Today on News 7 at 5, Virginia Tech joins in a lawsuit to keep Miami and Boston College from defecting to the A-C-C.
Also one person is sent to the hospital after a hazardous materials spill at a local school.
The National Weather Service has issued a flood watch begining after midnight for rivers and streams. We will check the details in a moment.
The West Nile Virus is found in Virginia for the first time this year.
Sammy Sosa is benched by major league baseball. We'll tell you for how long.
and it's the end of an era as a once popular car is sent to the garage. News 7 at 5 is next.
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[IN Q=The conduct...]
[OUT Q=of the Big East.]
Five members of the Big East head to court to try to keep their conference alive.
Today a lawsuit was brought forth by the five football playing members of the Big East who are not in the A-C-C's expansion plans.
The suit claims the A-C-C, The University of Miami, and Boston College conspired to break the Big East apart, and that the plan would cause undue harm to the remaining schools.
[VO-NAT - :13]
[SUPER=03-Morgantown, WV; ]
West Virginia's President notified the schools of the lawsuit, which does NOT include Syracuse as a co-conspirator.
Representatives of Big East Schools echoed that the lawsuit was a Hail Mary, a last ditch effort to save the conference.
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[IN Q=We feel the actions...]
((DAVID HARDESTY, JR./WEST VIRGINIA UNIVERSITY PRESIDENT; WE FEEL THE ACTIONS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF MIAMI AND BOSTON COLLEGE AND THE ACC SIMPLY LEFT US NO CHOICE BUT TO TAKE THIS ACTION, BECAUSE OF THE IRREPERABLE HARM DONE TO OUR SCHOOLS BECAUSE OF THEIR CONDUCT.))
[SUPER=01-David Hardesty, Jr./West Virginia University President; ]
[OUT Q=because of their conduct.]
[VO-NAT - :18]
The 5 schools claim that Miami's athletic director Paul Dee has been in negotiations for the school to join the A-C-C since 1999, while assuring Big East conference members that the school would not leave.
On that promise, the schools say they spent hundreds of millions of dollars building and expanding stadiums.
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[IN Q=We have been repeatedly...]
((PHILIP AUSTIN/UNIVERSITY OF CONNECTICUT PRESIDENT; WE HAVE BEEN REPEATEDLY ASSURED OVER THE YEARS THAT THE CONFERENCE WAS INTACT, AND THESE INSTITUTIONS HAD MADE COMMITMENTS TO BE WITH US OVER THE LONG TERM.))
[SUPER=01-Philip Austin/University of Connecticut President;]
[OUT Q=over the long term.]
[VO-NAT - :07+]
Virginia Tech's President and Athletic Director also spoke about the suit today.
We'll hear from them tonight on News 7 at 6.
A chemical spill at Brookville High School this afternoon sent one person to the hospital and hazardous materials teams scrambling to respond.
It happened just before two.. only faculty and staff were in the building at the time.
Authorities say an unknown substance spilled in the school's chemistry lab, exposing five people to potentially toxic fumes.
The chemical apparently aggravated one person's asthma.
That person was taken to Lynchburg General Hospital for treatment.
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[IN Q=There were some]
((KEITH JOHNSON/LYNCHBURG BATTALION CHIEF: THERE WERE SOME.. ...REGULAR FIREFIGHTING GEAR.))
[SUPER=01-Keith Johnson/Lynchburg Battalion Chief]
[OUT Q=firefighting gear.]
Authorities were not sure whether the spill would disrupt plans for a graduation party at the school tonight.
Results of the autopsies conducted on Laci Peterson and her unborn son will remain sealed.
A judge in California made that ruling today, against the wishes of prosecutors.
Manuel Gallegus has more.
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[IN Q=When the parties gathered...]
[SUPER=01-Mark Geragos/Defense Attorney;]
[SUPER=01-Manuel Gallegus/CBS News;]
((WHEN THE PARTIES GATHERED IN COURT, IT HAD THE MAKINGS OF A DIFFICULT
DAY. THE REPORTEDLY GRUESOME DETAILS OF THE AUTOPSIES OF LACI PETERSON
AND HER MURDERED BABY MIGHT HAVE BEEN RELEASED TO THE PUBLIC. SCOTT
PETERSONS PRIVATE PHONE CONVERSATIONS AND NEWS LEAKS WERE ALSO ISSUES
BEFORE THE JUDGE.
WHEN LAYWERS AND JUDGE BEGAN DISCUSSING THE AUTOPSIES, LACI PETERSONS
MOTHER BECAME VERY USPET. THEY DID NOT TALK ABOUT THE DETAILS IN COURT
BUT JUST THE MENTION OF THE AUTOPSY WAS ENOUGH FOR LACIS FAMILY TO
SCOTT PETERSON ALSO APPEARED TO DISPLAY SOME EMOTION, SOMETHING HES
NEVER REALLY DONE BEFORE IN COURT.
