Up next on News 7 at five-
A high rise fire wakes a Chicago Apartment Building.
We'll show you pictures of some dramatic rescues.
Some friction between Yokohma Tire and one of its biggest customers.
We'll have a live report.
Plus Lisa Marie and Michael are UN-tyng the knot.
In a word....fog...but there is much more weather to come. Stay tuned for
the latest on the rain.
On Health Check-- the National Cancer Institute has decided to pull
the plug on it's study into beta carotene supplements-- nearly two years
IN Q=Study results
((STUDY RESULTS TO DATE INDICATE THAT THESE VITAMINS ARE PROVIDING NO BENEFIT
AND MAY-- WITH THE EMPHASIS ON MAY-- HAVE ADVERSE EFFECTS. ))
OUT Q=adverse effects.
A horrible site in Chicago.
Flames shooting from a high rise apartment building.
People jumping from windows to escape.
GRAPHIC=news-7 at five
Good Evening, this is NEWS-7 at Five, I'm Jean Jadhon.
Fire broke out this morning in the high rise- waking people from their
Four people were killed, 50-others were injured.
Intense flames and smoke trapped some people in the ten story building
Nellie Warnell was one of the lucky ones rescued from her apartment.
((NELLIE WARNELL/SURVIVOR: WE JUST TOOK THE PILLOW CASES OFF MY BED AND MY
SHEET AND WE JUST KEPT OUR MOUTHS AND NOSE COVERED AND KEPT OUR HEAD OUT THE
WINDOWS AND JUST WAITED.))
SUPER=01-Nellie Warnell/Survivor; 00
OUT Q=AND JUST WAITED.
Fire investigators say the building's alarm systems did not operate.
Smoke detectors had no batteries.
((BILL MALONE/CHICAGO FIRE DEPT: MY GOD. THOSE POOR PEOPLE DIDN'T HAVE A FAIR
WARNING. THEY PROBABLY COULD'VE GOTTEN UP BEFORE WE WERE HERE WITH A SMOKE
DETECTOR, SIX DOLLARS. ))
SUPER=01-Bill Malone/Chicago Fire Dept;
OUT Q=SIX DOLLARS."
No word on what started the blaze. The cause is still under
Texas police say a body found face down in a creek is that of a missing
Nine-9 year old Amber Hagerman was abducted while riding her bike
A witness says Amber was forced into a dark colored pickup truck.
((DEE ANDERSON/POLICE SPOKESMAN: THE CAUSE OF DEATH WAS CUT WOUNDS TO THE
((A HORRIBLE CRIME AND AN EXTREMELY BRUTAL CRIME IN THE MANNER THE DEATH
SUPER=01-Dee Anderson/Police Spokesman; :04
OUT Q= the death occured."
SUPER=03-Arlington, TX/This Week;
Anderson says the parents are devasted.
Police are now searching records of recently released child-sex
offenders and kidnappers for clues.
One person is dead, another injured in a two- car crash on Route 460 in
It happened around 1:15 at the intersection of Routes 460 and 811.
State police say the driver of this car was trying to cross 460 when she was
struck broadside by a Ryder rental truck.
IN Q=There's not a
((TROOPER D.R. SNEAD/STATE POLICE: THERE'S NOT A WHOLE LOT OF SIGNS OF BRAKING
FROM THE TRUCK, DUE TO THE WET ROADS YOU DON'T REALLY KNOW. BUT THE MARKINGS ON
THE HIGHWAY SHOW PRETTY MUCH POINT OF IMPACT AND WHERE THE VEHICLES ENDED UP.))
SUPER=01-Trooper D.R. Snead/State Police; :00
OUT Q=vehicles ended up.
The names of those involved have not been released.
Customers were inside a Henry County liquor store when it was robbed by two
men wearing ski masks and gloves.
It happened about 7-15 last night at the A-B-C store in the Sheffield
Square Shopping Center.
Investigators say they were armed with what appeared to be a shot gun and an
automatic style weapon.
Authorities say besides cash, one of the suspects grabbed a bottle of liquor
before running out the door.
Deputies believe a car was waiting outside.
So far the Sheriff's Department has no suspects.
A bad shipment delivered by Yokohama Tire last year is causing some friction
between the Salem plant and one of its largest customers.
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Len Besthoff has been checking into the story and joins us from outside the
Len, do we have any idea who this customer is?
Jean according to employees who don't want to be identified, the customer is
Price Costco, a warehouse club based in Washington state.
The workers add that Price Costco buys about 35-percent of the tires made in
Salem every year.
The company would not disclose which customer got the bad shipment.
But over the phone from California, Dan Hunter, Yokohama's vice president of
marketing, did admit it made a mistake.
