Up next on News 7 at Five-
The Air Force is reassigning three officers- after the investigation of the
crash that killed Ron Brown.
Who wins in Israel. We'll have the latest.
Plus the work of these elementary students is saving eight- hundred trees.
Looks really chilly for this time of year. Sheltered valleys in the
highlands may drop into the 30s.
On Health Check--
Deciphering what's really in your medical bills.
Plus, we'll have advice on strengthening your back, after an injury.
The Air Force re-assigns three officers after investigating the plane
crash that killed Commerce Secretary Ron Brown.
GRAPHIC=news-7 at five
Good Evening this is NEWS-7 at Five, I'm Jean Jadhon.
SS=mil crash inv
The three commanded an airlift wing based in Germany.
While the action comes as a result of the crash investigation, top brass
say that investigation is not complete-the crash is still under review.
((COLONEL DOUG KENNETT/PENTAGON SPOKESMAN: THE ACTION TAKEN BY GENERAL
HEFFELBAUER DOES NOT INFER ANY JUDGMENT REGARDING THE CAUSE OF THE ACCIDENT OR
THE INVOLVEMENT OF THESE THREE INDIVIDUALS. IT INDICATES SIMPLY HE'S LOST
CONFIDENT IN THEIR ABILITY TO CARRY OUT THEIR DUTIES.))
SUPER=01-Col. Doug Kennett/Pentagon Spokesman;
OUT Q=out their duties."
Kennett says the three will be re-assigned.
They have not been forced out of the service.
It's too close to call in Israel.
No official winner in the race for Prime Minister.
SUPER=03-Tel Aviv, Israel;
As of right now Opposition Leader Benjamin (Net-an-YAH-hoo) Netanyahu
holds a paper thin lead.
Incumbent Shimon Peres could still hang onto his spot. He trails Netanyahu
by less than one percent.
A Virginia Tech professor fears for the future of the Middle East if
(Net-an-YAH-hoo) Netanyahu wins.
William (Ox-enwald) Ochsenwald has lived in Israel and studied the Middle
He predicts much more suspicion between a (Lee-KOOD) Likud- led Israeli
government and the Palestinians.
And he says peace agreements with Syria and Lebanon are now highly in doubt.
((WILLIAM OCHSENWALD/VA TECH HISTORY PROFESSOR: THE CHANCES FOR PEACE WILL BE
LESS, PARTICULARLY WITH SYRIA. I'D SAY THEY'VE GONE TO ABOUT ZERO NOW, AT LEAST
FOR THE NEXT YEAR OR TWO. AND OF COURSE IF THERE'S NO PEACE WITH SYRIA THERE'S
NO PEACE WITH LEBANON. ))
SUPER=01-William Ochsenwald/Va. Tech History Professor;
OUT Q=peace with Lebanon.
(Ox-enwald) Ochsenwald says the Palestinian peace agreement was President
Clinton's greatest foreign policy achievement, but now it could lose some
Virginia is now alone in its battle with the federal government over Goals
New Hampshire filed its paperwork by today's deadline to allow local school
divisions to apply for the education funds if they chose.
Ellen Qualls is in our Richmond newsroom.
Where does that leave Virginia?
In a political mudfight, with one more month to change some minds
or lose almost seven million dollars.
Governor George Allen chose deadline day to blast Lieutenant Governor Don
Beyer for opposing him.
((GOV. GEORGE ALLEN: HERE THEY ARE TELLING THE CLINTON ADMINISTRATION TO DENY
OUR WAIVERS. AND I JUST, YOU KNOW THAT'S I THINK UNFORTUNATELY DISLOYAL TO
VIRGINIA AND OUR POSITION.))
The Governor went further in a letter to Beyer, saying the Democrat's
position that Goals 2000 didn't come with strings attached was "strikingly
That's after Allen's appointees to the State Board of Education requested a
"no strings" agreement and got a public "no way" from the U.S. Department of
Lieutenant Governor Beyer says, as for the charge of disloyalty, he'll stand
with Allen when he thinks he's right -- and has done so on issues like the
Governor's new school testing program.
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(Q&A=What about the remaining strings?
