The News at FIVE is next on the small screen.
With a dramatic view of a highly hazardous chemical tanker fire- -shuts
down 220 and diverts school children.
Yet another explosion rips through Paris... a mail carrier saves the day.
A simply gorgeous day follows on the heals of Opal, and we have more
terrific weather to enjoy this weekend. Stay tuned for the complete forecast.
Lou Gehrig's disease claims the lives of thousands each year.
But this is one of the first years where real progress in understanding the
illness has been made.
We'll have the story, on Health Check.
(Keith AD LIB)
An inferno along 220 in Franklin County, as a chemical truck loaded with
hundreds of gallons of hazardous materials explodes.
GRAPHIC=news-7 at five
Good evening this is NEWS-7 at FIVE-- I'm Keith Humphry filling in for
It was just after 7:30 this morning that a tractor trailer wrecked and
exploded near the intersection of Route 220 and Route 605 in Franklin County,
just a few miles from the Henry County line.
Traffic was at a standstill for hours as rescue crews let the rig carrying
Hazardous Materials teams say the the highly flammable and poisonous
substance found in paint thinner forced evacuations in the Fork Mountain area
of Franklin County.
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WIPE wipe wipe
Police say 45-year-old Norman Craig was hauling the Toluene from Winston
Salem, North Carolina to Roanoke.
Amazingly, he walked away from the accident with only a bruised leg.
IN Q=The tractor trailer
((TROOPER DANNY TIBBS/VIRGINIA STATE POLICE: THE TRACTOR TRAILER WAS HEADED
NORTHBOUND ON ROUTE 220 AT APPROXIMATELY 7:30 A.M. THE VEHICHLE WENT OFF TO THE
LEFT, ROLLED OVER AND CAUGHT ON FIRE. IT CAME TO REST BEHIND ME HERE JUST PAST
THE CROSS AND THE DRIVER ESCAPED WITH MINOR INJURIES.))
SUPER=01-Trooper Danny Tibbs/State Police;
OUT Q=minor injuries
Route 220 was finally reopened around 12 o'clock this afternoon, about the
same time Fork Mountain residents were allowed back into their homes.
Many weren't sure what was going on.
IN Q= Black smoke
((MARY MORAN/FORK MOUNTAIN RESIDENT: BLACK SMOKE STARTED ROLLING AND SOMEBODY
CAME IN SAYING THERE HAD BEEN A BAD WRECK DOWN THERE. ))
SUPER=01-Mary Moran/Fork Mountain Resident
OUT Q=down there
Officials say the area is danger-free at this hour, despite the fact that
heavy, black smoke filled the sky for more than four hours this morning.
State Police have charged the driver, Norman Craig with reckless driving.
They say it's satisfying to know that no one was hurt during the incident.
They attribute that to quick response and alert fire crews.
Students at a nearby school were among those evacuated this morning.
When buses began arriving at Henry Elementary shortly before 8:30 the
children were told to stay on the bus.
Soon-- a deputy arrived and the children were taken to nearby Ferrum
Elementary where they stayed until the roads were safe to go home.
Teachers say the students weren't frightened and thought of it more as a
IN Q=We watched
((MARCIE ALTICE/HENRY ELEMENTARY TEACHER: WE WATCHED MOVIES, WE PLAYED GAMES,
WE DID EXERCISES, JUMPING JACKS, WE DID LUNCH, JUST HAD A FUN MORNING. ))
SUPER=01-Marcie Altice/Henry Elementary Teacher;
OUT Q=fun morning.
Today was a scheduled early dismissal so the children were only at Ferrum
Elementary for about three hours before heading home.
A Paris bombing injured 13 people today.
Officials say the casualty toll could have been even higher, but a mailman
spotted a suspicious bag.
He tipped police, who cordoned off an area near Chinatown.
The latest blast is the seventh bombing or attempted bombing since late
Today's blast came from a gas canister loaded with nuts, bolts and nails,
which exploded in a garbage can.
The explosion came on the same day that the key suspect in the series of
bombings was being buried.
About 150 mourners turned out for the burial in a suburb near the French
city of Lyon.
An anonymous caller to a French radio station says the bombing was the work
of the "Armed Islamic Group-general command." That's a violent group based in
Hurricane Opal spun off a tornado that touched down yeterday near Snow Hill,
North Carolina in Greene County.
SUPER=03-Greene Co, NC;
Mary Edge says she was having lunch when the building next door blew to
She says it looked like an explosion with pieces of the building flying
Parts of the structure blew across the highway and into some trees,
knocking out power lines.
SUPER=03-Panama City Beach, FL
On the Florida Coast the damage was much more severe- -the huge tidal flow
demolished homes along the coast.
