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Another fatal fire in the region- This one also claims children as its
An terrorist bomb kills 53 people in Sri-Lanka.
And fans are sent to the hospital after a trampling at a concert in
Another significant winter storm on tap for Thursday night and Friday. This
one might bring more ice than snow.
On Health Check--
The number of AIDS infected Americans is declining.
This year, more people will die from H-I-V than will catch it.
Plus, they're calling it a victory in the war on lead poisoning.
IN Q=Roughly 20% of
((ROUGHLY 20-PERCENT OF THE LEAD THAT THE AVERAGE AMERICAN IS EXPOSED TO COMES
FROM DRINKING WATER. ))
OUT Q=drinking water.
Parents try to rescue their two children from a burning house but are
The three and five year olds die in their New Castle Home.
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Good Evening this is NEWS-7 at FIVE, I'm Jean Jadhon.
Investigators are trying to determine what caused yet another fatal fire in
Last night, a New Castle home went up in flames... killing two small
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Scott Prince was in Craig County this afternoon... and he now joins us from
Jean, the children were brother and sister.
3- year- old Harle (HARLEY) Gayle Howard and her 5- year- old brother
Christopher Thomas Howard could not be saved.
Their parents... along with friends and neighbors did everything they could
to try and get them out of the house... but to no avail.
The reason... according to the children's grandfather...both Harle and
Christopher hid inside a closet that was far away from any of the home's
As for the cause of the blaze... investigators are being very tight lipped
at this point.
IN Q=At this time
((ROBERT PERRY/STATE POLICE INVESTIGATOR: AT THIS TIME WE'RE CONDUCTING AN
INVESTIGATION TO DETERMINE THE CAUSE AND ORIGIN OF THE FIRE... THAT'S SOMETHING
WE'VE BEEN WORKING ON THROUGH THE NIGHT AND WE'LL CONTINUE THROUGH THE NEXT DAY
OR SO. ))
SUPER=01-Robert Perry/State Police Investigator;
OUT Q=next day or so.
Perry says they'll take their time on this one... and they won't release the
cause of the fire, until they've explored every possibility.
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(QUESTION Scott... did officials confirm that the children died of smoke
No they wouldn't confirm that information.
But the children's grandfather did tell us that their bodies had been taken
to the medical examiner for an autopsy.)
A terrorist bomb in Sri Lanka turned the downtown into an inferno this
The suicide bomb blew up the Sri Lanka Central Bank- killing more than
50 people and wounding one thousand.
People were trapped in buildings damaged and set on fire by the
((WE WERE STAYING IN THE HOTEL BOMB BLAST. WE WERE JUST WATCHING THE VIEW AND
THE BOMBING CAME AND ALL THE WINDOWS WERE JUST BROKEN.))
OUT Q=JUST BROKEN."
The blast went off 500 yards from the President's office but he was not
The attack is blamed on a separatist group that's seeking independence.
Good news if you need a loan- or have credit cards.
The Federal Reserve is nudging interest rates lower for the second time
in two months.
The Fed today cut two key rates by a quarter of a point.
Already, major banks are following suit.
Chase Manhattan has lowered its prime rate to eight and a-quarter
A Danville woman says she was hiding in a closet when she heard her roommate
begging for his life.
The young woman was just one of the witnesses to testify against Phil Dennis
Clayborne, Junior today at his trial.
He's charged with strangling 32- year old Angel Lewis Dejesus (De-HEY-sues)
last July at a home in Danville.
A former cellmate also testified against Clayborne.
IN Q=When he
((JAMES TOTTEN/PROSECUTION WITNESS:WHEN HE CAME IN THE CELL I ASKED HIM IF HE'D
TELL ME IF WHAT THEY SAID YOU DID IN THE NEWSPAPER WAS TRUE. AND SO ME AND HIM
STARTED TALKING AND YOU KNOW HE MENTIONED SOME THINGS YOU KNOW THAT HE DID.
BILL FULLER/DANVILLE COMMONWEALTH'S ATTY: WHAT DID HE ADMIT TO?
HE ADMIT THAT HE KILLED THE MAN. ))
SUPER=01-James Totten/Prosecution Witness; :00
OUT Q=killed the man.
Another man is also charged in the death.
Bryant Lymont Powell will be tried next month.
Ed Honaker spent ten years in prison for a crime he did not commit.
