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Up next on News 7 at Five-
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One of two girls accused of faking a bridge-jumping suicide attempt- speaks out.
What's going on at the gas pump? We'll have the latest on prices.
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Wx-Heads
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A cold front delivers plenty of rain this morning and now drops the temperatures a full 20-degrees from yesterday. Forecast details are coming up.

Medical-heads


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The F-D-A has approved dexfenfluramine--
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an obesity fighting prescription drug--
But researchers caution it isn't a magic potion... We'll hear the pros and cons tonight on Health Check.
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The two teens who lead emergency crews on a bogus search in frigid waters last winter- won't face any charges.
Tonight one of the girls speaks out.
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Good Evening this is NEWS-7 at FIVE, I'm Jean Jadhon.
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A judge in Giles County clears two teenage girls accused of faking a bridge-jumping suicide attempt.
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Tracy Altizer joins us from our New River Valley newsroom with more.
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Jean, investigators believed the story of the 14 year- old girl who was reported to have jumped, then admitted it was a lie.
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Today, we spoke with her 16 year- old friend who wants to remain anonymous.
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(( Rescuers risked their own lives searching the New River for a missing 14 year- old who reportedly jumped off Commissary Hill bridge.
When she did resurface, alive, she eventually admitted to police she never jumped at all.
But her 16 year- old friend says that's the real lie, that the girl did jump because she was afraid of being sent to reform school.
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((SHE SAID SHE'S NOT GONNA GET SENT OFF AND JUMPED OFF THE BRIDGE. ))
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The 14 year- old also told police she spent the next two days at her older friend's home, which the 16 year- old also denies.
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((SHE TOLD ME THAT SHE WAS ON THE RIVER FOR THOSE TWO DAYS. SHE ALSO TOLD MY MOTHER THAT. ))
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The 16 year-old has maintained her story from the start, and hopes that since a judge found her not guilty, others will too.
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((I JUST WANT TO FORGET ABOUT THIS WHOLE THING. I MEAN, IT'S TOO WEIRD AND I CAN'T EXPLAIN IT AND I DON'T THINK ANYONE ELSE CAN. ))
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The younger girl chose not to comment. The state's case was based solely on her story, but assistant prosecutor Barbara Taylor never called her to the witness stand.
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Taylor and Commonwealth's Attorney Garland Spangler did not return our calls.

5-Liberia


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Gunfire erupts in Liberia today- at least two and maybe three Liberian gunmen are dead.
The gunfight broke out at the U-S Embassy in Monrovia.
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The attacks follow the breakdown of a cease-fire in the Liberian capital.

5-Mid-East


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President Clinton and Israeli leader Shimon (PEAR-ez) Peres are promising to forge ahead toward peace-
The two signed an anti terrorism declaration today.
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Peres may meet tonight with Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat, who's also visiting Washington.
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5-Ok-Trial


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The defendants in the Oklahoma City Bombing case are trying to maximize their chances for acquittal or at the very least- avoid the death penalty.
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Defense attorneys say President Clinton spoke too soon when he said prosecutors would seek the death penalty.
Lawyers may argue that declaration came too early, too many people heard it- and it may have tainted the case and potential jury members.
The last execution in Colorado was in the late 60's.
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5-Halifax-Drugs


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A teacher and a school janitor in Halifax County were arrested on drug charges.
Both were picked up last night at a county park for possession of crack cocaine and pipes used to smoke the drug.
The teacher is 37-year old Dorothy Ferrell. The janitor: 40-year old Jerry Rags-dale. Both work at Halifax Elementary School.
Halifax school superintendent Kenneth Walker has not returned our calls.
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Straight ahead on NEWS-7 at Five-- it is off to prison for a former Christiansburg attorney--
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And here's something to pump you up... A leading analyst says gas prices may stop going up.
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Remember the girl who could not smile? Now she's on the road to recovery and hopefully close to her very first grin-- that story tonight on Health Check. Don't go away. cc sponsor

