Up next on News 7-
An accident or sabotage- FBI investigators try to figure out what caused the
Plus a sad day for many Singer workers now out of a job.
As a cool front approached the region, showers and thunderstorms will be
around until midnight. Details just ahead.
On Health Check--
There could be a ruling soon on the french abortion pill, R-U 486--
Plus, what do Virignians think about assisted suicide and right to die
((MIKE STEVENS: AND ONCE AGAIN TODAY PART OF THE TWO MINUTE SPORTS TICKER IS
ON THE ROAD AT REDSKINS TRAINING CAMP IN FROSTBURG, MARYLAND. THIS AFTERNOON
WE'LL TALK TO QUARTERBACKS HEATH SHULER AND GUS FERROTTE.))
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More investigators are arriving at the scene of the TWA crash off Long
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The FBI still won't say whether the crash was an accident or a crime.
Investigators say they need more evidence.
They're looking for information from anyone who lives in the area.
Byron Harlan has the latest from East Moriches, New York.
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SUPER=01-Robert Francis/National Transportation Safety Bd.;
SUPER=01-Fritz Meyer/NY Air National Guard;
((It is a rugged scene: rough seas hiding tons of wreckage and of course, two
significant pieces of the TWA flight 800 puzzle.
ROBERT FRANCIS/NTSB: THE MOST CRITICAL THING IS TO GET THOSE FLIGHT
They will more than likely give investigators a big boost as they piece
toegether evidence, and figure out what caused the plane to erupt in a ball of
JIM KALLSTROM/NY FBI: WE WILL KNOW WHAT HAPPENED ON THAT PLANE, WHETHER
IT'S 24 HOURS FROM NOW OR A WEEK FROM NOW, I DON'T KNOW, BUT WE WILL KNOW WHAT
And if they have any insights now, agents are not saying. They will say they
are not ruling out any of the multiple theories they're considering, including
mechanical failure, a bomb inside, or a missile fired at the plane.
KALLSTROM: WE HAVE A LOT OF THINGS THAT LOOK LIKE AN ACCIDENT. WE HAVE A LOT OF
THINGS THAT LOOK LIKE TERRORISM
And they have a lot of witnesses to interview, including members of the new
york air national guard who saw the plane and, in the same vicinity, what
looked like a shooting star.
FRITZ MEYER, NY AIR NATIONAL GUARD: ))
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The hours are ticking down to the Summer Olympics.
Two million visitors are expected to come to Atlanta for the games- along
with athletes from 197 countries.
Today the President arrived in the city-
((I'D LIKE TO BEGIN BY ASKING ALL OF US TO EXPRESS OUR HEARTFELT APPRECIATION
TO THE PEOPLE OF ATLANTA, THE PEOPLE OF GEORGIA, THE PEOPLE WHO'VE WORKED SO
HARD TO BRING THE GAMES HERE AND WHO'VE DONE SUCH A MAGNIFICENT JOB TO MAKE THE
WORLD FEEL WELCOME. APPLAUSE.))
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The President spoke to the U-S Olympic team this afternoon-- He'll take
part in opening ceremonies tonight.
A settlement's been reached in connection with the traffic deaths of two
children in Danville last fall. (----------------)
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12-year old Jami Earles and her 10-year old brother James died when the car
they were riding in was broadsided by a dump truck October 19th.
Their mother, Tammy Mustain, sued the driver's insurance company to recover
Today, a judge awarded Mustain a total of 100-thousand dollars.
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((TOM BLAIR/MUSTAIN'S ATTORNEY: ANY TIME YOU HAVE MULTIPLE INTERESTS THERE WILL
ALWAYS BE ISSUES AS TO ... , BUT FOR THE MOST PART, AS YOU HEARD IN COURT, I
THINK THERE WAS GENERAL AGREEMENT. WE DON'T THINK THAT'S REALLY AN ISSUE IN THE
SUPER=01-Tom Blair/Mustain's Attorney; :00
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19-thousand dollars will go paid to two young relatives of the victims.
The victim's biological fathers will receive 500 dollars apiece.
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Straight ahead--on NEWS-7 at FIVE-- many employees at Roanoke's Singer
Furniture plant finished their last day on the job.
But on the flip side-- in the New River Valley an announcement of new jobs
and another tenant for the Radford Arsenal.
On Health Check, the latest on trying to bring the so-called French
abortion pill-- R-U-486 to the area.
Plus, some ideas about hospices-- and the services they provide.
How does the Mill Mountain Zoo raise money?
Patrick brings us a report from Zoo-Doo when NEWS-7 returns.
An emotional day for workers at Roanoke's Singer Furniture plant.
For the majority, this was their last day on the job.
About two months ago,
company announced a downsizing plan...resulting in the layoffs of nearly 300
But some are optimistic about the future.