Now a bill that'll try to compensate him is temporarily stalled in the
Lawmakers heard from Honaker's attorney -- and considered a scaled- down
amount of money.
But the House Claims Committee hit a snag when trying to fix a dollar figure
for ten years of a life lost in a six by eight prison cell.
Some are concerned about setting a half million dollar precedent.
((DEL. LEO WARDRUP: AREN'T WE GOING TO FIND THAT WE HAVE AS WE MOVE ALONG IN
TECHNOLOGY, BETTER METHODS OF ANALYSIS WHICH WILL CAUSE US TO FREE SOME OF
THESE OTHER THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE WHO CLAIM TO BE INNOCENT, UNFORTUNATELY SOME OF
WHOM REALLY ARE IMPRISONED--))
((DEL. CHIP WOODRUM: ABSOLUTE PARDONS COME EVEN MORE RARELY THAN A HEN HAS
SUPER=01-Del. Leo Wardrup/(R) Virginia Beach;
OUT Q=has teeth.
The largest comparable relief bill the committee has ever supported was for
Lawmakers will reconsider Honaker's claim in the next several days, after
studying what other states have done.
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Stick around for more NEWS-7 at FIVE--what was believed to be devastating
news at a Bedford plant, turned out to be a pleasant surprise.
And club owners are blamed for the trampling of fans at an Atlanta concert
On Health Check-- the exercise routines of the presidential candidates.
They've all got ways to stay fit on the campaign trail.
Some house fires in our area may have been prevented if the homes had
working smoke detectors.
In Washington, one group is trying to keep the detectors nearly
maintenance-free. The story-- later-- on NEWS-7 at FIVE.
Governor George Allen and Democratic leaders unveiled a deal- on how to
treat the three- percent of young offenders who commit violent crimes.
The plan still faces legislative scrutiny, but has bi- partisan blessings.
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IN Q=Whether or not
((WHETHER OR NOT SUCH AGREEMENTS AND CONSENSUS CAN BE ACHIEVED THROUGHOUT THE
REST OF THE SESSION, THAT REMAINS TO BE SEEN BASED ON INDIVIDUAL ISSUES. BUT
THIS IS CLEARLY ONE OF THOSE VERY MOST IMPORTANT THINGS THAT WE NEED TO ADDRESS
FOR THE PEOPLE OF VIRGINIA IN FUNDAMENTALLY REFORMING AND IMPROVING OUR
JUVENILE JUSTICE SYSTEM. TO PROTECT PEOPLE, TO PROTECT VICTIMS, AS WELL AS TO
LOOK OUT FOR THE WELFARE OF CHILDREN.))
OUT Q=of children.
The compromise would transfer those 14 and older to adult courts if they're
charged with the most serious crimes of murder and rape.
Prosecutors would have the discretion to try less serious violent offenders
in either juvenile or adult court.
Some Rubatex employees feared for their jobs when they were told Monday
they had to attend a company-wide meeting today.
Instead, workers say they found out about a multi million dollar renovation
of the plant.
The new president of the rubber products company explained the project.
According to employees Rubatex says it must first see improvements in
productivity and quality control, among other things.
IN Q=We've dropped
((GARY ENGLISH/RUBATEX EMPLOYEE: WE'VE DROPPED A LOT IN SHIPPING, GETTING
QUALITY PRODUCTS OUT ON TIME. THEY'RE TRYING TO SET UP A STANDARD TO COME UP
SUPER=01-Gary English/Rubatex Employee;
OUT Q=come up on that.
The workers say if the renovation does take place, many operations in
Rubatex's outer buildings will be consolidated into two large buildings.
But employees do not expect it'll prompt any layoffs.
And Bedford area Delegate Lacey Putney says his contacts with Rubatex
indicate it desires concessions from the workers' union in hopes of preventing
Rubatex makes a variety of rubber and foam rubber products.
It employs one thousand people.
A trampling at an Atlanta Nightclub is now blamed on club owners.
Police say they gave out too many tickets to a free concert.
Fans packed the club to see the R and B group Immature.
21 people were trampled or suffered heat exhaustion when the crowd surged
toward the stage.
((LITTLE KIDS WERE GETTING WALKED ON AND TRAMPLED ON AND PEOPLE WERE FAINTING,
PULLING PEOPLE UP FROM THE STAGE LEFT AND RIGHT.))
OUT Q=LEFT AND RIGHT."
The club holds 800, but fire officials say two-thousand people pushed
their way in.
