Up next on News 7-
The minimum wage goes up for vote. We'll tell you what lawmakers decided.
The U-S government is bringing in more equipment as the Freemen standoff
enters Day 60.
Plus one local company's stock goes from ten dollars to 100...
Looks like the sun will go away as we head into the holiday weekend. The
complete forecast straight ahead.
On Health Check-- is it the fountain of youth, or a dangerous compound?
We'll have a report on D-H-E-A.
Plus, ticks are everywhere this year, not just in the woods.
And the diseases these parasites carry can be deadly.
A raise may be on the way for many of America's workers.
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Good Evening this is NEWS-7 at FIVE, I'm Jean Jadhon.
The bill raising the minimum wage 90 cents cleared the House this
That came after lawmakers refused to exempt many small businesses from
having to pay the wage.
Republicans wanted that exemption, while Democrats opposed it.
((REP. CHARLES SCHUMER/D- NEW YORK: TAKE ONE STEP FORWARD BY RAISING THE
MINIMUM FOR SOME PEOPLE. TAKE TWO GIANT STEPS BACK BY EXEMPTING MILLIONS FROM
OVERTIME AND THE MINIMUM WAGE ALTOGETHER.))
((REP. PAT SCHROEDER/D- COLORADO: I CAN'T BELIEVE THAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING THIS
IS ABOUT POLITICS. IT'S NOT ABOUT POLITICS. IT'S ABOUT PAYCHECKS.))
SUPER=01-Rep. Charles Schumer/(D) New York; 00
SUPER=01-Rep. Pat Schroeder/(D) Colorado; 13
OUT Q=IT'S ABOUT PAYCHECKS."
The bill raises the minimum wage from 4.25 to 5.15 an hour.
The overall legislation still must pass a final vote.
Federal agents crack down on the smuggling of automatic weapons from China
into the United States.
((GUN GOING OFF ))
OUT Q=GUN GOING OFF."
Federal agents arrested seven people in San Francisco and confiscated
about two thousand assault rifles.
It's described as the largest seizure of smuggled automatic weapons in
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Trucks carrying portable power generators are roaring toward the Freemen
The F-B-I may use them so it can cut off electricity to the compound
without affecting other people nearby.
But the Deputy Attorney General says a decision has not been made yet to
turn off the power.
((JAMIE GORELICK/DEPUTY ATTORNEY GENERAL: WE HAVE BENT OVER BACKWARDS TO
ACHIEVE A PEACEFUL NEGOTIATION HOPING THAT WILL BE THE RESULT, BUT WE
PRESERVING ALL OF OUR OPTIONS.))
SUPER=01-Jamie Gorelick/Deputy Attorney General; 00
OUT Q=of our options."
The Freemen are flying a U-S flag upside down to mark the departure of a
They say they don't recognize the authority of federal agents.
The Rush Limbaugh book-banning case will be decided in federal court.
It was last Thursday that a teacher took a Rush Limbaugh book from a boy at
Montvale Elementary School.
Today lawyers for the boy's father filed a lawsuit claiming the school
violated the constitution.
IN Q=We have filed
((JOHN LICHTENSTEIN/LAWYER; WE HAVE ASKED A FEDERAL JUDGE TO ASSESS THE
CONSTITUTIONAL PROVISIONS AND ASPECTS OF THE CASE AND TO ENTER AN INJUNCTION
RULING WHICH WOULD ALLOW THE BOOK TO BE RETURNED TO JASON.))
OUT Q=returned to Jason
The boy is a fourth grader.
He was reading Limbaugh's book, "THE WAY THINGS OUGHT TO BE" in class when
his teacher snatched it from him.
School officials said the book was not appropriate reading for students,
because it had the word condom in it.
The incident made national headlines when Limbaugh defended the boy during
his nationally syndicated talk show Tuesday.
Limbaugh said the incident was politically motivated.
HE says Roanoke police used brutal force... but apparently the COURT sees
30-year old Steven Leftwich was convicted on four counts of assault.
He was fined four-thousand dollars and sentenced to four years in prison,
but his jail time will be suspended after two years.
Back in February, he and a friend were pulled over by police.
Authorities say Leftwich resisted arrest, and then provoked a fight with
police... landing himself, two officers and a state trooper in the hospital.
Leftwich maintains it was police who instigated the whole incident... by
choking and beating him.
He remains free on bond pending an appeal.
Eighteen year old Vanessa Knowles says she did everything she could to
protect her mom from her dad, but she could not save her life.
Michael Knowles is charged with breaking into the house in Christiansburg
where Angie Knowles had moved with the couple's children.
Vanessa testified she heard her parents arguing and saw her father pointing
a shotgun at her mother's stomach.
