Today on News 7 at 5, another person has died from West Nile disease. We'll have the latest.
A Roanoke policeman shoots and kills a dog after he says the pit bull attacked him.
A delightful temperature for early August but it does comes with a price. We will check that out in a few moments.
More than a thousand temporary new jobs are coming to the region. We'll tell you where.
plus, just hours after separation surgery, doctors have to rush one of the twin sisters back to the operating room.
and Mike Stevens will tell us why some champion swimmers are shuffling off to Buffalo.
News 7 at 5 is next.
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One of the conjoined twins seperated in overnight surgery is being treated for bleeding on the brain.
Both are in critical condition.
I'm Shannon Young in for Jean Jadhon.
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Doctors in California say the complication Maria Teresa being treated for was "not unexpected."
And, as Manuel Gales reports, the outlook for the one year old Guatemalan girls is still positive.
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((ONE BABY IS RECOVERING...THE OTHER HAD TO GO BACK IN FOR SURGERY AFTER
BLEEDING ON THE BRAIN....
BUT OVERALL...THE OUTLOOK IS POSITIVE FOR THE baby twins FROM GUATEMALA.
AND DOCTORS SAY THAT OPTIMISTIC OUTLOOK WILL GET EVEN BRIGHTER WITH THE
PASSAGE OF TIME.
SOT: DR. MICHAEL KARPF/DIR., UCLA MEDICAL CENTER
"THIS IS VERY COMPLICATED SURGERY AND UNTIL WE GET PAST SEVERAL DAYS, IT
WILL BE LIFE THREATENING FOR BOTH OF THEM."
DURING A MARATHON, 20 HOUR PROCEDURE AT MATTEL CHILDREN'S
HOSPITAL....DOCTORS SEPARATED THE ONE-YEAR-OLD BABIES WHO HAD BEEN
JOINED AT THE SKULL. WITNESSES DESCRIBE AN EMOTIONAL SCENE INSIDE THE
sot: Dr. Houman Hemmati, Observed the surgery.
"THE PLASTIC SURGEONS AND THE NEURO SURGEONS ACTUALLY HELD THE HEADS,
HELD THE BRAIN'S AND PHYSICALLY SEPARATED THEM APART WITH THEIR HANDS,
THE MOMENT THAT OCCURRED, EVERYONE JUST STOPPED WHAT THEY WERE DOING,
STARTING CHEERING, SCREAMING, LAUGHING, EVERY SORT OF EMOTION YOU CAN
THE GIRLS, MARIA TERESA AND MARIA DE JESUS, WERE BORN IN RURAL GUATEMALA
A CONDITION THAT HAPPENS IN FEWER THAN ONE AND 2 POINT FIVE MILLION LIVE
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BEFORE THE OPERATION..THEY SHARED BONE AND BLOOD VESSELS, BUT THEY HAD
SEPARATE BRAINS WHICH HELPED MAKE THE SURGERY POSSIBLE.
BLEEDING WAS NOT UNEXPECTED...TOO SOON TO KNOW HOW SEROUS IT IS... ))
A fifth person has died of West Nile disease in Louisiana.
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A state health department spokesman says the death is among about 14 new cases confirmed by federal health officials in the state. Officials had already confirmed 58 cases.
The new cases bring Louisiana's total to 72 -- the most of any outbreak in the country.
Until now, the nation's biggest West Nile outbreak had been in 1999 -- more than 60 people got sick and five died.
Federal officials have also confirmed 22 cases in Mississippi. Texas has ten suspected cases and Arkansas has one suspected case.
There are no new reports of West Nile Virus in our area today, but health officials are examining a number of dead birds that have been reported since an infected crow was found in Patrick County.
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Joe Dashiell is here with more on the efforts to monitor the progress of west nile in western Virginia...
Shannon, health officials in our area are collecting dead birds for testing, and they plan to work with the Virginia Tech department of epidemiology to test adult mosquitos...
They're also hearing from many concerned citizens.
