Up next on news 7 at five-
A shooting in Danville- And still no ones been arrested.
Plus searchers recover the black box from American Airlines Flight 965
Plus a union could come to one Clifton Forge Company. We'll have a live
Flurries are in the forecast, but no white Christmas this year, which comes
as no surprise.
I'll have complete forecast details coming up.
On Health Check--
Male infertility-- it's the problem in about half the cases where couples
have problems conceiving.
Plus, for women-- drinking caffeine can also make the process more
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SUPER=#D-0055; Coming up on NEWS-7 at Five
A shooting early this morning in Danville leaves two people injured.
Police have no suspects in the shooting that happened at a convenience
Danville police were called to the Express Mart on Goodyear Boulevard at
around two- forty this morning.
Authorities say the altercation apparently started at a nearby night spot
and escalated at the Express Mart.
IN Q=I think
((NEAL MORRIS/DANVILLE POLICE CHIEF:I THINK THEY HAD SOME TYPE OF FIST FIGHT
AND SOMEONE PULLED A SEMI-AUTOMATIC WEAPON AND FIRED A NUMBER OF SHOTS, ABOUT
SEVEN CASES WERE FOUND ON THE DRIVEWAY, ONE PERSON WAS SHOT IN THE FOOT, THE
LADY WAS SHOT IN THE ARM AND THE BULLET LODGED INTO HER STOMACH AREA. ))
SUPER=01-Neal Morris/Danville Police Chief; :00
OUT Q=stomach area.
Police say the victims are Michael Tyron Fitzgerald and Tammy Marie Fuller.
Their injuries are reportedly NOT life threatening.
No one's been arrested but police do have suspects.
It's been a tense two months at the C-F-W Directory Assistance Center in
Back in the fall some employees decided they needed a union there.
Today they're voting on it.
Dble box Jean/Len
Len Besthoff has spent the afternoon waiting for the results.
Len, how can they hold an election with the federal government closed?
Doesn't it have to monitor the vote?
roll: the vote turned out 65 to 60.
IN Q=A lot of it
SUPER=01-Dreama Woodard/CFW Employee; :00
SUPER=01-Stephanie Ruff/CFW Employee; :15
OUT Q=there choice.
Now with the vote finished, how will this impact economic development in the
And what union were they voting on?)
A Bedford County couple has something to be thankful for this Christmas.
On Tuesday afternoon, Jeanie Willis was bringing her 10 month old son home
from his babysitter when their truck went out of control on Route 6-80.
The vehicle bounced off the embankment, went through a fence and into a
Willis and her baby were able to get out of the truck- They were struggling
through the icy waters to get to shore when Eldo Daniels came to the rescue.
His son witnessed the accident.
IN Q=I could see
((ELDO DANIELS/RESCUER: I COULD SEE THE TRUCK FLOATING IN THE WATER AND BY THE
TIME I GOT THE GATE, GOT OVER TO THE TRUCK SHE HAD STARTED TO COME OUT THE
WINDOW, AND LET THE WINDOW AND GOT THE BABY OUT OF THE CHILD SEAT, AND WAS
COMING ACROSS THE WATER. AND I JUST JUMPED IN UP TO MY KNEES AND WAIST AND
GRABBED HER AND GOT HER AND GRABBED THE BABY.))
SUPER=01-Eldo Daniels/Rescuer; :00
OUT Q=grabbed the baby.
Daniels helped both Willis and her baby into his home where they stayed warm
and dry before the rescue squad arrived.
Except for a couple of bruises, neither suffered any injuries.
A Holiday Gift for Veterans and Folks on Welfare- They will receive payments
through the holidays.
Congress passed emergency funding for veteran and welfare benefits.
The payments will be made through January 3rd.
Meanwhile The President met with Republican leaders today- saying they've
((OBVIOUSLY A LOT OF THE BIGGEST ISSUES REMAIN BUT THE PROCESS SEEMED TO BE
WORKING AND I'M ENCOURAGED AND I WANT TO CONTINUE TO DO IT UNTIL WE REACH
AGREEMENT ON A BALANCED BUDGET. THAT'S WHAT I THINK CLEARLY WE ALL WANT.))
OUT Q=clearly we all want."
The President and GOP leaders are now taking a week long break from budget
They say they want their staffs to do further analysis of the numbers.
