News-7 at FIVE is straight ahead--
At least six people are dead as two army helicopters collide in the air in
Kentucky late this afternoon.
The U-S Forest Service tells A-E-P, not in its backyard...
And victory is sweet for one Botetourt County community.
A tropical depression is sliding ashore along the coastal Carolinas, while
thunderstorms keep us tracking violent weather and the possibility of flash
floods, stay tuned for all the busy details.
On Health Check, we'll introduce you to five year-old boy
in Lexington who has a heart condition.
His family is battling the school board.
Plus, a new form of insulin for diabetics may make managing the disease a
After a five year wait, American Electric Power does not get the answer it
was looking for.
SS=news-7 at five
Good Evening this is NEWS-7 at Five, I'm Jean Jadhon.
Since the late 1980s American Electric Power's plan to build a new high
voltage transmission line in our area has sparked controversy.
Opponents of the line have emerged victorious in the latest battle over the
double boxes jean/Len
Len Besthoff says it has to do with the long awaited study by forest
officials about the line's potential environmental impact.
Len what does the report say?
(Len ad lib)
(rollcue: "...crosses federal lands.")
IN Q=we came to this
SUPER=01-Bill Damon/Forests Supervisor; :00
SUPER=03-Roanoke; :10 quick
SUPER=01-Ron Poff/AEP Project Manager; :20
OUT Q=private lands
(Len ad lib)
Double Boxes=Jean and Len
(Jean question: What's next for AEP?)
While the future of the power line may be in doubt,
chances the Smart Road will become reality appear MORE likely today.
SUPER=03-Montgomery Co./Last Night;
By a four-to-three vote, supervisors in Montgomery County are allowing the
state to build the high tech road through an agricultural district.
The Commonwealth must now approve its design, buy land on the route and hire
a company to construct the road.
A groundbreaking COULD take place early next year.
But the department of transportation says nothing is definite.
A collision in the air between two Army Blackhawk helicopters less than an
hour ago at Fort Campbell, Kentucky.
An Army spokesman at the Pentagon says at least six soldiers were killed.
The collision happened during an air assault demonstration less than an
The choppers are part of the elite Airborne Division.
The suspected Unabomber is now charged with four attacks.
Theodore Kaczynski was indicted today-
Two for fatal attacks in Sacramento.
Two others involved mail bombs allegedly mailed in Sacramento.
Officials suspect Kaczynski was involved in at least 16 bombings.
The investigation is continuing.
The Federal Aviation Administration is changing the way it does business-
SUPER=03-Dade Co., FL/Last Month;
The move comes after the Valujet crash last month that killed 110 people.
The FAA is beefing up its inspections-
Also announced- the early retirement of its long time enforcement chief.
IN Q=the FAA
((FEDERICO PENA/TRANSPORTATION SECRETARY: THE FAA LOOKED ITSELF IN THE MIRROR
AND IT FOUND THAT ORGANIZATIONAL AND MANAGEMENT CHANGES WERE NEEDED.))
SUPER=01-Federico Pena/Transportation Secretary;
OUT Q=were needed."
Pena is calling on Congress to change the mission of the agency.
It's been responsible for air safety and promoting commerce since 1958.
Pena wants the mission to be safety and only safety.
Two black church fires overnight in Mississippi appear to be arson-
The churches burned to the ground in Kossuth last night.
They're only five miles from a white church where it appears there was a
failed arson attempt.
Investigators found an in-cendiary device outside that church.
SUPER=03-Rocky Point, NC;
Meanwhile a black church fire in North Carolina yesterday may not be
arson after all.
State Attorney General Mike Easley says instead, the cause appears to be
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Straight ahead on NEWS-7 at FIVE-- Delegate Robert Nelms pleads guilty in
And the voices of some residents in Botetourt County are heard-- as a
speech clinic tries to expand.
On Health Check, how alcohol intake effects your performance on the job-- the
Plus, the Postal Service is hoping to stamp out breast cancer.
A little later, how hard is it to slide down the chimney like Santa Claus?
When NEWS-7 at Five continues, one woman found out it's a lot harder than it
A Lynchburg man is found guilty of voluntary manslaughter in connection with
the city's first murder of the year.
29-year old Danny Ricardo Jones argued he acted in self-defense when he shot
and killed Robert Lewis Allen in January.
