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Remember when divers searched for a teen who was never really missing?
Now the teens who made up the story are facing charges.
A verdict is in- in the case agasint Dr. Jack Kevorkian.
And have you watched Wall Street lately. The dow drops dramtically today.
What surpises does the weather hold for the weekend?...one thing is
certain...temperatures will be fully 20 degrees below normal.
On Health Check--
The latest treatment for the millions of men suffering through prostate
Plus, airbags are supposed to save our lives, but one consumer group is
worried they may in some instances be deadly.
((THEY NEED TO SEE THE RESPONSIBILITY AND THE ERROR OF THEIR WAY. THEY NEED TO
ANSWER FOR WHAT THEY'VE DONE. ))
OUT Q=what they've done.
Two teenage girls who pulled a bridge- jumping hoax in Giles County WILL
face charges for the scheme.
Good afternoon, I'm Jean Jadhon.
Rescuers spent almost two days searching the icy waters of the New River for
a 14 year- old girl who, according to her friend, jumped off Commissary Hill
The girl was found alive and well.
Double Boxes=Jean and Tracy/Microwave
Tracy Altizer is here to tell us about the charges both will face.
Jean, Giles County authorities are seeking juvenile petitions charging the
teens with making a false report to summon rescue personnel.
But their stories still don't match.
IN Q=The investigator who
SUPER=01-Willie Lucas/Giles Co. Investigator; :12
OUT Q=2-day rescue operation.
(( The investigator who listened to the confession of the 14 year- old girl
believes her story that she was so upset over her problems and her parents
threat of reform school that she and a friend faked her suicide.
((WILLIE LUCAS/GILES CO. INVESTIGATOR: THE STORY THAT SHE HAS TOLD AUTHORITIES
ADDS UP, AND I HAVE SOME PHYSICAL EVIDENCE THAT WOULD SUBSTANTIATE HER STORY
Lucas says the girl hid at the home of her 16 year- old accomplice as
rescuers scoured the river for her body.
Lucas AND the girl's mother believe the 16 year- old still maintains her
friend really DID leap from the bridge to avoid being forced to pay the
estimated 10 thousand dollar cost of the two- day rescue operation.))
But THAT girl's mother says her daughter couldn't have faked her grief when
she thought her friend had died.
She says she kept a constant vigil on her daughter, and there's no way the
younger girl could've been holed up in their home.
Double Boxes=Jean and Tracy/Microwave
Jean QUESTION: What has happened to the girl's since the incident?
Abortion bills in this General Assembly session are flying fast and furious.
Almost as soon as we told you parental notification for minor abortions had
cleared an historic hurdle in the Senate last night, the House pulled an
The Delegates decided the bill the Senate squeezed out was NOT germane to
SOT 18:20:12 HOUSE LAST NIGHT
((DEL. TOM JACKSON/D-CARROLL CO.: WHAT WE'RE BASICALLY SAYING IS JUST PULL ONE
OUT FOLKS AND ADD WHAT YOU WANT TO IT AND IT'S OKAY. ))
SUPER=01-Del. Tom Jackson/(D) Hillsville;
OUT Q=it's okay.
Governor Allen sent down another bill from his third floor office.
IN Q=They seem to
((DEL. CHIP WOODRUM: THEY SEEM TO HAVE SOME KIND OF REFLEX MOTION UP THERE.
IT'S ALMOST LIKE PLAYING TENNIS OFF A BACKBOARD, JUST KIND OF BOUNCING THINGS
OUT. IT'S A LITTLE DIFFERENT THAN WHAT WE'RE USED TO.))
OUT Q=used to.
The Senate Education and Health Committee met again, and once again, killed
((OBVIOUSLY THE DEMOCRATS THAT ARE ON THIS COMMITTEE... LAST NIGHT.))
SUPER=01-Anne Kincaid/Governor's Staff;
OUT Q=last night.
Kincaid says another bill from the Governor's office will keep the issue
alive for now.
And delayed budget negotiations will now keep lawmakers in Richmond until
Sunday -- giving even more time to debate abortion.
