Up next on News 7 at Five-
The United States is hoping to get tough on Cuba but some European allies
might not like it.
Plus it WAS a tornado that caused this damage in Bedford County- We'll
have a live report.
Temperatures starting to creep up the thermometer. Tomorrow looks sweaty
with readings in the 90's.
We've got all kinds of information on staying fit and healthy today.
Including a special word to black men about hypertension.
Plus, is it really mind over matter?
The link between your brain and your stomach.
((THE PRESIDENT SAYS TODAY THE TIME HAS COME FOR OUR ALLIES AND FRIENDS TO JOIN
US IN TAKING CONCRETE STEPS TO PROMOTE DEMOCRACY IN CUBA))
OUT Q=democracy in Cuba."
The White House takes a new stance against Cuba-
GRAPHIC=news-7 at five
Good Evening this is NEWS-7 at FIVE, I'm Jean Jadhon.
President Clinton is supporting a law that allows Americans to sue foreign
That is if those companies use American property seized by Cuba's
But the President will block anyone from actually filing such a lawsuit
for six months.
((THIS APPROACH WILL DISCOURAGE FURTHER INVESTMENT IN CUBA.))
((WE BELIEVE THAT BOTH THIS KIND OF CONCERTED INTERNATIONAL PRESSURE WILL BE
EFFECTIVE IN PROMOTING CHANGE IN CUBA.))
SUPER=01-Andy Berger/Foreign Policy Advisor; :00 quick
SUPER=01-Peter Tarnoff/Secretary-Inter-American Affairs; :04 quick
OUT Q= change in Cuba."
The goal is to pressure Cuba on human rights, provide financial assistance
to anti-Castro forces and to promote democracy in Cuba.
Russian president Boris Yeltsin came out of seclusion- keeping today's
appointment with Vice President Al Gore.
Just yesterday Yeltsin cancelled a meeting with Gore- bringing up concerns
about the Russian leader's health.
((AL GORE/VICE PRESIDENT: I THINK THAT HE IS RELAXING AND GETTING SOME MUCH
NEEDED REST BUT OT ME HE LOOKS GOOD.))
OUT Q=TO ME HE LOOKS GOOD."
The two spoke for about an hour on a variety of topics- Gore says it was an
The car company that's fighting a federal sexual harrassment lawsuit-
announced steps to create the model work environment.
SUPER=03-Normal, IL/File Tape;
Mitsubishi would not admit there are problems at the plant- but says it
will try to make the workplace better.
((LYNN MARTUN/FORMER LABOR SEC.: A COMPANY SAYING HEY WE'VE GOT TO REACH FOR
EXCELLENCE AND THAT'S WHAT THIS IS ABOUT.))
SUPER=01-Lynn Martin/Former Labor Secretary;
OUT Q=WHAT this is about"
The company will train management and staff in sexual harrassment prevention
among other things.
The announcment comes just months after several women came forward saying
they were sexually harrassed at Mitsubishi.
Danville police are investigating a shooting that injured two people.
It happened in the 300-block of Edmonds Street at around 2:15 this
Police say 40- year old Phyllis Loney (low-knee) had been shot in the right
27- year old Robert Holland was also taken to the hospital.
He'd been shot in the jaw.
The couple apparently told police they were inside when a man and woman
knocked at the door and someone began shooting.
Authorities say both injuries are minor.
Police do not have any suspects.
The National Weather Service confirms it WAS a tornado that touched down in
Bedford County yesterday.
The twister heavily damaged several homes in its path.
DOUBLE BOXES RON/JEAN
Ron Jones is in Bedford County with an update.
Jean, yesterday a violent storm with high winds ripped through several
Officials from the National Weather Service were in Bedford City and
Bedford County today to access the damage.
The torndado started in Stewartsville and travelled along an eight to ten
mile path into Bedford City.
The clean up continues as workers from the city and utility companies work
with nieghbors to mop up the mess.
The national weather service says there has been an unusually high number of
tornados in Virginia this year.
IN Q=We didn't have any...
((MICHAEL EMLAW/NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE: ))
SUPER=01-Michael Emlaw/National Weather Service;
OUT Q=during the summertime.