Immature is made up of three adolescent boys.
The group currently has a hit single called "We Got It."
In Washington, the government is putting the word out about new smoke
detectors with long-lasting batteries.
The Consumer Product Safety Commission says the devices are equipped with
lithium batteries that can last up to ten years.
There have been several cases here in our area where people forgot to change
batteries in conventional detectors--and were NOT alerted in time.
In a recent survey by the commission 90 percent of homes have smoke
detectors-- about a third of them don't work because of dead or missing
There's more to the Parks and Recreation Department than sports-- and there
are activities for people of all ages and abilities.
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stocks bump next
Artistic kids, and those who would like to be, are getting some help from
Roanoke Parks and Recreation.
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As Patrick Evans reports, it's offering classes on pen and pencil drawing
for youngsters interested in honing their artistic eye.
SUPER=01-Katherine Devine/Art Teacher;
(ROLL OVER INTERVIEW)
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health music under
Stick around-- Steve has more on Magic's return preformance- in tonight's
Two Minute Ticker.
On Health Check--
Two million children suffer from lead poisoning.
To help curb those rates, faucet manufacturers have agreed to stop making
faucets out of lead.
IN Q=It will reduce
((IT WILL REDUCE THE ADVERSE HEALTH EFFECTS BECAUSE ROUGHLY TWENTY PERCENT OF
THE LEAD THAT THE AVERAGE AMERICAN IS EXPOSED TO COMES FROM DRINKING WATER.))
OUT Q=drinking water.
health bump next
More encouraging news again today about the AIDS virus.
Contrary to popular belief, the number of H-I-V positive Americans is
This year, about ten-thousand more Americans will die from H-I-V than will
The National Cancer Institute says since 1992, the number of AIDS deaths
annually has considerably outstripped the number of new infections.
The reason cited-- Americans are more educated about the disease.
In other AIDS-related news....researchers say they've developed a single
blood test that can forecast a patient's survival-time.
Also, scientists are looking at the dairy product, WHEY, as a possible
They think it might be helpful in keeping the virus from infecting people
during intercourse, if made into a cream or a foam.
It's considered a victory in the war on lead poisoning.
The nation's major faucet manufacturers have agreed to stop making faucets
out of lead-- thereby reducing the amount of lead in drinking water.
IN Q=The environmental
SUPER=01-Erik Olson/Natural Resources Defense Council; :19
SUPER=01-Dr. John Rosen/Pediatrician; :56
OUT Q=youngest of children.
The Environmental Protection Agency says 20-percent of the lead in your
bloodstream is coming from tap water-- and much of that, from the faucet.
The Natural Resources Defense Council sued the faucet-makers.
Its settlement will mean lead-free faucets by 1999.
IN Q=We don't say
((ERIK OLSON/NATURAL RESOURCES DEFENSE COUNCIL ATTORNEY: WE DON'T SAY THAT THIS
SETTLEMENT IS GOING TO SOLVE THE PROBLEM NATIONWIDE OF LEAD POISONING. IT
WON'T. BUT IT WILL CERTAINLY TAKE A SIGNIFICANT STEP TOWARDS REDUCING LEAD
EXPOSURE FOR CHILDREN IN PARTICULAR AND FOR ADULTS. ))
OUT Q=for adults.
One industry spokesman says the change-over to a lead-free alloy will cost
individual companies millions.
Nationwide, it's estimated that two million children suffer from lead
poisoning serious enough to cause low i-q, learning disabilities and
Infants drinking formula are more at risk from lead in faucets and tap
But a lead poisoning specialist says lead free faucets will benefit the
IN Q=It will lower
(( DR. JOHN ROSEN/PEDIATRICIAN:IT WILL LOWER BLOOD LEAD VALUES IN AN ENORMOUSLY
LARGE POPULATION WITH
IN THE U.S FROM THE ELDERLY TO MIDDLE AGE ADULTS TO THE VERY YOUNGEST OF
OUT Q=youngest of children
Until the lead is phased out of faucets, it's recommended that you let the
tap water run for a minute or two every morning, to flush the lead out.
Also, have your water tested.
Serious lead poisoning has no cure-- except prevention.
While all of us need to stay in shape, it can be especially crucial when
you're running for president.
Between long hours on the job and on the road...physical fitness seems to
be a priority for the candidates.
President Clinton is often spotted on his morning jog in the capitol city.