A verdict in the case of Dr. Jack Kevorkian- A jury acquits him on charges
of assisted suicide.
Kevorkian was charged with assisting in the deaths of two terminally ill
people in 1993.
The trial focused on whether Kevorkian intended to kill the people or
simply relieve their suffering.
The jury deliberated nine hours over two days before reaching the
After the winter we've already experienced, another few inches of snow last
night did not seem to cause much of a stir.
Central Virginia saw anywhere from two to six inches of snow overnight but
by midday the primary roads were clear and dry.
V-DOT officials say this morning's sudden drop in temperatures did leave
them with a little bit of an ice problem.
SUPER=01-Tom Ramey/VDOT District Supervisor
OUT Q=on the secondaries.
Residents are still urged to use caution when travelling tonight as drifting
snow is causing problems in some areas.
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Straight ahead--a day of dramatic drops on Wall Street.
What had the Dow reeling--would you believe a GOOD economic report out of
Washington? We'll explain how it translated into negative news for the stock
On Health Check-- another update today on Carpal Tunnel Sydrome, and the
debate over whether patients in the state should get workers compensation
Also--man's best friend is in the spotlight in Salem this weekend.
Dog owners are getting ready to show off their prized pets. Ron Jones will
bring us a live report.
A hijacking of a Turkish Cypriot airplane with more than 100 people on
An airline official says the Boeing 727 was on its way to
Officials say the plane landed in Bulgaria and has taken off again- but
no word on where it's headed.
The passengers included Russians, Iranians, Bulgarians and
It's not immediately clear who the hijackers are.
President Clinton is heading to the Middle East next week- to help save
the Peace Process.
He'll take part in a terrorism summit in Egypt.
((WARREN CHRISTOPHER/SECRETARY OF STATE: THE FOCUS OF THE CAIRO CONFERENCE WILL
BE ON RESTORING THE PEACE PROCESS, CONDEMNING THE TERRORISM AND ORGANIZING AN
INTERNATIONAL EFFORT TO DEAL WITH THE TERRORISM.))
SUPER=01-Warren Christopher/Secretary of State;
OUT Q=WITH THE TERRORISM."
The President will join World leaders Wednesday. Russian President Boris
Yeltsin will also attend.
After the Summit, Clinton will fly to Israel where terrorist attacks have
killed 60 people in the past two weeks.
A Bedford County man who wants to run for Congress says big money
Republicans are making it impossible for the average citizen to compete.
Eric Thompson had planned to seek the GOP's 5th District nomination, but
can't afford the party's two thousand dollar fee to be a candidate.
SUPER=01-Eric Thompson/Fifth District Candidate; :00
OUT Q=out of the process.
Thompson says he'll still probably run as an independent for Democrat L.F.
He's confident he can collect the necessary 1300 signatures by June to get
his name on the ballot.
What's good news to some may be bad news to others--and that was certainly
evident on Wall Street today.
At the start of trading today the stock market plunged more than 100 points.
The drop followed the government's announcement that the unemployment rate
improved in February.
The lower jobless rate suggests there's no need to spur growth with lower
Analysts had been expecting the Federal Reserve Board to lower rates later
this month. Stocks stabilized somewhat at noontime but dropped sharply again
Things are really going to the dogs in Salem this weekend--and Ron Jones
will tell us all about it.
(Ron ad lib live)
stocks bump next
More than 120 dog owners and their favorite canines have converged on the
Salem Civic Center.
They come from all around the country.
Their mission: to take home top prize at the Dog Show this weekend.
Double Boxes=Jean and Ron/Microwave
Ron Jones is there and he joins us now with more.
SUPER=01-Jill Wright/Roanoke Kennel Club;
(Ron ad libs live interview)
VO-NAT Roll over Ron's 2nd question
(Ron ad libs)
Double Boxes=Robin and Ron/Microwave
(Ron ad libs live toss back to Robin)
health music under
Stay with us--still to come on News 7 at Five---March Madness marches
on--and the Roanoke College Maroons are right in the thick of it all. Mike
Stevens will have the latest.
