Up next on News 7 at Five-
The heat is on- unusually hot weather across the region.
It's also affecting some schools tomorrow.
Plus a standoff at sea in California.
More record highs around Virginia again today...tomorrow will almost be as
hot then it all breaks by Wednesday.
Plus, a health lesson into meningitis--
As Floyd County High School deals with a case.
We'll have the causes, and the likelihood of infection.
GRAPHIC=News 7 at 5
Good evening I'm Jean Jadhon and this is News 7 at 5.
SS=Spring Heat Wave
While some Roanokers tried to beat the heat most braved today's high
temperatures by working early and working smart.
IN Q=I've been resting
((BILL BLACK - VALLEY RESIDENT
I'VE BEEN RESTING AND DRINKING PLENTY OF LIQUIDS AND I'M QUITTING NOW AND IT'S
JUST ABOUT TWELVE O'CLOCK. IT'S TIME TO QUIT; HIGH NOON.))
SUPER=01-Bill Black/Valley Resident;
OUT Q=high noon
Today's temperatures soared again into the low to mid 90s forcing some
schools to send students home early.
Classroom temperatures at Cave Spring Junior High School topped 85 degrees
before students left for the day.
For now the school is without air conditioning.
But that should change by next year.
The County board of supervisors recently gave its approval for air
conditioning and other renovations to the school.
Doctors warn the elderly and children to stay indoors on days like today.
They also say if you have to work outside, drink plenty of fluids and wear
light-weight, light-colored clothing.
Remember too, the warning signs for heat stroke- headaches, dizziness, and
If you have these symptoms it's best to see a doctor.
The extreme heat has caused some schools to change their schedules for
In Henry County, middle schools will dismiss students at 11-30.
High school students will go home at 11-45 and elementary students at 12-30.
In Martinsville, grades Kindergarten through three will dismiss at 11-30
tomorrow morning, grades four through six at noon, and grades seven and eight
Also Patrick County schools will close at 1:30 on Tuesday.
V-M-I's rifle instructor will not face criminal charges in the shooting
death of a young boy.
Last month 10-year-old John Pickral died after an accidental shooting at the
school's rifle range.
The youngster was hit when Jim Thorpe's gun accidentally fired.
Thorpe told authorities he thought his 3-80 caliber pistol was empty when he
pulled the trigger.
In a prepared statement, Commonwealth's Attorney Gordon Saunders said the
incident did not warrant charges because it was not a willful act and that
Thorp had no intention of endangering the boy.
The U-S Supreme Court sent down two long awaited rulings today.
Justices warned lower courts- to be more careful about approving large jury
They threw out a 2-million-dollar payment to an Alabama man who wasn't told
that his new car had been repainted to hide acid rain marks.
The second decision threw out a voter-approved amendment to the Colorado
The amendment would have banned laws protecting homosexuals from
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Straight ahead--on NEWS-7 at FIVE-- An explosion in Lardeo Texas near
the offices of the F-B-I. But was the government agency a target?
And new clues into the cause of the devastating crash of Valujet Flight 592.
We'll have the latest on the search in the Florida Everglades.
On Health Check-- treating kids with speech and hearing problems.
The success rate is actually very high-- we'll show a few tools of the
Patrick Evans discovers that your Hometown Station is "The Cat's Meow",
He'll have more for us from Troutville, as he visits the Apple Barn this
An explosion in Laredo, Texas today- not far from an F-B-I office.
Authorities are now trying to figure out if it had any connection to the
The blast took place outside the building that houses the F-B-I in Laredo.
Officials say they're skeptical of phoned in claims of responsibility
because they came after the blast.
A standoff at Sea.
The fisherman who's holding the coast guard at bay- today yelled
Anti-Government comments over his two way radio.
SUPER=03-Santa Cruz, CA;
The standoff began yesterday when the Coast Guard asked permission to board
the fishing boat-
The fisherman demanded a search warrant but the Coast Guard said it doesn't
((JIM BLIES/FISHING BOAT CAPTAIN: ROGER THAT. ROGER THAT. YOU KNOW YOUR
GOVERNMENT DOESN'T HAVE TOO GOOD A TRACK RECORD LATELY ABOUT KILLING PEOPLE.