IN Q=For me
((JULNETTE MOON/LAID OFF WORKER: FOR ME, A NEW BEGINNING, A NEW START THAT I'M
SORT OF LOOKING FORWARD TO. NOT THAT I DIDN'T ENJOY WORKING AT SINGER. I REALLY
DID AND I'LL MISS IT. ))
((TREVOR THOMPSON/LAID OFF WORKER: THIS IS AN END, BUT I SEE IT AS A NEW
BEGINNING. I'LL PROBABLY FIND A JOB IN A COUPLE OF WEEKS. ))
SUPER=01-Julnette Moon/Laid Off Worker; :00
SUPER=01-Trevor Thompson/Laid Off Worker; :11
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Some of the workers who were let go had been with the company for decades.
Administrative employees, such as accountants and computer operators avoided
More than 60 new jobs will soon be available at the Radford Army Ammunition
Officials today announced a third commercial tenant will soon begin
production at the arsenal.
Air Products and Chemicals of Pennsylvania has contracted Alliant
Techsystems, which operates the arsenal for the Army.
Alliant will produce D-N-T, a chemical used in polyurethane foams.
((NICK VHALAKIS:ALLIANT VICE PRES. & GENERAL MGR.: WHAT'S UNIQUE ABOUT IT IS
THAT WE'RE ABLE NOW TO TAKE AN EXISTING FACILITY THE ARMY HAS CONSTRUCTED FOR
T-N-T AND TO KEEP IT OPERATING SO THE ARMY DOESN'T HAVE TO PAY FOR AS MUCH OF
THE MAINTENANCE, AND IT'S A COMMERCIAL PRODUCT. ))
SUPER=01-Nick Vhalakis/Alliant Vice Pres. & General Mgr.;
OUT Q=a commercial product.
Air Products will be the third commercial operator to start production at
A Virginia political analyst says Virginia's Senate primary in June has a
lesson for the national Republican party.
IN Q=June 1996
((LARRY SABATO/UVA POLITICAL ANALYST: JUNE 1996 WAS INTERESTING BECAUSE THE
CENTER HELD. IT PREVAILED. AND BECAUSE REPUBLICANS WHO VOTED IN THE PRIMARY
MADE A STRATEGIC DECISION TO SUPPORT SOMEBODY WHO HAD A MUCH BETTER CHANCE IN
NOVEMBER, THEY OF COURSE DO HAVE A MUCH BETTER CHANCE TO HOLD THE SENATE SEAT.
AND I THINK THAT HAS LESSONS FOR THE BOTH THE STATE AND THE NATIONAL REPUBLICAN
SUPER=01-Larry Sabato/UVa Political Analyst;
OUT Q=Republican party.
Sabato says a detailed analysis shows groups like the NRA and the Christian
Coalition don't have as much influence on the GOP as they claim.
And Republican John Warner's broad-ranging support in the primary means
Democrat Mark Warner must win over black voters and voters in the Tidewater
area to score an upset.
How does the Mill Mountain Zoo afford to keep Ruby the Tiger and all the
other animals fed-- as well as keeping the facility up and running.
Patrick has that answer next on NEWS-7 at FIVE.
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As Mill Mountain Zoo continues to grow and expand, it needs money to fund
Today Patrick Evans has a preview of a Zoo Tradition, "Zoo-Do", its biggest
fundraiser of the year.
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SUPER=01-Becky Beard/Mill Mountain Zoo; :42
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Stick around-- if your a Redskins fan you are probably wondering who is
going to start at quarterback-- Steve sheds some light in tonight's Ticker.
On Health CHeck--
Babies on the front line.
We saw it in the Gulf War-- now, it appears U-S-soldiers in Bosnia have had
some time on their hands as well.
There may be a ruling on the abortion drug R-U-486 by the end of the year.
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The Food and Drug Administration began hearings today over whether to
legalize the controversial product.
Commissioner David Kessler cautioned advisers to focus on health data -- not
the "intense feelings" surrounding the pregnancy-ending drug.
IN Q=There are
((DR. DAVID KESSLER/FDA COMMISSIONER: THERE ARE SEVERAL PARTS TO A NEW DRUG
APPLICATION, OUR FOCUS YOUR FOCUS TODAY, IS ON THE SAFETY AND EFFECTIVENESS OF
THIS DRUG FOR THE TERMINATION OF EARLY PREGNANCY. YOU WILL BE REVIEWING THE
TOXICOLOGY, PHARMACOLOGY, AND CLINICAL FINDINGS. ))
SUPER=01-Dr. David Kessler/FDA Commissioner; :
OUT Q=clinical findings.
Supporters say the drug has been used by 200-thousand European women with
Foes argue it could make women bleed to death or it could fail to work,
leaving them to bear deformed children.
America's peacekeepers stationed in Bosnia are multiplying in numbers--
that is, many are getting pregnant.
The unofficial military newspaper "Stars and Stripes" reports 70 female U-S
soldiers have conceived during the Bosnian operation.
About 15-hundred U-S women are involved in the operation, and Stars and
Stripes says that means every three days, another servicewoman gets pregnant.
Pregnancy in the ranks was also an issue during the Gulf War.
The pregnancy rate then was just above five percent, slightly higher than
among the Bosnia peacekeepers.
Whether or not you like Doctor Jack Kevorkian and his suicide machine, he
seems to be getting his point across, at least to people in the Commonwealth.