Vanessa says she wasn't able to move the gun and finally stuck her finger in
the barrel in a desperate attempt to stop the bullet.
((VANESSA KNOWLES/VICTIM'S DAUGHTER: I DIDN'T KNOW AT FIRST BECAUSE I WAS IN
SHOCK, AND LATER ON I LOOKED DOWN AT MY FINGER AND THE TIP OF IT WAS GONE. ))
SUPER=01-Vanessa Knowles/Victim's Daughter;
OUT Q=of it was gone.
Judge Patrick Gray-beal certified six charges against Michael Knowles,
including murder, malicious wounding, burglary and firearms violations.
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Straight ahead--on NEWS-7 at FIVE-- check your wallets-- are your
100-dollar bills legit?
And Optical Cable is making its mark on Wall Street-- as the local company
enjoys soaring stocks.
It's TICK-Check today, on Health Check.
We'll tell you about some dangerous tick-bourne diseases, and what you can
do to avoid them.
Patrick is checking out the Roanoke City Market for this week's Growin' It.
He's spotlighting the plants and flowers there, a full report when NEWS-7 at
A C-S-X train ran off the tracks in Botetourt County this morning.
The train was hauling grain from Indiana to North Carolina, when nine cars
derailed in the Oxbow section of the county.
C-S-X officials don't know yet what caused the accident.
They hope to have the track cleared later tonight, and repaired by tomorrow.
No one was hurt.
A little more than a decade ago, Optical Cable was just a small startup
company in Roanoke County.
Now it's the talk of Wall Street.
SUPER=03-Roanoke Co./File Tape;
The share price of the fiber optic cable company has surged since it began
selling its shares to the public last month.
Optical Cable stock started out at 10- dollars- a- share.
Earlier today it broke the 100- dollar barrier.
SOT 1:40:51 from Common Sense Tape
IN Q=The stock's
((BEN HARTMAN/EDWARD JONES & COMPANY: THE STOCK'S RECEIVED HUGE PUBLICITY
ACROSS THE U-S. INVESTORS' BUSINESS DAILY, CNBC, WALL STREET JOURNAL, QUITE A
FEW DIFFERENT MEDIA TYPES HAVE BEEN HIGHLIGHTING THIS STOCK AND ITS DONE
EXTREMELY WELL SINCE ITS IPO CAME OUT IN APRIL.))
SUPER=01-Ben Hartman/Edward Jones & Co.;
OUT Q=out in April.
Hartman is a stockbroker with Edward Jones and Company. He says buying a
single stock like Optical Cable is an aggressive investment.
He suggests consulting with a financial advisor before making such a
A new development in Virginia's political sideshow over Goals 2000 federal
The state Board of Education -- appointed mostly by Governor George Allen--
says it MAY finally accept the money.
That's only if it can get a guarantee the state can use it all for computers
and new technology.
Joe (Gwa-REE-noh) Guarino is with Virginia Citizens for Excellence in
Education -- a new conservative Christian group.
IN Q=They couldn't
((JOE GUARINO/VCEE: THEY COULDN'T NECESSARILY SAY NO WHEN THE FEDERAL
GOVERNMENT IN FACT MADE SOME CHANGES TO THE FEDERAL LEGISLATION. ON THE OTHER
SIDE, THEY COULDN'T JUST SAY "WELL YOU'VE MADE THE CHANGES. WE'LL ACCEPT IT
((ROB JONES/VA. EDUCATION ASSOC.: WELL IT DOES SEEM THAT THERE'S AN IRONY WHEN
YOU SAY THAT WE DON'T WANT TO TAKE THE MONEY BECAUSE THERE'S STRINGS, AND THEN
YOU PASS A RESOLUTION TELLING THE LOCALITIES THAT IF YOU TAKE THE MONEY, YOU
MUST USE IT FOR COMPUTERS AND SOFTWARE. I GUESS WHAT'S GOOD FOR THE GOOSE IS
GOOD FOR THE GANDER. AND THE STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION'S ACTIONS ARE EXTREMELY
INTRUSIVE ON THE LOCAL DECISION-MAKING.))
SUPER=01-Joe Guarino/VCEE; :00
SUPER=01-Rob Jones/Va. Education Association; :13
Most of Virginia's local school boards have asked the Governor to drop his
opposition to Goals 2000.
If you're looking for flowers and plants there's one obvious place you may
IN Q=PLENTY OF
((PATRICK EVANS: PLENTY OF GORGEOUS FLOWERS ARE YOURS FOR THE PICKING DOWN ON
THE ROANOKE CITY MARKET. WE'LL TELL YOU ALL ABOUT THE VARIETIES YOU CAN FIND,
THAT COMING UP NEXT HERE ON NEWS-7 AT FIVE. ))
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What can you find on the Roanoke City Market this time of year?
