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When a big company like DuPont shuts down- it doesn't just hurt the workers-
Plus a freak logging accident kills a man in Montgomery County.
And an Amtrak train headed for Washington DC crashes.
The rumble of thunder and some locally heavy downpours highlight the weather
story tonight. We will track the rain on the radar just ahead.
If the itching and sneezing, and watery eyes have got you again....
This story may bring you tears of joy.
On Health Check, a report from Richmond on a new drug to help those who
suffer ragweed allergies.
With the news that Dupont in Henry County is closing in 1998-- what does that
mean for the community?
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Good Evening this is NEWS-7 at Five, I'm Jean Jadhon.
It's the morning after-- in Martinsville and Henry County.
Yesterday the community learned Dupont will indeed follow through on plans
to close its plant there, idling more than 550 people.
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Len Besthoff says while people have been expecting this for some time, it
may take a while to calculate the full effects of the news.
Len what kinds of things are local leaders trying to figure out?
The total tax hit, for one thing.
Henry County says the plant closing in mid 1998 could mean a loss of a
million dollars in annual machinery and real estate tax revenues, and that
could impact programs near and dear to residents.
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SUPER=01-Sid Clower/Henry Co. Administrator;
SUPER=01-Larry McDorman/Amfibe President;
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And neither Henry County or Martinsville have begun to estimate the
potential personal property tax losses if the Dupont workers leave town.
Also in question, how Dupont's move will affect more than a half dozen
tenants on its 500 acre campus, including monofilament maker Amfibe, which
employs 130 people.
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It's worth noting that Dupont won't fully close until mid- 1998.
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So Amfibe, for example, believes chances are good it will remain in
business, right on the Dupont campus.
(QUESTION: SO IT'S ALSO FAIR TO SAY THAT NO CUTS IN HENRY COUNTY'S BUDGET HAVE
BEEN SPECIFIED YET?)
Jesse Jackson and Mario Cuomo are among the warmup speakers at the
Democratic National Convention.
First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton will address the delegates in prime time.
Byron Harlan is at the Convention in Chicago with the latest.
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((His name may not be a household word yet, but keynote speaker Evan Bayh is on
the political fast-track.
Indiana voters re-elected him in 1992 by the largest margin of any governor in
modern history. He's only 40 years old, and is seen as a player in the 2000
presidential race. This morning he checked out the podium in the United
Center, and talked about the difficulties of writing such an important speech.
GOV. EVAN BAYH, KEYNOTE SPEAKER:
But the night will really belong to Hillary Rodham Clinton.
The first lady, seen here visiting an art program for Chicago's inner city
children, is expected to talk a lot about children in her speech tonight.
Some polls show Mrs. Clinton is one of the most unpopular first ladies in
She has been vilified by Republicans who blame her for everything from
Whitewater to the collapse of health care reform.
HILLARY RODHAM CLINTON:
She tested out the sound system today, in preparation for her speech, seen as
a chance to reverse negative perceptions of her before a national TV audience.
The theme of tonight's session is the family, a theme reflected on President
Clinton's whistle stop tour today.
Children reading "The Little Engine That Could" helped President Clinton
promote his new idea for education.
In Wyandotte, Michigan, the President
proposed a national literacy campaign that would recruit 30,000 reading
specialists plus thousands more volunteers, to teach America's children to
become better readers.
PRESIDENT BILL CLINTON: ALL AMERICA'S CHILDREN SHOULD BE ABLE TO READ ON THEIR
OWN BY THE 3RD GRADE, EVERY SINGLE ONE OF THEM.
Bob Dole and Jack Kemp are pushing their tax cut plan as they make a swing
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The Republican running mates are meeting with their economic advisors today
in Santa Barbara.
Dole said President Clinton is attacking the plan because it's hurting his
lead in the polls.
Dole has proposed a 15 percent across the board tax cut- while also
promising to balance the budget.
A freak accident killed a logger in Montgomery County this morning.
Authorities say the victim was using a chainsaw to cut trees on a
mountainside off Taylor Hollow Road.
The tree he was cutting split, and part of it snapped back into his stomach,
knocking him several feet.
The victim suffered massive internal injuries and died at the scene.
Authorities are still trying to notify his family before releasing his name.
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Straight ahead--on NEWS-7 at FIVE-- with the cleanup of TWA flight 800
nearly complete, who's picking up the tab?
That story, plus a new concept in Roanoke City-- as Women EMTs are living
in firehouses. We'll explain.
On Health Check-- Red wine research continues.
This latest study weighs-in in favor of an occasional glass, as one way to
reduce the risk of heart disease.
Also coming up Mike has a report on the Lord Botetourt Lady Cavaliers who
are gearing up for basketball season.