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Don't go away, there's more NEWS-7 at FIVE coming up-- Governor Allen
campaigns in southwest Virginia for local GOP candidates.
ANd a little later-- now that the historic Wharton House in Bedford is no
longer a library-- it is for rent-- we'll explain.
On Health Check-- we're talking about SHOTS.
A little pain can save a lot of misery,
We're talking about influenza and rabies prevention.
The White House hopes Cuba goes along with a new U-S Policy.
Today the President announced he's easing restrictions on travel to
Cuba--don't go away.
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The Clinton Administration is taking steps to ease relations with CUBA.
In a foreign policy speech to the Freedom House conference, the President
said he is tightening the embargo on Cuba, while- -at the same time- trying to
promote the "free-flow of ideas" between the U-S and Cuba.
IN Q=I have authorized
((I HAVE AUTHORIZED OUR NEWS MEDIA TO OPEN BUREAUS IN CUBA. WE WILL ALLOW MORE
PEOPLE TO TRAVEL TO AND FROM CUBA FOR EDUCATIONAL, RELIGIOUS AND HUMAN RIGHTS
PURPOSES. WE WILL NOW PERMIT AMERICAN NON-GOVERNMENTAL ORGANIZATIONS TO ENGAGE
IN A FULLER RANGE OF ACTIVITIES IN CUBA.))
OUT Q=activities in Cuba.
Republican Presidential CANDIDATE Bob Dole said the Administration should
be going the opposite direction when it comes to Cuba.
IN Q=This latest action
((BOB DOLE/SENATE MAJORITY LEADER: THIS LATEST ACTION MAKES IT EVEN MORE
IMPORTANT FOR CONGRESS TO MOVE AHEAD ON THE LEGISLATION TIGHTENING THE EMBARGO.
THE PRESIDENT SAYS HE WANTS TO TOUGHEN THE EMBARGO, SO I HOPE HE'LL ENDORSE OUR
SUPER=01-Bob Dole/Senate Majority Leader
Dole says that may come up on the floor of the Senate as early as next week.
Governor George Allen says Virginia democrats are out of ideas, out of
touch and out of time.
Today in Vinton, the governor campaigned with republican candidates for the
House of Delegates: Jeff Artis, Trixie Averill (AV-uhr-uhl), and Newell
He said Virginia is poised to become the first southern state in which
republicans control both houses of the legislature and the governor's office.
IN Q=The democrats offer
((GOV. GEORGE ALLEN: THE DEMOCRATS OFFER NOTHING NEW. ALL THEY CARE ABOUT IS
HOLDING ON TO POWER AND MAKING SURE ALL THE DECISIONS ARE MADE BY THEM, NOT YOU
((AL WILSON/ROANOKE DEMOCRATIC CHAIRMAN: TO THINK THAT NEW IDEAS SUCH AS
FURTHER BUDGET CUTS ARE GOOD FOR THE COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA IS JUST SOMETHING
THAT DOESN'T COMPORT WITH WHAT THE FACTS ARE.))
SUPER=01-Al Wilson/Roanoke Democratic Chairman; :11
OUT Q=what the facts are.
Roanoke Democratic Chairman Al Wilson says it's ludicrous to say the
democrats are out of fresh ideas.
For example, He says it was the democrats who started welfare reform before
Governor Allen was elected.
New York emergency officials say a woman collapsed and died of a heart
attack on her way to attand mass conducted by Pope John Paul the Second this
Meantime the Pope continues his whirlwind tour of the United States.
Yesterday it was the rain, today summer like weather and a crowd of
75-thousand people turned out to a New York racetrack to see the Pope.
He celebrated the Mass in the infield where a special altar was set up,
flanked by racing tote boards.
The pontiff reiterated his theme that rich nations should not ignore the
poor and powerless.
He told the crowd that America sometimes conceals hardship adn poverty.
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Polo returns to the Roanoke Valley this weekend-- Coming up next on NEWS-7
at FIVE, Patrick will fill us in on the upcoming activities.
(patrick ad lib)
stocks bump next
You WILL see plenty of horsing around at Roanoke County's Green Hill Park.
It's the annual Polo Cup to benefit the Roanoke Symphony, and it takes
place tomorrow afternoon
DOUBLE BOX PATRICK/Lynn meyer
Joining me today is Lynn Meyer, President of the Symphony Volunteer's
SUPER=01-Lynn Meyer/Symphony Volunteer Association;
( Tell me a little bit about the history of this event?
Which two teams will be playing this year?
What time do the festivities get started?
There are a number of events going on prior to the Polo Match itself, tell
us about those.)
Thank you for your time, we'll look forward to seeing you at tomorrow's
Polo Cup, to benefit the Roanoke Symphony.
