Coming up on News 7 at Noon,
Firefighters in the West continue to battle the dozens of blazes in five
And President Clinton signs legislation protecting working individuals and
their health coverage.
Hazy sunshine with a chance of thunderstorms this afternoon.
Rain could be heavy with some of these storms.
I'll have the forecast and an update on Dolly which is now a tropical
depression... in just a few minutes.
Stay with us, News 7 at Noon is next.
Another day on the firelines for firefighters out West.
SUPER=03-Beaver Co., UT;
Dozens of fires are burning in Oregon, Colorado, California,
Utah and Washington.
In southern Utah, strong winds have tripled the size of a blaze in Beaver
SUPER=03-Clear Lake, CA;
Meantime, favorable weather in northern California is helping firefighters
get a jump on a massive fire threatening 400 structures in a resort area.
The Fork fire, as it is called has already consumed 70-thousand acres.
Fire gutted a hotel in central France early this morning, killing four
people and injuring at least a dozen.
Flames spread rapidly up an elevator shaft at the small hotel, trapping
many quests in their rooms on the upper floors.
The victims were mostly students or workers, all apparently French
If President Clinton wins a second term in November he may have to look for
a new Transportation secretary.
A Denver newspaper is reporting Federico Pena has told friends that he
intends to return to Denver after Clinton's first term.
Pena has already served longer than any other transportation secretary in
the department's 30-year history, except for Elizabeth Dole, the wife of
Republican presidential nominee Bob Dole.
It'll soon be easier to get health insurance.
President Clinton today signs a bill that guarantees health coverage for
workers -- even when they change or lose their jobs.
It also forces insurers to take on people with pre-existing medical
Yesterday Mr. Clinton signed the Minimum Wage Bill.
He also used the occassion to talk up his economic record.
(( PRESIDENT CLINTON :
"X NUMBER NEW JOBS... ETC.. HOMEOWNERS... AMERICA IS ON THE MOVE."
OUT Q=America is on the move.
Tomorrow Mr. Clinton is scheduled to sign a welfare reform measure.
Meantime, it looks like the mob is trying to break into the health care
SUPER=03-New York, NY;
Yesterday about a dozen members of the Genovese (jen-oh-VEEZ') crime family
were arrested on charges related to taking over a health care management
company and boosting its fees.
((PETER VERNIERO/NJ ATTORNEY GENERAL
NEWARK, NJ:BY PERPETRATING FRUADS ON THE SYTEM BY PUTTING CLAIMES THAT SHOULD
NOT HAVE BEEN PUT IN AND SO FORTH. WHAT THAT MEANS FOR THE AVERGE CONSUMER IS
THAT AN HONEST CONSUMER MAY BE PAYING A PART OF THAT FRAUD. ))
SUPER=01-Peter Verniero/NJ Attorney General;
The company is Tri-Con Associates, which sets up medical and dental plans for
employers in five states.
Authorities say it is the first case of mob infiltration of the health care
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It appears American teens are still not getting the message to say NO to
A federal study shows drug use more than doubled among American teens
between 19-92 and 19-95.
And the problem is also growing right here in the Roanoke Valley.
But local drug treatment counselors are somewhat encouraged by a higher
turnout of new teen patients--, they say it's a sign of greater awareness of
SOT tape 1 4:05:20
IN Q=I think there used to be
((BOB LYNN/CHANGES DIRECTOR: I THINK THERE USED TO BE A MISTAKEN VIEW, IN OUR
OPINION, THAT IT WAS JUST TEENAGE BEHAVIOR. NOW WE'RE FINDING THAT PARENTS AND
SCHOOLS AND GENERALLY, THE COMMUNITY IS SEEING THAT KIDS ARE HAVING A SERIOUS
PROBLEM WITH ALCOHOL AND DRUGS. ))
SUPER=01-Bob Lynn/Changes Director;
OUT Q=with alcohol and drugs
The government report on drugs shows the use of L-S-D and other
hallucinogens was up the most, a 183 percent rise over three years.
A Pittsylvania County man is dead and a Danville woman is in critical
condition after a collision last night.
The accident happened on Route 863, near Danville.
39-year old Michael Shelton died. State Police say Shelton was travelling
West when he apparently ran off the road, lost control of his Dodge Colt and
crossed the center line.
