Timothy McVeigh's final days are here - He will NOT fight execution-
Today on News 7 at 5, Oklahoma City and the nation react.
And - where's the money coming from?
Today - BOTH of Virginia's candidates for governor are answering questions about donations - and the Internet porn industry.
The forecast looks to settle down a bit this weekend with mainly sunny skies on the horizon. Details coming up.
And in Health Check...
alcoholism is taking a costly toll on older Americans.
We'll have more on looking for the signs of what's being called the hidden epidemic.
News 7 at 5 is next.
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Timothy McVeigh chooses his final words as the clock ticks towards Monday's execution.
I'm Shannon Young in for Jean Jadhon.
Once again, Timothy McVeigh is preparing to die.
The Oklahoma City bomber's date with death is set for 7 o'clock Monday morning.
McVeigh decided yesterday to pass on any more appeals after a federal appeals court turned down his request for a stay of execution.
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Drew Levinson has more now from the federal prison in Indiana where McVeigh will spend his final days.
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Drew ad libs
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((KNOWN AS THE DEATH HOUSE--THIS IS WHERE TIMOTHY MCVEIGH WILL SPEND HIS
FINAL DAYS. IT IS A WINDOWLESS TWO-STORY BRICK BUILDING.
GUARDS WILL MOVE (ARE MOVING MCVEIGH /HAVE MOVED MCVEIGH) FROM HIS DEATH
ROW HOLDING CELL ... TO THE FENCED-IN EXECUTION FACILITY LOCATED JUST A
FEW YARDS AWAY.
INSIDE MCVEIGH'S ROOM -- THERE'S A SINK, A BED, AND A DOORWAY -- THAT
LEADS TO THE FEDERAL DEATH CHAMBER ... THAT'S WHERE HE WILL RECEIVE THE
THE CONVICTED OKLAHOMA CITY BOMBER GAVE UP HIS BRIEF FIGHT FOR LIFE ON
THURSDAY, AFTER AN APPEALS COURT REJECTED HIS BID FOR A STAY.
MCVEIGH COULD STILL TAKE HIS CASE TO THE U.S. SUPREME COURT -- OR ASK
PRESIDENT BUSH FOR CLEMENCY -- BUT HIS ATTORNEYS SAY THAT'S NOT GOING TO
SO BARRING ANY LAST-MINUTE DELAYS, AT 7 O'CLOCK MONDAY MORNING, MCVEIGH
WILL BE PUT TO DEATH BY LETHAL INJECTION.
MORE THAN 25 PEOPLE WILL WATCH THE EXECUTION FROM FOUR SEPARATE ROOMS.
AMONG THEM, TEN SURVIVORS OF THE OKLAHOMA CITY BOMBING.
BUT THERE'S A CHANCE CAMERAS MIGHT ALSO BE ROLLING. A FEDERAL JUDGE HAS
ORDERED THE EXECUTION BE VIDEOTAPED ... FOR POSSIBLE USE IN AN UNRELATED
DEATH PENALTY CASE. THE JUSTICE DEPARTMENT IS APPEALING.
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"I don't think it will be responsible for us to have a way of
publicizing or otherwise aggrandizing this event. I don't want to
memorialize anything that Timothy Mcveigh has done or will do."
TIMOTHY MCVEIGH IS BELIEVED TO HAVE CHOSEN HIS LAST WORDS. THEY COME
FROM A 19TH CENTURY POEM. HELL SAY--I AM THE MASTER OF MY FATE
MCVEIGHS FATE WILL BE SEALED AROUND DAWN MONDAY.
DREW LEVINSON, CBS NEWS, TERRE HAUTE.))
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While the entire nation has watched the Timothy McVeigh case unfold and the appeals continue... No one is more interested in the ending - than the people of Oklahoma City.
Chris Lawrence reports with reaction from the memorial constructed in the honor of the 168 people McVeigh killed.
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((Timothy McVeigh's execution has brought hundreds of people to Oklahoma
City ..and the site of the bombing. Some have been here before.
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"My mother was involved. She was one of the survivors."
Jerry Ingram came back for the first time since the explosion ..and this
time he brought his son. On the morning of the bombing, Jerry's mother
Nancy was making a deposit on the 3rd floor credit union. Nancy was one
of the first to be rescued ..and later wrote a book on her experiences.
(SOT JERRY INGRAM/MOTHER SURVIVED BLAST)
"And then when we came up to visit her in the hospital, you could look
out through the hospital window and see the destruction."
"The news and TV doesn't do it justice. You need to be here to capture
what went on."