TOSS TO WEATHER
healthy music under
Ahead in the newscast-- after two days of rain thanks to Opal, Winston Cup
qualifying got underway in Charlotte.
On Health Check-- more than 30-thousand Americans are afflicted with Lou
Gehrig's disease-- or A.L.S.
But there's a new shred of hope-- while it's not a cure, it may be a
treatment-- the first advancement in more than a century.
IN Q=First you
((RALPH WOOD/PATIENT:FIRST YOU WALK WITH A CANE THEN A WALKER, THEN A
WHEELCHAIR. IT'S NOT AN EASY THING TO GET ALONG WITH. ))
OUT Q=along with
health bump next
GRAPHIC=lou gehrig's disease
Lou Gehrig's disease is named for the baseball star who's life was claimed
by the devastating illness.
Five thousand people are diagnosed with it every year in this country--
but for the first time, there's been some progress in understanding Amyotropic
Lateral Sclerosis or A-L-S.
IN Q= What causes
SUPER=01-Dr. Kerry Levin/Cleveland Clinic Neurologist; :00 QUICK!!!!
SUPER=03-North Canton, OH; :08
SUPER=01-Ralph Wood/ALS Patient; :41
SUPER=01-Rick Wood/Patient's Son; :47
SUPER=01-Martha Wood/Patient's Wife; 1:03 QUICK!!!
SUPER=01-Marge Benes/Patient; 1:24
SUPER=01-Dr. Hiroshi Mitsumoto/Cleveland Clinic; 1:42
OUT Q= from a cure.
IN Q=What causes
((DR. KERRY LEVIN/CLEVELAND CLINIC NEUROLOGIST: WHAT CAUSES ALS? THE SIMPLE
ANSWER IS NOBODY KNOWS. ))
OUT Q=nobody knows.
The news about Lou Gehrig's Disease, or ALS has not been encouraging.
IN Q= Do you ever
((DO YOU EVER FORESEE A DRUG THAT WILL SLOW IT DOWN AND STOP THE DISEASE WHERE
DR. LEVIN: THERE DOES NOT SEEM TO BE ANY OBVIOUS ANSWER OR CURE YET ))
OUT Q=or cure yet.
ALS destroys nerves, mainly the motor neurons in the brain and spinal cord
that controls muscle movement.
Often starting with weakness in the muscles of the hands, it spreads to the
arms, legs, even speech and swallowing become impossible.
IN Q=First you
((RALPH WOOD/PATIENT:FIRST YOU WALK WITH A CANE THEN A WALKER, THEN A
WHEELCHAIR. IT'S NOT AN EASY THING TO GET ALONG WITH. ))
OUT Q=along with.
IN Q=The disease
((RICK WOOD/PATIENT'S SON: THE DISEASE IS PROGRESSIVE, THE PERSON BECOMES
WEAKER AND WEAKER AND AS A
RESULT THEY BECOME MORE AND MORE DEPENDENT AND THEY NEED YOUR HELP TO EXIST.))
OUT Q=to exist.
Most patients die of respiratory failure within five years.
IN Q=I bathe him
((MARTHA WOOD,PATIENT'S WIFE:I BATHE HIM; I DRESS HIM; I FEED HIM; I DO
EVERYTHING. I GIVE HIM SHOTS EVERY DAY. IT'S A TERRIBLE DISEASE.))
OUT Q=terribly disease.
IN Q=Can you NAT SOUND
((CAN YOU RAISE YOUR ARMS? NO ))
OUT Q=No. NAT SOUND
Marge Benes was diagnosed in 1993.
IN Q=It was
((MARGE BENES/PATIENT:IT WAS WEAKNESS IN THE ARMS AND REALLY THAT'S WHERE IT'S
BEEN FOR THE LAST TWO
YEARS AND THREE MONTHS THE ARMS AND THE NECK IT HASN'T AFFECTED MY WALKING YET
OUT Q=thank heavens.
Marge is taking a new drug that has shown some promise-- the first real
advances in the treatment of ALS in 125 years.
IN Q=This year
(( DR.HIROSHI MITSUMOTO, DIR. ALS CENTER, CLEVELAND CLINIC:THIS YEAR THERE ARE
THREE NEW MEDICATIONS THAT HAVE BEEN FOUND TO BE BENEFICIAL. WE ARE VERY
HOPEFUL THAT ONE OF THOSE...THERE ARE THREE OF THOSE MIGHT BE TRULY EFFECTIVE
IN THE CARE OF THESE PATIENTS. UNFORTUNATELY WE ARE FAR FROM A CURE.))
