News 7 at five is next.
A 76 year old man faces murder charges from 21 years ago in Roanoke
County--in the car bombing of a two year old girl.
The Playoffs continue- A federal judge orders umpires to work.
Plus a lawsuit is settled between two furniture companies.
Frost and freeze warnings are up tonight for the mountains. We will show you
who get the coldest forecast heading into the weekend.
On Health Check-- there's some good news with the latest numbers on cancer
There's also some good news for Virginia women.
The state has just received a five-million dollar grant, to help fund
breast cancer screening.
SS=news-7 at five
Good Evening I'm Jean Jadhon.
Roanoke County authorities and state police say they've solved a 21-year old
murder case... the car-bombing of a two-year old girl.
The county grand jury today indicted Frank Helvestine, the Third, on murder,
arson and malicious wounding charges.
The 76-year old Roanoke man is accused of plotting with another man to blow
up a woman's car in May of 1975.
The bomb went off, killing a toddler in a car parked close by and injuring
two other people in that car.
County prosecutor Skip Burkart says it appears the crime was racially
motivated, that Helvestine was out to get a white woman who was dating a black
Burkart says authorities re-opened the case, when a person who wanted to
clear his conscience came forward.
Helvestine was arrested today and is in the Roanoke County jail without
Play Ball! That's the order from a Federal judge who's ordered major league
baseball umpires to work through the World Series.
The umpires say they will obey.
They threatened a strike in protest of baseball's failure to immediately
suspend Baltimore's Roberto Alomar.
Alamor spat on an umpire last week after he was thrown out of the game- but
his five game suspension was postponed until next season.
((BUD SELIG/ACTING BASEBALL COMMISSIONER: IT IS IMPORTANT FOR US TO MOVE
FORWARD. THERE HAVE BEEN TENSIONS THAT HAVE EXISTED FOR A LONG TIME. I BELIEVE
CONTRIBUTED TO WHAT HAPPENED LAST FRIDAY NIGHT IN TORONTO.))
SUPER=01-Bud Selig/Acting Baseball Commissioner;
OUT Q=night in Toronto."
Seling announced a baseball summit for November 14th in Phoenix to discuss
history and tensions.
He says codes of conduct will also be established so an incident like last
Friday never happens again.
A high speed chase in Northeast Roanoke got scary for police early this
A man identified as a 45-year old city resident drove through two red lights
and rammed a patrol car TWICE during the chase.
But in the end the man drove his van into a telephone pole, and was injured.
At one point police had pulled the man over and got him out of his van.
But he jumped back in and sped away.
Right now the driver is in a special care unit at Roanoke Memorial Hospital.
He faces various traffic offenses.
One officer suffered minor injuries.
A Danville police officer is accused of using excessive force while
arresting a minor.
A warrant was issued today for officer Doyle Cook-- who's been with the
department for nearly ten- years.
The charge apparently stems from an incident this week involving a 17-year
The young man's parents believe the officer used excessive force when
arresting their son for a probation violation.
They say their son was choked, bruised and scratched.
Danville Police Chief Neal Morris declined comment because the case is
pending in court.
Bill Clinton and Bob Dole are preparing for Sunday's first Presidential
Clinton practicied last night with Seantor George Mitchell- but the
President says he lost the first round.
((PRESIDENT CLINTON: TELL THE TRUTH GEORGE. YOU BEAT ME LIKE A DRUM. YOU KICKED
ME ALL OVER THE PLACE LAST NIGHT. GEORGE MITCHELL: LET ME SAY THIS. I SERVED
AS MAJORITY LEADER IN THE SENATE FOR SIX YEARS WHILE SENATOR DOLE WAS MINORITY
LEADER SO I'VE DEBATED HIM PROBABLY MORE THAN ANY TOHER PERSON I KNOW JUST HOW
EFFECTIVE HE IS. SENATOR DOLE IS A HIGHLY SKILLED DEBATER. I THINK HE'S GONNA
BE TOUGH IN THIS DEBATE COMING UP ON SUNDAY. BUT I THINK THE PRESIDENT WILL DO
SUPER=01-George Mitchell/Former Senate Majority Leader;
OUT Q=WILL DO ALRIGHT."
