Up next on News 7 at Five-.
Two people are charged in connection with the death of a retired school
The first flood center opens in the region.
Plus one area radio station gets national honors.
We can look away from the tropics and gaze at a cold front that will clear
out these foggy evenings with cooler and drier air.
On Health Check, decades after they won the battle against polio,
many survivors are re-living a familiar pain....now coming down with POST-polio
The United States is beefing up it's forces around Iraq.
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Good Evening this is NEWS-7 at Five, I'm Jean Jadhon.
U-S Sources now say the aircraft carrier U-S-S Enterprise is steaming toward
the Persian Gulf.
That after Iraq claimed it fired three missiles at U-S warplanes- though the
Pentagon says it can't confirm that.
Meanwhile former Secretary of State James Baker is criticizing the
((JAMES BAKER/FORMER SECRETARY OF STATE: I DON'T THINK OUR RESPONSE HAS BEEN
STRONG ENOUGH. IRAQ, UNDER SADDAM HUSSEIN ONLY UNDERSTANDS FORCE.))
SUPER=01-James Baker/Former Secretary of State;
OUT Q=only understands force.
But Pentagon Officials are defending their decisions.
((KEN BACON/PENTAGON SPOKESMAN: WE CHOSE TO RESPOND IN A WAY THAT WE THINK
ADVANCED OUR STRATEGIC INTERESTS.))
SUPER=01-Ken Bacon/Pentagon Spokesman;
OUT Q=our strategic interests.
Bacon says the U-S is strengthening forces in the region and is also
looking at other measures.
Two people are now charged in connection with the death of a retired Smyth
County school teacher.
This morning a judge appointed two Abingdon lawyers to represent 23 year-
old Harold David Davis on charges of capital murder, rape and burglary.
He was arrested last night in Marion, one week after 68 year- old Anna Jean
Anderson was found strangled to death in her home.
Police have also charged one of Anderson's former fifth- grade students with
burglary in the case.
He was arrested last night at the sheriff's department.
((WHAT WAS HE HERE AT THE JAIL FOR?
DON LAMBERT/STATE POLICE AGENT: HE WAS BEING QUESTIONED.
QUESTION: DID HE COME HERE VOLUNTARILY?
ANSWER: YES. ))
SUPER=01-Don Lamber/State Police Agent;
OUT Q=voluntarily? Yes.
Police are not releasing the juvenile's name, though News-7 confirmed
through other sources he is 17 year- old Josh Widener.
Sources also tell News-7 that Davis did various jobs as a laborer, and had
done work at the victim's home in the past.
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Flood victims in South Boston and Halifax County now have someone to turn
to for help recovering from their losses.
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Steve Smallshaw is in South Boston where a disaster recovery center has
Steve, has it been busy these first few hours?
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Stay tuned to NEWS-7 at FIVE-- Major kudos to Lynchburg radio station
WYYD-- we'll explain.
And we'll tell you about a book sharing program designed to help citizens of
one of Roanoke's Sister Cities.
On Health Check, the latest treatment for infants suffering Respiratory
It's a rather unusual one....but results have been good.
Patrick Evans is on the gridiron at Virginia Tech tonight,
He's not playing football, but checking out the conditions of the
field...his live report when NEWS-7 continues.
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The F-B-I confirms investigators in the T-W-A crash might blow up a plane
to help their efforts.
The idea is to explode an old Boeing 747 to simulate the blast that
destroyed T-W-A Flight 800.
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James Kallstrom says the results could help pinpoint the cause of the
Kallstrom says there's been no official decision on whether to go ahead
with the test explosion.
All 230 people aboard were killed when the TWA plane exploded after takeoff
from New York in July.
Isuzu Motors says Consumer Reports magazine is wrong- It's trooper vehicles
The magazine gives the Isuzu Trooper an unacceptable rating- saying the
trucks tip in sharp turns.
But today Isuzu released results from independent testing that it says
proves the vehicles are safe.
((THE TROOPER IS A VEHICLE PARENTS CAN FEEL SAFE PLACING THEIR CHILDREN ON.))
SUPER=01-Terry Maloney/Isuzu America; qUICK
OUT Q=THEIR CHILDREN IN."
Consumer Reports suggested that Isuzu stop selling both the Trooper and the
Acura SLX it makes for Honda.
But Isuzu says the magazine's testers oversteered the vehicles during
trials. It's not planning on recalls.
Some national recognition for a local country radio station.
W-Y-Y-D F-M, which is based in Lynchburg, is the winner of Billboard
Magazine's 1996 "Station of the Year" honors.
Program director Robynn Jaymes was presented with the award at a banquet in
New York last week.
