News 7 at Five is next.
What does the Governor think about VMI? We'll find out.
A German company is moving its headquarters to this region.
Plus a judge decides whether this man is competent to stand trial for the
fatal blaze at a fireworks store.
Some fair weather clouds for tonight, otherwise fair and chilly. Your
forecast details are coming up.
On Health Check, the F-D-A is just about ready to approve the abortion pill
And, right-heart Catheters....these monitoring devices are supposed to
save critically ill patients...but they may be killing them.
IN Q=It will be
((GOV. GEORGE ALLEN: IT WILL BE MADE BY THE MEDIA INTO A PARIAH. IT WILL BE
OUT Q=negatively portrayed.
Governor Allen makes his views on VMI known -- just four days before the VMI
Board said it would vote on a future course.
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Good evening, I'm Jean Jadhon...
The word from George Allen is that the Virginia Military Institute board may
NOT be ready to decide this weekend on admitting women or trying to go private.
In a tour of a Richmond high school, Allen answered a student question on
VMI-- saying he'd like to see women admitted without changing the school much.
Outside with reporters, he was more cautious about his preference.
IN Q=I don't
((GOV. GEORGE ALLEN: I DON'T THINK AT THIS POINT IT'S APPROPRIATE FOR ME TO
SAY WHICH ONE. I THINK YOU ALL CAN GET A GOOD IDEA WHICH WAY I THINK THEY'LL
BE GOING. I THINK IT'S GOING TO BE A DUAL TRACK APPROACH. I DON'T THINK THAT
THEY'LL BE ABLE TO DETERMINE AS OF YET. MAYBE THEY WILL. THERE'S VARIOUS
ANALYSES GOING ON. A LOT OF THIS STUFF IS LEGAL SO I CAN'T GET INTO SOME OF
OUT Q=some of it.
Allen says he's been told the alumni group looking into privatization needs
That would extend the decision beyond VMI's self-imposed deadline of this
In between dodging the question of what HE'D recommend, Allen said VMI would
be made a pariah by the media if it turned private to exclude women.
He said he wants what's good for the school, and he says that would NOT be
good for the school.
A German company plans to make Pulaski County the headquarters of its U.S.
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Tracy Altizer joins us from our New River Valley newsroom with details.
Jean, Silver Creek Technologies makes pre-engineered buildings and hardwood
It plans to start operations near Dublin next Spring.
IN Q=We'll be phasing it in
((HANS HERRMANN/SILVER CREEK TECHNOLOGIES: WE'LL BE PHASING IT IN FROM PROBABLY
WITHIN A HUNDRED PEOPLE IN THE FIRST YEAR TO ABOUT 350 IN THE THIRD YEAR. THAT
IS MAKING THE ASSUMPTION THAT WE'RE GOING TO OPERATE ONE SHIFT.))
SUPER=01-Hans Herrmann/Silver Creek Technologies;
OUT Q=one shift.
Silver Creek will be the first tenant at the New River Valley Airport
It expects to finalize the purchase of a site there by the end of the year.
IN Q=We have now committed
((WE HAVE NOW COMMITTED TO ACQUIRE A 25 ACRE SITE WITH AN OPTION ON ANOTHER 25
ACRES, BECAUSE I FIRMLY BELIEVE THERE ARE GOING TO BE DIRECT SPINOFFS THAT AT
THE MOMENT WE ARE SORT OF STUDYING, BUT NOT TOO FAR DOWN THE ROAD THEY WILL
COMPLEMENT OUR OPERATION OR VICE VERSA. ))
OUT Q=or vice versa.
Silver Creek will sells its products mainly in Germany.
Herrmann says the reunification of East and West Germany has put housing
materials and components in high demand.
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(QUESTION: What led the company to Pulaski?)
The man accused of setting a fireworks store on fire- is ruled not
competent to stand trial.
((REPORTER: TODD HOW ARE YOU FEELING TODAY? TODD HALL: FINE. REPORTER: DOING
OK? HALL: YES. MA'AM. REPORTER: HAVE THEY TREATED YOU WELL? HALL: YEA, I THINK
OUT Q=I THINK SO.
