News-7 at FIve is next--
Federal agents arrest two leaders of a militia group who were allegedly
plotting to set off pipe bombs in Georgia.
A ceasefire is in the works in Israel.
And wedding bells for two of the gymnastic world's biggest stars.
The weekend outlook is a mix of clouds and sun with temperatures in the 60's.
On Health Check-- a new community education program in the region,
focusing on the importance of organ and tissue donations.
Federal Agents arrest two militia leaders in Georgia for allegedly plotting
to set off bombs.
But were the two targeting the Summer Olympic Games in Atlanta?
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Good Evening this is NEWS-7 at FIVE, I'm Jean Jadhon.
It's called the Georgia Republic Militia and it's at the center of an
alleged bomb plot.
Federal agents today arrested two militia leaders- Robert Starr and William
The two are thought to have about a dozen followers.
The justice department says the pair planned to assemble bombs this weekend
and hide them until "in his words- the day the war starts."
Stern says there's no allegation the plot targeted the Summer Olympic
He says the Olympics came up just once during the investigation when a
militia member allegedy warned they'd get blamed for any bombing at the
Criminal charges are filed against six people allegedly involved in a
controversial disaster drill at a Martinsville hospital.
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Teresa Hamilton has been tracking this latest development and joins us from
our Danville newsroom.
Jean, the charges stem from complaints filed by four emergency room nurses
at Memorial Hospital in Martinsville who say they were traumatized by what
happened January 25th.
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SUPER=01-Bob Morrison/Attorney; :51
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((BOB MORRISON/ATTORNEY:I'M DELIGHTED.))
Attorney Bob Morrison says he encouraged nurse Holly Posey to seek criminal
charges through a local magistrate after other agencies failed to investigate
The charges stem from a planned disaster drill designed to test the hospital
staff's ability to handle a "real" hostage situation.
The women apparently believe those involved went overboard.
The nurses say they were never warned that it was just a drill.
Those playing the role wore ski masks and displayed weapons.
All four nurses have sought counseling since the incident.
Of the six people charged, two are hospital employees.
Security Director Manuel Bledsoe, Junior was charged with aiding and
Security Guard John Wayne Cassell is facing the same charge as well as
brandishing a firearm.
((BOB MORRISON/ATTORNEY:SUDDENLY THIS IS NO LONGER A JOKE, WHICH IS APPARENTLY
THE WAY IT'S BEEN TREATED.))
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In a statement issued by the hospital, officials say they have every
confidence those charged were NOT engaged in any criminal conduct.
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(questions: What happens next?)
A ceasefire is in place between Israel and the Hezbollah guerillas-
but the fighting has not stopped- at least not yet.
A truce takes effect in just a few hours-
((WARREN CHRISTOPHER/SECRETARY OF STATE: NEGOTIATIONS TO ACHIEVE A
COMPREHENSIVE PEACE ARE THE ONLY WAY THAT THE PEOPLE OF ISRAEL AND LEBANON AND
SYRIA CAN ACHIEVE PEACE.))
SUPER=01-Warren Christopher/Secretary of State;
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The cease fire should bring an end to the 17 day miniwar in Southern Lebanon
and Northern Israel.
But a formal peace treaty is still a long way off.
A New York man is in satisfactory condition after flipping his car several
times on Route 460 in Bedford County.
Rescue crews spent a half an hour cutting the vehicle apart to get
James Sims out.
The 23 year old Buffalo man was airlifted to Roanoke Memorial Hospital--his
injuries are not life-threatening.
Police say Sims was west on 460 when he passed a car, ran off the right side
of the road, then swerved left and hit the median.
A state trooper in Botetourt County had ticketed Sims earlier in the morning
He's also facing reckless driving charges in connection with the accident.
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Straight ahead on NEWS-7 at FIVE--what does the Ford recall mean to local
car dealers and Ford owners?
Plus they were the talk of the Dove awards last night-- we'll tell you
about D-C Talk, the group that formed at Liberty University.
On Health Check-- a way to help parents deal with their grief-- after a
miscarriage, stillbirth, or the death of a baby.