SUPER=03-Bal Harbour, FL;
Bob Dole is also preparing for the deabe. He's in Florida studying his list
of debate do's and don'ts.
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Straight ahead--on NEWS-7 at FIVE--we'll have the latest on the mideast
And the Roanoke Regional Airport is getting the money it needs to make
improvements to the facility.
On Health Check, an advancement to report today in understanding
Plus, the new wave in treating stomach ulcers....it's not what it used to
Patrick is horsing around today in Roanoke County getting ready for the
This year he's going to find out some of the rules of the game--
GRAPHIC=MID EAST PEACE TALKS
Secretary of State Warren Christopher is heading to the Middle East- where
peace talks will continue.
((NICHOLAS BURNS/PENTAGON SPOKEMSAN: THESE MEETINGS WILL PROVIDE SECRETARY
CHRISTOPHER AN OPPORTUNITY TO CONTINUE DISCUSSIONS ON THE RESPECTIVE APPROACHES
TO THE NEGOTIATIONS AND BEST WAYS TO PRODUCE RESULTS AS QUICKLY AS POSSIBLE.))
SUPER=01-Nicholas Burns/Pentagon Spokesman;
OUT Q=AS QUICKLY AS POSSIBLE."
Christopher will be in the Middle East before Sunday- That's when talks
resume between Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian Chief
Radford University president Douglas Covington has released an annual report
on accomplishments this past year, and future goals.
Covington says he wants Radford to focus on preparing students for life, as
well as a career.
And he wants the university more accessible to the public.
((DOUGLAS COVINGTON/RADFORD UNIV. PRESIDENT: STUDENT- CENTERED, PUBLIC
SERVICE-ORIENTED, EXPANDING THE UNIVERSITY OUTREACH CAPABILITY SO THAT WE'RE A
UNIVERSITY FOR THE REGION. ))
SUPER=01-Douglas Covington/Radford Univ. President;
OUT Q=for the region.
Covington says negative publicity over the last couple of years has not hurt
Last year it recorded its second- largest fundraising year with nearly
three million dollars.
Officials say the university appears on track to exceed that amount this
year, despite more publicity around the Board of Visitors' unprecedented
evaluation of the president.
Bassett Furniture has settled a lawsuit in which it's accused of copying a
Thomasville Furniture of North Carolina says the Southside furniture maker
has a product line bearing a close resemblance to its American Revival
To settle the suit, Bassett has agreed to cease production of its "Legacy"
In return, Thomasville is dropping its claim for three times the profits
Bassett has made on the Legacy line.
GRAPHIC=Roanoke Regional Airport
Federal money is touching down at the Roanoke Regional Airport.
Construction of a new cargo area could begin next month.
This week the airport nearly wrapped up securing half of the federal money
needed for the project, estimated at 10-million dollars.
Federal and state grants should pay for most of the work.
The airport expects to make up any shortfall.
Separate, early stage funding for a new control tower has also been
That project should begin in five years.
Chuckers and divets-- they aren't the latest NFL expansion teams, but words
you'll hear tomorrow at Green Hill Park...
(Patrick ad lib)
stocks bump next
The Ponies return to Green Hill Park tomorrow as the Polo Cup comes to town.
DOUBLE BOX JEAN/PATRICK
Patrick Evans joins us live from the Polo Grounds, where the Roanoke
Symphony's biggest fundraiser of the year will take place.
