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A man is found dead this morning at an auto repair shop on Brambleton
Oil fuels a house fire in Roanoke this afternoon.
And a Tech student says two Footaball players raped her.
As the rain slides away tomorrow, the big chill begins for the new year.
Talking temperatures in the teens for this forecast.
On Health Check--
The latest genetic research into racing heartbeats-- and sudden death in
Plus, join us for a tour of Roanoke's Cleft Lip and Palette Clinic-- doing
some amazing work on kids from around the state.
The death of a 26-year-old man in Southwest Roanoke County this morning is
being called suspicious.
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Good Evening this is NEWS-7 at FIVE, I'm Jean Jadhon.
A Blue Ridge man was found dead this morning at an auto repair shop in
Police are calling it suspicious.
Authorities say the body of 26- year- old Christopher Lee Wilson was
discovered shortly after 7 this morning.
Wilson's body was found by his co-workers at General Import Services on
Brambleton Avenue- That's in the southwest area of the county.
No word on the apparent cause of death-- an autopsy is scheduled for
Meantime the investigation into the Wilson's death continues.
A fire fueled by oil, destroyed a house in Roanoke this afternoon.
Fire crews arrived at the blaze in the 1600 block of Redwood Drive in
Southwest Roanoke just after two.
One person was inside and escaped unharmed.
Two of the owners five pets were not able to get out though.
There was an oil stove in the house-- officials aren't sure if the stove
malfunctioned, but believe the blaze was fed by fuel oil.
Officials say that made the fire difficult to control-- the house is a
Roanoke County wants immunity from annexation.
Today, the Board of Supervisors voted to request a change in the county's
Tonight, Joe Dashiell reports city officials and some local lawmakers are
voicing their opposition.
Jean, State law prohibits cities from initiating annexation of county
Still county officials say they fear changes that would allow Roanoke city
and Salem to chip away at their tax base.
IN Q=If there is
SUPER=01-Fuzzy Minnix/Cave Spring Supervisor; :00
OUT Q=not gonna work.
IN Q=If there is a chipping away
OUT Q=and the cave spring corners.
The supervisors say they aren't trying to pick a fight... just preserve
their tax base...
But Roanoke Mayor David Bowers says he isn't so sure.
IN Q=It sounds like
OUT Q=no gonna work.))
Now the supervisors must find a sponsor for the charter change.
Jean, Vinton Delegate Dick Cranwell did not attend today's meeting of the
But Senator-elect John Edwards, and Delegate Chip Woodrum said they do not
expect the proposal to get very far in the legislature.
A Virginia Tech Student has filed an eight-point-three million dollar
lawsuit against Virginia Tech and two Tech football players.
Christy (Braun-kala) Brzonkala of Fairfax says the two ball players raped
A University judicial committee found one of them- -Tony Morrison- -guilty
of sexual assault.
The linebacker was suspended from school for two semesters.
In the lawsuit filed last week, (Braun-kala) Brzonkala claims Head Coach
Frank Beamer was responsible for getting the suspension overturned.
Morrison returned to school last Fall-- in time for football season-- only
to be suspended from play later, for other reasons.
The suit--unsealed only this morning-- was filed under a new federal law
called the Violence Against Women Act.
It went into effect just one week after the alleged rape in September, 1994.
Virginia Tech football players had other things on their minds today-- like
getting back to Southwest Virginia.
They landed at Roanoke Regional Airport shortly before one this afternoon.
Then the team took buses to Blacksburg.
They were greeted by only a handful of fans.
Poor weather and winter break may have caused the small turnout.
But some said a confusing flight schedule had a lot to do with it.
IN Q=Nobody really
((DALE MCCOY/VIRGINIA TECH FAN: NOBODY REALLY KNEW WHEN THEY WERE COMING BACK.
IT WASN'T ADVERTISED OR ANYTHING. YOU KIND OF HAD TO HUNT AROUND TO FIND OUT.
THEY REALLY NEEDED SUPPORT AND THEY'VE DONE A GREAT, GREAT JOB. ))
SUPER=01-Dale McCoy/Virginia Tech Fan;
OUT Q=great, great job
School officials say there won't be a formal Sugar Bowl celebration until
students return from winter break.
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Ahead in the newscast--the government shutdown continues-- is the end in
And it wasn't the way thousands of A-T and T employees wanted to celebrate
1996- with pink slips.
Are you hot tempered and easily excitable?
How about fickle and impulsive?
Researchers think they've found the gene responsible for these personality
We'll have the story, on Health Check.