IN Q=Well we
((ROBYNN JAYMES/WYYD PROGRAM DIRECTOR: WELL WE KNEW WE'RE NOMINATED. WE KNEW
WE HAD MADE THE FIRST TWO BALLOTS AND OBVIOUSLY WE WENT WITH OUR FINGERS AND
TOES CROSSED AND SO IT WAS, WE WERE HOPEFUL, BUT WE WERE THRILLED TO BRING EM
SUPER=01-Robynn Jaymes/WYYD Program Director;
OUT Q=bring 'em home.
W-Y-Y-D beat out several thousand entrants from across the country in the
small market category.
Jaymes also received Billboard's "Program Director of the Year" honors.
Just last year Jaymes won the magazine's "Local Air Personality" award.
W-Y-Y-D has been in the Roanoke- Lynchburg radio market for 16 years.
Football fans may debate whether artificial turf is better than grass.
But one thing's for sure, it takes a lot of work to keep the grassy field
in good shape for four quarters.
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It can be very difficult to maintain healthy turf, even when you DON'T have
22 men with cleats tearing their way across it every week.
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Today Patrick Evans talks with the head groundskeeper at Virginia Tech
about keeping Lane Stadium looking it's best during college football season.
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Stick around for more NEWS-7 at Five-- the Monster Mile is facing Winston
Cup Drivers this weekend in Delaware. MIke Stevens has the story in tonight's
On Health Check, they survived polio the first time around.
But now, as if childhood weren't nightmare enough, some are coming down
with Post-Polio Syndrome.
We'll hear from some area sufferers still fighting the disease.
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IN Q=While I was
((WHILE I WAS STRAPPED TO A BOARD, I WAS THE LUCKY ONE, WHILE I WAS IN AN IRON
LUNG, I WAS THE LUCKY ONE. AND I NEVER REALLY UNDERSTOOD THAT FACT THAT I WAS
THE LUCKY ONE, BUT EVERYBODY KEPT TELLING ME. ))
OUT Q=kept telling me.
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Before Jonas Salk's vaccine in 1954, millions of people were infected with
Those who survived were called the lucky ones-- and many have overcome
But imagine some patients horror of re-living those childhood nightmares,
as the symptoms return.
We talked with some local sufferers of POST-Polio Syndrome, forming a
second support group in the area-- the Roanoke Polio Connection.
IN Q=When I first
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SUPER=01-Dr. Rebecca Tanner/Physiatrist; 1:22
SUPER=01-Linda Epperly/Post-Polio Patient; 2:07
OUT Q=in the USA
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IN Q=When I first
((WHEN I FIRST FOUND OUT ABOUT POST POLIO, IT WAS AN INCREDIBLY NASTY THING. IT
BRINGS ON IMMEDIATE SUICIDAL THOUGHTS. I FOUGHT THIS ALL MY LIFE AND NOW I HAVE
TO GO THROUGH A SECOND ROUND? WHY? IT JUST DOESN'T MAKE SENSE, WHY AREN'T
PEOPLE DOING SOMETHING ABOUT IT? WHY DOESN'T SOMEBODY HAVE SOME ANSWERS? ))
OUT Q=have some answers.
Walk a block in Jim Kimball's shoes and you'll understand his frustration.
He contracted polio when he was five months old-- his two sisters both died
of it, and he was abandoned by his parents.
He spent much of his childhood in the hospital.
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IN Q=I had so
((I HAD SO MANY OPERATIONS. I SPENT A YEAR AND A HALF IN AN IRON LUNG, I WAS
ALSO STRAPPED ON A BOARD WITH A FULL BODY CAST FOR A YEAR AND A HALF. ))
OUT Q=a year and a half.
Kimball though gained independence as an adult...but as is the case with
many others, 40 years later and the disease is now ravaging the muscles that
weren't hit the first time around.
The effects of polio begin when the virus enters the body and attacks the
nerves which control muscle movement.
The final result is muscle weakness and paralysis.
Here's a diagram of a normal muscle cell and nerve.
It's believed that once the nerve is damaged by the virus, other nearby
nerves regenerate to restore muscle function.
But this forces the nerves to work too hard, and after years of over-use,
they can give out.
IN Q=I like to
((DR. REBECCA TANNER/PHYSIATRIST: I LIKE TO USE THE ANALOGY OF A LIGHT SWITCH
WHEN POLIO SYNDROME EFFECTS THE NEURONS CERTAIN LIGHT SWITCHES GO OFF
TO DIFFERENT NEURONS, ABOUT HALF TO THREE QUARTERS OF THE NEURONS
OF SOME POST POLIO VICTIMS ARE EFFECTED
WHEN THIS SYNDROME OCCURS LATER ON IN
LIFE THESE LIGHT SWITCHES TEND TO GO OFF AGAIN WHETHER IT'S DUE TO OVER-FATIGUE
OF THESE MOTOR NEURONS OR THE REACTIVATION OF THE VIRUS
IS NOT REALLY WELL UNDERSTOOD ))
OUT Q=well understood.
For many polio patients, the motto was JUST DO IT....and it may be
over-compensation that's left the muscles so overworked now.