But a jury this afternoon rejected that claim and convicted Jones on both
manslaughter and firearms charges.
IN Q=I think the
((KIM WHITE/PROSECUTOR: I THINK THE JURY HAD SOME VERY DIFFICULT ISSUES,
DIFFICULT FACTS TO DEAL WITH AND I THINK THEY PLUGGED ALL THOSE FACTS INTO THE
INSTRUCTIONS AND CAME UP WITH A VERY JUST VERDICT.))
SUPER=01-Kim White/Prosecutor; :00
OUT Q=very just verdict.
The jury recommended Jones serve a total of five years, he remains free on
bond until formal sentencing.
The Suffolk Delegate who said he was just urinating in public has finally
pleaded GUILTY to indecent exposure.
Republican Robert Nelms made the plea today in a Richmond court.
Ellen Qualls joins us from our Richmond newsroom.
Why did he stop fighting this charge?
Jean, Delegate Nelms has said from the time News 7 first reported this
arrest in February that he was just urinating in a Richmond park.
LIVE=Ellen full via State Microwave;
But he was never charged with that lesser crime.
And today's GUILTY plea means we'll probably never hear the vice officer's
testimony about what he saw that night.
IN Q=This has been
SUPER=01-Jim Roberts/Nelms' Attorney; :00
SUPER=01-Claire Cardwell/Richmond Prosecutor; :24
OUT Q=ask it differently.
((JIM ROBERTS/NELMS' ATTORNEY: THIS HAS BEEN A SOURCE OF GREAT STRESS AND
GREAT PAIN FOR THE FAMILY. THUS, NEITHER DELEGATE NELMS OR I WILL MAKE ANY
FURTHER COMMENT AND THAT'S IT. THANK YOU.))
Prosecutors say a charge of indecently exposing one's private parts in
public is reserved for crimes of a sexual nature.
A GUILTY plea means Nelms agrees the vice detective's testimony would show
((CLAIRE CARDWELL/RICHMOND PROSECUTOR: THE QUESTION WAS ASKED WHETHER OR NOT
HE WOULD STIPULATE THAT THE EVIDENCE WOULD BE SUFFICIENT TO PROVE HIS GUILT
BEYOND A REASONABLE DOUBT AND HE ANSWERED AFFIRMATIVELY. I heard that question
but it wasn't the question that's usually asked which is "are you pleading
guilty because you are in fact guilty?" THAT PARTICULAR QUESTION CAN BE ASKED
IN EITHER FORM AND DIFFERENT JUDGES ASK IT DIFFERENTLY.))
His sentence is a 50- dollar fine, he's banned from Richmond parks and rec
facilities for life,double boxes Jean/Ellen
and he could face 30 days in jail if he commits any OTHER crimes in the next
(questions: What happened to his claim of legislative immunity from
He used that to get this charge dropped first in April.
A grand jury reinstated it.
Prosecutor Claire Cardwell said today that was probably a misuse of the law
intended to keep arrests from impeding with the business of General Assembly
He was arrested three hours after the House of Delegates had adjourned for
Question: When will Robert Nelms next face voters?
Next November all the House of Delegates seats are up for grabs again.
Nelms would NOT say today what his future campaign plans are.)
The Botetourt County Board of Supervisors listened with open minds... and
won the hearts of a small community.
A speech clinic wanted to expand into the Reservoir Road neighborhood near
The only thing needed to complete the deal was rezoning by the board.
Members heard from a number of residents all of whom were against the idea.
IN Q=We don't
SUPER=01-Sonny Bruce/Botetourt Co. Resident; :00
SUPER=01-Norma McCone/Botetourt Co. Resident; :15
OUT Q=our community
The board of supervisors unanimously voted against the rezoning.
That came as wonderful surprise to residents... who thought the project was
a done deal.
Officials at the speech clinic said they have no other locations picked out.
Ahead on NEWS-7 at FIVE-- A ski resort is given quite a display--
as an overactive volcano in New Zealand sends miles of steam, ash and lava
flying--don't go away.
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A colorful pre-dawn spectacle in New Zealand.
A volcano on New Zealand's North Island spewed molten rocks into the air--
blotting out the sun with an 8-mile high plume of steam and ash.
Witnesses said it looked like thousands of bright red skyrockets.
The eruption came six days after scientists said volcanic activity had
subsided on the nine thousand foot mountain.
