Up next on News 7 at Five-
One day after Roanoke Police officers fatally shoot a man- Joe Dashiell has
an update on the investigation.
A first in San Francisco- Gays and Lesbians exchange vows.
The real thing was all over the road today in Roanoke. Take a look at the
Light showers earlier may be followed by another batch tonight. Then cool,
windy weather through mid-week.
On Health Check-- one possible explanation as to how three University of
Virginia students came down with meningitis.
Plus, some sobering statistics on drunk driving.
A man is dead- from a Roanoke police officers gunfire. Was it justified?
That's the question being asked tonight.
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Good Evening this is NEWS-7 at FIVE, I'm Jean Jadhon.
The Roanoke woman who called police to report a domestic dispute and then
watched as officers killed her fiancee says the shooting was NOT justified.
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Joe Dashiell reports- an investigation of last night's shooting is
underway, to determine IF the officers used reasonable force.
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(roll Cue: "...aimed gun at the officers..")
IN Q=never pointed
SUPER=01-Billie Patton/Plunkett's Fiancee; :00
SUPER=03-Roanoke/Last Night; :15
OUT Q=come back the next day.
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(questions: What's the status of the two officers? )
A federal judge in Roanoke sentenced a former Amherst mayor to more than one
year in prison and a five-thousand dollar fine.
Roger Beidler was tried and convicted of money laundering in connection with
a drug and gambling ring in central Virginia.
Prosecutors say Beidler took more than 100- thousand dollars from ringleader
Wendell Wood, and invested it in a real estate development.
Beidler's attorney says his client still claims he's innocent.
IN Q=His faith in the
((JOHN PYLE/BEIDLER'S ATTORNEY: HIS FAITH IN THE AMERICAN JUSTICE SYSTEM IS A
LITTLE SHAKEN NOW. HE STANDS BY THE FACT HE DIDN'T KNOWINGLY DO ANYTHING WRONG.
AND THAT'S BEEN HIS POSITION, HIS CONSISTENT POSITION THROUGHOUT.))
SUPER=01-John Pyle/Beidler's Attorney;
OUT Q=consistent position throughout.
Beidler will serve 15 months in prison and two years probation.
He's scheduled to report to prison in a few weeks.
John Warner's fired off the latest shot in the battle for his political
He wants a lawsuit thrown out that may not allow DEMOCRATS to vote in the
June REBPUBLICAN primary for his Senate seat.
The lawsuit against Virginia's open primary law was filed earlier this
month- GOP party chairman Pat McSweeney and conservative Manassas Delegate Bob
Marshall filed it.
Warner picked the open primary because he's more popular among the
electorate at large than within his own party.
He says the lawsuit comes too close to the primary.
IN Q=It would
((SEN. JOHN WARNER/R-VA.: IT WOULD REQUIRE AT A MINIMUM ALL THREE MILLION
VIRGINIA VOTERS TO RE-REGISTER. CERTAINLY THE REPUBLICANS SEEKING TO
PARTICIPATE IN THE JUNE 11TH PRIMARY. YOU'RE CASTING ON STATE AUTHORITIES AN
ONEROUS BURDEN. YOU'RE INJECTING TREMENDOUS CONFUSION.))
Warner says he has the legal standing to join Virginia's Attorney General
challenging the lawsuit because he's quote "a United States Senator, not just
some stray dog."
An avalanche in New Hampshire claimed the lives of two hikers.
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Searchers spent seven hours Sunday working in dangerous conditions to dig
the two men out from up to eight feet of snow.
The victims were apparently swept 500 feet down the mountain by sliding
Authorities say a third hiker escaped being swept into the avalanche by
literally four or five steps.
None of the three signed in at base camp or checked avalanche conditions
before heading out.
Hikers and skiers are advised to stop at the camp to check the day's
Sunday's were rated high for the chance of an avalanche.
It may be the fifth day of spring, but it sure doesn't look that way in
parts of the Midwest.
Take a look at the blowing snow making travel difficult in Minnestoa.
It wasn't much easier for air travel- the storm caused delays which meant
long lines and stranded people.
SUPER=03-Sioux Falls, SD;
In Both North and South Dakota, a March blizzard is causing trouble- Up to
ten inches of snow fell in some areas.
Wind is leaving drifts up to six feet in some places and many stranded
The storm forced some schools to close and even shut down part of Interstate
94 in North Dakota.
toss to robin
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Straight ahead on NEWS-7 at FIVE, making money from Interstate 81.
That's a goal for some businessmen in the Commonwealth.
Plus it was a little tricky and sticky for one Coca-Cola truck driver, as he
experienced a soda plop. We'll explain.--
On Health Check-- have a cup for your health.
Of tea that is. We'll have the latest connection between tea and stroke
ALso coming up-- a first In San Francisco-
today a mass ceremony where gay and lesbian couples exchange vows-- The
story after this break.
