Up next on News 7 at Five-
Was evidence withheld in the trial of convicted murderer (Yenz SIR-ing)?
We'll have the latest.
Church fires are not limited to the South. We'll tell you where the latest
one broke out.
Plus fire at Lewis Gale Medical Center.
Showers are storms prompt more watches, but things are a little calmer than
yesterday, with more heat to come tomorrow. Stay tuned for your forecast.
And....Health Insurance fraud.
It turns out many people are
getting pampered with massages and (----------------)
plastic surgery-- and not paying for it. We'll show you what these hidden
cameras turned up-- on Health Check.
A minor court victory for the man convicted of killing his girlfriend's
Six years after he was convicted of murdering his girlfriend's parents, Jens
Soering will get yet another day in court.
The state Supreme Court has granted Soering a hearing to determine if
prosecutors withheld evidence in his 1990 trial.
Soering claims that evidence could clear him of the crime.
He was sentenced to two life terms for the 1995 murders of Derrick and Nancy
The Haysom's daughter Elizabeth is currently serving a 90 year term for her
part in the crime.
Bedford Circuit Court Judge William Sweeney will set a hearing date for
Soering's appeal within the next few weeks.
The church fires are not just affecting the South- and East, but now the
The latest blaze destroyed a racially mixed church in Portland.
Officials confirm the fire was set. (/////SOT/////)
((ROB WARE/PORTLAND FIRE BUREAU: A CHURCH FIRE IS NOT REAL USUAL IN PORTLAND.
IT DOESN'T HAPPEN A LOT AND GIVEN WHAT'S GOING ON AROUND THE COUNTRY THERE'S
GOING TO BE SOME ATTENTION GIVEN TO THIS FIRE.))
SUPER=01-Rob Ware/Portland Fire Bureau;
OUT Q=TO THIS FIRE."
No word on a motive in the Portland Fire-
Meanwhile two black men were arraigned for a North Carolina church fire.
Police say the two contractors were behind schedule working on the church
and had run out of money.
A Danville civil rights organization predicts the burning of black churches
will have a long term impact on low income families.
The President of the Danville Southern Christian Leadership Conference is
Reverend William Avon Keen says money that would've gone to low income
families is now needed to rebuild churches.
Keen invited business and church leaders to attend a leadership summit this
fall to address the issue.
IN Q=Our summit
((REV. WILLIAM AVON KEEN/DANVILLE SCLC, PRESIDENT:OUR SUMMIT WILL DEAL WITH THE
PSYCHOLOGICAL IMPACTS THAT IT IS HAVING ON CHURCHES EVERYWHERE., THE EMOTIONAL
HURT AND THE PAIN AND THE SUFFERING THAT WE ARE SEEING THROUGHOUT THE NATION.
SUPER=01-Rev. William Avon Keen/Danville SCLC, President; :00
OUT Q=throughout the nation.
The leadership summit is set for September 17th in Danville.
Authorities nabbed a suspect in connection with a fire at a
predominately white church in Scott County.
Peterson's Chapel in Duffield was torched at about four this morning.
The suspect is a white male-
He was reportedly drunk and initially unable to answer questions.
He's been charged with public intoxication.
The church was fully engulfed in flames when firefighters arrived.
Last year, the Roanoke County School system got failing marks for the
"Parental Responsibility Contract."
Now its been erased from the Virginia statutes.
The contract required parents to sign an agreement to take part in their
child's discipline-- or face a fine.
That sparked legal action from some parents who said their rights had been
The lawsuit is now settled.
Parents will now only be asked to acknowledge receiving a copy of the
school conduct code.
And if they choose not to there will not be a penalty.
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Straight ahead--on NEWS-7 at FIVE-- An emergency near the emergency
room-- We'll tell you about an early morning fire at Lewis Gale Medical Center,
And space shuttle Columbia blasts off.
The astronauts are getting down to work studying the effects of
weightlessness on the body.
And on Health Check, we'll tell you about a new program at Radford
University, for family nurse practitioners.
And in the summer many people spend a lot of time taking care of the trees
and shrubs around the house.
On Growin' It, Patrick Evans asks a Virginia Tech expert for advice on
protecting them from disease.
A clean liftoff for the Space Shuttle Columbia- as it attempts to break a
((THREE, TWO, ONE, AND WE HAVE LIFTOFF OF SPACE SHUTTLE COLUMBIA.))
SUPER=03-Cape Canaveral, FL;
OUT Q=of Space Shuttle Columbia."
The Mission will study the effect of space travel on the human body.
