A new diet drug has gained FDA approval.
(Dex-fen-flura-mean) Dexfenfluramine is the first drug of its kind to
gain this type of approval in more than twenty years.
In studies it's shown to help people lose ten to fifteen percent of their
A local restaurant is opening in a not so new location.
There are some changes though, we'll tell you all about it.
SUPER=Los Angeles, CA;
And finally there is a little girl hoping to put one more smile in the
We'll have an update on her story.
Join us for all the news weather and sports on News 7 at eleven.
Just ahead on News 7 at 11--
a diet pill experts say can help obese people gets federal approval.
A shooting victim and his alleged attacker meet each other in a Pittsylvania
And what's in a smile? It's everything for a little girl from Los Angeles.
Stay with us--News Seven is next.
Americans are fat and getting fatter- with 50 percent more obese people in
the nation than one decade ago.
But now a breakthrough new diet drug could help millions.
As Jacqueline Adams reports- the drug is the first of its kind to gain
approval in 22 years.
SUPER=01-Rep. Sam Gejdenson/Connecticut; :19
SUPER=01-Dr. Richard Wurtman/Clinical Investigator; :42
SUPER=01-Dr. Mark Molliver/Johns Hopkins University; 1:14
OUT Q=standard outcue."
((Connecticut Representative Sam Gejdenson worried that a 30
pound weight gain..on top of his diabetes..constituted a serious health risk.
So he turned to the controversial appetite suppressant: dexfenfluramine.
In just one month, he lost half the extra weight....and has kept it off.
SAM GEJDENSON/CONNECTICUT: IT TAKES AWAY THE CRAVING. IT'S BASICALLY AS IF
THERE WERE A SWITCH IN YOUR BRAIN THAT SAID: I'M HUNGRY. I WANT FOOD. IT
SHUT THAT SWITCH OFF.
Today, finally, dexfenfluramine is available to all Americans. For the
first time in 23 years, the FDA has okayed a new, prescription drug to fight
obesity...not only to lose weight..but to keep it off.
DR. WURTMAN: THIS WILL BE THE FIRST TIME THE GOVT HAS ALLOWED A
DRUG TO BE USED FOR MAINTENANCE OF WEIGHT LOSS.
Dexfenfluramine helps patients lose, on average, 10 to 15%
of their body weight. In trials, the drug has been taken for a year or more.
It appears to be non-addictive and, doctors say,even after a patient stops
taking the drug, the weight seems to stay off.
For over 10 years, the drug has been available in Europe. But critics
say, at high doses, dexfenfluramine can be toxic. Critics say, it can cause
DR. MARK MOLLIVER/JOHNS HOPKINS UNIVERSITY: ONCE A DRUG IS
APPROVED AND ON THE MARKET, THERE IS NO WAY TO REGULATE HOW MUCH PEOPLE WILL
TAKE..OR EVEN HOW MUCH DOCTORS WILL PRESCRIBE.
JACQUELINE ADAMS CBS NEWS ))
The drug is due on the market this summer.
The 24 year old charged with killing two people in Pittsylvania County came
face to face today with the man whose testimony could put him behind bars.
Mark Anthony Carter is accused of killing (Sha-RELL) Sherrell Hairston and
her boyfriend, Darrell Womack.
The couple was found dead in the front seat of their car outside a vacant
store in the Sandy River community of Pittsylvania County.
27 year old Knova (KUH-NOVA) Day testified he was in the backseat when
Carter pulled out a gun and began shooting.
According to testimony, the murders happened during a drug deal.
Day was also seriously injured in the attack.
He says Carter shot and stabbed him repeatedly.
IN Q=I was
((KNOVA DAY/PROSECUTION WITNESS:I WAS RUNNING TOWARD THE BUSHES AND ACROSS THE
ROAD AND I RAN AS FAR AS I COULD AND I COLLAPSED. MY LEGS GAVE OUT ON ME, I WAS
LAYING THERE. A FEW SECONDS LATER I WAS SHOT IN THE HEAD. ))
SUPER=01-Knova Day/Prosecution Witness; :00
OUT Q=shot in the head.
