Rain-swollen streams and creeks in West Virginia are responsible for one
death and have forced hundreds from their homes.
And a corporate jet made an emergency landing at Roanoke Regional Airport
this morning after experiencing engine problems.
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Don't go away, News 7 at Noon is next.
A rain soaked Southwest Virginia is experiencing flooding.
One of the hardest hit areas in terms of flooding is Bland County.
The situation is especially bad in the community of Rocky Gap--and that's
where Scott Prince is.
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rollcue: small town
Melanie question--Scott have shelters been set up?
The town of Pulaski spent the morning evacuating people in several
For residents along Dora Highway, evacuating has become almost second
This is the second time so far this year Peak Creek has flooded out their
Residents have begged town council to try to correct the problems, and say
now they're fed up.
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((BRENDA WARDEN/FLOOD VICTIM: ))
SUPER=01-Brenda Warden/Flood Victim;
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Residents in the Lottier and Kersey Bottom areas were also flooded this
Town council is asking the Army Corps of Engineers for a feasibility study
of corrective measures along Peak Creak. It's also considering a state buyout
program to relocate residents in affected areas.
And in West Virginia, rain-swollen streams and creeks are responsible for
one death and have forced hundreds of people from their homes today.
Up to three inches of rain fell in the region overnight causing major
One person died while while trying to drive through a creek.
Four hundred people were forced from their homes in Logan County and
thousands are without power in the southern part of the state.
GRAPHIC=Roanoke Regoinal Airport
A corporate jet returned to the Roanoke Regional Airport on one engine this
morning after a generator failed.
The twin engine airplane was about 50 miles northeast of Roanoke on its way
to Washington National Airport when the pilot reported the problem.
He shut down the left engine, returned to the airport and landed safely
shortly before eight o'clock.
GRAPHIC=Plane Crash Ivestigaion
Visible progress is being made this afternoon at the Florida crash site of
Valujet flight 5-92.
SUPER=03-Dade Co., FL;
The DC-9's engine parts and other wreckage were plucked from the murky water
of the everglades by a heavy lift helicopter.
Oxygen canisters that were being transported by the jet are being closely
looked at as the possible cause of the crash.
The Washington Post is reporting that the containers were mislabeled as
A special fire and explosion team joined the investigation today.
((THESE ARE FOLKS THAT ARE SPECIALIST IN HOW HAZAROUDSOUS... HO MUCH CAN BE
OUT Q=can be sent.
Saturday's crash killed 110.
The families of the victims prayed and cried yesterday in a memorial
at the site of the crash.
Today Searchers continue the grueling task of recovering the victims
remains, a job that could take two more weeks.
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Still to come on News 7 at Noon--
Bob Dole is wasting no time stepping up his presidential campaign, one day
after announcing he'll leave the Senate.
and a baby-sitter was the only one to survive a fire that engulfed a home in
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Fire swept through a Petersburg house yesterday, claiming five lives.
Four of the victims are children
ranging in age from one month to three years.
Their 70-year-old partially paralyzed great-grandfather was also killed.
A woman who was baby-sitting the children survived by jumping out of a
window. She suffered a broken leg.
Fire officials say the blaze
appears to be accidental.
Former Congressman Dan Rostenkowski has lost his political
power and could lose his freedom--
now comes word that he has prostate cancer.
Two Chicago papers report the diagnosis has resulted in a temporary
postponement of his 17 month prison sentence for mail fraud.
There's no word on how serious the cancer is at this stage.
Rostenkowski chaired the powerful House Ways and Means Committee before
being indicted in May 19-94.
One day after announcing he is quitting Congress, Bob Dole hits the
He will appear at a rally this afternoon in Chicago.
Dole says he's giving up his Senate seat to concentrate full time on his run
for the White House.
((SEN. BOB DOLE:MY TIME TO LEAVE OFFICE HAS COME... NO WHERE TO GO BUT THE
WHITE HOUSE OR HOME. ))
SUPER=01-Sen. Bob Dole/Majority Leader;
OUT Q=or home. (applause)
A C-B-S poll shows Dole is doing the right thing by focusing on the
60 percent of 670 people surveyed approve of his decision, while 30 percent
say he should have stayed in Congress.
But the poll also shows an uphill battle for Dole.
If the election were held today, 74 percent say they believe President
Clinton would win.
Actor Christopher Reeve is successfully campaigning for federal funds.
Yesterday, Reeve announced that President Clinton will budget ten million
dollars for spinal cord injury research.
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((CHRISTOPHER REEVE:MANY PEOPLE DO NOT KNOW THAT A CURE FOR SPINAL CORD INJURY
IS NOW ATTAINABLE IF WE WERE TO INCREASE FUNDING BY A MERE 40 MILLION DOLLARS A
YEAR OVER THE NEXT DECADE THE CURE COULD COME IN FIVE TO 7 YEARS. ))
OUT Q=five to 7 years.
Best known for his role as "Superman," Reeve was paralyzed from the neck
down after falling from his horse last May.
He has been devoting time since his recovery to lobbying Congress for
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When we return-
After a toddler's death, safety advocates are warning parents about the
dangers of drawstrings on clothing.
and making patients who are confined to beds and wheelchairs as comfortable as
We'll tell you about a new method being used at a Roanoke Nursing Center.
Safety advocates are pleading with parents to cut drawstrings off their
The latest warning comes
after the choking death yesterday of a two-year-old in Boston.
Officials say the boy chocked when the string of his sweatshirt got caught
on the top of a slide in a city park.