The crew is expected to stay in space for 17 days- the longest space
An independent prosecutor will handle the FBI Files Probe.
Attorney General Janet Reno says Whitewater Prosecutor Kenneth Starr will
investigate- not the Justice Department.
In Washington- former Republican employees whose files were requested-
testified before a Senate Committee.
((ANITA MCBRIDE/FORMER WHITE HOUSE WORKER: IT'S DISTURBING TO THINK THAT THE
VERY PRIVATE INFORMATION ABOUT US MAY APPEAR SOMEWHERE, SOMEDAY.))
((MARY KATE CARROLL/BUSH WHITE HOUSE AIDE: I WAS ASKED VERY PERSONAL
INFORMATION I WAS TOLD IT WOULD REMAIN PERSONAL AND I AM DEEPLY OFFENDED THAT
IT HAS NOT.))
SUPER=01-Anita McBride/Former White House Worker; 00
SUPER=01-Mary Kate Carroll/Bush White House Aide;
OUT Q=THAT IT HAS NOT."
The FBI says the White House requested more than 400 background files on
Authorities are investigating a Fire at Lewis Gale Medical Center.
It happened this morning-
destroying most of a machine used to treat waste material.
But officials aren't sure if problems with the machine caused the blaze.
No patients were injured and no one was evacuated, but traffic in the area
was tied up for a while.
Firefighters responded to the blaze after receiving reports of smoke coming
from the emergency room.
A disease is stalking the trees and shrubs of Virginia Tech, as Patrick
Evans tells us...
Plant Pathologist Mary Ann Hansen joins us to show us the disease and give
recommendations on treatment coming up on Growin' It, next.
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Some trees on the campus of Virginia Tech are about to be taken down, due
to a disease that has attacked them.
DOUBLE BOXES=PATRICK/MARY ANN HANSEN/Microwave
It's something that can effect most pine trees, and here to tell us more
about the disease is Mary Ann Hansen, a Plant Pathologist from Virginia Tech.
SUPER=01-Mary Ann Hansen/Plant Pathologist;
(ROLL TAPE AFTER SUPER IS OUT)
(Mary Ann, thanks for joining us today. Tell me what the disease is that we
are looking at?
What types of trees usually see the most damage?
When does the disease do it's damage?
What treatments are available?
Can you prevent it's onset?)
DOUBLE BOX PATRICK/MARY ANN HANSEN
My thanks to Mary Ann Hansen from the department of Plant Pathology at Virginia
health music under
There's much more to come on News 7 at 5--one of baseball's biggest stars is
sidelined by injury, again. Mike Stevens will have details.
And on Health Check--
A Virginia doctor may lose his license to practice, for prescribing chronic
pain patients unusually heavy doses of narcotics.
The state board of medicine wants him stopped-- even though he has the
support of some prominent pain specialists.
IN Q=We also have
((WE ALSO HAVE TWO PEOPLE THAT ARE DECEASED. ))
OUT Q=are deceased.
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Chronic pain is a condition affecting up to 50 million Americans.
But how far can a physician go in prescribing narcotics to treat it?
That's what the State Board of Medicine is deciding this week, as DC
physician may lose his license to practice in Virginia.
The Medical Board claims Dr. William Hurwitz's excessive prescribing of
narcotics may have caused the deaths of two of his patients-- a 37 year old
woman, and a 36-year-old man.
And the Board worries his other two-hundred patients may be in danger of
IN Q=I prescribe these
((DR. WILLIAM HURWITZ: I PRESCRIBE THESE PATIENTS IN A WAY TO RELIEVE PEOPLE'S
PAIN. THE PATIENTS WHO COME TO ME AND TELL ME THEY ARE OFTEN AT THE VERGE OF
KILLING THEMSELVES. ))
SUPER=01-Dr. William Hurwitz/
OUT Q=killing themselves
Connie on ENG
This patient takes up to 50 powerful narcotic painkillers-- including
morphine-- every day, to rid her chronic back pain.
She ingests levels that would cause addiction, disorientation, and even
death to the average person.
A large body of medical research has found it's because narcotics
apparently work differently in chronic pain sufferers.
Still, the board says it's unacceptable to have some patients-- taking
nearly 25-thousand pills over a year's time.
IN Q=I don't think
((JOHN HASTY/VIRGINIA MEDICAL BOARD: I DON'T THINK IT TAKES A ROCKET SCIENTIST
TO FIGURE OUT THAT'S VERY EXCESSIVE. ))
SUPER=01-John Hasty/Virginia Medical Board; :
OUT Q=very excessive.