PROSECUTORS CONTEND IT WAS PETERSON WHO KILLED HIS PREGNANT WIFE AND
BABY, THEN DISPOSED OF THE BODIES. HE FACES THE DEATH PENALTY IF
IN THE END THE JUDGE DECIDED THE AUTOPSY RESULTS WILL STAY SEALED.
HE ALSO PUT OFF A DECISION ABOUT A POSSIBLE GAG ORDER AND ABOUT WIRE
TAPS ON PETERSONS PHONE.
THE DEFENSE ARGUED AGAINST A GAG ORDERCLAIMING IT MAKES IT IMPOSSIBLE
TO DEFEND THEIR CLIENT PUBLICALLY.
-SOT-MARK GERAGOS, DEFENSE ATTORNEY
AND ACCORDING TO COURT DOCUMENTS, INVESTIGATORS INTERCEPTED MORE THAN
38-HUNDRED PHONE CALLS IN THE PETERSON CASE IN A 30 DAY PERIOD. 69 OF
THOSE CONVERSATIONS WERE BETWEEN SCOTT PETERSON AND HIS ORIGINAL
ATTORNEY. THE DEFENSE WANTS ALL THAT EVIDENCE THROWN OUT.
THE DEFENSE HAS ALSO SUGGESTED THAT LACIS REAL KILLERS ARE STILL OUT
THERE. THEY MET PRIVATELY WITH THE JUDGE TO TALK ABOUT THEIR OWN
INVESTIIGATION. MANUEL GALLEGUS, CBS NEWS MODESTO.))
A Muslim woman will be required to show her face on her driver's license.
A Florida judge today decided unveiling will not compromise Sultanna Freeman's religious beliefs.
Freeman wore a veil for her license photo after moving to Florida in 2001.
But after the nine-eleven attacks, the state told her it would revoke the license if she didn't have another picture taken with an
She sued, saying showing her face without the veil violates Muslim beliefs.
A state attorney said Islamic law allows women to expose their faces if the action serves a public good.
Sammy Sosa got some bad news from Major League Baseball today. We will have the details after a short break.
Also for the first time this year, health officials discover the West Nile Virus in Virginia.
Sammy Sosa of the Chicago Cubs was hit with an eight game suspension today.
Major League Baseball levied the penalty after Sosa used a corked bat in a game earlier this week.
Jennifer Donelan has more.
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[SUPER=01-Jim Hendry/Cubs General Manager;]
[SUPER=01-Dusty Baker/Cubs Manager;;]
[SUPER=01-Jennifer Donelan/CBS News;]
[OUT Q=CBS NEWS CHICAGO]
((SAMMY SOSA - ONE OF BASEBALL'S MOST POPULAR FIGURES - NOW KNOWS HIS
PUNISHMENT FOR STEPPING UP TO HOME PLATE AND SWINGING WITH A CORKED BAT.
NO SURPRISE PITCHES FROM MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL OFFICIALS
TODAY...THEY'VE THROWN AN 8 GAME SUSPENSION AT THE HOME RUN KING...
(SOT/JIM HENDRY, CUBS GENERAL MANAGER, "he broke the rules, accident or
not, some type of punishment is necessary.")
IT WAS TUESDAY NIGHT'S GAME AGAINST THE TAMPA BAY DEVIL RAYS WHEN SOSA
GROUNDED ONE OUT TO SECOND BASE. HIS BAT SHATTERED AND REVEALED A HALF
DOLLAR SIZED PIECE OF CORK INSIDE. CORK CAN HELP CARRY THE BALL
FARTHER...SOSA SAID IT WAS A PRACTICE BAT AND HE GRABBED IT BY MISTAKE.
UMPIRES TOSSED HIM FROM THE GAME AND SOSA'S ENTIRE CAREER WENT ON TRIAL.
(SOT, DUSTY BAKER, CUBS MANAGER)
AUTHORITIES CONFISCATED AND X-RAYED MORE THAN OF 80 OF SOSA'S BATS -
EVEN ONES ON DISPLAY AT THE BASEBALL HALL OF FAME. THE QUESTION WAS HAD
SOSA USED CORKED BATS BEFORE? WERE SOSA'S 505 CAREER HOME RUN HITS
LEGIT? EVERY SINGLE TEST CAME BACK NEGATIVE AND THIS TURN AT BAT WAS
DECLARED AN ISOLATED INCIDENT.
(STANDUP BRIDGE- JENNIFER DONELAN)
"When those tests came back..fans here in Chicago began to rally around
their beloved cubs player....accepting Sosa's explanation that he simply
made a mistake. So what to do they think about the 8 game suspension?"
FANS MAY LET SOSA SLIDE ON THIS ONE, BUT BASEBALL ISN'T. IT CAN'T.