The SUgar Bowl victory is sweet for one Roanoke businessman
Mike will fill us in, as NEWS-7 at FIVE continues.
It's Day 18 of the Government shutdown and still no balanced budget.
Top level talks will resume tonight though.
Senate Majority leader Bob Dole says furloughed federal workers should
not have to worry about paying their rent.
He says he wants to return federal workers to the job with pay.
When Congressional leaders head to the White House this evening they'll
hammer out unanswered questions.
However, local federal workers say they have questions too--
IN Q=Since the government
SOT 10:42:40 (Tape 1)
((STEVE LAX/FEDERAL WORKER: SINCE THE GOVERNMENT CAN'T MANAGE THEIR OWN BUDGET
HOW COME THEY HAVE TO MESS UP MY BUDGET.))
SOT 10:47:55 (Tape 1)
((GARY GREEN/FEDERAL WORKER: I'D LIKE TO KNOW IF HE THINKS ITS APPROPRIATE THAT
CONGRESS GETS PAID WHILE WE'RE ON FURLOUGH AND THEY ARE GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES.))
SOT 13:15:26 (Tape 2)
((REP. BOB GOODLATTE/6TH DISTRICT: WELL, I DON'T THINK IT LOOKS GOOD AND
CERTAINLY THERE HAVE BEEN EFFORTS MADE IN THE CONGRESS THAT WOULD HOLD UP OUR
COMPENSATION UNTIL THE MATTER IS RESOLVED. I THINK IF ANYTHING LIKE THIS
OCCURS AGAIN THERE ARE A LOT OF CHANGES IN THAT OUGHT TO BE MADE IN LEGISLATION
IN ANTICIPATION OF THESE KIND OF CONFRONTATIONS.))
SUPER=01-Steve Lax/Federal Employee; :00
SUPER=01-Gary Green/Federal Employee; :07
OUT Q=kind of confrontations.
Goodlatte says he's still optimistic something can be worked out soon.
A-T and T is ringing in the New Year by laying off employees-
About 40 thousand jobs will go in all.
30 thousand employees will get pink slips- while about ten thousand will
be offered voluntary severance.
Most of the layoffs are supervisory employees.
A-T-and T says its part of an effort to divide into three separate
The A-T-and-T move will NOT have a major impact in our area.
A-T-and-T closed the last big facility it had here five years ago.
Kimberly (burr-SHETT) Burchett was among the thousand-plus people who lost
their jobs when A-T-and-T decided to shut down its Pulaski plant.
IN Q=It was pretty
((KIMBERLY BURCHETT/FORMER AT&T EMPLOYEE: IT WAS PRETTY SAD. CAUSE IT WAS A
BIG OPERATION. A LOT OF PEOPLE LOST A LOT OF JOBS THAT WAY.))
SUPER=01-Kimberly Burchett/Former AT&T Employee;
OUT Q=jobs that way.
Burchett now has a job at the treasurer's office in the town of Pulaski.
She says many of her former co-workers haven't been as lucky though.
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Selecting the right wine is truly an art. And you can find some experts on
the Roanoke City Market.
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With the continuing revitalization of the Roanoke City Market, several new
shops dedicated to the serious wine lover have cropped up.
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Despite the fact that Patrick Evans doesn't know a (Bow-ghah-lay)
Beaujolais from grape soda, we've sent him out to tell us more about the new
trend in wine-selling downtown.
SUPER=01-Lee Tucker/Lee & Edwards Wine Merchants;
SUPER=01-Ed Kohn/Lee & Edwards Wine Merchants;
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Don't go away Mike is back from New Orleans with a full wrap-up of his trip
to the Sugar Bowl--
And on Health Check, we'll visit Roanoke's Cleft Lip and Palate Clinic.
It's a state-run program staffed by volunteer physicians, caring for these
children born with birth defects.
IN Q=I was, as I
((I WAS, AS I SAID, SCARED TO DEATH WHEN I SAW WHAT WE WERE GOING TO BE DEALING
WITH. AND I THANK GOD FOR PUTTING THE PEOPLE IN THIS CLINIC. ))
OUT Q=in this clinic.
Maybe you know the type-- "Novelty Seekers."
Those with this personality are said to be impulsive, fickle, excitable,
quick-tempered and extravagant.
Now, scientists have confirmed an association between a particular gene and
this personality characteristic.
Two studies-- from the U.S. and Jerusalem, report similar findings-- now
published in the journal "Nature Genetics."
