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Hurricane Fran is racing toward land. We'll have a report from Myrtle
Plus people prepare for flooding here in Southwest Virginia-
After Fran makes landfall tonight, she heads straight to southwest Virginia
and rainfall is expected to cause flooding of all major rivers.
On Health Check, the latest on efforts to develop an AIDS
Now researchers hope to test a new one in humans, within the year.
Plus it's last call for women making claims against Dow Corning over
People are boarding up-
And heading out- as Hurricane Fran approaches land.
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The storm is now heading directly toward the South Carolina- North Carolina
It is is expected to hit landfall after ten tonight.
Dave Fehling is in Myrtle Beach where the rain and wind are already picking
up this afternoon.
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((Hurricane Fran picked up speed as it headed for shore. Gale force winds and
pounding rains beat the Carolina coast and people did their best to prepare
for what could be a very bumpy ride.
We hope it won't be bad, but doing best to be ready.
Fran, a category three hurricane, has the potential to be deadly. Forecasters
warned residents and tourists staying on the barrier islands, beach front
properties and low-lying coastal areas to finish storm preparations and get
READY FOR IT.
About a half million people were instructed to move inland.
THE MAJORITY HAVE BEEN PRETTY COOPERATIVE , SOME OF THEM HAVE BEEN A LITTLE
GOT TO GET 'EM OUT OF HERE BEFORE THE STORM COMES.
The elderly and their medical records were evacuated from nursing homes and
schools became shelters.
IT'S BETTER THAN BEING OUT ON BOAT AND NOT HAVING ANYPLACE TO GET
Emergency management personnel tracked the storm and the national guard has
been called out.
WE'RE GONNA STAY AS LONG AS IT TAKES.))
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Governor Allen has declared a state of emergency in advance of the storm,
and in the Roanoke Valley emergency officials are calling for evacuations from
homes and businesses in the flood plain.
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Joe Dashiell reports from the banks of the Roanoke River.
(roll cue: as severe as the flood of 85.)
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Ellen Qualls is in our Richmond newsroom.
What's going on statewide?
Virginia is under a state of emergency.
The Governor declared it midday to allow preparations.
The Virginia National Guard is on alert.
At the state's emergency operations center in Chesterfield County, I
listened in to a conference call with local emergency coordinators in western
and southside Virginia.
The top concerns are:
-- can the state provide vehicles that can get through high water?
The answer is not until we see who's in the most trouble.
Resources will be spread very thin because about three- fourths of the
state is expected to see some effects from Fran.
-- are residents near dams being warned to be prepared for their failure?
-- and will this storm stall and become a disaster of the proportions of
The answer is no, but it's a slow moving, very wet storm, so they're
comparing it back before Hugo in 1989, which was a drier storm, to Hurricane
Juan that flooded Virginia in 1985.
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(Q&A=So the time frame for emergency preparedness is?)
Midnight to Friday evening -- about a 15 hour high alert time.
And of course, Jean, the concern for emergency officials in central and
eastern Virginia becomes tornados that might spin off that side of this
The Southside is bracing for the worst.
In Halifax County, Route 501 in Riverdale is already closed.
The high water is a result of heavy rain earlier this week that's caused the
Dan River to swell.
More rain could cause serious problems for Halifax County-- because of its
downstream location from several bodies of water.
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((DAN SLEEPER/HALIFAX CO. ADMINISTRATOR: ALL THE WASH COMING OFF OF THE BLUE
RIDGE MOUNTAINS FROM THE DAN RIVER, THE BANISTER RIVER, THE STAUNTON RIVER, AND
IT ALL HITS THROUGH US, AND BY THE TIME IT GETS DOWN HERE IT JUST CONTINUES TO
RISE, IT'S NO WHERE TO GO SO IT SPREADS OUT AND THAT'S WHEN WE RECEIVE OUR MOST
SUPER=01-Dan Sleeper/Halifax Co. Administrator; :00
OUT Q=our most damage.
Flooding is no stranger in Riverdale, but it is fairly uncommon throughout
the rest of the County.
Kurds are battling it out in the city of (ur-BEEL) Irbil in Northern Iraq.
