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Today on News 7 at Five, attorneys for Earl Bramblett try to convince a judge to give the convicted murderer a new trial.
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Also Congress gets taped evidence that some doctors may be bilking insurance companies out of BILLIONS of dollars. [Weather-Head]
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Also today, a young football player goes where no girl has gone before,
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and the Federal Reserve cuts interest rates a quarter point. We'll see how investors reacted.
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Are consultants coaching doctors to boost income by overcharging health insurance companies?
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((WHAT THEY FOUND IS ASTONISHING AND VERY DISTURBING.))
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Imagine going to the doctor and enduring a set of tests you never even needed.
It's happening...
The scam allows doctors to milk insurance companies out of billions of dollars...
Now some of it's been caught on tape.
With more on the story... Aleen Sirgany from Washington.
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((Insurance fraud took center stage on Capitol Hill as congressional investigators took aim at a cottage industry that is generating billions of dollars in false claims. A new breed of consultants is suspected of coaching doctors to boost income by overcharging health insurers. Sen. Charles Grassley, R-IA "What they found is astonishing and very disturbing." Secretly recorded audio tapes were played for the Senate Finance Comittee to illustrate the findings of the General Accounting Office which conducted the investigation. The tapes provided insight into the activities of consultants at three seminars advisiing doctors on how to bypass healthcare regulations and generate more money for their practices. GAO Audio Tape "The doctor says I'd like you to come in in the next couple of months to do a complete workup so we develp a good database but he may not say that to a Medicaid patient. I've seen discrimination like that." Investigators say that the absence of government regulations over medical consulting businesses have enabled consulting firms to coach doctors on tactics like billing physician's rates for procedures performed by nurses and manipulating billing codes.

Dr. Katherine Locatell, Private Practitioner "Medical necessity "No Problem" as long as we have the proper testing codes." Although not all medical consultants promote illegal methods, policing them proves to be a very difficult task... Lewis Morris, Dept. of Health and Human Services "We may never be able to measure those who have had the opportunity to abuse us."
SIRGANY STANDUP CLOSE: Senators hope revealing tactics will lead to an increased awareness. And send a message to these consultants and doctors, they will be caught. BY THE WAY, HEALTH CARE FRAUD TOTALS MORE THAN 50 BILLION DOLLARS IN THIS COUNTRY. Aleen Sirgany, CBS NEWS, WASHINGTON.))



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In Virginia, a sliver of good health news- on a program that survived the state budget impasse.
A whole new group of elderly or disabled Virginians will be eligible for Medicaid coverage July first -- because lawmakers fought to keep it in the budget last year.
Ellen Qualls reports.
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(( Even though the federal government reimburses states 50 percent of Medicaid costs, Virginia has only covered those senior or disabled people who make 37 percent or less BELOW the poverty level.
In four days, the bar is raised to allow those who make 80 percent to be covered.
That's still only 573 dollars a month for an individual-- not much to dance about.
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So the Virginia Alliance for the Mentally Ill is trying to get the word out.
Republican Delegate Phil Hamilton of Newport News goes as far as saying he doesn't think the Gilmore administration is going to work very hard to tell Virginians they may now qualify.
And Hamilton says the good Medicaid news should NOT fool people into believing cuts to mental health aren't still coming from Governor Jim Gilmore -- as he scrambles to balance the budget and pay for the car tax cut.
Hamilton says he expects the cuts to be announced as Gilmore leaves office in January.
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((BARBARA MARSH: GETTING FULL MEDICAID MEANS THAT I FEEL LIKE I GET HEALTH CARE THAT OTHER PEOPLE GET. THANK YOU FOR LISTENING TO ME.))
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But as for Medicaid, more low income disabled people like Chesterfield County's Barbara Marsh will finally feel the impact of health care coverage they've so far been NOT poor enough to qualify for.
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He is the man convicted of murdering a Vinton family.
Today his lawyers say he deserves a new trial. They presented the "alternative suspect theory in federal court today-
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because of something a man named Ben Carr may have said before he died.
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A decorated veteran of four tours in Vietnam, Carr died two years after the
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arson and murder of the Hodges family.
Carr worked with Blaine Hodges at the Vinton Post Office for a while.
Carr's son admits his father was a "colorful" character who might well have said he "killed people for a lot less."
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Attorneys were in court today to make oral arguments.
Bramblett's lawyers hope Judge James Turk will order a new trial for Bramblett... or at least hear what they consider to be new evidence in the case.
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Judge Turk did not make a ruling today, but made several comments from the bench about "powerful" evidence against Bramblett.

