Up next on News 7 at Five-
The clock is ticking toward midnight. The government could shut down in
Plus it's back-
Snow makes a return to parts of Western Virginia.
We'll have a live report and tell you what you can expect.
An early blast of winter weather will put a lot of snow on the ground in the
highlands tomorrow...what about the metro areas? We will have the details in
just a few moments.
On Health Check--
Doctors offer differing opinions about the safety of breast implants.
Plus, the discovery of the "Life" gene that determines just how long you
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Winter is making an early appearance in Southwestern Virginia--and this is
just the beginning.
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Good Evening this is NEWS-7 at FIVE, I'm Jean Jadhon.
An early brush with winter left parts of western Virginia under a layer of
snow and ice.
The inconvenience didn't last very long this morning, but more may be on
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Joe Dashiell has his eye on the sky this afternoon. Do you see any snow
clouds on the horizon?
Jean, it's tough to talk snow when there are patches of blue sky above and
not a flake on the ground.
But we are under a winter storm watch tonight, and the snow we saw this
morning, may just be a preview of coming attractions.
IN Q=Driving snow
SUPER=03-Botetourt Co.; :00
SUPER=03-Montgomery Co.; :08
SUPER=01-Jeff Echols/VDOT Resident Engineer; :20
OUT Q=ready to go.
((Driving Snow marred the morning commute in Botetourt County.
In Troutville, the icy conditions claimed a few fenders.
The weather contributed to at least three accidents on Interstate 81 in
Montgomery County... though there were no reports of serious injuries.
By mid- afternoon, the snowplows were out of business, but well-prepared for
whatever lies ahead.
IN Q=Being the first
((JEFF ECHOLS/VDOT RESIDENT ENGINEER: BEING THE FIRST OF THE WINTER, WE'VE GOT
FULL STOCK OF THE CHEMICALS THAT WE USED IN THE WINTER AND OUR VEHICLES ARE
READY TO ROLL. IN FACT WE PUT THE PLOWS AND THE SPREADERS ON SO IT SHOULDN'T
CATCH US OFF GUARD IS SOMETHING DOES HAPPEN BUT AT THIS STAGE WE HAVE FULL
MATERIALS AND EQUIPMENT READY TO GO. ))
OUT Q=ready to go.))
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Officials in Saudi Arabia are trying to find out who set off a bomb this
SUPER=03-Riyadh, Saudi Arabia;
The blast happened in Riyadh (Ree-odd) killing six people- five of them
Two groups have claimed responsibility, but the claims are viewed with
((NICHOLAS BURNS/STATE DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN: ONE IS CALLED THE TIGERS OF THE
GULF. THE OTHER IS CALLED THE ISLAMIC MOVEMENT FOR CHANGE.))
((THE U.S. IS OUTRAGED BY THIS COWARDLY ACT OF TERRORISM AND WE CONDEMN IT IN
THE STRONGEST POSSIBLE TERMS.))
SUPER=01-Nicholas Burns/State Department Spokesman;
OUT Q=STRONGEST POSSIBLE TERMS."
No one is sure who the bombers were trying to kill.
The Government nears a midnight shutdown and neither side is giving in-
The President says he'll veto a stop-gap spending bill unless Congress
strips the provisions he opposes.
IN Q=i am fighting
((I AM FIGHTING IT TODAY. I WILL FIGHT IT TOMORROW. I WILL FIGHT IT NEXT WEEK
AND NEXT MONTH AND UNTIL WE GET A BUDGET THAT IS FAIR TO ALL AMERICANS.
OUT Q=ALL AMERICANS, APPLAUSE."
But Republicans say the President hasn't come up with a compromise.
((SEN. PETER DOMENICO/R- NEW MEXICO: IF THE PRESIDENT'S JUST GOING TO SAY I'M
GOING TO VETO THINGS AND DOESN'T HAVE ANYTHING CONSTRUCTIVE TO OFFER THEN I
THINK IT'S GOING TO BE PRETTY TOUGH.))
SUPER=01-Sen. Peter Domenici/(R) New Mexico;
OUT Q=TO BE PRETTY TOUGH."
The government's temporary funding runs out in about seven hours.
With a shut-down on the horizon, how does that affect Southwest Virginians?
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Scott Prince joins us live from the Poff Building.
Scott, what does this mean for federal workers in the Roanoke Valley?