Dr. Hurwitz's hearing continues through tomorrow in Richmond.
He does have the support of some of the nation's most prominent pain
specialists-- who agree chronic pain patients build up tolerance, which
requires higher doses to relieve pain, but at no greater risk.
If high health insurance premiums are getting your goat, consider this
It turns out some people are getting massages, facials, and plastic
surgery-- for cosmetic purposes only, without paying for them.
By calling it medical treatment, it's billed to health insurance...and
guess who ends up paying in the end?
IN Q=The common
OUT Q=I can't remember.
IN Q=The common
((THE COMMON DENOMINATOR OF OPERATING HERE IS GREED. THE DOCTOR'S GREED AND THE
PATIENT'S GREED. ))
OUT Q=patient's greed.
At Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield in New York, they're trying to do
something about fraud.
IN Q=We've got about
((WE'VE GOT ABOUT 40 UNDERCOVER OPERATIONS GOING ON RIGHT NOW. WHY? BECAUSE HOW
ELSE ARE YOU GOING TO FIND OUT WHAT'S GOING ON IN A DOCTOR'S OFFICE? ))
To find out firsthand, CBS correspondent Roberta Baskin went to different
doctors under investigation by insurance companies.
Take her visit to Manhattan plastic surgeon, Dr. Felix Shiffman.
IN Q=I simply told him
((I SIMPLY TOLD HIM, I WAS TIRED OF MY OLD NOSE AND WANTED A NEW ONE. BUT MY
INSURANCE COMPANY WON'T PAY FOR A NEW NOSE UNLESS IT'S A MEDICAL NECESSITY.
SOMEHOW, DR. SHIFFMAN WAS ABLE TO MAKE A DIAGNOSIS, BEFORE EVEN LOOKING AT MY
NOSE. DR. SHIFFMAN CONCLUDES MY NEW NOSE WILL COST FOUR-THOUSAND DOLLARS.
NOW THAT WAS GOING TO BE BILLED TO BLUE CROSS/BLUE SHIELD? HOW EASY IS IT FOR A
DOCTOR TO PUT DOWN DEVIATED SEPTUM FOR BLUE CROSS BLUE SHIELD, AND YOU GUYS
FOR A CROOKED DOCTOR, VERY EASY.
FINALLY WE WENT BACK TO DR SHIFFMAN AND ASKED HOW HE DIAGNOSES DEVIATED
SEPTUM-- A CONDITION COVERED BY INSURANCE.
WHAT WOULD YOU HAVE TO DO TO FIND OUT? DR. SHIFFMAN: WELL I WOULD PUT ON A
AND EXAMINE WITH A SPECULUM THE INSIDE OF YOUR NOSE.
HEADLIGHT? SPECULUM INSIDE THE NOSE?
NOT DURING MY EXAMINATION.
YOU DON'T REMEMBER ME, DO YOU? BECAUSE I CAME IN AND YOU GAVE ME A DIAGNOSIS OF
HAVING A DEVIATED SEPTUM. DO YOU THINK I HAVE A DEVIATED SEPTUM?
WELL I DON'T KNOW, I CAN'T REMEMBER. ))
OUT Q=I can't remember.
You can catch the whole story, tonight on W-D-B-J, on 48 Hours, airing at
There could be a change in the way children in this country undergo polio
That, after reports that the oral vaccine-- in it's current form-- CAUSES
about eight cases of the paralyzing disease every year.
A government advisory panel says while problems are rare, the plan should
be changed, so that children get two shots of a WEAK vaccine, before getting an
oral dose of a stronger one.
Critics fear the added shots might discourage some parents from getting
their children immunized at all.
GRAPHIC=Rural Health Care
Radford University has put out the call for applicants into a brand new
family nurse practitioners program starting this Fall.
Officials announced a 715 thousand- dollar grant to start the masters
Nurse practitioners are trained to provide primary care, though they do not
take the place of physicians.
IN Q= They mainly
((DR. JANET MCDANIEL/ : THEY MAINLY LEARN TO BE ON THE FRONT LINE TO DETERMINE
WHEN IT CAN BE HANDLED WITH A PRESCRIPTION OR ANTI-BIOTIC FOR AN INFECTION, FOR
EXAMPLE, OR WHEN DO THEY NEED TO BE REFERRED TO MORE SPECIALIZED CARE. ))
SUPER=01-Dr. Janet McDaniel/Assoc. Nursing Professor;
OUT Q=more specialized care.
Officials say nurse practitioners are especially needed in rural areas such
as Southwest Virginia, due to a lack of other health services.