5-Gas-Prices


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The average price of gasoline went up five cents a gallon in the past two weeks alone.
But the end may be near.
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A leading oil analyst says gas prices MAY level off after a wave of hikes caused by rising demand and crude oil costs.
In some Midwestern cities, prices are unchanged or falling.
At the same time, the federal government appears anxious to help.
Republicans want to repeal a 1993 increase in the federal gas tax.
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Democrats want to see if the oil industry is gouging consumers.
This independent trucker wants lawmakers to stay out of it.
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((WAYNE DYKE/INDEPENDENT TRUCK DRIVER: I DON'T GET INTO POLITICS I DON'T EVEN CARE ABOUT POLITICS. I'LL BE HONEST WITH YA, SO THEY'RE ALL A BUNCH OF CROOKS IF YOU ASK ME. Just want them to go down? DYKE: RIGHT, RIGHT.))
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As of last week, gas prices across the U-S averaged a dollar-36 a gallon, for self serve unleaded regular.
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5-Lexington-Shooting


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The shooting coach at V-M-I tells police he thought the gun was empty when he shot a Lexington boy this weekend.
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V-M-I officials say shooting coach, Jim Thorpe, was finally interviewed last night concerning the shooting death of 10-year old John Pickral.
Thorpe told police he had just finished showing his pistol to someone at the range when he pointed it at his hand and pulled the trigger.
The bullet discharged going through Thorpe's hand-- and striking the boy in the chest.
The Commonwealth's attorney will review the case.
Pickral's funeral is tomorrow afternoon.
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5-Neely


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Ex-attorney Keith Neely has abandoned his fight to stay out of prison.
He's ready to report on Friday.
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His downfall may have begun around the time he started representing Olga Thrasher- the wife of a missing drug pilot.
Neely was ultimately convicted THREE YEARS AGO in a money-laundering and cocaine conspiracy.
He'll start serving his TEN-YEAR sentence this week, and expects to spend eight years-PLUS at the federal pen in Petersburg.
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The folks who built a new playground should earn a medal, in fact they probably did. Patrick Evans explains when NEWS-7 at FIVE returns. stocks bump next

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The Turning Point Shelter has improved its facilities, this time with a little help from the troops. DOUBLE BOX JEAN/PATRICK
A Boy Scout Troop, that is, and Patrick Evans has more from the newly constructed playground.
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Ahead in the newscast-- Mike has all the days sports in tonight's Two Minute Ticker.
On Health Check--a new center for Alzheimer's Disease patients is in the works for the Roanoke Valley-- plus some welcome news for people trying to lose weight.
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The F-D-A approves dexfenfluramine-- but is this the secret to success?
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Topping tonight's Health Check report-- the government gives the green light to the first new fat fighting drug of its kind in 22 years.
The Food and Drug Administration approval could affect the health and habits of millions of overweight Americans.
Jacqueline Adams has details.
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(( For the first time in 23 years, the FDA has approved a new, apparently non-addictive, prescription drug to fight obesity: dexfenfluramine. It's a drug Connecticut Representative Sam Gejdenson was able to get ahead of time to help battle a 30 pound weight gain.
In just one month, he lost half the extra weight....and has kept it off. REP. SAM GEJDENSON/D- 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.
Dexfenfluramine helps patients lose, on average, 10 to 15 percent of their body weight...but researchers warn it's no magic potion.
DR. CHARLES LUCAS/STUDY INVESTIGATOR: IT SHOULDN'T BE CONSIDERED A QUICK FIX, HOWEVER. IT SHOULD BE CONSIDERED ONE OF THE PIECES IN THE PUZZLE FOR MAINTAINING WEIGHT LOSS AND FOR PRODUCING WEIGHT LOSS.
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 nerve damage. 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. But dexfenfluramine's defenders counter that out of hundreds of thousands of Europeans, only a few developed serious side effects...and the more common ones, dry mouth and diarrhea, have tended to lessen with usage. Jacqueline Adams/Reporting: Studies show that Americans are fat..and getting fatter..what with 50 percent more obese people in this country now than a decade ago. Finally, though, they may have a major new weapon in their up to now losing battle... of the bulge. Jacquline Adams--CBS News-Boston.))