Ash several inches deep blanketed the area as far as 70 miles north of the
There were no reports of injuries or major damage around the mountain- which
is a popular ski area.
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Stay tuned-- the Roanoke Valley Horse Show celebrates its Silver
Mike has a preview-- in the Two Minute Ticker.
On Health Check, this is the time of year when many kids are reaching their
maximum playing potential.
But be careful your little one doesn't get dehydrated.
((HOPEFULLY WE CATCH IT EARLY, PARENTS CATCH IT EARLY AND GET THEIR KIDS TO
DRINK AND GET THEM OUT OF THE SUN BEFORE THEY DEVELOP SEVERE DEHYDRATION.))
OUT Q=develop severe dehydration.
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This summer as the temperatures stay perched in the 90's, experts are
issuing a warning to beware of dehydration-- especially among children.
SUPER=04-Baylor College of Medicine; :
There are varying degrees of the condition.
With mild dehydration, simply drinking water will help.
But with moderate dehydration, children can lose between five to seven
percent of their body weight.
IN Q=What one finds
((DR. ROBERT SHULMAN/PEDIATRICIAN: WHAT ONE FINDS IN MODERATE DEHYDRATION IS IN
ADDITION TO HAVING THIRST THE CHILD WILL BECOME LISTLESS AND LETHARGIC, AND
SORT OF LOSE THEIR ENERGY BY THE TIME THEY MOVE INTO SEVERE DEHYDRATION, THEY
ARE VERY LETHARGIC, AND TO SOME DEGREE UNRESPONSIVE, THEY'RE NOT URINATING, AND
THAT'S AN IMPORTANT SIGN.))
SUPER=01-Dr. Robert Shulman/Pediatrician; :
OUT Q=important sign
So, it's important to drink plenty of fluids BEFORE you go outside,
because if you wait until you're thirsty, your body is already well on its way
to becoming dehydrated.
In Lexington a couple is at odds with school officials over their sick
The 5-year-old boy suffers from a severe congenital heart disease and his
parents believe school policy would make his situation even worse.
DOUBLE BOXES Connie/Ron
Ron Jones was in Lexington today and has more on the story.
Connie, 5-year-old Ryan Turpin has had five heart operations,SUPER=@RON1;
a cardiac arrest, he's been treated for multiple stomach ulcers and has an
His parents are angry with school officials because they say Ryan will be
forced out of a preschool in Buena Vista and placed in a new one in Lexington.
Ryan's commuted from his home in Lexington to a special education program in
Buena Vista for the past THREE years-- all part of his rehabilitation and
But school officials say because of cramped conditions in Buena Vista,
special ed children must attend the new facility in Lexington.
IN Q=Economically advantageous for
((DR. NICHOLAS MASCHAL/LEXINGTON SCHOOL ADMINISTRATOR: ECONOMICALLY
ADVANTAGEOUS FOR US AND FOR BUENA VISTA FOR US TO BRING OUR PROGRAM BACK HERE.
IT'S ALSO GOING TO BE ADVANTAGEOUS IN THAT WE CAN OFFER A BETTER INSTRUCTIONAL
PROGRAM WITH MORE ENGAGED LEARNING TIME FOR THE STUDENTS.))
SUPER=01-Dr. Nicholas Maschal/Lexington School Administrator;
OUT Q=time for the students.
His parents say that CAN'T happen because the sudden change in environment
would cause unnecessary emotional stress on Ryan.
One of Ryan's doctors even wrote school officials stating a change could
cause serious and perhaps permanent damage to his progress.
IN Q=They didn't care that
((LISA TURPIN/RYAN'S MOTHER: THEY DIDN'T CARE THAT THE DOCTOR WAS SAYING THAT
IT COULD HARM. AND WE WERE TOLD THAT WAS ONE DOCTOR'S OPINION AND THAT WHAT
ONE DOCTOR SAID BASICALLY DIDN'T MATTER.))
SUPER=01-Lisa Turpin/Ryan's Mother;
OUT Q=basically didn't matter.
The Turpins have written another letter to school officials asking them to
They have yet to hear from them.
double boxes connie/ron
Lexington's school administrator says a final decision will be made within
the next couple of weeks.
We'll just have to wait and see.