After today's preliminary hearing, the judge forwarded the case to a grand
Scotty Overby doesn't deny he killed his estranged wife, but he says he's
not guilty of CAPITAL murder.
Overby's trial got under way this morning.
He's already pleaded guilty to defiling Sheila Ann Stafford's body and
faces up to five years in prison.
He admits he wrote racial slurs on her body, mutilated her with a knife,
and sexually assaulted her with objects such as jewelry and the handle of a
But his lawyers will argue because those events happened AFTER rather than
DURING the murder, it's not a capital offense warranting the death penalty.
They'll ask the jury to consider the lesser charges of first degree murder
The search is over tonight for a former C-I-A director missing from his
SUPER=03-La Plata, MD; quick
Rescue crews searched the water but did find William Colby-
His canoe was found upside down on shore- It's believed he drowned.
((RIGHT NOW WE ARE VIEWING IT AS AN ACCIDENT BUT I WOULD NOT RULE
OUT FOUL PLAY. YOU NEVER RULE THAT OUT UNTIL YOU LOCATE THE INDIVIDUAL AND GET
AN AUTOPSY DONE. ))
OUT Q=AN AUTOPSY DONE."
Neighbors say the water was rough Saturday night and not good for canoeing.
The 76 year old was CIA director under President's Nixon and Ford.
The search continues tomorrow.
An accidental drowning in Smith Mountain Lake yesterday claimed the life of
the grandson of Roanoke delegate Vic Thomas.
Three year old Cole Patrick Thomas was at his grandfather's home when he
apparently wandered into the nearby lake.
The boy's father discovered the child face-down in shallow water.
IN Q=After the boy
((INVEST. RICKY GARDNER/BEDFORD CO. SHERIFF'S DEPT.: AFTER THE BOY WAS PULLED
FROM THE LAKE, RESUSCITATION EFFORTS WERE PERFORMED BY THE PARENTS. LATER THERE
WAS A DOCTOR WHO LIVED IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD AND THE BOY WAS CARRIED TO THE
DOCTOR'S RESIDENCE AND THE DOCTOR ASSISTED IN THE RESUSCITATION.))
SUPER=01-Invest. Ricky Gardner/Bedford Co. Sheriff's Dept.; :00
OUT Q=in the resuscitation.
Gardner says about twenty minutes elapsed between the time the boy was last
seen and when his father found him in the water.
Cole Thomas died shortly after arriving at Bedford Memorial Hospital.
The investigation continues at V-M-I after the shooting death of a young boy
This weekend 10-year old John Pickral was accidentally shot by a V-M-I
while on the rifle range.
Pickral was struck in the chest by a bullet from a 3-80 Caliber pistol.
The coach, Jim Thorpe, was shot in the hand during the incident.
V-M-I officials say the pistol involved was Thorpe's personal handgun and
was not supposed to be fired on the range.
Witnesses to the shooting say Thorpe was showing someone the gun when it
IN Q=There will be an
((COL. MIKE STRICKLER/VMI SPOKESMAN: THERE WILL BE AN INVESTIGATION NOW AND
IT'S HEADED BY OUR POST POLICE HERE AT VMI AND WITH THE ASSISTANCE FROM THE
STATE POLICE. THERE'S A LAB REPORT THEY'RE DOING ON THE GUN.))
SUPER=01-Col. Mike Strickler/VMI Spokesman;
OUT Q=doing on the gun.
Pickral's funeral is Wednesday.
GRAPHIC=Roanoke City Seal
More money is needed for inner- city children, as well as for greenways.
And the idea of automated garbage collection is trashy to some-- but
treasured by others.
Those are just a few of the comments presented at tonight's hearing on the
1996-97 Roanoke City budget.
A plea was made for more federal money to go toward centers for special
IN Q=You all need to
((KAY HALE/WEST END CENTER: YOU ALL NEED TO SPEND MORE TIME IN OUR INNER-CITY
POCKETS, NOT JUST DURING ELECTION TIME, AND SEE UP CLOSE THE TREMENDOUS LACK OF
RESOURCES IN THESE AREAS, AND THE FUTURE OF OUR CITY. ))
SUPER=01-Kay Hale/West End Center;
OUT Q=future of our city
Meanwhile, Roanoke's consideration of automated trash collection was foul
to some-- who say it would cost too much.
