On News 7 at 5, a train carrying hazardous materials escapes from a railyard and travels unmanned through Northwest Ohio.
and singer Tim McGraw is standing trial today. He could face up to a year in jail.
A few showers here and there this morning and more will be popping up over the next few days. Details next.
In Health News, new guidelines say three times as many Americans need to be on cholesterol lowering drugs,
and we'll see a new type of prescription pad that should help doctors and pharmacists keep drugs out of the hands of abusers.
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Authorities have to scramble to avoid a disaster as a freight train carrying hazardous materials gets away from its engineer.
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It took a heroic act by a man standing along the train tracks in Northwest Ohio- to bring the C-S-X train under control.
He managed to jump aboard the unmanned train and bring it to a stop. Correspondent Teri Okita has more.
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A C-S-X FREIGHT TRAIN RAN OUT-OF-CONTROL FOR OVER AN HOUR IN THE
NORTHWESTERN SECTION OF OHIO. THE TRAIN, WHICH WAS ABOUT 40-CARS LONG,
WAS TRAVELLING SOUTH, WHIZZING BY AT SPEEDS UPWARDS OF 45-MILES-AN-HOUR.
(map) IT BEGAN ITS JOURNEY SOUTH OF TOLEDO, THEN PAST THE TOWN OF
FINDLAY, FINALLY ENDING UP NEAR KENTON.
(NATSD OF FIRE TRUCK OR AMBULANCE OR POLICE)
TRACK: POLICE BLOCKED INTERSECTIONS ALONG THE ROUTE TO MAKE SURE CARS
AND PEDESTRIANS WOULDNT COLLIDE WITH THE RUNAWAY TRAIN.
SOT: (woman) that train has no driver.
IT ROLLED ALONG FOR OVER AN HOUR, WHEN, IN A DARING ATTEMPT, A MAN
MANAGED TO JUMP ON-BOARD AND BRING THE TRAIN TO A HALT. WHEN HE GOT TO
THE CONTROLS, THERE WAS NO ENGINEER ON-BOARD.
(Super: Blanche Lutz,resident)
SOT: Its been a long time since something like this happened around
AT FIRST, C-S-X BELIEVED THE ENGINEER MAY HAVE SUFFERED A HEART ATTACK
AND WASN'T RESPONDING. BUT AFTER INVESTIGATING FURTHER, THE COMPANY
REPORTED THE TRAIN WAS, INDEED, UN-MANNED. C-S-X NOW BELIEVES THE
OPERATOR GOT OUT OFF THE TRAIN TO TEND TO A SWITCH AND IT ACCIDENTALLY
ROLLED OUT OF THE YARD.
(Super: John Harris/CSX Police)
SOT: It is bizarre. We hope it never happens again.
CSX IS INVESTIGATING HOW THIS COULD HAVE HAPPENED. AFTER A 65 MILE
JOURNEY, THE RUNAWAY TRAIN WAS FINALLY STOPPED IN ITS TRACKS, AVERTING
WHAT COULD HAVE BEEN A SERIOUS ACCIDENT. TERI OKITA, CBS NEWS.))
Danville authorities are still investigating a murder from last night.
Police responded to this home on Paxton Avenue just after nine last night.
They found 28-year old Anthony Lamont Luck suffering from a gunshot wound.
The victim died a short time later at Danville Regional Medical Center.
His body has been sent to Roanoke for an autopsy.
Police have not made any arrests.
A 14-year old possibly facing the rest of his life behind bars- It is up to a jury-
The jurors have been deliberating all day, but still no verdict.
Jennifer Jones has the latest on the murder trial of Nathaniel Brazill.
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Is Nathanial Brazill a cold blooded murderer or was the shooting of his
English teacher a deadly accident ?
This is the question facing jurors in their first full day of deliberation. To help them make this judgement .. they asked to review
The panel watched the school surviellance tape - twice.
This was the prosecutions strongest evidence...video of Nathaniel Brazill aiming a hand gun. Followed by pictures of teacher Barry Grunow
lying on the floor.
And that wasn't all. Early afternoon - the nine woman - three man jury
began listening to read-back of the testimony of several witnesses..including testimony from the 14 year old defendant.