(Ron ad libs)
double boxes Jean/Ron
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Straight ahead--on NEWS-7 at FIVE-- state lawmakers talk about giving local
communities money for schools.
And in Botetourt County the school board gets some money, but not nearly as
much as it hoped.
We'll have health reports on men and their cholesterol levels.
Plus, diagnosing and treating thyroid disease.
75-years ago libraries made their mark on the country.
Patrick is checking out what's in the library besides books when NEWS-7 at
Virginia politicians of both parties promised a computer in every classroom
when they ran for re-election last fall.
A new survey shows 72-percent of Virginia classrooms are not fit for a
Nearly one-third aren't fit for learning.
Ellen Qualls is in our Richmond newsroom with more on the survey and some
Jean, today the Commission on Educational Infrastructure met for the first
But what it's about is an historic change -- state tax dollars might start
going to build schools where localities simply can't tax or borrow enough to
get the job done.
IN Q=I am not
((DEL. CHIP WOODRUM/D-ROANOKE: I AM NOT GOING TO PUT A WHOLE LOT OF FAITH IN
THAT STATEMENT THAT THE ROOMS ARE TOO SMALL FOR THE COMPUTERS. I THINK THAT A
SCHOOL SYSTEM THAT WANTS TO UTILIZE SCHOOL COMPUTERS IN THE CLASSROOMS CAN AND
WILL FIND A WAY TO DO IT. AND WE'RE HERE TO HELP.))
OUT Q=to help.
Its members are already questioning their first report -- a confidential
survey of school superintendents designed to unearth exactly how bad school
conditions are statewide.
And bad they are.
The price tag for immediate needs is somewhere tween two and eight BILLION
Some think the commission spent too much time on its first day looking at
how localities can BORROW more money.
IN Q=That's not
((DEL. DICK CRANWELL/D-VINTON: THAT'S NOT REALLY GOING TO RELIEVE ANY
FINANCIAL STRESS THAT THEY WILL EXPERIENCE BECAUSE OF THAT DEMAND. IT SEEMS TO
ME THAT ONE OF THE CRITICAL TASKS FOR THAT SUBCOMMITTEE IS TO COME UP WITH A
WAY TO ASSIST LOCAL GOVERNMENTS WITH THAT COST.))
OUT Q=that cost.
This new commission meets once a month through this year.
It reports to the 1997 General Assembly, Jean.
(QUESTION: Where will the money come from?
Dick Cranwell heads up the House Finance Committee. He's suggesting that
normal growth in the Virginia budget be earmarked for school capital needs.
Even then, it would probably mean a matching program with local dollars to even
approach the totals needed.)
About two months ago... the Botetourt County Board of supervisors slashed
one-point 4 million dollars from the school budget.
Today, education officials attempted to get some of that money back.
They asked for an additional 500- thousand dollars for items such as new
school buses and band equipment.
The Board granted a little more than half the money... most of which was
left over from last year's budget.
IN Q=I don't know
((GARLAND JONES/BOTETOURT COUNTY ASSISTANT SCHOOLS SUPERINTENDENT: I DON'T KNOW
WHAT THEIR PRIORITIES ARE, BECAUSE THEY'VE GOT OTHER ISSUES BESIDES THE PUBLIC
SCHOOLS. SO THEY HAVE TO SET THOSE. APPARENTLY THEIR PRIORITIES DON'T AGREE
WITH THOSE OF THE SCHOOL BOARD. ))
SUPER=01-Garland Jones/Botetourt Co. Asst. Superintendent;
OUT Q=school board
The supervisors say education IS a top priority.
Over the past few years, the county has chipped in more than 20 million
dollars for school construction and repairs.
The zoo choo is back but there's a lawsuit at the end of the tunnel.
SUPER=03-Roanoke/July 15, 1994;
Two years ago the miniature train derailed at Mill Mountain Zoo, injuring
16 people-- most of them children.
Last week-- just in time to beat the two year filing deadline- -one of the
three adults who was hurt in the accident filed a half million dollar lawsuit.
Edward Kawamura was pinned beneath one of the overturned cars.
He had a deep gash on one leg.