Besides lots of restaurants, the Historic Farmer's Market is blooming with
flowers and plants.
That's the topic of tonight's Growin It, here's Patrick Evans with a report.
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SUPER=21-Patrick Evans; :00
SUPER=01-Rosalin Walter/Walter's Greenhouse; :46
OUT Q=NEWS-7 AT FIVE
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Don't go away, job interviews are underway for head coach of the Charlotte
Hornets-- Steve Mason has the story.
And on Health Check--
The controversy over what could be the pharmaceutical equivalent of the
Fountain of Youth.
We'll hear what believers-- and skeptics are saying about D-H-E-A.
IN Q=At the very
((AT THE VERY LEAST I WOULD THINK THAT SOMEBODY TAKING DHEA SHOULD BE SEEING A
PHYSICIAN WHO COULD LOOK AT LIVER CHEMISTRY, TO CHECK FOR HEPATITIS, TO MEASURE
MALE AND FEMALE SEX STEROID LEVELS AND TO MONITOR THE PATIENTS FOR ADVERSE
OUT Q=adverse effects
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As we told you yesterday, a case of Rocky Mountain Spotted fever was
identified this week in Pulaski.
The diagnosis of a ten-year-old girl marked the first confirmed case in the
state this year.
IN Q=history was about
((JODY HERSHEY/NEW RIVER HEALTH DISTRICT DIRECTOR: HISTORY WAS ABOUT TWO WEEKS
PRIOR THEY HAD A TICK THAT WAS IMBEDDED ON THE PATIENT AND HAD BEEN PULLED OFF
SO IT'S ALMOST CLASSIC FOR ROCKY MOUNTAIN SPOTTED FEVER.))
SUPER=01-Jody Hershey/New River Health District Director;
OUT Q=mountain spotted fever.
The patient had a fever and muscle aches for several days before seeing her
She then developed a rash on her wrist and palms.
After a few days in the hospital, she's now doing well and recovering at
As some say, there's a bumper crop of ticks out there-- particularly
thriving this year.
These parasites can carry dangerous diseases-- not just Rocky Mountain
Spotted Fever, but also Lyme Disease and Earlichiosis, just to name a few.
One way to prevent yourself from getting sick, is to keep your pets safe,
Consider using a tick repellant on your animals, one with a
pyretherine-base that's safe to use everyday.
A tick collar can also help-- as can a spot check, to de-tick your animal
IN Q=Look up around
((DR. MARK FINKLER/VETERINARIAN: LOOK UP AROUND AROUND THE EARS, CHECK AROUND
THE NECK RUN YOUR HAND OVER THEM, FEELING FOR ANY BUMP THAT MIGHT BE A TICK IF
YOU SHOULD FIND ONE.
I LIKE TO USE A PAIR OF TWEEZERS OR FORCEPS, AND ACE HERE DOES NOT HAVE ANY
TICKS ON HIM FORTUNATELY BUT I WOULD PART THE FUR, GRASP THE TICK DOWN NEAR
IT'S MOUTHPARTS WHERE IT'S ATTACHED TO THE SKIN, STAND THE TICK UP ON IT'S HEAD
AND PULL STRAIGHT OUT. I WOULD NOT TWIST OR ROTATE, JUST PULL STRAIGHT OUT.))
SUPER=01-Dr. Mark Finkler/Veterinarian; :
OUT Q=pull straight out.
It's also important to avoid getting any part of the tick on yourself, to
prevent the spread of toxins.
Also, you don't have to be in the woods to meet up with ticks, this year,
they are everywhere.
Worldwide, there are more than 800 tick species-- 100 of which can carry
Just as with humans, tick-bourne diseases can be deadly in pets if they're
not treated in time.
A 16-million dollar nationwide research project aims to find out if
estrogen can help prevent Alzheimer's disease in women.
Some eight-thousand women will be studied for nearly a decade, to see if
the hormone makes any difference.
The Alzheimer's Association supports the study-- but is urging women who
want to participate to discuss it with their doctors first.
A controversial over-the counter anti-aging product is now being stocked
in pharmacies and health stores.
It's called D-H-E-A-- for De-Hydro-Epi-Androsterone.
IN Q=It's the
SUPER=01-Dr. John Nestler/VCU Endocrinologist; : :30
SUPER=01-Sheila Levy/Patient; :38
SUPER=01-Dr. Morton Teich/Allergist; 1:12
OUT Q=hunt and kill for.
IN Q=It's the
((IT'S THE WONDER DRUG OF THE CENTURY.))
OUT Q=of the century.
Studies are just now getting underway-- and there are some who believe
D-H-E-A is the next wonder hormone.