Between 1985 and 1995, the U-S Consumer Product Safety Commission has
received reports of 17 deaths involving hood and waist drawstrings.
Therapeutic Positioning is a way to make those confined to bed or a
wheelchair more comfortable.
As Connie Stevens reports from Burrell Nursing Center, all it takes is some
individualized modifications to the standard equipment-- to help patients
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SUPER=01-Karen Shields/Occupational Therapist; :53
OUT Q=C.S.News 7.
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The look of the supply closet here at Burrell Medical Center has changed
considerably over recent months.
There's a new variety of boards, cushions, slings, covers, and trays
all designed to improve the total well-being of patients.
Here's Velmer Hardy sitting in her OLD wheelchair-- she naturally leans--
putting all her weight on one hip.
Her feet are banged by the wheels, and the arm rests are too high for her.
Plus, the naugahyde backing of the chair is bowing, causing her head to hang--
she's basically swamped by the chair.
But the new equipment offers back support, better positioning and padding--
to diminish the effect on pressure points.
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((I'M RIGHT IN FRONT OF YOU TO HELP YOU AND I WANT YOU TO PUSH YOURSELF TO
STAND AND WE'RE GOING TO GET BACK IN YOUR CHAIR. ))
OUT Q=your chair.
IN Q=It has a lot to
((KAREN SHIELDS/OCCUPATIONAL THERAPIST: IT HAS A LOT TO DO WITH THEIR
PERFORMANCE, SELF CARE, GROOMING DRESSING AND FEEDING AND THEY ARE AT A BETTER
ANGLE, THEY HAVE LESS FORWARD HEAD FLEXION, THEY CAN SEE PEOPLE, THEY CAN SEE
WHAT'S GOING ON THE ENVIRONMENT, THEY CAN INTERACT AND BE A PART OF IT RATHER
THAN BEING REMOVED.))
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There have also been advancements in reducing bed sores-- with special
mattresses designed to reduce pressure.
These modifications may be crucial for many patients-- because if not
treated properly, pressure ulcers can be fatal.
Connie Stevens, News 7.))
Choosing a nursing home for a loved one or for yourself is not an easy task.
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Kevin McCullough, a spokesman for the L-O-A Area Agency on Aging, joins us
during National Nursing Home Week with some advice.
When should a family consider a nursing home as an option for a loved one?
SUPER=01-Kevin McCullough/LOA Area Agency on Aging;
(What should you look for when picking out a nursing home?)
(What are some of the warning signs of a poorly operated nursing home?)
(Do certain nursing homes suit different needs?)
(What do you say to people who believe that nursing homes are places where the
elderly are locked away and destined to a life of solitude?)
(I understand the L-O-A is like the Better Business Bureau of nursing homes,
An offer by the nation's number one cigarette maker to not advertise in
kid's magazines will not accomplish much.
That's the suggestion of a Food and Drug Administration official.
SUPER=03-New York, NY/Yesterday;
Under its offer, Philip Morris would advertise in magazines with 85 percent
It would also back a ban on vending machines.
In return, it wants the Food and Drug Administration to stop all efforts to
IN Q=We offer
((STEVE PARRISH/PHILIP MORRIS: WE OFFER THIS COMPREHENSIVE PLAN IN THE HOPE
THAT ALL SIDES IN THE DEBATE WILL SET ASIDE THE HOSTILITY IN THE PAST AND WORK
TOGETHER, SO THAT KIDS WILL NOT USE TOBACCO PRODUCTS. ))
SUPER=01-Steve Parrish/Philip Morris;
OUT Q=tobacco products
The F-D-A official, who asks to remain anonymous, says the agency would
rather broaden the ban to any magazine that kids might look at, such as "Sports
The White House says the offer is a nice try, but a bit short of the mark.
On Wall Street at noon the Dow was DOWN six points.
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Coming up in sports-
The rain delay couldn't keep the Cavaliers and the Wolfpack off the field
and a former member of the Wolfpack and N-B-A Hall of famer is a big hit with
one group of kids.
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Despite a rain delay last night, the Virginia Cavaliers managed to advance
to the second round of the A-C-C baseball tournament with a 5 to 1 win over
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The rain delayed the games at the Durham Bulls Athletic park, but the
Cavaliers and the Wolfpack eventually took the field.
Virginia outfielder Symmion Willis had the big shot of the game this solo
SUPER=33-Virginia/==5/N.C. State/==1;homer over the left centerfield fence
and the Cavaliers get the 5 to 1 win over N.C. State.
The Big South Conference has announced both the men and women's basketball
tournaments will be held at Liberty University's Vine center for the next 2
seasons, a welcome announcement for the Flames.
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((I'M OBVIOUSLY HAPPY FOR COACH REEVES AND THE LADY FLAMES HERE BECAUSE THERE
IS A VERY POSITIVE SIDE OF HOSTING THE TOURNAMENT, BUT IT CERTAINLY DOESN'T
GUARANTEE WINS. WE'VE DONE IT FOR TWO YEARS AND HAVE YET TO WIN THE CONFERENCE
SUPER=01-Jeff Meyer/Liberty Men's Coach; :00
OUT Q=...conference tournament"
The announcement wasn't the only big news for the the University last night.
Former NC State Wolfpack star and NBA Hall of famer David Thompson was on
campus to talk to about 35 hundred youngsters.
Steve Mason was also there.
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SUPER=01-Tim Grandstaff/Slam Dunk Winner; :53
SUPER=01-Jeff Meyer/Liberty University Head Coach; 1:00
OUT Q=......news 7 sports."