News 7 at Five is next-
It's a huge railway merger- Len Besthoff will have a live report-
plus we'll find out how it could affect Southwest Virginia.
Police say Beware- it appears a thief is out after four wheeler ATV's.
Looks like two more dry days and then things get a bit wet. Forecast details
are coming up.
On Health Check, a connection between P-M-S and thoughts of suicide.
Plus, a unique Alzheimer's care center is opening in Roanoke.
The marriage of Conrail and C-S-X is in the works--
What does that mean for Clifton Forge CSX employees and the Norfolk
GRAPHIC=news-7 at five
Good Evening, I'm Jean Jadhon.
It's described as a merger of equals.
This morning the CSX and Conrail railroads announced plans to merge, in a
deal valued at more than eight BILLION dollars.
double boxes Jean/LEN
Len Besthoff is at the CSX terminal in Clifton Forge, Len what kind of effect
does this have on our area?
(roll Cue: "... be a positive.")
SOT ***rolled from truck***
SUPER=01-Stanley Nicely/CSX Conductor; :00 quick
SUPER=03-Clifton Forge; :04 quick
SUPER=04-CSX-Conrail Video; :12
SUPER=02-John Snow/CSX CEO; :27
OUT Q=the right people.
DOUBLE BOXES jEAN/LEN
(QUESTIONS: What does Norfolk Southern have to say about this?)
An autopsy reveals 90 year-old Annie Lester was beaten and stabbed
repeatedly across her body.
Her alleged attacker, James Reid of Christiansburg received a
court-appointed lawyer today to represent him on murder charges.
Police are awaiting forensics testing results to decide whether they'll also
charge him with rape.
On a request to search Reid's home, Christiansburg investigator Barry
O'Rourke wrote, evidence at the crime scene, as well as on Lester's body and
Reid's clothing are consistent with a sexual assault.
Police seized a jacket with stains covering the front from Reids home.
They're testing it to determine whether the stains match the victim's
A hostage situation is continuing tonight in Atlanta.
A 22 year old man is holding his estranged girlfriend, their baby and a
teenager in his mother's home.
Police say the hostage situation began when the man allegedly killed the
woman's five year old son last night- and then kidnapped the woman and three
Just recently a three year old was handed to authorities through the
((BILL CAMPBELL/ATLANTA MAYOR: THERE ARE STILL THREE HOSTAGES BEING HELD. IT
JUST POINTS OUT HOW FRAGILE LIFE IS. WE ALL NEED TO APPRECIATE THAT PRAYER CAN
SUPER=01-Bill Campbell/Atlanta Mayor;
OUT Q=PRAYER CAN HELP."
Authorities are still trying to negotiate with the suspect-
Hundreds of American troops began arriving in Bosnia today.
They are the first of five thousand being sent as a so called Covering
The troops will provide protection as the Army's first armored division
pulls out during the next two months.
U-S military officials have said all American troops will be out of Bosnia by
But that could change if NATO decides a new international mission in Bosnia
President Clinton is facing election year criticism over rising teen drug
Governor George Allen's staff says he's presided over similar statistics in
Today, Allen announced some anti-drug initiatives he'd like the 1997 General
Assembly to enact.
IN Q=The high point
((THE HIGH POINT -- NUMBER ONE I THINK WOULD BE ALLOWING OUR PROSECUTORS...
FACTS ARE ALL THE SAME.))
OUT Q=the same.
Other proposals include tougher sentencing for drug dealers, allowing grand
juries to have more investigational power, and improving laws to seize drug
HARD MUSIC UNDER
If you own an off-road vehicle, you might want to watch where you park
it...as a rash of thefts has hit our area. That story in a moment--
And students on this school bus only suffered minor injuries on the way to
school this morning.
On Health Check, it's a dubious distinction-- there are now more flabby
Americans than fit ones.
Several factors may be at play-- including...the television!