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((DICK TABB/ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH MANAGER: WITH THE POSITIVE CROW IN PATRICK COUNTY, AWARENESS IS DEFINITELY UP AND WE'VE GOTTEN MANY REPORTS OF DEAD BIRDS. I THINK TODAY WE'VE GOTTEN NINE BIRDS COLLECTED, WHICH IS DEFINITELY A SPIKE.))
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West Nile Virus hasn't been confirmed yet in the Roanoke Valley, but Senior Environmental Health Manager Dick Tabb says it's probably just a matter of time before more cases are detected in our area.
Even so, the risk to humans remains low...
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((AND IF YOU'RE BITTEN BY AN INFECTED MOSQUITO YOU ONLY HAVE A ONE IN 300 CHANCE OF CONTRACTING THE DISEASE. AND THEN IF YOU CONTRACT THE DISEASE, ONLY ABOUT THREE PERCENT OF THOSE WHO CONTRACT THE DISEASE WILL HAVE A SERIOUS DISEASE.))
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Officials are encouraging anyone with questions or reports of dead birds to call the health department
But Shannon, they also say by taking reasonable precautions, such as eliminating sources of standing water and wearing insect repellant when mosquitos are most active should minimize the risk of contracting west nile virus.
A Roanoke animal control officer today shot and killed a pit bull that attacked him.
The police department says the officer was investigating a complaint about the dog in the 600 block of Madison Avenue northwest.
The dog got loose, snapped at the officer and pinned him against the wall of the house.
The officer shot the dog twice.
The animal died a couple hours later at an animal hospital.
Police will consult with the commonwealth's attorney to see whether charges should be filed.
Santa needs some helpers.. and you don't have to move to the North Pole to be considered for a job.
Starting immediately, K-B Toys needs to hire up to 14-hundred seasonal employees for its warehouse and distribution center near Danville.
The workers will help fill and ship Internet and phone orders between now and New Year's.. K-B says it offers a competitive wage and plenty of opportunities for overtime.
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((RALPH WEAR/PLANT DIRECTOR: THIS AREA IS BLESSED WITH A LOT OF TALENTED PEOPLE AND I DON'T THINK IT WILL BE ANY PROBLEM WHATOSEVER TO HIRE 1400. AS A MATTER OF FACT, THAT'S WHY WE'RE HERE. WE THINK THAT THERE'S A GREAT GROUP OF PEOPLE OUT THERE, A LARGE TALENT POOL AND WE'RE LOOKING TO TAP INTO THAT.))
[SUPER=01-Ralph Wear/Plant Director]
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Last year, K-B hired about 800 seasonal workers.. this year the company's adding a second shift that will enable the center to operate 22 hours a day.
Officials figure they can ship about 190-thousand toys a day at the peak of their season.
A jury could soon have the case against the man accused of murdering seven year old Danielle Van Dam. We'll have the latest in just a moment.
Also President Bush wants to see more done to protect the nation's young people from those who would harm them.
A 10-year-old boy was killed after his go-kart hit a parked dump truck in Bedford County yesterday.
Police say Dustin Keith Chittum of Roanoke was driving the go-kart on a private road near Stewartsville, when it hit the truck's under-carriage.
Chittum was taken to Roanoke Memorial Hospital, where he died.
A 5-year-old passenger on the go-kart was slightly injured.
Police say neither boy was wearing a helmet.
No charges will be filed.
President Bush is not only fighting back against terrorism.
Now he's focused on violence towards kids.
In a news conference in Washington today, the President discussed the recent spatte of kidnappings and murders across the country.
He said no child or parent should have to go through such torture and recommended some simple steps parents can take to protect their kids.
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((ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT THINGS A MOM OR DAD CAN DO IS TALK TO YOUR CHILDREN AND REHEARSE WHAT THEY CAN SAY AND DO IF THREATENED. YOU SHOULD TEACH YOUR CHILDREN HOW TO SAY NO AND TRUST THEIR INSTINCTS.))
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The President says the Department of Justice will be releasing a handbook full of simple, practical tips for parents to use to keep their kids safe.
Closing arguments are underway in the trial of David Westerfield.
He's accused of taking seven year old Danielle Van Dam from her California bedroom in the middle of the night and murdering her.
Chris Lawrence reports.
