Up next on News 7 at Five-
Another survivor has been found in the wreckage of the American Airlines
crash in Columbia.
At least seven people out of 164 aboard lived through it.
Closer to home, the Roanoke County teenager charged in a fatal drunk
driving case made an appearance in court today.
A few flurries outside have put on exclamation point on the last day of
fall. Winter officially starts tomorrow, and it will feel like it.
On Health Check--
Another gene has been identified as a cause of inherited breast cancer.
Plus, the government responds to critics who claim the F-D-A is too slow in
approving vital new drugs.
The 16- year- old boy involved in a fatal car accident last week will spend
the holidays with his family.
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Good Evening this is NEWS-7 at FIVE, I'm Connie Stevens
The teenager charged with driving under the influence and aggravated
involuntary manslaughter was released on bond this afternoon.
Joe Dashiell is in the newsroom with more on today's hearing.
Connie, the young man had been in jail since last Thursday, when the car he
was driving, struck and killed 45- year- old Bonnie Kitts.
Today his attorney argued that he should be allowed to return home with his
SUPER=03-Roanoke Co./December 14;
The 16- year- old Glenvar high School junior admitted to police that he
consumed a considerable amount of vodka and beer.
His blood alcohol level was reportedly above the legal limit for adults.
But the honor student has never been in trouble with the law before and the
judge said he wasn't worried that the boy would appear for his trial.
IN Q=Time heals most everything
SUPER=01-Charlie Phillips/Defense Attorney;
OUT Q=he can do that.
The judge released the young defendant over the objections of the victim's
Connie, a judge will decide early next year whether to try the 16- year- old
as an adult.
(QUESTION: WERE THERE ANY CONDITIONS ON THE BOY'S RELEASE?)
Columbian radio now reports a SEVENTH survivor has been found in the
wreckage of American Airlines Flight 965,
The jet carrying 164 people from Miami went down in the Andes mountains
Don Dare has the latest.
SUPER=03-Near Buga, Colombia; :00
SUPER=01-Angela Londono/Missed Flight
OUT Q=CBS NEWS, Miami quick out
(( American Airlines Flight 965 crashed in the andes mountain near buga,
Colombia. The plane carrying at least 160 people was just moments from landing
at its final destination of cali--when it lost radio contact, slamming into
Mount Jose. Witnesses say the plane burst into flames. Many of the people on
board were on their way home for Christmas.
Helicopters are being used by the colombian red cross to get to the crash
site in the mountains. Ambulances stand ready to transport survivors and the
Thousands of miles away relatives of the passengers wait for news about
their loved ones. One woman's daughter, son in law and grandson were on the
flight. They were whisked away by American Airlines personnel, only to emerge a
few hours later shaken as they left the airport.
This woman can thank stormy weather for possibly saving her life. she was
supposed to be on flight 965--but she was delayed by weather problems in the
I'm sad for the people on board, but i'm really happy a team of national
transportation safety board investigators is on its way to the crash site to
work with the Colombian
government and American officials.
NTSB OFFICIAL--I'M SURE IT WILL BE SUCCESSFUL--TERRAIN--THIS ACCIDENT HAS
OCCURRED IN. IT'S NOT CLEAR HOW MANY U.S CITIZENS WERE ON BOARD THE
AIRLINES IS OFFERING TO FLY THEIR RELATIVES TO COLOMBIA. COUNSELING IS ALSO
The crash could be the deadliest of the year worldwide and the worst
involving a U.S airliner since pan am flight 103. It went down seven years ago
today, over Lockerbie, Scotland killing 270 people. A terorrist bomb was blamed
for that crash. It's too early to tell what caused flight 965 to crash. The
NTSB is hoping they can recover the black box, so that it can aid in the
search. Don Dare, for CBS News, Miami.))
The death toll has risen in a train collision near Cairo, Egypt.
SUPER=03-Badrshein, Egypt; :
At least 75 people were killed when a passenger train slammed into the back
of another train.
At last count, another 76 people were hurt, but police say the number is
likely to go higher.
Hours after the collision bodies were still being carried away.
Police say heavy fog was a factor in the accident.
Budget talks are on again.
The White House says it's team will meet throughout the day and into the
night with congressional budget negotiators.
But, there's still no word on when closed federal agencies might re-open.
It does appear the two sides do agree on one thing-- a temporary stop gap
measure that would get veterans checks out on schedule.
But at this time nothing has been passed.
Unless Congress can reach some sort of agreement, next month's checks will
That's a frightening prospect for both veterans and V- A staffers.
