News-7 at FIVE is next--
a jury hears the taped testimony of President Clinton in the Whitewater case.
The largest known commercial child pornography operation in the U-S is
And why doesn't Julie Andrews want a Tony award?
A quick jump to summer, but it only lasts two more days. Forecast details
On Health Check-- we'll feature the events of Disability Awareness Day--
Plus, a twist to the old fashioned medical supply store.
Check out this Home Health SuperStore, changing the way patients shop for
President Clinton is on the electronic witness stand-
His videotaped testimony is playing for a jury this afternoon in the
GRAPHIC=news-7 at five
Good Evening this is NEWS-7 at FIVE, I'm Jean Jadhon.
On tape, President Clinton denies any wrongdoing- saying he had nothing to
do with any illegal loans.
SUPER=03-Little Rock, AK;
He's appearing as a witness for his former Arkansas business partners-
James and Susan McDougal- in their fraud conspiracy case.
So far it's the president's word against the star prosecution witness-
Former Banker David Hale.
Hale charges Clinton pressured him for a loan-
In response the President says "Any suggestion that I tried to get money
from him or put pressure on him is simply not true. It never happened."
The president also denied he ever borrowed any money from Madison Guaranty
Savings and Loan.
It was run by James McDougal and eventually failed.
The U-S Postal Service arrests 45 people nationwide on child pornography-
The sting involves 130 searches- including one in Riner.
U-S Postal officials say an elderly man there ordered a child porn
videotape- his home was searched- no other materials were found and he has not
yet been arrested.
The nationwide sting began when authorities shut down the largest known
commercial distributor of child pornography.
((KENNETH J. HUNTER/CHIEF POSTAL INSPECTOR: THE SAN DIEGO COMPANY DOING
BUSINESS AS OVERSEAS MAIL DISTRIBUTED VIDEOS DEPICTING CHILDREN AS YOUNG AS
SEVEN YEARS OF AGE ENGAGED IN VARIOUS SEX ACTS WITH CHILDREN AND ADULTS.))
SUPER=01-Kenneth J. Hunter/Chief Postal Inspector;
OUT Q=CHILDREN AND ADULTS."
Authorities took over part of the company and used it as a sting to get
customers' names and track them down.
A military helicopter crashed in Connecticut- today killing all four people
State police say the chopper was hovering at one end of a tarmac and looked
like it was in trouble before the crash.
((MINA FARRINGTON/WITNESS: IT WAS LIKE SAGGING. THE FRONT PART WAS UP. THE
BACK PART WAS DOWN AND THE NEXT THING I KNOW THE FRONT PROPELLERS CAME OFF AND
IT JUST LIKE SHATTERED INTO PIECES IN THE AIR AND IT JUST BLEW INTO A BIG BALL
OUT Q=BALL OF FIRE.
The Super Stallion chopper was on a test flight.
No word on what caused the crash.
Roanoke republican Jeff Artis is leaving the party, and he says bigotry is
Artis tells News 7 -- quote -- "I can no longer support a political party
whose most powerful faction does not support me as a candidate or respect me as
a black man."
IN Q=The Republican
SUPER=01-Jeff Artis/Former Council Candidate;
OUT Q=as equals.
He also called Ralph Smith-- the city's party chairman --homophobic and
Smith says Artis is entitled to his opinion, but that he does not understand
why he is being called a bigot.
Artis was recently defeated in Roanoke's city council elections.
The Suffolk Delegate fighting an indecent exposure charge turned himself in
to Richmond authorities for arrest today.
Robert Nelms pleaded NOT guilty to the February charge and was released on a
personal recognizance bond.
Richmond police bothered to set the record straight today that they were NOT
targeting the lawmaker for arrest.
IN Q=Byrd Park
((FRED RUSSELL/RICHMOND DEPUTY POLICE CHIEF: BYRD PARK IS AN AREA THAT WE
TRADITIONALLY WORK FAIRLY HEAVILY WITH OUR VICE UNITS. WE HAVE COMPLAINTS OVER
THE PAST YEARS, AND WITHIN THE LAST YEAR OF VICE TYPES OFFENSES, PUBLIC NUDITY,
SOLICITATION, PROSTITUTION KINDS OF THINGS.))