Our own Patrick Evans worked up a sweat today--
He was fencing with a member of the Olympic team....a full report when we
Campbell County elementary school students were more shaken up than hurt
after a car hit their schoolbus this morning.
State police say the driver of this van was blinded by the sun as he
approached the intersection of Crossway Drive and Rainbow Forest Drive.
The van struck the back of the schoolbus which had stopped to pick up a
News of the crash sent worried parents rushing to the scene.
IN Q=They're okay
((BUS DRIVER: THEY'RE OKAY. ARE YOU ALL RIGHT? THEY DIDN'T EVEN SEEM TO BE
UPSET AT ALL. THEY'RE FINE. WE WERE JUST FINE. OKAY.))
OUT Q=just fine. Okay.
Nine of the 56 children on board were treated and released from Lynchburg
Police say the driver of the van will NOT face any charges.
Botetourt County school bus drivers are accusing some local officials of
"spinning their wheels."
The group is upset over their wages and benefits... and this morning drivers
took their complaints to the Board of Supervisors.
The board heard them out... but offered nothing in terms of financial
Now the embattled bus drivers are hoping to get some legal advice.
IN Q=Us drivers
((VICKY DICKERSON/BOTETOURT COUNTY SCHOOL BUS DRIVER: US DRIVERS HAVE TALKED
ABOUT IT AND WE HAVE AGREED THAT IF NOTHING WAS DONE TODAY-- WE DIDN'T GET ANY
SATISFACTION-- WE WERE GOING TO CHECK INTO GETTING US A LAWYER. ))
SUPER=01-Vicky Dickerson/Bus Driver;
OUT Q=a lawyer
Last Thursday, the drivers talked to members of the school board... and the
A few weeks ago they threatened to walk off the job if their wages and
benefits didn't improve.
All terrain vehicles or "four wheelers" appear to be the target of what
could be an organized theft ring.
Authorities are cautioning residents in Henry, Franklin and Pittsylvania
Counties to park their vehicles in a well lit area-- since most of the thefts
occur at night.
Four wheelers are costly-- they sell anywhere from three to 65-hundred
IN Q=We felt
((LT. KIMMY NESTER/HENRY CO. SHERIFF'S DEPT.:WE FELT THAT HUNTING SEASON WAS A
GOOD TIME WITH THE PRESENT PROBLEM TO NOTIFY THE PUBLIC OF THE RASH, THE
PROBLEM WE GOT AND ASK FOR THEIR COOPERATION, THEIR ALERTNESS AND ALSO ASK, IF
ANYONE'S GOT ANY INFORMATION, TO CONTACT ANY ONE OF OUR THREE AGENCIES. ))
SUPER=01-Lt. Kimmy Nester/Henry Co. Sheriff's Dept.; :00
OUT Q=three agencies.
Authorities are urging owners to write down the serial number.
Last week, six ATV's were reported stolen in Henry and Franklin Counties.
Parries and thrusts are all part of the sport, but can a member of the
Olympic Fencing team help raise money for the United Way without being FOILED?
OUT Q=right after this break.
stocks bump next
The United States Fencing team is no stranger to the Roanoke Valley, and
today one of it's members returned to the Valley to help a local cause.
Patrick Evans is "en garde" with a story of foils and fundraising.
IN Q=Today we are in
SUPER=21-Patrick Evans; :00
SUPER=01-Suzie Paxton/Olympic Fencing Team; :18
OUT Q=curtains for you, buddy.
go to robin
SUPER=330-Clear Skies/Light Winds/48-52/Mostly Sunny/And Warmer/77-79;
SUPER=331-Clear And/Pleasant/50-53/Sunny Skies/Light Winds/78-80;
SUPER=332-Clear Skies/Light Winds/47-49/Mostly Sunny/Wind SW-10/72-74;
SUPER=333-Clear Skies/Light Winds/46-49/Sunny And/Pleasant/73-76;
SUPER=334-Mostly Clear/Light Winds/48-50/Mostly Sunny/Wind SW-10/70-73;
health music under
Stick around-- tonight's Two Minute Sports Ticker checks out the first day
of Basketball practice at Virginia Tech....
