Up next on News 7-
A new law could affect health insurance for millions of Americans.
A jet slides off a runway in Turkey.
Plus a judge decides whether Sharon Bottoms will be able to see her son in
the presence of her female lover.
On Health Check, another possible culprit of early heart disease.
Plus, the controversy over a growth hormone used to help kids grow taller.
((DONE. YES. CHEERS.))
President Clinton signs a new health care law- calling it a victory for
millions of Americans.
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Good Evening this is NEWS-7 at FIVE, I'm Jean Jadhon.
The measure allows you to keep your insurance when you change jobs- even if
you have a pre-existing problem.
Clinton says 25 million Americans will benefit from the bill.
((WHEN WE WORK TOGETHER AND PUT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE FIRST AND WHENEVER WE WORK
ON BEHALF OF OUR FAMILY AND CHILDREN AS WE DO WITH THE HEALTH INSURANCE
ACCOUNTABILITY AND AFFORDABILITY ACT, AMERICA ALWAYS WINS.))
OUT Q=America always wins."
The President says more must be done to make insurance affordable.
But, he says the new law is a long step toward more comprehensive health
One of President Clinton's administration officials may step down at the
end of this year.
A Denver newspaper is reporting that Transportation Secretary Federico
Pena will leave after Clinton's first term, even if he's re-elected.
Pena has already served longer than any other transportation secretary in
the department's 30-year history, except for Elizabeth Dole, the wife of
Presidential candidate Bob Dole.
ValuJet apparently will not make its goal of returning to the skies this
"The Washington Post" quotes sources at the Transportation Department,
reporting the discount carrier will have to wait at least a month for
permission to fly again.
Valujet grounded its fleet in mid-June after the F-A-A found serious
deficiencies with its maintenance.
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This came after the May 11th crash in the Florida Everglades.
The Post says financial analysts think the Clinton administration may be
waiting until after the Democratic convention to give permission to fly,
fearing another disaster.
More than one year after an Amherst County travel agency collapsed in
bankruptcy, investigators have determined there are "no" grounds to file
Steve Smallshaw is in our Lynchburg newsroom, Steve where does that leave
the hundreds of people who lost their money with Get Away Tours?
About the same place where they were last year, Jean...
Those would- be vacationers are still out their money, and now it appears
they won't even have the satisfaction of seeing the company's owners taken to
IN Q=There was not
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SUPER=04-Aug. 1, 1995; :12
SUPER=01-Ed Meeks/Amherst Co. Prosecutor; :25
SUPER=01-Mitch Garbee/Hunter's Attorney; :34
OUT Q=Mr. Hunter's part.
IN Q=There was not
((ED MEEKS/AMHERST CO. PROSECUTOR: THERE WAS NOT ENOUGH EVIDENCE TO SUGGEST
THAT THERE WAS CRIMINAL ACTIVITY.))
OUT Q=criminal activity.
So more than twelve months of painstaking investigation has resulted in a
Get Away Tours folded in July, 1995, leaving hundreds of customers stranded,
many of whom lost thousands of dollars in vacation deposits.
The same week that owners Fred and Wanda Hunter filed for bankruptcy, police
launched their investigation.
IN Q=What we had
((MEEKS: WHAT WE HAD TO DO WAS DETERMINE WHETHER IT WAS A BUSINESS THAT FAILED
OR WHETHER THERE WAS ENOUGH CRIMINAL ACTIVITY INFORMATION... THERE WASN'T. ))
OUT Q=there wasn't.
IN Q=The trustee
((MITCH GARBEE/HUNTER'S ATTORNEY: THE TRUSTEE INVESTIGATED IT VERY THOROUGHLY,
A GROUP OF CREDITORS WHO WERE UNHAPPY WITH THE SITUATION HIRED A PRIVATE
ATTORNEY AND HE INVESTIGATED AND DID A VERY THOROUGH JOB, STATE POLICE
INVESTIGATED IT, AND TO MY KNOWLEDGE NOBODY FOUND ANY EVIDENCE OF WRONGDOING ON
MR. HUNTER'S PART.))
OUT Q=Mr. Hunter's part.))
Prosecutor Ed Meeks says while he doesn't want to imply that a crime took
place, the Get Away Tours file will always remain open.
That's little consolation to those people who lost money and the dream
vacations of a lifetime. Jean?
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Straight ahead--on NEWS-7 at FIVE-- it could be VMI's last all-male rat
line. We'll take you there...