A little later, Patrick is checking out the fun in Salem...
Tonight the Farmer's Market is transformed into an after hours party-- a live
report right around the corner.
Local Ford dealerships are ready for the onslaught.
Yesterday, the automaker announced a voluntary recall of more than
eight-million vehicles... because ignition switches might catch fire.
Dealers here say the problem will be easily corrected.
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((RONNIE ECHOLS/FRANKLIN FORD: THE REPAIR WILL BE DONE AT EACH FORD MERCURY
LINCOLN DEALERSHIP AND DEPENDING ON THE MODEL, IT LOOKS LIKE A LABOR OPERATION
IS GOING TO TAKE THIRTY TO FORTY- FIVE MINUTES. ))
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The models affected are 1988 through 90 Escorts...
1988 E- X- P's...
'88 through early '93 makes of the Mustang,
Tempo, Topaz and Thunderbird-- Cougar.
The voluntary recall also includes '88 and '89 models of the
Crown Victoria - Grand Marquis, and Lincoln Town Car as well as the 1988 to 91
models of the Aerostar.
And if you own a Bronco or an F- Series Light Truck built in 1988 through
1991, your vehicle is also affected.
Alleged alcohol violations and endangering conduct has led Radford
University to kick Chi Phi fraternity off campus until the Fall of 1998.
Chi Phi hosted one of two parties 18 year- old Valerie Cole attended the
night before she died of alcohol poisoning.
Earlier this week the other fraternity, Pi Kappa Phi lost its national
It will not be able to re-colonize at Radford for five years.
Virginia teachers hope their students will be able to capitalize on Goals
2000 money even though Governor Allen vetoed federal funding.
Delegates at the Virginia Education Association convention passed a
resolution today supporting an effort to by-pass the veto.
The legislation is proposed by Congressmen Rick Boucher and others.
It would allow local governments to apply for the federal funding even if
the state refuses.
Boucher says Virginia's educational goals already meet all the standards for
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((CONGRESSMAN RICK BOUCHER: THERE ARE NO STRINGS ATTACHED TO THIS MONEY AND I
THINK IT'S UNCONSCIONABLE THAT VIRGINIA WOULD TURN DOWN ALMOST SEVEN MILLION
DOLLARS THAT COULD BE USED FOR TEACHER SALARY IMPROVEMENTS, FOR EDUCATION
TECHNOLOGY IN SCHOOLS FOR EXPANDING COURSE OFFERINGS.))
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President Clinton is signing a bill today which will make 350-million
dollars available to schools under the Goals 2000 program.
This money will be available for the rest of the fiscal year.
It looks like the rain has stopped, and in Salem a party has just gotten
underway to end the workweek.
(Patrick ad lib)
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It's after Five, and that means time to PARTY, especially in Salem.
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Patrick Evans has the story from the Salem Farmer's Market, where the party
is already underway.
SUPER=01-Teri Atkins/Salem Parks and Rec.;
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Stick around for more NEWS-7 at Five--two champion gymnasts tie the knot..
On Health Check-- educating the public about organ and tissue donations--
before the need even arises.
That's the mission of a new alliance in the region.
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((AN ORGAN AND TISSUE DONOR CAN SAVE FIVE LIVES AND IMPROVE THE LIVES OF UP TO
A HUDNRED OTHER PEOPLE THROUGH EYE DONATION, THROUGH SKIN AND BONE DONATION, A
HEART VALVE. ))
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Today is ORgan Donor Day in Virginia.
The newly-formed Blue Ridge Alliance for Organ and Tissue Donation wants
something done about the continually increasing waiting list for organ
Right now, there are 45-thousand on the national list, waiting for a
And every day, seven people die in this country before an organ becomes
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SUPER=01-Tom Reed/Alliance for Organ & Tissue Donation; :00
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((TOM REED/BLUE RIDGE ALLIANCE FOR ORGAN AND TISSUE DONATION: DONATION IS LIFE.