The zoo choo was back on track last month- -for the first time since the
Without it, you lose a link to the rest of the world-- but for 75-years the
library has provided the public with millions of possibilities...and that's
where we find our own Patrick Evans.
(patrick ad lib)
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Roanoke's Libraries are celebrating 75 years of reading and education, and
they're throwing a party.
DOUBLE BOX JEAN/PATRICK
Patrick Evans joins us from the Main Branch of the Library to tell us more
about how the staff is commemorating the anniversary.
SUPER=01-Emily Keyser/Roanoke City Library;
DOUBLE BOX PATRICK/ROBIN
health music under
Stick around-- Cal Ripken talks about his move to third base-- Mike has a
report on the Oriole infielder in tonight's Two Minute ticker.
On Health Check-- Is your hunger in your mind, or your stomach?
One research has some ideas on the subject.
Plus, the signs might be vague-- but spotting a thyroid problem and getting
it treated is essential for millions of people. Don't go away.
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We know inactivity is hazardous to your health...we heard that with last
week's big government report.
Well, apparently the warning goes double for African Americans.
It's long been known that exercise has a dramatic effect on blood pressure.
Blacks are 20 times more likely than whites to suffer from high blood
pressure-- and as a group, blacks exercise less.
In fact, kidney disease caused by high blood pressure is a leading killer
of black Americans.
IN Q=That's why
((LEIGH ANN MATTHEWS/HEALTH MANAGEMENT CENTERTHAT'S WHY THEY CALL IT IN THE
SILENT KILLER. MANY MANY PEOPLE ARE WALKING AROUND TODAY AND DO NOT REALIZE
THAT THEY HAVE HYPERTENSION, SOME OF THE SIGNS ARE HEADACHES, THAT'S PROBABLY
WHAT YOU NOTICE THE MOST. SOME PEOPLE NOTICE A CHANGE IN VISION OR JUST DON'T
FEEL GOOD OVERALL.
I ENCOURAGE EVERYONE TO TRY TO GET THE BLOOD PRESSURE CHECKED. ))
SUPER=01-Leigh Ann Matthews/Health Management Center; :
OUT Q=blood pressure checked.
And of course Matthews points out, you don't have to look hard to find
free blood pressure screenings around the region.
Another note-- tomorrow we will hear from Leigh Ann Matthews again on
Health Check-- she'll be talking about the Cabbage Soup Fat Burning Diet.
While it's been around for years, it's one of many fad diets making their
way around the country.
Plus we'll meet one man who's lost nearly 70 pounds on the plan--
Speaking of dieting-- an American Heart Association researcher is working
on a so-called "bad cholesterol" test to indentify MEN who are most likely to
cut their risk for heart disease through a very low-fat diet.
About one-third of men have unusually small L-D-L cholesterol particles,
making them more susceptible to heart disease.
Studies show their cholesterol profile improves dramatically with a diet of
no more than 25-percent of their calories from fat.
Still, early research suggests that for some men, a very low-fat diet could
actually INCREASE their heart disease risk.
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In other news, scientists have identified a chemical that tells the brain
it's time to eat.
The discovery might be a key part of the brain's control over eating-- and
it could lead to a drug to fight obesity.
The long-sought protein lets a natural substance called N-P-Y stimulate
It will be at least two years before research on receptor blockers is
GRAPHIC=The Human Body
About 20 million Americans suffer from some form of thyroid disease.
Since the symptoms of a thyroid problem are sometimes vague-- understanding
the signs and symptoms make way for proper diagnosis and treatment.
The thyroid gland, lying just below the adam's apple, tells the body how fast
to work and use energy.
If it malfunctions, it can be over-active, called HYPER-thyroid-- or
under-active, called HYPO-thyroid.
IN Q=The complications
((DR. SHELDON RUBENFELD/BAYLOR COLLEGE OF MEDICINE: THE COMPLICATIONS OF
UNTREATED HYPER AND HYPO-THYROIDISM CAN BE QUITE SERIOUS. FOR INSTANCE YOU'LL
REMEMBER THAT PRESIDENT BUSH FOR DISCOVERED THAT HE HAD OVERACTIVE THYROID FROM
GRAVE'S DISEASE WHEN HE DEVELOPED A SERIOUS
HEART RHYTHM DISTURBANCE.))
