Up next on news 7 at five-
Water water everywhere in some areas tonight.
People keep a close eye on rivers.
A teen is murdered in Campbell County, another hospitalized- Police say
he's the main suspect.
Plus celebrating 100 years for one Hollywood star.
Whew...what a winter so far. For now, stay bundled. The wind chill will be
On Health Check-- a report on the "Morning After Pill"-- a form of
It's been around for decades, but few women know much about it.
Roads turned into rivers, as the waters rise--
Melting snow and a few inches of rain cause flooding problems throughout the
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Good Evening this is NEWS-7 at FIVE, I'm Jean Jadhon.
Less than two weeks after snow blanketed the state, flooding has disrupted
lives in Western Virginia.
Bath, Highland and Alleghany Counties have all suffered significant
flooding in the last 24-hours.
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Tonight Joe Dashiell reports that residents of Rockbridge County are also
keeping an anxious eye on the river.
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SUPER=03-Rockbridge Co.; :06
SUPER=01-John Rorer/Goshen Mayor; :14
SUPER=01-Oakley Adams/Glasgow Resident; :32
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(questions: When do authorities expect the two rivers to crest?)
Bath County residents are also wading their way through the flash flood.
SUPER=03-Bath Co./This Morning;
The county's primary roads, Routes 220 and 39 are blocked.
The main street in Hot Springs is under nearly two feet of water.
Authorities say 12 people were evacuated and taken to a shelter early this
There were also a few power outages.
Emergency officials says no one was hurt.
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With the exception of a few isolated incidents, the Roanoke Valley was left
The Roanoke River will crest two to three feet above flood level.
And early this morning, a few streets were blocked off.
But no major damage has been reported inside city limits.
The story was much the same in Salem.
The river was strong, but only a few streets were affected.
Roanoke County did not fare as well... especially on Bradshaw Road.
Cars and homes were flooded but no injuries were reported.
Pulaski County saw the worst approaching last night and declared a state of
emergency just after midnight.
The REALLY heavy rain came just a few hours later, leaving destruction in
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Tracy Altizer was there in the midst of the storm and joins us with more on
the story now from Blacksburg.
Jean, the town of Pulaski was especially hard hit by an overflowing Peak Creek.
Residents and businesses along the creek are no strangers to flooding, but
those we spoke with say they've never seen the water rise so fast.
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SUPER=01-Cmdr. E.L. Taylor/Pulaski Police; :00
SUPER=01-Dallas Anderson/Flood Victim; :19
SUPER=03-Montgomery Co.; :25
OUT Q=and threatened homes.
((CMDR. E.L. TAYLOR/PULASKI POLICE: IT'S RELATIVE NOT NEW TO TOO MANY PEOPLE
HERE. THE ONES THAT LIVE HERE ALONG IT, THEY HAVE BEEN OVER THIS BEFORE.
THEY'RE KIND OF AWARE OF IT. ))
And by now, most people have learned to leave when the creek gets up.
About 25 homes were evacuated early this morning, after an inch and a half
of rain fell in just one hour.
((DALLAS ANDERSON/FLOOD VICTIM: IT STARTED ABOUT 2:30 THIS MORNING, AND ABOUT
THREE O-CLOCK IT JUST TOOK OVER THE HOUSE. ))
Neighboring Montgomery County wasn't hit quite as hard, but police and
rescue officials there dealt with their share of emergencies too, as the North
Fork of the Roanoke River stranded motorists, and threatened homes.))
In most areas the water was receding throughout the afternoon and streets
were beginning to reopen.
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Many are still impassable however, and officials are pleading with
motorists not to attempt to drive through high water.
Virginia remains under a state of emergency that started January 6th -- This
is the 12th of Governor George Allen's administration.
Today, Allen extended the order to ensure National Guard units could help
with flood relief.
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((GOV. GEORGE ALLEN: YEAH, I'D LIKE TO BE OUT OF A STATE OF EMERGENCY AND NOT
WORRYING ABOUT IT. AND ALL THOSE FOLKS THERE WHO ARE APPLAUDING ALSO THINK
MOTHER NATURE'S JUST FINE BUT OUGHT TO BE A LITTLE KINDER TO US HERE IN
VIRGINIA. AT ANY RATE, FOLKS WHERE THERE'S FEAR AND WARNINGS AS FAR AS HIGH
WATER NEED TO BE AWARE OF THIS.))
