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The lights are out at the Justice House in Roanoke. We'll have a live
Plus rain helps dissipate a poisonous gas cloud in Louisiana.
As cold front is slipping through the region this evening. The back side
will bring sunny, cool weather.
Children and violence.
That's the topic of today's Health Check.
Plus, a new invention by a Virginia company is shedding a little LESS light
on infant safety, while in the car seat.
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Justice House may not just be without power-- but tenants-- according to
Roanoke City building inspectors.
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Good Evening this is News-7 at Five, I'm Jean Jadhon.
Justice House residents are moving out of the low-income apartment
Controversy around ownership and management's caused of a slew of problems,
problems that may never be solved.
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Scott Prince has been at Justice House since mid-day. Scott, what's going
(scott ad lib)
(roll cue: "...a battle they cannot win.")
IN Q=No electricity
SUPER=01-Doris Ferguson/Justice House Resident; :13
SUPER=01-Ron Miller/City Building Inspector; :34
OUT Q=enforce the law.
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(questions: So, where are all these people going to go?)
Emergency officials report a bit of good news in the toxic gas incident
Rains today helped to dissipate the gas.
Officials say monitors indicate the fumes are now contained to a chemical
That's where a railroad tank car ruptured yesterday-
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((SGT. WAYNE WINKLER/LA STATE POLICE: IF YOU INHALE IT, YES IT COULD BE FATAL.
AT THIS TIME THERE AREN'T ANY PROPERTIES OF THIS CHEMICAL IN THE AIR ANYWHERE
AROUND THE SITE TO DO THAT. WHEN CAN SOMEONE GO HOME. WE JUST DON'T KNOW YET.))
SUPER=01-Sgt. Wayne Winkler/LA State Police;
OUT Q=don't know yet."
But officials say shifting winds could expose more people to danger.
So about 15-hundred people who had been evacuated are out of their homes
for a second day.
People within two miles of the plant are being warned to stay indoors
and keep their windows shut.
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An earthquake struck China today- killing at least 26 people and injuring
Troops and medical teams were sent from Beijing to the Yunnan province to
help with the rescue.
The quake measured six point five on the Richter scale.
The official news agency there says about 115 houses in five towns
collapsed. Cracks had also appeared in several local reservoirs.
A Roanoke used car dealer has been named in a federal food stamp fraud
Joseph Spangler runs "Sport Motors" at Melrose Avenue and Westside
According to the indictment, Spangler accepted Food Stamps for cars he sold
to undercover federal agents.
As you know, merchants can accept food stamps only for certain edible
grocery items- -certainly not cars.
A 19 year- old Hillsville man allegedly told police he was high on drugs
and doesn't know why he pushed his girlfriend's toddler to his death.
Two year- old Joshua Blevins died from skull fractures and swelling in his
Today a judge certified murder charges against Steven Wayne Cole, and a
charge of felony child neglect against Joshua's mother, LaDonna Blevins.
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Tracy Altizer is in our New River Valley newsroom with more.
Jean, according to testimony today LaDonna Blevins left Josh and her baby
daughter in Cole's care while she was at work.
A Carroll County sheriff's investigator says Cole admitted he pushed Josh
when he wouldn't go to bed.
((RICK CLARK/CARROLL CO. SHERIFF'S INVESTIGATOR: I ASKED HIM WHY IT MADE HIM SO
MAD THAT HE PUSHED THE CHILD DOWN. HE SAID "I DON'T KNOW." HE MADE A STATEMENT
"WHEN YOU'RE WIRED UP ON CRACK AND YOUR ADRENALINE IS PUMPING YOU JUST DON'T
KNOW HOW STRONG YOU ARE." ))
SUPER=01-Rick Clark/Carroll Co. Sheriff's Investigator;
OUT Q=strong you are.
Clark says Cole told him the boy staggered and fell against the wall.
He says Cole put Josh in his bed, and tried in vain to administer CPR when
the boy stopped breathing.
He didn't call anyone, and when LaDonna Blevins got home in the wee hours of
the morning, he told her Josh was sleeping.
According to testimony, Blevins went to bed herself, and didn't check on
Josh until almost five o-clock in the evening.
That was nearly 24 HOURS after she had last seen him before leaving for work
the previous day.
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(QUESTION: Where do Cole's and Blevins' cases stand now?)
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Straight ahead on NEWS-7 at Five-- a jury in Texas must now decide the
sentence of the woman convicted of murdering singer Selena.
And the last time Asia saw a TOTAL solar eclipse was in 1950--until today
that is-- we'll show it to you.
While you're on your way through the drive-through cleaners, eating a
drive-through lunch, how about stopping off for a drive-through flu-shot?
The Montgomery County Health Department is making it possible.
We'll explain, on Health Check.
