Coming up next on News 7 at Five-
Water everywhere in part of Southwest Virginia- We'll have a live report on
Helicopters pluck pieces of ValuJet Flight 5-9-2 from the Florida
And this isn't a typical bungee jump. We'll show you.
Since the ground is so wet after the rains...flood watches are up. More rain
may be on the way Friday.
On Health Check--
Just how much should women be exercising?
The latest study says more than the government is recommending.
Plus Christopher Reeve is drumming up funding for spinal cord research.
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For the second time this year, Southwest Virginians are mopping up.
And a state of emergency in southern WEST Virginia, as flood waters rage.
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Good Evening this is News-7 at Five. I'm Jean Jadhon.
It is the second time in just four months- as parts of the New River Valley
were under water this morning.
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Tracy Altizer joins us from our New River Valley newsroom with more on the
Jean, lets go to Pulaski first.
Residents along Dora Highway say they've been after town council for years
to do something about their flooding problems.
This afternoon the waters have receded, but it's a sure bet tempers have
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SUPER=01-Brenda Warden/Flood Victim; :00
SUPER=01-Betty Steger/Pulaski Council Member; :23
SUPER=03-Giles Co.; :32
SUPER=01-Jeffery East/Flood Victim; :44
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((BRENDA WARDEN/FLOOD VICTIM: IT'S NASTY DOWN HERE AND WE'RE FRUSTRATED, WE'RE
VERY FRUSTRATED. ))
It's easy to see why. A good hard rain puts Dora Highway residents on the
alert for Peak Creek to jump its banks.
Town council has asked the Army Corps of Engineers for a feasibility study
on how to correct the problem. The town is also considering a state buyout
program to relocate affected residents.
((BETTY STEGER/PULASKI COUNCIL MEMBER: WE NEED TO HELP ALL OF THESE PEOPLE AND
WE ARE NOW ACTIVELY TRYING TO USE EVERY RESOURCE TO GET HELP IN. ))
Next door in Giles County, Wolf Creek was causing problems in the Narrows
But Jeffery East is breathing a sigh of relief. After losing a house to fire
two months ago, this time Mother Nature stopped at his front door.
((JEFFERY EAST/FLOOD VICTIM: IT DIDN'T GET IN EITHER ONE OF THE TRAILERS OR
ANYTHING LIKE THAT, EVERYTHING'S FINE. ))
Schools in Giles County let out two hours early this afternoon, just in case
there were any further problems.
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((QUESTION: Are things getting back to normal this afternoon? ))
Flooding in Bland County was just as bad- if not worse.
The town of Rocky Gap was hit especially hard.
Residents were evacuated around six this morning as water gushed through
their homes and vehicles.
This afternoon, many returned to salvage what was left and to survey the
No injuries were reported in Bland County, but officials say HELP is
available to anyone who needs it.
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((THEY CAN GET HELP. WE SET THE SHELTER UP AT ROCKY GAP HIGH SCHOOL. THE RED
CROSS IS INVOLVED, THE RESCUE SQUAD IS INVOLVED, OUR DEPARTMENT IS INVOLVED.
ANYBODY WHO NEEDS HELP JUST CALL THE BLAND SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT. ))
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Sheriff Cox estimates cleanup at two to three days- saying this is the worst
flooding Rocky Gap has ever seen.
Residents agree... saying the town rarely gets hit with flooding.
Even during the mammoth Flood of '85, Rocky Gap wasn't affected.
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Southern West Virginia is in a state of emergency because of flooding.
Governor Gaston (CAPE-erton) Caperton issued the declaration today for
The flooding killed at least one person, and forced nearly 600 people to
flee their homes.
Three inches of rain fell overnight causing streams and creeks to rise
over their banks this morning.
The chief of naval operations is dead.
57-year old Admiral Jeremy Boorda suffered a gunshot at his Washington Navy
Yard residence this afternoon.
Sources say the wound was self-inflicted.
But Navy officials won't confirm that.
Boorda became chief of naval operations in 1994.
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Helicopters lifted large pieces of the Valujet plane from the Florida
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Crews retrieved both engines and two tires, along with parts of the wing and
Investigators today also talked about the oxygen canisters the plane was
reportedly carrying- that cargo is considered hazardous material.
((GREG FEITH/NAT'L TRANSPORTATION SAFETY BD.: WHILE THERE IS SOME INFORMATION
THAT SAYS VALUJET DID NOT HAVE THE QUOTE AUTHORITY TO SHIP HAZARDOUS MATERIAL
THERE ARE PROVISIONS THAT ALLOWS VALUJET TO SHIP HAZARDOUS MATERIAL THAT IS
NECESSARY FOR COMPANY BUSINESS.))
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ValuJet's president is trying to stem speculation that oxygen canisters
caused an explosion or fire aboard the Flight.
Lewis Jordan says shipping tickets indicate the canisters were empty.
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Straight ahead--on NEWS-7 at FIVE-- a horrifying child neglect case is
discovered in Roanoke...
And soon Senator Bob Dole will be a full-time candidate.
He's already pounding the pavement on the campaign trail.