The judge says 24 year old Todd Hall was found seriously, mentally ill from
a brain injury.
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Hall was charged in the July third fire in Scottown, Ohio that killed nine
Today-- victims' family members reacted.
((I THINK SOMEONE SHOULD PAY FOR OUR GRANDSON, GRANDDAUGHTER AND GIRLFRIEND.
YES I THING SOMEONE SHOULD PAY. IT'S NOT FAIR.))
((YEAH, HE'S OFF THE STREET. THANK GOD FOR THAT.))
OUT Q=THANK GOD FOR THAT."
Hall will be taken to the Central Ohio Psychiatric Hospital.
If he is restored to competency after 15 months of court ordered psychiatric
treatment, criminal proceedings could resume.
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Straight ahead--on NEWS-7 at FIVE-- Former Vice President Spiro Agnew died
And Lieutenant Governor Don Beyer sees for himself the overcrowding problem
at Cave Spring Junior High School.
On Health Check, our issues today-- the French abortion pill RU-486, it
could be in use...legally...within weeks.
And Right-Heart Catheterization... it turns out the common technique may
not offer any benefits.
Dinosaurs in Martinsville? You bet--
Patrick has a live report on how they got there, when NEWS-7 at FIVE
Former Vice President Spiro Agnew has died.
Agnew was the Governor of Maryland when he was called on by Richard Nixon
to be Vice President.
Agnew is known for ridiculing liberals and Vietnam war protestors.
At the beginning of the Watergate Scandal, Agnew resigned- pleading no
contest to one count of income tax evasion.
((SPIRO AGNEW: I CATEGORICALLY AND FLATLY DENY THE ASSERTIONS THAT HAVE BEEN
MADE BY PROSECUTORS WITH REGARD TO THEIR CONTENTIONS OF BRIBERY AND EXTORTION
ON MY PART.))
OUT Q=on my part."
Agnew died of luekemia at age 77.
He is survived by his wife and four children.
O-J Simpson's wrongful death trial is now officially under way in Santa
SUPER=03-Santa Monica, CA;
About 100 prospective jurors have begun filling out questionnaires.
The judge today also decided a hearing is necessary to determine whether
jurors should know about chemical tests for the possible existence of blood in
Simpson's bathroom sink.
The trial is expected to last at least four months.
Lieutenant Governor Don Beyer says more than 60 percent of Virginia's
public schools are in need of major renovations or replacement.
And today, he said the state must do more to help local governments finance
Beyer toured Cave Spring Junior High School this morning.
He said the problems of overcrowding and outdated facilities are typical of
school systems across the state.
IN Q=We know people
((LT. GOV. DON BEYER: WE KNOW PEOPLE WITH BEAUTIFUL EDUCATIONS IN ONE ROOM
CLASSROOMS, BUT WE REALIZE THOSE ONE ROOM CLASSROOMS OFTEN HAD A SMALL NUMBER
OF KIDS AND VERY DEDICATED TEACHERS. HERE WE HAVE VERY DEDICATED TEACHERS AND
KIDS CROWDED IN LIKE SARDINES.))
OUT Q=like sardines.
Beyer heads a commission now studying school construction needs in Virginia.
He says the group is considering a number of ways to free up more money to
finance school buildings and equipment.
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Stick around, Steve Mason has this week's edition of Hometown Hoops
Weekly-- coming up in tonight's Ticker.
On Health Check, a heart monitoring procedure for critically ill patients
may actually kill some of them.
It's a common procedure known as Right Heart Catheterization-- and a UVA
researcher have found no benefits.
IN Q=We feel an
((WE FEEL AN OBLIGATION TO GET THAT INFORMATION OUT TO PHYSICIANS WHO ARE
CARING FOR THESE PATIENTS AND B, TO DETERMINE WHAT THE PROPER USE OF THIS
CATHETER IS. ))
OUT Q=this catheter is.
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The Food and Drug Administration says it's ready to approve the abortion
The agency says the treatment has been proven safe and effective-- it
just wants more information on how it would be labeled.