But others believe the so-called one-armed bandits are a good alternative.
IN Q=It's big and it's
((CHARLES HANCOCK: IT'S BIG AND IT'S UGLY, BUT I'D PERFER TO SEE THAT OVER THE
TORN- UP BAGS OF GARBAGE STREWN ALL OVER THE YARDS. ))
OUT Q=all over the yards
And making Roanoke more biker-friendly was on the minds of a few speakers--
who say they want funding for a Greenways coordinator.
SS=Roanoke City Seal
City Council hosted tonight's meeting at the Roanoke Civic Center.
Wildfires are burning out of control in Arizona-
((NAT SOUND CHOPPER))
SUPER=03-Tonto Nat'l Forest, AZ;
OUT Q=NAT SOUND CHOPPER
Helicopters and planes are dropping a firefighting retardant on the blaze-
but so far that hasn't brought it under control.
12 thousand acres of Tonto National forest are blackened-
High wind and dry conditions are only fueling the fire.
wipe wipe wipe
wipe wipe wipe
SUPER=03-St. Louis, MO;
It is water and too much of it causing trouble in the Midwest.
Floods are forcing folks out of their homes from Missouri to Indiana.
Boats are the only way to get around- Flooding has washed out roads,
stranded cars and left a muddy mess.
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Still to come on News 7 at 11, firefighters in Roanoke and educators in
Lynchburg make their endorsements for city council today.
Some announcements may surprise you,
and a favorite local restaurant is making a move into a familiar area. We'll
give you all the details, coming up.
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MUSIC UP FULL
SUPER=#C-380; Weather Roll
Three Campbell County teens have been arrested in connection with a string
of vandalism in the Timberlake area last week.
Two 15-year olds and a 17 year- old face a total of 39 charges of
destruction of property and petty theft.
The teens allegedly vandalized dozens of newspaper boxes and cars, and
spray-painted hate slogans on several driveways.
Police say information from the community helped.
Authorities also expect to arrest two other teens for a separate vandalism
spree in the Concord area of Campbell county.
Arson heavily damaged a Lynchburg company early this morning but it did
not destroy the owner's resolve to stay in business.
The blaze at the Alco Vinyl Siding company was reported around one in the
Firefighters spent an hour containing the blaze which gutted most of
Authorities say the fire was deliberately set... They're looking for two
people seen running from the area just before the blaze was reported.
The owners of the business say they'll relocate temporarily just a few doors
away while they rebuild.
The fight to build Virginia's first parimutuel horse racing track is over
--seven and a half years after voters gave the go- ahead to the idea.
The Virginia Jockey Club announced today it's giving up its plan for a
northern Virginia track.
That opens the gate for the Ohio- based developer of Colonial Downs to
Colonial Downs is between Richmond and Williamsburg.
Jockey Club officials say they got a fair hearing from the Virginia Court of
Appeals last month -- and lost.
They say pursuing their legal battle over how the license to bring this kind
of horse racing to Virginia was handed out- would NO LONGER help the state's
One of the groups that helped elect Roanoke Mayor David Bowers in 1992
won't be on his team in next week's election.
Today, the Roanoke Fire Fighters Association announced that it will not
endorse Bowers or his opponent, Republican Pat Green.
IN Q=We interviewed
((RICHARD SARVER/ROANOKE FIREFIGHTERS ASSOCIATION: WE INTERVIEWED BOTH
CANDIDATES FOR MAYOR. WE WERE IMPRESSED WITH THEIR RESPONSES, BUT OUR
MEMBERSHIP ELECTED TO MAKE NO ENDORSEMENT FOR MAYOR. AND WE'D LIKE TO JUST
LEAVE IT LIKE THAT.))
SUPER=01-Richard Sarver/Roanoke Firefighters Association;
OUT Q=leave it like that.
Bowers says he believes the firefighters are unhappy with him for a vote on
a recent pay issue.
But he says he has enjoyed their support in the past and hopes to have it
again in the future.
Meanwhile, the Fire Fighters Association IS endorsing Nelson Harris, Alvin
Nash, Jim Trout and Linda Wyatt in next Tuesday's election.