I'M NOT GONNA TAKE THAT CHANCE. YOU PEOPLE RUN AROUND LIKE COWBOYS. I'M JUST
NOT GOING TO TAKE THE CHANCE.))
SUPER=02-Jim Blaes/Fishing Boat Captain;
OUT Q=to take that chance.(double out)
(Blayz) Blaes says he'll permit one official on his boat, only if they're
The Coast Guard says it is prepared to wait it out, until the man runs
out of fuel or comes into port.
GRAPHIC=Plane Crash Investigation
Rain is interfering with the search for more wreckage from a ValuJet plane
SUPER=03-Dade Co, FL;
Meanwhile more evidence that an explosion may have taken place before the
Those oxygen canisters in question were reportedly loosely packed in
cardboard boxes and placed on top of loose tires.
Now investigators say a piece of one canister was found inside one of the
((INSIDE THE TIRE THEY DID FIND TWO PIECES OF METAL THAT THEY HAVE BEEN ABLE TO
IDENTIFY ARE N-CAPS TO THESE OXYGEN GENERATORS.))
OUT Q=oxygen generators."
Meanwhile crews are testing out new Bio-hazard diving suits that they'll
use in the search.
The Southern Virginia College in Buena Vista has new owners and a new
This morning school officials announced they're planning to convert the
130-year-old school into a 4 year co-ed college-- complete with new dorms.
A group of educators and businessmen with ties to the Mormon Church bought
the school last month.
The college had been struggling financially and was scheduled to close its
The NEW school officials anticipate opening this fall with full
accred-itation and a student body of 250.
GRAPHIC=Virginia State Seal
The jury is still out on turning government services over to private
That's the latest word from Virginia's House Appropriations Committee.
The Democratic-controlled committee is trying to measure the cost savings of
last year's buyout of 59-hundred state worker contracts.
Lawmakers cite a private contract for medical care at one maximum security
prison as an example of "outsourcing" gone bad.
IN Q=What we have
((DEL. CHIP WOODRUM/D-ROANOKE: WHAT WE HAVE IS A PRETTY BAD SITUATION IN
GREENSVILLE, IN THE MEDICAL ATTENTION TO INMATES IN THE DEPARTMENT OF
CORRECTIONS. I MEAN IT JUST SEEMS TO ME IT'S UNUSUAL IF NOT ALARMING THAT
SOMEONE WITH DIABETES DIES OF GANGRENE. THAT'S NOT DONE IN 20TH CENTURY
MEDICINE AS I UNDERSTAND IT.))
OUT Q=understand it.
Governor Allen -- still on his Asian trade mission -- is a major advocate of
the so- called privatization movement.
From crafts to cobbler, the Apple Barn has a little something for
everybody, and Patrick Evans is doing some investigating...
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While it may not be "Apple Blossom Time" just yet, the Apple Barn in
Troutville is chocked full of interesting things.
DOUBLE BOX JEAN/PATRICK
Patrick Evans takes a look inside the Apple Barn, where there's even
something for the die-hard Channel 7 fan.
SUPER=01-Rachel Nichols/The Apple Barn;
DOUBLE BOX PATRICK/ROBIN
health music under
Stick around for more NEWS-7 at FIVE,
He isn't exactly what you'd expect in a college commencement speaker--after all
he's green and likes to sing. But he made quite a hit when he picked up his
Plus, health experts are working together,
monitoring a case of meningitis at Floyd County High School-- a teacher is
being treated for the disease.
We'll talk with the Director of the New River Valley Health District.
IN Q=We see a lot
((WE SEE A LOT OF CASES IN THE EARLY SPRING OR WINTER AND WE DON'T KNOW WHY BUT
THEY TEND TO BE CYCLICAL. ))
OUT Q=tend to be cyclical.
health bump next
In Floyd County, health experts are warning against panic, as a Floyd
County High School teacher has been diagnosed with meningococcal meningitis.
The teacher is being treated at North Carolina Baptist hospital in Winston
Salem, and has been moved out of intensive care.
SUPER=03-Floyd Co.; :
The teacher's family has received antibiotics against meningitis, so have a
few of the teacher's students at Floyd County High-- but just as a precaution.