The team is hoping to bring home another state title. That report when we
An Amtrak train collided with a logging truck in Vermont- injuring at
least five people.
The train was travelling 54 miles an hour when it slammed into a truck
that was crossing the tracks on a dirt road.
((ILAN HOLLOWAY/PASSENGER: IT WAS SCARY. I WAS FALLING ASLEEP AND I JUST HEARD
THIS SHAKING THE WHOLE TRAIN SHAKING. I WOKE UP AND HALF THE TRAIN WAS TILTED
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Amtrak's Vermonter was on its way from from St. Albans, Vermont to
Washington D-C when it crashed.
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Who should pay for the investigation in the crash of T-W-A Flight 800?
The New York Times is reporting that the federal government says T-W-A should
help pay for part of it.
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But the airline says the investigation is a government operation and T-W-A is
not responsible for paying the government's bills.
The newspaper reports that federal officials asked T-W-A for a voluntary
payment of five million dollars toward salvage and recovery.
A federal source says at least 20 million dollars has been spent so far.
For the first time in Roanoke, women will be assigned to fire stations.
The Fire and Emergency Services Departments have now merged, and all
firefighters and E-M-S workers are on 24 hour shifts.
Officials admit it will take time to get used to the changes, but they
maintain the public will see improved services.
The women medics and E-M-T's will now receive firefighter training.
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((DEPUTY CHIEF WINSTON SIMMONS/ROANOKE FIRE-EMS: NOW THEY'RE GETTING CERTIFIED
AS FIREFIGHTERS. IF THEY ARE NOT NEEDED AS EMTS THEY BECOME FIREFIGHTERS AND
FIGHT FIRES AND OUR FIRE FIGHTING FORCE HAS INCREASED. ))
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Changes have been made in the fire stations to provide more privacy for all
Bathrooms and locker rooms all have locks and signs on them.
New walls in the dormitory provide more sleeping privacy.
Schools throughout our region will help us out with our weather forecasts
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The NEWS-7 Weather Center is expanding its reach and will bring you more
weather data than ever before.
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As Patrick Evans reports tonight, Viewernet is about to go on line from a
school near you.
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Stick around for more NEWS-7 at FIVE, Mike Stevens takes a look at the
girls' basketball team at Lord Botetourt High School.
On Health Check, a report on the condition Endometriosis--
that causes great pain in millions of women.
Though the disease was discovered in 1925, the cure remains elusive.
((ENDOMETRIOSIS TYPICALLY AFFECT 10 TO 15 PERCENT OF WOMEN AND WE BELIEVE THOSE
WOMEN ARE THE WOMEN WHO HAVE ALTERATIONS IN THE IMMUNE FACTION.))
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Maybe your body gave you this message first-- something's in the air
It's Ragweed season-- it starts in mid-August and goes through September.
But SYMPTOMS peek in mid-September and last into October.
One area allergist tells us it's going to be a rough season for ragweed
sufferers because of the recent rains.
But for some, those watery eyes and runny noses may eventually be
transformed to tears of joy.
Virginia Commonwealth University is
running one of 25 studies across the nation into a new treatment.
The traditional shots mean six months of injections leading up to the the
ragweed season, followed by years rof monthly shots.
The shots trigger the allergic reaction.
A VCU doctor has donated his body to science.
((DR. TREY ENTWHISTLE/ALLERGY SUFFERER: BASICALLY CAUSE I'M MISERABLE AND I'M
LOOKING FOR SOME BETTER RELIEF THAN WHAT I'VE HAD.))
((DR. DENNIS WONG/VCU RAGWEED STUDY: SO IN THIS STUDY, WE'RE GIVING A SMALL
PEPTIDE, FOUR INJECTIONS, JUST BEFORE THE SEASON, OR EIGHT INJECTIONS, JUST
BEFORE THE SEASON. AND ATTEMPTING TO TRICK YOUR IMMUNE SYSTEM INTO NOT
REACTING TO THE RAGWEED IN A FAIRLY EASY REGIMEN JUST BEFORE THE SEASON.))
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SUPER=01-Dr. Dennis Wong/VCU Ragweed Study; :04
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The new drug being tested is called "Allervax Ragweed."
The technology of breaking down the amino acids in an allergen, to just
develop an immunity to that peptide, is also being used experimentally on cat
VCU says it's NOT taking part in the cat trials, because it doesn't have a
special "cat room," that's covered in pet dander, but free of other
A new drug is helping to make angioplasty more effective in treating
It's called Reopro (Re-Uh-Pro) ... and researchers at Duke University
report it has reduced by 60 percent deaths from heart disease in patients who
had already undergone angioplasty.