Hundreds of media from all over the world have arrived in Oklahoma City
..and workers are constructing a huge platform across the street to
accommodate them. Others are here to mark the day and time of the bombing
..and many in Oklahoma City want Monday's execution to end this intense
interest in their city.
(SOT ANDY NESVIK/OKLAHOMA CITY)
"Well I'm just glad that they're gonna do it and get it over with. If
anyone deserves it, he certainly does."
(SOT BEVERLY NESVIK/OKLAHOMA CITY)
"Especially since no remorse is shown on his part. He just ..for the
kids ..for the kids or anything."
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The first round of gubernatorial gotcha games is still in full swing.
Wednesday, Republican Mark Earley returned 47 thousand dollars in donations from an Internet businessman whose company had a contractual relationship with a sex site called sex-DOT-COM.
Today, Earley's blasting his opponent, Democrat Mark Warner.
It seems Warner's taken and is keeping 75 thousand dollars from the former chairman of a new defunct company called CyberCash.
CyberCash provides credit card encryption services for web sites that include adult entertainment and gambling sites.
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The different picture the Warner campaign is painting is that CyberCash handles credit card transactions for the Commonwealth of Virginia... and for the Earley campaign itself.
The Warner campaign says CyberCash did NOT solicit Internet porn clients, as Earley's contributor did.
Warner says his campaign policy is to accept NO money from anyone who "markets or promotes pornography."
President Bush's brother says his work isn't finished yet.
So Jeb Bush announced today he's running for re-election as Florida's Governor.
Meantime, Bush was sharply criticized today at a news conference by the United States Civil Rights Commission.
The Commission says thousands of Florida's black voters were denied the right to vote in last year's presidential election, as a result of flaws in Florida's election process.
Florida Secretary of State Katherine Harris charges that the Commission's chairwoman is playing politics.
As the President's brother announces he's running again... President Bush's daughters are answering to the courts today - on alcohol-related charges.
Plus... alcoholism and why it's being called the "Hidden Epidemic" among older Americans.
That's ahead in Health Check...
But first... Robin Reed's checking out the weekend weather.
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Police in Japan say it's unclear what may have sparked a deadly school attack there.
Seven girls and a boy were killed today when a knife-carrying attacker walked into an elementary school near Osaka and began slashing students.
Fifteen more people were injured before teachers managed to grab the attacker and take his knife away.
The suspect has a history of mental problems. He is in police custody.
One of President Bush's daughters will spend time on probation after being charged with possession of alcohol.
Today Barbara Bush's attorney pleaded no contest on her behalf.
She was also sentenced to 8-hours community service and an alcohol awareness class.
Barbara and her twin sister, Jenna, were caught with alcohol last month while at a restaurant in
Both are underage.
Neither girl showed up in court today.
Jenna pleaded not guilty to a charge of trying to misrepresent her age.
Her trial is set for the end of July.
In Health Check tonight, it's been called a Hidden Epidemic... The fact that more than 3 million older adults in this country are suffering from alcoholism and prescription drug addiction.
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As Health Check Reporter Joy Sutton tells us - alcoholism was one of the topics this week at the Gerontology Conference at Lynchburg College.
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That's right Shannon,
Some say it's a problem that has NOT been addressed.
And I spoke with the Director of Older Adult Services with the Hanley-Hazeden Center in Florida to find out why.
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((THERE ARE NOT A LOT OF SCREENING TOOLS. IT'S A VERY SENSITIVE SUBJECT PEOPLE DON'T LIKE TO THINK OF LITTLE GRAY HAIRED GRANDMOTHERS HAVING THE DISEASE OF ALCOHOLISM))
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That's why Carol Colleran says an alcohol or prescription drug problem often goes undiagnosed in older Americans.
She says people haven't been raised to confront their parents --so it's hard to address the problem.
But Colleran says not talking about it is even more serious... because it's already costing the health care system 60 billion dollars for illnesses and injuries resulting from dependency.
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((THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES SELECT COMMITTEE ON AGING DID A STUDY AND FOUND THAT 70 PERCENT OF ELDERLY ADMITS WERE ALCOHOL OR DRUG RELATED ILLNESS OR INJURY. IN OTHER WORDS THEY WENT IN FOR A BROKEN HIP OR GASTROINTESTINAL PROBLEMS BUT IT WAS ALCOHOL OR DRUG RELATED))
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Here are some signs that might indicate a problem...
The person neglects personal appearance... seems to be more depressed or hostile than normal... or seems to be losing memory... He or she drinks in solitary, hidden ways... Or drinks in spite of warning labels on prescription drugs.))
Colleran is now working with a task force to make the public aware of the issue.