Jean, it's quitting time right now for most of people inside the Poff
And it could be their last day of work...at least for a little while.
IN Q=There's lots
SUPER=01-Diane Walton/Veterans Affairs; :05
SUPER=01-Tina Humphreys/Internal Revenue Service; :08
SUPER=01-George Baldwin/Veteran; :31
OUT Q=dependent on it
(( There's lots of uncertainty for the area's federal employees.
IN Q=I found out
((DIANE WALTON/VETERANS AFFAIRS: I FOUND OUT I WAS NOT ESSENTIAL, SO I WILL BE
GOING HOME WITH EVERYONE ELSE. ))
IN Q=As far as I know
((TINA HUMPHREYS/INTERNAL REVENUE SERVICE: AS FAR AS I KNOW, I'M NON ESSENTIAL.
I HAVE TO REPORT TO WORK IN THE MORNING. AND THAT WAY THEY CAN TELL ME TO GO
OUT Q=go home
If the government does shut down, the majority of federal workers won't be
working, and they certainly won't be paid for a while.
But that doesn't mean their offices will close down completely.
Social Security checks WILL be mailed out.
And local veterans will still get their money.
Even still, there are many seniors and veterans who are worried.
IN Q=It's the only
((GEORGE BALDWIN/VETERAN: IT'S THE ONLY INCOME I HAVE AT THIS TIME AND I'M VERY
DEPENDENT ON IT. ))
OUT Q=on it
It's important to remember that even though social security and veterans
checks will be mailed out, no one will be able to register for new benefits
during a shutdown.
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(question: Scott... are there any federal services that won't be affected at
Yes-- probably the one most people worry about is the mail.
The postal service will be fully operational during a shutdown.
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Up next on NEWS-7 at FIVE-- jury selection begins in the trial of a man
accused of murdering Michael Jordan's father--nearly two years after the crime.
On Health Check-- researchers have found the "life" gene.
Would you want to know how long you'll live?
Plus, an ancient seed has been brought to life-- it could be key to
thwarting the aging process.
Candidate number two steps up to the podium tonight to direct the Roanoke
Patrick has a live interview with Stephen Stein when NEWS-7 continues.
Jury selection is underway for the man charged with killing the father of
NBA star Michael Jordan.
Prosecutors in North Carolina are seeking the death penalty for Daniel
He's accused of killing James Jordan.
A boyhood friend of Green was also charged with murder.
He has pleaded guilty though and agreed to testify against Green.
James Jordan's body was found in a South Carolina swamp in August of 1993.
He'd been robbed and shot in the chest.
Jury selection could take up to a month.
Michael Jordan is not expected to attend the trial.
Kroger Supermarkets will attempt last minute negotiations to avert a strike
by three-hundred union workers at its Roanoke Valley warehouse.
The two sides will meet Wednesday.
The Teamsters union turned down Kroger's latest offer.
They have threatened to go on strike starting tomorrow night.
But Kroger says it doesn't expect the union will strike before the new talks
The Teamsters have no comment.
Virginia Tech's submitted a budget for the next two years which includes 13
million dollars in new initiatives.
The Board of Visitors got a look at the proposal at its quarterly meeting
It includes technology funds for teaching and learning, as well as money to
enhance economic development through university outreach programs.
((MINNIS RIDENOUR/EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT: OUR REQUEST IS BASED ON THE USE OF
TECHNOLOGY IN EXTENDING THE REACH OF THE CAMPUS, BOTH IN TERMS OF PROVIDING
ADVANCED EDUCATION, THAT IS NOT-FOR-CREDIT WORK, TO BUSINESS AND INDUSTRY THAT
NEED IT TO KEEP THEIR WORK FORCE ON THE CUTTING EDGE, AND TO PROVIDE TECHNICAL
ASSISTANCE FOR THE STUDENTS. ))
SUPER=01-Minnis Ridenour/Executive Vice President;
OUT Q=for the students.
The board also heard State Council on Higher Education recommendations,
They include six percent faculty pay raises over each of the next four
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"Playoffs" of a different sort are underway in Roanoke-- The Roanoke
Symphony Orchestra continues its search for a new conductor.
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The Roanoke Symphony continues it's quest for a new conductor, and tonight
Stephen Stein will perform for the entire Valley.
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Patrick Evans joins us from the Raddison Patrick Henry Hotel.