Authorities believe the driver of the other car, 33 year old Teresa McGuire
of Danville had little time to react because there were few skid marks.
McGuire was taken to Danville Regional Medical Center-- where she is listed
in critical condition following surgery.
State Police say there was NO evidence of alcohol or excessive speed.
A Henrico County judge has refused to allow Sharon Bottoms to visit her
five-year-old son in the presence of her lesbian lover.
The judge IS granting Bottoms' request for weekend visits as
well as visits in her apartment.
Bottoms last week abandoned her three-year legal fight to get her son
Tyler back from her mother, Kay Bottoms, and asked instead for expanded
Today's ruling prevents Bottoms' lover, April Wade, from having any verbal
contact with Tyler.
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Hampden-Sydney College will keep its all male policy.
Yesterday Hampden Sydney's Board of Trustees unanimously rejected a proposal
to admit women to make the school more competitive.
IN Q=the college
((WILLIAM BOINEST/BOARD OF TRUSTEES CHAIRMAN: THE COLLEGE, IN AN ALL-MALE
ATMOSPHERE, HAS TAUGHT A SENSE OF VALUES THAT I HAVE NOT SEEN IN A
CO-EDUCATIONAL SCHOOL IN MY LIFETIME.))
SUPER=01-William Boinest/Board of Trustees Chairman;
OUT Q=my lifetime
The faculty had previously voted to go co-ed, citing declining enrollments.
Instead, the board has decided to market the college more
When Horace Fralin died, the Real Estate Developer was worth 85- million
Now his heirs are suing the U-S government over estate taxes.
Congress raised the rates on inheritance taxes AFTER Fralin died in 1993,
but Fralin's heirs believe it should not have been retroactive.
The Fralin estate has already paid the tax bill, but the I-R-S rejected a
claim for a refund of 754-thousand dollars.
Haywood Fralin filed suit in federal court last week.
By the way, Horace Fralin's estate gave Virginia Tech more than ONE Million
dollars last year.
John Warner's conscience is at it again.
The Republican Senator says he will only support Bob Dole's tax cut plan if
it meets two conditions.
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Warner says Dole's tax cut must NOT raise the deficit or increase interest
Warner is not worried about possible repercussions.
He is already UNpopular with many GOP activists in Virginia for past
decisions to publicly oppose such fellow Republicans as Oliver North and Mike
Warner says he considers Dole "a big brother," and that Dole will understand
his concerns about the tax plan.
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Water seems to be a continual plague to one Rocky Mount apartment building.
Last week, residents were evacuated when heavy rain forced water and mud
inside the dwelling.
Once officials got a closer look... the entire building was condemned.
A house-moving crew tried to shore- up the building yesterday... to make it
safe enough for residents to retrieve their belongings.
But workers accidentally hit a water main... forcing nearby residents to go
without water for a few hours.
Rocky Mount Building Inspector says he's unsure of the building's future...
but he says at this point... it doesn't appear the dwelling can be saved.
Consumers Union, an independent products tester, is calling for a total
recall for two makes of sport utility vehicles.
The non-profit organization rated the Isuzu Trooper and Acura S-L-X as not
acceptable because each tipped on to two wheels while turning quickly on a
((ROBERT KNOLL, CONSUMERS UNION: THE IMPRESSION OF IT IS HEFT AND IS OF
MACHISMO AND SO ON, THE ACTUAL FACT
OF IT MAY NOT BE ANYWHERE NEAR THAT.
SUPER=01-Robert Knoll/Consumer's Union;
OUT Q= ANYWHERE NEAR THAT.
Both auto companies say they stand by their vehicles and say it's premature
to consider a recall.
About 120 faculty and staff members at Radford University have taken the
plunge in answer to a water challenge.
Participants were issued 16-ounce cups through the university's Common
Their challenge is to drink eight cups of water at least 18 days out of 30.
((BECKY COVEY/RU COMMON HEALTH DIRECTOR: IT MAY NOT TASTE AS GOOD TO SOME
PEOPLE AS IT DOES TO OTHERS, BUT I THINK IF THEY'LL GET INTO IT THEY'LL SEE
THAT IT MAY BE A WAY TO HELP THEM LOSE WEIGHT, IMPROVE THEIR MUSCLE TONE, THEIR
SKIN TONE, IT'S JUST GOOD FOR OVERALL GOOD HEALTH. ))
SUPER=01-Becky Covey/RU Common Health Dir.;
OUT Q=overall good health.
