Up next on News 7 at Five-
Many americans may be in for a raise- as the house gets ready to vote on
the minimum wage.
Is Toys R- US illegally beating out the competition?
Plus flowers everywhere. We'll show you this huge flower extravaganza.
Another sunny and pleasant forecast for Thursday. We expect highs again in
the mid 80's.
Plus the world's top microbiologists have a serious warning--
concerning the quality of water.
There's fear outbreaks of dangerous organisms may become more frequent.
((MIKE STEVENS: IT'S POLE NIGHT AT CHARLOTTE AND THAT MEANS THE TWO MINUTE
TICKER IS ON THE ROAD. I'LL JOIN YOU LATER IN THE NEWSCAST WITH A PREVIEW OF
TONIGHT'S WINSTON CUP QUALIFYING FOR SUNDAY'S COCA COLA 600.))
OUT Q=COCA COLA 600.
If you make the minimum wage or pay employees who do, you'll want to keep
an eye on Congress.
GRAPHIC=news-7 at five
Good Evening this is NEWS-7 at five, I'm Jean Jadhon.
The House is expected to vote at any moment- on raising the minimum wage.
House democrats want to hike the minimum wage by 90 cents.
A Republican provision would exempt some small businesses.
((REP. BRUCE VENTO/D- MINNESOTA: WORKING FAMILIES DON'T NEED POLITICAL GAMES.
THEY NEED A RAISE. THEY NEED EMPOWERMENT.))
((REP. JACK KINGSTON/R- GEORGIA: IT'S AN ENTRY LEVEL WAGE. I STARTED AT THE
MINIMUM WAGE WHEN I WAS 16 YEARS OLD. I WORKED THE MINIMUM WAGE IN THE
RESTAURANT AND CONSTRUCTION BUSINESS. I LEARNED SKILLS AND AS I LEARNED THEM I
WAS PAID MORE. THAT'S HOW THE PRIVATE SECTOR, THE CAPITALISTIC, FREE ENTERPRISE
SUPER=01-Rep. Bruce Vento/(D) Minnesota; 00
SUPER=01-Rep. Jack Kingston/(R) Georgia; 05
OUT Q=enterprise system works."
Kingston points out that 66 percent of minimum wage workers are part time,
39 percent are teenagers, and only TWO percent are over age 30.
How much would a minimum wage increase effect the Roanoke Valley?
According to the Virginia Employment Commission... very little, at least
Because of a competitive job market, most employers are forced to pay well
ABOVE the minimum wage.
But down the road, a TOTAL wage increase could surface... possibly boosting
IN Q=If an
((VIRGIL THOMPSON/VIRGINIA EMPLOYMENT COMMISSION: IF AN EMPLOYER IS PAYING
FIFTY CENTS ABOVE THE MINIMUM WAGE NOW. LATER ON HIS WORKERS ARE GOING TO PUT
THE PRESSURE TO PAY 50- CENTS MORE. ))
SUPER=01-Virgil Thompson/Virginia Employment Commission;
OUT Q=cents more
Thompson says only a handful of workers in the Roanoke Valley actually make
He says the majority of THOSE workers are day care employees.
The man accused of fleeing from Roanoke County police and causing a fatal
traffic accident last month had a history of bad driving.
In court this morning, a judge pointed out Scott Allman's 49 demerits for
The 21-year old faced two traffic violations before the fatal accident.
One for failure to appear in court and the other for driving on a suspended
Allman was ordered to pay a 100- dollar fine and was placed on 12 months
SUPER=03-Roanoke Co./April 21;
Allman is accused of leading police on a high speed chase which resulted in
the deaths of a Vinton couple and their infant.
Allman's preliminary hearing is scheduled for later this month.
Richmond police think they've solved one in a string of murders of older
women over the last six years.
Richmond's Golden Years Task Force today announced the arrest of an 18- year
old woman for a 1993 murder.
But five other Golden Years murders have occurred since the woman was
incarcerated for other crimes last fall.