Also in Washington today, the Senate approves a welfare overhaul plan that
would end the guarantee of aid to the poor.
The President says he'll veto the bill.
The Bosnia Mission is going smoothly- that according to the Chairman of the
Joint Chiefs of Staff-
But General John Shalikashvili says the troops must not let their guard
((GEN. JOHN SHALIKASHVILI/CHAIRMAN JOINT CHIEFS OF STAFF: WE OUGHT TO BE
CAREFUL THAT MAYBE WE UNDERSTAND THAT MAYBE THE TOUGH TIMES ARE STILL AHEAD.
FOR INSTANCE THE POINT AT WHICH THE FORCES HAVE TO SEPARATE AND SO WE NEED TO
SUPER=01-Gen. John Shalikashvili/Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff;
OUT Q=to remain watchful."
Shalikashvili says he doesn't anticipate any problems but we must be
prepared for the unexpected.
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Let's check in with Patrick in the weather center.
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Stick around for more News-7 at FIVE,
Red Cross workers and soldiers continue their search at the crash site of
an American Airlines plane in Colombia.
And the first phase of the Y-W-C-A's consolidation is taking place- The
Salem location closes its doors.
In Health Check, we'll take a look at male infertility.
Plus we'll see how caffeine may affect pregnancy.
Investigators have recovered one of the so called black boxes- from the
crash of American Airlines Flight 965.
SUPER=03-Near Buga, Colombia;
Search teams found the flight data recorder- but they're still looking for
the cockpit voice recorder.
Meanwhile, searchers aren't holding out much hope of finding more survivors.
At least four people were found alive and today search parties found a dog
who lived through the crash.
164 people were aboard the flight- The state department today says at least
48 were Americans.
GRAPHIC=VA State Seal
It's dwarfed by its surroundings, but sets a huge legal precedent for
Fairfax religious expression advocate Rita Warren set up her nativity scene,
right under George Washington's nose in the Virginia State Capitol.
The fiberglass Christmas figures and Hanukkah cards come with a disclaimer
-- making it clear it's a private display.
House clerk Bruce Jamerson says he believes its the first such religous
display in the Capitol in modern times.
Americans United for the Separation of Church and State says a recent
Supreme Court ruling makes Warren's display legal.
But group spokeswoman Bunnie Reidel (rye-DELL) says she warned the Attorney
General's office that allowing the nativity scene opens the Capitol to any
private group or individual to erect -- in her words -- "any kind of nutty"
Rye-dell (Reidel) says her group could only challenge Virginia if another
group was denied the same free speech rights Warren was allowed.
The end of 1995 marks a new beginning for the Y-W-C-A.
The Association is consolidating its services next year.
The first phase of the plan took effect today when the Salem Center closed
The Board of Directors unanimously voted to close the center.
Officials say the closure will help keep the Y-W-C-A financially stable.
The Main Center in downtown Roanoke has been renovated to meet the needs of
Improvements include better accessibility to the pool and locker rooms for
Y-W-C-A officials also say the board is considering other sites in Salem
for after-school programs, youth summer and holiday camps, as well as adult
Someone has planted a toothbrush at the courthouse in Lexington.
Not just one, actually, but a total of 53 red- handled toothbrushes all
lined up on the front lawn of the courthouse.
Folks at there don't seem to know who planted the brushes OR why.
But they've promised to leave them there through the holidays.
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Still to come,
Actor Jimmy Stewart was taken to hospital last night.
Plus we'll see how Roanoke's COPE unit is trying to build a stronger
relationship with children in the community.
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Roanoke City's white COPE van doubled as Santa's sleigh today.
The team of police officers canvassed the city and handed out toys to
hundreds of children.
The Roanoke Community Oriented Policing Effort works in some of the city's
most troubled neighborhoods.
The COPE Team members hope reaching out to the children during the holidays
will help build strong relations.
IN Q=i'm very proud
((DORSHAN SMITH/PARENT: I'M VERY PROUD OF THEM DOING THIS FOR ALL THE
CHILDREN, NOT JUST MINE. I FEEL VERY COMFORTABLE WITH THEM COMING IN, PLAYING
WITH THE CHILDREN, TALKING WITH THE CHILDREN, HELPING THEM DO THE RIGHT
OUT Q=do the right things
The COPE Unit used its own funds to buy more than 400 gifts.