Plus House Speaker Newt Gingrich's book is selling well---
But are sales too brisk? That story when NEWS-7 at FIVE continues.
The jury that convicted Yolanda Saldivar must now decide how much prison
time, if any, she'll serve.
Saldivar is the woman convicted of shooting Tejano singing star, Selena.
She could get anything from probation to life in prison.
The punishment phase of the trial's been delayed though-
Today lawyers argued over the admissibility of checks that Saldivar wrote
as manager of Selena's boutiques.
Police say Saldivar cashed the checks but did not use them to pay bills as
The defense claims the money could have gone directly to Selena.
House Speaker Newt Gingrich's new book may be selling a little too well,
according to a House Ethics Committee.
Officials are looking into bulk sales of "To Renew America"- the book came
out earlier this year.
Among the groups that purchased a large quantity of the books- Liberty
University, where Gingrich spoke two weeks ago.
After the speech, Gingrich autographed 100 copies of the book, which
Reverend Jerry Falwell says were given out as gifts to board members and
friends of the school.
Gingrich says all of the bulk transactions were perfectly legal.
In 1989, Gingrich engineered the ouster of former House Speaker Jim Wright,
who used bulk sales of his book to evade limits on speaking fees.
The fight for control of the General Assembly may be a close one this fall,
but Virginia Attorney General Jim Gilmore says he believes both houses are
within reach of republicans.
Gilmore attended a Roanoke fundraiser for republican House candidates Jeff
Artis and Newell Falkinburg.
Gilmore says he's confident about republican prospects in the Senate and
hopeful about their chances in the House of Delegates.
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((JIM GILMORE/VA. ATTORNEY GENERAL: I THINK THE SENATE LOOKS VERY GOOD AT THIS
POINT, VERY, VERY GOOD. AS FAR AS THE HOUSE OF DELEGATES GOES, THE CONVENTIONAL
WISDOM HAS BEEN THAT IT'S CLOSE, BUT MY READ ON IT IS THAT WE DO INFACT HAVE
FOUR OR FIVE SEATS THAT LOOK VERY, VERY STRONG, SO I THINK THERE'S A GOOD
CHANCE WE'LL GET BOTH HOUSES IN THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY.))
OUT Q=in the General Assembly.
This afternoon, a spokesman for the state Democratic Party said the voters
in each district will decide on November 7th.
And Gail Nardi said no one else, including the attorney general, can
dictate their choice.
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Forensic evidence was scrutinized in the O-J Simpson murder trial-- but how
exactly do experts interpret their findings?
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How do the police identify crime victims when there's nothing left but a
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Patrick Evans knows a man who uses his expertise with the human skeleton
as a crime fighting tool.
Patrick, what exactly is a "forensic anthropologist"?
SUPER=01-Doug Owsley/Forensic Anthropologist;
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Don't go away-- Rugby returns to Roanoke-- Mike has details of this
weekend's tournament in tonight's Ticker.
And on Health Check-- we'll hear from the Superintendent of Roanoke CIty
Dr. Wayne Harris discusses children and violence-- and what can be done to keep
them out of harms' way.
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As the Roanoke Area Youth Substance Abuse Council's Red Ribbon week
continues, we continue our focus on children.
They were the topic today of the Mental Health Association's 44th annual
Parent- Child Seminar.
Dr. Wayne Harris, Superintendent of Roanoke City Schools, says when
discussing children and violence-- the topic of the seminar-- kids need some
credit for GOOD behavior.
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OUT Q=from it.
IN Q=For most
((DR. E. WAYNE HARRIS/ROANOKE CITY SCHOOLS SUPERINTENDENT: FOR MOST CHILDREN
MOST OF THE TIME, THEY BEHAVE APPROPRIATELY, AND I'M NOT SURE THERE'S ENOUGH
EMPHASIS FOCUSED ON WHAT CHILDREN DO RIGHT, WE SPEND MORE TIME TALKING ABOUT
WHAT THEY DON'T DO.))
OUT Q=don't do.
Wayne Harris says there is a nationwide problem with violence in the
schools, and he encourages parents to lend a hand.
Visit the schools, maintain expectations for kids' behavior, and applaud
He says the environment in schools today is much more open-- with
communication about the tough issues flowing freely.
IN Q=Youngsters at earlier
((YOUNGSTERS AT EARLIER AGES ARE BEING EXPOSED TO THE EVILS OF THE WORLD.
THEY SEE IT IN THEIR COMMUNITY THEY SEE IT IN THEIR HOME., THEY'RE NOT BUFFETED
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Dr. Harris says television is the tool that diminishes the buffer.
He encourages parents to monitor their children's television viewing.
Meantime, on the topic of kids and t.v.-- a new study by the computer
industry finds children watch less television if they have a home computer.