And on Health Check--
We'll tell you about the latest new treatment for relieving the pain of
It's a clinical trial for a new microwave device-- and Duke Medical Center
is looking for patients to help try it out.
IN Q=It's done me
((IT'S DONE ME A GREAT DEAL OF GOOD AND I FEEL THAT I'M IMPROVING ALL THE
OUT Q=all the time.
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Congress is taking a second look at airbags in cars.
Though they are supposed to provide a cushion of safety, a lawsuit says
they can strike the fatal blow.
IN Q=The lawsuit
SUPER=01-Mark Oliver/Grandfather; :17
SUPER=01-Clarence Ditlow/Center for Auto Safety; :28
OUT Q=out of position child.
The lawsuit comes after the death last October of five year old Jordan
The impact of a passenger bag on West's head snapped his neck and killed
him-- after his grandmother ran into a parking lot planter going about 10 miles
IN Q=I truly
((MARK OLIVER/GRANDFATHER: I TRULY FEEL IF I HAD THIS INFORMATION PRIOR TO
JORDAN'S ACCIDENT HE'D STILL
BE ALIVE TODAY. ))
OUT Q=alive today.
General Motors and the airbag maker are not commenting on the suit-- but
auto safety experts are.
((CLARENCE DITLOW/CENTER FOR AUTO SAFETY: AIRBAGS ARE A VERY GOOD LIFE SAVING
TECHNOLOGY, BUT THEY SHOULD BE A PERFECT LIFE SAVING TECHNOLOGY. ))
Ditlow's Consumer Group wants automakers to start installing so-called
IN Q=What we
((WHAT WE SHOULD HAVE IS AN AIRBAG THAT DOESN T DEPLOY IF THERE S AN OUT OF
POSITION CHILD. ))
Jordan is one of 30-people who've been killed in accidents involving
airbags over the past five years...about half of them them children.
An emergency effort to make carpal tunnel syndrome and other repetitive
trauma injuries covered under workers compensation law in Virginia has died at
the hands of a Senate committee.
The emergency legislation followed last week's Supreme Court ruling against
carpal tunnel sufferer Claudia Jemmotte and two other plaintiffs.
IN Q=We're the
((DANNY LEBLANC: WE'RE THE ONLY STATE IN THE NATION THAT AS A RESULT OF
SOT first response
((CHUCK MIDKIFF: I THINK THERE'S A VICTORY ON EITHER SIDE...RUSHED THROUGH.))
SUPER=01-Danny LeBlanc/Va. AFL-CIO; :00
SUPER=01-Chuck Midkiff/Va. Manufacturer's Assoc.; :10
OUT Q=rushed through.
A number of workers comp related issues will now be studied for a year.
Up to eleven million men in this country suffer the effects of prostate
In its mild form the condition is annoying, but it can be debilitating for
Now, Duke Medical Center is looking for a few good men, to help test out a
new treatment for prostate enlargement-- technically known as Benign Prostate
Hyperplasia, or B-P-H. (/////SOT/////)
IN Q=In the past
SUPER=01-Dr. Glenn Preminger/Urologic Surgeon; :00
SUPER=03-Durham, NC; :31
SUPER=01-Silas Singleton/Patient; 1:07
OUT Q=prostatic enlargement
IN Q=In the past
((DR. GLENN PREMINGER/UROLOGIC SURGEON: IN THE PAST THE ONLY ALTERNATIVES THAT
WE'VE HAD HAVE BEEN STANDARD SURGERY OF THE PROSTATE WHERE WE WOULD LOOK UP
INSIDE THE PROSTATE AND TRIM OUT THE INSIDE OF THE GLAND AND THE OTHER OPTION
IS MEDICAL THERAPY, WHICH IS NON INVASIVE, BUT HAS THE DISADVANTAGE OF ONLY
AFFECTING ABOUT 30-40% OF THE INDIVIDUALS. ))
But Duke is now a test site for an alternative therapy-- using a microwave
device, known as the UROWAVE, to shrink the prostate.