That leads Richmond police to Texas-- where a former Richmond resident told
police he strangled his mother to death to rid her of demons.
IN Q=Well this
((JERRY OLIVER/RICHMOND POLICE CHIEF: WELL THIS YOUNG MAN THAT HAS BEEN TALKED
ABOUT IN THE PRESS ALREADY FROM OUT IN TEXAS, THE SIMILARITIES ARE SUCH THAT WE
WILL SEND SOME OF OUR PEOPLE OUT TO FURTHER INVESTIGATE THIS.))
SUPER=01-Jerry Oliver/Richmond Police Chief;
OUT Q=investigate this.
The Richmond woman arrested yesterday allegedly beat her victim to death in
the course of a robbery.
Other recent Golden Years slayings have been strangulations.
A ferry that sank in Africa yesterday- may have been overloaded.
Officials say the boat was meant to carry only about 440 people.
But survivors say there were about 600 on board.
Searchers are combing the area but they doubt any more passengers will be
120 people survived in all- But its' feared at least 500 people drowned- so
far only 29 bodies have been recovered.
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Straight ahead on NEWS-7 at FIVE-- One county is going to the dogs-- and
checking out their tags-- we'll explain.
And it may be billed as the "world's biggest toystore" but now the federal
government is taking on Toys R Us.
On Health Check-- one osteoporosis drug may work even better than it's
Plus, health care-- in the air.
We'll tell you about a new venture in global medicine.
Patrick Evans is on a coffee break--
He has a live report from H and C coffee-- as NEWS-7 at FIVE continues.
Talks have broken off at the Freeman compound in Montana-
Colorado State senator Charles Duke was serving as a mediator- He left the
Duke says the Freemen are unwilling to negotiate- they did not hold up
their sides of agreements and he says they're using their children as shields.
((CHARLES DUKE/MEDIATOR: RIGHT NOW THEY'VE GOT IT PRETTY GOOD. THEY'VE GOT
CABLE TV. THEY'VE GOT A TELEPHONE. THEY'VE GOT RADIOS TO COMMUNICATE. THEY'VE
GOT ALL THE COMFORTS OF HOME AND REALLY NO MOTIVATION TO NEGOTIATE.))
SUPER=01-Charles Duke/Mediator; 00
OUT Q=to negotiate."
The stand off is in its 59th day.
Toys "R" Us will face anti-trust charges.
SUPER=03-Washington DC; quick
Federal trade regulators voted today to start legal action against the
nation's largest toy retailer.
At issue are charges that Toys R Us pressured manufacturers not to sell some
toys to rival retailers.
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IN Q=many toy markets
((WILLIAM BAER/FEDERAL TRADE COMMISSION: MANY TOY MANUFACTURERS HAD NO CHOICE
BUT TO GO ALONG. TOYS R US HAS THAT MUCH CLOUT IN THE MARKETPLACE.))
SUPER=01-William Baer/Federal Trade Commission;
OUT Q=IN THE MARKET PLACE.
Toys R Us accounts for more than 20 percent of the 19 billion dollar-a-year
retail toy business.
If an animal control officer in Montgomery County shows up on your doorstep,
you'd better have your dog tags ready.
Animal wardens are going door to door in some neighborhoods checking for
((CHECKING DOG TAGS IN THE AREA TODAY, DO YOU OWN A DOG?
NO WE DON'T OWN A DOG. NO DOG. ))
OUT Q=don't own a do. no dog.
It's an effort to prevent the spread of rabies.
You can't license your dog unless its had its shot.
((AL VADEN/DEPUTY ANIMAL WARDEN: ANY DOG FOUR MONTHS OR OLDER, OR BECOMES FOUR
MONTHS WITHIN IN THE YEAR PRIOR TO OCTOBER 31ST, YOU NEED TO HAVE A CURRENT
RABIES INOCULATION FOR THAT DOG. ))
SUPER=01-Al Vaden/Deputy Animal Warden;
OUT Q=for that dog.