It's made by the adrenal gland, sometimes referred to as the mother hormone
because it is transformed in the body into a whole host other very important
hormones, including cortisone and the sex hormones: testosterone, progesterone,
IN Q=In animal
(( DR. JOHN NESTLER, ENDOCRINOLOGIST, VIRGINIA COMMONWEALTH UNIVERSITY: IN
ANIMAL STUDIES THE ADMINISTRATION OF DHEA HAS BEEN SHOWN TO DECREASE
OBESITY, PREVENT DIABETES, DECREASE CANCER RATES, PREVENT ATHEROSCLEROSIS,
IMPROVE THE IMMUNE SYSTEM AND EVEN PROLONG LIFESPAN.
SHEILA LEVY/PATIENT: MY MEMORY JUST CAME BACK TOTALLY, THE WAY IT HAD BEEN
YEARS AGO, AND I REQUIRED LESS SLEEP, IT WAS JUST LIKE TURNING THE CLOCK
OUT Q=the clock back.
When we're young, our bodies produce DHEA in large quantities, but starting
in our 20's the amount decreases as we age.
DHEA was discovered in 1934, but just last summer researchers announced
findings suggesting that restoring DHEA levels in older people may have a
significant effect on aging.
But there's concern that not enough study has been given to DHEA's safety.
((DR. MORTON TEICH/ALLERGIST: POTENTIALLY IT CAN CONVERT INTO TESTOSTERONE AND
ESTROGEN, WE'RE TALKING ABOUT BREAST CANCER, WE'RE TALKING ABOUT PROSTATE
CANCER AND SO ON.))
OUT Q=and so on.
IN Q=I don't think
((DR. JOHN NESTLER: I DON'T THINK DHEA SHOULD BE AVAILABLE FOR COMMON
CONSUMPTION. I THINK DHEA HOLDS A LOT OF PROMISE. BUT WE NEED TO DO MORE
STUDIES IN MEN AND WOMEN BEFORE IT'S RELEASED IN THE MARKETPLACE. ))
OUT Q=in the marketplace.
IN Q=I just felt
((SHEILA LEVY, PATIENT: I JUST FELT WONDERFUL AND IT WAS SOMETHING THAT I
SAID LAUGHINGLY I WOULD HUNT AND KILL FOR.))
OUT Q=and kill for.
The reason DHEA is back on the shelves is because it is being marketed as
a dietary supplement.
Under a new law, dietary supplements are much harder for the FDA to
regulate, because they are no longer considered drugs or medicine.
More qualifying in about 30-minutes at the Charlotte Motor Speedway tonight.
Here's Steve Mason with the latest from the oval.
Good afternoon folks and welcome to a busy Thursday afternoon with the bulk
of the regional sports news taking place in the Queen City of Charlotte.
First Mike Stevens reports on tonight's second round of Coke 600 qualifying,
that gets underway at six.
IN Q=FIRST AUDIO
SUPER=03-Concord, NC/Last Night; :00
SUPER=01-Jeff Gordon/Coca-Cola 600 Pole Winner; :41
OUT Q=...NEWS 7 SPORTS."
In other news from Charlotte, the Hornets just might have a new head
San Antonio Spurs assistant coach Dave Cowens left Charlotte Douglas
International Airport today after spending all of yesterday with team
officials. Even though the job is not his yet, he's already talking about the
IN Q="We got
((DAVE COWENS/SPURS ASSISTANT COACH:))
SUPER=01-Dave Cowens/Spurs Assistant; :00
OUT Q=...san Antonio Bags"
From the hard wood to the freezer, game three of the NHL Western Conference
finals is on tap tonight in Denver as the Avalanche will try and take a
commanding 3 games to none lead.
The Detroit Red Wings have played without captain Steve Yzerman. That should
((STEVE YZERMAN/RED WINGS CAPTAIN:))
SUPER=01-Steve Yzerman/Red Wings Captain; :00
OUT Q=...play tonight"
More sports coming up at six, see ya then.
They were re-designed and supposed to be counterfeit-proof.
But at least 14 fake hundred dollar bills have already surfaced in
To those who know their money -- the bogus bills are easy to spot.
But the fakes were passed at four locations in Hopewell, five in
Petersburg and four in Chesterfield County.
A Secret Service agent says the counterfeits don't have Benjamin Franklin's
They also lack a special polyester thread and color shifting ink.
The new 100 dollar bills were introduced in March.
It was the first recognizable change in U-S currency since 1928.
(toss to robin)
(ROBIN tosses to jean)
Keith Humphry will be along with more news including the series "At Risk:
That's it for NEWS-7 at FIVE, goodnight.
Kids and Crime" tonight on NEWS-7 at SIX.