News 7 at Five is next-
It may be called First Union tower but there may not be any First union jobs
Plus one Presidential Candidate Visits the New River Valley.
Clouds now are moving out of the region as a front crosses over.
I'll have the latest weather details from the News 7 Weather Center.
On Health Check-- more cases of Legionnaires' Disease turn up in the New
One patient has died from the acute form of pneumonia.
We'll have an update with the health department, coming up.
First Union Tower in Downtown Roanoke, may be that in name-only soon-- The
bank is planing to vacate the majority of the space it now leases.
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Good Evening, 'm Jean Jadhon.
Roanoke is losing jobs in its downtown business district.
Len Besthoff reports those affected work in one of the city's most "high
Len, What's going on?
Jean we're talking about the 21- story First Union Tower.
By next year there will be very few, if any people from First Union working
in the landmark building that bears its name.
News-7 has learned that First Union will close its Mortgage Service Center
in downtown Roanoke.
The bank confirmed that by next fall it will transfer 120 jobs there to its
main mortgage center in Raleigh.
First Union calls this an efficiency move.
It opened the Roanoke service center in 1993 with 200 employees.
First Union employees who don't want to transfer to Raleigh will be offered
other jobs with the bank, mostly at its operations center in Roanoke County.
double boxes Jean/Len
So while the net job loss in the Roanoke Valley may not be that great, the
downtown Roanoke area will still lose around 100 office workers.
(QUESTION: WILL THE BUILDING REMAIN THE FIRST UNION TOWER?))
(JEAN TOSSES TO CONNIE)
One person has died from the Legionnaires' Disease outbreak.
A spokesperson at Columbia Lewis Gale Hospital says the elderly man from
Giles County died last night.
The man was one of two patients in critical condition.
Only two other cases remain in the hospital.
One is critical, the other is in stable condition.
Officials are not releasing the patients names.
Now today, the investigation into the outbreak has uncovered three more
cases, bringing the total number to 11.
Local, state and federal health officials have been working on finding the
IN Q=THESE THREE RECENTLY
((DR. JODY HERSHEY/NEW RIVER HEALTH DISTRICT: THESE THREE RECENTLY CONFIRMED
LEGIONELLA CASES APPEAR NOT TO BE NEW CASES. BUT HAVE BEEN RECENTLY IDENTIFIED
IN THE INTENSE INVESTIGATION OF THE COMMUNITY ACQUIRED PNEUMONIA OUTBREAK THAT
WE'RE DOING HERE IN THE NEW RIVER VALLEY.))
SUPER=01-Dr. Jody Hershey/New River Health District;
OUT Q=THE NEW RIVER VALLEY
Hershey says the bulk of the cases have probably already occurred and seem
to be isolated to the New River Valley.
He suggests you visit your doctor if you're experiencing pneumonia-like
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The Republicans have begged him to step down, but Ross Perot did not sound
like a quitter at a Virginia Tech rally this afternoon.
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Eric Earnhart is live in Blacksburg with the latest.
Eric what kind of reception did Perot get?
(roll cue: "...the future of the country.")
SOT **rolled from truck**
SUPER=01-Ross Perot/(I) Candidate for President;
OUT Q=or a million
(eric ad lib)
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Will it be death or life in prison for Benjamin Lilly?
That's what the jury is considering today after convicting Lilly Friday of
capital murder in the death of a Virginia Tech student.
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Tracy Altizer joins us from the Montgomery County courthouse with more.
(tracy ad lib)
(roll cue: "...the victim's aunt.")
SOT starts on bite
SUPER=01-Bernadette Falcon/Victim's Aunt;
OUT Q=a mean drunk.
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Here's what's next on NEWS-7 at FIVE-- we'll have the latest on a chase
that ended in suicide in Pittsylvania County overnight....
He was never charged in the Olympic bombing-- Today Richard Jewell is
having his say now that he's no longer part of the F-B-I investigation.
On Health Check, a new way to help treat speech problems....using
Plus, if the human genome project peaks your interest-- we'll tell you how
to see the results for yourself--
Also coming up-- U-V-A regroups after losing to the Seminoles..