On Health Check, the latest study into sleep apnea, the condition that
causes a person to stop breathing during sleep-- research focuses on snoring
and weight gain.
Patrick is hanging baskets in downtown Roanoke.
He'll tell us all about the latest Valley Beautiful project, when NEWS-7 at
A 28- year- old Roanoke man is charged with child neglect and his three
children taken into custody following an inspection of their Harrison Avenue
Yesterday, police and Social Service workers entered the home.
They found two of the children wearing urine soaked pants and feces on the
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((CORRINE GOTT/SOCIAL SERVICES DIRECTOR: ))
SUPER=01-Corinne Gott/Social Services Director;
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The children, ages two, three, and five are now in the care of Social
The children's bedridden grandmother was also found in their home.
She was transported to Roanoke Memorial Hospital.
Police have also secured a warrant for the children's mother.
The names of those involved have not been released.
A Mexican migrant worker is pleading self defense in his trial on first
degree murder charges in Amherst.
Juan Jose O-cho-a (oh-CHO-uh) is accused of gunning down
(HAY-zoos) Jesus Mendoza in an Amherst trailer park in February.
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Witnesses say the shooting occurred after Ochoa confronted Mendoza that
night and accused him of stealing money and property.
Ochoa claims he acted in self defense when Mendoza and another man began
walking toward him.
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((GORDON POINDEXTER/DEFENSE ATTORNEY: THEY BOTH APPROACHED HIM AND CONFRONTED
HIM, AND THEY WERE CURSING HIM AS THEY CAME TOWARDS HIM, AND HE WAS AFRAID OF
SUPER=01-Gordon Poindexter/Defense Attorney; :00
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The prosecution maintains it was a cold-blooded killing, noting that Mendoza
was shot five times with an AK-47 assault rifle.
It was the first murder in the town of Amherst in nine years.
Bob Dole is on the campaign trail- rallying voters in Chicago.
((WE WANT BOB. WE WANT BOB.))
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It's Dole's first day of campaigning after announcing he's quitting the
((SEN. BOB DOLE/R-PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE: I WANT YOU TO KNOW THAT I WILL SOON
STAND BEFORE YOU AS I SAID YESTERDAY NOT AS A MAJORITY LEADER OR EVEN A UNITED
STATES SENATOR BUT SIMPLY A MAN WHO CARES DEEPLY ABOUT THIS COUNTRY.))
SUPER=01-Sen. Bob Dole/(R) Presidential Candidate;
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He told the crowd he wants to save the country from what he called the
weakness and stagnation of the Clinton Administration.
Many people say the Roanoke Valley is beautiful for a number of reasons, and
one group has taken steps to keep it all spruced up.
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Have you noticed the hanging baskets throughout Roanoke? They're courtesy
of Valley Beautiful.
But as Patrick Evans reports on Growin' It, the baskets aren't the only
thing Valley Beautiful contributes.
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SUPER=21-Patrick Evans; :00
SUPER=01-Lynn Davis/Valley Beautiful; :40
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The N-C-Double-A Women's Softball Tournament begins in Salem tonight.
Mike has a report in tonight's Ticker.
And on Health Check--
Christopher Reeve lobbies the (----------------)
Capitol-- in hopes of increasing funding for spinal cord research
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((FIVE YEARS AGO I WOULD HAVE DIED FROM MY ACCIDENT TODAY WITH YOUR HELP AND
THE HELP OF THE SENATE AND THE WHITE HOUSE I WILL WALK AGAIN AND SO WILL THE
OTHER 250-THOUSAND PEOPLE. ))
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Safety advocates have a message for parents-- cut the drawstrings off your
The latest warning comes after the death of two-year-old boy in Boston.
He choked to death yesterday when the string of his sweatshirt got caught
on the top of a slide in a park.
The Consumer Product Safety Commission has waged a two-year campaign
against drawstrings on clothing.
Between 1985 and 1995, the commission says it received reports of 17 deaths
and 42 incidents involving hood and waist drawstrings.
A warning to heart patients to be careful with digital cellular phones.
The first large-scale study on the subject shows the phones can cause
pacemakers to slow down, shut off or even speed up the heart rate.
The Mayo Clinic found cellular phones interfered with heart pacemakers in
more than half of the 975 patients tested.
The problem occurs most often when a digital phone's antenna is resting
directly over the pacemaker, and only rarely when a phone is held at the ear.
The advice-- don't carry a digital phone, turned on, in your breast pocket.
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Though it may take a respirator to help him speak, Christopher Reeve's
voice is being heard in Washington.
The actor is lobbying the capitol to increase funding for spinal cord
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((CHRISTOPHER REEVE/ACTOR: MANY PEOPLE DO NOT KNOW AND THEY SHOULD KNOW THAT A
CURE FOR SPINAL CORD INJURY IS NOW ATTAINABLE IF WE WERE TO INCREASE THE
FUNDING BY A MERE 40-MILLION DOLLARS PER YEAR OVER THE NEXT DECADE. THE CURE
COULD COME AS SOON AS FIVE TO SEVEN YEARS.))
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Reeve is also calling on the public to write Senator Arlen Specter on the
There's a coupon in the June edition of Good Housekeeping Magazine just for
Reeve met yesterday with President Clinton, who apparently has promised to
increase funding for spinal cord research by another ten-million dollars.