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For the last 24 hours we've been dealing with too much water, but in
Roanoke, it's also a case of NOT ENOUGH.
Residents are being asked to curtail their water use following a 16-inch
water main break on the Salem Turnpike this morning.
It has created low water pressure in northwest Roanoke.
The city expects to have the break fixed by tomorrow.
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((MICHELLE BONO/ROANOKE INFORMATION OFFICER: WHAT WE'RE ASKING PEOPLE TO DO IS
JUST CONSERVE FOR ONE DAY. IF YOU WERE GOING TO GO HOME AND WASH THE CAR
TONIGHT, IT'S TOO COLD ANYWAY, DON'T WASH THE CAR.))
SUPER=01-Michelle Bono/Roanoke Information Officer;
OUT Q=wash the car.
The city warns that people in north Roanoke County may also have low water
The heavy currents that flowed from the water main break also washed earth
from underneath the bridge portion of the road.
State crews are working now to make sure it's safe, and at least one lane of
the bridge may be closed for a few days.
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Up next-- the latest on shootings in Campbell County where one teenager was
killed and another injured.
And the blizzard of 96 continues-- as the weight of the storm is continuing
to cause problems throughout the country.
On Health CHeck-- the number of students trying to get labeled as "learning
disabled" is on the rise.
Apparently, many are looking for a break on their college entrance exams.
Today is Robert E Lee's Birthday--
Lee and other key players in the Confederacy were honored...don't go away.
Investigators are still trying to piece together what happened in a double
shooting that left one Campbell County teenager dead, another injured last
SUPER=03-Campbell Co./Last Night;
Rescue crews were called to this home on Route 6-52 in Gladys around 7:30
That's where they found 19- year old Roger Vassar Junior lying in the
basement of his family's home.
He had been shot at least once in the chest, and died before arriving at
Lynchburg General Hospital.
Minutes later, Vassar's 16- year old neighbor reportedly shot himself in the
Police say the 16- year- old is the prime suspect in Vassar's murder.
IN Q=The 16 year old
((ROBERT MAXEY/CAMPBELL CO. SHERIFF: THE 16 YEAR OLD HAD ONLY BEEN LIVING THERE
JUST A FEW MONTHS, HAD MOVED HERE FROM OUT OF STATE LAST FALL, SO I'M NOT SURE
HOW WELL THEY ACTUALLY KNEW EACH OTHER. ALL INDICATIONS ARE IF THEY DID, THEY
DIDN'T KNOW EACH OTHER VERY WELL.))
SUPER=01-Robert Maxey/Campbell Co. Sheriff; :00
OUT Q=each other very well.
What police don't have is a motive for the shooting.
The 16- year old was only able to communicate briefly with investigators
last night before he was transferred to the University of Virginia Medical
A four-day hostage ordeal in Turkey is over.
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Turkish officials say gunmen who hijacked a ferry threw weapons into the
water and surrendered.
The 240 hostages are O-K.
The gunmen were sympathetic to Chechen hostage-takers in Russia who were
wiped out yesterday.
Federal help is on the way to help find missing children.
A Presidential order requires federal buildings to post pictures of missing
A mother whose ten year old was kidnapped and murdered in Miami last year
called the policy a helping hand.
((CLAUDINE RYCE/MOTHER OF MURDERED CHILD: THIS IS THE ONLY CHANCE THE CHILD HAS
AND WOE ON US IF THE CHILD WALKS IN FRONT OF YOU AND YOU DON'T RECOGNIZE HIM
BECAUSE YOU HAVEN'T LOOKED AT THE BOARD RECENTLY AND YOU WERE THE CHILD'S LAST
SUPER=01-Claudine Ryce/Mother of Murdered Child;
OUT Q=child's last chance.
SUPER=03-Arlington, TX/File Tape;
The president issued the order one day after the body of Amber Hagerman
was found in Arlington, Texas.
The nine-year-old was dragged screaming off her bicycle last Saturday by a
man in a pickup.
A special birthday celebration tomorrow--
Comedian George Burns turns 100-- That story coming up later on NEWS-7 at
FIVE-- stick around.
((GEORGE BURNS: OH YEAH, I'D LIKE TO DO IT AGAIN. MUSIC))
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North Dakota residents are recovering from day two of a blizzard that
dumped 20-inches of snow.