Iraqi President Saddam Hussein backs one of the factions-
But U-S officials say there's no indication the Iraqis are involved in the
C-I-A Director John Doych says he believes Saddam's forces are withdrawing.
((JOHN DEUTCH/C.I.A. DIRECTOR: WE ARE SEEING WITHDRAWAL OF THE MECHANIZED AND
ARMORED UNITED FROM THE KURDISH TERRITORY FROM NORTHERN IRAQ BACK TO THEIR
GARRISON FAIRLY SYSTEMATICALLY.))
SUPER=01-John Deutch/C.I.A. Director;
OUT Q=their Garrison fairly Systemically."
In Baghdad, Iraqi's burned an effigy of President Clinton and shouted
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Straight ahead-- come rain or shine the first Italian Festival in Central
Virginia gets underway.
And Russian President Boris Yeltsin admits to health problems after months
On Health Check-- the latest word on c-sections-- the SECOND time around.
Plus, does your baby grimace when you sing lullabyes?
Infants may actually have a pretty good ear for music.
Tonight's Growin' It teaches us how to get the lawn ready for next Spring.
Patrick has that report-- don't go away.
The National Rainbow Coalition has filed a petition to deny W-D-B-J a new
The organization in Washington says it studied minority hiring practices at
television stations in D-C, Maryland, Virginia and WEST Virginia.
It found only two stations failed to operate meaningful equal employment
Both of them are here in Roanoke: THIS station AND W-B-R-A, the PUBLIC T-V
W-D-B-J issued a statement this evening saying it is "saddened and
disappointed" by the petition.
Station manager Bob Lee predicts W-D-B-J "will demonstrate that the
station's minority employment profile is well within the guidelines set by the
F-C-C, and our affirmative action hiring program works well."
The wet forecast has NOT dampened the spirits in Central Virginia.
The Organizers of Central Virginia's first Italian Festival of the Seven
Hills are prepared.
Steve Smallshaw joins us from Lynchburg. Steve, hurricane or not, you found
out they're ready to go in Forest.
That's right Jean, this event's been in the planning stages for two years
and they're not about to let a little thing like a hurricane stop it.
The phrase organizers want people to remember is "rain or shine".
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((THEY'RE UP AND THEY'RE RUNNING...))
And so is central Virginia's first Italian Festival of the Seven Hills.
The four- day extravaganza gets underway tonight and wraps up Sunday,
offering food, music, rides and entertainment in between.
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((MIKE BUSCEMI/FESTIVAL ORGANIZER: THERE'S FESTIVALS LIKE THIS THROUGHOUT THE
STATE, THEY JUST DON'T SEEM TO COME TO THE CENTRAL VIRGINIA AREA, AND WE
THOUGHT SINCE NOBODY ELSE WAS DOING IT, WE COULD GO AHEAD AND PUT IT UP.))
OUT Q=put it up.
But the ominous gray skies could put a major damper on the festivities.
Crews were working today to improve what is an already soggy field... but
another day of heavy rain could drastically reduce the kind of crowds
organizers are hoping for.
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((EVELYN LOWE/CENTURY 21: I THINK IT WILL BE LIGHTER, I THINK LESS PEOPLE WILL
SHOW UP AT THE BEGINNING, BUT WE'RE LOOKING FOR IT TO CLEAR OFF AFTER A COUPLE
OUT Q=couple of days.))
So no matter what the forecast, the festival is a definite go.
Whether anyone can get out to enjoy it is another question.. Jean?
The Hotel Roanoke and Conference Center has a new chef.
Gary Needham comes from Doubletree Hotels in Atlanta and has ten years
experience as an Executive Chef in several four star restaurants.
Needham has high hopes for the hotel's dining experience.
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((GARY NEEDHAM/HOTEL ROANOKE EXECUTIVE CHEF: IT'S THE MOST BEAUTIFUL
SURROUNDINGS IN THE ROANOKE VALLEY. I'M INSPIRED BY IT ALL. BOTH PLACES I WAS
AT BEFORE WENT TO FOUR STAR. I PLAN TO DO THAT HERE.))
SUPER=01-Gary Needham/Hotel Roanoke Executive Chef;
OUT Q=do that here.