((DAN HUNTER/YOKOHAMA VP OF MARKETING: I AM AWARE, HOWEVER, OF A SHIPMENT OF
TIRES THAT WAS MADE TO A LARGE CUSTOMER LAST YEAR, AND SOME OF THOSE TIRES WERE
IN FACT, MIS-SHIPPED.))
Hunter says the bad shipment had tires that were mislabeled, and tires with
He confirmed reports we had from workers that this large customer demanded
that the person or persons responsible for the mistake be fired.
Hunter says that didn't happen though.
He also emphasized that the bad shipment represented about
one-ten-thousandth of the tires Yokohama sends to this large account every
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(QUESTION: LEN IT ALMOST SOUNDS LIKE YOKOHAMA ISN'T TAKING THIS VERY
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Coming up next--Delegate Dick Cranwell says he won't represent the state's
largest health insurer anymore.
And a sock manufacturer is sizing UP its workforce in Pulaski.
On Health Check-- the story behind the National Cancer Institute's abrupt
halt of a study into beta carotene supplements.
Plus, a report on a new epilepsy treatment.
The marriage between the King of Pop and the Princess of Graceland is
After less than 2-years, Lisa Marie Presley apparently has filed for
divorce. Stay tuned for the story.
He wants to put the focus back on education.
Just one day after it was disclosed that Delegate Dick Cranwell has been
doing legal work for Trigon for six years, the powerful Democrat from Vinton
SEVERED the tie with the insurance giant.
Ellen Qualls is in our Richmond newsroom.
What prompted him to cut the ties Ellen?
Jean, Trigon is up to its elbows in dealings with the state right now
in its efforts to turn into a profit making company.
And if there's one man in Virginia politics who controls legislation,
appoints to the State Corporation Commission, and budget negotiations -- it's
IN Q=I have heard
((DEL. DICK CRANWELL/D-VINTON: I HAVE READ THE COMMENTS, AND I HAVE HEARD SO
MANY OF YOU SAY THERE'S NOTHING WRONG, BUT MAYBE THERE'S A PERCEPTION.))
OUT Q=a perception.
At the same time Cranwell was giving his homage to the values of a citizen
legislature, the Senate was reacting to yesterday's news that the Lottery
Director was holding off on getting Virginia involved in Powerball and Keno.
IN Q=Democrats say
SUPER=04-File Tape; :00
SUPER=01-Sen. Edd Houck/(D) Spotsylvania; :08
OUT Q=into gambling.
(( Democrats say the Governor appoints the Lottery director, and the move has
the appearance of Allen backing away from more state- sponsored gambling.
((SEN. EDD HOUCK/D-SPOTSYLVANIA: AND I THINK IT'S INCUMBENT UPON...CUT THIS
Powerball and Keno made up almost 70-million dollars of the Governor's
That's a trend Charles Hawkins does NOT like.
((SEN. CHARLES HAWKINS/R-CHATHAM: LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, POWERBALL, KENO...
LET'S GET INTO GAMBLING.))
Some Republicans rose in defense of the Governor, saying wasn't it nice that
the legislature would at least get input on how to fill the budget hole.
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(question: Does this mean the death of the Powerball and Keno proposals?)
L- F Payne has spent the last eight- years as a Congressman.
But it's a role he isn't sure he's ready to continue for another term.
Payne will decide over the next several weeks whether he'll run again.
He says this is something he thinks about every two- years-- and this year
its taken longer to decide.
He says he's been working non-stop and hasn't had time to sit down and think
IN Q=There are
((REP. L. F. PAYNE/D-NELSON CO.: THERE ARE CONSIDERATIONS HAVING TO DO WITH
FAMILY AND PERSONAL LIFE AND THOSE THINGS HAVE TO BE TAKEN INTO ACCOUNT AS
OUT Q=as well.
Payne says he DOES have a record he's proud of.
Currently, he's a member of an influential coalition known as the Blue Dog
One goal of the group is to help reach a budget compromise.
The Renfro Corporation in Pulaski is launching a major expansion.
The sock manufacturer plans to double the size of its Newbern Road plant,
and move out of the facility it leases on Main Street.
The county Industrial Development Authority will issue up to four million
dollars in bonds to help pay for the project.
IN Q=the 230
((DOC REAGAN/RENFRO PLANT MANAGER: THE 230-SOME PEOPLE THAT ARE AT THE MAIN
STREET PLANT NOW WILL GO TO THE NEWBERN ROAD PLANT, WHICH IS ONLY TWO MILES
APART, AND WE THINK WE WILL BE CREATING 450 NEW JOBS OVER THE NEXT FEW YEARS.))
SUPER=01-Doc Reagan/Renfro Plant Manager;
OUT Q=next few years.
