
The school bus collided with the gasoilne tanker truck- and burst into flames.
The truck driver was not hurt. He was able to pull the 73-year old bus driver to safety.
No children were on board the school bus.
O-J Simpson turns himself in to police today-
on charges stemming from a traffic altercation last December.
His attorneys call it a Road rage misunderstanding- But the other driver involved doesn't see it that way.
55-year old Jeffery Pattison says he flicked his lights at a Ford Navigator after he saw it drive through a stop sign.
He says the driver then slammed on his brakes and walked toward his car-
Detectives say O-J Simpson reached inside Pattison's car and pulled off his glasses- scratching Pattison's face in the process.
Simpson is charged with burglary and battery- He posted a 9-thousand dollar bond.
Californians may have to deal with the lights out yet again.
The power crisis there is far from over- The state is facing more blackouts- and the public is worried about crime during those times.
To top it all off- the state could also face a natural gas shortage.
Chris Lawrence reports.
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[SUPER=01-Sheriff Lou Blanis/Sacramento Co.;]
[SUPER=01-Sen. Phil Gramm/(R) Texas;]
[SUPER=01-Chris Lawrence/CBS News;]
[OUT Q=Los Angeles.]
(( With California in a stage 3 power alert - blackouts could come back any time.
It can be frightening - it can be inconvenient.
But state legislators don't want it to be dangerous - that's why they've introduced a new bill - which would double the maximum fines and
penalties for crimes committed during a black out.
State Assemblyman Dennis Cardoza
Right now there will be a double penalty for burglary - if it was 2 years it will be a 4 year sentence. We want to send a clear message to
criminals - not to perpetrate crimes and take advantage of black outs to do it.
Companies have been ordered to cut power - when not in business..but Sherriffs are trying to find new ways to control those
areas...that could be left open to attack.
Sherrif Lou Blanis /Sacremento County.
Because quite frankly - car lots are very vulnerable - to late night car
California could also be facing an natural gas shortage soon -and
in Washington dC friday - senators discussed abolishing an old law which
gives the president the power to order companies to sell power to in the
interest of national security.
Phil Gramm - R-Texas
It's either gonna die or be dramatically re-written
Standup: Companies fighting it .the president shouldn't have that
much power......Chris Lawrence CBS News LA.))
There's some Big Wheels hanging out in the Valley this weekend. Coming up next Jacey Birch will look at their MONSTER DEALS.
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They run over cars... they race trucks and now these MONSTER trucks have been let loose and there is no stopping their horsepower.
Monster Jam hits the Roanoke Civic Center this weekend and
Jacey Birch is there right now to tell us... or better yet show us all about the truck extravaganza.
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Coming up in Sports, local racer Stacey Compton turns in some fast laps at Daytona. Roy Stanley will have the details,
and it's no secret who let the DOG out as Survivor's Mad Dog Maralyn is voted out of the Outback.
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Doctors studying the effects of heart bypass operations have found some surprising results.
Many bypass patients are suffering brain damage.
The new research found that 40 percent had significant brain damage within five years of their surgery.
In those five years, their brains aged 20 years and the average patient lost 20 percent of his mental ability.
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[IN Q=A piano teacher...]
((A PIANO TEACHER WHO HAD TAUGHT HOW TO READ NOTES TO MANY STUDENTS FOR
YEARS FORGETTING HOW TO READ NOTES THEMSELVES. ))
[SUPER=01-Dr. David Jayaker/Univ. of Chicago;]
[OUT Q=read notes themselves]
Doctors aren't sure what causes the problems.
One theory is the heart lung pump is not delivering enough blood to the brain.
Another says particles dislodged by the machine cause small strokes.
Now surgeons are trying a new device that allows them to operate while the heart still beats, making the the pump unnecessary.
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(( I'VE DONE ABOUT 65 BEATING HEARTS AND I HAVEN'T HAD ANY NEUROLOGICAL
PROBLEMS IN 65 PATIENTS.))
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The report shows that the new procedure is faster, cheaper, and safer for the brain.
New research says the drug Meridia is showing promising results in people who want to lose weight.
It's the first medication ever proven to produce long term results. A two year study found that 43% of patients taking Meridia kept their weight off.
It works by reducing cravings, but it does have complications. It also raises blood pressure.
In other weight loss news, research at Duke University may force doctors to change the way they think about high protein diets.
The Duke study found that high protein dieters lost 10 percent of their body weight and kept it off for one year.
Again there is a downside. The dieters have a higher risk for heart disease and osteoporosis.
It's a first of its kind in the region --possibly in the nation.
A health and aging website is linking seniors to thousands of providers all across the state.
It's called senior-navigator-dot-com.
And it was launched statewide this week.
The site offers profiles of more than 14-thousand community based services in urban and rural communities throughout the region.
The goal is to give families more information about what's available in their area.
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[IN Q=Anybody whose every been a ]
((ANYBODY WHOSE EVER BEEN IN A CAREGIVER SITUATION KNOWS HOW HARD IT IS TO ACCESS AND FIND INFORMATION ABOUT THE SERVICES THAT MIGHT BE HELPFUL TO YOUR FAMILY MEMBER. IT'S A VERY DISJOINTED PROCESS FRAGMENTED THE SOURCES ARE UNDER VERY MANY SOURCES AND PROVIDERS))
[SUPER=01-Anne Glass/Carilion Medicare Specialist]
[OUT Q=many sources and providers]
Carilion Health System is training volunteers to use the site --these volunteers --known as Senior Navigators --will help set-up sites in the community where seniors who do not have internet access can go for help.
