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Convicted Killer (Yenz Siring) Jens Soering tries to get a new trial.
A fatal shooting rocks a University campus.
Plus what's allowed in and what's not in the O-J Simpson civil case.
The judge makes some decisions.
Ready for a nice stretch of weather? The drier details just ahead.
On Health Check, the latest into detecting and treating kidney cancer.
There is some good news.
Plus, what the American Cancer Society wants you to eat!
And the latest, ever-conflicting guidelines on alcohol consumption.
Will convicted killer (Yenz Siring) Jens Soering be granted a new trial?
His attorneys began the legal journey in Bedford today.
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Good EVening, I'm Jean Jadhon.
Jens Soering will be back in a Bedford courtroom in December.
The German native wants a new trial.
Soering insists that he did not kill a well-to-do Bedford County couple
eleven years ago- -despite having admitted to it shortly after his arrest in
A circuit judge today set a hearing date and agreed to allow Soering,
himself, to be in court for the hearing December 12th.
IN Q=This is his
SUPER=01-Gail Stalling Marshall/Soering's Attorney
OUT Q=to be there.
Soering is serving two life sentences for the murder of Derek and Nancy
Hayson in 1985.
He claims he confessed to the double murder to cover up for his girlfriend.
Elizabeth Haysom, the victims' daughter.
The hearing in December will focus on whether the prosecutor withheld
information from the defense that could have shown that someone else might have
The normally peaceful routine at Penn State University was disrupted by
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Police in State College, Pennsylvania say one person is dead and another
wounded when a woman stormed onto campus with a high-powered rifle.
19-year old Jillian Robbins, a resident of the town, but not a university
student, allegedly killed one woman and wounded a man who tried to stop her.
IN Q=It sounded like a
((IT SOUNDED LIKE A CANNON ON THE FOURTH OF JULY. AND NO ONE THOUGHT ANYTHING
OF IT. ))
OUT Q=OF IT.
Robbins stabbed herself after a second man finally caught her.
There's no information on what might have triggered the attack.
The wounded man and Robbins are both listed in serious
Robbins reportedly told police she didn't know any of her victims.
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Some 35-hundred U-S troops are headed for Kuwait.
SUPER=03-Fort Hood, TX;
Defense Secretary William Perry says the two brigades should be in Kuwait
by week's end.
Earlier, the White House called in congressional leaders to discuss Iraq.
((SEN. PAT LEAHY/D- VERMONT:I THINK WE LEAVE THIS MEETING WITH A MUCH CLEARER
IDEA WITH RESPECT TO OUR COMMITMENT.))
((REP. LEE HAMILTON/D- INDIANA: ONCE WE MAKE A THREAT WE HAVE TO CARRY OUT THAT
SUPER=01-Sen. Pat Leahy/(D) Vermont;
SUPER=01-Rep. Lee Hamilton/(D) Indiana; 06 quick!!!
OUT Q=CARRY OUT THAT THREAT.
But not all lawmakers are satisfied with the mission.
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((SEN. JOHN MCCAIN/R- ARIZONA: WE HAVE BASICALLY DONE NOTHING EXCEPT LAUNCH
BUTT TO 15:17:34
((SADAM IS FAR BETTER OFF THAN HE WAS TWO WEEKS AGO HE NOW CONTROLS PART OS
NORTHERN IRAQ HE DIDN'T SINCE 1991.))
SUPER=01-Sen. John McCain/(R) Arizona;
OUT Q=SINCE 1991."
McCain says the coalition is not united on the Iraqi mission and that he
says is helping Saddam Hussein.
Ross Perot may be running for President but is not allowed in the debates.
The Commission on Presidential Debates recommends keeping Perot out.
((OUR DECISION IS AND THAT OUR ADVISORY COMMITTEE IS MADE ON THE BASIS ONLY
PRESIDENT CLINTON AND SENATOR DOLE HAVE A REALISTIC CHANCE AS SET FORTH IN OUR
CRITERIA TO BE ELECTED THE NEXT PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES.))
