Up next on News at five-
The battle over hospitals in the New river valley takes a new twist- when a
memo turns up.
Will Roanoke County do away with curbside recycling?
Plus a key witness in the O-J Simpson trial is speaking at Virginia Tech.
Icing has been a moderate problem in the colder regions of our viewing
area, we'll look at the potential for slippery weather overnight coming up in
We'll also have the latest in medical news--
including a recap of Day Two in the two-million-dollar case against former
spine surgeon, Dr. Eric Korsh. (----------------)
Plus-- theories connecting the thyroid level in infants to mental
We'll have all the latest.
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((SKIP LAMB/RADFORD COMMUNITY HOSPITAL: THE COMMISSIONER WILL HAVE ALL OF THIS
INFORMATION AND HE'LL MAKE A DECISION.))
OUT Q=a decision.
The hospital war in the New River Valley has turned ugly, with the
appearance of an embarrassing memo.
GRAPHIC=news-7 at five
Good Evening this is NEWS-7 at FIVE, I'm Jean Jadhon.
The comment came from Radford Community Hospital CEO Skip Lamb.
The E-Mail memo was allegedly written by Montgomery Regional Hospital CEO
Gene Wright to his staff.
A state health department hearing officer calls the memo "offensive" and
The September 1995 memo became part of the public record today in Richmond
in the latest battle over who gets to build a new hospital.
The memo is the latest in the battle between Radford Community Hospital
and the Columbia/HCA team of Montgomery and Pulaski hospitals for patients
involved a petition drive by Radford Hospital.
The petition asks the state to allow Radford Community to a build new
Today's flap was over a memo allegedly from Montgomery Regional CEO Gene
Wright that offered 20 dollars to any employee who would rip down one of those
petitions and bring it to him.
Ellen Qualls has the latest from Richmond.
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OUT Q=QUALLS NEWS-7 RICHMOND.
(( Wright and Pulaski Community Hospital CEO Chris Dux had NO comment at the
Radford Community Hospital attorneys produced a signed affidavit from a
nursing instructor at Wytheville Community College, who'd seen the alleged memo
posted at the college.
The memo says the Radford hospital petitions are at various stores and
Quoting now, "I will give you 20- dollars for each original brought here to
The memo ends with the statement "This is a fight for future dominance."
Radford Community's attorneys asked for an immediate state investigation and
State hearing officer Raymond Perry says he has NO grounds to revoke
Montgomery Regional's license, but would like an explanation.
Raymond Perry says he'd like a letter of apology written to Radford
Montgomery Regional's attorney declined to explain the memo today, but told
Perry he understood why he was upset.
But the memo wasn't the focus of the hearing--
Today was the latest step in Radford's quest for a state certificate to
build its new replacement hospital. That plan has been scaled down some, but
appears on track. Ellen Qualls News-7 Richmond.))
More power is heading to the White House-
Congress passed a bill letting the President veto specific items in
President Clinton is expected to sign the line item veto into law.
Supporters say it'll mean leaner government.
Foes say it's unconstitutional.
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Meanwhile, a move in Congress to make one type of abortion illegal.
Congress approved a ban on late term partial birth abortions-
((REP. HELEN CHENOWETH/R-IDAHO: PARTIAL ABORTION IS ABSOLUTE MURDER, COLD
GRIZZLY AND PREMEDITATED.))
SUPER=01-Rep. Helen Chenoweth/(R) Idaho;
OUT Q=and premeditated."
Of the one a half million abortions a year, 450 are partial birth
procedures- chosen by some mothers who discover serious birth defects.
((TAMMY WATTS: OUR WHOLE GOAL WAS TO STOP HER SUFFERING. WE PUT OURSELVES AND
OUR EMOTIONS ASIDE THE BEST THAT WE COULD AND GAVE OUR DAUGHTER DEATH WITH
OUT Q=death with dignity."
While the ban passed Congress, President Clinton has promised to veto it.
Big changes are on the way for the Federal Aviation Administration.
The reorganization is designed to help the F-A-A cut through the red tape
and get things done.
IN Q=i want
((FEDERICO PENA/TRANSPORTATION SECRETARY: I WANT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE TO KNOW WE
ARE INCREASING SAFETY, MAKING FLYING MORE EFFICIENT AND SAVING MILLIONS OF YOUR
SUPER=01-Federico Pena/Transportation Secretary;
OUT Q=OF YOUR TAX DOLLARS.
