Coming up next on News 7 at five-
It's a huge day for the Presidential primaries, so why not a huge turnout
at the polls? We'll have a story.
An apparent dog fighting ring is broken in Southside.
Plus some of your favorite snack foods may soon be made in Lynchburg.
Boy oh boy, the warm air really rushes into the region starting tomorrow.
Look for 60's plus lots of sun in this forecast package.
And the latest in medicine today-- with reports on recovering from
Plus-- a lesson in poison prevention.
And many cases of skin cancer are hereditary-- we'll look at the latest in
It's Super Tuesday, but so far NOT a super turnout at the polls.
GRAPHIC=news-7 at five
Good Evening this is NEWS-7 at Five, I'm Jean Jadhon.
One elections worker says the voting is the slowest she's ever seen.
That may be because the supsense is largely gone.
Bob Dole is expected to gain the Republican nomination.
But he's says it's not over til its over.
((SEN. BOB DOLE/R- PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE: I'VE BEEN IN THE SENATE FOR AWHILE.
YOU NEVER KNOW HOW THE VOTES ARE GONNA FINALLY TURN OUT UNTIL IT'S OVER.))
SUPER=01-Sen. Bob Dole/(R) Presidential Candidate;
OUT Q=until it's over."
Steve Forbes doesn't think it's over for him.
He campaigned today in Chicago.
((STEVE FORBES/R- PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE: THE REPUBLICAN PARTY ITSELF, I DON'T
THINK YET RECOGNIZES THE IMPORTANCE OF HAVING SOMETHING TO SAY TO THE AMERICAN
PEOPLE. RIGHT NOW THERE'S A LOT OF CALL FOR UNITY BUT UNITY FOR WHAT?))
SUPER=01-Steve Forbes/(R) Presidential Candidate;
OUT Q=but unity for what?
We'll have Super Tuesday results from all seven states through the night
and on News 7 at eleven.
Jurors in North Carolina have recommended a life prison sentence for the
convicted killer of basketball star Michael Jordan's father.
About 30-minutes ago they reached that decision.
Green was convicted February 29th of first-degree murder, armed robbery and
conspiracy to commit robbery in the death of James Jordan.
The same jury that convicted Green sentenced him.
The life sentence now goes to the judge, but generally in North Carolina
courts, the judge lets the jury's decision stand.
An emotional disruption late this afternoon on a Roanoke Circuit
Courtroom... as Michael Crump was convicted of first degree murder.
IN Q=I find beyond a reasonable doubt
Two of Crump's relatives were unable to contain themselves... and had to be
led away and the defendant was restrained while the judge finished pronouncing
OUT Q=(hold the shot until the perp is out the door to the cell
Crump was found guilty of killing Eric "Nike" Jones, at a house on Signal
Hill Avenue last fall.
An eyewitness testified in court today that Crump was the shooter.
Her Majesty Industries of South Carolina is putting 135 people in Pulaski
County out of work.
Her Majesty has acquired certain assets of Sparkle Sportswear, Incorporated,
including Diversified Apparel Resources of Pulaski.
Diversified is shutting down in May.
County administrator Joe Morgan says the building is prime for industry, and
the county will help shop it around.
((JOE MORGAN/PULASKI CO. ADMINISTRATOR: IT'S 80-SOME THOUSAND SQUARE FEET AND I
THINK IT CAN EMPLOY PEOPLE AGAIN. DIVERSIFIED IS THE THIRD COMPANY THAT'S BEEN
IN IT SINCE IT WAS BUILT AND WE LOOK FORWARD TO IT GOING TO A FOURTH
SUPER=01-Joe Morgan/Pulaski Co. Administrator;
OUT Q=a fourth ownership.
Meanwhile, two other apparel-makers in Pulaski County are EXPANDING.
Dublin Garment is hiring up to 40 sewing machine operators.
And Renfro Corporation is building a plant addition to make room for up to
400 new workers.
Sources say one of the world's largest snack food makers may come to
The sources indicate Frito Lay of Dallas may put a food processing plant in
the Hill City.
Frito Lay is a division of PepsiCo.
It makes well known favorites like Fritos, Doritos and Ruffles.
No one with the Lynchburg's economic development agency or Frito Lay would
comment on a possible plant location.