Participants even have water LOGS to record their daily progress.
It's not easy, especially for people like Kathy Burnett, who don't drink
much water to begin with.
((KATHY BURNETT/WATER CHALLENGE PARTICIPANT: THE AFTERNOON IS THE HARDEST
BECAUSE I DON'T DRINK A LOT IN THE AFTERNOONS. SO I FIND IF I DRINK IT IN THE
MORNING THEN IT'S EASIER IN THE AFTERNOON. ))
SUPER=01-Kathy Burnett/Water Challenge Participant;
OUT Q=easier in the afternoon.
Our need for water increases as we age.
Some doctors recommend people under age 50 drink at least SIX to EIGHT,
eight- ounce glasses of water a day...and EIGHT to TWELVE eight- ounce glasses
for those over 50.
For parents with sick children, information and understanding of their
condition is crucial.
That's why the Carilion Medical Center for Children at Roanoke Community
Hospital has opened a resource library for pediatric patients and their
At yesterday's open house for their BOOK-WORMS, we learned the Information
Station as it's called isn't just for adults-- there are kids books as well.
IN Q=There are
((DR. RON NEUBERG/PEDIATRIC ONCOLOGIST: THERE ARE CHILDREN'S BOOKS IN THERE,
NOT ONLY FOR ENTERTAINMENT BUT ALSO BOOKS THAT CAN HELP PARENTS BRING OUT WHAT
THEIR CHILDS FEELINGS ARE. FOR EXAMPLE, A BOOK LIKE CHARLOTTE'S WEB IS A GOOD
BOOK TO TALK ABOUT DEATH. A BOOK SUCH AS THE VELVETEEN RABBIT IS A GOOD BOOK TO
TALK ABOUT SELF ESTEEM AND TO SHOW A CHILD WAYS OF ENHANCING THEIR OWN SELF
SUPER=01-Dr. Ron Neuberg/Pediatric Oncologist; :
OUT Q=their own self esteem
The Information Station is part of the Medical Center for Children's
mission-- to provide for the psycho-social needs of patients and their parents.
A story of incredible courage and sacrifice for a young mother in Canada.
Cindy Parolin was horseback riding with her three children in British
Columbia when a 60 pound cougar pounced on her six year old son Steven.
The mother then jumped onto the animal from her horse while the two other
children pulled Steven to safety.
When rescuers arrive they found the 36 year old mother dead.
((Sgt. Tom Payne/Princeton RCMP:CINDY WENT TO THE AID OF HER YOUNGSTER, SHE
MANAGED WITH A STICK TO DRIVE THE CAT OFF THE CHILD AND THEN SHE DIRECTED HER
TWO YOUNGER CHILDREN TO ASSIST THE YOUNSTER AND GO AND GET HELP. ))
SUPER=01-Sgt. Tom Payne/Princeton RCMP;
OUT Q=and get help.
Steven is reported in stable condition after receiving up to 70 stitches in
The cougar was later tracked and killed.
The three-year-old who fell into a gorilla pit last week has been released
from the hospital.
Doctors say the child does not remember being carried to safey by the now
The boy had fallen 18 feet into the gorilla exhibit at the Brookfield Zoo on
Friday, but doctors expect him to recover fully from minor head injuries and
The Texas coastline is keeping a close eye on Dolly.. and making
Dolly has been downgraded to tropical depression.
The storm surged to hurricane-strength yesterday, then died down over
Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula.
So far there have been no reports of injuries or major damage.
Experts think Dolly may pick up strength again in the Gulf of Mexico..
Texas residents will be watching the storm.
SUPER=330-Scattered Storms/Partly Cloudy/63-67/Partly/Sunny/85-89;
SUPER=332-Partly Cloudy/Patchy Fog/60-64/Hazy/Sunshine/83-87;
SUPER=333-Scattered Storms/Partly Cloudy/61-65/Partly/Sunny/83-87;
SUPER=334-Partly Cloudy/Patchy Fog/55-59/Hazy/Sunshine/83-87;
A new industrial park is brightening Pittsylvania County's economic future.
Teresa Hamilton reports the park promises to bring hundreds of new jobs to
IN Q=Members of
SUPER=01-William Pritchett/Pittsylvania Co. Board of Supervisors; :09
SUPER=01-C. Lee Lintecum/Stanley W. Bowles Corp. Pres.; :48
OUT Q=Hamilton, News 7.