IN Q=The idea of
((DR. PREMINGER: THE IDEA OF MICROWAVE THERAPY OF THE PROSTATE IS WE'RE ABLE TO
PASS A SMALL CATHETER UP INSIDE OF THE PROSTATE AND WE GENTLY WARM THE PROSTATE
TO A HIGH ENOUGH TEMPERATURE WHERE IT ACTUALLY CAUSES SHRINKAGE OF THE PROSTATE
OUT Q=prostate gland.
The microwave therapy is a relatively painless treatment done right in the
Silas Singleton is one of about 75 men in the country who've had the
procedure so far. He arrived at Duke in a state of desperation-- he was having
to use the bathroom once every hour-- all day and all night.
IN Q=I feel great
((SILAS SINGLETON/PATIENT: I FEEL GREAT. SINCE THEY DID THE UROWAVE AFTER THE
FIRST WEEK I STARTED NOT HAVING TO GO TO THE BATHROOM SO FREQUENTLY.))
OUT Q=so frequently.
And Duke is looking for men over age 60 with symptoms of prostate
enlargement to participate in this clinical trial.
If selected, they'll receive evaluation, treatment and follow-up sessions
at no charge.
IN Q=They should
((DR. PREMINGER: THEY SHOULD NOT HAVE HAD PREVIOUS SURGERY AND THEY SHOULD NOT
BE ON ANY MEDICATIONS TO "MANAGE"
THIS PROSTATIC ENLARGEMENT.))
If you'd like information on the clinical trial, call 1-800-456-4009.
This is a placebo controlled study, meaning not every man will actually
receive the treatment-- they'll only think they're getting it.
Those men will eventually receive the treatment though.
Becoming a participant would involve making about half a dozen trips to
Duke Medical Center.
March Madness continues tonight locally as Roanoke College prepares for the
Sweet 16 in the N-C-Double A Division Three tournament.
And a surprise driver wins the pole during qualifying today at Atlanta.
Here's Mike with the Friday Ticker.
Good afternoon everybody. Welcome to your weekend.
Many of you have been involved in March Madness all afternoon on your
hometown station as Maryland knocked off Duke and Ga. Tech beat NC State in the
Virginia plays wake tonight at seven, but closer to home, the NCAA Division
III mens basketball sectional is underway at Roanoke College at the Bast
Christopher Newport take on Washington University of Missouri at six.
The Maroons play Illinois Wesleyan in the 8pm game. Roanoke reached the
sweet 16 behind Junior guard Jason Bishop, who scored 59 points in Roanoke's
two NCAA opening round wins.
He's proven himself to be a solid college player despite weighing only 160
pounds and coming from Rye Cove, a school with an enrollment of just 219
IN Q="We worked...
((PAGE MOIR/ROANOKE HEAD COACH:))
SUPER=01-Page Moir/Roanoke Head Coach; :00
OUT Q=..."get some things done"
One other hoop note. The Liberty-Gate City boys state quarterfinal basketball
game at Rustburg was postponed tonight because of the half a foot of snow
Central Virginia received over night.
The game has been rescheduled for Monday night at 7.
First round Winston Cup qualifying is in the books in Hampton, Georgia and a
Pontiac grabbed the pole.
SUPER=03-Hampton, GA; :00
Rookie of the year candidate Johnny Benson shocked the field in a Pontiac by
taking the pole with a speed of 185 point 434 miles an hour.
Here's a look at the top 25 and a few who'll have to try again tomorrow.
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IN Q=FIRST SCORE
OUT Q=...LAST SCORE
Have a good weekend everybody, I'll see you at six.
take a break
Sightseers are flocking to the Romanian village of Majura to catch for
themselves a curious local phenomenon.
Cars with their engines switched off and nobody at the wheel, roll uphill.
The Romanian media is full of speculation about the cause.
All sorts of experts and scientists are getting involved.
The favorite explanation thus far is a strong source of magnetism in the
(toss to robin)
(robin tosses to jean)