Well in a letter from U.S. Education Secretary Richard Riley to the Allen
Administration, those minimum requirements to accept the funds include:
-- the state must have a comprehensive plan focused on helping all students
meet certain academic standards
-- local school agencies must be allowed to compete for the funds -- and
some money would be used for teacher training
-- and the state must report how it uses the funds and how many children
Virginia now has 30 days left to think about that before the money's divided
up between other states.)
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Straight ahead--the National Spelling Bee is wrapping up, contestants from
throughout the country have already been stung.
Conservative care for spine problems-- we'll hear about some of the ways to
heal after a back injury.
The story, plus, deciphering your hospital bills...advice from the
experts, on Health Check.
Patrick is checking out the Farmer's Market in Salem--
That's the topic of tonight's Growin It-- when NEWS-7 returns.
Kids may not like curfews, but President Clinton says they're needed.
SUPER=03-New Orleans, LA;
He's urging communities to use curfews to cut down on youth crime.
The President told a church audience, young people need more order and
structure in their lives.
((IT BASICALLY SAYS IF YOU'RE YOUNG, AFTER A CERTAIN TIME YOU OUGHT TO BE HOME,
NOT ON THE STREET WHERE YOU CAN GET SHOT OR FALL IN WITH A BAD CROWD.))
OUT Q=WITH A BAD CROWD."
Clinton says kids under 17 would have to be in by eight on school nights,
eleven on weekends.
He says the curfew already in place in New Orleans has cut down on youth
Scholars from across the country converged on the area this afternoon,
focusing on serious issues in America.
It is called a "diversity dialogue,"--with topics including racism and
Organizers hope discussions like these will help combat multicultural
problems in the 21st century.
IN Q=This is
((PAT HARBOUR/DIVERSITY DIALOGUE: THIS IS SORT OF THE RESEARCH STAGE AND WHAT I
CALL IT IS ORGANIC RESEARCH IN THAT WE BRING PEOPLE TOGETHER SO THAT IT'S
DYNAMIC. AND SO EACH ONE OF THESE DIALOGUE SESSIONS THIS YEAR AND THEN NEXT
YEAR IS REALLY ABOUT GETTING DATA. ))
SUPER=01-Pat Harbour/Diversity Dialogue;
OUT Q=getting data
Harbour says it's important NOT to offer a quick fix for social issues.
She says it will likely take years before any real solutions are offered.
Diversity Dialogues like these have already taken place in Washington D- C,
and San Francisco.
Some Roanoke Valley elementary school students were rewarded this afternoon
Students and Kroger stores teamed up to collect more than 47 tons of phone
This first grader from Herman L-Horne Elementary school picked up more the
IN Q=My dad.
((LAURA KEITH/COLLECTED 3,879 BOOKS: MY DAD. HE HELP ME GET EM.))
SUPER=01-Laura Keith/Collected 3,879 Books;
OUT Q=He help me get em.
The first-runner up attends Fishburne Park.
The second-grader collected about 27-hundred directories.
IN Q=We collected
((HALIE DAVIS/COLLECTED 2,717 BOOKS: WE COLLECTED THEM AROUND THE NEIGHBORHOOD
AND WE WENT TO BUILDINGS AND OFFICES.))
SUPER=01-Halie Davis/Collected 2,717 Books;
OUT Q=building and offices.
Students from Penn Forest also too part.
Bell Atlantic officials say the recycling saves about 800 trees.
What's down at the Salem's farmers Market this time of year? We sent
Patrick Evans out to check for this week's Growin It.
(Patrick ad lib)
stocks bump next
The Salem Farmer's Market offers local farmers and growers a place to share
their goods with the public in an open setting.
DOUBLE BOX JEAN/PATRICK
Patrick Evans joins us to let us know when the peak season for the market
SUPER=01-Lloyd Tingler/Farmers Market Manager;
DOUBLE BOX PATRICK/ROBIN
health music under
Stick around for more NEWS-7 at FIVE...Mike Stevens tells us about some
minor penalties facing the Virginia Tech basketball program.
And on Health Check--
Chiropractor and Physical Therapist
Rick Sidor (CIDER) explains his plan of action for healing back pain.
It's often patients who bear a good bit of responsibility.
IN Q=I'm going
((I'M GOING TO SEE THEM ABOUT A HALF HOUR TO 45 MINUTES DURING THOSE THREE
TIMES A WEEK THAT LEAVES AN AWFUL LOT OF HOURS DURING THEM REST OF THE WEEK
FOR THEM TO UNDO WHAT WE'VE DONE. ))
OUT Q=what we've done.