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A Houston father did what he called the hardest thing in his life- he buried his five children today.
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The five small coffins topped with flowers... were taken to their final resting place.
Earlier today in an emotional ceremony the children's father Russell Yates said goodbye to his four sons and a baby daughter.
He put a blanket over each one of them and then one by one.. closed their caskets.
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((MINISTER BYRON FIKE/CHURCH OF CHRIST: TRAGEDY IS EVEN AN INAPPROPRIATE WORD BECAUSE THERE IS NO WORD TO DESCRIBE THE HORRIBLENESS OF WHAT HAPPENED HERE.))
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While the children are buried.. their mother.. 36 year old Andrea Yates remains in jail charged with murder.
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Still to come on the newscast, divers searched a local lake for a missing person today. We'll have a live report.

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[VO] Also swimming may a summer treat, but it can prove hazardous to your health. Joy Sutton will explain in a moment.
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Divers head back into Philpott Lake one week after finding a body there. They're looking for evidence in that case, as well as another missing person.
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News 7's Justin McLeod joins us live from Philpott Lake with the very latest.
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Jean, divers are just wrapping up for the day. They've been in the water for more than six hours and so far have found nothing substantial.
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Eleven divers have been searching in teams near Union Bridge. They're looking for evidence in the Ether Adean Smith case. She's the missing Martinsville woman divers recovered last week. They're also trying to find a missing Nelson County man. Investigators admit it's like finding a needle in a haystack.
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Henry County sheriffs deputies want to question Timothy Wayne Willis about the disappearance of Ether Adean Smith, but he hasn't been seen for more than a week after failing to return from a work release program at the Franklin County jail.
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Dive teams plan to head back into the water tomorrow,
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Jean they are just wrapping up for the day and we'll have an update tonight at six.


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In Health Check tonight,
Every year people get sick from swimming in pools, lakes, water parks and in the ocean.
The reason: there are germs that can contaminate the water --and if swallowed they can be harmful.
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As Health Check Reporter Joy Sutton tells health officials believe it happened at Smith Mountain Lake a few years ago.
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Jean, Three children became seriously ill after from an e-coli outbreak at the lake.
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Health officials were led to believe it was caused by a dirty diaper.
That's why they are encouraging swimmers to be aware that it can happen anywhere and to be careful not to contaminate the water.
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This time of year --thousands of people will flock to lakes and the swimming pools --unaware of the potential danger.
There is a risk of catching a recreational water illness --which is spread by water contaminated with feces.
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((THE ONES THAT ARE MOST COMMON ARE GASTROINTESTINAL DISEASES --AND THOSE ARE MOSTLY CAUSED BY INTESTINAL PARASITES ARE BACTERIA LIKE E COLI)) [RUNS13]
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While pools may be a little safer because of the chlorine, it can take up to several days for chlorine to work.
Some water illnesses include diarrheal illness, skin rashes, ear infections, eye infections, and respiratory infections.
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((THE GASTROINTESTINAL DISEASES GET INTO THE WATER THROUGH FECAL MATERIAL AND IT COULD BE SOMETHING LIKE A CHILD HAVING AND ACCIDENT A DIRTY DIAPER IN THE POOL OR IT COULD JUST BE THE WASH OFF FROM THE BODY IF SOMEONE HASN'T TAKEN A SHOWER OR BATHED)) [RUNS19]
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For most people the illness won't be very serious and will pass in a few days but for those with a weakened immune system it can be more serious.
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((IT'S IMPORTANT THAT PARENTS CLOSELY SUPERVISE KIDS THAT ARE NOT TOILET TRAINED --THAT THEY CHANGE DIAPERS OFTEN -THAT THEY CHANGE DIAPER IN RESTROOM OR POOL AREA --WHERE ACCIDENTAL CONTAMINATION COULD OCCUR )) [RUNS16]
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And most importantly notify the life guard if you see fecal matter in the water or someone changing diapers near the water.
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Jean, The best tip is don't swallow the water.

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Coming up later, we'll see how Wall Street reacted to today's interest rate cut, and
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One singer... says music helped her through tough times.
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((ACTUALLY MUSIC DID SAVE ME LITERALLY.))
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Now she's working to save music in Schools.
That story next.
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What do Mariah Carey and Bill Clinton have in common?
Both are music lovers- and both want to keep music playing in the nation's schools.
Some schools are in danger of losing their music programs... one in New Jersey got some help though from the VH-I Save the Music Foundation-
As Amy Stone reports.. that's where Clinton and Carey showed up-
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The Save the Music foundation has helped hundreds of school music programs across the country.