Red wine may also be a way to reduce the risk of heart disease... and
there's more evidence that it can help stop fats in the blood from clogging the
Brazilian researchers report that rabbits given a high fat diet and given
red wine have significantly less clogging of their arteries than rabbits who
did not clink their glasses.
Endometriosis is a serious, painful disease that affects more than five
million women in the U.S.
Symptoms typically include severe pelvic pain, and painful intercourse
which worsens over time.
Many women just don't realize that pain related to the menstrual cycle can
be a sign of something more serious than just bad cramps.
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((MARY PAT BOUCK/ENDOMETRIOSIS PATIENT: IT FELT LIKE THERE WAS A BASEBALL
SITTING IN MY ABDOMEN. IT WAS LIKE WHEN I HAD AN OVARIAN CYST AND THE CYST,
WHEN THEY REMOVED IT, WAS THE SIZE OF A SMALL ORANGE, SO I WAS IN QUITE A BIT
OF PAIN. ))
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With endometriosis, cells of the same type as the lining from the woman's
uterus, the endometrium, implant themselves outside the uterine cavity: on the
bladder, the bowel, the ovary, or even the lungs.
In women with endometriosis, the immune system doesn't do its job properly
to destroy those wayward cells.
((DR. PAUL DMOWSKI/ENDOMETRIOSIS EXPERT: DIAGNOSIS OF ENDO REQUIRES A MINOR
SURGICAL PROCEDURE CALLED LAPROSCOPY. ))
A tiny incision is made in the belly and then a miniature video camera is
put inside to actually look for the endometrial implants.
If they're found, the problem can be treated at the same time by simply
removing the wayward cells using a laser.
Medications have also improved.
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((DR. DMOWSKI: WE'VE ALSO SEEN DEVELOP OF NEWER DRUGS. WE HAVE RIGHT NOW A
VARIETY OF SUBSTANCES WHICH ARE CALLED GNRH ANTAGONISTS. THOSE ARE
SUBSTANCES THAT SUPPRESS MENSTRUAL CYCLES. ))
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While about half of women with endometriosis suffer from infertility
problems, with treatment many of them are eventually able to conceive children.
Still, researchers want to find the cause of endometriosis-- an important
step in finding treatment, and developing a test for it that doesn't require
If they can accomplish that, then women at risk might be identified
earlier, and treated BEFORE they develop debilitating symptoms.
Time now to shift gears to sports where Tigers and Cavaliers are dominating
Let's head into the sports office and let Mike Stevens explain.
Good afternoon folks, let's get started on the golf course as we fire up
today's two minute ticker.
Tiger is ready to leave the woods and join the jungle. Two days after
winning his third straight Amateur title, Tiger Woods says he will turn pro.
Woods brings many attributes to the tour. Pros call his swing the best they
have ever seen.
Woods has to adjust to the PGA's 72-hole stroke play format. While the
amateur tour uses match play. He gets his first test Thursday as the Greater
Milwaukee Open tees off.
Believe it or not, the girls Group A and 2-A Basketball season has begun.
And many eyes will be on the Double A defending state champions - Lord
Botetourt Lady Cavaliers. Is a repeat in the cards? Steve Mason tried to find
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SUPER=01-Sarah Moore/17 Pts & 9 Rebs Per Game in 1995; :46
SUPER=01-Sarah Hicks/Blue Ridge District Player of the Year; :55
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((4 of 5 starters are back this season from the team that went 26 and 4 and
captured the state title. So how do the Lady Cavs deal with avoiding
complacency and knowing that most of the teams they play will perceive that
game as a state title in itself.
((DAVID WHEAT/LORD BOTETOURT HEAD BASKETBALL COACH))
The go to gal is sarah Hicks. She garnered first team all state honors last
year averaging 22.3 points per game. Hicks and all state guard Sarah Moore team
again for the state's best inside/outside punch.
((SARAH MOORE/17 PTS & 9 REBS A GAME IN 1995:))
((SARA HICKS/BLUE RIDGE DIS. PLAYER OF YEAR:))
Coming up at 6, we will tell you how you can see Dell Curry and Bombo Coles
tomorrow night, plus one of the newest Hornets, Anthony Mason checks into the
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It was a busy day at the Botetourt County courthouse.
Dozens of indictments were handed up... and some of them included familiar
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Keith Humphry is in the newsroom with a recap.
Jean, one of those charged wasSUPER=@KEITH1;
Penny Stallins, the amateur golf champ.
It was just last month she was charged with cocaine possesion in Salem.
Now she faces the same charge in Botetourt County.
Also, more charges against Michael Obremski, the man accused of making
threatening phone calls to young girls.
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We'll sort it all out in a half hour on News- 7 at six.
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