According to a Virginia Tech poll, most Virginians surveyed said if a
terminally -ill patient asks a doctor to help end his life, the doctor should
legally be able to do so.
In 1993, six percent were't sure how they felt about that right to die.
This year, only three percent of those polled had no opinion.
Researcher Allan Bayer credits Doctor Kevorkian with getting people thinking
about the issue.
((ALLAN BAYER/VT CENTER FOR SURVEY RESEARCH: I THINK NOW MOST CITIZENS ARE
AWARE OF THE ISSUE, THEY'VE THOUGH ABOUT IT AND IT'S BECOME CRYSTALLIZED. I
THINK THAT'S PART OF THE REASON FOR THE INCREASE IN SUPPORT FOR THE RIGHT TO
DIE AS WELL AS FEWER PEOPLE NOT HAVING AN OPINION ABOUT IT. ))
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Tech's Center for Survey Research has conducted the annual Quality of Life
telephone survey for the last five years.
This year it polled about 12 hundred residents across the state.
Another new study finds that terminally ill patients die a more
comfortable and less expensive death in HOSPICES.
But researchers say patients often don't enroll soon enough to
take full advantage of the benefits.
Ideally, patients should enroll about three months before death.
But the reality is, most patients die just over a month after they enroll.
The study suggest doctors and patients are reluctant to seek out hospices.
There's also a theory that in some ways, Americans still have an attitude
that death is an accident, even in old age.
That study is published in the "New England Journal of Medicine."
After the death last week of a keyboardist with the rock group "Smashing
Pumpkins"-- police are disturbed to say there's now a run on the particular
brand of heroin that did him in.
One investigator tells the New York Times it's happened before with
Drug users apparently think the brand must be more powerful, and quote--
"deliver a better high."
Incidentally, the name of the heroin brand is Red Rum -- that's murder
Turning now to sports-- we continue our reports from REdskins Training
Steve Mason has that and an update from the oval in tonight's Two Minute
Good afternoon everyone, welcome to your Friday Ticker. Redskins training
camp continued today at Frostburg State University in Maryland.
Mike Stevens and photographer Scott Ayers spent the day trying to answer
the Redskins quarterback questions.
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SUPER=01-Heath Shuler/Redskins Quarterback; :33
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The Miller 500 is on the Winston Cup menu this weekend and rain has
disrupted qualifying for the 17th race of the season at Pocono International
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After a 90 minute delay, the track was dried and 6 drivers did get through
Bobby Hamilton was the first to qualify. He turned the 2.5 mile tri-oval
with a speed of 164.992 miles per hour.
Last week's winner at Loudon, Ernie Irvan, was third out of the gates.
The top speed of the 6 cars that did qualify was produced by Johnny Benson.
But the rains began again. If qualifying resumes, we will get you the results
Also at 6, More from redskins training camp, but more news 7 at 5 headed
The city of Atlanta has been dubbed Hot-lanta because of the humidity.
And throughout the Olympic Village they are hoping to help keep spectators
cool with a device called a Misting Machine.
((IT'S JUST A BLAST OF COOL AIR, THAT'S ALL IT IS))
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OUT Q=all it is.
Water enter the nozzles at high pressure and then it's broken up into tiny
droplets 10-times finer than your hair.
Thousands of Olympic guests are expected to buy portable units to carry with
them- They cost about 40-dollars.
((JEFF SOLOMON: IT ONLY WEIGHS TWO POUNDS, AND IT PUTS OUT A MICROFINE
MIST OF WATER THAT IMMEDIATELY EVAPORATES, COOLING OFF THE AIR AROUND THE USER
WITHOUT GETTING HIM WET.))
SUPER=01-Jeff Solomon/Misty Mate; :00 quick
OUT Q=him wet.
The misting machines were orginally designed to keep landscape workers
cool, they've become fixtures in Tempe (Tem-pee), Arizona at many cafes.
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Coming up on NEWS-7 at SIX we bring you the final part of our week-long
series, Changing Times at The Roanoke Times.
Jean/Keith double boxes
Tonight we'll see how changes over the past five years affected the quality
of the paper.
Keith Humphry joins us from the newsroom...
Jean a large cross section SUPER=@Keith1;
of people was asked this question about quality.
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Among them, Doug Pardue, an award winning reporter who now heads an
investigative unit at "The State" newspaper in South Carolina.
He left the Roanoke Times after nearly 20 years there.
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IN Q=I hate to
((DOUG PARDUE/FORMER ROANOKE TIMES REPORTER: I HATE TO SEE IT NOT HELD IN THE
ESTEEM THAT IT SEEMED TO BE HELD AT ONE TIME.12 AND I HEAR THAT FROM A LOT OF
PEOPLE I KNOW IN THE COMMUNITY, WHO STILL TALK TO ME ABOUT IT,18 AND SEEM TO
REGRET THE GOOD OLD DAYS.23 HOPEFULLY THERE'LL BE MORE TO COME.25 ))
SUPER=01-Doug Pardue/Former Roanoke Times Reporter;
OUT Q=more to come.
That's part five of Changing Times at The Roanoke Times,double boxes
in just a half hour on News-7 at SIX.
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