OUT Q=from a cure
A federal panel of scientists just recently recommended approval for
riluzole, to treat the 30-thousand Americans afflicted with the neuro-muscular
It's that time of year again-- and a new study finds for any age group, flu
shots are a good idea.
The report says fall vaccinations keep working-age people healthier and
more productive-- reducing winter sick days by one-third.
The influenza vaccine is strongly recommended for the nation's 60-million
elderly, and for those with chronic disease.
In recognition of Rabies Awareness Week, the Roanoke Valley Veterinary
Medical Association is sponsoring several rabies clinics tomorrow.
Rabies shots will be given to dogs and cats tomorrow afternoon at a reduced
cost of five-dollars.
Animal hospitals around the region are participating in the clinic, from
one-to three p.m.
Just contact your veterinarian to see if it's a participating office.
Good afternoon everybody and welcome to your weekend and the Friday Afternoon
two minute ticker.
The sun came out today in Charlotte after two days of Opal, and that was a
welcome sight for the Winston Cup circuit which finally got in qualifying for
Sunday's UAW GM 500.
SUPER=03-Concord, NC/First Round Qualifying; :00
A huge crowd packed the grandstand on the front stretch for today's Noon time
trials, and all eyes were on Jeff Gordon, who had won three of the last four
poles at the track.
But today the Winston Cup POints leader was only third fastest.
IN Q="Pole is nice...
((JEFF GORDON/QUALIFIES THIRD:))
SUPER=01-Jeff Gordon/Qualifies Third; :00
OUT Q=...RIGHT NOW."
Dale Earnhardt had a terrible run in the Goodwrench Chevy, he was just 37th
In fact this day belonged to the Ricky's!
Rookie Ricky Craven went out early and sat on the pole for awhile with a
speed of 179 point 850 miles an hour.
IN Q="I don't think...
((RICKY CRAVEN/QUALIFIES SECOND:))
SUPER=01-Ricky Craven/Qualifies Second; :00
OUT Q=...EAT THIS UP."
But the real Ricky was Ricky Rudd, who won the pole with a sped of 180 point
578 miles an hour.
He was the only driver to crack the 180 mark.
((RICKY RUDD/UAW-GM 500 POLE WINNER:))
SUPER=01-Ricky Rudd/UAW-GM 500 Pole Winner; :00
OUT Q=...pole sitting car."
Rick Mast had the worst run of the day as he lost control of the Skoal Ford
in turn four and finished 47th.
At least he didn't hit the wall.
Now let's check out he entire top 25.
(/////SPORTS CHYRON MOTION/////)
SPORTS CHYRON MOTION
IN Q=FIRST SCORE
OUT Q=...DAVE MARCIS.
Tragic news out of Charlotte tonight.
Shortly after qualifying ended a driver was reportedly killed at the
Charlotte Motor Speedway during the track's Sportsman race.
Early reports have identified the driver as Russell Phillips.
We'll have more on this breaking story coming up on News 7 at 6.
Bedford officials have come up with a solution they hope will settle a
dispute over the future of the city's historic Wharton House.
The 112- year- old building which served as the children's library became
obsolete when the city's new library was completed this summer.
Because Bedford officials waited so long to decide what to do with the
building, preservationists feared the house would be torn down.
The nine- month- long debate ended this week when the city decided to lease
the building rent- free to anyone who's willing to renovate it.
IN Q=We anticipate
((MIKE SHELTON/BEDFORD MAYOR: WE ANTICIPATE THAT WE'LL HAVE AN INDIVIDUAL OR
ORGANIZATION COME FORWARD THAT WANTS TO EXCERISE THE LEASE. THERE'S ONE
ORGANIZATION THAT'S PUBLICLY SAID THEY WANT IT, AND I THINK WE'VE GOT A GOOD
ARRANGEMENT HERE FOR US TO ALL WORK TOGETHER.))
SUPER=01-Mike Shelton/Bedford Mayor; :00
OUT Q=all work together.
The Bedford Historical Society announced last January it was willing to
renovate the Wharton House.
But president David Cole told News7 today his group won't make a decision
until they see the terms of the lease agreement.
(toss to PATRICK)
(PATRICK ad lib)
(PATRICK tosses to Keith)
The 611 steam engine is home.
The historical landmark is now stationed at the Virginia Museum of
Transportation in Roanoke.
City officials unveiled the popular steam engine this afternoon.
The unveiling of the 611 exhibit marks the beginning of the eighth annual
Roanoke Railway Festival.
Steam excursions were the big draw of previous festivals.
Tonight at six we'll take a look at the 611 exhibit.
And find out whether tourists will still make the trip to see the grand old
That story and more News is full steam ahead in 30-minutes on NEWS-7 at
SIX. That's it for NEWS-7 at FIVE. Have a nice weekend. goodnight.