SUPER=01-Fred Russell/Richmond Deputy Police Chief;
OUT Q=of things.
Nelms is scheduled to face a jury June 18th.
His attorney says he may try to use the legislative immunity defense again.
That got the charge dropped after the first arrest.
ROBIN IN WX CENTER
((ROLL CUE: "Yesterday we saw cool rain in Virginia but it was another story in
Kentucky and Indiana."))
SUPER=03-Seymour, IN; :00
SUPER=03-Warsaw, KY; :15
ROBIN TOSS BACK
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Straight ahead--Floyd County school board members and a judge didn't find
anything funny about a bomb at Floyd County High School.
And why is Actress Julie Andrews pulling out of the running for a Tony
((FLATTERED AS I AM, AND HONORED TO BE ALSO NOMINATED, I HAVE TO SAY HOW DEEPLY
SAD I AM TO TO BE THE ONLY NOMINEE IN THIS EXTRAORDINARILY GIFTED
OUT Q=GIFTED COMPANY...APPLAUSE.
On Health Check-- researchers have a suggestion to improve the odds of a
The idea-- give patients a blanket-- apparently chilly operating room
temperatures often cause problems for the patient.
Patrick has an update on the Master Gardener program--
The state pulled funding for the program--a full report on Growin' It.
A judge finds two students guilty of felony charges for making a bomb and
detonating it at Floyd County High School.
The school board also expelled the students for 365 days, though they may
ask members to reconsider the decision in July.
The blast shattered a toilet and sent debris flying inside a boys locker
Other students were in the room at the time, but no one was hurt.
A judge will sentence the boys in June.
GRAPHIC=state police investigation
A state police report has cleared Christiansburg police officer Alicia Smith
in the shooting of a woman last month.
The incident happened at Old Farm Village-One apartments.
Police responded to a 9-1-1 call from a woman threatening suicide.
Officer Smith shot Stella Arcaro in the leg when Arcaro advanced toward her
with a gun.
Commonwealth's attorney Phil Keith said he supports Smith's actions, and
directed police to charge Arcaro with reckless handling of a firearm.
GRAPHIC=STAND FOR CHILDREN
Each day three children commit suicide, and every ten minutes 20 children
are born into poverty.
But these statistics are not being tolerated by some parents and educators.
Today the Roanoke Valley alliance and other organizations gathered at Huff
Lane Microvillage to announce the Stand for Children Day.
The rally at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington DC on June First will be a
day for families and children.
IN Q=sometimes we have to
((MELISSA HAYS-SMITH/BLUE RIDGE COMMUNITY SERVICES: SOMETIMES WE HAVE TO GET
PEOPLE'S ATTENTION AND I THINK THIS NATIONAL RALLY ON JUNE FIRST WILL CERTAINLY
GET PEOPLE'S ATTENTION.))
SUPER=01-Melissa Hays-Smith/Blue Ridge Community Services;
OUT Q=get people's attention.
Politicians are NOT invited to speak at the event.
Organizers hope the Stand For Children Day will remind parents to help raise
healthy and educated children.
IN Q=just look at our
((LATONIA WHORLEY/CHAIRMAN OF TOTAL ACTION AGAINST POVERTY: JUST LOOK AT OUR
CHILDREN AND SEE THAT THE CHILDREN DON'T NEED TO BE LEFT AT HOME OR LEFT WITH
THE BABYSITTER THEY REALLY NEED EDUCATION AND THEY REALLY NEED TO GET INSIDE
THE SCHOOL SYSTEM AND GET THE SOCIAL SKILLS.))
SUPER=01-Latonia Whorley/Total Action Against Poverty
OUT Q=get the social skills
TAP is coordinating buses to transport people to the Stand for Children
With news that the state has pulled funding for the Master Gardener
program, what does that mean for fellow green thumbs?
(patrick ad lib)
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Master Gardeners are a vital part of the Cooperative Extension's consumer
horticulture efforts, and the state is no longer funding the program.