The rabies shots are state- mandated.
Most COUNTIES require the purchase of tags to support animal control
Some also require cat licensing, though Montgomery County does not.
H-and-C Coffee has roots in the Star City-- and it's latest project is
growing with the latest in roasted produts.
(patrick ad lib)
stocks bump next
The sign has been a landscape hallmark for decades, and the coffee itself
starts the day for many people across the Roanoke Valley.
DOUBLE BOXES JEAN/PATRICK
Of course we're talking about H & C Coffee, and Patrick Evans is on the
scene to see what's perking.
SUPER=01-Chris Stave/H & C Coffee;
DOUBLE BOX PATRICK/ROBIN
health music under
Stick around for more NEWS-7 at FIVE-- the Two Minute Ticker is live in
Charlotte North Carolina....Mike Stevens will check in with us.
And on Health Check-- the surprising results of research into salt
The findings-- if you're healthy, salt may not increase your blood
IN Q=The majority
((THE MAJORITY OF US DON'T NEED TO WORRY. ))
OUT Q=need to worry.
health bump next
A case of Rocky Mountain spotted fever has been identified in the New River
The regional health office says a 10-year-old child from Pulaski developed
the disease, carried by dog ticks.
The child was hospitalized, but has been released and is doing fine.
Virginia usually has about 20 cases of Rocky Mountain spotted fever each
Health officials have been concerned there might be more cases of tick-borne
diseases this year, because the tick population has been growing.
A serious warning about the safety of America's drinking water....
A new report says disease outbreaks are becoming increasingly
likely, even in developed countries.
To blame-- growing populations and decaying infrastructure.
Meeting before the American Society for Microbiology, the 65-member team of
scientists, say unless something is done, the U.S. will see more incidents like
the one in Milwaukee in 1993.
25-percent of that city's population was debilitated, and 100 died when the
city's water supply was contaminated with the organism, cryptosporidium.
Good news, in the study of non-Hodgkins lymphoma.
Researchers at the University of Michigan may have discovered a way to
target and destroy cancer cells, and shrink tumors in patients.
SUPER=04-University of Michigan; :
In nearly three-quarters of the patients tested, researchers say tumors
shrank or disappeared with little or no side effects.
IN Q=I think the
((DR. MARK KAMINSKI/UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN:I THINK THE KEY HERE IS QUALITY OF
LIFE. THERE ARE SOME PATIENTS WITH SOME FORMS OF
LYMPHOMA THAT ARE NOT CURRENTLY CURABLE WITH ANY FORM OF TREATMENT. AND
FINDING NEWER APPROACHES
THAT ARE NOVEL AND BASED UPON VERY DIFFERENT PRINCIPALS MAY OFFER THAT HOPE.))
SUPER=01-Dr. Mark Kaminski/University of Michigan; :
OUT Q=had a cure
Trials are continuing, and researchers are now working with the F-D-A to get
the therapy to market.
A drug to help women fight osteoporosis may do a better job than is
So says a new study, which finds the drug-- Fosamax by brand name-- can cut
the risk of a broken hip in half.
Osteoporosis is a weakening of bone that strikes about 25-million
Americans, mostly aging women.
The study will be presented at the World Congress on Osteoporosis, in the
Traditional thinking about salt has been, if you cut the salt in your diet,
you cut your risk of high blood pressure, which can lead to heart disease.
But now, Canadian researchers are offering a new twist to the conventional
They believe that in healthy people, salt does not raise blood pressure.
IN Q=Healthy people
((DR. ALEXANDER LOGAN/UNIVERSITY OF TORONTO: HEALTHY PEOPLE CAN STOP WORRYING
ABOUT CURRENT CONSUMPTION OF SALT. ))
SUPER=01-Dr. Alexander Logan/University of Toronto; :
OUT Q=of salt.
*****CONNIE AUDIO ON CART***
But not for people who have certain health problems-- they may want to
reach for low-or-no-salt foods.