Another breakthrough in genetic research has identified a genetic flaw
linked to a racing heartbeat-- and sudden death in young people.
IN Q=About 12-thousand
SUPER=01-Dr. Micheal Vincent/Univ. of Utah School of Medicine; :08
SUPER=01-Dr. Mark Keating/University of Utah; :35
OUT Q=be serious.
About 12-thousand young Americans suffer the genetic heart disorder "long
IN Q=We've seen
(( DR MICHAEL VINCENT, UNIV. OF UTAH SCHOOL OF MEDICINE: WE HAVE SEEN MANY
YOUNG PEOPLE DIE OR HAVE CARDIAC ARREST BECAUSE THE DIAGNOSIS WAS NOT
OUT Q=not evident.
Until now, long QT syndrome has puzzled doctors...but researchers at the
Howard Hughes Medical Institute in Utah, have just discovered the gene
primarily responsible for this syndrome.
The news, in this month's "NATURE GENETICS" magazine, is a giant step
toward a complete understanding of both the origin and treatment of this
inherited irregular heartbeat.
IN Q=That treatment
((DR. MARK KEATING, UNIV. OF UTAH: THAT TREATMENT WILL WORK AND WILL
REVOLUTIONIZE NOT JUST INHERITED LONG QT SYNDROME BUT CARDIAC ARRHYTHMIAS IN
OUT Q=in general
Think of the heart as an electrical circuit. After it beats:
IN Q=This QT
((THIS QT INTERVAL IS THE TIME DURING WHICH THE RECOVERY TAKES PLACE.))
OUT Q=takes place.
Before the heart beats again.
But if the QT interval is slowed because of a defect, the heart rate
gallops out of control...and in a young athlete, for example, an erratic
heartbeat can cause death.
The discovery may prompt coaches and gym teachers to pay more attention to
seemingly ordinary illnesses.
IN Q=A fainting
((DR. VINCENT:A FAINTING SPELL DURING EXERCISE IS GOING TO MEAN SOMETHING
DIFFERENT TO THEM THAN IT HAS IN THE PAST. IT'S GOING TO WAVE A RED FLAG THAT
THIS MAY WELL BE SERIOUS.))
Doctors say heart arrhythmias kill some 300-thousand Americans each year.
Now, thanks to the latest genetic discoveries, some of those deaths may be
About one in every seven hundred babies are born with cleft lip and palate.
A cleft is an opening in the lip, the roof of the mouth, or the soft tissue
in the back of the mouth.
These birth defects can cause difficulty in feeding an infant and speech
development, as well as frequent ear problems.
But now, through the efforts of Children's Specialty Services, a state
program under the Virginia Department of Health-- and several area physicians--
children from our region are getting some amazing care.
IN Q=OPEN NAT SOUND
SUPER=01-Dr. Enrique Silberblatt/Plastic Surgeon; :14
SUPER=01-Ron Hager/Parent; 1:14
OUT Q=truly remarkable
IN Q= OPEN NAT
Operating out of Roanoke Memorial Hospital's dentistry department once a
month-- the Cleft Lip and Palate clinic packs in the patients.
Care for these kids is ongoing-- from infancy through adulthood.
IN Q=At nine months
((DR. ENRIQUE SILBERBLATT/PLASTIC SURGEON: AT NINE MONTHS WE CLOSE THE PALATE.
WE WAIT TILL NINE MONTHS SO THE MOUTH WILL GROW A LITTLE. BUT WE'RE STUCK
BETWEEN A ROCK AND A HARD PLACE. THE EARLIER WE OPERATE THE MORE LIKELY IT WILL
INTERFERE WITH GROWTH. THE LATER WE DO IT, THE MORE CHANCES ABNORMAL SPEECH
WILL DEVELOP. ))
OUT Q=will develop.
Silberblatt, a plastic surgeon, works on a team of volunteers to help
these kids-- it takes the care of an otolaryngologist, a dentist, an
orthodontist and a speech therapist.
The causes of cleft lip and palate are not well understood-- but it seems
they usually occur from a combination between genetic and environmental
For Ron Hager and his son Adam-- the clinic has been a godsend since
Like most parents, the Hager's were shocked and scared by the diagnosis.
IN Q=Adam had a
((RON HAGER/PARENT: ADAM HAD A REAL TOUGH TIME GETTING STARTED FEEDING WHEN HE
WAS FIRST BORN, THEY HAD TO FEED HIM WITH A LITTLE TUBE WITH A DROPPER AND WE
HAD TO ACTUALLY PUT FORMULA IN A LITTLE TUBE WITH A NIPPLE THING WITH A SYRINGE
AND SQUEEZE THE FORMULA DOWN IN HIM. ))
OUT Q=down in him.