Meanwhile, at its Jefferson Avenue facility Renfro is adding new equipment
to increase its production.
That will displace some workers there, who will be moved across town after
the expansion is complete next Fall.
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TAPE# tease #2
Stick around for more NEWS-7 at FIVE--
Last night some of the best in the music industry honored the newest
inductees into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
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OUT Q=i'm yours
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In Fargo, North Dakota they are dealing with wind chills of 70-degrees below
Severe winter storms continue ripping across much of the region.
As much as a foot of snow fell there.
Wind gusts up to 50-miles an hour are causing four foot snow drifts on
Because of the blizzard, travel is discouraged from North Dakota all the
way to Texas because of the high winds.
health music under
Straight ahead--Virginia Tech prepares to take on a fellow Atlantic-10 team
tonight at the Cassell-- Mike has a preview.
And on Health Check--
Maybe you've been looking for an excuse to dodge those dirty dishes.
How about this-- a recent study has found that odds are, your dish-towels
are carrying potentially dangerous bacteria.
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A new study from the National Cancer Institute casts doubt on whether beta
carotene vitamins can fight cancer.
In fact, the study is being halted 21 months early-- as it looks like
smokers taking the dietary supplements might even increase their odds of
getting lung cancer while on the vitamins.
IN Q=Study results
((GILBERT OMENN/INVESTIGATOR: STUDY RESULTS TO DATE INDICATE THAT THESE
VITAMINS ARE PROVIDING NO BENEFIT, AND MAY-- WITH THE EMPHASIS ON MAY-- HAVE
ADVERSE EFFECTS. ))
OUT Q=have adverse effects.
In one N-C-I study, 22-thousand male physicians were followed for 12 years.
There were no differences in their cancer or heart disease rates.
But a second lung cancer study of 18-thousand smokers and people exposed to
asbestos found not only no benefit from taking beta carotene, but a 28-percent
higher risk of lung cancer.
IN Q=The studies
((DR. RICHARD KLAUSNER/NATIONAL CANCER INSTITUTE: THE STUDIES WERE MEANT TO
ADDRESS AND CAN ONLY ADDRESS THE QUESTION OF WHETHER BETA CAROTENE OR BETA
CAROTENE PLUS VITAMIN A COULD REDUCE THE RISK OF DEVELOPING LUNG CANCER IN AT
RISK POPULATIONS AND THE SIMPLE ANSWER IS NO. ))
SUPER=01-Dr. Richard Klausner/National Cancer Inst.
OUT Q=answer is no.
Researchers stress their findings DO NOT undermine the recommendations that
a high-fiber diet rich in fruits and vegetables containing beta carotene is a
vital weapon in battling cancer and heart disease.
The studies apply only to dietary supplements.
About two million Americans suffer from epilepsy, and take medications to
control what may be daily seizures.
Still, there are those who can't be treated with drugs.
SUPER=03-San Diego, CA; :
Epilepsy causes abnormal rhythms of the nerves in the brain.
Seizures are like electrical storms shorting out the system.
Doctors believe they have a way to disrupt these rhythms.
It's called the Vegas Nerve Stimulator-- a sort-of pacemaker for the brain.
IN Q=It works by
((DR. EVELYN TECOMA/NEUROLOGIST: IT WORKS BY STIMULATING AN EXTERNAL NERVE IN
THE NECK CALLED THE VEGAS NERVE. AND THE DEVICE IS IMPLANTED IN THE CHEST WALL
LIKE A PACEMAKER. ))
SUPER=01-Dr. Evelyn Tecoma/Neurologist; :
OUT Q=a pacemaker THEN NAT SOUND
Researchers believe small pulses of electricity sent to the Vegas Nerve
can spread a message to the brain to short circuit seizures.
Two-hundred epilepsy patients from around the country are involved in the
There are about seven-million illnesses, and seven-thousand deaths reported
each year, related to food poisoning.
One culprit is the kitchen dish towel.
Microbiologist from the University of Arizona sampled dishtowels from 200
households around the country.
They found that more than 70-percent carried some type of potentially
One in five were infected with salmonella and staphylococcus-- the most
common causes of food-borne illnesses.
Dish towels become ideal breeding grounds for bacteria, once they're used
to wipe up food remnants.
The advice: Use the hottest settings on your clothes washer and dryer when
washing dish towels.
Try the new disinfecting sponges and use disposable paper towels,
particularly the recycled brands.
Also, wash your hands for at least 30 seconds with hot water and an
anti-bacterial soap-- as hands are also germ transmitters.
The Roanoke Valley Chapter of the American Red Cross is looking for a
little help on it's publicity team-- and it's calling on kids in the second
through fifth grades in the Roanoke Valley, Botetourt and Craig Counties.