Area businesses also lent a hand by donating some of the goodies in Santa's
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Still to come,
Roy has hoop action from some high school teams in our area.
And someone has made some nice contributions to the Salavation Army in
On Health Check-- how to prevent male infertility.
A report on recent research and remedies.
Infertility is a problem for a record number of couples.
There are many reasons-- including women delaying childbearing, as well as
greater stress in everyday life.
One problem that gets less attention is male infertility.
Recent studies have found a decline in sperm quantity and quality from men
around the world.
As Dr. Emily Senay reports, the question is WHY?
IN Q=I believe
SUPER=01-Dr. Marc Goldstein/New York Hospital Fertility Specialist; :00
SUPER=01-Dr. Robert Moldwin/Urologist; 1:20
OUT Q=Dr.E.S., CBS News, NY.
IN Q=I believe
((DR. MARC GOLDSTEIN/NEW YORK HOSPITAL: I BELIEVE THAT THE EVIDENCE IN FAVOR OF
A DECLINE IN SPERM COUNTS WORLDWIDE IS REAL. ONE OF THE REASONS PROPOSED BY THE
DANISH INVESTIGATORS WAS THE PRESENCE OF ESTROGENS IN THE ATMOSPHERE. AN
INCREASE IN THE ESTROGENS THAT HAVE POLLUTED THE ATMOSPHERE AS A RESULT OF THE
COMBUSTION OF PETROL PRODUCTS. ))
OUT Q=petrol products
Other possible factors for declining sperm quality include pesticides,
drugs like marijuana, cocaine and alcohol, lead exposure, sexually transmitted
diseases, and stress.
One of the simplest reasons for a decline in sperm count maybe that more
men have desk jobs. sitting with legs crossed can raise the temperature inside
the testes by degrees-- preventing the production of sperm. another important
factor is weight.
IN Q=The two
((THE TWO HORMONES IN THE BRAIN THAT CONTROL SPERM PRODUCTION IN THE MALE
HORMONE TESTOSTERONE PRODUCTION DISSOLVE IN FAT. THEY ARE FAT SOLUBLE HORMONES
AND THEREFORE MEN THAT ARE OVERWEIGHT HAVE TOO MUCH FAT AND THESE HORMONES
DISSOLVE IN THEIR FAT BEFORE THEY GET TO THE TESTICLES IN HIGH CONCENTRATIONS.
OUT Q=high concentration.
The recent studies showing a decline in sperm quality--the largest
coming from France--caused a stir in the scientific community and the
But not everyone is convinced we need to be overly concerned.
IN Q=Men should
((DR. ROBERT M. MOLDWIN/UROLOGIST, LONG ISLAND JEWISH MEDICAL CENTER: MEN
SHOULD UNDERSTAND THAT THE STUDIES EXIST NO GREAT ALARM SHOULD BE SOUNDED AS
FAR AS THESE STUDIES ARE CONCERNED BECAUSE THESE STUDIES AGAIN ADDRESS SEMEN
QUALITY THEY DO NOT ADDRESS FERTILITY PER SE AND THEIR IS STILL SOME QUESTION
AND CONTROVERSY CONCERNING THESE STUDIES AND THE END RESULT
IS UNCLEAR AT THIS TIME.))
OUT Q=at this time.
Though the results of these studies are controversial they do point out
that fertility is just as much a concern for men as it is for women.
But at this point noone knows how much of a problem male infertility will
be in the future.
Dr. Emily Senay, for CBS News, New York.))
Men can also help prevent infertility by following a healthy lifestyle which
includes keeping weight down and avoiding drugs and alcohol.
Doctors also say that when fertility problems arise the man should probably
see a doctor first.
It's much easier-- and CHEAPER-- to tell if the fertility problem rests with
the man, than with the woman.
When a couple has a problem with fertility, about half the time the man will
be identified as having the problem.
Another study has found caffeine may make it tougher for women to get
At Johns Hopkins, researchers say non-smoking women who drink more than
three cups of coffee a day have a harder time conceiving.
That amount-- about 300 milligrams of caffeine-- reduces monthly chances of
conception by 26-percent.
The latest study finds half of all Americans don't get enough exercise-- and
are paying the price with heart attacks, strokes and other diseases.
The National Institutes of Health panel is calling on Americans to get off
Just 30 minutes a day of moderate exercise will prevent heart attacks and
Even three, ten minute sessions of exercise are apparently just as good.