IN Q=We aren't talking
((DR. JODY HERSHEY/NEW RIVER HEALTH DISTRICT DIRECTOR: WE AREN'T TALKING ABOUT
CASUAL, SOCIAL OR PERSONAL CONTACTS WE ARE TALKING ABOUT HOUSEHOLD OR PERSONAL
SOCIAL CONTACTS WHERE YOU ARE CLOSE ENOUGH TO THEM WHERE YOU WOULD SHARE EATING
UTENSILS, THAT YOU WOULD SHARE DRINKING GLASSES, THAT YOU WOULD KISS, THAT YOU
WOULD SHARE A TOOTHBRUSH. ))
SUPER=01-Dr. Jody Hershey/New River Health District Dir.; :
*****CONNIE AUDIO ON CART******
In fact, the risk of acquiring meningitis is very low-- there are about 70
meningococcal infections reported each year in Virginia.
There are two major forms of the disease-- bacterial and viral-- the Floyd
teacher has bacterial.
Currently, the North Carolina hospital is trying to develop a sub-type of
the teacher's case-- to better track the course of the disease
IN Q=Studies have
((STUDIES HAVE SHOWN
THAT 5-10% OF THE NORMAL POPULATION, THOSE OF US CARRY THOSE OF US THAT CARRY
THE BACTERIA IN OUR THROATS AND NEVER GET SICK WE'RE SORT OF ASYMPTOMATIC
OUT Q=asymptomatic carriers.
Symptoms of meningitis may include:
--Stiff neck & back
The patient may also be sleepy or confused, with muscle ache and chills--
a rash may also be present.
Symptoms usually appear anywhere from two to ten days after exposure.
The world as we know it may be on the brink of a global crisis in
That's the warning from the World Health Organization, which says overuse
of medicine, settlement to uninhabited (----------------)
areas, international travel and poverty are threatening health.
The U-N agency is concerned about the spread of untreatable forms of
malaria and tuberculosis, and the emergence of the deadly AIDS and Ebola
Another five more years of federal assistance for people with AIDS-- as
President Clinton today signed the Ryan White CARE Act.
SUPER=03-Washington, D.C.; :
The bill has awarded some 350-million dollars in funds for AIDS treatment
and patient services.
President Clinton today also announced an additional 52-million dollars in
funding to help AIDS patients get the drugs they need.
Ryan White died of AIDS in 1990, at the age of 18.
He had become a national symbol of the struggle of children with the fatal
May is national speech and hearing month.
And, today intern reporter Stacey Martin tells us how to detect early signs
of speech and hearing problems in children.
IN Q=When Nicholas Carr
SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.; :00
SUPER=01-Linda Carr/Nicholas's Mother; :10
SUPER=01-Karen Black/Speech Pathologist; :44
SUPER=01-Stacey Martin/Reporting; 1:05
OUT Q=I'm SM, Roanoke County.
When Nicholas Carr was two years old his parents began to worry.
He couldn't speak like other children.
He couldn't even say the word "daddy."
IN Q=It was a
((LINDA CARR/NICHOLAS' MOTHER:
IT WAS A LITTLE SCARY BECAUSE MY CHILD WAS NOT PERFECT AND I WAS A LITTLE
OUT Q=a little apprehensive
Nicholas was diagnosed with an articulation disorder.
He was sent to Valley Elementary School in Roanoke County for help.
Here, he works with Karen Black, a speech pathologist trained in helping
children overcome problems like stuttering, voice sounds, and a weak
She uses cartoon board games and coloring books to make sessions fun for
kids-- and a mirror to teach basic speech skills.
IN Q=He needs to
((KAREN BLACK/SPEECH PATHOLOGIST:
HE NEEDS TO ACTUALLY SEE IT IN THE MIRROR SO HE KNOWS WHAT HIS MOUTH IS DOING.
IF I HOLD THE MIRROR UP AND TOLD HIM TO STICK HIS TONGUE OUT, HE COULD SEE IF
IT WAS OUT OR NOT.))
OUT Q=out or not.
The success rate for treating children with speech and hearing problems is
Of those cases detected early, about 75 percent have no noticeable symptoms
by the time they're in the fifth grade. standup tag
Karen Black says that by age two children should be able to say a minimum of
10 words and should be making simple sentences.