GRAPHIC=Lynchburg City Seal
With education one of the top issues in Lynchburg's city council campaign,
Hill City educators say it's time they got involved in local politics.
The Lynchburg Education Association political action committee is backing
independents Pete Warren, Carl Hutcherson and Jim Curling.
PAC officials say these three candidates actively sought the committee's
IN Q=Now more than
((CAROL WRIGHT/L.E.A. PRESIDENT: NOW MORE THAN EVER IT IS IMPORTANT TO ELECT
CITY COUNCIL MEMBERS WHO WILL BE STEADFAST AND UNWAVERING IN THEIR SUPPORT FOR
EDUCATORS, PARENTS AND STUDENTS IN OUR SCHOOLS.))
((CARL HUTCHERSON/LYNCHBURG COUNCIL CANDIDATE: CITY COUNCIL SHOULD NOT ATTEMPT
TO MICRO-MANAGE THE SCHOOL BUDGET, WHEN HISTORICALLY THAT HAS BEEN THE
RESPONSIBILITY OF THE SCHOOL BOARD. TO THE COUNCIL MEMBERS WHO SEEM TO HAVE
COME AROUND TO THIS POSITION RECENTLY AFTER MONTHS OF CONTROVERSY, I CAN ONLY
SAY WELCOME ABOARD.))
SUPER=01-Carol Wright/L.E.A. President; :00
SUPER=01-Carl Hutcherson/Lynchburg Council Candidate; :11
OUT Q=welcome aboard.
City council and school board members have battled recently over the board's
request for a four percent increase in local school funding next year.
A vote on the school budget won't be taken until after city council
elections are held.
SOFT MUSIC UNDER
Stay with us--Up next on News 7 at 11--
What do furniture companies and expansions mean to Grayson and Smyth Counties?
Hundreds of new jobs.
and we'll tell you about a little girl who truly believes that a smile makes
all the difference.
Nearly 350 new jobs are coming to the Commonwealth over the next two and
Governor Allen today announced Scholle (Shol) Corporation will build a new
factory in Smyth County.
The international flexible packaging manufacturer expects to create as
many as 145 new positions.
Meanwhile, Congressman Rick Boucher says an Indiana furniture maker is
re-locating to the town of Fries (Freeze) in Grayson County.
English Furniture Industries is expected to bring more than 200 new jobs.
If you want to sit outside and dine in the Roanoke Valley, you'll soon have
a new option.
Famous Anthony's is opening yet another restaurant- called Famous Anthony's
It's leasing the space where the Crystal Spring Deli used to be in South
The restaurant will seat 50 inside and about 24 outside.
((PETE FILE/FAMOUS ANTHONY'S OWNER: I THINK THAT THIS IS JUST A LOVELY
NEIGHBORHOOD AND THE RESTAURANT SPACE BECAME AVAILABLE FOR RELEASE AND WE JUST
WANTED TO BE HERE.))
SUPER=01-Pete File/Famous Anthony's Owner;
OUT Q=wanted to be here.
The restaurant will serve breakfast lunch and dinner- like the other three
One change- this restaurant will serve wine.
((JEAN: ANY PLANS TO HAVE ANY ENTERTAINMENT AT NIGHT? PETE FILE: WE DON'T PLAN
ON HAVING ANY ENTERTAINMENT. I KNOW THEY HAVE HAD ENTERTAINMENT IN THE PAST,
BUT WE DON'T PLAN ON HAVING ENTERTAINMENT.))
OUT Q=ON HAVING ENTERTAINMENT."
File is renovating- new kitchen equipment is going in- and wallpaper is
The new Famous Anthony's is expected to open in about two weeks.
Bill Elliott's doctors talk about his lengthy surgery tonight.
Salem masters Northside in Soccer, Roy STanley takes a dip with an Olympic
swimmer from UVa, and the Hillcats get rocked.
And speaking of getting rocked, the Orioles and Rangers hooked up in another
slugfest tonight at Camden Yards with the O's coming back to win it 8 to 7.
Now your scores.