Last night News-7 reported that the new state budget includes a two million
dollar grant for Lynchburg.
The legislation says the grant is to lure a large employer investing over
Workers at a New Jersey plant are the latest to feel the effects of a
General Motors strike.
The Linden, New Jersey factory is the latest to shut down as a strike
continues at two Ohio Brake plants.
In all, 17 of G-M's 29 plants have stopped production because of a lack of
More than 60 thousand workers are off the job for now, because of the
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Straight ahead--the handwriting is on the wall for Cuba, as the President
signs new sanctions.
And an alleged dog fighting ring is broken up in the Southside-- Teresa
Hamilton has a live report.
On Health Check-- it turns out recovering from alcoholism is a lot like
getting over cancer.
The author of a new study into sobriety announces his findings.
The Roanoke Express continues its quest to move up in the standings before
Steve has a live report from the Roundhouse a little later on NEWS-7 at
GRAPHIC=welfare in va
In the fine lines of the two-year budget the General Assembly approved, is a
direct order to the Governor.
Lawmakers don't want Allen to turn the state's troubled welfare computer
system and child support enforcement computer system over to a private vendor.
Ellen Qualls is in our Richmond newsroom.
Why is the Assembly concerned, and is this budget measure an unusual way to
deal with it?
The lawmakers are concerned because this is confidential data that is
traditionally handled by a state agency.
And they've told the Allen Administration five times in the last several
weeks to stop until a State Police probe and legislative watchdog agency review
of mismanagement of the welfare computer system are complete.
A lobbyist for the social services community tells us this is the most "in
your face" budget item he's ever seen go to a Governor.
IN Q=It is an
((DEL. JAY DEBOER/D-PETERSBURG: IT IS AN EXTRAORDINARY MOVE...KNOW THAT
SUPER=01-Del. Jay DeBoer/(D) Petersburg;
OUT Q=something's wrong.
For his part, the Governor hasn't said what he intends to do with the budget
IN Q=We don't just
((WE DON'T A COMPUTER PROGRAM SIMPLY FOR CHILD SUPPORT ENFORCEMENT. YOU WANT A
COMPUTER THAT HAS THE CAPABILITIES OF HANDLING AFDC AND FOOD STAMPS AND
MEDICAID AS WELL. ))
OUT Q=Medicaid as well.
This budget language specifically says the state won't pay on any private
contracts the Allen Administration might award until it finds out more
The Governor could of course veto that budget line.
((Q&A: What is the State Police probe looking for?
Possible criminal wrongdoing in the purchasing of a lot of hardware that has
been deemed unusable in the long run in terms of getting all of welfare reform
and now child support enforcement automated.))
President Clinton approves harsh new sanctions against Cuba.
The measure would choke off foreign investment to Cuba.
It comes after the shooting down SUPER=04-Last Month;
of two U-S civilian planes over the Florida Straits.
((IT SENDS A STRONG MESSAGE TO THE CUBA GOVERNMENT. WE WILL NOT TOLERATE
ATTACKS ON UNITED STATES CITIZENS.))
OUT Q=United States Citizens."
Supporters say it is a significant step toward the ousting of Cuban leader
wipe wipe wipe
wipe wipe wipe
Meanwhile President Clinton is now en route to Egypt to take part in a
Other world leaders have already arrived, including Palestinian Authority
President Yassar Arafat, United Nations Security General Boutros Boutros Ghali
and French President Jacques Chirac.
Two men were arrested in Halifax County for animal cruelty after a deputy
overheard the moans of an injured dog.
Teresa Hamilton is in our Danville newsroom with more on the story.
Jean, when the men were arrested in late February authorities searched and
inventoried their vehicle.
That's when they found evidence of what could be considered professional dog
IN Q=This is the
SUPER=03-Halifax Co.; :02
SUPER=01-Dep. Lloyd Cobb/Halifax Co. Sheriff's Dept.; ::09 VERY QUICK!!
SUPER=@Oakes; :44 QUICK
OUT Q=severe felony.
IN Q=This is
((DEPUTY LLOYD COBB/HALIFAX CO. SHERIFF'S DEPT.: THIS IS THE ONE THAT WAS
OUT Q=that was hurt.