RULES ARE RULES. SOSA HAS APPEALED THE DECISION AND CAN PLAY IN THE
MEANTIME, SO THE CUBS AND FANS STILL HAVE THEIR SUPERSTAR...AT LEAST FOR
NOW. JENNIFER DONELAN, CBS NEWS CHICAGO.))
Two crows have tested positive for the West Nile virus -- the first Virginia cases of the year.
The state health department says the birds were found last month in Northern Virginia's Fauquier County.
Last year, the state's first bird with West Nile was found in April in Arlington.
West Nile virus spreads to birds, humans, horses and other mammals through the bite of an infected mosquito.
Health officials say people can reduce the risk of infection by getting rid of standing water and wearing insect repellent.
Coming up next on the newscast, Robin will have a forecast for those people who like a little rain on their weekend.
Plus a little bit later, NASA is preparing for its next mission...this one is to MARS.
Coming up today in Sports, Mike Stevens will have more on Virginia Tech's efforts to save the Big East.
Also we'll tell you why the beetle is finally riding off into the sunset.
Stocks turned in a mixed showing on Wall Street today.
In volatile trading the major markets gave up most of their early gains in a wave of profit-taking.
Alexis Christoforous wraps it up in today's Marketwatch.
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[SUPER=01-Alexis Christoforous/CBS Marketwatch;]
[OUT Q=News 7 at 5.]
Good afternoon folks. As we told you earlier in the newscast, things are getting ugly where the ACC expansion is concerned. Today the five remaining Big East school's filed suit against Miami, Boston College and the ACC, seeking unknown damages that could be very, very high--in the hundreds of millions of dollars.
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[SUPER=01-Jim Weaver/Virginia Tech Athletic Director; :00]
[OUT Q=what that damage might be."]
ACC Commissioner John Swofford responded to the lawsuit today, saying that he is disappointed that it has come to this.
The Virginia High school league's spring jubilee weekend opened today at Radford University with a pile of local teams trying to win state titles.
Today was semi-finals Friday.
[SUPER=03-Radford/Group AA Girls Soccer; :00]
We start with soccer and Ladies first - Salem battled Blacksburg for the fourth time this season.
And the Spartans would rely on goaltender J.R. Wray who makes several aggressive saves. As Salem advances to its first state championship game with a one to nothing win.
[SUPER=04-Group A Semi-Finals; ]
In Group A boy's soccer, Radford battled Nandua. In the first half Radford gets on the board with the direct kick that is tipped in.
Right now the two teams are in overtime tied at 2.
[SUPER=04-Group A Girls Semi-Finals;]
In the Group A tennis semi-finals for girls, Galax would lose to talented Gate City. The Blue Devils blank the Maroon Tide 5 matches to none as Galax fails to win a single set.
[SUPER=04-Group AA Girls' Semi-Finals;]
In the Group Two A semi-finals - Hidden Valley looked to keep its unbeaten streak alive against Loudon County. But the Titans suffer their first loss of the season 5-to-1. They finish the season 18 and -1 and return all 13 players next season.
[SUPER=04-Group A Baseball Semi-Finals; ]
Lets move now to the diamond where Glenvar took on John Battle in the Group A final four.
After trailing early, Glenvar would get two runs in the bottom of the second with some help from John Battle's pitcher who hits Glenvar's Josh Noell with the bases loaded. Davy Spangler scored and Glenvar won it 5 to 3.
[SUPER=04-Group A Softball Semi-Finals;]
In Group A softball, the James River Knights would beat Essex
6 to 0 behind the arm of Angela Tincher. The Gatorade state player of the year tossed a four hitter and struck out 10 in the 6 to 0 win.
She got some offensive help offensively in the fifth as Keely Carter knocks in a run with the bases loaded and James River advanced 6-nothing.
Much more is scheduled for later tonight including Group Two a softball and baseball.
The Winston Cup circuit is in the Poconos this weekend.
Qualifying is still going on at this hour, but so far Joe Gibbs Racing has dominated things with Bobby Labonte and Tony Stewart on the provisional front row.
We'll have an update and, hopefully, the complete starting gird for you on News 7 at Six.
Folks take care and have a safe weekend.
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Today on Healthcheck,
Gerd is a disease that's often confused with heartburn. And while many adults suffer from it, it can also be be a problem for your baby.
News Seven Intern Reporter Justin Ward has details.
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[IN Q=That's eight-week old]
[SUPER=01-Richard Moore/Isabella's Father;]
[SUPER=01-Cindi Moore/Isabella's Mother;]
[SUPER=01-Dr. Michael Hart/Pediatrican;]
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((NAT SOUND BABY CRYING))
That's eight-week old Isabella.
Crying, much like she has been since she was born.
And until two weeks ago, her parents...Richard and Cindi Moore...had no idea why.