(( Members of the Pittsylvania County Economic Development Organization as
well as state and local dignitaries were on hand for the announcement.
((WILLIAM PRITCHETT/PITTSYLVANIA CO. BOARD OF SUPERVISORS:STANLEY W. BOWLES AND
DIVERSIFIED DISTRIBUTION WELCOME TO PITTSYLVANIA COUNTY. ))
OUT Q=Pittsylvania County.
The Stanley W. Bowles Corporation has selected a 250- acre site, near
Blairs, to build an industrial park.
A distribution center, that deals primarily with apparel, will be the first
business to locate there, creating up to 300- new jobs.
Diversified Distribution Incorporated, a company that's affiliated with the
Bowles Corporation, will run the facility.
A variety of reasons were given for locating in Pittsylvania County.
The new Route 29- expressway was at the top of the list.
IN Q=As you
((C. LEE LINTECUM/STANLEY W. BOWLES CORP. PRES.:AS YOU KNOW IN DISTRIBUTION YOU
HAVE A LOT OF TRUCKS AND TRUCKS HAVE TO BE ABLE TO MOVE. THE REACTION OF THE
COMMUNITY, THEY SAID, IF YOU COME HERE AND DEVELOP WE'LL GET YOU THE UTILITIES
YOU NEED TO OPERATE YOUR FACILITY AND THAT'S KEY IN DEVELOPMENT.))
OUT Q=in development.
The Stanley Bowles Corporation will have control of the industrial park.
Company officials lease the property to other businesses-- within the next
five years they expect the park to employ about a thousand people.
They hope to open the distribution center in January. Teresa Hamilton,
The Salem Avalanche opened their next to last home stand of the year last
night as they welcomed the Durham Bulls to town.
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Durham would make life tough on Salem starter Luther Hackman, as they got to
him for three runs in the early innings. Mike Eaglin's triple to center scores
Mike Mahoney and it's 3-to nothing in the 2nd.
Things got worse for Salem in the third when a questionable fielding play got
to Salem manager Bill McGuire, who was eventually tossed out of the game.
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.
Another big night for the Atlanta Braves as Marquis Grissom extended his
hitting streak to 24 games, Tom Glavine won his 13th game of the year, and the
Braves turned in a third inning performance for the books.
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The third inning was a magical frame for the Braves last night as Terry
Pendleton breaks a one all tie with a homer to right. It's his first since
coming back to the Braves.
Still in the third, Chipper Jones will groove one deep over the right field
fence and the Braves are on top 3-to-1.
Then while the fans were still buzzing, Ryan Klesko comes to the plate and
rocks Dave Burba for the third
homer of the innings.
The Braves win their 5th straight
The Charlotte Hornets held a "Velcome Vlade" party yesterday as the team
introduced its newest player.
SUPER=03-Charlotte, NC; :00
Vlade Divac (Vla-dee Di-vots), who originally balked at leaving Los Angeles
for Charlotte, now says he's had a complete change of heart, and fans shouldn't
get the feeling that he doesn't like the South.
IN Q="That's always...
((VLADE DIVAC/CHARLOTTE HORNETS CENTER:))
SUPER=01-Vlade Divac/Charlotte Hornets Center; :00
OUT Q=...LIKE BASKETBALL."
More racing activities at Charlotte today as track President Humpy Wheeler
SUPER=03-Concord, NC; :00
has announced, as only he can, that nearly 2 million dollars will be up for
grabs during the the Speedway's week long October-fest celebration.
Wheeler promises the big purse in the UAW-GM Quality 500 is sure to have
drivers jousting for cash.
Just when you thought you'd seen it all...
SUPER=04-Courtesy:World Wide Pants
Dennis Rodman spray paints David Letterman's hair on national television.
The Chicago Bulls forward appeared on "The Late Show with David Letterman,"
last night where he spray painted Dave's hair green.
To top the evening off Rodman announced his plans to get married today at
He would not reveal the name of his bride last night, but today the New York
"Daily News" reports he is marrying a stripper who may strand him at the alter.
Later today on Health Check, treating couples for infertility often brings
with it the risk of multiple births.
Some medical experts are alarmed-- we'll hear about the dilema, plus the
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