Up next on News 7 at five-
Another body turns up in Amherst County. We'll have details.
The man plastered across national newspapers for throwing a snowball-
comes forward. We'll hear what' he's saying.
One more really cold night then the switch is on to milder forecasts for the
new year. Details straight ahead.
And on Health Check-- around the country, 43-thousand people desperately
need organ transplants.
And every day seven people will die while waiting.
We'll have a report on organ procurements-- and what everyone can do to
The Bosnia Mission is on track- NATO commanders say so far Serb troops
are complying with the peace agreement.
Good afternoon. We'll have the latest from Bosnia in just a moment but
first--for the second time in a month a body has been discovered in Amherst
The sheriff's office says two hunters today found the body of a woman in the
Stapleton section of the county.
She had no I.D. and was partially clothed.
The woman is black, in her late 20's or early 30's, and has short black
Officials aren't sure how she died.
The body was found just a couple of miles from where a missing Lynchburg
woman was found dead last month.
Amherst investigators don't know if the two murders are related.
So far, so good- That's the word on the Bosnian Peace Mission from NATO.
The British Commander of NATO ground forces says progress is being made-
All parties are acting in the spirit of cooperation.
((LT. GEN. SIR MICHAEL WALKER/COMMANDER NATO GROUND FORCES: THERE IS EVIDENCE
ALREADY THROUGHOUT THE COUNTRY THAT THE PARTIES ARE WITHDRAWING FROM THE CEASE
FIRE LINE ZONES OF SEPARATION.))
SUPER=01-Lt. Gen. Sir Michael Walker/NATO Commander;
OUT Q=ZONES OF SEPARATION."
Walker says troops of both the Bosnian Government and the Bosnian Serbs
are adhering to the peace agreement.
Two Nevada men have been arrested for allegedly planting a powerful bomb at
an I-R-S office in Reno.
The 100 pound bomb was placed in a 30 gallon plastic drum and left in a
parking lot at the building earlier this month.
The fuse had been lit but fizzled before it could go off.
The two suspects were to appear before a federal magistrate today.
Authorities won't confirm reports that the bomb was made of the same
materials used to blow up the federal building in Oklahoma City in April.
A car accident on Interstate 81 in Montgomery County has left one person
It happened shortly after three o-clock just North of exit 109 near
State police say a logging truck was moving into the left lane and
rear-ended a car.
The truck driver was thrown from his vehicle and died at the scene.
At least two people in the car were injured.
Northbound traffic is still moving slowly as police clear the scene.
The Virginia State Police probe of former Parole Board Chairman John Metzger
has found NO criminal wrongdoing.
Metzger went from the U.S. Marshall's office in Roanoke to lead Governor
Allen's tough new parole board.
But he resigned last month amid allegations that he had parolees re-arrested
after the dates of their parole periods had expired -- and had made racially
and sexually insensitive jokes to other parole board members.
IN Q=It appears
((COL. WAYNE HUGGINS/VA. STATE POLICE SUPERINTENDENT: THE LAW DOES NOT
PROHIBIT SOME OF THESE DATING ISSUES THAT WERE AT THE HEART OF ONE OF THE
QUESTIONS WE WERE GIVEN TO TRY TO RESOLVE. BUT THAT THERE WAS SOME EXISTING
POLCY AND PROCEDURE THAT WOULD HAVE PREVENTED SOME SOME OF THE DATING.))
SUPER=01-Col. Wayne Huggins/Va. State Police Superintendent;
OUT Q= the dating.
Public Safety Secretary Jerry Kilgore says those policies are now being
changed to come into line more with Metzger's actions to protect the public.
State police did not find any evidence of racial harrassment.
But the probe found Metzger did make comments that co-workers found
inappropriate because of their sexual nature.
Metzger says he feels vindicated by the probe, and has NO bitter feelings
about his departure.
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Still ahead on News 7 at 5--
The hard-luck Christmas story of a young boy abandoned by his family turns
out to be a hoax.
We'll have details.
And on Health Check-- a breakthrough that may help improve the infant
Plus, the importance of becoming an organ donor-- the life saved could be
someone you love.
Also a young comedian doesn't let a disability get in his way.
Patrick Evans will have his inspiring story.
It was a story that touched the hearts of many Salt Lake City residents.
A 12 year old boy who'd been abandoned just before his birthday-- Christmas
The story brought in donations and gifts-- but it now turns out that the
boy is actually a 25 year old woman, who claims she was just looking for a
place to stay.
SUPER=03-Salt Lake City, UT; :
Birdie Jo Hoaks-- that is her real name-- has a long wrap sheet.