Plus it was moving day at Green Meadow after rain and mud weakened the
On Health Check, just how old is old enough?
Many Americans are apparently hoping to be centenarians.
Also coming up-- Ferrum College is hoping to boost enrollment.
That story and the two minute sports ticker, when News-7 returns.
An Egypt Air Jet ran off the runway after landing in Istanbul, Turkey.
The jetliner slid off a rain soaked runway, crashed into a perimeter fence
and collided with a taxi before coming to a stop.
Fire then broke out in the engines on the left wing but firefighters kept
it contained preventing an explosion.
All 120 passengers and crew were evacuated. 18 people were hurt- the
taxi cab driver was not injured.
A judge in Henrico County is refusing to allow Sharon Bottoms visitation of
her five-year old son in the presence of her lesbian lover.
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The judge IS granting Bottoms' request for weekend visits as well as visits
in her apartment.
Just last week Bottoms ended her three-year legal fight to get her son
Tyler back from her mother, Kay Bottoms.
Instead Sharon Bottoms asked for expanded visitation rights.
Today's ruling prevents Bottoms' lover, April Wade, from having any
contact, even verbal, with Tyler.
V-M-I's superintendent still believes the Military Institute will accept
the order of the court and admit women.
But General Josiah Bunting wonders if recent actions of the U-S Justice
Department may bolster the argument for making V-M-I a private school.
The rats in the class of 2000 got their first real taste of training today
at the hands of upper classmen.
The Superintendent and others at the Institute have been working with the
Board of Visitors to formulate a plan to admit women.
But V-M-I has been put on notice by Justice Department lawyers not to go
directly to West Point or the other Service Academies for input and advice.
IN Q=A lot
((MAJ. GEN. JOSIAH BUNTING/VMI SUPERINTENDENT: A LOT OF PEOPLE SEE THIS SORT
OF BEHAVIOR ON THE PART OF THE justice dEPARTMENT, AND THEY SAY: "WE SHOULD GO
PRIVATE RIGHT AWAY. WE DON'T NEED THIS.))
SUPER=01-Maj. Gen. Josiah Bunting/VMI Superintendent
OUT Q=don't need this.
Bunting still says that he personally believes the final answer will be to
admit women with as few changes as possible.
Will it work, women alongside the men in this environment?
General Bunting says: it's his JOB to see that it does.
Ferrum College is hoping its latest hire will mean higher student
Dan Miller is the new Vice President of Enrollment at the school.
In recent years, Ferrum has seen a steady decrease in the number of students
attending the school... but Miller says that's a problem not exclusive to
((DAN MILLER/FERRUM COLLEGE VICE PRESIDENT OF ENROLLMENT: CERTAINLY THERE ARE
SOME DEMOGRAPHIC ISSUES IN TERMS OF THE NUMBER OF PEOPLE WHO ARE GOING TO
COLLEGE... BEING FEWER THAN IT HAD BEEN IN PREVIOUS YEARS. CERTAINLY THERE'S AN
ELEMENT OF COMPETITION SINCE ALL COLLEGES ARE FACING A RECENT CHALLENGE-- LOTS
OF SCHOOLS ARE WORKING HARDER, TRYING TO RECRUIT STUDENTS.))
SUPER=01-Dan Miller/Ferrum College V.P. of Enrollment;
OUT Q=recruit students
Enrollment peaked in the early eighties with more than 16- hundred students.
Miller says his first couple of days have been filled with faculty
workshops... and trying to get a feel for what the college expects.
Don't go away--was it a big publicity stunt or
is NBA player Dennis Rodman really getting hitched. Stick around for more
NEWS-7 at FIVE.
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Tenants of a condemned apartment building in Rocky Mount got one last look
at their homes this afternoon.
Residents were allowed back inside the building for a few hours to get their
The Rocky Mount building inspector gave the O-K this morning, after a
house-moving company shored-up the structure yesterday.
Eight families were forced to find new homes after water and mud seeped into
the building last week.
Shortly after... the apartments were deemed unlivable because of structural
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health music under
Still to come on NEWS-7 at FIVE...Mike Stevens will take us to the ballpark
for a busy afternoon in the majors.
