Up next on News 7 at Five-
A shooting in Roanoke this morning- a man shot in the head at an apartment
A military plane crash in the Netherlands- kills at least 26 people.
Plus Hurricane Bertha is affecting southside. We'll tell you how.
Severe Thunderstorms roll through Virginia will some strong winds. Details
and your forecast story just ahead.
On Health Check--
Treating cancer in advanced stages.
We'll tell you about the so-called "magic bullet" research.
Plus, a report on stuttering.
While there's no cure, there is treatment-- and it's half hard work.
One person is seriously wounded in a shooting this morning at a Roanoke
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Good Evening, this is NEWS-7 at FIVE, I'm Jean Jadhon.
Roanoke Police say the shooting happened shortly after ten this morning at
the Westwood Village Apartment Complex.
Officers say a man was shot in the head inside this apartment.
A worker at the complex apparently saw the gunman walk into an apartment.
Soon afterwards he said he heard a woman scream and saw the same man leave
in a truck.
Police say there were other passengers in the vehicle and as many as 14
shots were fired both inside and outside of the apartment.
One woman who lives in the complex believes the incident was drug-related.
The injured man was taken to Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital. His name
has not been released.
Police would not say if they have any suspects.
A Belgian Air force plane went down today in the Netherlands-
with members of a Dutch military band aboard.
The Belgian air force transport plane crashed at the airport in the Southern
The defense ministry says at least 26 people are dead, eleven are hurt
and four others missing.
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In Central Mexico, a bus crash killed at least 17 people and left 20 others
The bus went off the road and plummeted down a 25-foot embankment.
It happened about 125 miles west of Mexico City- it was reporteldy speeding
at the time it went out of control.
The bus driver was killed in the crash.
Reckless driving charges will be filed after an accident in Amherst County
that killed one person and injured 12 others July Fourth.
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That's when a van carrying a dozen students from the Old Dominion Job Corps
Center veered off the road in a winding section of Route 635.
20-year old Linel (Lionel) K. Miller was killed, and a dozen others were
injured in the crash.
State police say the driver of the van was going too fast for conditions.
35-year old Harry Johnson of Bedford was charged with failing to maintain
control of his vehicle.
Russian President Boris Yeltsin abruptly cancelled a meeting
with Vice President Al Gore.
It was to be the first meeting between Yeltsin and a foreign
leader since his election victory.
((I LEARNED THIS MORNING THAT IT WOULD BE POSTPONED UNTIL TOMORROW.))
OUT Q=POSTPONED UNTIL TOMORROW."
The Kremlin says Yeltsin feels fine and went on vacation--a two week health
cure at the same sanitorium where he recovered from a heart attack last fall.
Russia's President hasn't been seen for weeks, except in T-V appearances
mostly with Kremlin insiders.
This morning's events suggest Yeltsin may be more sick than most observers
Kathie Lee Gifford took a break from the studio- to fight for stricter
child labor laws.
She's testifying in favor of a house bill to curb child and sweatshop
((KATHIE LEE GIFFORD/TV HOST: I BELIEVE THIS COMMITTEE HAS THE MEANS TO
FORMULATE REAL AND VERY IMPORTANT CHANGE AS TO HOW GARMETS ARE MADE FOR THE
SUPER=01-Kathie Lee Gifford/Television Host;
OUT Q=the American consumer."
Gifford was brought into the controversy after it was reported that her
clothing line was made by child and sweatshop labor.
Walmart sells the line.
Gifford has said she did not know what was going on.
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Straight ahead--on NEWS-7 at FIVE--what does Hurricane Bertha mean to
tobacco farmers in the Southside?
And later on-- she didn't set a world record, but a galaxy record--we'll hear
from astronaut Shannon Lucid.
On Health Check, anoter disturbing aspect of last week's death of a famed
rock musician to a heroin overdose.
It seems all the attention could prompt use of the substance.
WHo do you call to track down your lost pet?
Patrick Evans has the answer, when NEWS-7 at FIVE continues.
Governor George Allen has blocked seven polluted Virginia sites from getting
on the EPA's Superfund list.