She's pulled similar scams in at least eleven other states.
She's been booked for investigation of making false statements to a judge,
and theft of services.
Hoaks told reporters pretending to be a boy was a survival tactic-- she
says it's safer to be a boy on the streets.
The infamous snowball thrower at the New York Giants game says he a
Jeffrey Lange held a press conference today-
He's the man shown on the front of national newspapers throwing a
snowball at the game.
((JEFFREY LANGE: HONESTLY I CAN'T BELIEVE THAT I'VE BEEN SINGLED OUT. IT'S
TURNED MY LIFE UPSIDE DOWN. I CAN'T GO TO WORK. I CANT' GO OUT. PEOPLE SHOW UP
AT MY HOUSE PHONE CALLS ALL DAY, ALL NIGHT.))
OUT Q=ALL DAY, ALL NIGHT."
Lange says he feels remorse for the equipment manager who was knocked
unconscious and the players who were hurt, but he says the whole situation
could've been avoided if the snow wasn't there.
Lange was one of many fans who threw snowballs at Saturday's game.
GRAPHIC=Virginia State Seal
A public hearing gave Southside residents a chance to voice their opinion on
Governor Allen's proposed state budget.
Double boxes= Jean/Teresa
Teresa Hamilton was at today's hearing in Halifax County and joins us live
from our Danville newsroom.
Talent=Teresa Live Full
Jean, the meeting was held in the heart of Virginia's tobacco country so it
came as no surprise the golden leaf was a key issue.
IN Q=We need
((GLENN NUNN/HALIFAX CO. TOBACCO FARMER: WE NEED THE EXTENSION PROBABLY MORE
NOW THAN EVER BEFORE BECAUSE WE ARE COMPETING IN A GLOBAL MARKET AND WE NEED
EVERY ADVANTAGE AND BENEFIT WE CAN GET. ))
SUPER=01-Glenn Nunn/Halifax Co. Tobacco Farmer; :00
OUT Q=we can get.
Glenn Nunn was one of several who stepped forward to express concern over
the Virginia Cooperative Extension Service.
One way the agency helps farmers is through research-- for instance testing
Education was another topic that brought speakers to the microphone.
Steve Whitten with the Virginia Education Association gave members of the
Senate Finance and House Appropriations Committee one view of the Governor's
IN Q=Our major
((STEVE WHITTEN/VEA EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE: OUR MAJOR CONCERN IS THAT THE FIRST
YEAR OF THE BIENNIUM THERE WAS NO PROPOSED INCREASE IN TEACHERS SALARIES, THERE
IS A PROPOSED INCREASE FOR THE SECOND YEAR OF THE BIENNIUM, SO WE ARE GOING TO
SEEK A 5- PERCENT INCREASE OF THE STATE'S SHARE OF THE FUNDING FOR EACH YEAR OF
SUPER=01-Steve Whitten/VEA Executive Committee; :00
OUT Q=of the biennium.
TALENT=Teresa Live Full
Jean, the next hearing in our area will be held January fourth in
groovy music under
Don't go away--Robin Reed's weekend forecast is coming up.
and we'll meet a comedian who's overcome a challenge.
IN Q=A little fellow
((A LITTLE FELLOW SAW ME WALKING ONE DAY AND SAID WHY DO YOU SNAP IN AND OUT OF
SHAPE LIKE THAT? I SAID I'M A TRANSFORMER. IF I GET TIRED OF WALKING, I TURN
INTO A DUNE BUGGY. ))
OUT Q=dune buggy
stocks bump next
The Roanoke Comedy Club is enjoying success in its new location, bringing
talent from all over, but sometimes the talent is home grown.
Patrick Evans has a two part interview with comedian Brett Leake, a native
of Richmond who's played for audiences big and small across the country.
Here's part one of Patrick's interview.
IN Q=today we are here
SUPER=21-Patrick Evans; :00
SUPER=01-Brett Leake/Comedian; :50
OUT Q=I'm Patrick Evans.
Stay with us--we'll have the latest on preparations for Virginia Tech's
appearance in the Sugar Bowl.
On Health Check-- more than -- people are on the waiting list for an organ
With us in the studio today, Bunny Hancock will tell us how her son's death
brought life to --- people.
health bump next
It could be crucial news in decreasing infant mortality rates.
Researchers say an extremely common, easy to cure infection could be
responsible for six percent of all premature births.
The condition-- called bacterial vaginosis-- affects up to a quarter of
all pregnant women.