The jurors requests have raised fears among Brazill's family and supporters. They are uncertain of what this could mean for the teenage
Rev.Thomas Masters/Brazill family supporter.
"It doesn't necessarily mean it is going to be better...the longer they
are out because maybe one or two jurors are trying to be persuaded one way or another and they may be pursuaded the wrong way."
If convicited of first degree murder - Brazill will go to prison
for life with no chance of parole. And while he admits to the fatal
shooting last may at Lakeworth middle schoool - Brazill's attorney has
argued it was an accident and his client should receive nothing more
than manslaughter. ))
Country music fans are lining up to see Tim McGraw and Faith Hill- but this isn't for a concert.
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The two showed up in court today-
McGraw is on trial there for a scuffle at the George Strait music festival there last June.
Kenny Chesney- is also facing charges-
An Erie County detective testified that McGraw assaulted him when the officer tried to get Chesney down from a police horse.
Chesney says he had permission to ride the horse.
The singers have said it's all a misunderstanding.
McGraw could face up to a year in jail. Chesney is only charged with disorderly conduct and doesn't need a jury trial.
Two percent of Virginians' votes were never counted in the 2000 election.
A new study of last fall's election by an Old Dominion University professor shows Salem, Galax, and Roanoke and Montgomery counties were among the top ten localities with the LOWEST percentage of voting problems.
Wythe, Rockingham, and Prince Edward counties are in the top ten localities with the MOST voting errors.
In Wythe County, six percent of all ballots were rejected.
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((STEPHEN MEDVIC/ODU POLITICAL SCIENTIST: IT'S A LOW LEVEL OF ... RECRUIT AND TRAIN GOOD POLL WORKERS.))
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Today, a General Assembly commission kicked off a study of how to reform voting in Virginia.
The N-double-A-C-P national Voter Fund is watching closely.
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((WILLIE DELL/NAACP VOTER FUND: THERE ARE GOING TO BE SERIOUS AND EMBARASSING...ACROSS THE COUNTRY.))
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The O-D-U professor says Virginia may want to wait a few months for better voting equipment to be designed.
He says the 2000 election prompted a look at new voting technologies that will be brought to market soon.
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Still to come- Southwest Virginia authorities arrest some suspected Oxycontin dealers,
and on Health Check, what can be done to keep powerful pain killers away from drug abusers- We'll see what steps doctors are taking.
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Target: OxyContin abuse. This time, it's in Lee County, in the far western tip of Virginia.
The sheriff's department there is looking for 45 people today .. the end-result of a year-long investigation into OxyContin trafficking and use.
The Lee County sheriff says he wants to keep the highly-addictive pain-killer out of the hands of people who do not medically need it.
Most of the suspects brought in for processing today will be charged with distributing OxyContin.
The arrests in Lee County highlight a problem that is plaguing both the region and the nation.
Prescription drug abuse has always been a problem but it has recently come to the forefront with the abuse of the strong pain killer.
But now Oxycontin's maker --Purdue Pharma is taking steps to keep the drug out of the hands of the criminals.
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Health Check Reporter Joy Sutton has details,
Joy what is the company doing?
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The company is implementing a 10 point plan to reduce prescription drug abuse.
And as part of that plan -- Purdue is now offering tamper-resistant prescription pads to doctors in Virginia.
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Kroger pharmacy Manager Tim Lucus --says forged prescription are often difficult to catch --especially if the criminal is good at it.
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((BECAUSE COMPUTERS TODAY CAN MAKE THINGS LOOK PRETTY REAL --AND A BUSY PHARMACY OR PHARMACIST MIGHT NOT CATCH THEM))
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But now pharmacist will have one more tool to distinguish a legitimate patient from the criminal --tamper resistant prescription pads.
Purdue Pharma --the maker of the prescription pain killer OxyContin -- is now offering the pads to physicians.
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((WITH THE CONCERNS ABOUT ABUSE AND DIVERSION WE WANTED TO DO EVERYTHING WE COULD OT HELP STEM THAT PROBLEM))
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The tamper-resistant prescription pads -- have six safety features.
For example if someone tries to photocopy the prescription --the photocopy will show the words void on the top --which is not visible on the original prescription.
And on the back of the pad --the writing is heat sensitive it can be rubbed off -- but it will re-appear.