If you want more information...
you can contact the Hazelden Foundation at 1-800-I-DO-Care.
The foundation can send you a pamphlet about how to talk to a loved one or friend who may have a problem.
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A Roanoke organization is one of six in the nation - selected to help reconnect fathers with their children.
Total Action Against Poverty has been awarded an 800-thousand dollar grant by the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation.
TAP will work with other local organizations to help young fathers pay child support and increase involvement in their kids' lives.
The Fathers at Work Initiative will primarily help "dead-broke dads" - or fathers whose income is below poverty level.
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Board members estimate the program will serve about one-quarter of Virginia's child population.
A high-flying Live at Five is still ahead...
Jacey Birch joins us with a preview... or you might be able to see her just by looking up...
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Results from the K-Mart -400 Qualifying are coming up in sports.
And a lesson in 9-1-1 - for saving the environment.
One area museum has a hands-on experience for kids looking to help.
Stay with us.
A software glitch made for a strange morning on Wall Street...
But as Alexis Christoforous reports in today's market watch... that had nothing to do with the sharp downturn by day's end.
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Thank You Shannon and good afternoon everyone and welcome to the end of the week Two Minute Ticker.
The skies were clear this afternoon as the Winston Cup Drivers took the track at the Michigan International Speedway qualifying for Sunday's KMart 400.
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[SUPER=0107-11. Kurt Busch//12. Ryan Newman//13. Jeff Burton//14. Jimmy Spencer//15. John Andretti//;]
[SUPER=0107-16. Steve Park//17. Jeff Green//18. Rusty Wallace//19. Bobby Hamilton Jr.//20. Mark Martin//;]
[SUPER=0107-21. Dale Jarrett//22. Kyle Petty//23. Hut Stricklin//24. Buckshot Jones//25. Bobby Labonte//;]
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Tony Stewart was 45th quickest and Stacy Compton was 46th
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Heritage High School will play for a state baseball title.
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The Pioneers earned the right by knocking off Potomac Falls at Kiwanis Field in Salem.
Heritage banged out 12 hits to win eight to five. The Championship is tomorrow afternoon at one.
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Salem's undefeated season ended in girls soccer this afternoon. Broad Run beat the Spartans two to one and earn a spot in the championship game.
Broad Run will play Potomac Falls. The Panthers beat Jefferson Forest one to nothing in the second game of the afternoon at Cave Spring Junior.
The girls title game is at noon tomorrow.
The Boys Soccer games start at six tonight at Cave Spring Junior with Blacksburg taking on Chancellor.
The Roanoke Steam can pick up its fourth straight win tonight at the Road at Louisville.
The two teams are similar in several ways. Roanoke is working on a four game win streak while Louisville has won three in a row upping their record to 4 and 5. Roanoke is 5 and 4 the first winning record in the teams 2 year history.
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The Steam and fire kick it off tonight at 8. We'll have more on the Steam coming up at six....and Jean will be back in a moment.
The skies come alive this weekend as the Valleyfest Balloon and Music Festival drops in on Green Hill Park.
Jacey Birch is doing the opposite of dropping, she looks like she's already up in the air in one of the hot air balloons out at the park.
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A new exhibit at the Danville Science Center tackles a serious issue with humor and creativity.
Its called Biodiversity 911: Saving Life on Earth.
The exhibit includes hands on demonstrations of problems like deforestation, pollution from toxic chemicals, and climate change.
The goal is to show how and why loss of biodiversity happens and what you can do about it.
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((GINNY LAUBINGER/DANVILLE SCIENCE CENTER DIRECTOR: ITS SIMPLE THINGS LIKE IN YOUR HOME NOT NECESSARILY TAKING THAT TWENTY MINUTE SHOWER BUT CONSERVING WATER. WHEN CHANGE THE OIL IN YOUR CAR NOT DUMPING THE OIL ON THE GROUND, THINGS YOU CAN DO IN YOUR HOME. YOU DON'T HAVE TO BE POLITICALLY ACTIVE ON A GLOBAL LEVEL TO BE ABLE TO MAKE SOME DIFFERENCES.))
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The exhibit is the first of its kind and runs at the Danville Science Center until early September.
Michael Huffman is a Nashville songwriter who has written music for Conway Twitty, the Oak Ridge Boys, and many other well-known country artists.
He's also a native of western Virginia who was watching closely this week as Bedford dedicated the National D-Day Memorial.
Two years ago, Huffman wrote a song, "The Boys of '44," as a tribute to his father, a World War II veteran who landed on the Normandy Coast soon after D-Day.
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We'll hear more from Michael Huffman tonight on News 7 at Six.