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(((LOCATOR: SAN DIEGO, CA)
David Westerfield sat silently as prosecutors hammered at the physical
evidence against him.
(SOT ASSISTANT D.A.JEFF DUSEK/PROSECUTOR )
"They found her hair, Danielle van Damme's hair in his bed. (EDIT)
Proof beyond a possible doubt."
Closing arguments are bringing the months-long trial to an end. And a
San Diego jury will soon decide whether Westerfield faces the death
penalty ..for kidnapping and murder...or goes free.
The case may come down to new-DNA testing - Danielle's blood and hair in
Westerfield's home and trailer - versus the old-fashioned study of
bugs. The defense argued that the age of the bugs found on Danielle's
body meant her body had to have been dumped after David Westerfield was
already under police surveillance.
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"That was based on a typical case. The body is put out, the bugs go in,
but this case was not typical."
During the trial the defense also argued some of the fiber evidence
could have come from Danielle's mother. Some witnesses testified she and
Westerfield danced together at a bar the night Danielle disappeared.
They also attacked the parents' swinging lifestyle, claiming the couple
brought home sex partners and lied about it.
Danielle's father put her to bed February 1st. And nearly a month later,
volunteers found her body on the side of a road.
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"The defense could start its closing arguments later today, and it's
possible the jury could get the case on Wednesday. chris lawrence cbs
news san diego."))
Just after his on screen death on the soap opera``Passions,'' the actor who played Timmy the living doll died for real.
Josh Ryan Evans passed away today during a medical procedure at a San Diego hospital.
Evans, who was 20 years old, was born with a rare disease that stunted his growth.
He was three-foot-two.
Evans always said he used his height to his advantage and that it helped him stand out from the crowd.
Evans was named male scene stealer by Soap Opera Digest two years in a row.
He was also known for playing the nine-year-old lawyer on ``Ally McBeal'' and the young Grinch in Jim Carrey's ``How the Grinch Stole Christmas.''
A Salem original has been laid to rest.
About 200 people showed up to pay their last respects to former mayor Jim Taliaferro.
The 22-year leader of City Council was buried in Salem's East Hill Cemetery this morning.
Taliferro died Saturday at the age of 66, after a battle with liver cancer.
At his funeral, he was remembered as a man who got things done for Salem, as well as a family man and avid sportsman.
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((KELVIN BOLWES/SALEM AVALANCHE OWNER: I CALL HIM A LEADER. THAT'S WHAT HE WAS ... HE JUST GOT THINGS DONE. AND HE DID SO MANY THINGS. YOU CAN TELL BY THE COMPLEXES THAT WERE SO RIGHTFULLY NAMED AFTER HIM. AND HE DID IT WITHOUT PUTTING THE CITY IN DEBT.))
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((HOWARD PACKETT/SALEM COUNCILMAN: I THINK HE SORT OF MADE US WHAT WE ARE TODAY. SALEM'S UNIQUE AND JIM SORT OF MADE US THAT WAY. THERE WERE A LOT BEFORE HIM AND A LOT AFTER HIM, BUT HE WAS A UNIQUE PERSON.))
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[SUPER=01-Howard Packett/Salem Councilman; :16]
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Taliaferro is credited with helping make Salem's school system independent and with spurring the construction of the city's baseball and football stadiums, which now bear his name.
Still to come on our newscast, bargain hunters push Wall Street to strong gains.
Plus we will show you how a British classroom can teach you how to avoid getting a hotfoot.
Today in Sports, the Washington Redskins come back from Japan with some good news. Mike Stevens will tell us what it is.
Then a little later in the newscast, we will tell you why you won't need a transporter to attend a big Star Trek convention.
On Wall Street today, a broad-based rally sent stock prices higher as bargain hunters sought to capitalize on three sessions of sharp losses.
Alexis Christoforous reports.
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If you're thinking of taking up firewalking as a hobby, you'd do well to remember the phrase "mind over matter".
That's what the United Kingdom company Starfire preaches to those who wish to give the practice a try.
Master Firewalker Simon Treselyan says he can take just about anyone off the street and have them walking on burning embers in four hours.
Students gather around the fire to chant, shout and dance and visualize themselves walking over hot coals.