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The region has another spine specialist-- this one focuses on conservative
Dr. Rick Sidor (CIDER) with the Spine Rehab Center is a trained
chiropractor AND physical therapist.
He's got a host of treatments, to improve back trouble.
The goal-- to increase strength, flexibility and endurance.
IN Q=We do some
SUPER=01-Dr. Rick Sidor/Spine Rehab Center; :00
SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.; :37
SUPER=01-Robin Short/Patient; :54
OUT Q=will arise.
IN Q=We do some
((DR. RICK SIDOR/SPINE REHAB CENTER: WE DO SOME OF THE MORE TYPICAL
TRADITIONAL THINGS INVOLVED WITH PHYSICAL THERAPY AND CHIROPRACTIC. WE HAVE
MODALITIES USING ULTRASOUND AND MUSCLE STIMULATION TO HELP RELAX MUSCLES AND
MUSCLE SPASMS. DO A LOT OF HANDS ON WORK, ALMOST LIKE A MASSAGE BUT IT'S NOT A
FEEL GOOD MASSAGE. IT'S A MASSAGE THAT GETS INTO WORK OUT MUSCLE SPASMS. I USE
MANIPULATION WHEN IT'S CALLED FOR TO FREE UP SPINAL JOINTS THAT BECOME
OUT Q=that become restricted.
And then there's exercise-- and lots of it.
Robin Short demonstrates some of the techniques she does at home, and in
her sessions-- to help her back heal.
She was in a car accident last August-- she's endured intense pain, and at
one point lost the use of her right arm.
IN Q=He's helped
((ROBIN SHORT/PATIENT: HE'S HELPED ME BUILD UP AND AS MUCH AS I DIDN'T WANT TO
ADMIT IT THE EXERCISES HAVE HELP MORE THAN ANYTHING THE THERAPY AND MASSAGE
MAKES ME FEEL GOOD AND EVERYTHING BUT THE DAY TO DAY STRENGTHENING WITH THE
EXERCISES, THAT'S WHAT HAS HELPED KEEP IS STRONG IN THE LONG RUN.))
OUT Q=in the long run.
Studies have found the best predictor of long-term disability from back
pain is a person's general fitness level.
This is why Sidor focuses on body alignment and TOTAL fitness- as aches and
pains often hide their true sources.
IN Q=A lot of
((A LOT OF TIMES WHAT WE FIND IS SOMEBODY WHO HAS CHRONIC NECK PROBLEMS WILL
ALSO HAVE SOME WEAKNESS IN THE SHOULDERS AND SOME OF THE NECK MUSCLES ARE
TRYING TO DO WHAT THE SHOULDER MUSCLES ARE NO LONGER DOING. BECAUSE THEY ARE
WEAK SO THEY GET CALLED UP ON DO ACTIVITIES THAT THEY MAY NOT BE MADE TO DO AND
THAT'S WHERE THE SYMPTOMS MAY ARISE. ))
OUT Q=will arise.
Personal responsibility is also a significant part of Sidor's rehab
What a patient learns here must be practiced at home, too.
Sidor points out that humans lose about five percent of their strength and
cardiovascular function each decade.
For Americans though, that loss is more like 13-percent each decade.
Yesterday on Health Check, we talked about some of the technical wrangles
patients face, sorting out their medicare or private insurance.
More on the topic today, as 60-to-90 percent of hospital bills contain some
sort of error-- and it's usually in favor of the hospital.
One source of confusion for patients may be that after a hospital stay, you
might receive two sets of statements:
One from the hospital, and another from the professionals-- the physicians
who were involved in treatment, but who don't work for the hospital itself.
So first you'll get a statement, but it's important to request an itemized
IN Q=It's important
((JAN SEDORIS/R.N., AUTHOR: IT'S IMPORTANT TO DO THIS BECAUSE THE CONSUMER
SHOULD NOT RELY ON THE ASSURANCE THAT THEIR INSURANCE COMPANY IS GOING TO
AUTOMATICALLY CHECK FOR ERRORS AND AUDIT ALL HOSPITAL BILLS.))
OUT Q=all hospital bills
***CONNIE AUDIO ON CART****
Nancy Collins and Jan Sedoris have been conducting audits for hospitals for
more than 15- years.