IN Q=I think it's
((JIM MAYE/VETERANS AFFAIRS DIRECTOR: I THINK IT'S VERY UNLIKELY THAT THAT WILL
OCCUR. BUT IF THAT WAS TO OCCUR, THEN BY LAW THOSE CHECKS CAN NOT GO OUT
BECAUSE THERE ARE NOT SUFFICIENT FUNDS IN THE TREASURY TO COVER THOSE CHECKS.))
SUPER=01-Jim Maye/Veterans Affairs Director;
OUT Q=cover those checks
Even if benefits DO make it out on time, it's hardly business as usual for
Eighty- five percent of its Roanoke workforce is furloughed.
Officials say if the shutdown continues through the New Year, backlog could
last for months.
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Stick around for more NEWS-7 at FIVE-- Love Canal is making the news again--
But first-- the state board of transportation gives V-DOT the green light to
study the existing stretch of Route 221-
And on Health Check-- good news from researchers into breast cancer.
Plus, we'll meet a very special four legged companion.
A seeing eye dog just became Roanoke's newest resident. All these stories
when NEWS-7 returns.
State highway engineers say they will do "all that is humanly possible" to
stick to the existing path of Route 221 southwest from Roanoke.
That according to Chief Engineer Jack Hodge today -- as the Commonwealth
Transportation Board unanimously backed his recommendation.
Ellen Qualls is in our Richmond newsroom.
Does this mean that's how the road improvements will be built?
That's how they'll be designed, Connie... smoothing out the dangerous "S"
curve, and widening as much as possible.
That at least is plan A -- the one Roanoke County Board of Supervisors said
in September it would like to see.
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IN Q=We would
((WE WOULD BE MEETING AN ENGINEERING NEED AT THE SAME TIME... BECAUSE THAT IS
WHAT THE LOCAL FOLKS ARE REQUESTING.))
SUPER=01-Robert Martinez/Va. Transportation Secretary; AT :04!
OUT Q=are requesting.
So the Commonwealth Transportation Board gave the squeakiest wheels the
But the board left VDOT in control, and a different route is still "not" out
of the question.
IN Q=Our local
((OUR LOCAL ENGINEER RECOMNENDED THAT WE DO TWO STUDIES. I RECOMMENDED THAT WE
DO "A" FIRST. AND THEN "B" IF NECESSARY.))
((I WANT TO MAKE IT VERY CLEAR THAT THE CONSTITUENTS WHOSE VIEWPOINT WAS
REFLECTED...ALWAYS A LARGE CONSTITUENCY FROM WHICH WE DO NOT HEAR.))
SUPER=01-Jack Hodge/VDOT Chief Engineer; :00
SUPER=01-Lorinda Lionberger/Salem Transportation Dist.; :09
OUT Q=not hear.
So the implication is that Lorinda Lionberger -- who will have an enormous
amount of influence in the final design decision -- would like to have heard
more from those who wanted more drastic road improvements.
I might add, Connie, that the CTB toured the road to Bent Mountain -- and
today some chided VDOT engineer Jack Hodge for his local engineer being
perceived as heavy- handed, trying to force a more radical face-lift to the
(Q&AWhen might a final design be shown to the public? )
It's been more than 20 years, since Love Canal made the national headlines--
today Ocidental Chemical agreed to pay 129-million dollars in cleanup costs.
SUPER=03-Love Canal, NY;
Love Canal became a toxic waste dumping ground in the late 1970's and early
80's...forcing hundreds of families out of their homes.
In the 1940's 22-thousand tons of waste was buried where a housing
development was later constructed.
The government agreed to contribute eight million dollars to the clean up
((JANET RENO/ATTORNEY GENERAL: TODAY'S SETTLEMENT SHOWS THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT
WON'T GIVE UP. EFFORTS TO RECOVER THESE COSTS BEGAN 16-YEARS AGO. ))
SUPER=01-Janet Reno/Attorney General;
OUT Q=YEARS AGO.
Today's 129-million dollar settlement isn't the end of OCcidental's legal
problems, it is still dealing with former residents of the Love Canal as well
as the city.
One Lynchburg resident may have been hoping for Santa to come down her
chimney Sunday night.. what she got today was a car through her front door.
This Mercedes crashed through the front of 797 Early Street around noon.
Police were attempting to stop the car when the three juveniles inside it
bailed out and let the vehicle roll down a hill and into the house.
Two of the teenagers were apprehended nearby.
It's not known whether the car was stolen.
Police say the homeowner was in her bedroom at the time of the crash and was
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In another bizarre vehicle accident-- The driver of a stolen van went off
the deep end--literally--in Radford.