The federal government will loan Carroll County most of the money it needs
for a new office and courthouse complex.
Congressman Rick Boucher announced two loans totalling nearly 13 million
Half is from the Rural Housing Service Guaranteed Loan fund, which is making
its largest loan ever in Virginia.
((TRAVIS JACKSON/RURAL DEVELOPMENT SPECIALIST: WITH THE SHRINKING FEDERAL
DOLLARS, WE HAVE TO SEE WHAT PROJECTS WILL BENEFIT THE MOST PEOPLE. AND THIS
FACILITY, OFFERING THE SERVICE AND THE TYPE OF SERVICES THAT IT WILL BE
OFFERING, IT IS A WELL- DESERVED PROJECT. ))
SUPER=01-Travis Jackson/Rural Development Specialist;
OUT Q=well-deserved project.
Site preparations are already under way.
When the complex opens in two years, it'll house all county offices and
court services under one roof.
The Carroll County Industrial Development Authority has committed half a
million dollars to the project.
In terms of economic development, one of the area's most marketable assets
is a long strip of land already built on: It's Interstate 81.
This morning experts from around the state talked about how western
Virginia's main highway can further business growth in the area.
But participants like J-M-U president Ron Carrier say before that can
happen, the state needs to upgrade the road.
IN Q=You know
((RON CARRIER/JAMES MADISON UNIV. PRESIDENT: YOU KNOW, WE'RE GONNA NEED A
BILLION-AND-A-HALF-DOLLARS FROM WINCHESTER TO BRISTOL TO FINISH THAT HIGHWAY TO
MAKE IT MORE EFFECTIVE AND MORE EFFICIENT.))
SUPER=01-Ron Carrier/James Madison Univ. President;
OUT Q=more efficient.
Carrier notes the area will compete with places like northern Virginia for
For example, he says a project in Fairfax County involving Dulles Airport
will need somewhere between five and six billion dollars.
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They needed BROOMS, not dollars on one of Roanoke's busier streets today.
At around noon, a Coca-Cola truck turning onto Colonial Avenue from Brandon
dumped part of its cargo right in front of the WDBJ building.
The driver of the truck says one of the compartments wasn't properly closed.
35 cases of glass Coke bottles hit the road. That's more than 800 bottles.
Nobody was hurt, but the glass did puncture the tires of a pickup truck that
came down Colonial Avenue right after the spill.
A day of exchanging vows for more than 200 gay and lesbian couples in San
They took part in a ceremony making them domestic partners.
SOT 15:16: 38
((TO BE MY LIFELONG PARTNER. TO BE MY LIFELONG PARTNER. TO LOVE AND TO CHERISH
FOREVER. I NOW PRONOUNCE YOU DOMESTIC PARTNERS.))
((RANDY WENDELIN: FOR ME IT'S A SYMBOLIC STATEMENT THAT LOVES MAKES A FAMILY,
NOTHING MORE. NOTHING LESS.))
SUPER=07-Randy Wendelin; :15!
OUT Q=NOTHING MORE. NOTHING LESS.
While the city recognizes the couples as domestic partners, same sex unions
are not recognized under California law.
State of the art teaching tools come to Forest, where Science Class is more
than just beakers and books.
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stocks bump next
Science Education has taken a giant leap at one Middle School.
DOUBLE BOX JEAN/PATRICK
Patrick Evans joins us from Forest as he gets a guided tour of the new
Patrick, what kind of technology strikes you as the most impressive there?
SUPER=01-Robbie Dooley/Science Teacher;
DOUBLE BOX PATRICK/ROBIN
(HAVE ROBIN ASK A QUESTION)
health music under
Don't go away, the Vatican addresses rumors that Pope John Paul the Second
may have colon cancer.
On Health Check-- in London, researchers say there's reason to
believe many men may start becoming sterile by the middle of the next century.
We'll explain this research into declining sperm counts.
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At the University of Virginia three students have been infected with
meningitis this school year.
The school's director of student health believes the bacteria could have
been spread while students were out for a drink.
Two of the three students infected consumed alcohol prior to becoming sick.
Meningitis is a rare but a SUPER=@File; :
potentially lethal disease that causes swelling in the brain and spinal cord.
While it's extremely dangerous, it's also treatable if it's caught in time.
A new study of men in the United Kingdom finds those born in the 1970's
have sperm counts up to 25-percent lower than those born in the 1950's.
British researchers-- offering the first evidence of a decline in semen
quality-- say if the sperm count keeps falling at its present rate, men will
start becoming sterile by the middle of the next century.
The new findings confirm international research suggesting sperm counts
have fallen by almost half since the late 1930's. The report may fuel the
controversy over claims that environmental chemicals are to blame.