(toss to Roy)
The Number 23 Cavaliers held Virginia Commonwealth without a field
goal for almost nine minutes of the second half in last night's game.
Roy Stanley has the details in the two minute ticker.
Thanks Jean and welcome to the Friday addition of the two minute ticker.
The Virginia Cavaliers upped their
record to 4 and 2 last night beating V-C-U 80 to 65 in Charlottesville.
Jeff Jones and his Cavaliers trying to rebound at home.
But Richmond took the early lead. The big man Patrick Lee hits the three
pointer U-V-a trailed 14 to 5.
Virginia came right back Courtney Alexander pulls up and hits this jumper
cutting the lead to 14 to 7.
The Cavaliers then come right back Chris Alexander passes to Curtis
Staples for the score to make it 22 to 18 Virginia.
The Rams answered with six straight points to take a four point lead at
Virginia rallied in the second SUPER=33-Virginia/=80/VCU/=65;half Norman
Nolan gets the ball inside and scores two of his 21 on the jumper as Virginia
pulls away to win it 80 to 65.
The Knights of Cave spring went on the road last night to take on top
Ranked G.W. of Danville.
SUPER=03-Danville/Eagles vs Knights; :
The Eagles were warming up for their out of district game with the
Tyrone Robertson takes the pass inside and scores the easy layup putting
the Eagles on top.
But the Knights came back Ryan Boitnott passes the ball to Billy Frantz
for the jump shot keeping the Knights close.
The Eagles then go to Howard Graves he passes to Nathan Poole for the
slam dunk and Danville maintained its lead in the first half.
Cave Spring Coach Chris Carr talking to his team during the action.
And the Knight's Olin McClain SUPER=33-G.W. Danville/=66/Cave
Spring/=51;gets the pass inside for the shot and foul but the Eagles beat the
Knights 66 to 51.
After a big win over Patrick Henry earlier this week, The William Fleming
Colonels hosted Heritage of the Western District last night.
SUPER=03-Roanoke/Colonels vs Pioneers; :
The Pioneers were making their first trip to Fleming this year.
In the first quarter, Lewis Tardy drives to the basket from the corner and
scores the hoop and Fleming led 17 to 14.
Heritage would continue to be aggressive. Shawntee Jefferson pulls down
the rebound and the basket to give the Pioneers the lead at 18 to 17.
The Colonels stepped up on offense Charles Burnette gets the ball down
court and scores the layup the Colonels trailed by 2.
But the Fleming defense tightened SUPER=33-William
Fleming/=60/Heritage/=35;up in the second half on this play Sterling Tate with
the block shot and Fleming goes on to win the Game 60 to 35.
And coming up at six we'll check in with the Virginia Cavaliers who are
talking about a win in the Peach Bowl.
But stay tuned for more news 7 at five.
The actor known for "It's A Wonderful Life" and many other films- is doing
well after falling and hitting his head last night.
87- year old James Stewart was taken by ambulance from his home in Beverly
Hills with a bandage around his head.
A spokesman for Stewart told reporters the incident was not serious, but
that the actor was admitted for observation overnight because of his age.
Details about the fall were not available.
It's expected Stewart will be released from the Los Angeles hospital today.
Those holiday mainstays, Salvation Army collection kettles, held something
special in the Boise, Idaho area yesterday.
Someone has dropped several gold coins into kettles.
So far, seven have turned up worth about 350 dollars.
Officials say it was quite a surprise for folks counting coins.
But there is a grinch in this story.
Police are searching for a woman who stole a kettle yesterday.
She was wearing a Salvation Army coat and apparently told another bell
ringer she was his replacement.
When the man returned a few minutes later, both the kettle and
the woman were gone.
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(PATRICK tosses to Jean)
Like many radio stations in Western Virginia, W-Y-T-I in Rocky Mount is
filling the airwaves with Christmas music this week.
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And tonight at Six, Keith Humphry has the story of one song that's become a
Jean, a local group called the Southlanders recorded "Going Home for
Christmas" almost twenty years ago...
but it's still the most requested Christmas song on the A-M station.
Tonight at six, we'll introduce you to the Franklin County musician who made
Going Home for Christmas an enduring tradition.
Hang around for that story and the rest of the news weather and sports in
one half hour.