SUPER=01-Paul Kirk/Debate Commission;
OUT Q=OF THE UNITED STATES."
Perot's people call it a travesty.
The head of Perot's Reform Party warns there could be a federal lawsuit to
challenge the ruling.
One of the biggest thorns Bob Dole keeps sticking in President Clinton's
side is youth drug abuse rates.
Today, Clinton's drug policy director confronted the issue head-on during a
rare stop in Virginia.
IN Q=There's been
((GEN. BARRY MCCAFFREY/CLINTON DRUG CZAR: THERE'S BEEN A GREAT DEAL OF DEBATE.
AND MY OWN VIEW IS IT'S PROBABLY HELPFUL. IT'S DRAWING ATTENTION BACK ON THE
ISSUE. WHEN THE AMERICAN PEOPLE SEE THE ISSUE AGAIN, THEY WILL SOLVE IT MOSTLY
ON THEIR OWN.))
SUPER=01-Gen. Barry McCaffrey/Clinton Drug Czar;
OUT Q=their own.
McCaffrey says youth drug use is half what it was in 1979 -- but admits it's
been growing since 1992.
IN Q=A new generation
((A NEW GENERATION CAME ALONG. AND THEY DIDN'T SEE THE WRECKAGE OF LIFE WE SAW
IN THE '70'S AND '80'S... EARLIER GENERATIONS HAD.))
OUT Q=generations had.
McCaffrey says 47-percent of Americans know someone who's affected in a
major way by drug addiction.
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Straight ahead--on NEWS-7 at FIVE-- The governor's veto holds up against
the Roanoke-based Virginia Cares program.
Plus... here we go again, O-J Simpson's on the docket for trial but he
wasn't present for the proceedings today in his civil suit.
On Health Check, asthma and women....by following the calendar, researchers
believe women can actually predict attacks.
Also coming up-- the Governor was in the Roanoke Valley today.
We'll tell you about his trip to Cave Spring High School when we come back.
Virginia Cares has suffered another setback.
A judge has upheld the governor's veto that cost the Roanoke-based program
more than a third of its funding.
Virginia Cares provides services to state inmates before and after their
release from prison.
The program was guaranteed one-point six million dollars in the budget that
passed the general assembly, but a veto by Governor Allen ultimately cost the
agency about 600-thousand dollars.
Officials with Virginia Cares say they are still considering their
The program has 18 locations serving 30 prisons, and director Lynn
(Ed-Lick) Edlich says it is likely some of those sites will close.
Governor George Allen says the state is demanding more of students and
And today, he visited a school in the Roanoke Valley where he says high
expectations are producing results.
Allen has been touring schools throughout the state, and this morning he
spoke with students at Cave Spring High School in Roanoke County.
The Governor is highlighting tougher standards of learning approved by the
General Assembly and signed into law.
((GOV. GEORGE ALLEN: THAT'S ONE OF THE MOST SIGNIFICANT AND HISTORIC CHANGES
GOING ON IN VIRGINIA PUBLIC SCHOOLS NOW. WE'RE FOCUSED ON THE BASICS. WE HAVE
MEASURABLE STANDARDS AND THERE IS GOING TO BE ACCOUNTABILITY FINALLY IN OUR
OUT Q=in our schools.
Governor Allen says Cave Spring is a good example of a school, where
rigorous standards and high expectations are improving academic performance.
O-J Simpson's back in court- This time for wrongful death civil trial.
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This time evidence of domestic violence will be allowed as evidence- along
with recordings of Nicole Brown Simpson reporting threats of violence.
The judge ruled on that today.
He also decided to allow the defense to present theories of an Los Angeles
police frame-up but only under limited circumstances.
Satellite trucks are lined up outside the courthouse- but cameras are not
Familiar faces arrived at court- Ron Goldman's father Fred and sister Kim.
Jury selection begins tomorrow.
If Angels are your thing, then have we found the place for you.