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Coming up a little later, we'll meet a young girl who's taking her hits in football camp,
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And we'll see why some parents are critical of the new (Laura) Lara Croft doll.
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The Federal Reserve cut short term interest rates by a quarter point today. But the move disappointed many investors. They wanted more.
Alexis Christoforous has the details.
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Welcome folks to the midweek ticker that begins with a big helping of Carolina League baseball.
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The Salem Avalanche closed out a quick three game set with the Wilmington Blue Rocks this afternoon. The Avs played a matinee so everyone could get out of town and clear the way for the fair to set up shop.
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Some of the kids who will be spending a large portion of their parent's paychecks at the fair dropping a few coins at Salem Memorial this afternoon. This one was scoreless until the bottom of the 6th when Matt Holliday came on as a pinch hitter and lined this shot right off the WDBJ-7 sign in left center field. Two runs score on the play and Holliday ends up sliding over to third on a throwing error. It's 2-to-nothing Salem. That is all the Avs would need, but they got one more with two outs as Tino Sanchez squeezed home
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Holliday with the base hit bunt. Salem beats Wilmington 3-to-nothing and opens a three game set in Lynchburg tomorrow night.
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Tiki and Ronde Barber have been putting on football camps in the Roanoke Valley for four years now, but this year they recognize one of the campers as a pioneer.
Annie Lawrence is the first girl to go through the NFL Twins Camp.
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Today the Barbers and staff worked with 12 to 14 year olds. Annie is only 11.
Still her dad had no reservations about sending her to camp
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((QUIGG LAWRENCE/ANNIE'S FATHER: SHE'S A GOOD ATHLETE. SHE'S MENTALLY TOUGH AND I KNEW SHE COULD HANDLE IT. I THINK SHE'S GOING TO COME A WAY WITH THAT FOOTBALL IS A LOT HARDER THAN THROWING IN THE FRONT YARD. IT'S HARD WORK. IT'S DRILLS. SHE CERTAINLY HAS THE ABILITY TO DO IT IF SHE WANT'S TO.))
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Quigg Lawrence doesn't know if his daughter will ever play football.
He's just proud she challenged herself and completed the task.
Annie is all ready a two sport athlete, playing travel soccer and travel softball.
She took a day off of softball camp to workout with the Barbers.
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((ANNIE LAWRENCE/FIRST GIRL CAMPER: WELL, I THOUGHT THAT IF A GUY COULD DO IT A GIRL SHOULD BE ABLE TO DO IT. AND IT REALLY GETS YOU IN SHAPE AND THAT'S PART OF THE REASON I WANTED TO COME.))
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Tonight at six, we'll go back to camp and meet a deaf teenager who is helping another hearing impaired child experience his first football camp.
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Plus, the Indy Racing League is coming to Richmond tomorrow for what promises to be a wide open weekend of racing. More on that, as well. Take care everybody. Jean will be right back. [GO TO BREAK]

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While the new (Laura) Lara Croft movie is far from a bust at the box office, some parents wish they could say the same thing about her doll.
As Samantha Marshall reports, they're concerned about the message it is sending to young girls.
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((THIS DOLL IS CERTAINTLY CATCHING SOME ATTENTION... PARAMONT PICTURES TELLS ME THE TOY IS DESIGNED AFTER ANGELINA JOLI'S CHARACTER LARA CROFT.....BUT PARENTS... THAT'S A PG-13 MOVIE, THIS IS TOY. $0 THERE'S NO DOUBT THAT ANGELINA JOLIE REVEALS SOME VERY FANCY MOVES IN HER NEW MOVIE 'LARA CROFT TOMB RAIDER'....
BUT THAT'S NOT ALL SHE REVEALS... NATS MUSIC
JUST WAIT UNTIL YOU SEE HER NEW FIGURINE...IT PUTS BARBIE TO SHAME. ((1:17/she can't be that acrobatic with that extra carriage.))
THE DOLL JUST HIT TOY STORES IN CONJUNCTION WITH THE RELEASE OF THE NEW MOVIE TOMB RAIDER.
THE MOVIE IS RATED PG-13, BUT THE DOLL IS FOR AGES FOUR AND UP.
PEOPLE SAW THE MOVIE SAY IT'S AN ACCURATE REPLICA.
BUT THIS BIG.
OUT OF CURIOSITY WE ASKED A PLASTIC SURGEON TO HELP US TRANSLATE THE DOLLS SIZE INTO HUMAN MEASUREMENTS...OUR DOLL PROVED TO BE VERY GIFTED. ((Scott MacDonald/plastic surgeon/19:20 we did some crude measurements and using the adjustments to a 24 inch waist he bust size about 39 and her hip size was about 37.))
INCIDENTLY THE TOY IS MADE BY A COMPANY CALLED PLAYMATES.
THEY DEFEND THE FIGURE BY SAYING IT'S NOT A DOLL, BUT RATHER A COLLECTIBLE ACTION FIGURE MEANT FOR ADULTS.
KIDS AREN'T OFFENDED. ((3:37/i think it's pretty.)) BUT SOME PEOPLE SEEM TO THINK IT'S SENDS THE WRONG MESSAGE. ((angie menoud/14:05 i think it's a little too much for a doll and maybe she'll want to be that size when it gets older.))

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