THE FACT THAT AN ORGAN DONOR HAS DIED IS A TRAGIC OCCURRENCE, BUT THE FACT THAT
THESE PEOPLE CAN GIVE LIFE IS AMAZING. ))
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The Blue Ridge Alliance hopes to concentrate the community education
efforts from organizations all around the Alleghany and Roanoke Health
Together they hope to impress the importance of transplants-- before a
tragedy ever occurs.
A single donor can help 75 to 100 others with organs and tissue.
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((TOM REED/BLUE RIDGE ALLIANCE FOR ORGAN AND TISSUE DONATION: PEOPLE JUST DON'T
KNOW THEY ARE FACING A STRESSFUL TIME, THE WEIGHT OF THE WORLD HAS COME DOWN ON
THEIR SHOULDERS AND THEY DON'T KNOW AND NOT PREPARED TO MAKE DECISION THAT'S
WHY WE WANT TO ENCOURAGE PEOPLE TO TALK TO THEIR FAMILIES.THAT'S THE MAIN FOCUS
OF OUR NATIONAL CAMPAIGN RIGHT NOW. SHARE YOUR LIFE, CHOSE TO BECOME AN ORGAN
AND TISSUE DONOR.
SHARE YOUR DECISION EVEN MORE IMPORTANTLY, BECAUSE A SIGNED DONOR CARD OR
DRIVER'S LICENSE ISN'T ENOUGH.
YOUR FAMILY HAS TO STILL MAKE THAT DECISION. THEY HAVE TO UDNERSTAND WHAT IT
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This Alliance is the largest of it's kind on the local level in the U.S.
Dealing with a miscarriage, stillbirth, or any death of a baby is always
So Radford Community Hospital is inviting grieving families to its second
annual perinatal memorial service.
Tracy Altizer explains.
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SUPER=07-Laurie Coleman; :20
SUPER=01-Jonathan Webster/Hospital Chaplain; :44
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(( The miracle of childbirth is just that.
But sometimes things go terribly, painfully wrong.
Nine months ago, Laurie Coleman experienced all the joy when she gave
birth to her fourth child.
But it was an emotional and terrifying pregnancy.
John entered the world less than a year after Coleman's third child was
((LAURIE COLEMAN: AND WHEN THEY TOLD ME THEY SAW NO SIGNS OF FETAL HEART
ACTIVITY I WENT RIGHT THROUGH THE FLOOR. ))
((SIXTEEN HOURS OF LABOR AND EVERY PUSH FELT LIKE MY HEART WAS CRACKING.))
Besides dealing with her own and her family's grief, Coleman also faced
Radford Community's chaplain started the memorials to offer grieving
families support, and a way to legitimize their pain.
((JONATHAN WEBSTER/RCH CHAPLAIN: I THINK THEY'RE WELL-MEANING, WHEN THEY SAY
THAT YOU CAN ALWAYS HAVE ANOTHER BABY. BUT THEY CAN'T EVER REPLACE THE BABY
THAT THEY'VE LOST. SO WE NEED TO LET THOSE FOLKS KNOW THAT WE LOVE THEM AND
CARE ABOUT THEM, AND TO LET THEM KNOW THAT THEIR GRIEF IS SIGNIFICANT.))
((SO THE CHANCE TO STAND UP AND BE RECOGNIZED AND SAY "HEY, THIS WAS MY BABY
AND THIS BABY'S LIFE DID TOUCH ME IN A VERY PROFOUND WAY," IT WAS VERY, VERY
NICE TO HAVE THAT OPPORTUNITY.))
Coleman says baby John is living proof that the sun does shine again. She
encourages other grieving parents to attend the next service this Sunday at
four o-clock. Tracy Altizer, News 7.))
Marijuana these days is not what it used to be.
Experts on the subject tell the Senate that pot is much stronger today--
and parents need to warn their kids to stay away from it.
Former Health Secretary Joseph Califano also warns that the younger a child
starts experimenting with pot, the more likely they'll go on to harder drugs.
Tomorrow is "New River Valley Day" at the Science Museum of Western
The health fair is sponsored by the New River Health District to promote
awareness and education.
Among other things, the effort includes free blood pressure screening and
cholesterol testing for New River Valley residents.