It took a crane to lift the vehicle out of the city pool at Bissett Park.
Police say the driver evidently floored the accelerator and went crashing
through the fence and into the pool.
Damages to the fence are estimated at three thousand dollars.
Police say the crane lift caused most of the damage to the van.
The vehicle was stolen from Roanoke County.
Noone was in the van when police arrived-- so far no arrests have been
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Don't go away-- O-J Simpson is a free man-
and reportedly wants to tell the public about it-- in an upcoming production
on location at his estate-- the story later on NEWS-7 at FIVE.
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A Christmas ritual for many kids is sitting on Santa's lap--- and furry
friends are no exception.
The Roanoke SPCA is giving owners the opportunity to have their pets pose
with Kris Kringle.
Santa and Mrs. Claus have set up shop at the SPCA--
Last year's response was so overwhelming the organization says it decided to
get a professional photographer.
For a donation to the SPCA, you can get a five-by seven portrait.
IN Q=THE DONATION IS
((AL ALEXANDER/ROANOKE SPCA: THE DONATION IS 10-DOLLARS AND IT GOES TO THE
INJURED ANIMAL FUND. LAST YEAR WE WERE ABLE TO SAVE 71- ANIMALS.))
SUPER=02-Al Alexander/Roanoke SPCA;
OUT Q=71 ANIMALS.
The fund helps pay the medical bills for sick animals.
The portraits take three- to four weeks for delivery. Any animal is
welcome-- Santa will be at the SPCA until Saturday.
Still to come-- Roy has high school hoops highlights in Tonight's Ticker.
And on Health Check-- it may not be a cold that's left you all stuffed up.
Some people have winter-allergies.
One culprit is the Christmas Tree-- another, mold and mildew.
IN Q=Once we're
((ONCE WE'RE FINISHED IN THE BATHROOM
WE TURN THE LIGHTS OFF AND SHUT THE SHOWER CURTAIN AND THAT'S WHERE THE MOLD
LIKES TO GROW SO IF WE COULD KEEP A LIGHT ON IN THE BATHROOM IT WOULD TEND TO
PREVENT THE MOLD FROM GROWING AS RAPIDLY. ))
OUT Q=as rapidly.
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Topping tonight's Health Check Report-- promising news to report in the
fight against hereditary breast cancer.
An international team of scientists has identified a second major gene
responsible for inherited breast cancer.
Researchers say that gene and another one discovered last year account for
about 90 percent of inherited breast cancers.
Women who inherit a defective version of the gene run about an 80 percent
lifetime risk of the disease.
Geneticists are already putting the information to use.
They're working to develop a test that would determine who's more likely to
get hereditary breast cancer-- which accounts for five to ten percent of all
The F-D-A is challenging criticism that its red tape hurts American
A new government report suggests the agency approves vital new drugs as soon
as-- and often faster than-- Europe or Japan.
At the same time, it points out that Americans were spared two products that
England had to take off the market.
One pharmaceutical group says the F-D-A approved 150 new drugs between 1990
and 1994, but 60 percent were approved first in another country.
Becoming more mobile.
That's the whole idea behind one man's trip to Michigan.
David McManamay (Mac-man-ah-may) today returned from the Leaderdog School
for the Blind in Rochester.
But he didn't return alone.
He picked up a new companion and so far they have a great working
IN Q=I carry his
((DAVID MCMANAMAY: I CARRY HIS HARNESS AND FEED HIM, WATER HIM, TAKE HIM OUT
WHEN HE NEEDS TO GO AND SO FORTH AND HE LETS ME SET DOWN AND HAVE 15 MINUTES OF
PEACE A DAY. ))
OUT Q=piece a day
The program is designed for the visually impaired.
It helps people like David become more marketable for jobs.
IN Q=David is currently
((BILL BUNDY/LEADERDOG CHAIRMAN: DAVID IS CURRENTLY UNEMPLOYED NOW, BUT HE IS
SEEKING JOB OPPORTUNITY. HE WAS BLINDED AS A RESULT OF DIABETES A FEW YEARS
AGO AND HE INTERESTED IN BECOMING MORE MOBILE.))
SUPER=01-Bill Bundy/LeaderDog Chairman;
OUT Q=more mobile.
The school gets half of its funding from Lion's Clubs across the nation.
It costs about 12- thousand-dollars to train every team.
If you have symptoms of a cold for weeks, it may be more than just a
You could in fact have winter-time allergies-- even your holiday
decorations may be making you sick.
SUPER=03-Columbus, OH; :
Christmas trees harbor pollen and molds, and if possible should be hosed
off before coming in the house.