On Health Check, an increasing number of parents are taking their kids with
Attention Deficit Disorder off ritalin.
Some are looking at natural remedies after some bad experiences.
IN Q=He's growing
((HE'S GROWING,HE'S EATING AGAIN. HE'S A NORMAL KID. YOU KNOW, I'M NOT SAYING
NO KID SHOULD TAKE RITALIN.))
OUT Q=take ritalin.
health bump next
A disturbing new British survey finds that half of women who suffer from
Pre-Menstrual Syndrome contemplate taking their own lives.
And one in ten have actually tried killing themselves.
The British Women's Nutritional Advisory Service says this is a 33-percent
jump from 11 years ago, when the last survey was completed.
For women with moderate or severe P-M-S-- symptoms include depression,
anxiety, mood swings and loss of libido in the days before their period.
Ritalin has always been controversial, but for the first time, for some
parents it is no longer the panacea pill for kids with Attention Deficit
Take the case of eight-year-old Justin Phillips, who suffers from A-D-D.
Two years ago, his mother turned to Ritalin for help.
But as the drug weakened, she says her bright little boy turned into a
little monster-- with violent behavior, mood swings and depression.
IN Q=He just one day
((DIANA PHILLIPS/MOTHER: HE JUST ONE DAY HE SAID MOMMY, I DON'T CARE IF I LIVE
ANYMORE, I DON'T CARE IF I DIE. WHEN MY KID'S TALKING ABOUT DYING BECAUSE HE
CAN'T HANDLE WHAT THE DRUG IS DOING TO HIM, THAT'S IT, I'M DONE WITH IT. ))
SUPER=01-Diana Phillips/Mother; :
OUT Q=with it.
****CONNIE AUDIO ON CART*****
So Phillips turned to less powerful, but complicated regimen of herbs and
She also joined a brand new national group, "Parents Against Ritalin."
It's attracting thousands of parents with education on natural
Dr. Edward Hallowell, an adult-A-D-D sufferer himself, and a specialist,
found Ritalin didn't work for him....but he still prescribes it.
IN Q=It's a shame
((DR. HALLOWELL: IT'S A SHAME TO SEE THESE MEDICATIONS STIGMATIZED AS THEY
ARE SOMEHOW DANGEROUS, THEY AREN'T. ON THE OTHER HAND IF THE MEDICATION ISN'T
WORKING IT SHOULD BE DISCONTINUED ))
SUPER=01-Dr. Edward Hallowell/Psychiatrist; :
OUT Q=be discontinued.
It's estimated some eight million kids could be on Ritalin by the year
The new Alzheimer's center at Richfield Retirement Center will break new
ground in patient care in Southwest Virginia.
The floor plan, unveiled at a ceremony today, is the result of a two year
study of the special needs of Alzheimers patients.
IN Q=people like to
((CHIP BOWLING/DESIGNER; PEOPLE LIKE TO, MAYBE NOT SHOP, BUT THEY LIKE TO LEAVE
HOME AND GO DOWNTOWN AND TO WINDOW SHOP. SO WE INCORPORATED IN THE COMMON AREAS
LIKE SHOPS, LIKE A BEAUTY SHOP, A GROCERY STORE, EVEN A PUTTING GREEN FOR THE
MEN AND THE WOMEN ))
SUPER=01-Chip Bowling/Alzheimer's Center Administrator;
OUT Q=men and the women
Special lighting will be used to eliminate confusing shadows, and art work
will help reduce the desire to wander.
The 84 bed center should be finished late next year.
Richfield is already taking applications from families of alzheimers
For the first time, overweight Americans outnumber healthy-sized ones.