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((IF I GET THOSE PRESCRIPTION I'LL FEEL MORE COMFORTABLE IN FILLING THEM BECAUSE I'LL REALIZE THEY CAME FROM A PHYSICIAN --WHO IS MAKING SURE THAT FORGERY IS NOT HAPPENING THROUGH THEIR OFFICE))
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So far, more than 170 Virginia doctors have the new tamper resistant pads.
Tonight, on News 7 at six we'll show you a copy of a forged prescription that was recently used to get oxyContin at a local pharmacy.
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Are you taking cholesterol drugs- It's possible you should be and you don't even know it.
Today new guidelines are out- that show a lot more Americans are at risk for heart diesase.
The numbers are daunting- the national institutes of health says 65 million Americans need to watch their diet to control their cholesterol.
And it says 36 million Americans should take cholesterol lowering drugs.. that's about three times as many that take the drugs now.
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((DR JAMES CLEEMON: THERE IS A CLAER UNDER TREATMENT OF PEOPLE WHO NEED CHOLESTEROL LOWERING.... THAT IS A CHRONIC PROBLEM.))
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The new guildelines call for use of different tests to screen for high cholesterol-
Diabetes will be added to the list of conditions indicating a risk for heart disease-
The U.S Postal Service wants to deliver an important message this week.
This is National Dog Bite Prevention Week.
The Postal Service is raising awareness about the devestating effects of dog bites on the health of letter carriers and the public.
Nearly three thousands postal carriers are attacked by dogs every year.
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((TIFFANY COBBS/POSTAL CARRIER: FROM THE LITTLE TACO BELL DOG TO THE BIG ROTWEILER...YES, PEOPLE SWEAR OUT THEY ARE A FRIENDLY DOG AND THEY WON'T BITE BUT I DON'T TRUST THEM.))
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Each mail carrier carries dog repellent to protect themselves.
If a dog continues to be a problem- the carrier will warn the owner in person and through the mail.
If that doesn't work, the post office has one last line of defense.
Tonight at six, we'll tell how the entire neighborhood can ultimately pay the price.
The Federal Reserve cut interest rates again today.
We will see what effect it had on Wall Street coming up a little later in our Marketwatch.
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One of the Winston Cups winners from last season is injured today at Dover. Mike Stevens will have the details on that AND the new Most Valuble Player of the N-B-A.
And a rising star in the music world gets out of the hospital and back on the road. We'll have the latest on Jill Scott coming up.
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A narrowly mixed close for Wall Street as investors responded with a yawn to the Federal Reserve's fifth
half-point interest rate cut so far this year.
Analysts say the lukewarm reaction reflects the fact that the street had been expecting the move, as well as the central bank's continued concerns about weak business conditions.
Alexis Christoforous has more in today's edition of Marketwatch.
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A kitten in Texas probably used up several of its nine lives after it fell one- hundred feet from a bridge.
The kitten was stuck at the top of the Corpus Christi Harbor bridge.
Two firefighters in a ladder truck bucket tried to rescue the animal.
But when the eight week old cat tried to jump into the bucket, he missed.
He fell with legs outstretched like a skydiver until he hit the ground on his belly.
The kitten staggered to his feet and spat out some gravel.
A veterinarian says the cat is fine, it only has a small scrape on its nose.
One of the firefighters is giving the kitten a new home. ..and a new name.. He's even named it THUD.
The Tuesday ticker begins with the man known as "Bubba-Chuck."
Allen Iverson and the Sixers play game five of their series with the Raptors tomorrow night, but today Iverson took a major stride in his career by picking up
his first league's MVP award.
Iverson was named the NBA's most valuable player after leading the league in scoring, steals and minutes played.
More amazing is the fact that at just six feet tall and 165 pounds - he is both the shortest and the lightest player to ever win the MVP honor.
Joe Nemechek may have to mis this Saturday night's Winston All-star race at the Lowe's Motro Speedway.
Nemechek was testing his Busch car at Dover today when a tire went out and Nemechek went into the outside wall.
He broke his right shoulder and right now he's at Kent General Hospital where he may be kept overnight.
While The Virginia Tech football season is three months away, tailback Lee Suggs is working hard....in the weight room and at his public speaking skills.