What differences might we see between Stein and the other candidates for
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IN Q=nat sound
OUT Q=nat sound
SUPER=01-Stephen Stein/Conductor Candidate;
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U-V-A and Virginia Tech are both coming off big wins this weekend-- now
they prepare for their 100th meeting. Mike has more from the Cavs in tonight's
On Health Check-- the experts speak out about the safety of silicone breast
Plus, we'll meet the first woman to get the implants-- she's still got them
three decades later.
IN Q=In fact they
((IN FACT, THEY DID THE IMPLANT, THE BREAST IMPLANTS ABOUT THE SPRING OF '62,
AND THEN, AND DECEMBER OF '62 I WAS MARRIED.))
OUT Q=I think it was.
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Silicone breast implants were developed more than 30 years ago.
Banned by the F-D-A in 1992, there's been plenty of speculation but not
much hard evidence on whether they made women ill.
IN Q=Only if they
SUPER=01-Dr. Shaun Ruddy/American College of Rheumatology; :42
SUPER=01-Dr. Gary Solomon/Hospital for Joint Diseases; :58
SUPER=01-Dr. Franklin Rose/Texas Institute of Plastic Surgery; 1:26 quick
OUT Q=so overstated.
IN Q=Only if
((TIMMIE JEAN LINDSEY/BREAST IMPLANT RECIPIENT: ONLY IF THEY BEGIN TO GIVE ME
PROBLEM WOULD I HAVE THEM TAKEN OUT, BUT NO, THEY'RE WITH ME TO STAY.))
OUT Q=to stay.
Timmie Jean Lindsey, now a retired great-grandmother, was the first woman
to receive breast implants-- 33 years ago.
She still has the original implants, and remains healthy.
Recent medical studies have found that women are at a very little or no
increased risk of getting scleroderma, lupus, or other connective tissue
illnesses often blamed on implants.
More than a dozen studies in recent years by institutions like the Mayo
Clinic, Harvard, and Johns Hopkins have found no link between silicone breast
implants and connective tissue diseases.
IN Q=Now the
((DR. SHAUN RUDDY/AMERICAN COLLEGE OF RHEUMATOLOGY: NOW THE STUDIES HAVE BEEN
DONE, THE EVIDENCE IS IN, AND THERE'S NO DEMONSTRABLE ASSICATION BETWEEN
RHEUMATIC DISEASES AND SILICONE BREAST IMPLANTS. ))
OUT Q=breast implants.
But some rheumatologists argue these studies are meanlingless because
implants cause a new type of illness.
IN Q=Neither the
((DR. GARY SOLOMON/HOSPITAL FOR JOINT DISEASES: NEITHER THE MAYO RESEARCHERS
NOR THE HARVARD RESEARCHERS HAD A DEFINITION OF THE DISEASE THAT SILICONE MIGHT
CAUSE AND THEY SIMPLY LOOKED FOR SOME LIKELY CANDIDATES (I.E. RHEUMATOID
ARTHRITIS WHICH THEY DIDN'T FIND.) BUT THESE STUDIES ARE FAR FROM CONCLUSIVE IN
RULING OUT ANOTHER DISEASE.))
OUT Q=another disease.
Many cosmetic surgeons are also cautious.
IN Q=I do feel that Dr. Rose:
((DR. FRANKLIN ROSE/TEXAS INSTITUTE OF PLASTIC SURGERY: I DO FEEL THAT IT IS
POSSIBLE FOR A VERY VERY VERY SMALL PERCENTAGE OF PATIENTS TO ADVERSELY REACT.
BUT WHAT I THINK HAS REALLY HAPPENED IS THAT THE TRUE NUMBER OF PATIENTS THAT
HAVE HAD SORT OF AN ADVERSE ANTIGENIC RESPONSE IF YOU WILL, OR IMMUNOLOGIC
RESPONSE HAS BEEN SO OVERSTATED.))
In other news, researchers have discovered a new gene-- it's the "life
gene" that can tell you how long you may live.
A blood test detects a gene in our cells called APO E.
IN Q= APO E
SUPER=01-Dr. Godfrey Getz/University of Chicago; :37
OUT Q=getting it.
IN Q=APO E
((DR. GODFREY GETZ/UNIVERSITY OF CHICAGO: APO E IS INVOLVED IN SOME OF THE
COMMON DISEASES THAT AFFECT PEOPLE IN THE LATER PORTIONS OF THEIR LIVES.))
OUT Q=their lives.