For a link to this website, go to our website at WDBJ-7-dot-com.
We're only nine days away from the start of the NASCAR season.
and if you're looking for some ways to kill the time, check out our website of the day.
[SUPER=03-Daytona/2000 Daytona 500;]
Even the world of Winston Cup Racing can't escape the Survivor craze. The people behind the Racing Junky site have staged their own survival of the fittest contest.
Every day before the big race, fans will vote off an unpopular driver until only one is left. So if you want to get involved and form an alliance to save your favorite driver, visit our website of the day.
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You can find it through a link to our site at WDBJ7-dot-com.[S5-Racing]
Thank you Jean and good afternoon everybody and welcome to the Friday two minute ticker.
The Winston Cup Drivers hit the track at Daytona this morning for two practice sessions.
And Stacy Compton in a dodge was the car to beat.
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Compton, driving the number 92 Dodge, was the second fastest in the morning session with a speed of 182-point-13 miles per hour.
Then he turned in a time of 181-point 55 in the afternoon session giving Compton the fastest car on the track today.
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[SUPER=01-Stacy Compton/Second in Morning Practice; :]
[OUT Q=.....right now."]
Michael Waltrip was the fastest in the afternoon session, Brett Bodine was second, Compton third, Ricky Craven fourth and Dale Jarrett fifth.
The Winston Cup cars will qualify for the Daytona 500 tomorrow.
And tomorrow night Your Hometown Station is the place to be to get a clear picture of this upcoming season.
Mike Stevens will present an hour long NASCAR 2001 special tomorrow night at 7.
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[IN Q=FIRST AUDIO]
[SUPER=01-Dale Earnhardt/7 Time Winston Cup Champ; :25]
[OUT Q=....hometown station."]
Michael Waltrip also had a good practice session we'll hear from him at six and Jean will be back in a moment.
Virginia's only representative on television's "Survivor" has been sent packing. Last night's show was a test of endurance and that's what cost Mad Dog Maralyn Hershey her spot in the out back.
Bob Winsor has her story.
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[SUPER=03-Wakefield; :39 QUICK]
[OUT Q=Bob Winsor reporting]
MARALYN HERSEY SAYS OC: THE OUTBACK HAD ME IN HER GRIPS AND WASN'T
GOING TO LET GO..IT WAS MAGIC..
TRACK: THEY CALLED HER MAD DOGLAST NIGHT SHE MAY HAVE LOST HER PLACE IN
THE TRIBE, BUT NO ONE HAS BEEN MORE OF A SURVIVOR IN REAL LIFE...RISING
THROUGH THE RANKS OF THE WASHINGTON D.C. POLICE DEPARTMENTTO THE ROLE
OF CAPTAINIT WAS A TOUGH GIGIN THOSE DAYS..THE CITY WAS A WAR ZONE .
MARALYN HERSHEY SAYS OC: I WAS BASICALLY OUT THERE WEITH THEM ON THEIR
SHIFT..I'LL LEAD THEM INTO BATTLE AND I'LL LEAD THEM BACK OUT BY THE
GRACE OF GOD..NOT ONE OF MY PEOPLE GOT SHOT
TRACK: SHE LATER RETIRED FROM THE FORCE TO HER FARM IN VIRGINIA WHERE
SHE AND HER HORSE G-MAN BECAME EQUESTRIAN CHAMPIONS..RACKING UP A NUMBER
OF TROPHY RIBBONS. JOINING HER ON THE FARM IS A VARIETY OF DONKEYS, AND
Nat sound on farm
TRACK: WHEN MARALYN FELL DURING LAST NIGHT'S OBSTACLE CHALLENGE..SHE KEW
HER DREAM OF SURVIVING WAS OVER.
MARALYN HERSEHY SAYS OC: I KNEW AFTER WE LOST THE OBSTACLE COURSE
CHALLENEG I KNEW I WAS GOING TO BE VOTED OFF ABSOLUTELY..I KNEW THAT
IF WE LOSE A CHALLENGE SOMEONE HAS TO GO AND IT WAS A GAME A
MARALYN HERSEHEY SAYS HER DEMISE REALLY VCAME AS THE RESULT OF THE TRIBE
MIS-READING THE OBSTACLE COURSE.
MARALYN HERSHEY SAYS OC: WHAT SOME OF THE FOLKS DID NOT REALIZE THAT
SOME OF THOSE OBSTACLES WERE DESIGNED TO GO ACROSS WIZE NOT IN A
STRAIGHT LINE..OUR TIME AS A TEAM WOPULD HAVE BEEN A WHOLE LOT FASTER IF
WE HAD TAKEN THOSE OBSTACLES GOING ACROSS.
Nat sound Mad Dog plays didge.
TRACK: MARALYN HAS TAKEN A LITTLE OF THE OUTBACK HOME WITH ER. SHE'S
GOTTEN PRETTY GOOD ON THE DIDGEREEDOO, HAS OBTAINED A NEW KANGEROO
TATTOO..AND DOESN'T QUITE WANT TO LET GO JUST YET. LOOKING BACK, MARALYN
WILL NEVER FORGET HER TIME ON SURVIVOR
I WAS CONSUMED BY THE OUTBACK..ABSOLUTELY..AND THE WHOLE SURVIVIOR
EXPERIENCEI HAVE NEVER FELT SO ALIVE IN MY LIFE.
TRACK: FOR CBS..THIS IS BOB WINSOR REPORTING.))