Mike has a report in tonight's Ticker-- headed your way on NEWS-7 at FIVE.
Authorities can only speculate about what led a Pittsylvania County man to
kill his wife and then turn a gun on himself early this morning.
The Sheriff's department says 35- year old Wilbur Gilbert Scearce and his
wife, Tammy DID have a history of domestic violence.
Wilbur Scearce fatally shot himself near the couple's Ringgold home.
It all began around 8- 30 last night when Scearce ended a high speed chase
with authorities when he pulled into his driveway.
Scearce apparently got out of his car and pointed a gun to his head.
Sheriff's officials later discovered the body of 33- year old Tammy, in the
Officials negotiated with Scearce for about four hours before he turned a
gun on himself.
IN Q=We also
((HAROLD PLASTER/PITTSYLVANIA CO. SHERIFF:WE ALSO HAD THE MINISTER WHO WAS A
VERY ACTIVE PART IN THE NEGOTIATIONS. IT'S JUST ONE OF THOSE THINGS THAT FOR
WHATEVER REASON, IT DIDN'T END THE WAY WE WOULD HAVE LIKED IT TO END. ))
SUPER=01-Harold Plaster/Pittsylvania Co. Sheriff; :00
OUT Q=to end.
Authorities have not said how Tammy Scearce was killed.
Both bodies will undergo autopsies.
Richard Jewell is no longer a suspect in the Olympic Park Bombing-
The FBI sent him a letter saying so over the weekend- but Jewell told
reporters today- his life has changed forever.
((RICHARD JEWELL: I AM A MAN WHO FROM JULY 30TH UNTIL OCTOBER 26TH LIVED EVERY
WAKING MOMENT OF THOSE 88 DAYS AFRAID I WOULD BE ARRESTED AND CHARGED WITH A
HORRIBLE CRIME. A CRIME I DID NOT COMMIT.))
OUT Q=DID NOT COMMIT."
Jewell criticized authorities and the news media.
He's suing the Atlanta Journal, as well as NBC and Tom Brokaw.
A propane leak at a Bedford County school over the weekend has prompted
some parents to pull their children out of classes, even as school officials
insist the building is safe.
Montvale Elementary School opened as usual today.
The school principal says propane lines were shut off, once the leak was
detected on Saturday.
He says fire officials and a propane serviceman indicated the school was
safe, but parents complain they should have been notified.
IN Q=It should have been the main thing
((SHERRIE DOOLEY/MONTVALE ELEMENTARY PARENT: IT SHOULD HAVE BEEN THE MAIN THING
WAS TO CALL THE PARENTS. LET US KNOW, BE OUR DECISION WHETHER WE SHOULD SEND
OUR CHILDREN TO THE SCHOOL OR NOT. AND WITH THE PROPANE IN THE SCHOOL, HE
SHOULD HAVE HAD THE SCHOOL SHUT DOWN UNTIL IT WAS FIXED.))
SUPER=01-Sherrie Dooley/Montvale Elem. Parent;
OUT Q=until it was fixed.
Meanwhile, parents say the propane leak isn't the only problem with the new
They say children are complaining of skin rashes, burning eyes and nausea.
School Superintendent John Kent was out of the county this afternoon and
unavailable for comment.
There's still more NEWS-7 at FIVE heading your way--
We'll hear from the Cavaliers--regrouping after the loss in Tallahassee.
But first, Patrick Evans has a pre-Halloween forecast....stay with us.
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Don't go away-- preparations are underway for a celebration in the Big
Apple to welcome home the World Series Champs.
On Health Check, a word to the wise for cramming college students....
Don't forget to get your z's.
Pulling an all-nighter may be a bad plan, if you really want to ace a test.
IN Q=If I'm too tired
((IF I'M TOO TIRED, I'LL TRY TO GET SOME SLEEP BECAUSE IT DOESN'T REALLY SERVE
ME MUCH PURPOSE TO BE REALLY TIRED IN CLASS CAUSE I WON'T BE PAYING ATTENTION
AND I'LL BE FALLING STUFF THE PROFESSOR IS TELLING US.))