Here's Patrick with a heavenly report.
(patrick ad lib)
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Are you looking for just the right gift, but can't seem to find it?
Perhaps what you need is divine inspiration.
DOUBLE BOX JEAN/PATRICK
Today Patrick Evans tells us about one local shop that specializes in
heavenly gifts--Angels to be exact.
Patrick, what's this all about?
SUPER=01-Cynthia Jennings/Angel Haven Gifts;
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Stay tuned, Mike tells us how one soft drink company is teaming up with
Dallas Cowboy's quarterback Troy Aikman so you can win superbowl tickets for
On Health Check--the latest method now employed to kill cancer cells.
Doctors are hoping the answer's in an experimental procedure which uses
the precision of MRI to guide radio waves that blast tumors with HEAT.
IN Q=I hope I
((I HOPE I DON'T HAVE TO COME BACK. BUT THE OPTION IS THERE IF
THEY JUST HAPPENED TO HAVE MISSED. I CAN COME BACK AND THEY'LL GO IN WITH
THAT LITTLE PROBE AGAIN AND GET THAT LITTLE AREA. ))
OUT Q=that little area.
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Most treatments for cancer are all after the same thing-- ways to kill
Some methods are exotic-- like immune therapy.
Others rely on brute force-- like surgery and radiation.
Somewhere in between though is an experimental procedure which uses the
precision of MRI to guide radio waves, that blast tumors with heat.
SOT **starts on bite**
IN Q=What we're talking
SUPER=01-Dr. Cindy Connell/Oncologist; :03
SUPER=01-Dr. Jonathan Lewin/Radiologist; :40
OUT Q=that matters.
IN Q=We're talking
((DR. CINDY CONNELL/ONCOLOGIST, UNIVERSITY HOSPITALS OF CLEVELAND: WHAT WE'RE
TALKING ABOUT IS INTERESTING A PROBE INTO THE TUMOR MASS TO ESSENTIALLY HEAT IT
AND KILL THE CELLS.))
OUT Q=kill the cells.
The procedure, under investigation now on patients with inoperable kidney
cancers, is called MRI-directed "Heater Probe Ablation."
Simply put, researchers are using MRI-images to guide a small probe
through this patients back, into the wall of a renal cell tumor that was left
behind after his cancerous kidney was removed.
To annihilate the cancer, high-energy radio waves are shot through a small
needle directly into the tumor.
IN Q=When that much
((DR. JONATHAN LEWIN/RADIOLOGIST, UNIVERSITY HOSPITALS OF CLEVELAND: WHEN THAT
MUCH ENERGY IS DEPOSITED THROUGH A BODY IT CAUSES THE TISSUE AROUND IT TO HEAT
UP SIGNIFICANTLY TO JUST BELOW THE BOILING POINT. AND AT THAT TEMPERATURE
WHETHER IT'S TUMOR OR NORMAL TISSUE NOTHING SURVIVES.))
OUT Q=nothing survives.
Although experimental, this type of MRI-Radio Frequency made provide a real
way to locally control disease by offering patients with small inoperable
tumors another option.
IN Q=If you have
((DR. CINDY CONNELL: IF YOU HAVE A CANCER THAT ISN'T RESPONSIVE TO CHEMOTHERAPY
AND ISN'T RESPONSIVE TO RADIATION THERAPY, THERE'S NOT REASON WHY IT WOULDN'T
BE RESPONSIVE TO THIS
THE BIOLOGY OF THE TUMOR DOESN'T MATTER IT'S THE SIZE AND LOCATION THAT
OUT Q=and location that matters.
Researchers are excited about this treatment because it can be used again
and again to kill cancer missed the first time-- and it's all done without
opening the patient up.
British researchers have identified two genes responsible for kidney
The discovery could help in the early diagnosis and the treatment of the
most deadliest form of kidney cancer.
If the cancer is not treated early, up to 90-percent of patients will die
within two years.