5-Diet-Pill


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Locally, there is interest in the news concerning dexfenfluramine.
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Bonny Lee with the Roanoke Center for Bariatric Medicine says laboratory tests are promising.
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((BONNY LEE/THE CENTER FOR BARIATRIC MEDICINE: THE STUDIES WE ARE AWARE OF HAVE ONLY BEEN DONE IN RATS AND MICE AND MONKEYS THEY WERE AT 30 TIMES THE HUMAN DOSE. THERE HAS NOT BEEN ANY NEUROTOXICITY THAT WE'RE AWARE OF IN HUMAN BEINGS THAT HAS BEEN DEMONSTRATED AT THIS POINT.))
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Lee also says the clinic will carry the drug as another option for obese patients.
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Lee says every drug carries a risk.
But sometimes the risk outweighs the dangers associated with being 20 to 30 percent overweight.
The drug could be availible as early as mid June.
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5-Richfield


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The Richfield Retirement Community in Roanoke County is preparing to build a new Alzheimer's Center.
The four-million dollar facility will have 100 beds, making it the largest center of its kind in western Virginia.
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The new building will go up alongside other Richfield facilities in western Roanoke County.
When the Alzheimer's Center opens late next year, it will employ about 100 people.
Construction should begin this fall.
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Richfield estimates that as many as 29-thousand people within a 100-mile radius of Roanoke suffer from Alzheimer's and related problems.

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A California girl who was unable to smile is now home-- Possibly just weeks away from her first grin.
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Seven year old Chelsey Thomas is recovering from surgery--
Half her smile was put in last December, the other half last week.
Chelsey was born with Mobius Syndrome a rare nerve paralysis of the face.
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Doctors transplanted a nerve from Chelsey's thigh to the right side of her face.
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5-Basketball


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Years of medical school weren't much help to some attending physicians and medical residents last night--when they were pitted against each other on the basketball court.
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It wasn't quite the N-B-A, but the teams tipped off for the Crockett Cup Basketball Challenge.
The residents beat the physicians 46-to-40, raising nearly 15-hundred-dollars for the Ronald McDonald House.
The House provides food, lodging and support to families of hospitalized patients.
Doctor Paul Dallas, a member of the medical staff at Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital says it started last year with a resident's challenge and then snowballed into this fundraiser.
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It will be a long road to recuperation for racecar driver Bill Elliot--
Mike Stevens has an update and some N-B-A playoff previews in tonight's Ticker.

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Good afternoon everybody and welcome to the Tuesday two minute sports ticker.
Bill Elliott began his rehabilitation today, but it will be long time before he is back in the saddle.
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Last night Elliott underwent a successful 2 hour operation to repair a broken left leg, that was fractured just below the hip.
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A team of surgeon's worked on the break, which is characterized as an unstable fracture.
And for that reason it likely will be several months before Elliott drives again.
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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.

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The 1996 NBA playoffs continue tonight with action in THREE different first round series.
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In Detroit, the Pistons hope to avoid elimination tonight as they host the Magic in game three.
Detroit needs a win to keep the Magic from sweeping the series, but in order to get a "W" they must first find some consistent offense.
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Also tonight the two time defending world champion Rockets will try to take a two games to one lead on the Los Angeles Lakers.
The teams split their first two games in L.A.
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Also, tonight the Seattle-Sacramento series resumes in California, while the Bulls and Heat get back together tomorrow.
Coming up at six, we'll hear from Magic Johnson, Phil Jackson, and Penny Hardaway.
Have a goodnight everybody. take a break

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High rollers got their first shot at high times last night in Las Vegas.
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If you are a roller coaster fanatic, then you may want to check out the Stratosphere Tower.
The hotel, casino-entertainment complex opened last night.
The Let it Ride High Roller is a roller coaster that circles a 12-story pod 909-feet above the ground.
Just above that is the Big Shot which propels riders up even higher and drops them bungie-style.
When complete, the 135-story tower will be the tallest building west of the Mississippi.
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We've had quite a stormy day, but this time the wet weather was no surprise to us.
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Keith Humphry is in the newsroom with an update on severe weather.
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The national weather service in Blacksburg
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is responsible for issuing severe weather warnings in this area.
We'll take a look at violent storms in the past year and see how some of the equipment tracked these storms.
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That story and more news of the day-- tonight on NEWS-7 at SIX--
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