That coupled with record breaking cold made for tough conditions.
Wind caused drifts so high it even covered tractor trailers.
Shopping malls, offices banks and schools closed from the weather.
At one point even snow plows were victim to the heavy drifts.
Today though plows were out trying to reopen the states roads.
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More problems from heavy snow in New York.
Part of a roof collapsed at a department store- injuring two
It happened early this morning before the store opened.
((DALE SMITH/FIRE CHIEF: ABOUT THIRTY SECONDS AFTER I GOT HERE I WAS APPROACHED
BY TWO FEMALE EMPLOYEES OF THE STORY WHO INFORMED ME OF A MAJOR STRUCTURAL
COLLAPSE IN THE STORE.))
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The collapsed roof spilled into the parking lot damaging cars.
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Stick around-- a big trade today for the Charlotte Hornets- Mike has news on
that in tonight's Ticker.
On Health CHeck--
It's been around for about 20-
years-- but most women, and many doctors don't know much about the "morning
after pill"-- a form of emergency contraception.
We'll have a report.
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Educators are worried that more and more students around the country are
using a loophole to get a break on the Scholastic Assessment Test-- or S.A.T.s.
Apparently, many high school students hope to be labeled "learning
disabled" so they can get unlimited time to take the college entrance exam.
About 16-thousand students are trying to get disability status this year--
that's more than twice the number five years ago.
Often, the request is attributed to claims of dyslexia, attention deficit
disorder or emotional problems.
Very few people know about the "morning after pill" as a form of emergency
Dr. Emily Senay looks at how the pill works...and examines some issues
involving its use.
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SUPER=03-New York; :17
SUPER=01-Dr. Allan Rosenfield/Columbia School of Public Health; :27
SUPER=01-Dr. Emily Senay/Reporting; :58
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It's been around for nearly two decades but most women and many
physicians are unfamiliar with the morning after pill--also known as
It uses the hormones found in the common birth control pill in a different
Two birth control pills are given within 72 hours after unprotected
intercourse where a woman is concerned she might get pregnant...followed by
another 2 pills 12 hours later. So how does it work?
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((DR. ALLAN ROSENFIELD/COLUMBIA SCHOOL OF PUBLIC HEALTH: IT BASICALLY
INTERFERES WITH EITHER THE TRANSPORT OF THE FERTILIZED EGG OR ITS IMPLANTATION
BUT WHATEVER THE MECHANISM IT IS QUITE EFFECTIVE IF TAKEN WITHIN THAT VERY
NARROW WINDOW OF TIME AFTER UNPROTECTED SEX.))
OUT Q=unprotected sex.
In fact it is estimated that using emergency contraception can prevent
75 percent of pregnancies that would otherwise occur.
The two major side effects of the morning after pill are nausea and vomiting
which can last a day or two.
So why don't more woman know about the morning after pill?
One reason it that many doctors prescribe the morning after pill only if a
woman asks for it.
Another reason is that it is often confused with the so called "French
Abortion Pill" or RU486.
But RU486 and the morning after pill are by no means the same.
Here's the difference of the two. RU486 is in test phases in the U.S. and is
not widely available.
The morning after pill is widely available as it is simply the common birth
Currently RU486 is being studied for use in women who already know they are
A woman may not actually be pregnant but fearful she is to take the morning
after pill --which must be given within 72 hours of intercourse.
Though the morning after pill is safe and is used by some doctors...birth
control pills have never been approved by the FDA for use as emergency
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((THE DRUG COMPANIES WHO OWN THE PATENT FOR THE VARIOUS ORAL CONTRACEPTIVES
HAVEN'T WANTED TO THROUGH THE PROCESS FOR A DRUG FOR ABORTION RELATED PURPOSES,
THEY DON'T WANT ALL THE POLITICAL IMPACT OF THAT.))
OUT Q=impact of that.
That was Dr. Emily Senay reporting.
Again, the F-D-A has not approved contraceptive pills for this particular
Until it does so, women may have some difficulty broaching the issue with
News from the N-B-A tonight includes a familiar name from our area.
Mike has the latest on Bimbo Coles in the end of the work-week ticker.
Good evening everybody and welcome to a chilly Friday night and hopefully a
It's been a turbulent Friday on the NBA hardwoods with some fines and trades
to tell you about.