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IN Q=I'm not
((LINDA EPPERLY/POST-POLIO PATIENT: I'M NOT ABLE TO WALK OVER 100 FEET. BEFORE
I COULD DO MY JOB. I COULD PARK IN A PARKING PLACE THAT WAS TEN BLOCKS FROM THE
BUILDING I WORK IN, WALK IN, DO MY JOB AND WALK OUT TO THE CAR AND GO HOME. DO
THE LAUNDRY, DO THE COOKING, LIKE EVERY OTHER WOMAN IN THE USA. ))
OUT Q=in the USA.
Researchers are studying whether exercise can help post-polio, not to the
point of exhaustion, but with strength training using hydrotherapy or regular
Still there is optimistic news about the effort to rid the world of polio.
The numbers fell to an all-time low last year-- with just under 63-hundred
cases reported....mostly in India.
Despite the decline, doctors are issuing a serious warning against
complacency in getting children vaccinated.
Two studies in the New England Journal of Medicine to report:
Pregnancy appears to increase the risk of stroke in women after delivery.
Researchers speculate that rapid changes in blood volume and hormone
levels following birth may be to blame ... but they say the actual risk remains
And it may sound like science fiction, but doctors are filling the
lungs of sick infants with liquid ... one that can help them breathe.
Made with a chemical called pre-fluoro-carbon, it helps to ease the passage
of oxygen into the lungs of infants suffering from Respiratory Distress
The New England Journal report says seven out of 13 infants receiving the
liquid survived without major side effects.
TIme now for sports...the latest on who's playing for Virginia Tech this
weekend against Boston College...
Mike Stevens takes us to the gridiron, around the diamond and ends up on the
Good afternoon everybody and welcome to the Thursday afternoon two minute
The Virginia Tech football team faces a huge early season test this Saturday
against Big East rival Boston College. but just a few minute ago Hokies head
coach Frank Beamer said the team will make the trip without
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tailback Marcus Parker. Beamer suspended the Salem native back on August 13th
after he pled no contest to shoplifting charges.
Parker has been practicing with the team but he is on indefinite game
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Beamer says freshman Shyrone Stith will get his first start at tailback in
He came in last Saturday against Akron and rushed for two TDs and 119 yards.
With Ken Oxendine out, Marcus Gildersleeve and Aaron Lane will serve as
A couple of games in the major leagues are already over.
The Yankees beat the Tigers 12-to-3 as Bernie Williams picked up 8 rbis.
And the Astros beat the Phils 4-to-1.
The Winston Cup Drivers are at Dover this weekend for the most gruelling
race on the circuit.
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The Monster Mile as its called is a one mile banked oval and 500 laps
around the track usually takes about four and a half hours.
Handling the track is a big challenge for the drivers and some say the
race should be shortened.
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((RICK MAST/DRIVER - HOOTERS PONTIAC:))
((ROBERT PRESSLEY/DRIVER - SKOAL CHEVY: ))
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SUPER=01-Robert Pressley/Driver - Skoal Chevy; :22
OUT Q=.........lot better show."
Qualifying for the MBNA 500 is set for tomorrow afternoon at three.
Coming up at six, we'll hear from the coaches at VMI and Ferrum as they
get set for their respective games this weekend.
Plus, Steve Mason will tell us why it might not be so easy for UVa to rack
up 55 points this weekend against Maryland.
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And don't forget you can watch the Terps and Cavaliers battle LIVE this
Saturday right here on your hometown station at Noon.
Have a pleasant eveing everybody.
take a break
A trip to Africa has inspired a new campaign in the Roanoke Valley.
Today, seven organizations announced their plan to collect books and send
them to Roanoke's sister city, Kisumu (ki-SOO-moo) Kenya.
When Bruce Brenner visited Africa last year, he discovered that few schools
had adequate libraries.
Since then he has recruited other businesses and non- profit groups to
launch the Books for Africa program.
He hopes a pilot program here will encourage other communities to join in.
IN Q=And that's really the challenge to us
((BRUCE BRENNER/CYCLE SYSTEMS PRESIDENT: AND THAT'S REALLY THE CHALLENGE TO US
HERE IN ROANOKE, TO PULL TOGETHER TO MAKE THE INCREMENTS WORK SO WE CAN SHARE
IT WITH OTHER CITIES.))
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OUT Q=with other cities.
With more than a dozen collection points in the area, the groups have set a
goal of 100- thousand books.
They hope to send the first shipment before the end of the year.
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Coming up at SIX: four centuries of mud has been removed to reveal the
foundation of America.
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Here's Keith Humphry with a preview.
Virginia archaeologists have known for weeks that they had the real thing.
But today, they showed it to the world.
Amid pomp and circumstance, the ORIGINAL Jamestown fort remnants were
They've been thought lost to the world by river erosion.
And guess what?
The Virginia Company survived by eating turtles.
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We'll have more in just one half hour on NEWS 7 at SIX.
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