Deputy Lloyd Cobb who overheard the dog's cries.
He happened to be patrolling the parking lot of a local country store.
IN Q=It was
((DEPUTY LLOYD COBB/HALIFAX CO. SHERIFF'S DEPT.: IT WAS QUITE A BIT OF BLOOD ON
THE BOTTOM OF THE CAGE AND ON THE SIDE OF THE CAGE. ))
OUT Q=side of the cage.
Authorities discovered three more pit bulls in the truck, as well as other
Perhaps the most disturbing items were two videotapes-- where participants
could be heard wagering thousands of dollars on dog fighting.
Alan Samuels and Anthony Martinez were immediately arrested- NOT for dog
fighting-- but simply based on the condition of the one dog.
Sheriff Jeff Oakes says, if convicted the New York pair will spend little,
if any time, in jail.
IN Q=We need
((SHERIFF JEFF OAKES/HALIFAX CO. SHERIFF: WE NEED LEGISLATION THAT MAKES THIS A
FELONY, A SEVERE FELONY. ))
OUT Q=a severe felony.
Authorities also found a date book they believe contains names of contacts
associated with dog fighting.
double boxes jean/teresa
(question: What happens to the dogs?)
Even though the YWCA's Salem center closed after school care still
continues in that community...
(Patrick ad lib)
stocks bump next
The YWCA of Roanoke Valley closed its Salem Center, but after school
activities for grade-school students go on at a NEW location.
DOUBLE BOX JEAN/PATRICK
Patrick is checking out "The After School Connection" --it serves students
from Kindergarten through sixth grade.
SUPER=01-Harriet Lewis/After School Connection;
SUPER=01-Thomas Joice/First United Methodist Pastor;
(ROLL OVER INTERVIEW)
DOUBLE BOX PATRICK/ROBIN
health music under
Stick around for tonight's Two Minute Ticker-- Steve Mason is live at the
And on Health Check--
You've probably heard it before-- protect your skin when you're in the sun.
But the reality is, malignant melanoma is on the rise.
In many cases, it's not the sun that's to blame, it's inherited.
IN Q=Just really have
((JUST REALLY HAVE RESPECT FOR THE SUN.))
OUT Q=for the sun.
health bump next
The author of a new study on alcoholism says beating booze is similar to
recovering from cancer-- you have to be symptom-free for five years to be out
of danger of relapse.
Dr. George Vaillant at the Harvard School of Medicine studied more than 700
men who'd been recruited as healthy boys in the 1930's.
He found that relapse was rare after five years of sobriety.
But it was common after only two years of sobriety.
He says many researchers have measured recovery at six months.
Dr. Vaillant's findings are published in the American Medical
Association's "Archives of General Psychiatry."
With spring on the way-- it's not too early to talk about the dangers of
sun damage to your skin.
It's estimated more than ten-thousand people will die this year of skin
So the warnings-- to wear sun-screen or stay out of the sun-- are not to
be taken lightly.
IN Q=Most skin
SUPER=01-Dr. Hubert Greenway/Scripps Clinic; :03
SUPER=03-San Diego, CA; :37
SUPER=01-Dr. Nick Dracopoli/Sequana Therapeutics; 1:00
OUT Q=who is at risk.
IN Q=Most skin
((DR. HUBERT GREENWAY/SCRIPPS CLINIC: MOST SKIN CANCERS GROW FAIRLY SLOWLY,
ESPECIALLY THE BASAL CELL TYPE. BUT MELANOMA CAN DEVELOP FAIRLY FAST.
ABOUT HALF OF THE MELANOMAS WE SEE ARISE IN A MOLE THAT WAS THERE BEFORE HAND
AND THEN THAT MOLE CHANGES INTO A MELANOMA. THE OTHER HALF JUST DEVELOP ON
THEIR OWN. ))
OUT Q=on their own.
The most common forms of skin cancer include Basal Cell Carcinoma-- a small
fleshy bump found on the face or neck, and squamous cell carcinoma-- a red,
scaly patch on the face, neck or back.
Malignant melanoma is the deadliest form of skin cancer, and it's on the
Not all melanoma is caused by exposure to sun. About 10-percent of the
34-thousand people diagnosed yearly will have inherited it.