First the fines. Former Virginia Tech All-American Bimbo Coles and Bullets
star Juwan Howard were each suspended for one game today and fine for their
parts in this bench clearing brawl Wednesday night.
Howard was fined 12 thousand by the league, while Bimbo will have to fork out
6 thousand bucks.
The fight took place at the Miami sports arena.
Now the trade news where the Charlotte Hornets have acquired a much needed
quality point guard in Kenny Anderson.
The Hornets get the former Georgia Tech star and Gerald Glass in exchange for
Kendall Gill and point guard Khalid Reeves.
Anderson becomes a free agent at the end of the season, remember he has
already turned down a six year 40 million dollar offer from the Nets.
With all the college hoopla last night you may have missed the wild finish in
Raleigh at the State-Duke game.
With the Wolfpack on top by and the clock ticking down, Chris Collins
launches a three pointer from NBA range to win the game and unbelievably it
But State comes right back and gets a running one handed shot from Curtis
Marshall that just barely rolls off and Duke steals one with 71-to-70 win.
The NHL all-star game is back on after a year in the freezer.
Last year a bitter labor dispute forced the cancellation of the mid-winter
But tomorrow night the hardwater will be full of stars and probably a lot of
goals as the best players in the world showcase their skills in primetime.
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((RAY BOURQUE/BRUINS FORWARD:))
((MARIO LEMIEUX/PENGUINS FORWARD:))
SUPER=01-Ray Bourque/Bruins Forward; :00
SUPER=01-Mario Lemieux/Penguins Forward; :18
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Roy Stanley is coming up at six with a recap of last night's Tech win over
He'll tell us how the Hokies barely beat the Sports Illustrated jinx.
Have a great weekend everybody, I'll see you at six.
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Martin Luther King, Junior was recognized on Monday's holiday.
But today, the Lee and Jackson part of Lee-Jackson-King day got a special
ceremony at the state capitol.
The House and Senate honored Robert E. Lee.
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((DEL. TAYLOE MURPHY/D-WESTMORELAND CO.: TODAY MARKS THE 189TH ANNIVERSARY OF
THE BIRTH OF ROBERT EDWARD LEE AT STRATFOD HALL IN WESTMORELAND COUNTY. IT'S
BEEN A TRADITION OF THIS BODY FOR MANY YEARS TO ADJOURN IN HIS HONOR AND MEMORY
ON THIS HIS BIRTHDAY.))
SUPER=01-Del. Tayloe Murphy/(D) Westmoreland Co.;
OUT Q=his birthday.
And in the Old Senate Chambers, Confederate history groups from around the
Commonwealth remembered Lee, Stonewall Jackson, and Matthew Fontaine (Murry)
A century old-- that's what comedian George Burns will be tomorrow.
But according to his manager Burns will celebrate his birthday quietly.
SUPER=03-Beverly Hills, CA/Tuesday;
Hundreds of friends turned out to say Happy Birthday all week long.
The flu kept him from a celebrity dinner in his honor earlier this week.
But it didn't stop his collegues from honoring him.
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((DON RICKLES/COMEDIAN: YOU'RE THE BEST, GEORGE, AND RMEMEBER ONE THING, HAVE
THAT MARTINI, PUFF ON THAT CIGAR ON YOUR HUNDREDTH AND I'LL SEND THE GIRL OVER,
OUT Q=OVER, HA HA
People continue seeking the secret of his long life--and over the years
Burns has repeated his simple explanation.
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((GEORGE BURNS/TURNS 100 TOMORROW: FALL IN LOVE WITH WHAT YOU DO FOR A LIVING,
I LOVE WHAT I DO FOR A LIVING. I DO WHAT I LOVE TO DO. ))
SUPER=01-George Burns/Turns 100 Tomorrow;
OUT Q=TO DO.
Burns is also known for falling in love with his partner the late Gracie
Allen, on and off the screen.
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It's been 24- years since Salem has seen a new mayor.
But who will replace Jim Taliaferro now that he's stepping down?
Taliaferro will not endorse a specific candidate for mayor.
But he did say at a press conference, he'll support any council member
seeking re- election.
The mayor also talked about his accomplishments in office, and discussed his
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Coming up tonight on NEWS-7 at SIX, we'll hear from Jim Taliaferro.