The sites include the Radford Arsenal and some contaminated dump sites in
Administration officials say the Governor considers the Environmental
Protection Agency slow and bureaucratic.
Allen wants to find ways to clean up the sites other than relying on the EPA
he has often battled in court.
Congress gave Governors the authority to block heavily polluted sites from
the Superfund list as it moves to cut federal environmental regulations last
Southside tobacco farmers may actually profit from Hurricane Bertha.
The storm brought some relief to Southside farmers who've been plagued by
SUPER=03-Dublin Co., NC;
Tobacco farms in several North Carolina counties, however, suffered
significant damage from high winds.
For Virginia tobacco farmers, North Carolina's loss could mean profit.
IN Q=We know
((LARRY MCPETERS/HALIFAX CO. EXTENSION AGENT: WE KNOW HISTORICALLY, THAT IN THE
PAST, WHEN THERE IS SOME TYPE OF DISASTER OR DISEASE, THAT LOWERS THE VOLUME OF
TOBACCO THAT'S SOLD IN THE SOUTH, IT ALWAYS HAS A POSITIVE INFLUENCE ON THE OLD
BELT OR THE VIRGINIA BELT IN THE FLUE CURED REGION.))
SUPER=01-Larry McPeters/Halifax Co. Extension Agent; :00
OUT Q=cured region.
Emergency management officials in North Carolina predict damage to corn and
tobacco crops will exceed damage to houses, buildings and roads.
Wythe County officials will have the benefit of federal funding to extend
water service to the Grahams Forge area.
The U-S Department of Agriculture is kicking in an 855 thousand-dollar
grant, and a low-interest loan worth 310 thousand dollars.
The money will be used to extend water lines from the Fort Chiswell and Max
Meadows system, and build a new pump station.
Besides serving residents, officials say the new system will also open up a
new industrial development area.
((JOHN BAUMGARDNER/WYTHE CO. INDUSTRIAL DEV. AUTHORITY: MOST INDUSTRIES WILL
HAVE TO HAVE WATER AND SEWER AND IT'S NOT AVAILABLE AT THIS PARTICULAR TIME. ))
SUPER=01-John Baumgardner/Wythe Co. Industrial Dev. Authority;
OUT Q=this particular time.
Grahams Forge residents currently get their water from two wells, one of
which the Health Department has declared unsafe.
The other doesn't produce enough water to accommodate growth.
You can't find your best friend-- are you out of luck?
Patrick has discovered a man who makes his living tracking down those lost
(patrick ad lib)
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Not being able to find a pet can be a traumatic experience, but there are
ways to help find your lost pet.
Joining me today is Jeff Mitchell, founder of "Lost Paws" a service
designed to help find pets when they get lost.
SUPER=01-Jeff Mitchell/Lost Paws;
(What exactly is LOST PAWS, and what services do you provide?
How does this help prevent the loss of a pet?
What price range do these services fall in?
What else can people do to protect their pets?)
My thanks to Jeff Mitchell for coming in today.
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Stick around--Mike wraps up the 1996 Commonwealth Games-- that and more
sports in tonight's Ticker.
On Health Check-- a report on this weekend's alumnae reunion at the
Hollins Communications Research Institute.
We'll hear about the latest ideas into the causes of stuttering-- plus, its
signature treatment for stutterers-- using behavior therapy.
((IT'S A VERY SPECIFIC MOTOR SKILL, AS SPECIFIC AS A GOLF SWING OR A TENNIS
SWING. IT MUST BE PRACTICED LIKE THAT.))
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Breast cancer will kill more than 44-thousand women in the U.S. this year.
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But research is now underway on what some call the magic bullet theory to
treat advanced stages of the disease.
IN Q=We've done
((DR. GRAHAM JONES/ORGANIC CHEMIST: WE'VE DONE PRELIMINARY STUDIES WITH CELL
CULTURES, WE'VE TAKEN HUMAN BREAST CANCER CELLS AND CULTIVATED THEM IN THE
LABORATORY AND WE'VE SHOWN WE CAN DESTROY THEM WITH A VERY LOW CONCENTRATION OF
OUR DRUG. ))
SUPER=01-Dr. Graham Jones/Organic Chemist; :
OUT Q=our drug.