Fake trees and ornaments that have been in storage for eleven months are
often dusty and need to be cleaned off.
IN Q=Get a hairdryer
((BARBARA RUSHLEY/LUNG ASSOCIATION:GET A HAIRDRYER, PUT IT ON A LOW SETTING AND
BLOW-DRY THE ORNAMENTS. THIS WILL BLOW THE DUST OFF THE ORNAMENT AND IT WILL BE
DUST-FREE BY THE TIME YOU GET IT ON THE TREE. ))
SUPER=01-Barbara Rushley/Lung Association; :02 QUICK!!!!
OUT Q=on the tree.
Another winter culprit is mold-- it grows readily in the moist soil of
potted plants, in basements and in bathrooms-- especially those with tile.
A weekly cleaning with bleach can help-- cleaning air vents can also keep
the allergen level low.
The Sports department isn't winding down for Christmas--
Roy Stanley has a chock-filled ticker.
Thank you Connie--good afternoon everybody and welcome to this Thursday's
two minute ticker
It was a special night over at William Byrd last night. Not only did the
Terriers beat Blacksburg 60 to 49, but Chris Childress reached a milestone.
SUPER=03-Vinton/Indians vs. Terriers; :00
The Spotlight would be on Number 22 early.
A few minutes into the game Childress nailed this routine jumper.
The senior reached the ONE thousand point mark for his career on that very
The game was stopped and Chris and SUPER=33-William
his dad were presented with the ball to the delight of all the fans.
Blacksburg got on with business. Phillip Claus nails the put back.
But Childress went on to score 35 points to lead Byrd to victory.
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Closer to home, Jim Muscaro had his North Cross Raiders fired up for an
upset over visiting Floyd County.
The emotion was everywhere, watch John Mull take the missed shot and score
the put back right as the buzzer sounds to end the 3rd period. The Raiders had
reason to be motivated-- they SUPER=33-Floyd Co./=75/North Cross/=64;
had just tied the game at 53 all.
But the Buffaloes Travis Cantrell hits this open jumper from the top of the
key in the fourth, Floyd goes on to hold off North Cross 75-64.
The Roanoke Express are hoping to end a four game losing streak before they
get into the Christmas Holidays.
The Express enters this week with a 16-13 and zero record having lost all
three games they played last week--this four game losing streak ties a
IN Q="We Have to
((JON LARSON/EXPRESS DEFENSEMAN: ))
SUPER=01-Jon Larson/Express Defenseman; :
OUT Q=.....And positive."
Head coach Frank Anzalone is hoping the Express will get back on track
before games this weekend against Richmond and Hampton.
IN Q="I counted
((FRANK ANZALONE/EXPRESS HEAD COACH: ))
SUPER=01-Frank Anzalone/Express Head Coach; :
OUT Q=.......wanted it to."
The Express is in Richmond tomorrow night and The Hampton Roads Admirals
come to town Saturday night.
And coming up at six we'll check in with the Hokies who have a different
bowl attitude this year.
But stay tuned for more news 7 at five right after this break?
It was lights, cameras and attorneys at O.J. Simpson's house in Los Angeles
No comment from the camera crews as to why they were taping all day at the
But a recent report in the New York "Daily News" said Simpson was
negotiating to make a video.
The tape is apparently about him declaring his innocence in the deaths of
Nicole Simpson and Ronald Goldman.
The package reportedly involves a multi-million-dollar deal for a
30-dollar, two-hour video-- as well as an infomercial to promote it.
Simpson was acquitted of the murders in October.
He's still getting some R-and R-- at Disneyland Paris--
SUPER=03-Near Paris, France;
Earlier this month, Michael Jackson collapsed while rehearsing for an HBO
concert in New York City.
Now recuperating-- the King of Pop is being treated like a royal king.
He watched the Disney Christmas Parade from a throne.
Jackson is staying in the "Sleeping Beauty" presidential suite.
He watched the festivities with children and the Disneyland Paris chairman.
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The Halifax County Sheriff's race was one of the most bitter in memory.
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But the man who'll wear the title of Sheriff beginning January first isn't
Connie, last month Jeff Oakes unseated incumbent Sheriff Eugene Shortt in a
heated five man race.
The 37- year old was sworn into office yesterday.
He says he won because he campaigned on a platform calling for change.
Oakes says it's a pledge he's already living up to.
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In a half- hour, we'll hear from Jeff Oakes on the changes he's already
made, plus those he has planned for in the new year.
That's it for us on NEWS-7 at FIVE-- thanks for joining us.