Hours later, Treselyn tells his pupils to walk through at their own pace and in their own time while the rest of the group screams encouragement.
In this group, no one was injured although there was a scramble to get out of the coals towards the end.
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Good afternoon folks and welcome to the Tuesday ticker.
The Washington Redskins returned to Carlisle, Pennsylvania today to resume training camp.
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The team is thankful to have had such a successful trip to Japan, and now it appears that the defense may be getting some more good news this week.
Both Bruce Smith and Santana Dotson, who have been sidelined with injuries - are set to be cleared to practice for the rest of the preseason.
That means Bruce, though honored by his recent appointment, will not be available for the upcoming Tech board of visitors meeting on August 26th.
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The Redskins play their second preseason game of the summer this Saturday night at 8 against the Carolina Panthers.
Eight local swimmers have qualified for the Eastern Zone swim meet this week in Buffalo, New York.
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The competition begins on Wednesday and will include several members of the Marlins swim team, including Jordan Anderson who recently set the state record in the 100 meter butterfly for 13 and 14 year old boys. Anderson's time of 59 seconds is expected to be even lower this week.
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The local contingent hopes to help the Virginia squad claim a second straight Eastern Zone championship.
Coming up at the top of the hour - Steve Mason checks back in at the Falcons' camp with former Hokie Kevin McCadam.
Plus, the preseason Friday Football Extra roundup continus tonight as we check in with the Salem Spartans.
Take care everybody and have a safe evening.
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Do you wish you could attend a Star Trek convention without bumping into someone dreesed like a Klingon?
Jody Davis say you can... he has hopeful news for internet radio fans.
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((IT SEEMS THE SMALL-FRY INTERNET BROADCASTERS HAVE SOME FRIENDS ON
CAPITOL HILL. RECENTLY, WE SHOWED YOU HOW HUNDREDS OF WEBCASTERS HAD
SHUT OFF THEIR MUSIC STREAMS RATHER THAN PAY NEWLY-ANNOUNCED ROYALTY
FEES. NOW, THREE CONGRESSMEN HAVE FILED A BILL THAT WOULD EXEMPT ANY
WEBSCASTER WITH ANNUAL REVENUES OF LESS THAN 6-MILLION DOLLARS FROM
MAKING THE PAYMENTS. WE'LL LET YOU KNOW HOW IT FARES.
AND YET, MUSIC ON THE WEB LIVES ON. IF YOU'RE AS OLD AS ME, YOU
REMEMBER THE WEEKLY "RATE A RECORD" FEATURE ON AMERICAN BANDSTAND.
NOW, BEST BUY AND VIRGIN RECORDS ARE LAUNCHING A NEW VERSION OF IT...
ON THE WEB. "YOU BE THE CRITIC DOT COM" GIVES YOU A CHANCE TO HEAR AND
REVIEW NEW SONGS FROM MANY NEW AND UNHERALDED BANDS.
NOW PLAYING... THE GROUP "30 SECONDS TO MARS". I GIVE IT A 52, DICK...
NOT BAD... BUT TOUGH TO DANCE TO.
YOU LOVE STAR TREK... IN FACT, YOU'D ATTEND A TREK CONVENTION, BUT
CAN'T BRING YOURSELF TO JOIN THOSE GEEKY PEOPLE-WITHOUT-A-LIFE. CAN
YOU STILL MANAGE IT?
"We're about to find out.")
THE JUST-COMPLETED TREK CONFAB IN LAS VEGAS HAD A PARALLEL VIRTUAL
CONVENTION CALLED "VIR-CON 2002."
"Are you saying it is, and yet it isn't there?")
WELL, SORT OF. USERS CHATTED WITH MAJOR FIGURES IN THE SERIES, AND
WATCHED STREAMING VIDEO OF APPEARANCES BY LEONARD NIMOY AND KATE
MULGREW, AMONG OTHERS. PRODUCER VIRTUAL CONVENTIONS PLANS MANY MORE
VIR-CONS FOR TREK, XENA, AND OTHER FAN-CRAZY SHOWS. AND THAT'S THE
WEEK IN TECHNOTAINMENT. JODY DAVIS REPORTING.))