They'll do that Pena says- by running more like a business-
In hopes the new rules will speed up the acquisition of new radar systems
and computers for air traffic controllers.
The FAA's been struggling to get the upgrades for ten years but has been
tied up in red tape.
GRAPHIC=tobacco under fire
Texas is the latest state to sue the nation's largest tobacco companies.
The Lone Star State wants to end advertising targeted at children and get
money back for treating tobacco related illnesses.
((DAN MORALES/TEXAS ATTORNEY GENERAL: THE PEOPLE OF TEXAS ARE SEEKING TO
RECOVER MORE THAN FOUR BILLION DOLLARS IN MEDICAID COSTS INCURRED DUE TO
CIGARETTES AND OTHER TOBACCO PRODUCTS.))
SUPER=01-Dan Morales/Texas Attorney General;
OUT Q=OTHER TOBACCO PRODUCTS."
The lawsuit alleges the tobacco industry engaged in illegal conduct.
Texas is the seventh state to file suit against the nations big tobacco
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Straight ahead--on NEWS-7 at FIVE-- Rejecting federal money for education
reform-- that was the subject being studied in Richmond today.
And with mandatory recycling in many jurisdictions, Roanoke County may be
bucking the trend--and trashing curbside recycling.
On Health Check--
The latest today, from the continuing medical negligence case against a
former Lewis Gale Clinic surgeon.
The Express ran out of steam in Charlotte last night--
Steve Mason has a recap and more sports in tonight's Two Minute Ticker--when
we come back.
Curbside recycling could soon be a thing of the past in Roanoke County.
Rather than expand a costly pilot project, the supervisors are considering a
plan that would sort refuse at the landfill or the trash transfer station.
Double Box=Jean & Joe
Joe Dashiell is in the newsroom tonight with more on the proposal.
Jean, the state has mandated that local governments divert waste from
so the county isn't about to abandon its recycling program, but members of the
board of supervisors do not believe curbside recycling is the answer.
IN Q=Currently only 10 percent
SUPER=03-Roanoke Co./File Tape; :00
OUT Q=at a little cheaper cost.
((Currently only 10 percent of the county's households have curbside
Faced with the cost of replacing worn out equipment, and expanding the
program county- wide, some of the supervisors believe there is a better
Sorting the trash once it reaches the trash transfer station or the
IN Q=They can actually just
((BOB JOHNSON/SUPERVISORS CHAIRMAN: THEY CAN ACTUALLY JUST DUMP IT AND SEPERATE
IT ON CONVEYOR BELTS AT THE FACE OF THE LANDFILL AND THEN PUT THE RECYCLABLES
BACK INTO THE TRAIN THAT COMES BACK EMPTY EVERY DAY. THAT WAY, WE'LL INCREASE
THE AMOUNT OF RECYCLING WE'RE DOING AND WE THINK AT A LITTLE CHEAPER COST.))
OUT Q=at a little cheaper cost.))
Of course, the Roanoke Valley has a regional landfill... and whether other
localities would go along with the idea is uncertain.
Double Box=Jean & Joe
Jean, the city of Roanoke now offers curbside recycling to 23- thousand
households or about two- thirds of those who have refuse service.
That number is due to expand next year.
School boards that may consider urging Governor Allen to accept federal
Goals 2000 money got a clear message today.
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((THE POINT IS I'M LOOKING RIGHT NOW AT AMENDING IT. IF I HAVE TO VETO IT AS A
LAST RESORT IT I WILL.))
OUT Q=I will.
That just minutes after the Allen- appointed majority on the State Board of
Education voted to urge a veto.
The General Assembly told Allen to request the Goals 2000 money if two-
thirds of local school boards wanted him to.
IN Q=One of the really
((DEL. JAY DEBOER: ONE OF THE REALLY FUNNY THINGS WHEN YOU GET AN
IDEALISTIC....DOES JUST THAT.))
SUPER=01-Del. Jay DeBoer/(D) Petersburg;
OUT Q=does just that.
Allen's opposed to accepting the money because he thinks it attaches to many
federal strings to state educators.
For all the controversy and negatives associated with the O-J Simpson trial,
the so- called "trial of the century" had a positive impact on the field of
So says Doctor Henry Lee, the forensic expert who testified for the defense.