Most women don't even realize they have it-- and it can be eliminated with
Premature babies run a much higher risk than full-term babies of dying in
their first few weeks.
Those who do survive often have serious medical problems.
Two studies on the subject are published in the "New England Journal of
Every year, thousands of people die, while waiting for an organ transplant.
Right now there are more than 43-thousand people on the list nationwide.
In Virginia alone, 71 people died last year while waiting on the list.
At the Virginia Organ Procurement Agency, they say the problem is that
demand is constantly increasing-- as donations become more accepted.
The supply of donors however, has stayed level.
Karen Lewis knows the dilemma well.
Without insurance, it's MONEY that's preventing her friend, Debbie Miller ,
from even getting on the list for a new liver.
((KAREN LEWIS:BEFORE WE CAN EVEN GET HER NAME ON THE LIST WE'RE LOOKING AT
RAISING 57-THOUSAND DOLLARS JUST TO GET HER NAME ON THE LIST. THE TOTAL COST OF
THE TRANSPLANT IS $197-THOUSAND.
AND EVEN AFTER THEY GET ON THE LIST IT CAN TAKE AN EXTREMELY LONG TIME BECAUSE
OF THE LACK OF DONORS. ))
SUPER=07-Karen Lewis; :
OUT Q=lack of donors.
two shot Connie and guest
With us today in the studio to discuss organ donation is Bunny Hancock.
Two years ago her son Matt died of a cerebral aneurysm.
Matt and Bunny had discussed organ donation--
Matt left for others his heart, two kidneys, his liver, and corneas.
(Connie ad libs Q & A)
SUPER=01-Bunny Hancock/Donor Mom; :
For more information about organ and tissue donation-- you can call the
Virginia Organ Procurement Agency-- 1-800-233-VOPA.
Toss to sports
Time now for sports with Steve Mason.
Good afternoon everyone welcome to your Thursday ticker. Virginia and
Virginia Tech continue to prepare for each of their respective bowls.
Double Box/Mike and Steve
We start our bowling coverage in new Orleans where our Mike Stevens is
standing by for a report on the Hokies and their countdown to the Sugar Bowl.
SUPER=06-New Orleans, LA;
(MIKE ADD LIBS INTO PACKAGE)
IN Q=first audio
SUPER=03-New Orleans, LA; :00
SUPER=01-Frank Beamer/Va. Tech Head Coach; :28
SUPER=01-John Mackovic/Texas Head Coach; :46
OUT Q=fall asleep.
SUPER=06-New Orleans, LA;
Tonight at 7pm, the Cavaliers and the Hokies will battle at the Roanoke
UVa coach Jeff Jones and his Cavaliers went through a brief workout around
1:30 this afternoon on the civic center floor.
Former Patrick Henry star Curtis Staples, along with his teammates shot
for about an hour. The Wahoos are 4 and 2.
The 4 and 1 Hokies practiced at noon. Shawn Smith leads Tech in scoring;
averaging 16 per game. Tonight pits the 21st ranked Hokies against the 22nd
ranked cavs. UVa leads the series 66 to 43.
Virginia's number one football fan won't be at either bowl game Virginia
teams are playing this weekend.
But Governor George Allen says he has fond memories of New Orleans from the
days when his father was a scout for the Chicago Bears.
IN Q=So I think
((GOV. GEORGE ALLEN: SO I THINK IT WOULD BE FUN TO GO DOWN THERE.
NEVERTHELESS, WE HAVE DEMOCRACY IN OUR HOUSE AND IT WAS A 50-50 VOTE IN OUR
HOUSEHOLD. AND IT WAS -- NEW ORLEANS IS NOT NECESSARILY A PLACE TO BRING YOUNG
KIDS ON NEW YEARS EVE AND SO FORTH. AND SO WHAT I'M GONNA DO IS SPEND IT IN
WHAT I THINK A MORE ENJOYABLE WAY, BELIEVE IT OR NOT, JUST WITH SUSAN.))
OUT Q=just with Susan.
That aside, the Governor told sports fans on a Richmond radio show that he'd
be rooting for the 'Hoos and the Hokies in front of his television this
(toss to Robin)
(Robin ad lib)
(Robin tosses to Jean)
A new sheriff means an administrative shake-up in Montgomery County.
Sheriff-elect Doug Marrs takes office Monday.
That's when Chief Deputy Dan Haga and Captain of Law Enforcement O.P. Ramsey
will find themselves unemployed.
Between the two of them, the sheriff's department will lose 52 years of
Ramsey and Haga both say Marrs is dishing out political paybacks.
We'll have more on that story coming up on News-7 at Six.
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