Today Suggs served as the keynote speaker for the Oakland middle school D.A.R.E graduation. 51 fifth graders listened to the former Fleming star talk about his graduation from the D.A.R.E program and how the lessons learned have helped him excel.
Students received certificates of completion, a t-shirt and a Virginia Tech football poster that Suggs provided. His message got through.
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The Avalanche and the Hillcats play game number two of their current three game series tonight at 7:05 at Salem Memorial.
The Avs won last night, but the game took a back seat to a little action on the first baseline the bottom of the third.
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That's when Brian Ellenwood got down on one knee and proposed to Nicole Hurt. The pair got a standing ovation from family and friends in attendance. Nicole said yes and immediately got a nice diamond ring.
Is this a great world or what?
Take care everyone. Jean will be right back.
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One of the music world's rising stars is back on the road with Sting.
Destiny's Child announces its summer tour plans, and alot of new music hits record stores today.
V-H-1's Rebecca Rankin has that and more.
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((DESTINY'S CHILD IS HITTING THE ROAD AND IT'S NEW MUSIC DAY....AN ELECTIC
MIX....WE'VE GOT NEW STUFF FROM REM, TOOL, MISSY ELLIOT AND EVEN THE GO
GO'S............BUT FIRST JILL SCOTT'S FEELING BETTER
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AFTER PLENTY OF BED REST JILL SCOTT IS SET TO REJOIN STING ON TOUR
IN MADISON WISCONSIN. SCOTT WAS ORIGINALLY HOSPITALIZED ON MAY 6TH WITH
LUNG INFECTION, AND WAS FORCED TO CANCEL THE FIRST EIGHT DATES ON THE
THE GRAMMY NOMINATED ARTIST WILL COMPLETE THE REST OF THE TOUR WRAPPING
MAY 26TH IN BOSTON.
Well we are very, very, very excited about headlining our own tour this
THE LADIES OF DESTINY'S CHILD WILL KICK OFF THE SECOND LEG OF THEIR WORLD
TOUR JULY 18TH IN ALBANY, NEW YORK, AS PART OF MTV's TRL Tour: Summer
EVE AND DREAM WILL SHARE OPENING ACT DUTIES FOR THE TRIO.
AND HERE'S A LOOK AT WHAT'S HITTING SHELVES TODAY............
REM'S 12TH STUDIO ALBUM "REVEAL" WAS RECORDED ALL OVER THE GLOBE....FROM
VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA, TO IRELAND AND THEN TO MIAMI. THE THREESOME
EVEN ENCORPORATED A 20 PIECE STRING AND WOODWIND SECTION INTO THE MIX
TOOL'S BACK WITH THEIR FIRST ALBUM IN OVER FOUR
IN HONOR OF THE EVENT, TOOL WILL KICK OFF A SMALL TOUR TODAY IN ATLANTA.
THE GO GO'S HAVE REAPPEARED......THE GIRLS REUNITED FOR THEIR FIRST
ORIGINAL MATERIAL SINCE 1984'S "TALK SHOW". "GOD BLESS THE GO-GO'S"
THE SONG "THROW ME A CURVE" WHICH CRYS OUT TO HOLLYWOOD'S WAIFISH WOMEN
PUT A LITTLE MORE FOOD ON THEIR PLATES.
AND FINALLY....MISSY ELLIOT'S "MISS E...SO ADDICTIVE" FEATURES DUETS WITH
EVE, METHOD MAN, JAY -Z, AND REDMAN. THE FIRST SINGLE "GET UR FREAK ON"
ALREADY CLIMBING UP THE CHARTS AND COULD BE THE SONG OF THE SUMMER.
S/U GET UR FREAK ON
MISSY ELLIOT IS KEEPING BUSY, SHE RECENTLY CO PRODUCED "LADY MARMALADE"
THE SOUNDTRACK TO THE MOVIE MOULAN ROUGE. AND YOU CAN CHECK HER OUT IN
VIDEO, ALONGSIDE MYA, PINK, CHRISTINA AGUILERA AND LIL KIM. DEPECHE MODE
ALSO HAS A NEW ALBUM IN STORES TODAY, CALLED "EXCITER" - MAKE SURE TO
THAT ONE OUT. IN NEW YORK, I'M VH1'S REBECCA RANKIN.