Lee was at Virginia Tech today, to address some of the latest crime- solving
He says the Simpson trial raised awareness of the importance of evidence
such as fingerprinting and D-N-A, and has also led police to beef up forensic
((DR. HENRY LEE/FORENSIC SCIENTIST: THIS AWARENESS OF THE IMPORTANCE OF CRIME
SCENE PHYSICAL EVIDENCE IS SOMETHING SO INVALUABLE. UNLESS WE RECOGNIZE THIS
POTENTIAL EVIDENCE, DO OUR BEST, THEN THE CRIME GOING TO BE UNDETECTED AND
SUPER=01-Dr. Henry Lee/Forensic Scientist;
OUT Q=undetected and unsolved.
Lee says the Simpson trial's also led lawyers to better educate themselves
on forensics, in order to present clear testimony to jurors.
He says recent advancements include the use of lasers in fingerprinting and
detecting evidence, and computer models to develop crime-scene reasoning.
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Still to come-- the First Daughter is usually kept out of the public eye,
but this week Chelsea Clinton is spending her Spring Break with the First
Lady-- but they aren't hanging out at the beach.
On Health Check--
A new test to diagnose Alzheimer's Disease has been unveiled.
It may replace the need for a battery of lengthy, complicated processes--
looking for confirmation of the disease.
((DIAGNOSING ALZHEIMER'S DISEASE IS VERY DIFFICULT. IN FACT THE ESTIMATES OF
MISDIAGNOSIS HAVE RANGED HISTORICALLY FROM 15-TO-40 PERCENT. ))
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Dr. Eric Korsh, a former Lewis Gale surgeon, was back in court today-- in
day two of the medical malpractice case against him.
Pat Brunson of Floyd County is suing the spine surgeon for two-million
Today, both sides in the case presented expert witnesses-- spine
specialists, commenting on Brunson's case.
SUPER=03-Floyd Co./1995; :
Brunson himself testified, responding to videotapes the defense hired a
Richmond investigator to make-- in which Brunson is seen working on his
property-- riding a horse, and working a tractor.
Brunson says he was told he'd be pain-free following bone fusion
surgery...but since the operation, and especially since the tapes were
made...he's much worse off.
About 50 complaints have been filed against Korsh, but several have already
Researchers say they've found the first-ever test to diagnose Alzheimer's
It may replace the painstaking process of laboratory tests and brain scans
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((DR. ALLEN ROSES/DUKE UNIVERSITY :FOR THE FIRST TIME WE HAVE THE ABILITY TO
HELP MAKE THE DIAGNOSIS RATHER THAN SIMPLY RULING OUT OTHER DIAGNOSIS. ))
SUPER=01-Dr. Allen Roses/Duke University; :04 quick
OUT Q=other diagnosis.
****CONNIE AUDIO ON CART*****
The 495-dollar test has two parts.
First doctors take a blood test which must show the patient has a genetic
marker for Alzheimer's.
Then, doctors take spinal fluid to look for two proteins associated with
the damage caused by alzheimers.
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((DR. DENNIS SELKOE/BRIGHAM & WOMEN'S HOSPITAL: EACH TEST ON ITS OWN PROVIDES
SOME INFORMATION ABOUT THE LIKELIHOOD THAT YOU HAVE ALZHEIMER'S OR NOT. WHEN
YOU PUT THE THREE TOGETHER YOU HAVE MORE INFORMATION, THEREFORE GREATER
SUPER=01-Dr. Dennis Selkoe/Brigham & Women's Hospital; :02
OUT Q=greater accuracy.
The test won't predict who will get Alzheimer's-- it's only appropriate
when patients already have symptoms.
The new test is 95-percent accurate-- but only in cases where the patient
has the right genetic markers.
That means, in the end-- the test can only make a diagnosis in 60-percent
A new study finds unusually low levels of thyroid hormones in newborns may
slow their mental development and contribute to cerebral palsy.
It's normal for the thyroid level to fall somewhat after birth-- but the
latest study from Columbia University says it could be harmful if it's extreme.
Researchers say it's still unclear whether babies would benefit from hormone
replacement therapy, since the treatment itself might carry hazards.
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Nationwide, 12 million children suffer from mental disorders-- such as
depression-- bringing about feelings of sadness and despair.
That's the topic of a presentation tonight, sponsored by the Mental Health
Association of the Roanoke Valley.
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Dr. Mike Chiglinksy of Appalachian Counseling Services will speak about
"Adolescent Depression and Suicide."
The presentation will be held from 7-to-8:30 tonight, at the Jefferson
Center Training Theater in Roanoke.
You don't need reservations-- but there is a charge of five-dollars.