(/////SPORTS CHYRON MOTION/////)
SPORTS CHYRON MOTION
IN Q=FIRST SCORE
TAKE A BREAK
Bill Elliott is out of surgery and resting at the Health South medical center
in BIrmingham, Alabama.
Although, I dare say he is not resting comfortably.
SUPER=03-Birmingham, AL/Last Night; :00
Last night Elliott underwent a successful 2 hour operation to repair a broken
leg, that was fractured just below the hip.
IN Q="This area...
((DR. RICHARD SANDERS/ELLIOTT'S SURGEON:))
SUPER=01-Dr. Richard Sanders/Elliott's Surgeon; :00
OUT Q=... plate."
SUPER=03-Talladega, AL/Sunday - ESPN; :00
A team of surgeon's worked on the break, which is characterized as an
And for that reason it likely will be several months before Elliott drives
IN Q="You gotta...
((JAMES ANDREWS/ELLIOTT'S SURGEON:))
SUPER=01-James Andrews/Elliott's Surgeon; :00
OUT Q=...DISCHARGE HIM."
Elliott will likely be in the hospital for 7-10 days.
His streak of 395 straight races will now come to an end, with Tommy Kendall
replacing him at Sonoma this Sunday.
Ricky Craven was involved in a more spectacular crash on Sunday, but his
injury news is much better today.
Craven spent part of Sunday night in the intensive care unit at the Carraway
County medical center.
But after passing a battery of tests including a CAT scan, Craven walked out
of the hospital under his own power, leaving with nothing more than bruises and
a few scratches.
The Chrysler Corporation's debut year at Greensboro's stop on the PGA tour
was a huge success this past week, and now it appears it will become an even
SUPER=03-Greensboro, NC/Last Week; :00
Chrysler is now negotiating with the PGA Tour to establish a three tournament
bonus worth five million to any golfer who can win the Bob Hope Classic, the
Greensboro Classic, and another event to be named.
The event would be similar to NASCAR'S Winston MIllion, and horse racing
Triple Crown bonus program in that it would also award anyone who can win two
of the three.
The Lynchburg Hillcats had a n ugly run-in with a bunch of Warthogs last
night as Winston-Salem rocked the Cats 13-to-2 at CIty Stadium to open a four
game set in the Hill City.
SUPER=03-Lynchburg/Warthogs vs. Hillcats; :00
This game was decided in the first inning, as Dee Jenkins drills this shot
over the third baseman's head.
Decomba Conner scores on the play and it's 1-to-nothing.
The Warthogs would then close the inning with a grand slam as Steve Eddie
rockets one over the right center field fence and the Hogs lead by 5 after an
The Warthogs would keep piling it on as James Lofton grounds one through the
infield and drives in two more runs
Winston-Salem takes game one of the series 13-to-2. Game two tonight.
Northside and Salem hooked up in a a Blue Ridge District boys soccer match
tonight over on the Spartans home turf.
SUPER=03-Salem/Vikings vs. Spartans; :00
The Vikings lost to Salem 6-1 in the two school's first meeting so
Northside was looking for revenge.
But the ball would again roll Salem's way as the Spartans win 8-nothing.
Salem senior forward Gerald DeMasters accounted for 4 of the Spartans
goals. He takes advantage of a perfect crossing pass for his first goal.
It was 3-zip at the break. DeMasters made the count 5-nothing as he
escapes the Viking defense and scores.
After Chris Barba notched goal number 6, Brady Warr would break free
and put the rock home. With 22 minutes remaining , Salem led 7-zip.
DeMasters iced the win with his 4th, Salem improves to 8-2 overall and 6
and 1 in the district.
IN Q="We did...
((WALT BRAINE/SALEM HEAD SOCCER COACH:WE DID HAVE A FEW SHOTS ON GOAL AND WE
CONVERTED A NUMBER OF THOSE SHOTS. SOMETIMES IN THE PAST WE HAVEN'T BEEN
CONVERTING AS MUCH AS I WOULD LIKE BUT WE ACTUALLY CONVERTED A FEW TONIGHT.))
((THE FIRST TWO GOALS WERE JUST ONE TOUCHES ABOUT 6 YARDS OUT, PRETTY GOOD
ASSISTS. I JUST HAD TO TAP IT IN THE GOAL. THE OTHER TWO GOALS WERE JUST
DEFLECTIONS OFF THEIR DEFENSE.))