((DEBY PRESTON/THYROID PATIENT: THE ENERGY CAME BACK, THE CONFUSION WAS GONE,
IT WAS JUST REALLY REMARKABLE TO ME AND I THINK I DIDN'T REALIZE HOW TIRED I
SUPER=01-Dr. Sheldon Rubenfeld/Baylor College of Medicine; :00
SUPER=01-Deby Preston/Thyroid Patient; :18
OUT Q=tired I was.
While most thyroid problems are easily treated, if left undiagnosed, they
can be extremely serious-- so physicians recommend periodic thyroid screenings.
Turning now to sports-- Cal Ripken became a switch fielder last night--
Plus today was sentencing day for one Dallas Cowboy. MIke Stevens has a full
report in tonight's Ticker.
Good afternoon everybody and welcome to the Tuesday ticker and the day of
reckoning for Dallas Cowboys star Michael Irvin.
This morning the Dallas Cowboys all-pro wide receiver
arrived in court with his daughter in his arms and his lawyers by his side.
He was given four years probation, and fined 10 thousand dollars for his no
contest plea to cocaine possesion charges.
He also must perform 800 hours of community service.
IN Q="We haven't...
((JUDGE MANNY ALVAREZ:))
SUPER=07-Judge Manny Alvarez; :00
OUT Q=...YOUR 800 HOURS."
Irvin could have been sentenced to 20 years in prison, he now can be released
from his probation in as little a 16 months.
He also must take part in psychological counseling and submit to an alcohol
and drug test within 45 days.
All eyes in the big leagues were on Baltimore last night as Cal Ripken Junior
played his first game at third base in 14 years.
Ripken moved over from shortstop after 22 hundred and 16 straight games at
Take a look and listen to how he handled himself on the first play of the
IN Q=NAT SOUND
SUPER=03-Baltimore, MD/Last Night; :00
SUPER=01-Cal Ripken/Played Third Base Last Night; :14
OUT Q=...FIRST BASE.
SUPER=03-Atlanta/Expos vs. Braves; :00
Already this afternoon the Atlanta Braves have picked up another win and
another game on the second place Expos in the National League east.
Jave Lopez and Chipper Jones led the Braves back in the eighth and ninth
inning with key hits as they beat the Expos 3-to-2 to move nine games up in the
Much more coming up at six, including news from Martinsville Speedway, Tour
De France highlights and Charles Barkley on the number of new millionaire sin
Have a good night.
take a break
Rush Limbaugh is calling it quits- at least for his syndicated television
According to a source at the Rush Limbaugh Television Show," the conservative
commentator is upset with the late night time slots he's getting.
The source says Limbaugh's last show will be produced the beginning of
September...it's been on the air for four years.
Limbaugh will stick with radio where his show is heard weekly by an estimated
25 million listeners.
(toss to robin)
(ROBIN tosses to Jean)
Coming up on News-7 at Six and Eleven we bring you part two of our series
Changing Times at the Roanoke Times.
Jean/Len double boxes
Len Besthoff will explain how the paper's primary coverage area is smaller
than it used to be.
Len why did the paper do this?
Jean The Roanoke Times says the move helps cut costs and allows the paper to
provide better coverage of what is now called it's Core Area.
The Core Area includes six counties in the Roanoke and New River Valleys.
The paper's traditional coverage area was 19 counties.
Folks like John Jennings, a journalism professor at Washington and Lee
University, have noticed.
He lives in Lexington, just outside the Core Area.
IN Q=Although the
((JOHN JENNINGS/JOURNALISM PROFESSOR: ALTHOUGH THE ROANOKE TIMES STILL
CONSIDERS US WITHIN THEIR CIRCULATION AREA, WE'RE NOT IN THEIR COVERAGE AREA,
WHICH IS SOMETHING OF A MYSTERY. ))
SUPER=01-John Jennings/Journalism Professor;
OUT Q=something of a mystery.
In the paper's defense, it does say it covers the "big" storiesdouble boxes
that take place OUTSIDE the Core Area...Changing Times at the Roanoke Times
just 30-minutes away on NEWS-7 at SIX.
(ad lib bye)