A new type of insulin for diabetics is promising to work faster than
The F-D-A has approved Humalog-- to be available only by prescription.
The manufacturer-- Eli Lilly-- switched two amino acids in the synthetic
hormone so that it would get into the bloodstream more quickly.
Currently, diabetics must take insulin about an hour before eating so the
hormone has time to get into the body and process sugar.
Humalog makes it possible for patients to take their shots as little as 15
minutes before eating.
The F-D-A has approved another new drug-- this one for people with
colorectal cancer that has not responded to all other available treatments.
The drug, irinotecan (ih-RIH'-noh-TEE'-kan), will be sold under the brand
Having one drink too many may not affect your job performance at the
office the next day -- that is if you're a manager.
A Penn State University professor studied managers and professionals who
had four to six drinks the night before work.
He found that though they felt miserable-- their decision-making performance
was not compromised.
Previous studies of drivers, pilots and doctors have shown that a hangover
does indeed harm performance.
The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism notes the study isn't
a license to go out and get drunk before work.
GRAPHIC=US POSTAL SERVICE
The U-S Postal Service has issued a new first class stamp to promote breast
SUPER=03-Ft. Myers, FL;
Hundreds of thousands of women each year in the U-S are diagnosed with
The postal service says it hopes every time a woman mails a letter she will
be reminded of the importance of early diagnosis.
Time for sports-- the streets of Chicago were filled with celebrations today
following the Bulls championship win.
A very rested Mike Stevens returns from vacation with tonight's Two Minute
Good afternoon everybody and welcome to the Tuesday ticker.
Let's get started with another chapter in the Chicago Bulls victory
This afternoon in Grant Park, thousands of fans turned out to honor their
A team of Dennis Rodman dancers set the stage for the one and only to make
his entrance wearing a Cook County sheriff's department shirt, and carrying the
Michael Jordan promised the fans a fifth title, if they keep the team in
Earlier in the day, Jordan picked up his record fourth NBA finals MVP award,
and a brand new NISSAN Pathfinder.
He then gave thanks to his teammates and his family.
IN Q="I think...
((MICHAEL JORDAN/NBA FINALS MVP:))
SUPER=01-Michael Jordan/NBA Finals MVP; :00
OUT Q=...IT FOR HIM."
The Roanoke Valley Horse Show is celebrating it's silver anniversary this
This week, the show is taking the Salem Civic Center by storm.
The Hunter classes are competing today and tonight. The horse show runs
through this Saturday. Competition begins at 8 am and concludes around 10:30
IN Q="We are
((JUNE CAMPER/HORSE SHOW CO-CHAIRMAN:))
((GARY GARONE/FAIRFIELD SOUTH STABLE:))
SUPER=01-June Camper/Horse Show Co-Chairman; :00
SUPER=01-Gary Garone/Fairfield South Stable; :13
OUT Q=....with that story"
Coming up at 6, More on the Bulls and we will tell you about Albert Belle's
What do you do when you get locked out of your house?
One woman tried to solve the problem herself, with the same trick of Old
SUPER=03-El Cajon, CA;
Unfortunately she could not slide down the chimney like Santa Claus.
Instead she was trapped inside the chimney for nearly five hours.
Heather (Jay-Hen) Jahen was stuck ten feet down into her chimney at about
two in the morning.
Firefighters rigged an elaborate device to pull her up.
((BATT. CHIEF ED JARRELL/EL CAJON FIRE DEPT.: HER HANDS WERE ABOVE HER HEAD
AND WE WERE ABLE TO GET DEVICE AROUND HER WRIST AND PULL HER UP THAT WAY. ))
SUPER=01-Batt. Chief Ed Jarrell/El Cajon Fire Dept.; :02
OUT Q=UP THAT WAY.
The 25-year-old only suffered minor scrapes and bruises.
The rescue cost the city nearly one thousand dollars.
She may be forced to pay the bill.
Coming up tonight on NEWS-7 at Six...
A judge in Henry County says the punishment didn't fit the crime.
Today, he ordered the school board to take another look at the case of 16-
year-old Brian Wood.
Wood was expelled from Bassett High School earlier this year after he
carried a pocket knife on a field trip.
Wood and his parents said the punishment was too harsh... and today the
judge apparently agreed.
More on the story and the rest of the day's news weather and sports in one
That's it for NEWS-7 at FIVE, goodnight.