Here's how it works:
Doctors say in a breast cancer cell there is an estrogen receptor seen here
That seems to be the culprit which causes the cancer cell to divide and
In this model, the drug moves toward the estrogen receptor, binds with it,
and then destroys the cancer cell.
For the many people who stutter, the anguish it causes has become just a
fact of life.
But, it doesn't have to be that way-- so say the experts at the Hollins
Communications Research Institute.
They've got thousands of alumnae who would agree-- after enrolling in the
Hollins Fluency System-- a behavioral program to treat stuttering.
This weekend, some 150 former clients converged on the area-- for a
reunion of sorts.
IN Q=There have been
SUPER=01-Brenda Ratcliff-Baird/Hollins Comm. Research Institute; :03
SUPER=01-David Tanner/Former Client; 1:33
OUT Q=with a pill.
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IN Q=There have been
((BRENDA RATCLIFF-BAIRD/HOLLINS COMMUNICATIONS RESEARCH INSTITUTE: THERE HAVE
BEEN SO MANY MISCONCEPTIONS OVER THE YEARS ABOUT WHY PEOPLE STUTTER AND IT'S
ALMOST A RELIEF FOR PEOPLE TO LEARN THAT THIS IS SOMETHING THEY PROBABLY HAVE
NO CONTROL OVER UNTIL THEY LEARN THE RIGHT SKILLS. ))
OUT Q=the right skills.
The right skills mostly involve hard work-- as stutterers have to re-train
themselves to develop fluent speech.
Brenda Ratcliff-Baird's research has led her down the path of several
possible causes for stuttering.
It is indeed a physiological condition-- with the source of the problem
probably in HOW the stutterer hears the sound of their own voice.
IN Q=The hypothesis
((BRENDA RATCLIFF-BAIRD: THE HYPOTHESIS THAT WE'RE INVESTIGATING IS THAT
SOMEHOW ONE SOURCE OF FEEDBACK IS RECEIVED AND THEN FOLLOWED VERY CLOSELY BY
ANOTHER SOURCE OF FEEDBACK THAT INTERFERES WITH OR OVERRIDES THE FIRST SOURCE
SO THAT SOMEHOW WHAT SHOULD BE A VERY COORDINATED ACTIVITY OF AUDITORY FEEDBACK
BECOMES DISCORDINATED AND WE EXPECT THAT THAT IS A FUNCTION OF WORKING
OUT Q=working memory.
And working memory falls under the abilities of the frontal lobe-- the
portion of the brain we know the least about.
Here, David Tanner is having his working memory process charted.
IN Q=Once again NAT SOUND
((RATCLIFF-BAIRD: ONCE AGAIN, GO AHEAD AND RELAX THE MUSCLES IN YOUR FACE. YOUR
JAW, THE MUSCLES AROUND YOUR EYES, YOU'RE BEING VERY STILL AND RELAXED. ))
OUT Q=and relaxed
Tanner, who lives in Minnesota, ended up here after he was encouraged by
his boss to get help for his stuttering.
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IN Q=With the tools
((DAVID TANNER/FORMER CLIENT: WITH THE TOOLS THAT THEY HAVE GIVEN ME I CAN
MONITOR MY SPEECH AND MAINTAIN A NORMAL SENSE OF FLUENCY WHICH IS IMPORTANT AS
I ADVANCE IN MY CAREER. ))
OUT Q=in my career.
Since Tanner completed the program he's had several promotions.
He credits not only the help he received, but also, his own committment.
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IN Q=If a person
((DAVID TANNER: IF A PERSON COMES HERE LOOKING FOR A MIRACLE CURE WHERE THEY GO
THROUGH THE PROGRAM AND THEN WALK AWAY FROM IT, AND DO NOTHING, THEY WILL
OUT Q=they will fail.