The Population Council has the U-S- rights to the French drug-- and says
it will provide all the information.
One F-D-A source says the approval timetable could be "weeks or a few
months" after all the data is in.
R-U-486 is already in use in France, Sweden and Britain.
Still, the conservative Family Research Council accuses the F-D-A of
A possible state mandate to force insurance companies to pay for birth
control devices is heating up Richmond.
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IN Q=Nearly 60
((JANET WOLF/NARAL: NEARLY 60- PERCENT OF ALL PREGNANCIES ARE UNINTENDED WITH
OVER HALF RESULTING IN ABORTION. VIRGINIA WOMEN URGENTLY NEED ACCESS TO SAFE,
RELIABLE, AND AFFORDABLE MEANS OF BIRTH CONTROL.))
((BROOKE TAYLOR/TRIGON: WE THINK THE BEST JUDGES... GOOD IDEA.))
SUPER=01-Janet Wolf/Va. NARAL; :00
SUPER=01-Brooke Taylor/Trigon; :16
OUT Q=good idea.
Trigon says it and some other insurers already cover birth control for
individual policyholders, HMO's, and groups that request it and pay more for
A commission appointed by the Governor will make a recommendation on the
Allen has said he doesn't like the idea.
It still faces General Assembly approval.
Critically ill patients who undergo a commonly performed heart test are
more likely to die than those who don't have the procedure.
That's the disturbing finding of the first study to look at the benefits of
right heart catheterization.
Instead of finding benefits, the study-- in the Journal of the American
Medical Association-- casts doubt on the value and safety of the test.
IN Q=More than one
SUPER=01-Dr. Alfred Connors/University of Virginia; :31
OUT Q=of this procedure.
More than one million patients each year undergo right heart
catheterization-- also called pulmonary artery catheterization.
It's done bedside.
A thin tube is inserted through a vein in the neck or groin and snaked
into the right side of the heart and into the pulmonary artery.
The catheter is usually left in place for a few days to measure pressure
and blood flow.
For 25 years, right heart catheters have been used without doctors really
knowing if perhaps the risks outweigh the benefits.
IN Q=What we found
((DR. ALFRED CONNORS/UNIVERSITY OF VIRGINIA: WHAT WE FOUND WAS THAT THE
PATIENTS WHO WERE MANAGED WITH RIGHT HEART CATHETERS TENDED TO HAVE A
HIGHER RISK OF DEATH THAN THOSE WHO WERE MANAGED WITHOUT THE RIGHT HEART
CATHETERS. AND WE ALSO FOUND THAT THE COST TO CARE FOR THESE PATIENTS IS
HIGHER, THEY TENDED TO SPEND MORE TIME IN THE ICU. ))
OUT Q=time in the icu.
Dr. Connors' team looked at nearly six-thousand patients with respiratory
failure, heart failure and other critical conditions in the ICU's of five major
The least sick patients appeared at greatest risk if they had a right
heart catheterization...while for the very sick patients, it didn't seem to
IN Q=What we can
((DR. CONNORS: WHAT WE CAN CONCLUDE IS THAT RIGHT HEART CATHETERS MIGHT NOT BE
BENEFICIAL FOR PATIENTS AS CURRENTLY USED AND THAT'S A VERY TROUBLING FINDING.
I THINK IT PUTS AN OBLIGATION ON US AS SCIENTISTS AND PHYSICIANS TO PROMPTLY
DETERMINE THE PROPER AND SAFE USE OF THIS PROCEDURE. ))
OUT Q=of this procedure.
Though the catheters increase the risk of infections and blood clots,
researchers just don't know the precise link between the catheter and higher
Some physicians say unless a larger study begins immediately, there should
be a moratorium on using right heart catheters.
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The newest exhibit under construction at the Virginia Museum of Natural
History hosts the extinct.
(patrick ad lib)
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They're big, green, ferocious, and they're coming to Martinsville.
DINO-DOUBLE BOX JEAN/PATRICK
Dinosaurs are invading the Virginia Museum of Natural History and Patrick
Evans has been dispatched to southside to find out more.