SUPER=01-Ivor Stoddard/Polo Umpire;
DOUBLE BOX PATRICK/ROBIN
SUPER=330-Frost Warning/Light Winds/32-34/Mostly Sunny/Wind NE-10/58-62;
SUPER=331-Clear And Cold/Light Wind/34-38/Mostly Sunny/Light Wind/58-62;
SUPER=332-Frost Warning/Light Winds/30-34/Sunny And/Cool/57-59;
SUPER=333-Freeze Warning/Light Winds/26-30/Sunny Skies/But Cool/54-56;
SUPER=334-Freeze Warning/Clear Skies/25-29/Mostly Sunny/Wind SE-10/60-63;
health music under
Still to come, Mike has the rundown on tonight's High school Football
On Health Check, Australia is leading the way to death by computer, and
your own hand..
It's a controversial new program called Self Deliverance-- heating up new
battles in the right to die debate.
IN Q=What other
((WHAT OTHER PEOPLE THINK REALLY ISN'T THAT RELAVANT SAY ISN'T THAT RELAVANT
IT'S REALLY UP TO THE PEOPLE WHO WANT TO GO AHEAD AND END THEIR LIVES. IT'S
WELL RECEIVED BY THEM. ))
OUT Q=received by them.
health bump next
Virginia can finally go beyond education, and start performing mammograms
and pap tests for uninsured women.
Public health commissioner Randy Gordon announced a five million dollar
grant today from the Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta.
The cancer screenings are aimed at low-income and minority women over age
IN Q=The folks who
((THE FOLKS WHO ARE AT THE HIGHEST RISK FOR NOT HAVING MEDICAL INSURANCE
THROUGHOUT THE COUNTRY AND IN THE COMMONWEALTH AS WELL ARE THE ONES IN
FAMILIES, WHAT WE CALL WORKING POOR FAMILIES, WHO ARE NOT POOR ENOUGH TO
QUALIFY FOR MEDICAID AND YET THEIR WORK MAY NOT PROVIDE MEDICAL COVERAGE FOR
SUPER=01-Dr. Randy Gordon/Va. Health Commissioner;
OUT Q=coverage for them.
Virginia First Lady Susan Allen says the grant comes at a time when more and
more women are discovering they have breast or cervical cancer.
IN Q=We also
((WE ALSO END UP KNOWING MORE AND MORE PEOPLE WHO ARE SURVIVORS. PEOPLE WHO
HAVE SURVIVED CANCER. AND THEY WILL ALL TELL US EARLY DETECTION WAS THE KEY
AND THE THING THAT HELPED THEM THE MOST.))
SUPER=01-Susan Allen/First Lady;
OUT Q=the most.
Virginia's been laying the ground work for the cancer screening grant for
Earlier diagnosis and treatment of breast cancer has led to a decline in
the percentage of women who DIE from the disease.
The C-D-C says the rate at which women die from breast cancer fell between
1989 and 1992.
Despite these strides...breast caner remains the second leading cause of
cancer death in women.
A step forward in the effort to find a cure for Alzheimer's Disease.
At the University of Minnesota, scientists have been able to breed lab mice
that suffer from the same symptoms as humans with Alzheimer's-- like memory
loss and wasted brain cells.
Now researchers are better able to test drug treatments for the disease.
GRAPHIC=health check bug
Despite the almost daily advances in life-saving medical techniques-- a
controversial technology is now being used, not to prolong life, but to end
Imagine sitting before a computer and responding to this question.
If at the last screen you press the "YES" button, you will be given a
lethal dose of medications and die.
IN Q=It's not a sophisticated
OUT Q=responsibility to a physician
IN Q=It's not a
((IT'S NOT A SOPHISTICATED
COMPUTER GAME. THIS IS A VERY SERIOUS BUSINESS AND THE QUESTIONS WERE MADE
DELIBERATELY BLUNT FOR THAT REASON. ))
OUT Q=for that reason.
Dr. Philip Nitchke created the program he calls "Self-Deliverance" after
Australia's Northern Territory legalized euthanasia.
It's the only place in the world where assisted suicide is legal.