The Republicans are also in step.
The Associated Press polled them on their workout routine.
Pat Buchanan takes a daily two-mile jog.
Lamar Alexander walks an hour each morning.
Bob Dole works out on the treadmill.
It's push-ups and crunch sit-ups for Bob Dornan.
Steve Forbes prefers the NordicTrack. He works out three times a week for
Dick Lugar runs four times every week.
And no response from Phil Gramm.
They were also polled on their favorite deserts.
Apple pie and chocolate ice cream were the clear winners.
There was nothing stale about Magic Johnson's return to the hardwoods last
Let's head into the sports office where we find Steve with tonight's Two
Good afternoon everyone, indeed, after a four year lay off, there is magic
in the air again out in Los Angeles as the Lakers extended a warm welcome to
their former all-star Magic Johnson.
SUPER=03-Inglewood, CA/Last Night; :00
Magic walked onto his old Forum floor to a standing ovation from the
crowd for pre game warm ups.
The 36 year old did not start but came off the bench to score 19 points,
including this fantastic move to beat Latrell Sprewell to the iron.
Johnson also dished out 11 assists and pulled down 7 rebounds in his debut.
IN Q="was I...
((MAGIC JOHNSON/LAKER POWER FORWARD:))
SUPER=01-Magic Johnson/Laker Power Forward; :00
OUT Q=...help me out"
Magic sparked his team to a season high 72 points in the first half and the
lakers went on to beat Golden State 128 to 118 in route to recording 44
assists, a league high this season.
IN Q="You wait
OUT Q=...come back"
Three's a charm or...bad things come in three's. It depends on how you
look at it when it comes to the Roanoke Express.
The team has won three straight, but the road gets tough again this
weekend when Roanoke plays Richmond, Hampton Roads and Raleigh.
SUPER=03-Roanoke/Knights vs. Express; :00
Behind the play of back up goalie Matt DelGuidice, the Express beat
Nashville last night 2 to 1 at the Round House. Juice turned away 29 shots in
the win and set the tone early with several big stops.
The Express offense got big goals from Jason Clarke and Ilaja Dubkov. Clarke
notched his 17th goal of the season, credit the assist to Karry Biette at the
12:47 mark of the first.
Dubkov scored his 10th goal on the season.
Coming up at six, we'll hear from former Martinsville high school
all-american and now head coach, Jeff Adkins. But, there's more news 7 at five
He takes a bite out of crime, now he's hoping to put the pigskin through
Sergeant Michael Volino has won a chance to kick a 35-yard field goal and
win a million dollars.
Volino gets his chance at the Pro-Bowl in Hawaii.
He admits he isn't a football player-- and he's happy just for the
IN Q=whether I
((SGT. MICHAEL VOLINO/FIELD GOAL KICKER: WHETHER I GET IT OR NOT, IT DOESN'T
REALLY MATTER TO ME AT THIS POINT. I'D LOVE TO HAVE IT, I'D LOVE TO MAKE THAT
KICK, BUT IT IS JUST A NICE THING TO DO, FOR THE TRIP, FOR THE EXPERIENCE. ))
SUPER=01-Sgt. Michael Volino/Field Goal Kicker;
OUT Q=THE EXPERIENCE.
He's enlisted the help of a Special Teams Coach from the New York Jets.
((KEN RHODES/JETS SPECIAL TEAMS COACH: HE NEEDS A LOTTA LUCK, NEEDS A LITTLE
PUSH FROM THE WIND AND EVERYTHING IN HIS FAVOR RIGHT NOW))
SUPER=01-Ken Rhodes/Jets Special Teams Coach;
OUT Q=RIGHT NOW.
While the Sergeant heads to Hawaii, he's giving up a chance to be promoted
to a Lieutenant on the police force.
Volino says he feels good about his decision to go to the Pro-Bowl.
(toss to robin)
(robin tosses to jean)
The political season is underway in Lynchburg, where city council candidates
are starting to jockey for position.
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Keith Humphry is in our newsroom with more.. Keith?
Jean, just one candidate has made his intentions official,SUPER=@Keith1;
but voters can expect a full ballot for the May elections.
A Republican sweep two years ago gave them six of the seven seats on
But that majority could be in jeopardy.
Democrats are hoping a glut of GOP candidates opens the door for them to
make some gains in May.
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We'll hear from both party chairmen tonight on News7 at Six.
(ad lib bye)