GROWIN IT DOUBLE BOXES JEAN/PATRICK
Patrick Evans joins us from the Fishburn Rose Garden, a project that has
heavily involved the Master Gardeners, to tell us about the future of that
SUPER=01-Tony Payne/Master Gardner;
SUPER=01-John Arbogast/Roanoke Extension Agent;
GROWIN IT DOUBLE BOXES PATRICK/ROBIN
health music under
Stay with us--testing is underway at the Charlotte Motor Speedway, Mike has
details in tonight's Two Minute Ticker.
And on Health Check-- today is Disabilities Awareness Day-- we'll show you
how it's being commemorated.
Plus, check out this home health superstore.
It may soon be all the rage, as consumers take their health needs into
their own hands.
IN Q=You can come
((YOU CAN COME IN HERE AND SEE THE DIFFERENT THINGS, YOU CAN TRY
THEM, FEEL THEM AND IT'S A WONDERFUL EXPERIENCE.))
OUT Q=wonderful experience
health bump next
Organizers of Rising Expectations are hoping Awareness Day at Valley View
Mall puts to rest some of the stereotypes surrounding the disabled.
Organizations catering to the needs of the disabled were on hand to show the
services they offer.
The latest electronic equipment which may help make life a little easier was
also on display.
Organizers say this is a chance for the general public to learn more about
one segment of the American population.
IN Q=PEOPLE NEED TO
((CHRISTENE MONTGOMERY/RISING EXPECTATIONS AWARENESS DAY: PEOPLE NEED TO BE
MORE AWARE THAT PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES ARE REGULAR PEOPLE. I'M NOT ABLE TO
WALK, BUT MY BIGGEST DISABILITY IS PEOPLE NOT TREATING ME AS AN INDIVIDUAL.))
SUPER=01-Christene Montgomery/Rising Expectations Awareness Day; :00
OUT Q= nat sound
The day wasn't all business.
Dennis Helms provided a musical interlude.
Christine Montgomery says showcasing disabled entertainers broadens the
public view of the physically challenged.
GRAPHIC=Home Health Care
The way people buy home health care products may be changing.
For instance, take this new New Jersey super-store.
IN Q=That's the
SUPER=03-Springfield, NJ; :00
SUPER=01-Leora Douek/Customer; :21
SUPER=01-Joyce Greenberg/"Take Good Care" Chairman; :35
OUT Q=easy closures.
IN Q=That's the kind
((THAT'S THE KIND OF THING THAT I AM LOOKING FOR. ))
OUT Q=looking for.
At "Take Good Care," the mission is to provide a huge selection of
products in a bright, friendly environment.
For example, there are over 300 models of canes. Customers also have the
opportunity to test drive the equipment-- from motorized scooters to
IN Q=There's stuff
((LEORA DOUEK/CUSTOMER: THERE'S STUFF THAT I NEED THAT I HAVE NEVER BEEN ABLE
TO SEE AND TOUCH AND FEEL AND TRY, LIKE WHEN YOU TRY ON SHOES BEFORE YOU BUY
THEM. I THINK YOU SHOULD TRY WHEEL CHAIRS BEFORE YOU BUY IT.))
OUT Q=before you buy it.
butt butt butt butt
IN Q=So we might
((JOYCE GREENBERG/CHAIRMAN: SO WE MIGHT NEED A WALKER OR CANE OR SOME MOBILITY
AID, BUT AROUND THE NEED, YOU HAVE A LOTS OF WANTS THAT WON'T BE REIMBURSED,
LIKE A REACHER THAT WILL HELP YOU GET THINGS OFF THE SHELF, LIKE A DENIM SHIRT
THAT MAKES YOU LOOK LIKE EVERY JOE ON THE STREET, BUT IT HAS REALLY EASY
OUT Q=easy closures
Analysts say super-stores like this one may put pressure on the old-style
medical supply stores.
They may also erase the stigma of shopping for personal needs.
The company plans on opening another 300 "Take Good Care" shops across the
country-- by the year 2000.
The stores are not just for the infirmed, but also, for weekend warriors
looking for braces and bandages-- or even massage equipment, aromatherapy, or
A study in the New England Journal of Medicine reports some chilly
Apparently, cold air in operating rooms dramatically raises a patient's
risk of infection-- and also slows healing.