If they can't do this and if they can't speak at all then parents need to
Reporting for News 7, I'm Stacey Martin...Roanoke County.
In sports Michael Jordan is named the NBA's Most Valuable Player this
and despite the heat the Blue Ridge high school baseball tournament is taking
center stage today in Salem.
Mike Stevens has our Monday Two Minute Ticker.
Good afternoon everyone. We start our Monday ticker on the diamond where
the Blue Ridge District tournament is in full swing over in Salem. The district
coach and player of the year selections were made this afternoon.
Alleghany skipper Gary Rice has been selected Blue Ridge coach of the year.
SUPER=03-Salem/Wildcats vs. Spartans; :00
Rockbridge County pitcher Greg Stubble was named the Blue Ridge District
player of the year award. In addition to his pitching duties, Stubblefield
batted .519 this season and was tied for the district homerun lead with 4
((GREG STUBBLEFIELD/DISTRICT PLAYER OF THE YEAR:))
SUPER=01-Greg Stubblefield/District Player of the Year; :00
OUT Q=...more so"
Salem topped Stubblefield and his Cats 5-1 in the tourney semifinals today
at Municipal Field.
The Spartans scored 3 runs on four hits in the bottom of the first. The
Spartans Jeff Akers singles to right that plates Greg Harrison and Seth Moore,
2-1 Spartans. They go on to win 5-1.
SUPER=04-Cavaliers vs. Terriers;
Over at Salem Municipal Field, William Byrd beat Lord Botetourt 3-nothing.
Tim Sink's one bagger in the bottom of the fifth gave Byrd a 2-nothing cushion.
The Terriers would score one more insurance run in the 5th SUPER=34-William
to set up the championship match up with Salem. That game began at 4:30 and is
in the middle innings at this time. We will have a complete report of the Blue
Ridge District title game between Salem and William Byrd.
For the fourth time in his career Michael Jordan is the recipient of the
NBA's most valuable player award.
Surprisingly, Jordan received a staggering 96 percent of the votes cast, the
highest percentage ever received by any player since the media began voting in
Jordan led the Bulls to a league record 7 _ wins this season by averaging 30
points a game.
He also pulled down 543 rebounds and recorded 352 assists.
The award is apparently just the ammunition Jordan needs in his quest to
become a very rich free agent at the end of the year.
Earlier today Jordan told the "Chicago Tribune" that he plans to play two
more years in Chicago and his bottom line asking price in 36 million for the
That is probably a bargain when you consider Patrick Ewing made 18 point 7
million this past season.
In one other NBA note, Jordan's former teammate Horace Grant will not be in
uniform tomorrow night when the Bulls host the Magic in game two of their best
of seven eastern conference final.
Grant twisted his left elbow yesterday, and his status for the rest of the
series is up in the air.
We know him as the reluctant object of Miss Piggy's affections--but from
now on you can call him "Doctor" Kermit.
The Muppet character received his "Doctorate of Amphibious Letters" degree
yesterday from Long Island University's Southampton College. Kermit also gave
a five minute commencement address, telling graduates it was time for them to
leave the swamp.
IN Q=As we say
((KERMIT THE FROG: AS WE SAY IN THE WETLAND, RIBBITT, RIBBITT, KNEE DEEP,
RIBBITT, WHICH OF COURSE MEANS MAY SUCCESS AND A SMILE ALWAYS BE YOURS EVEN
WHEN YOU'RE KNEE DEEP IN THE STICKY MUCK OF LIFE. ))
SUPER=07-Kermit the Frog;
OUT Q=muck of life.
Southampton College is know for its Marine and Environmental Sciences
(toss to robin)
(ROBIN tosses to jean)
He dropped out of Virginia Tech three years ago, but it wasn't until last
week that his parents found out about it.
Brad Wagner is now home with his family in Bristol, Tennessee.
But his story has many parents asking-- How could his family be so naive?
Jean/Keith double boxes
Keith Humphry joins us from the newsroom with more.
Jean, officials at Virginia Tech believe Wagner's parents weren't naive at
Even if a parent or guardian is paying their child's tuition, school records
can only be released to the student.
That's the law.....
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And we'll tell you a little more about it on News- 7 at six.