News 7 at Five is next-
Where we'll go live to San Diego as the Republicans gear up to nominate Bob
A school bus crashes on the first day back to school in Arizona.
Plus crews are back out at a plane crash site in Roanoke County.
Much more like summer weather today, and for the rest of the week.
Scattered storms are forecasted, so stay tuned for all the details.
On Health Check-- maybe you're one of the nearly one million people trying
melatonin to help you sleep.
Scientists are worried about the popularity of the so-called natural sleep
aid, saying they still aren't sure of the side effects.
It's the night Bob Dole's been waiting for- the night he'll be nominated as
the Republican's choice for President.
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Tonight the states take roll call- where they're expected to nominate Bob
Dole and Jack Kemp to the GOP ticket.
Elizabeth Dole is among the speakers tonight along with Vice Presidential
candidate Jack Kemp.
Today Bob Dole spoke at a Veterans memorial- saying military service made
him appreciate liberty and freedom.
Elizabeth Kaledin is in San Diego where the nomination takes place tonight.
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SUPER=01-Bob Dole/(R) Presidential Candidate;
((Bob Dole spent the day giving little previews of his acceptance speech, and
he did so among his most solid supporters-- veterans and farmers.
BOB DOLE, R-PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE: THOUSANDS OF FARM FAMILIES
ARE STRUGGLING TO MAKE ENDS MEET... $500 TAX CREDITS FOR KIDS, ETC.
He also echoed his promise to balance the budget and reduce taxes, the
hallmark of an economic plan he says he'll highlight in his Thursday night
Later he laid a wreath at a veterans memorial to commemorate VJ day and
talked tough about Clinton policy on defense spending.
DOLE: IF I MAKE A MISTAKE ON DEFENSE SPENDING, I'D RATHER SPEND TOO MUCH THAN
TOO LITTLE. PRESIDENT CLINTON HAS GONE TOO FAR, CUT TOO MUCH. I'LL CHANGE THAT
Dole has yet to reveal specifics about how he's going to increase defense
spending and cut taxes, an oversight democrats are sure to go after when they
gather for their convention in Chicago.
As Elizabeth Dole checked out the convention floor, there were reports
circulating that her husband was having trouble finishing up his speech. ))
The Virginian with the highest profile in the Republican national convention
takes center stage tonight.
But former Virginia Health and Human Resources Secretary Kay Coles James has
already had her credentials questioned by a fellow delegate.
Idaho national committee member Cindy Moyle told reporters SHE'D been
promised the role of convention secretary James will assume tonight.
Moyle suggested James was picked by Bob Dole because of her race.
James is black.
Moyle is white.
James says she's offended by the implication she's NOT qualified.
A first day of school bus accident injures dozens of students in Flagstaff,
The school bus overturned and rolled four times on an interstate- as it was
taking high school students to class.
Rescuers had to free one student and the bus driver from the wreckage.
In all 32 people were hurt- four seriously.
No word on what caused the school bus to careen out of control.
Wreckage from yesterday's plane crash in Roanoke County is being cleared
The plane went down near McAfee's Knob early yesterday morning, killing the
pilot 28- year- old Praveen (busk-AIR-in) Bhaskaran of Vinton.
Scott Prince was back out at the crash site this afternoon...
Scott were they able to remove the entire plane from the scene.
In fact, the fuselage, or the body of the aircraft remains in the area.
Now a wrecker crew was able to hoist- out the engine of the single engine
Those folks anticipate that the rest of the plane will be removed sometime
As far as the investigation goes... the only new information being released
is that (bus-kair-in) Bhaskaran reported some sort of problem right before the
Despite that, investigators say it will be a while before the cause of the
crash is determined.
((RANDI-JEAN KUKLA/NATIONAL TRANSPORTATION SAFETY BOARD: PROBABLE CAUSE CAN
TAKE UP TO SIX MONTHS TO BE DETERMINED, BUT WE'RE STILL IN THE FACT GATHERING
PROCESS... WHERE WE'RE GATHERING MAINTENANCE RECORDS, THE PILOT'S RECORDS.))