Typically, operating rooms are kept cool so surgeons in heavy gowns won't
sweat under the bright lights.
Making matters worse, anesthesia interferes with the body's ability to
regulate its own temperature.
The University of California researchers found the best solution is to
cover patients with a special air-warmed blanket. The cost: 30 dollars.
Baseball is making news on and off the diamond...today.
And Mike Stevens is in the know-- let's head into the sports office for the
Good afternoon everybody and welcome to the Thursday afternoon two minute
Let's get started today with a trip round the base paths and check on the
only afternoon game that is finished up in the big leagues.
SUPER=03-Milwaukee, WI; :00
To Milwaukee we go where the Brewers hosted and roasted the Boston Redsox.
Jose Valentin MIke Metheny and Turner Ward each drove in three runs with the
their lively lumber to key the Brewers 17-to-2 rout.
The Brewers pounded out 17 hits and picked up 10 walks as they posted their
highest run total of the year.
Off the field, the Butch Hobson saga has added another chapter today.
Hobson is the former Redsox manager who found in a Rhode Island hotel by
federal agents with 2 ounces of cocaine in his possession.
Hobson returned home to Mobile, Alabama on Monday morning saying he did have
the cocaine but it was sent to him unknowingly in an overnight mailing
Today the man who sent the envelope, Jerry Poe, Hobson's former high school
teammate, says that's news to him.
Poe says the package contained literature about landfills in the state of
SUPER=03-Salem/Cannons vs. Avalanche; :00
And the Salem Avalanche will be out to snap a three game losing streak
against Prince William.
Last night salem lost both ends of doubleheader to the Cannons falling
5-to-1 in the opener and 4-to-1 in the nightcap.
Nilson Robledo keyed the attack with this shot to right
that knocks in two runs.
Game time tonight at Salem Memorial is set for 7.
In racing news, the Kentucky Derby winner, Grindstone, has been retired to
SUPER=03-Louisville, KY/ABC; :00
after the horse's handlers found bone chips in his right knee on during
workouts this week.
This will mark the first time since 1985 the Derby winner has not pursued the
More horsepower in Charlotte this week as testing continues at CMS for the
upcoming Winston Select all-star race and the Coca-Cola 600.
That's Jeff Gordon in the geometrically painted Monte Carlo rolling around
the one and half mile track.
Rusty Wallace also turned some hotlaps this morning, although no one is sure
how much the testing helps since the races are run after sundown.
IN Q="you're trying...
((RUSTY WALLACE/DRIVER - PENSKE FORD:))
SUPER=01-Rusty Wallace/Penske Ford Driver; :00
OUT Q=...THE QUICKEST."
Most of the interest yesterday and today centered on the new Lincoln Mark 8,
John Andretti's team brought to the track.
The Lincoln is an experimental car that might replace the Thunderbird for
some teams on the circuit in the near future.
Much more coming up at six,
Have a great evening everybody.
take a break
Earlier this week we told you the nominees for the Tony awards.
Included in the bunch is Julie Andrews for her role on Broadway for
But Andrews does not want to be in the running.
Her nomination was the only one the entire show received.
Andrews says other members of the cast and crew were ignored in the
Yesterday afternoon the actress rejected the nomination.
((JULIE ANDREWS/ACTRESS: I HAVE SEARCHED MY CONSCIENCE AND MY HEART AND I
FIND THAT I CANNOT ACCEPT THIS NOMINATION AND PREFER TO STAND WITH THE
Andrews shocked the audience at the end of yesterday's matinee.
She has never won a Tony-- and despite pulling out of the running, Andrews
could still win.
Her name will remain on the ballot.
(toss to robin)
(ROBIN tosses to jean)
Ever wonder how authorities collect the smallest of evidence and learn so
much about a crime?
Jean/Keith double boxes
Keith is here to tell us it is getting a little easier.
Tonight on NEWS-7 at SIX, we'll check out forensic mapping--
It's a new system that
is now a part of the Roanoke County Police force.
The mapping can help magnify the finer details of a crime scene...and in this
business accuracy is everything.
The Moose Lodge donated the money for the system--
double boxes keith/jean
More on the story and the rest of the days news in 30-minutes on NEWS-7 at
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