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It turns out when it comes to women and exercise, the more vigorous the
activity, the greater the benefit.
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SUPER=01-Paul Williams/Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory; :02
SUPER=01-Dr. Joann Manson/Brigham and Women's Center; :44
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((PAUL WILLIAMS/LAWRENCE BERKELEY NATIONAL LABORATORY: WE FOUND MUCH TO OUR
SURPRISE THAT THE INCREASES CONTINUED ON AN INCREMENTAL LEVEL ALL THE WAY TO 40
MILES A WEEK. ))
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The study, published in the New England Journal of Medicine, shows that the
more female runners exercised-- far exceeding the current government
recommendations-- the greater the health benefit.
Women who ran 40 miles a week had an increase in good cholesterol, a
45-percent reduced risk of dying from heart disease, as well as a decrease in
waist and hip sizes.
The Centers for Disease Control and the American College of Sports
Medicine endorse two miles of brisk walking a day.
But this study shows that for those wanting to do more, there's a big
pay-off as long as the benefits outweigh the risks.
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((DR. JOANN MANSON/BRIGHAM AND WOMEN'S HOSPITAL: MORE IS NOT NECESSARILY
BETTER ESPECIALLY FOR WOMEN. BECAUSE IN WOMEN, VIGOROUS PROLONGED EXERCISE HAS
BEEN ASSOCIATED WITH MENSTRUAL IRREGULARITIES, REPRODUCTIVE DISORDERS,
So the recommendation-- if you're sedentary, beginning a moderate exercise
program offers great benefits.
But, if you're already fit, even more exercise means even more benefits.
Snoring may make you gain weight.
Or gaining weight may make you snore.
There's long been a link between obesity and sleep apnea, the breathing
condition many snorers suffer.
But it's not clear which causes which.
The latest study suggests the sleep disorder causes weight gain, by making
sufferers so tired all day they don't feel like doing much -- except eating.
With sleep apnea, you briefly stop breathing during sleep.
The Division three softball championships are underway in Salem.
The ever busy Mike Stevens has news from those diamonds as well as the
Good afternoon everybody and welcome to the Thursday afternoon two minute
There is a lot going on in major league baseball this afternoon so, let's get
right to it.
For starters, David Justice has been placed on the 15-day disabled list by
the Atlanta Braves with a dislocated right shoulder. Club spokesman Jim Schultz
says the right fielder could
miss the rest of the season if he needs surgery.
A decision on whether or not Justice will need surgery will be made tomorrow.
If not, he'll miss at least four weeks of action.
Albert Belle has been told by the American League to get some counseling to
help his anger problem or face the reality of being suspended from the game.
This ruling comes after Belle threw a baseball at Sports Illustrated
photographer early in the season.
Also, Tony Phillips of the Whitesox
was questioned today by sheriff's officials in Milwaukee after he allegedly
confronted a fan in the stands after last night's game.
No word on whether any charges are being filed in the case.
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This afternoon, Phillips was scratched from the starting lineup as the Sox
took on the Brewers.
Milwaukee beat Chicago 3-to-2 thanks to a John Jaha homer in the eighth.
The NCAA Division three softball championship opened a few minutes ago
over at the Moyer Sports Complex in Salem.
Ithaca is playing Simpson and in the second game at 7-oclock Alleghany takes
on Wisconsin-Stevens Point.
Chapman the top seed in the tournament will play tomorrow afternoon.
The defending champion Panthers have a perfect 9 and 0 mark and have
outscored their opponents by a combined score of 30 to 3 with seven shutouts.
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((JANET LLOYD/CHAPMAN HEAD COACH: ))
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Trenton State is the only team in division three to have advanced to the
championship all 15 years of the tournament.
The Lions are seeded number two and will also play tomorrow.
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((SALLY MILLER/TRENTON STATE HEAD COACH: ))
SUPER=01-Sally Miller/Trenton State Head Coach; :
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Coming up tonight at six, Roy Stanley will have more on the softball, plus
NASCAR news from Charlotte concerning Stacy Compton and Morgan Shepherd.
See you then everybody. Have a nice evening.
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If you wanted to set the Bungee-Jumping record, first you'd need to find a
place with a lot of bouncing room.
Yesterday Swiss jumper (DID-yay VENG-ger) Didier Wenger did just that.
He started from a cable gondola-car high in the Swiss Alps.
That left him plenty of room to jump--
And then fall and fall and fall-- 300-meters, or more than 900-feet...
until that first big bounce at the end of the bungee-cord.
(toss to robin)
(ROBIN tosses to jean)
The tale of Pugsy the dog continues:
Tonight on News-7 at Six, the very latest.
Thanks to some leg work in Senator John Warner's office, Pugsy's official
owner has been located.
You may recall Pugsy ended up a stray in Roanoke--now he's wanted by his
owner stationed in West Germany.
But the question is, how's the dog going to get there.
Keith Humphry will provide some answers along with more news in 30-miniutes
tonight on NEWS-7 at SIX.
That's it for NEWS-7 at FIVE, goodnight.