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((DR. JODY HERSHEY/NEW RIVER HEALTH DISTRICT DIRECTOR: WE'RE TRYING TO PROMOTE
HEALTHY LIFESTYLES. WE'RE DOING A LONG TERM HEALTH AWARENESS HEALTH PROMOTION
EFFORT WITH THE SCIENCE MUSEUM WITH CONJUNCTION WITH THEIR BODY TECH AND WE'RE
TRYING TO EMPHASIZE HEALTHY LIVING- HEALTHY LIFESTYLES- PROMOTION OF HEALTH,
SUPER=01-Dr. Jody Hershey/New River Health District Director
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Those attending will have the opportunity to meet dizzy the dinosaur between
10 and five tomorrow.
Qualifying is wrapping up for the Winston Select 500-
Plus Steve Mason has some Roanoke College lacrosse highlights in tonight's
Good afternoon we start the Friday Ticker on the track where Winston Cup
drivers headed back to the superspeedway at Talladega for first round Busch
Pole qualifying for Sunday's Winston Select 500.
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The first car to qualify was the number 21 Wood Brothers Citgo Ford. Michael
Waltrip turned the 2.66 mile oval in about 51 seconds.
He did not stay on the pole long. Sterling marlin and the Kodak Chevrolet
held the pole through 9 cars with a speed of 191. 623 miles per hour.
Then, Jeremy Mayfield and the # 98 car knocked Sterling off the top
But Ernie Irvan and the Texaco Havoline Ford Thunderbird came along and
took the pole from Mayfield. The Drivers are still qualifying and we will have
the final results at 6.
A little closer to home, Roanoke College is hosting the women's Old
Dominion Athletic Conference lacrosse championship.
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The Lady Maroons took on Randolph Macon in the 12:30 game.
In the first half, Roanoke's Ali Oglesby with the behindthe back scoop
shot that finds the back of the net. 5-1 Noke. Olelsby leads the ODAC with
about 6 points a game.
Then, Gayle Avery notches the assist, giving to Lindsay Wernert who
bounces the shot past the Macon keeper for the tally.
This goal made the count 8 to 1 Lady Maroons, Roanoe led 9-1 at the half
and they advance to the Sunday's championship with a 15-5 win. The Lady Maroons
will meet Lynchburg in the title game.
In other local sports, Ferrum mens' basketball coach Bill Pullen has
resigned his post. Pullen has desisded to pursue a career in the insurance
One other college basketball note. UMass 6'11" center Marcus camby is
reportedly heaed for the NBA. The Boston Globe and the Boston Heral are saying
the junior will declare himself elegible for the draft.
Coming up at six, news from the Cosmo invitational track tournament and we
will check in on the Chance Crawford softball tourney. see ya then!!
In Nashville last night D-C Talk was all the talk at the Dove Awards, the
Christian music equivalent of the Grammies.
The alternative rock group formed while it's members were students at
It upset more middle of the road gospel acts to win ARTIST of the year from
the Gospel Music Association.
The trio's "Jesus Freak" single also won SONG of the year.
She is known for capturing perfect Ten's at the 1976 Olympics.
Gymnast Nadia Comaneci married her long time partner- American gymnast Bart
The two tied the knot in a state ceremony in Bucharest.
Nadia defected from Romania in 1989- She told the crowd she will never
forget where she came from.
Money, politicians and even royalty showed up at the wedding at Bucharest's
Nadia's wedding ranks as the biggest social occasion of the "New
Her performance as a 14-year old in Montreal was the first ever Perfect 10
score in Olympics gymnastics.
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(robin tosses to jean)
In the past year, 48- Virginia workers died while on the job.
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Today, they are being honored at a rally in front of the Martinsville
Keith Humphry joins us from the newsroom with more on that.
That's right, Jean.
Union members and labor activists are coming together for a Workers'
Memorial Day Rally.
Participants will honor employees who have been hurt or killed in the
The public is invited and encouraged to attend the ceremony.
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We'll have a live report from the rally-- plus all the rest of the day's
news, sports, and weather-- coming up on News 7 at 6.
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