A few decades ago it was discovered that cupid's bow-- the curve of the
lip-- is actually still there in cleft lip patients-- and can be restored
After a round of operations Adam is now doing fine.
IN Q=The genuine love
((RON HAGER: THE GENUINE LOVE THAT'S EXPRESSED BY THE PEOPLE IN THIS CLINIC IS
SOMETHING THAT YOU CAN'T PUT INTO WORDS. THE FEELINGS THAT THEY GIVE TO YOU.
IT'S TRULY REMARKABLE. ))
Cleft lip can now be diagnosed pre-nataly through ultrasound-- so parents
can begin their training even before birth-- which makes caring for these
babies much easier.
At the clinic, children are seen regardless of their insurance status--
Children's Specialty Services has other clinics in the region--
specializing in Neurology, Orthopaedic Care, Cardiology, Rheumatology, Cystic
Fibrosis, Urology, Hearing Impairment and Diabetes.
Earlier we told you about the Hokies' return from New Orleans.
Our own Mike Stevens beat his luggage back from the Big Easy just in time
for tonight's Two Minute Ticker.
Good afternoon everybody and welcome to the Tuesday ticker as we continue to
ring in the New Year.
The Sugar Bowl champion Virginia Tech Hokies are finally out of the Big Easy
and back in Big Lick.
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Their plane touched down this afternoon at Woodrum Field as Bryan Still led
the parade of players back into the Valley with his Most Valuable player
IN Q="iT'S JUST...
((BRYAN STILL/SUGAR BOWL MVP:))
SUPER=01-Bryan Still/Sugar Bowl MVP; :00
OUT Q=...JUST GREAT."
Frank Beamer and the rest of the players then traveled by bus to Blacksburg
where they'll begin recovering from the week.
There is no rest planned back in Roanoke at Scribners printing where Sugar
Bowl mania has forced the screen printing company to work overtime to meet the
demands of souvenir hungry Tech fans.
((GREG SCRIBNER/OWNER - SCRIBNER SCREEN PRINTING:))
SUPER=01-Greg Scribner/Owner-Scribner Screen Printing; :00
OUT Q=...EVER DONE."
As luck would have it photographer Greg Moore and I bumped into Scribner in
the French Quarter two days before the game. More on an interesting story
concerning his trip to New Orleans, tonight at six.
The bowl season comes to a close tonight in Tempe, Arizona as the Nebraska
Cornhuskers battle Florida for the National championship.
Don't forget you can watch the Gators and Huskers right here tonight at 8 on
your hometown station.
The NBA is also back in action tonight.
But 1996 is beginning with less than a bang for the Charlotte Hornets who are
trying to combat a rash of injuries most notably to Scott Burrell, who injured
his right shoulder.
IN Q="iT MAY...
((ALLAN BRISTOW/HORNETS HEAD COACH:))
((DELL CURRY/HORNETS GUARD:))
SUPER=01-Allan Bristow/Hornets Head Coach; :00
SUPER=01-Dell Curry/Hornets Guard; :09
OUT Q=...COMING OFF."
Much more coming up at six including a look back at last night's wild Orange
Bowl in Miami.
Have a nice evening everybody.
take a break
Prince Charles and his sons hit the slopes today.
13 year old William and eleven-year old Harry joined their dad on
several runs today- at a Swiss ski resort.
((REPORTER: CHARLES MAY WE ASK YOU ARE YOU ENJOYING YOURESELF OUT THERE?
CHARLES: WE WOULDN'T BE HERE IF IT WASN'T THE OBJECT OF VIEW.))
OUT Q=object of view."
The first day of vacation was not without some glitches though.
One of the Princes's bodyguards fell and broke his leg.
(toss to Robin)
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(Robin tosses to Jean)
1996 is off to a rocky start for one federal agency trying to crack down on
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Keith Humphry has the latest.
Jean, back in the fall the Food and Drug Administration announced it's plan
to impose tougher regulations on marketing and selling tobacco products.
The FDA also wants to classify nicotine as a drug.
The proposal was met with criticism from Southside tobacco farmers and
lawmakers, like Congressman L- F Payne.
The Virginia Democrat has written a letter to the FDA outlining why the
proposal is unconstitutional.
It was signed by more than 120- of Payne's fellow lawmakers.
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We'll have more on that in 30-minutes on NEWS-7 at Six.
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