On Health Check, the debate over infertility treatments...
and the multiple births that often accompany them-- it can be an obstetrics
health bump next
It's not just twins that we often see now-- because of the effects of
fertility treatments, multiple births these days often involve triplets and
And, they can pose significant medical problems for the mother during the
pregnancy, and for the babies-- to say nothing of the social problems of
suddenly having a family with three or four additional members.
But finding a way to solve a couple's infertility problems and guarantee
that they won't have triplets or quadruplets is very difficult.
IN Q=We're seeing
SUPER=01-Dr. Geoffrey Sher/Pacific Fertility Center; :00
OUT Q=and goodbye.
IN Q=We're seeing the
((DR. SHER: WE'RE SEEING THE MULTIPLE PREGNANCY RATE RISE, AND THE HIGH
ORDER MULTIPLE PREGNANCY RATE RISE WITH IT. ))
OUT Q=with it.
With invitro fertilization or I-V-F, eggs are removed from a woman's
ovaries, fertilized in a laboratory and then put back into the uterus as
In order to increase the odds of a successful pregnancy, often many embryos
are transferred together, setting the stage for triplet and quadruplet births.
And as more and more couples seek help for infertility, multiple births
are soaring, for example the birthrate for "supertwins"-- three babies or
more-- jumped 16 percent in 1992.
The American Society for Reproductive Medicine is now developing
guidelines to limit the number of embryos transferred in IVF.
IN Q=In effect
((DR. SHER: IN EFFECT BY GETTING BETTER, WE CAN CONVERT WHAT IS A GYNOCOLOGIC
TRIUMPH TO AN OBSTETRIC DISASTER. ))
OUT Q=obstetric disaster.
Take the case of Judy Stelmack, though it doesn't look like it now, she was
one of those obstetric disasters.
Two and a half years ago, while carrying triplets, she had undergone serious
complications by the time the babies were born nine weeks premature.
IN Q=The fertility
((FATHER OF TRIPLETS: THE FERTILITY CLINICS THEY JUST GET YOU PREGNANT AND
THAT'S REALLY IT AND THEN THEY WASHED THEIR HANDS AND SAY OKAY YOU'RE PREGNANT
CONGRATULATIONS NICE KNOWING YOU AND GOODBYE.))
Several fertility specialists though say they do tell patients about the
possibility of multiples and the DANGERS of a multiple pregnancy, but that many
infertile couples are so focused on getting pregnant, at any cost, that a
warning about what could go wrong often goes in one ear and out the other.
For a number of years now, children of short stature who don't have enough
growth hormone have been effectively treated by using hormone replacement.
Now a study in the New England Medical Journal looks at the widespread use
of growth hormone in normal children, who just happen to be substantially
shorter than other kids their age.
Some children are deficient in growth hormone and clearly benefit from
But a new study from Case Western University in Cleveland finds in a
survey of physicians, that 42-percent of children given growth hormones are not
growth hormone deficient.
Doctors took into account when prescribing growth hormone to normal kids
things like the parents desires, cost, and their own beliefs about the
psychological impact of being short.
((DR. LEONA CUTTLER/CASE WESTERN RESERVE UNIVERSITY: CLEARLY PHYSICIANS ARE
USING TO A LARGE DEGREE AND TO THE LARGEST DEGREE PHYSIOLOGIC FACTORS SUCH AS
THE THE CHILD'S HEIGHT AND THE CHILD'S GROWTH RATE. IT'S SIMPLY A RECOGNITION
THAT THESE DECISIONS ARE MADE WITHIN A SOCIAL CONTEXT AND SOCIAL FACTORS DO
HAVE A ROLE.))
OUT Q=do have a role.
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The study also raises the issue of whether growth hormone even works in
normal children and whether the hormone should be given to children of short
stature but who are otherwise normal-- especially since it's not possible to
predict which child will respond to the drug.
IN Q=The article
((THE ARTICLE RAISES THE QUESTION WHICH WE WILL HAVE TO ADDRESS INEVITABLY
OF HOW SHORT IS TOO SHORT AND HOW TALL IS TALL ENOUGH? ))
OUT Q=tall enough.
This is also part of a larger question of whether or how we should be using
therapies like growth hormone replacement for psychological and social reasons
rather than strictly physiological ones.
Scientists are reporting another possible culprit of early heart disease.
They say that excess levels of lipoprotein-a or l-p-a ---particles of
protein and fat in the blood.....caused 10-percent of all cases of heart
disease in those under the age of 55.