There are four types of APO E, one through four.
One type is inherited from each parent.
With two E-4's, the bad gene, then you're 16 times more likely to develop
premature heart disease.
You're also very likely to develop premature Alzheimer's disease.
People with E-2, the healthiest gene, are four times more likely to reach
the age of 100.
The test's accuracy rate has experts worried insurance companies will use
the test to weed out high-risk applicants.
There's also advice for people who are just curious how many swings of the
pendulum they have left.
IN Q=Step back and
((STEP BACK AND ASK THEMSELVES ABOUT WHAT THEY'RE GOING TO DO WITH
INFORMATION. IF THERE ISN'T ANYTHING THAT WILL CHANGE IN THEIR LIVES, THEY
SHOULD FOREGO THE OPPORTUNITY OF GETTING IT. ))
OUT Q=getting it.
A nearly 13-hundred year old SEED could be the key to anti-aging secrets.
Scientists have brought the ancient Chinese seed to life-- it's a relic of
an early sacred lotus crop.
Scientists have already identified an enzyme in modern lotus that appears
to repair the genetic damage that usually comes with aging.
2-SHOT toss to sports
A big name former NFL great visited the Star City today.
Mike has that as well as a preview of the huge UVA-Tech football game.
Good afternoon everybody, lets warm up this cold Monday Ticker with news
about the always heated football rivalry between Virginia and Virginia Tech.
SUPER=03-Blacksburg/Last Year; :00
The Hokies and the Cavaliers will play for the 1-hundredth time this
weekend in Charlottesville. UVa won last years battle in Blacksburg.
The Cavaliers win over Maryland this past weekend earned them a share of
the ACC title.
IN Q=It feels
SUPER=01-Ronde Barber/UVa Defensive Back; :00
SUPER=01-Mike Groh/UVa Quarterback; :11
OUT Q=...part of it"
Former Miami Dolphin great Mercury Morris was in town today to lend his name
to the Roanoke Valley United Way campaign.
Morris was wicked into the Marriott Grand ballroom today with the help of the
William Byrd high school cheerleaders and the Patrick Henry band.
He says he doubts any team will ever duplicate the Dolphins perfect 17-and-oh
- 1972 season, simply because the team concept isn't what it used to be.
IN Q="That teams...
((MERCURY MORRIS/FORMER MIAMI DOLPHIN:))
SUPER=01-Mercury Morris/Former Miami Dolphin; :00
OUT Q=...a football team."
At today's "Two Minute Warning" the United Way has reached 85 percent of its
5 million dollar goal.
The $4.3 million that has been contributed so far is the best since 1985.
And it's now official, the Roanoke Express has re-signed goalie Daniel
The 19 year old former NHL netminder, broke his contact with the Detroit
Vipers, and rejoined the Express this morning.
Berthiaume will be in uniform tomorrow when the team travels to Raleigh.
He says head coach Frank Anzalone is a big reason why he came back.
IN Q="I THINK...
((DANIEL BERTHIAUME/SIGNS WITH THE EXPRESS:))
SUPER=01-Daniel Berthiaume/Signs With The Express; :00
OUT Q=...CITY OF ROANOKE."
More from Berthiaume and the Mercury Morris plus the NL Cy Young award winner
coming up at six. Have a great evening everybody.
take a break
Thanksgiving isn't too far away and many people are at least thinking about
preparing the traditional meal.
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals or PETA wants you to skip the
Today the group dropped a banner from a busy highway bridge in Kansas to
get its point across...saying Thanksgiving is murder on turkeys.
The winter weather has cancelled classes at a few schools tonight.
Take School Watch
No evening classes tonight at Dabney Lancaster Community College, including
locations in Clifton Forge and Rockbridge County.
Also No adult evening classes tonight at Jackson River Technical Center.
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With tons of lawsuits and threats of government intervention, this year will
go down as a rough one for tobacco.
All this week on NEWS-7 at SIX we'll bring you a series called "Tobacco
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Tonight Len Besthoff will explain how important tobacco is to OUR area.
Len, what would happen here if the industry was wiped out?
Jean it would devastate the towns that depend on tobacco.
Just check the numbers.
Tobacco REMAINS the number one cash crop in Virginia.
No other product, not soybeans, not peanuts, corn, or wheat even come close.
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We'll have more in a half hour on NEWS-7 at SIX.
Some of this info may surprise you.
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