[IN Q=We knew there was]
((RICK MOORE/FATHER OF GERD PATIENT: WE KNEW THERE WAS SOMETHING GOING ON AND IT'S VERY VERY FRUSTRATING BECAUSE YOU WANT TO HELP HER, BUT YOU DON'T KNOW WHAT'S GOING ON.))
Isabella had been gagging whenever her parents would feed her and the crying became painful.
The Moore's assumed that something was wrong with Isabella's digestive track, when in fact, she had something more serious.
Gastroesophageal reflux, a disease commonly referred to as GERD.
(TAKE GRAPHIC STILL #1)
It originates in the lower esophageal sphincter, just above the stomach.
(TAKE GRAPHIC STILL #2)
The sphincter relaxes, or opens, to let food in the stomach.
And closes to keep it in.
(TAKE GRAPHIC STILL #3)
Whenever the sphincter relaxes for too long or too often, acid stored in the stomach flows back to the esophagus.
This return of acidic juices is what doctors call GERD.
It's a disease that can damage the lining in the esophagus.
Or worse, it can cause cancer.
[IN Q=I was shocked to]
((CINDI MOORE/MOTHER OF GERD PATIENT: I WAS SHOCKED TO THINK THAT SOMEBODY THAT LITTLE COULD BE HAVING THIS PROBLEM AND ALL THEY'RE HAVING IS FORMULA. THEY'RE NOT EATING SPICY FOODS AND THINGS THAT WOULD CAUSE US TO HAVE THESE PROBLEMS.))
[IN Q=While it's true that]
((JUSTIN WARD/REPORTING: WHILE IT'S TRUE THAT INFANTS ARE AT RISK FOR GERD, THE DISEASE USUALLY OCCURS IN ADULTS OVER FORTY. BUT PEOPLE OFTEN MISTAKE THE DISEASE FOR HEARTBURN, ONE OF GERD'S MOST COMMON SYMPTOMS.))
[OUT Q=GERD's most common symptoms.]
The Moore's sought the advice of Doctor Michael Hart, a pediatric specialist in gastroenterology.
[IN Q=I like to tell]
((DR. MICHAEL HART/PEDIATRICIAN: I LIKE TO TELL MY PATIENTS THAT JUST AS WE RECOGNIZE NOW THAT EXCESSIVE SUN EXPOSURE TO OUR SKIN INCREASES OUR RISK FOR SKIN CANCER. I LIKE TO CORRELATE THAT EXCESSIVE ACID EXPOSURE TO OUR ESOPHAGUS IS A SIMILAR ENTITY.))
[OUT Q=esophagus is a similar entity.]
(TAKE GERD SYMPTONS PRE-PRO)
Dr. Hart says there are symptoms you should be aware of.
Excessive heartburn is the most common, but the regurgitation of acid is also a warning sign.
As is painful swallowing and chest pain.
Treatments for GERD have proven highly effective, but left untreated, there could be costly ramifications.
[IN Q=We recognize that certain]
((DR. MICHAEL HART/PEDIATRICAN: WE RECOGNIZE THAT CERTAIN PEOPLE WHO HAVE HIGHER REFLUX MAY HAVE A HIGHER RISK AND DO HAVE A HIGHER RISK OF ESOPHAGEAL CANCER. SO IT'S A SERIOUS LONG-TERM PROBLEM IF LEFT UNCHECKED.))
[OUT Q=problem if left unchecked.]
Fortunately for the Moore family, things are looking up for Isabella after her early diagnosis.
[IN Q=She's a hundred percent]
((RICK MOORE: SHE'S A HUNDRED PERCENT BETTER FROM WHAT SHE WAS JUST THREE WEEKS AGO.))
[OUT Q=just three weeks ago.]
Thanks in part to Dr. Hart and parents who cared enough to seek help.
Help that's made a difference between an upset baby and a happy baby.
Justin Ward, News 7, Roanoke.))
NASA will soon be on its way back to Mars.
The space agency will launch two new and improved robotic explorers on another mission to the Red Planet to probe for evidence of water and possibly past life.
Scientists hope to provide the world with spectacular new images of Mars to surpass those it took in 1997.
That was when the first robotic rover captured global attention by rolling around the planet's barren terrain and taking pictures of the landscape.
The attempt to land another rover there in 1999 failed.
You probably didn't even know they were still being made, but Volkswagen says its classic Beetle has reached the end of the line.
[SUPER=03-Mexico City, Mexico;]
The German automaker will stop making the original rear-engined ``bug'' later this year.
A plant in Mexico has been the only one making the car since 1978.
The Beetle's first version was made in 1934, when Adolf Hitler called for a ``people's car'' -- or in German, a Volkswagen.
More than 21 MILLION bugs were eventually sold.
But V-W says demand has dropped off the past few decades.