IN Q=It's important
((DR. STEWART IRVINE/EDINBURGH UNIVERSITY: IT'S IMPORTANT THAT RESEARCH IN THIS
AREA DOES CONTINUE AND THAT THIS IS A POTENTIALLY VERY SIGNIFICANT CHANGE AND
IN IT'S MOST DRAMATIC SENSE THE FERTILITY OF THE NEXT GENERATION IS AT STAKE.
CLEARLY WE JUST CAN'T SAY THIS ISN'T A PROBLEM, LET'S NOT WORRY ABOUT IT. LET'S
CARRY ON WORKING. ))
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OUT Q=carry on working
American and British scientists have suggested that more than 30 man-made
and environmental chemicals-- present in paints, plastics, D-D-T and exhaust
fumes-- may be the culprit.
Some scientists believe the chemicals mimic the action of the female
hormone estrogen, and could be the root cause of falling sperm counts, defects
of the male genitals, and testicular cancer.
The study is published in the British Medical Journal.
In the same issue, French scientists report no decline in semen quality
from donors tested between 1977 and 1992.
If friends aren't supposed to let friends drive drunk, a new survey finds
many young adults must have some enemies.
The American Medical Association surveyed about 800 people between the ages
of 18 and 30.
Seven percent of the men say they often drive after drinking-- as do two
percent of the women.
40 percent of the respondents report drinking to levels that impair their
One in five turned out to be a binge drinker-- defined as five or more
drinks in one sitting for a man, or four or more by a female.
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If you're looking for a way to reduce your risk of stroke, start a kettle
A new study suggests heavy tea drinkers-- have a sharply reduced risk of
The experts theorize flavonoids may be the key.
They're the vitamin-like compounds that occur naturally in tea, fruits and
vegetables and make blood less prone to clotting.
The study is published in the "Archives of Internal Medicine."
The stage is set for the big dance-- with two Cindarella teams making it to
the Final four--
Steve Mason, has more on that and the play off scheduel for The Roanoke
Good afternoon everyone, welcome to the Monday ticker. We start on the
freezer floor where the Roanoke Express is preparing for the first round of the
The Express opens the post season against the team it wanted to play, the
Charlotte Checkers. Roanoke is 3-4 and 3 against Charlotte this season.
Here's how the playoff schedule shapes up.
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Game one with Charlotte is at Wednesday night at 7 OH 5.
Game two gets under way Saturday, again in Charlotte at 7:35 in the
The series returns to Roanoke for the third game next Tuesday, that's
April 2nd, at the Round House. Game time is 7pm.
Game four, if needed, will be in Roanoke next Thursday at 7pm. Game five
would go back to Charlotte next friday.
Lots of hoops to talk about! Ladies first. The Lady Cavaliers of Virginia
tipped off with Tennessee at 5 in the NCAA women's tournament East regional
Championship. UVa lost to the lady Vols earlier this season.
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The stage for the men's final four is set. Mississippi State will play
Syracuse in the first game. The Bulldogs arrived back in Starksville late last
night to a warm greeting.
Syracuse also arrived home last night. The Orangemen were welcomed by a
huge cheering section as well.
In the other final four contest; Umass meets Kentucky. The Minutemen handed
the Wildcats one of their two losses on the season this year.
((RICK PETINO/KENTUCKY COACH:))
SUPER=01-Rick Petino/Kentucky Head Coach; :00
OUT Q=...at stake"
SUPER=04-Major League Baseball;
One diamond note. Pitcher Rob Dibble is giving up baseball. He made the
announcement at the Chicago Cubs training camp in Arizona.
The 32 year old reliever was released this morning.
Lots more sports coming up at 6 including late Model stock car driver and
Lynchburg native Stacy Compton talks about going Winston Cup.
But don't go away; more news 7 at 5 to come.
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The Vatican is denying that Pope John Paul the Second has cancer.
This in response to a report in a Spanish newspaper.
A Jesuit priest wrote that John Paul is "seriously ill" with cancer, possibly
cancer of the colon.
The Vatican says the pontiff undergoes regular examinations and does not have
In 1992, the Pope had surgery to remove what the Vatican called a benign
Concerns about the pope's health rose again recently when he had a fever that
forced him to reduce his schedule.
He has since resumed his activities.
(toss to robin)
(robin tosses to jean)
Tired of the same old rat race... weather not warming up fast enough for
How 'bout just picking up your job and taking it to Hawaii?
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Here's Keith Humphry- -on how it can be done.
Well, Jean, I don't know that you and I could pull this off, but one local
Tropical trade winds help get Ken Sorenson to work every morning at the U-S
Attorney's Office in Honolulu.
He arranged to trade places with a fellow prosecutor in Hawaii. She's now
doing his job here in Roanoke.
On NEWS 7 at SIX, we'll meet them both,
find out what it's been like "trading places."
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