The American Cancer Society is recommending everyone curtail the red meat
Saying the two are linked to colon and prostate cancer, the society
recommends a diet high in fruits, vegetables and whole grains...and low in high
These are similar to federal recommendations-- but the government says one
or two alcoholic drinks a day don't seem to do any harm to adults.
Asthma may be worse in women right before their periods.
A study in the Archives of Internal Medicine found that women were more
than twice as likely to seek emergency room treatment for a severe asthma
attack right before their period than at other times.
IN Q=Now this doesn't
((DR. HENRY CLAMAN/ASTHMA SPECIALIST, UNIV. OF COLORADO: NOW THIS DOESN'T MEAN
THAT WOMEN WITH ASTHMA ARE PERFECTLY SAFE THE OTHER TIMES OF THEIR MENSTRUAL
PERIODS. IT'S JUST THAT THEY'RE MORE LIKELY TO GET ATTACKS DURING THE DAYS JUST
BEFORE BLEEDING AND THE FIRST DAYS OF THE BLEEDING. ))
SUPER=01-Dr. Henry Claman/Asthma Specialist; :
OUT Q=first days of bleeding
Even if women don't have a full-blown attack, women with asthma often
notice an increase in wheezing, chest tightness and shortness of breath right
around the time of their period.
The authors speculate that large fluctuations in estrogen levels may be
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Too many people are ignoring the
old advice about washing their hands after using the bathroom.
A survey finds that (m) millions of Americans routinely fail to wash up.
Overall, women are cleaner than men, with almost three-quarters washing,
compared to 61 percent of men.
More than 63-hundred men and women in public restrooms in five cities were
Researchers hid in stalls or pretended to comb their hair while observing
The Virginia Tech Hokies are preparing for their first home game this
Mike Stevens has their story and a way to win tickets to the superbowl...for
LIFE. Fill us in Mike.
Good afternoon. Va. Tech is preparing for their season home opener this
weekend against Rutgers.
The Hokies set a school record this past weekend with their 12th straight
win. Steve Mason has more from Blacksburg.
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SUPER=03-Chestnut Hill, MA/Hokies vs. Eagles; :09
SUPER=01-Brandon Semones/Va. Tech Linebacker; :27
SUPER=01-Frank Beamer/Va. Tech Head Coach; :49
OUT Q=News 7 sports"
Tickets are still available for Saturday's Tech-Rutgers game, but how about
tickets for the Super Bowl this coming January??
As you know Super Bowl tickets are tough to come by!
Unless you know someone or drink lots of Coke products. Earlier today in
Dallas, Cowboys star Troy Aikman helped unveil a new Coca-Cola promotion that
will award one lucky winner Super Bowl tickets for life and pay for the
expenses to travel to the games each year.
IN Q="When I was a kid...
((TROY AIKMAN/COWBOYS QUARTERBACK:))
SUPER=01-Troy Aikman/Cowboys Quarterback; :00
OUT Q=...FABULOUS PRIZE.
In a couple of other quick items, John Stockton has agreed to a three year
contract with the Utah Jazz worth $15 million.
And tonight the Orioles and Yankees open a three game series in New York.
The Yanks have a three game lead over the O's in the AL East.
More News 7 at 5 is headed your way right after this quick break.
Have a good evening.
take a break
Russian President Boris Yeltsin is expected to spend the rest of the week
in a Moscow hospital.
Yeltsin was admitted to the hospital in preparation for heart surgery, but
his stay is longer than planned.
A spokesman says the 65-year old leader is undergoing necessary therapy and
planned tests in the elite Central Clinical Hospital.
Yeltsin was admitted Friday, and was only supposed to stay through Sunday.
Doctors are planning to operate on him the end of next week.
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(ROBIN tosses to Jean)
Thanks RObin-- and that's it for NEWS-7 at FIVE--
For more news later tonight--- tune into the region's first local primetime
newscast, NEWS-7 Primetime at 10 on WEFC.
Thanks for watching, see you later, Goodnight.