IN Q=About ten percent
((DR. NICK DRACOPOLI/SEQUANA THERAPEUTICS: ABOUT TEN-PERCENT OF PEOPLE WHO GET
MELANOMA BASICALLY GET IT BECAUSE IT'S A GENE THAT'S RUNNING IN THEIR
OUT Q=their families.
Researchers at this California lab have identified two genes believed to be
responsible for inherited melanoma.
It's hoped the discovery will lead to a better understanding of the disease
process, and eventually a treatment
IN Q=It means that
((DR. DRACOPOLI:IT MEANS THAT IN THOSE FAMILIES THAT HAVE THE GENE YOU CAN
ACTUALLY DO DIAGNOSTICS ON PEOPLE TO DETERMINE WHO IS AT RISK ))
OUT Q=at risk.
Still the best treatment for skin cancer to date is prevention.
A cloud is forming over the simulated sunlight theory-- which claims
man-made sunlight can help cure "seasonal affective disorder"-- or winter
blues-- when real sun isn't available.
Now though, scientists and researchers at Brown University are re-thinking
About a dozen companies sell faux- sunshine devices that cost hundreds of
According to the Wall Street Journal, the F-D-A is warning manufacturers
that it's illegal to make medical claims for the products.
The Hokies are on the way to the big dance.
Mike Stevens has a send-off in tonight's Two Minute Sports Ticker.
The Roanoke Express is just six games away from completing its 70 game
Tonight, the Express hosts the Johnstown Chiefs in Roanoke's final
NON-divisional game of the season.
MIKE & STEVE/DOUBLE BOX!!
Steve Mason is at the Round House with tonight's facts from the freezer!
Mike, this game is non divisional, but this Express team is as fired up for
this one as it's been for any. Why?
Because a win tonight moves Roanoke ahead of Hampton Roads into third place
in the East Division...away from Richmond as far as a first round playoff
The Express will play tonight WITHOUT captain Dave Stewart. Stewy's wrist is
still too sore.
Also, as we reported last night, Jason Clarke has been suspended by the ECHL
for 3 games.
Joining me to talk about that is fan favorite Jeff Jestadt.
SUPER=01-Jeff Jestadt/20 Goals & 24 Assists This Season; :00
( Jeff, first, how does the suspension of Clarke and playing without Stewy
affect you guys?
Let's hit on the positives. You guys have scored 12 goals in two games. Why
the scoring explosion?)
roll tape OVER SECOND ANSWER!!
The Express is one win away from setting the franchise record for home wins
in a season, so that's some more incentive for the team.
double boxes mike/steve
Mike, I'll see you again at six with a guy who is NEVER at a loss for words
the voice of the Express-- Tim Woodburn.
The Virginia Tech Hokies are on their way to Dallas, Texas at this hour.
SUPER=03-Roanoke/This Afternoon; :00
This afternoon the team bused to Roanoke and climbed aboard a Sun Country
chartered jet to take them to Reunion Arena.
The Hokies will practice from two to three tomorrow afternoon.
And head coach Bill Foster says no matter how Thursday's opening round game
with Wisconsin green Bay turns out, his team has had a marvelous season.
IN Q="It's been a great...
((BILL FOSTER/VA. TECH HEAD COACH:))
SUPER=01-Bill Foster/Va. Tech Head Coach; :00
OUT Q=...very good job."
Much more coming up at six.
Have a nice night everybody.
take a break
Close friends and relatives said their final goodbyes to comedian George
Burns today in California.
Burns was buried today in the same crypt as his wife and partner, Gracie
The comedian's manager said Burns knew the entrances and exits and last
Saturday he knew it was time to go.
A more public ceremony is expected in the next couple months.
Burns died at home at the age of 100.
(toss to robin)
(robin tosses to jean)
Residents in Highland County are not only celebrating the Maple Festival
this year but a 75-year old film as well.
In 19-21 Hollywood came to Highland County in the movie Tol'able
The story of how a young man saved his family from three renegades.
It was all shot in Blue Grass.
We spoke with two young ladies who were around when the movie was made...and
one even played a part.
Join Keith Humphry for their story in 30-mintues on NEWS_7 at SIX.