PINN page one
It's a contest, where kids will draw an original representation of what the
Red Cross does in the area.
Entries are due by February 10th.
Call the Red Cross at 985-3588 for more information.
The Hokies haven't played on their home turf since the middle of December.
Until-- tonight. Mike can fill us in on that and the Cleveland Browns
Good evening everybody and welcome to your Thursday Sports Ticker.
Those of us hoping to find out if the Browns were staying in Cleveland are
moving to Baltimore are out of luck tonight.
SUPER=03-Atlanta, GA; :00
The NFL owner's meetings in Atlanta broke off today without a vote on the
In fact Dallas owner Jerry Jones says fans should have never expected a vote
((JERRY JONES/DALLAS COWBOYS OWNER:))
SUPER=01-Jerry Jones/Dallas Cowboys Owner; :00
OUT Q=...TYPE OF VOTE."
The vote probably will not come until the first week in February at the
The major league baseball owners have cast their votes in favor of
interleague play starting with the 1997 season.
The plan calls for 15 or 16 interleague games.
But it still needs approval from the Players' Union.
The Virginia Tech Hokies make their long awaited return to the now safe
Cassell Coliseum tonight for a 7pm showdown with Atlantic-10 opponent Dayton.
The Hokies enter this evening's game with a perfect 3 and OH record in
the A-10's west division.
And while the 6 thousand plus fan turnout at the Roanoke Civic Center on
Monday was nice, there's no place like home.
IN Q="We're ready...
((DAMON WATLINGTON/VA. TECH GUARD:))
((ACE CUSTIS/VA. TECH FORWARD:))
SUPER=01-Damon Watlington/Virginia Tech Guard; :00
SUPER=01-Ace Custis/Virginia Tech Forward; :13
OUT Q=...in cassell coliseum"
Tonight also marks a homecoming for Dayton head coach Oliver Purnell.
Purnell got his coaching start at Radford. From the Highlander bench, Oliver
went back to his alma mater at Old Dominion. His travels have now brought him
Coming up at six, we will continue to break down UVa's loss to 10th ranked
North Carolina last night, but don't go away. More News 7 at Five to come.
It appears Michael Jackson and Lisa Marie Presley are calling it quits.
The not so storybook wedding is over.
Presley's publicist says she's filed for divorce citing irreconcilable
Jackson married the daughter of the late Elvis Presley in the
Dominican Republic on May 26th, 1994.
But, the wedding wasn't confirmed until August of that year.
Legal papers filed in Los Angeles say they separated December tenth.
In an A-B-C interview last year, Jackson and his wife said they signed a
The Big Apple was rocking last night, as it welcomed the latest inductees to
the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
IN Q=OOH BABE
OUT Q=I'M YOURS!
SUPER=03-New York/Last Night;
The Hall of Fame was dedicated last year in Cleveland, but the foundation
is in New York City.
Among the honorees: Pink Floyd, Jefferson Airplane and Gladys Knight and
IN Q=and here we
((GLADYS KNIGHT/HALL OF FAME INDUCTEE: AND HERE WE ARE, 8 YEARS AFTER WE
STOPPED PREFORMING TOGETHER, IN THE HALL OF FAME. I CAN'T TELL YOU WHAT THAT'S
SUPER=01-Gladys Knight/Hall of Fame Inductee;
OUT Q=THAT'S LIKE. APPLAUSE.
The Material Girl talked about one of her favorite honorees, David Bowie.
((MADONNA/SINGER: I'VE ALWAYS HAD A SENTIMENTAL ATTACHMENT TO DAVID BOWIE NOT
JUST BECAUSE I GREW UP WITH HIS MUSIC, BUT BECAUSE IT WAS THE FIRST ROCK
CONCERT THAT I EVER SAW.))
OUT Q=EVER SAW.
The Velvet Underground, the Shirelles, Little Willie John, Pete Seeger and
Tom Donahue were also inducted.
Only works at least 25-years old are considered for induction into the Hall
(toss to robin)
(robin tosses to jean)
If you're hooked up to the Internet, some pretty racy material is just a
few mouse clicks away.
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Here's Keith Humphry with a preview on what the General Assembly wants to do
They call it Cyber-Porn.
And one Virginia delegate wants the online servers and credit card companies
to help regulate it.
Manassas Delegate Bob Marshall's decided the way to get at on-line smut is
through the pocketbooks of the providers.
He provided some of it himself today to the House Committee on Corporations,
Insurance and Banking.
It must now decide how much one state legislature can or should do to
staunch the flow of pornography on the info- highway.
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That's coming up in just one half hour on NEWS 7 at SIX.
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