SUPER=01-Walt Braine/Salem Head Soccer Coach; :02
SUPER=01-Gerald DeMasters/Scored 4 Goals; :14
OUT Q=...off their defense"
Still to come tonight, the Virginia Cavaliers will be well represented at the
Summer Olympic games.
Roy Stanley will introduce us to Peter Wright, a UVa swimmer who'se in search
The University of Virginia will be well represented at the Summer Olympic
Games in Atlanta as no less than 13 current or former Cavaliers will take part
as as players, coaches or trainers.
Roy Stanley has the story of Virginia swimmer who has the "Wright" stuff to
bring a medal back to Charlottesville.
IN Q="Most athletes...
SUPER=01-Peter Wright/US Olympic Swimmer; :13
SUPER=01-Mark Bernardino/UVa Swim Coach; :53
OUT Q=......news 7 sports."
((Most athletes dream about competing in the olympics at an early age and
Wright started his dream in 1984 after watching the olympics on T-V at the age
(PETER WRIGHT/OLYMPIC SWIMMER: I REMEMBER WATCHING THE 800 METER FREESTYLE
RELAY, AND THE AMERICANS WIN, AND I THOUGHT IT WAS AN AMAZING THING. EVEN AS A
LITTLE KID I THOUGHT WOULDN'T THAT BE GREAT JUST TO BE THERE. SO THAT'S WHEN
THE DREAM STARTED.))
((Wright's dream came true last month in Indianapolis, Indiana when he finished
second in the 15-hundred meter freestyle competition.))
(NAT SOT: ))
((Mono and a broken arm all but wiped out Wright's senior season at U-V-A.
But instead of giving up he took a year off from school and started training
for the Olympic Trials.
Wright swims six miles in the morning grinding it out in the pool and six
more miles in the afternoon working on his speed.))
((MARK BERNARDINO/UVA SWIMMING COACH: HE ENJOYS THE MIND GAMES THAT GO ON I
THE LONGER SETS AND THE LONGER RE\ACES, AND THE LONGER THE RACE GETS, THE MORE
HIS BODY SEEMS TO ACCLIMATE TO THE SWIM, THE BETTER GROOOVE HE CAN PUT HIMSELF
IN AND THE FASTER HE'LL GET. HE JUST KEEPS GOING AND GOING AND GOING. ))
((WRIGHT: IF YOU HAVE GOALS AND ARE FOCUSED, THAT'S THE ONLY WAY YOU ARE GOING
TO GET THROUGH IT, AND THAT'S RIGHT NOW I COULDN'T HAVE ANY MORE REASON TO
SWIM. SWIMMING AT TH OLYMPIC GAMES IS A INCREDIBLE HONOR, AND I REALLY WANT TO
PERFORM WELL. SO ITS BEEN A LOT EASIER FOR ME THESE LAST COUPLE OF MONTHS TO
GET INTO THE WATER AND TRAIN HARD ))
((ROY STANDUP: MELANIE VOLARIO A FORMER UVA SWIMMER ALSO MADE THE US OLYMPIC
TEAM. SHE WILL COMPETE AS PART OF THE WOMEN'S 400 METER FREESTYLE RELAY TEAM.
IN CHARLOTTESVILLE, ROY STANLEY NEWS 7 SPORTS. ))
Remember the little girl who was having surgery so she could smile?
SUPER=03-Los Angeles, CA;
Well, today Chelsey Thomas's surgery is complete.
Doctors have been removing muscles and nerves from her legs and
transplanting them to her face.
It will take about six weeks to see if the nerve damage is corrected so
she can finally show off her smile.
IN Q=After six weeks
((AFTER SIX WEEKS WE CAN START LOOKING FOR THAT QUIVER THAT WE SAW LAST TIME,
AND THAT WAS SEVEN WEEKS AFTER SURGERY, SO WE LOOK FORWARD TO THAT.))
SUPER=01-Mrs. Thomas/Chelsey's Mother
OUT Q=forward to that.
Chelsey says she hopes she will be smiling in time for her eighth birthday
coming this June.