IN Q=Those kids of
((DR. ELLEN BURGESS/HYPERTENSION SPECIALIST: THOSE KINDS OF PRODUCTS MAY BE OF
VALUE IN PEOPLE WHO HAVE HEART FAILURE OR OTHER EXTREME DISEASES. ))
SUPER=01-Dr. Ellen Burgess/Hypertension Specialist; :
OUT Q=extreme diseases.
Before you stock up on chips and other high-salt snacks, some critics say
it's important to know that the company that makes Campbell's Soup paid for the
study-- its soup is often high in sodium.
The study's authors say the soup-maker did not control the report.
It's published in the Journal of the American Medical Association.
GRAPHIC=Global Health Care
The first international flying hospital is now in service-- eventually
providing medical care in developing nations and disaster areas.
The plane is sponsored by Operation Blessing International-- funded by Pat
Former President George Bush was on hand, to commission the aircraft.
IN Q=Any definition
((ANY DEFINITION OF A SUCCESSFUL LIFE MUST INCLUDE SERVICE TO OTHERS, AND IT
WAS BASED ON A VISION I HAD OF CARING CITIZENS ACROSS THE COUNTRY ROLLING UP
THEIR SLEEVES, PULLING TOGETHER AND CLAIMING
SOCIETY'S PROBLEMS AS THEIR OWN. ))
OUT Q=as their own.
The plane will be staffed by volunteer medical personnel.
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Close to a hundred thousand fans are expected in Charlotte tonight as the
Winston Cup cars take part in time trials for Sunday's Coca Cola 600.
DOUBLE BOXES JEAN/MIKE
Mike Stevens is on the fast track with the Two Minute Ticker and a
(mike ad lib)
(roll cue: "...has had to play second fiddle to his little brother.")
SOT ** rolled from truck **
SUPER=03-Concord, NC; :00
SUPER=04-Saturday - TNN; :09
SUPER=01-Michael Waltrip/Qualifies 24 Tonight; :16
SUPER=01-Eddie Wood/Citgo Ford Crew Chief; :42
SUPER=04-1987 Coca Cola 600 ;:53
SUPER=01-Kyle Petty/1987 Coca Cola 600 Winner; 1:06
OUT Q=and stuff
toss to break
It is considered the best garden show in the entire world.
The annual Chelsea Flower Show in London, England.
Nearly every single bloom has been forced to flower ahead of its time.
((I THINK THAT WHAT WE'RE TRYING TO DO IS ACCELERATE NATURE TO ACHIEVE AN
EFFECT THAT SUITS THE DATE OF THE CHELSEA FLOWER SHOW. ))
OUT Q=flower show.
The growers fool the flowers into believing summer has come, using
artificial sunlight to bloom, or chilling them to prevent premature blossoms.
((ANDREA PARSONS/GARDEN DESIGNER: IN A GARDEN THIS WOULD TAKE FIVE OR TEN
YEARS TO ACHIEVE. WE HAVE 18 DAYS OR SO. WE HAVE TO USE A LOT OF TRICKERY. ))
SUPER=01-Andrea Parsons/Garden Designer;
OUT Q=lot of trickery.
It takes 30-thousand plants and a 200-thousand dollar budget for the show--
The displays are designed to look as though they've been there forever and at
their peak the entire week.
(toss to robin)
(ROBIN tosses to jean)
An alarming number of juveniles are finding themselves on the wrong side of
the law-- even right here in Virginia.
Jean/Keith double boxes
Keith Humphry is in our newsroom with details on a three part series begining
Teresa Hamilton examines crime committed by young people and the impact it's
having on Southside.
Drug busts are routine in Halifax County, but the problem continues to grow.
Authorities there say juveniles are arming themselves and selling drugs...
in record numbers.
Police admit it's hard to get young dealers off the street--especially
because they can earn nearly a thousand dollars a night.
double boxes keith/Jean
We'll have more on the problem tonight at six in part one of "At Risk: Kids
(ad lib bye)