((WIL STANTON/RU GRADUATE COLLEGE DEAN: THIS GRANT WILL PROVIDE THE ABILITY FOR
RADFORD UNIVERSITY TO START EDUCATING NURSE PRACTITIONERS SO WE CAN TAKE OUR
SERVICES TO THE PEOPLE IN RURAL AREAS. THEY WON'T HAVE TO COME TO THE
METROPOLITAN AREAS. WE'LL TAKE THE SERVICES TO THEM BY EDUCATING THE NURSE
SUPER=01-Wil Stanton/RU Graduate College Dean;
OUT Q=the nurse practitioners.
SS=Rural Health Care
Radford is providing the only family nurse practitioners program west of
The university hopes to eventually operate a mobile unit for regional and
community health screening.
In sports a bad break for one of baseball's biggest names.
While football's Deion Sanders hopes to be left off the hook. Mike Stevens
has details in tonight's Two Minute Ticker.
Good afternoon everybody and welcome to the Thursday Two minute sports ticker
that is full of bad breaks and a primetime arrest.
First Ken Griffey Junior, has been sidelined for the second time in two years
with a broken wrist.
SUPER=03-Seattle, WA/Last Night; :00
In last night's 9-to-2 loss to the Toronto Blue Jays, Griffey broke a small
bone in his right hand while fouling off this inside pitch from Erik Hanson.
Last season he fractured the wrist on his other hand and missed 73 games,
fortunately this injury isn't as bad.
IN Q="His recovery...
((DR. MITCH STOREY/MARINERS TEAM DOCTOR:))
SUPER=01-Dr. Mitch Storey/Mariners Team Doctor; :00
OUT Q=...OF TIME."
SUPER=03-Baltimore, MD/Rangers vs. Orioles - HTS; :00
On the field this afternoon, the Baltimore Orioles finally got to play a nine
inning game that was fairly rain free.
Brady Anderson got the Orioles on the board with this homerun, his 25th of
the year to make it a 2-all game in the third.
Then with two outs in the inning, Rafael Palmiero got the eventual game
winner as he lifted this solo shot to left center.
The Orioles beat the Rangers 3-to-2.
They now get ready for a weekend series with the Royals.
And what would a sportscast be without a good fishing story now and then? And
today I have a whopper for you.
Deion Sanders, the Dallas Cowboys superstar who is a native of Fort Myers,
Florida was arrested for trespassing last night after he and a friend were
caught fishing for large mouth bass in a restricted lake on airport property.
Deion was warned two times in May to stay away from the lake, but he say the
temptation was too great.
((DEION SANDERS/ARRESTED FOR TRESPASSING:))
SUPER=01-Deion Sanders/Arrested For Trespassing; :00
OUT Q=...WHILE AGO."
His court hearing is set for July 8th, he couple get a year in jail or a
$1000 dollar fine.
Lot's more coming up at six with Dell Curry and the Roanoke Valley Horse
Hope to see you then.
take a break
The Commonwealth Transportation Board has set aside almost a quarter of a
million dollars for a Roanoke greenway.
The total was about half of the amount the city requested, but greenway
supporters say they're delighted with today's news.
The greenway will provide a seven- mile trail for pedestrians and cyclists,
stretching from the city market along the Roanoke River to Mill Mountain.
IN Q=We see lots of people
((JOHN MARLLES/ROANOKE PLANNING DIRECTOR: WE SEE LOTS OF PEOPLE COMING OUT OF
THE HOTEL ROANOKE IN DOWNTOWN THAT WANT TO JOG OR RIDE A BIKE. THIS IS GOING TO
GIVE THEM A PATH TO DO THAT IN. WE THINK THIS IS GOING TO BE SOMETHING THAT
RESIDENT OF ROANOKE ARE REALLY GOING TO ENJOY ONCE THEY SEE IT.))
SUPER=01-John Marlles/Roanoke Planning Director;
OUT Q=once they see it.
The Transportation Board also earmarked federal funds for the Uptown Rail
Trail in Martinsville, and The Draper Mountain Overlook and Wayside in Pulaski
Researchers at Virginia Tech were trying to get up close and personal today
with a creature that roamed the Earth more than 70 million years ago.
Using an ordinary C-T scanner at the College of Veterinary Medicine, they
examined two fossilized eggs.
Researchers suspect the eggs once belonged to the duckbilled dinosaur.
Paleontologists found them in China's Yellow River Basin several years ago.
They'll soon be on public display at Tech.
We'll tell you whether the baby dinosaurs hatched on News 7 at Six.
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