Now they've written a consumer guide to understanding hospital bills--- the
book details the most common errors.
IN Q=We just recently
((WE JUST RECENTLY DID ONE WHERE THERE WERE DUPLICATING CHARGES FOR OPERATING
ROOM TIME, RECOVER ROOM TIME, ANESTHESIA, AND AFTER WE LOOKED AT IT, THE BILL
WAS HALVED BECAUSE OF THIS.
NANCY COLLINS/R.N., AUTHOR: SOME OF THEM ARE COMPUTER ERRORS. THE PULMONARY
SCREEN EXAM WHICH USUALLY RUNS AROUND A HUNDRED DOLLARS SHOWED UP ON THIS BILL
AT 37-THOUSAND 148 DOLLARS.
A KEY COULD HAVE BEEN HELD DOWN TOO LONG OR TOO MANY TIMES BUT WHEN WE SAW THIS
BILL IT WAS DEFINITELY A RED FLAG. THERE'S SOMETHING WRONG WITH A SIMPLE
OUT Q=pulmonary screen.
While odds are you WON'T find a 37-thousand dollar error, experts say it's
worth taking a look, and checking for duplicate charges.
In sports, just one matinee game to report from the diamond today--
But first-- what did the Virginia Tech basketball program do to get slapped
with some minor penalties?? Mike Stevens has details in tonight's Ticker.
Good afternoon everybody and welcome to the Thursday afternoon two minute
Yesterday, the folks at Virginia tech were breaking ground on a 1 point 8
million dollar sports complex, today they were busy breaking the news that the
NCAA had decided to punish the school's basketball program.
SUPER=03-Blacksburg/Last Season; :00
Last season the Hokies internal tracking system found out that student
athletes had improperly reimbursed the University for some travel expenses,
thus breaking an NCAA rule.
IN Q="When a player...
((DAVE BRAINE/VA. TECH ATHLETIC DIRECTOR:))
SUPER=01-Dave Braine/Va. Tech Athletic Director; :00
OUT Q=...THE VIOLATION."
Tech imposed two in-house sanctions on the hoop program allowing only two
coaches to recruit off campus and cutting the days coaches could evaluate
talent by 20 percent.
But the NCAA decided that even though the infractions were secondary in
nature, Tech would lose one recruiting visit next year and lose one
IN Q="More than...
((DAVE BRAINE/VA. TECH ATHLETIC DIRECTOR:))
OUT Q=..A BETTER PROGRAM."
No coaches were part of the infractions, a travel coordinator misinterpreted
a rule that led to the infraction.
One game is in the books already today in the major leagues.
SUPER=03-Flushing, NY/Giants vs. Cards; :00
The New York Mets beat the Giants 1-to-nothing as Mets starter John Wilson
pitched eight strong innings, giving up just three hits and striking out eight.
SUPER=35-New York/==1/San Francisco/==0;
The game's only run came in the bottom of the 8th, when Jose Vizcaiano
singled got this RBI single to left.
Mets 1 and Giants nothing.
And the Glenvar Tennis team won its fifth straight state tennis title today
beating George Mason 5-to-4.
Congrats to the Highlanders.
I'll see you again at six. Have a super night.
take a break
The field of contestants is getting smaller at the 69th annual Scripps
Howard National Spelling Bee in Washington, DCTERMS.
((EMETIC: E-M-E-T-I-C. ))
SUPER=01-Iyelli Ichile/8th Grader;
Those eliminated today included the first profoundly deaf student to
The final session of the bee began at four today.
The winner takes home five-thousand dollars in cash, a one thousand dollar
savings bond and several other prizes.
(toss to robin)
(ROBIN tosses to jean)
As Virginia Republicans struggle to reach consensus on Senate and
Presidential candidates, they will oversee the end of an era this weekend.
Tomorrow, Virginia Republicans gather in Salem for their convention.
By John Warner's choice, they won't name a Senate candidate, but they will
name a new party chairman.
That means the end of the controversial Pat McSweeney era.
IN Q=We don't
((PAT MCSWEENEY/VA. GOP CHAIRMAN: WE DON'T ASK...PARTICULAR AGENDA.))
Tonight on NEWS-7 at Six, we'll look back on the McSweeney years and glance
That's it for NEWS-7 at Five, goodnight.
ahead at the near future of the GOP.