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IN Q=The more we
((BRENDA RATCLIFF-BAIRD:THE MORE WE KNOW ABOUT THE PHENOMENON, THE MORE WE CAN
UNDERSTAND THE MORE HOPEFULLY WE CAN USE THAT INFORMATION CLINICALLY TO MAKE
THE TREATMENT OF STUTTERING MORE EFFECTIVE FOR THOSE WHO SUFFER FROM THE
DISORDER AND MAYBE ONE OF THESE DAYS WE'LL COME UP WITH A PILL. ))
OUT Q=a pill.
Stuttering usually begins with the onset of speech-- around age two or
If it begins much later-- say, in adolescence, it falls into a very
different category and may well result from some trauma to the brain.
For most people, stuttering simply disappears in later adolescence.
Time now for sports--where more news is being made off the field by one
Here's Mike Stevens with that and some local sports in tonight's Ticker.
Good afternoon everybody and welcome to a wet Tow minute sports ticker as we
get another work started.
Lawyers have definitely been working in Dallas today where Cowboys star
Michael Irvin struck a plea agreement with prosecutors.
The flamboyant Irvin, entered a plea of no contest to second degree felony
cocaine possesion charges.
In exchange he will get four years probation, a $10 thousand dollar fine,
plus the dismissal of the misdemeanor marijuana charge that he also faced.
Why the decision to do this at this time? Well, training camp opens for the
Cowboys on Wednesday, and there was no way the trial would have been over by
Elsewhere in Texas, Hakeem Olajuwon agreed to a multi-year contract extension
today that will keep him in Houston for the rest of his career.
The five year deal should pay him an average of 11 million a season.
Hakeem was quick to thank team owner Leslie Alexander for opening his wallet.
IN Q="Thank you...
((HAKEEM OLAJUWON/SIGNS FIVE YEAR CONTRACT EXTENSION:))
SUPER=01-Hakeem Olajuwon/Signs Five Year Contract Extension; :00
OUT Q=...THIS CONTRACT."
The Commonwealth Games of Virginia are about to close the book on another
successful year of competition.
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The activities began back on July 6th in Roanoke County's Green Hill Park
with men's and women's 5K runs, and equestrian competition in two different
This afternoon, 69 junior golfers began play in their 36 hole championship
event at Hanging Rock.
Unfortunately, the players have had to deal with rain and lightning most of
IN Q="The main...
((BILLY MCBRIDE/HANGING ROCK PROFESSIONAL:))
SUPER=01-Billy McBride/Hanging Rock Professional; :00
OUT Q=...this experience."
In one other golf note, Tom Watson is pulled out of this week's British Open.
The five time British Open champ has an injured shoulder that he ironically
banged up while practicing for the Open this past week in Scotland and Ireland.
This will mark the first time since 1974 that Watson has missed playing in
one of golf's four majors.
Much more sports coming your way at six, including a light day on J-O-B for
the Dream Team.
I'll see you at six everybody and don't forget there's more News 7 at five
coming your way right after this quick break.
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Earlier in the newscast we told you about storm damage throughout our
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Kimberly McBroom has been tracking unconfirmed reports of a tornado in
Kim, what can you tell us?
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It's one for the record books.
Astronaut Shannon Lucid has now been in space longer than any other
The previous endurance record was 115-days and 10-hours.
She's spending her record breaking day on the Russian space station Mir.
Lucid will stay in orbit longer than planned because of space shuttle
She says the only thing she minds about staying aboard the space station a
little longer, is missing her family.
IN Q= I think
((SHANNON LUCID/SPACE ENDURANCE RECORD: I THINK THAT IS THE MOST IMPORTANT
LESSON THAT I HAVE LEARNED AND THE OTHER THING THAT I THINK IS ABSOLUTELY OF
VITAL IMPORTANCE IS THAT VERY STRONG FAMILY SUPPORT.))
SUPER=01-Shannon Lucid/Space Endurance Record;
OUT Q=family support.
Lucid surpassed Norman Thagard's (THAG'-urd) record, set aboard the Mir last
The world record, 439 days, was set by a Russian cosmonaut last year.