Needham says he will use his knowledge of ethnic foods and apply it to this
region to build a special cuisine for the Hotel.
You may be done mowing your lawn, but you can't ignore it with fall right
around the corner.
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Fall lawn care is limited, but necessary, and the good news it that it
doesn't involve much mowing!
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In tonight's Growin It, Patrick Evans reports NOW is the time to help your
lawn look good next spring.
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Stick around for more News-7 at FIve.
It's official-- Virginia Tech basketball coach Bill Foster is stepping down
after the upcoming season.
And, women who've given birth through a C-section CAN safely have another
But it wouldn't be quite as safe as having another Caesarean.
We'll explain, on Health Check.
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In an effort to lower the rate of unnecessary cesarean sections, doctors
are encouraging women who've undergone C-sections before to deliver vaginally
the next time they're pregnant.
But, a study in the New England Journal of Medicine finds that women who
try to deliver vaginally after a previous birth by Cesarean section nearly
double their risk of rare medical complications.
Still, specialists advise a trial of labor is reasonable.
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((DR. RICHARD PAUL/USC SCHOOL OF MEDICINE: I WOULD SAY THE OVERALL MESSAGE IS
THAT IT IS A SAFE PROCEDURE TO UNDERTAKE. IT'S A RISK-BENEFIT ANALYSIS AND THE
BENEFITS IN MY MIND OUTWEIGH THE RISK ))
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Once a woman has had a cesarean, the main risk is that the incision in the
womb leaves a scar that may be weak, possibly letting the uterus rupture in
future labor and delivery
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((ONCE THAT SCAR IS THERE, THE WOMAN CARRIES THAT FOR THE REST OF HER
REPRODUCTIVE LIFE, SO 5-10-15 YEARS LATER, IF SHE'S HAVING ANOTHER CHILD,
THE RESIDUAL RISK IS CARRIED BECAUSE OF THAT INITIAL DECISION ))
OUT Q=that initial decision.
The good news from the study is that women who've had a previous c-section,
in general can safely have their subsequent babies using vaginal delivery.
But as the study points out, when things go wrong they can go very wrong--
so for that reason, if you've had a prior c-section, you should discuss the
issue carefully with your doctor.
There were no fatalities in the study, involving more than six-thousand
women in Canada.
Development of an AIDS vaccine has so far stymied scientists, but, in a
promising development, the Cleveland Clinic says it hopes to test a new type
of vaccine in humans within the year.
The vaccine contains live H-I-V, but it also includes a gene that allows
the virus to be easily killed with medicine.
Researchers say the vaccine may eventually be used for both AIDS prevention
and AIDS treatment.
Babies may not be able to walk or talk, but apparently they can tell if
someone can carry a tune.
Harvard psychologists say infants as young as four months old pay close
attention to music when it's in tune... but when music's out of tune, they
become restless or even cry.
The researchers say it could mean musical taste is hard-wired in the human
Time now for sports, Virginia Tech formally announced a head coach is
And a replacement was found not too far away. Here's Mike Stevens.
Good afternoon everybody welcome to the Thursday ticker.
The first phase of the changing of the guard at the top of the Virginia Tech
basketball program took place today as Bill Foster announced his retirement and
Bobby Hussey accepted his promotion.
Steve Mason has more on the changes that will take place at the end of the
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Foster wasn't the only sports figure making such an announcement today.
Boston Bruins forward Cam Neely stepped down today after 13 years in the NHL.
Neely has a degenerative hip condition that forced him to miss 25 games last
Emmitt Smith has had enough injury problems in the last month to consider
retirement, but instead he's back on the field, thankful to be on the mend and
looking to play on Sunday.
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((EMMITT SMITH/COWBOYS RUNNING BACK:))
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OUT Q=...BUT IT WASN'T."
Much more coming up at six.
Have a safe night everybody.
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Russian President Boris Yeltsin ended months of rumors about his health
announcing he's suffering from heart disease.
Yeltsin said the doctor recommended a passive workload or heart surgery.
He's opting for surgery.
Yeltsin says he hopes to have the operation and get back to normal.
The 65 year old had two heart attacks last year and has been virtually out
of sight for weeks.
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