But only SLIGHTLY less.
Families WITH computers say their children watch an average of 12 hours
of t.v. per week.
Those without computers say their kids spend about 13 hours in front of the
Driving with a baby in the car can be an ordeal in itself.
Add to that trying to keep the sun out of your infant's face.
A Winchester couple says it has a solution.
Michael and Margo (GAH-rand) Garrand call the product an "Infant Shade."
It's a simple invention made out of cardboard that has special velcro
attachments that keep your baby protected from any angle.
The Garrand's also had babies in mind when they made the designs on the
inside of the shade.
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((MARGO GARRAND/INVENTOR: THEY ARE PARTICULARLY GOOD BECAUSE OF THE CONTRAST,
THE BLACK AND WHITE IS SUPPOSED TO BE VERY ENTERTAINING AND VERY STIMULATING
FOR BABIES SIX MONTHS AND UNDER.))
OUT Q=and under.
The couple has already sold about 300 of the Infant Shades at a WalMart in
the Winchester area.
Today they dropped off a stack of them at the Babies and Children store in
Roanoke, which will begin selling the product.
They cost about five-dollars.
The Drive- Through window has become a mainstay of life in the 90's.
Now, even flu shots can be delivered to you in that speedy manner-- while
you wait in the car.
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Try the drive- through Flu and Pneumonia Clinic tomorrow-- sponsored by the
Montgomery County Health Department from one- to- five.
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It will be held in the parking lot of the Park United Methodist Church on
Park Street in Christiansburg.
The charge for the flu shot is seven-dollars, the pneumonia vaccine is
Public health nurses say they can get you in and out in 15- minutes.
The new approach is designed to be more convenient and customer- oriented.
The World Series continues tonight-- with game three in Cleveland.
Mike Stevens has that and a preview of the Tech-West Virginia game.
Good afternoon everybody and welcome to the Two minute sports ticker!
Let's get right to it on this busy Tuesday afternoon!
The World Series resumes tonight in Cleveland with the Braves and Indians
battling in game three.
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The Indians powerful bats have been slumbering this series. Cleveland has
picked up just 8 hits in the first two games.
But Braves starter John Smoltz says he expects a much more agressive team to
show up tonight.
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((JOHN SMOLTZ/BRAVES STARTER TONIGHT:))
SUPER=01-John Smoltz/Braves Starter Tonight; :00
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The Virginia Tech Hokies are staying on course and moving closer to
winning their first Big East Conference title.
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Last Saturday at Rutgers, The Hokies extended their win streak to 5 in a
row with a 45 to 17 win over the Scarlet Knights.
Than win gives the hokies a 3 and 1 record in the conference good for
second place behind Syracuse.
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((FRANK BEAMER/VA. TECH HEAD COACH: ))
((ROY STANDUP: ))
SUPER=01-Frank Beamer/Va. Tech Head Coach; :00
OUT Q=...SIX, MIKE.
Rugby returns to the valley this weekend. The Virginia State Rugby
Championship Tournament; known as the Ed and Sandy Lee Cup, will be at Green
Hill Park for two days of competition.
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The two day event will resemble last year's action. Twenty Four clubs from
all across Virginia will compete in three divisions; Mens club, collegiate mens
and collegiate womens.
Tournament organizers are expecting around 5- thousand fans and players to
attend the event.
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((JOHNNY MCLEAN/VA. RUGBY UNION PRESIDENT:))
SUPER=01-Johnny McLean/Va. Rugby Union President; :00
OUT Q=...that's pretty amazing"
More sports coming up at six, we'll see ya then. Have a great day
Asia hasn't seen anything like it in 40-years--
A total solar eclipse was witnessed by hundreds of thousands of people
The moon slid in front of the sun, leaving just a halo of bright
sunlight--for just under two minutes.
For many, eclipse viewing is heavily influenced by superstitions.
SUPER=03-Fatephur Sikri, India;
In India, millions of Hindus avoided the spectacle after priests warned
them it would be bad luck.
Meanwhile, huge crowds of locals and tourists gathered at the Taj Mahal for
a clear view of the eclipse.
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(robin tosses to Jean)
The family of two Danville children killed in a fatal traffic accident say
the two won't die in vain.
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Keith Humphry is here with the latest on last week's fatal traffic accident.
Jean-- 12- year old Jami Earles and her brother James were killed when the
car they were riding in collided with a dump truck at a busy intersection.
This afternoon family and friends gathered at the site of the accident to
say a final goodbye to the children.
They also circulated a petition to draw attention to the intersection.
The driver of the car, Norma Jean Daniel, was also at today's memorial
service and signed her name to the list.
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Tonight, we'll hear from her-- in 30-minutes on NEWS_7 at six.
Thanks, Keith. And that's it for NEWS-7 at five goodnight.