SUPER=01-Randi-Jean Kukla/National Transportation Safety Bd.;
OUT Q=pilot's records
Kukla will be heading to the Roanoke Regional Airport in the next few hours.
She'll listen to the recorded conversation between (bus-KAIR-in) and the air
So, Jean... investigators are hopeful that recording will give them more
insight as to what went wrong.
(QUESTION: Scott, how long will officials from the NTSB and FAA remain in the
Jean, we have been told that they'll likely be here for one more day.
The NTSB has told me that it hopes to have a preliminary report by Friday.)
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Straight ahead--on NEWS-7 at FIVE-- a possible breakthrough in connection
with the bombing in Saudi Arabia.
In Franklin County, The American Red Cross is aiding some residents at one
apartment complex after the recent rain forced them out.
On Health Check a report for working parents trying to care for sick
kids--for some many are struggling to keep their jobs.
A little later, an update on Mel Torme.
The singer had a stroke and is now recuperating in a California hospital--
don't go away.
Possible arrests in the June truck bombing in Saudi Arabia- that killed 19
A opposition group is reporting that six Muslim militants have been
arrested and confessed to the bombing.
But neither Saudi nor U-S officials would comment.
((GLYN DAVIES/STATE DEPT. SPOKESMAN: THIS IS A CRIMINAL INVESTIGATION INTO A
TERRIBLE TERRORIST ATTACK AND THE SAUDI'S AND THE U.S. ARE WORKING CLOSELY ON
IT. WE'LL CONTINUE TO WORK TOGETHER CLOSELY AND IF AND WHEN WE DECIDE THERE'S
SOMETHING MAKES SENSE TO PUT OUT PUBLICLY AND WE'LL DO SO.))
SUPER=01-Glyn Davies/State Dept. Spokesman;
OUT Q=AND WE'LL DO SO.
A Clinton Administration official speaking anonymously says an unknown
number of people have been detained- but he says it's not known if any formal
arrests have been made.
The Virginia Citizens Consumer Council is hammering Trigon on its record.
The state's largest health insurer must get State Corporation Commission
approval next month to become a private, for- profit company.
IN Q=This is
((JEAN ANN FOX/CONSUMER ADVOCATE: THIS IS THE BIGGEST INSURANCE CASE VIRGINIA
HAS HEARD AND WILL HEAR FOR QUITE SOME TIME.))
SUPER=01-Jean Ann Fox/Consumer Advocate;
OUT Q=some time.
The Consumer Council says Trigon's record is relevant because state law
requires the S-C-C to find the company has behaved fair and equitably toward
IN Q=They also
((THEY ALSO HAVE TO FIND THAT THE CREATION OF A NEW HOLDING COMPANY, WHICH IS
PART OF TRIGON'S PROPOSAL, IS IN THE PUBLIC INTEREST, AND THAT THE MANAGEMENT
IS APPROPRIATE TO LEAD A NEW HOLDING COMPANY.))
OUT Q=holding company. 2ND REF!
Fox points to Trigon's four state citations in six years for unfair billing
practices and misleading advertising.
The company has paid NO dividends to policyholders in five years, while
building a 700- million dollar cash reserve.
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The American Red Cross is lending a hand to Franklin County families left
homeless by heavy rains on Monday.
About eight families lived in this apartment complex on Green Meadow Road in
Officials condemned the building and evacuated residents after water and mud
began seeping into the building.
Residents were told to contact the local Red Cross for food, shelter and
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IN Q=They can contact
((JANICE WALKE/AMERICAN RED CROSS; THEY CAN CONTACT US HERE AT THE RED CROSS IN
FRANKLIN COUNTY. OUR PHONE NUMBER IS 483-5621 AND WE'LL BE GLAD TO SEE THEM
AND ASSESS HOW WE CAN HELP.))