As of now there is no test that reliably measures l-p-a....like the tests
that calculate l-d-l and h-d-l, so-called bad and good cholesterol levels.
There is also no known way to alter l-p-a levels which are mostly
determined by genetic history.
But the discovery could lead to earlier treatment of patients with
borderline bad cholesterol levels....but high l-p-a levels.
Baby boomers---like President Clinton-- are turning fifty--
and it seems most want to be around for five-MORE decades.
The Alliance for Aging Research says three out of five Americans hope to
reach the century mark .....but few think they'll actually live that long.
70-percent of those surveyed do say they'd be willing to change their
habits to live a long and healthy life.
Turning now to sports-- where it was a very active day at the ballparks.
Let's check in with Mike Stevens who has some highlights in tonight's Ticker.
Good afternoon everybody and welcome to the midweek sports ticker.
It's been a busy afternoon both on and off the field in the major leagues so,
let's get right to the highlights.
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First, in New York this afternoon, the Yankees played host to the California
Angels on a muggy day that was actually very Chili.
The Angels Chili Davis hit two, two run homers as the Angels hammered the
It was a bittersweet win for the Halos, as their manager John McNamara had to
be hospitalized before the game with a blood clot in his right calf.
The 64 year old skipper will be in the hospital for at least four days.
Joe Maddon is taking over in his absence.
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Back on the diamond to Detroit we go where the Tigers outslugged the White
Sox this afternoon 7-to-4.
Melvin Nieves had the biggest blast of the day as he ripped this homer into
the upper deck. It's his third homer in 2 days as the Motor City Hitmen win it
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In Chicago, the Cubs are battling the Marlins at Wrigley field, and right now
they are on the verge of a another victory.
Jose Hernandez and Scott Bullett have both homered for Chicago this afternoon
and they have just beaten the Marlins 8-to-3.
The Cubs played today's game without Sammy Sosa, who watched from the
Sosa will miss the next four to six weeks with a broken bone in his right
The injury occurred yesterday afternoon when Sosa was hit on the hand with a
Mark Hutton fastball in the first inning of the Cubs game with Florida.
Sosa not only leads the national league 40 homers and 100 rbis, he's also
been somewhat of an ironman.
He had played in 304 consecutive games before today.
The Salem Avalanche is back home tonight taking on Durham in game two of
their four game series at Memorial Stadium.
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Durham jumped in front early last night as Mike Eaglin's triple to center
scores Mike Mahoney and its 3-zip in the 2nd.
Things got interesting for Salem in the third when a questionable fielding
play got to Salem manager Bill McGuire, who was eventually tossed out of the
That seemed to fire up the Avalanche as Nate Holdren delivers in the THIRD
with a grand slam homer on the 3-and-1 pitch.
Garrett Newbart, Elvis Pena and Kyle Howser come home but Durham comes back to
beat Salem 8 to 5.
Game time is set for 7 o'clock.
Coming up at six, a preseason high school football profile with William
Campbell, and a visit with VMI all-american Thomas Haskins.
Have a good night folks.
take a break
If Chicago Bulls star Dennis Rodman is getting married, maybe he'll be the
Hundreds of fans waited in the New York City rain today for a quick peek at
the basketball player. He was there for a book signing.
A quick peek was all most of them got-- he arrived in a horse and carriage
sporting a wedding gown and blond hair...but with no bride sitting next to him.
THe NBA's best crossed-dressed forward would only say his bride is an
intelligent beautiful woman.
((YASHICA FIELDS: ))
OUT Q=wonderful, great.
Rumors have it that the bride-to-be is dancer, Stacy Yarborough, who he
had been dating for a while, but she reportedly said getting married to him
would just bring her trouble.
(toss to PATRICK)
(PATRICK tosses to Jean)
Blacksburg is starting to buzz again, as students return for the start of
classes Monday at Virginia Tech.
DOUBLE BOXES JEAN/TRACY
But Tracy, I understand there's still the problem of a housing shortage.
Yes there is Jean,SUPER=@TRACY1;
though officials say it's not as severe as they had first feared.
Tell that to the students who still haven't found places to live though.
They're still flocking into the university's off- campus housing office in a
desperate search for accommodations.
We'll have more on that situation tonight at six.
DOUBLE BOXES TRACY/JEAN
And Jean, we'll follow up on Thursday and Friday with reports on problems
students sometimes encounter AFTER they sign their leases, and what they can do
to protect themselves.
(AD LIB BYE)