The National Center for Health Statistics says many small reductions in
physical activity might be to blame. Among the villains: the T-V
remote control, which keeps people planted on the couch all
Or it may be more simply, that people are just eating too much and doing
It's time now to turn to sports-- where the Virginia Tech Hokies are on the
hardwoods without Ace Custis.
Mike has a report on the first day of men's basketball practice. Hi Mike.
Good afternoon everybody and welcome to the Tuesday ticker and believe it or
not the start of the college basketball season.
Practice officially began today across the country and Steve Mason gives us a
quick look at a relatively new bunch of Hokies.
IN Q=FIRST AUDIO
SUPER=01-Bill Foster/Va. Tech Head Coach; :12
SUPER=01-Troy Manns/Va. Tech Point Guard; :24
SUPER=01-Ace Custis/Va. Tech Senior Forward; :40
OUT Q=...news 7 sports."
The Atlanta Braves are back at home and back in the hunt for another trip to
the World Series.
Last night a loss would have
SUPER=03-St. Louis, MO/FOX; :00
ended the Braves season. But instead of folding they came out and scored 14
runs and collected 22 hits, as they shut out the Cards 14-to-nothing.
The cards still lead the best of seven series 3 games to 2, with game six set
for tomorrow night with Greg Maddux facing Donovan Osborne.
((JOHN SMOLTZ/98 CAREER POSTSEASON STRIKEOUTS:))
((GARY GAETTI/CARDINALS THIRD BASEMAN:))
SUPER=01-John Smoltz/98 Career Postseason Strikeouts; :00
SUPER=01-Gary Gaetti/Cardinals Third Baseman; :16
OUT Q=..., SO (HA HA)
More News 7 at five is coming your way right after this quick break so, stick
take a break
Madonna has a new look- mother.
The singer gave birth to a six pound nine ounce baby girl at Good Samaritan
Hospital in Los Angeles.
The pediatrician has a familiar name- He's the father of Hollywood Madame
((DR. PAUL FLEISS/PEDIATRICIAN: SO I REALLY SHOULDN'T BE DOING IT. REPORTER:
BUT YOU ALREADY CONFIRMED THAT BABY WAS BORN, IS THE BABY HEALTHY? DR. FLEISS:
SUPER=01-Dr. Paul Fleiss/Pediatrician;
OUT Q=healthy? yes."
SUPER=04-July 17, 1995;
The baby is the first for 38 year old Madonna.
The 30-year old father is Madonna's personal trainer and boyfriend.
She and Carlos (Lay-OWN) have named the baby Lour-diss Maria.
COming up at six-- News-7s series of candidate profiles continues tonight
with a look at Fifth District Republican challenger George Landrith.
DOUBLE BOXES JEAN/Steve
Steve Smallshaw has been following the Landrith campaign... Steve, Landrith
ran for the same seat in 1994, what does he hope will make the difference for
him this time around?
Jean, if that '94 campaign did anything for Landrith,
it helped boost his name recognition for his '96 run.
This time of course, Landrith won't have L.F. Payne to kick around...Payne
has retired and Democratic state senator Virgil Goode hopes to fill his shoes.
Landrith has promised a cleaner campaign than the one he waged two years
IN Q=I don't have
((GEORGE LANDRITH/R- CONGRESSIONAL CANDIDATE: I DON'T HAVE ANY DESIRE TO CAST
LABELS, I JUST WANT TO TALK ABOUT THE ISSUES, AND WHERE I VOTED AND WHERE HE'S
VOTED, WHERE I STAND AND WHERE HE STANDS.))
OUT Q=where he stands.
That's not to say that this race has been devoid of some harsh rhetoric.
DOUBLE BOXES STEVE/JEAN
Landrith and Goode have tried to tie each other to their party's extremes..
we'll tell you more about that at 6.
Plus at 10 tonight watch the region's first AND only local primetime
newscast, NEWS-7 Primetime on WEFC.