SUPER=01-Steve Pike/Va. Museum of Natural History Exec. Dir.;
DINO-DOUBLE BOX PATRICK/ROY!!
Good afternoon everyone. It's Wednesday and you know what that means!
SS=Hometown Hoops Weekly full screen!!
Hometown Hoops Weekly. Steve Mason checks in from Botetourt, Byrd,
Brookville, Rockbridge and Parry McCluer.
IN Q=first audio
SUPER=03-Daleville/Terriers vs. Cavaliers; :25
SUPER=01-Sarah Hicks/Lady Cavalier Forward; :35
SUPER=03-Buena Vista; :45
SUPER=01-Susan Brown/Rockbridge Girls Basketball Coach; :58
SUPER=01-Rob Roma/Brookville Girls Basketball Coach; 1:20
SUPER=03-Buena Vista; 1:45
SUPER=01-Mark Melton/Parry McCluer Head Coach; 1:55
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Sarah Hicks was back at practice today on crutches. the senior, one of the
state's best players, spent much of this Wednesday in the doctors office. She
should return to the Lady cavalier lineup in ________ weeks.
Burd avenged last year's state championship loss, but Hicks, along with her
state championship teammates have already turned their first set back of the
season into a positive.
In other Blue Ridge news, Rockbridge County has a new look. 1995 Roanoke
College basketball standout Susan Brown enters her first year as head coach.
The lady Wildcats are OH and 7 but things are looking up.
In the seminole District, Brookville's Rob Roma is in his first year as a
head coach as well. Like Brown, he's also rebuilding, the Lady Bees are 1 and 4
after losing 6 seniors to graduation.
The Lady Fighting Blues strength lies in their youth. 2 juniors and 2
sophomores are in the starting lineup. Paryy McCluer has reached the regionals
the last 2 years and it looks like that trend will continue.
Can't miss games for this Thursday; Northside at Alleghany and Brookville at
Appomatox and Lord Boetourt travels to Blacksburg.
That's it for 5, more sports at 6.
All across the country today, thousands of high school students took part in
the "See You at the Poles" movement, including dozens of teens in Bedford
The program encourages students to gather at their school's flagpole and
take a stand for Christianity.
At Liberty High School, more than 50-teenagers got together for a morning
The students who took part say it's important not to be ashamed of their
IN Q=Just looking around
((HENNA ST. CLAIR/STUDENT: JUST LOOKING AROUND, I DIDN'T KNOW THERE WAS THIS
MANY CHRISTIANS IN SCHOOL, SO I THINK THE OTHER PEOPLE WATCHING, THAT WERE
STANDING OUTSIDE NOT COMING IN, I THINK THAT THEY WERE KIND OF WONDERING WHAT
WAS GOING ON, AND HOPEFULLY THEY'LL ASK QUESTIONS AND THE PEOPLE AROUND WON'T
BE SCARED TO ANSWER.))
SUPER=01-Henna St. Clair/Student; :00
OUT Q=scared to answer.
The program is the brainchild of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.
(toss to ROBIN)
(ROBIN tosses to Jean)
One of the country's most quotable political analysts was in rare form
during a speech in Abingdon this morning.
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Keith Humphry fills us in.
As you know, Jean, U-V-a political scientist Larry Sabato has been a
frequent guest for years on programs like "Face the Nation," and "Nightline."
He rarely pulls any punches in his comments on elections either within the
Commonwealth or out of state.
And today was no exception when he spoke of Virginia's U-S Senate race.
IN Q=I just
((LARRY SABATO/UVA POLITICAL ANALYST: I JUST HAVEN'T FOUND THAT MARK WARNER
HAS CAUGHT ON PARTICULARLY. NOW YOU NEVER RULE OUT A GAZILLIONAIRE.))
SUPER=01-Larry Sabato/UVa Political Analyst;
OUT Q=a gazillionaire.
We'll have more of Sabato's always- interesting observations coming up in
just a half hour on News-7 at SIX.
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Plus the region's first local primetime newscast, NEWS-7 Primetime tonight
at 10 on WEFC.
That's it for NEWS-7 at FIVe, Goodnight.