SUPER=01-Janice Walke/American Red Cross;
OUT Q=we can help
Bill Bratton of A-and-B Properties in Roanoke, owns the building.
Officials in Franklin County said Bratton will soon submit temporary plans
to secure the building.
If those plans are approved residents can return to their apartments and
collect their belongings as early as Saturday.
Franklin County's Public Safety Director believes the building will
eventually be demolished due to severe structural damage.
Bad weather caused the complex to slide up to eight inches off its
Everything is just peachy in Patrick County today, but Joe Dashiell has a
report that it's also the pits.
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stocks bump next
TAPE#596-23 rolled from truck
Summer isn't complete without a harvest of ripe, southwest Virginia
DOUBLE BOX JoeD/Jean
And this afternoon, Joe Dashiell is sampling the sweet fruit at the ninth
annual Virginia Peach Festival in Patrick County.
Joe, how does crop measure up this year?
SUPER=01-Al Brammer/Peach Festival Founder;
SUPER=01-Phyllis Holt/Peach Festival Chairwoman;
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SUPER=330-Partly Cloudy/Patchy Fog/60-64/Partly Sunny/Maybe a Shower/82-86;
SUPER=331-Partly Cloudy/Patchy Fog/62-66/Morning Fog/Partly Sunny/84-88;
SUPER=332-Mostly Clear/Patchy Fog/56-60/Partly/Cloudy/80-84;
SUPER=333-Partly Cloudy/Patchy/58-62/Partly Sunny/Maybe a Shower/80-84;
SUPER=334-Mostly/Clear/56-60/Partly Cloudy/Afternoon Storms/78-82;
health music under
Stick around--the Virginia Tech Football team says "cheese" at its annual
media day. The report is coming up in tonight's Ticker.
On Health Check, a baby in New York is growing at un-heard of proportions.
18-month old Zachary here already weighs 65 pounds-- though doctors don't
His parents don't have insurance-- they're looking for help from the
health bump next
Many people are relying on melatonin as a sleeping aid.
But scientists warn, nobody's really sure what it does-- or if it has any
serious side effects.
Melatonin isn't regulated under federal law, because it's a natural
ingredient in some foods.
It's also a natural hormone produced by the brain-- and the natural levels
of melatonin increase just before and during sleep.
One researcher says consumers and scientists have been taking a backward
approach, by taking the supplement first, and then figuring out what it does.
One in four working parents with school-age children aren't getting
sick-leave for themselves...or their kids.
A study says as a result, parents have to decide to send their children to
school sick, or risk getting fired.
Not surprisingly, the situation is worse among the working pool and those
with children who have chronic illnesses.
The researchers say the Family and Medical Leave Act, passed in 1993, is
NO help to most parents.
That's because it involves unpaid time off and covers only major illnesses
that typically require a hospital stay.
For new parents, it's sometimes tough lugging around a baby all the
time...try carrying 18-month-old Zachery Strenkert of New York around.
SUPER=03-Goshen, NY; :
At birth he weighed ten pounds, six ounces.
Already though, not even two, he weighs 68 pounds.
It's more than a matter of not being able to find baby shoes-- there is no
car seat that will hold him.
He has to wear adult sized diapers.
His parents are reaching out to medical experts for answers-- but so far,
there's no explanation for his extraordinary growth.
They say he really doesn't even eat much.
((LAURIE STRENKERT/MOTHER: BECAUSE IF HE'S NOT EATING A LOT. WHERE IS IT COMING
FROM? WE'VE HAD ALL THE THYROID AND HORMONE STUFF. AND THAT'S ALL NORMAL. SO
NEXT IS DNA.
CHRIS STRENKERT/FATHER: WE THINK WE NEED A GENETICIST. SOMEONE WHO CAN TAKE A
LOOK AT HIS CHROMOSOMES AND TELL US IF THERE IS ANYTHING ALTERED OR IF THERE IS
SOMETHING WRONG. ))
SUPER=01-Laurie Strenkert/Mother; :00
SUPER=01-Chris Strenkert/Father; :10
OUT Q=something wrong there.