(3-shot toss with patrick)
(3-shot toss with patrick)
Stick around for more NEWS-7 at FIVE--
Some Giles High School students crooned a tune in the Big Apple on national
television this morning.
((OH WHAT A BEAUTIFUL DAY!))
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Time now to head into the sports office where we find Steve Mason, who has
some bad news for Roanoke Express fans.
Good afternoon everyone, welcome to your Thursday ticker. A gloomy day
outside...a gloomy night inside for the Roanoke Express.
Last night, Roanoke lost to the Charlotte Checkers 3 to nothing at
Independence Arena in game one of the ECHL playoffs.
SUPER=03-Charlotte/Express vs. Checkers; :00
The Checkers outshot the Express 35 to 26 and scored all three of the
goals on the power play.
Darrell Norin scored 2 of Charlotte's 3 goals on the night, all coming in
the second period.
Express goalie Matt DelGuidice was outplayed by veteran Nick Vetucci. But
Vitucci knows Roanoke can come right back.
((NICK VITUCCI/MADE 26 SAVES FOR CHARLOTTE:))
SUPER=01-Nick Vitucci/26 Saves for Charlotte; :00
OUT Q=...in the game"
Game two faces off Saturday again in Charlotte at 7:35.
Lots of action from both courts to talk about today. First on the asfault.
Steffi Graf has reached the finals of the Lipton Championships.
SUPER=03-Key Biscayne, FL/Today; :00
Graf needed only an hour and 6 minutes to reach the finals. She defeated
Linsay Davenport 6-4 and 6-4. Steffi did get some help though. Davenport made
32 unforced errors.
Graf has already won the tourney four times.
On to the other courts where Magic Johnson led his Los Angeles Lakers past
the Miami Heat last night 106 to 95.
Before tip off, Magic and former coach Pat Riley embraced as Riley handed the
forward a check for 20 grand for the Magic Johnson Foundation.
Irvin tallied 27 points on the night and made all 15 of his free throws to
beat his old coach.
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((PAT RILEY/HEAT HEAD COACH:))
((MAGIC JOHNSON/15 FOR 15 FROM THE LINE:))
SUPER=01-Pat Riley/Heat Head Coach; :00
SUPER=01-Magic Johnson/15-15 from the Line; :16
OUT Q=...play the game"
Coming up at 6, we will check in with three Australian athletes that are
making an impact on the Roanoke men's lacrosse team, a story I know our Jean
Jadhon can't wait to see.
They're used to performing in front of large audiences, but this crowd was
off the SCALE.
Members of the Giles High School Symphonic Chorale are in the New York area
for a choir competition.
Earlier today, they showcased their talents on "C- B- S This Morning."
IN Q=nat sound
Some of the students were interviewed by Mark Mckewan... and one of them
gave an impromptu solo performance.
IN Q=happy birthday
OUT Q=mark laughing.
After its early morning appearance, the group performed at the Lincoln
It hasn't been a week at the beach for Chelsea Clinton during her spring
break from school.
Usually the First Daughter stays out of the public eye, but she's on a
business trip with her Mom in Turkey--where she's been in the spotlight most of
Chelsea is visiting five countries in nine days...and it offers a rare
glimpse into the life of America's First Child.
The White House declines all interviews with the 16-year old--only
Hillary Rodham Clinton talks to the media.
((ALAN LICHTMAN/AMERICAN UNIVERSITY PROFESSOR: CHELSEA CLINTON GETS GREAT
PRESS BY THE WAY, SHE SEEMS TO BE A REALLY GOOD KID WHICH BY REFLECTION CASTS
BENEFIT ON HILLARY CLINTON.))
SUPER=01-Alan Lichtman/American University Professor;
OUT Q=Hillary Clinton.
Throughout her spring break, Chelsea has already rallied with U-S troops in
Bosnia, checked out ruins in Turkey, and met nuns and monks at the Turkish home
of the Virgin Mary.
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(patrick tosses to jean)
Halifax County's economic outlook just got brighter.
double boxes Jean/Keith
Here's Keith Humphry with details.
Kentucky Based Dollar General corporationSUPER=@Keith1;
is planning to make a 30-million dollar investment in Halifax County.
Governor Allen was there for the big announcement.
Dollar General plans to build a warehouse and distribution center at the
Halifax County-South Boston Industrial Park.
The move will create 500-jobs up front.
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Tonight on NEWS-7 Six, Teresa Hamilton will be here to tell us why Dollar
General chose Southside Virginia.
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