Nitchke can hook a patient up to the computer
IN Q=And that commenses
((AND THAT COMENSES THE PROCESS WHEREBY THE DRUGS IN THE SYRINGE ARE DELIVERED
AND THEY DIE SHORTLY AFTER. ))
OUT Q=they die shortly after.
Some psychiatrists are calling the program a scam.
IN Q=It gives up
((DR. PHILIP MUSKIN/PSYCHIATRIST: IT GIVES UP THE FINAL RESPONSIBILITY OF BEING
A PHYSICIAN, WHICH IS BEING WITH YOUR PHYSICIAN, AND IT TRANSFERS THE
RESPONSIBILITY TO A MACHINE ))
OUT Q=to a machine.
In response, Nitchke says it really doesn't matter what other people
think-- he says he's only worried about the person who wants to end their
Treating stomach ulcers is getting much easier.
A few years ago doctors discovered many stomach ulcers are caused by a
bacteria called helicobacter pylori.
Now researchers reporting in the Journal "Lancet" find that a one-week
course of three widely available antibiotics can eradicate the bacteria.
Time now for sports and a very busy night ahead for our Friday Football
Mike Stevens has a preview but first some baseball news in tonight's Ticker.
Good afternoon folks!
As Jean told you at the top of the Newscast - the major league umpires were
ordered to stay on the job today by a federal judge.
And while they umps weren't happy with the call - they didn't spit on the
((JERRY CRAWFORD/NATIONAL LEAGUE UMPIRE:))
SUPER=01-Jerry Crawford/National League Umpire; :00
OUT Q=...THE JUDGE SAID."
Their first game is in Cleveland where at this hour the Indians lead the
Orioles 3 to 1 in the third thanks in part to this Manny Ramirez homerun.
It's Friday and that means football.
And plenty of it!
No less than 34 different teams will be featured tonight on Friday Football
One of those is Lord Botetourt.
The Cavs are unbeaten at 4-and-0 in the Blue Ridge.
But tonight Salem comes to town to battle for the top spot in the district.
Just a few moments ago Steve Mason talked with Cavalier coach Andy Ward about
IN Q=FIRST AUDIO
SUPER=01-Andy Ward/Lord Botetourt Head Coach; :21
OUT Q=...here's the list."
wipe to eng#
IN Q=AUDIO FULL
OUT Q=...LOGO COMES FULL.
Roy Stanley is coming up at six with a preview of tomorrow's UVa-Ga. Tech
I'll see you tonight at 11;35 - have a great weekend.
go to break
You've heard of the movie One Thousand and one Dalmatians.
Well it's not quite that many, but it's close for the Jackson family in
You see, their dog Dominique gave birth to 16 Dalmation puppies.
It's a full time job for the Jackson's who oversee this Den of Dalmations.
Brothers Adam and Andrew have already picked their favorites from the
((ADAM JACKSON/FIFTH GRADER: THIS ONE'S MY FAVORITE BECAUSE HE REMINDS ME OF
HIS DADDY. HIS DAD WAS A VERY NICE DOG. ))
SUPER=02-Adam Jackson/Fifth Grader;
OUT Q=VERY NICE DOG."
Look around the boys' room and you can see their big dalmation fans.
Dalamations don the walls and the bedspreads- Now their room is filled with
the real thing.
(toss to ROBIN)
(ROBIN tosses to Jean)
Also coming up at six-- going to the desert isn't as long a trip as you
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That's just one of the stories Keith Humphry has tonight on NEWS-7 at SIX.
Jean there's actually a desert in Franklin County--
Cactus like plants are found atop this rocky mount-- and some high school
students made the trek today...
We'll take you there in 30-minutes on NEWS-7 at SIX--
DOUBLE BOXES KEITH/JEAN
Plus the region's first AND only local primetime newscast, NEWS-7 Primetime
tonight at 10 on WEFC.
Have a nice weekend, goodnight.