Doctors told the Strenkerts their baby is simply morbidly obese.
They say while they don't want the child exploited, they don't have
insurance, and need help from the public.
A new test may help determine which elderly drivers are likely to get into
a car accident.
The test measures how quickly and accurately a person comprehends a scene
when it's flashed onto a computer screen.
Three-quarters of elderly people who scored poorly also became involved in
an automobile accident within three years of taking the computer test.
Researchers at the University of Alabama say the test is a better accident
predictor than a person's age, vision or overall health.
Turning to sports-- a Virginia Tech football player is making headlines the
Mike Stevens has that report but first some highlights from the diamond.
Good afternoon everybody and welcome to the midweek sports ticker.
Let's get started on the base paths in Chicago where the East leading Yankees
hooked up with the White Sox this afternoon.
SUPER=03-Chicago/Yankees vs. White Sox; :00
This was a pitcher's duel until the sixth inning when the Big Hurt, Frank
Thomas hit this solo homer to deep center field off the Yankees Andy Pettite to
make it 1-to-nothing.
But the Yankees would come back in the 7th, with Tino Martinez hitting a solo
homer off James Baldwin to tie the game at 1-all.
Still in the 7th, Darryl Strawberry rips a double down the right field line
and drives in Bernie Williams with the go ahead run as the Yankees ____ it
___ to ____.
SUPER=03-New Orleans/December 31, 1995;
On to football where former Friday Football Extra player of the week Marcus
Parker has been suspended indefinitely for violating team policy.
Parker pleaded no contest to shoplifting on July 25th.
Police say two employees of the Blacksburg Kroger saw Parker attempt to steal
a jar of garlic salt and a pack of condoms.
News of the Parker situation came on the eve of the Hokies media day.
Head Coach Frank beamer made it clear to reporters today that the
situation would not be discussed during the picture taking session.
Instead the Hokies were eager to talk about moving into college football's
IN Q="A big...
SUPER=03-New Orleans/December 31, 1995; :00
SUPER=01-Ken Oxendine/Tech Running Back; :19
SUPER=01-Frank Beamer/Tech Head Coach; :36
OUT Q=........at six, Mike."
((A Big East title, 10 straight wins including the Sugar Bowl has the Hokies
being mentioned among the elite in the country and the Big East.
Frank Beamer and his staff now has to work even harder to achieve the
consistency that leads to national recognition.))
((KEN OXENDINE/TECH RUNNING BACK: ))
((FRANK BEAMER/TECH HEAD COACH: ))
((ROY STANDUP: ))
More sports coming tour way at six.
Have a good night everybody.
take a break
Finally tonight-- Even a stroke can't keep jazz singer Mel Torme away from
SUPER=04-October 7, 1992;
Torme, otherwise known as the "Velvet Fog" for his smooth, silky voice,
suffered a mild stroke last week--
Doctors say his speech has been affected.
The 70-year old singer, who was also recovering from pneumonia, is in stable
condition in intensive care at a Los Angeles hospital.
Torme's scheduled to help celebrate the Hollywood Bowl's 75th summer session
in mid September.
Meantime his publicist says he's in good spirits and has been watching the
(toss to patrick)
(Patrick tosses to Jean)
It's one of the most difficult jobs in the court system, but those who do it
say it's also one of the most rewarding.
double boxes Jean/Steve
Steve Smallshaw is here to tell us about Lynchburg's victim-witness
assistance program, and some of the changes it's undergoing.
Jean, for ten years,SUPER=@ssm1;
ONE person has been helping victims and witnesses of violent crime here in the
But Susan Clark says the demands on her time have become overwhelming.
The city received grant money to add another much-needed full- time
coordinator to that office.
Commonwealth's attorney Bill Petty says even that may not be enough.
double boxes Jean/Steve
We'll tell you more about it at 6.
Thanks Steve-- that's it for NEWS-7 at FIVE. Goodnight.