OUT Q=telling us.
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Trigon Blue Cross Blue Shield is becoming a for-profit company.
The state's largest health insurer got permission today from the
State Corporation Commission.
Trigon would change from a mutual company owned by its policyholders to a
public company that would be traded on Wall Street.
Trigon policyholders approved the change in September.
The company says it needs to make the change to raise money to compete
with large, out-of-state insurers moving into Virginia.
Millions of people who are deaf do have the capacity to speak-- but have
difficulty because they can't hear the sounds of words--
Consequently, their speech comes out slurred and halting.
But a new experimental procedure is teaching people how to speak properly.
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((THE MOST IMPORTANT STRUCTURE IN THE VOCAL TRACT FOR SHAPING THE SOUNDS WE
MAKE IS THE TONGUE. WHEN THAT IS NOT WORKING CORRECTLY WE GET SLURRED
SUPER=01-Maureen Stone/University of Maryland; :
OUT Q=slurred speech. SA-SA nat
****CONNIE AUDIO ON CART****
Maureen Stone uses ultrasound to show patients just how the tongue should
move to produce normal speech.
IN Q=NAT SOUND then bite
((WHAT ULTRASOUND ALLOWS US TO DO IS DISPLAY FOR A SPEAKER WHO HAS NO HEARING
WHAT IS ACTUALLY GOING ON INSIDE THE VOCAL TRACT. I CAN JUST HOLD THE
TRANSDUCER UNDER MY CHIN AND THEY CAN TRY TO EMULATE IT. BY BEING ABLE TO
ACTUALLY SEE THE TONGUE MOVE, WE CAN SEE WHAT THE ERROR IS AND THEN WHEN WE TRY
TO CORRECT IT WE HAVE A MUCH BETTER STARTING AND ENDING POINT ABOUT WHERE WE
WANT TO BE.))
OUT Q=we want to be
Since ultrasound details the intricate movement of structures that lie
deep within the vocal tract, each test is recorded on tape and fed into a
computer that produces a 3-D image.
Researchers hope to gain a better understanding of the entire vocal
tract-- to understand the different types of dis-ordered speech.
To find the largest map ever of human genes-- look no further than the
The National Institutes of Health is publishing 16-thousand of the body's
80-thousand genes on the internet.
With a simple keystroke, users can read information about a particular
gene-- or genes that cause hereditary illnesses like Huntington's Disease.
Genes are made up of DNA and contain the instructions on how cells behave.
If you want to learn more about your genes, you can find out by surfing
the net over to the News 7 Homepage.
That address is W-W-W-dot-WDBJ-7-dot-Com-Slash.
At some time or another-- we all miss out on some valuable sleep.
SUPER=03-Baylor College; :
The thing is...our brains need sleep just as much as our bodies do-- but
try telling that to college students, cramming for mid-terms.
IN Q=If you don't sleep
((DR. BRUCE PERRY/PSYCHIATRIST: IF YOU DON'T SLEEP, WHAT HAPPENS IS ALL THOSE
EXPERIENCES THE DAY BEFORE, ALL THAT STUFF YOU READ, ALL THE LECTURES YOU
HEARD, ALL THOSE INTERACTIONS YOU HAD, ARE NOT AS EFFICIENTLY STORIES SO IF YOU
ARE SLEEP-DEPRIVED, YOU ARE NOT AS EFFICIENTLY REMEMBERING EXPERIENCES.))
SUPER=01-Dr. Bruce Perry/Psychiatrist; :
***CONNIE AUDIO ON CART*****
While we sleep, the brain is sorting and processing all the information
taken in that day and recharging for the following day.
IN Q=I will recommend
((I WILL RECOMMEND TO ANYBODY WHO IS GOING TO CRAM THAT THEY'VE GOT A LOT OF
INFORMATION THEY NEED TO LEARN AND YOU'LL STORE IT MORE EFFICIENTLY AND YOU'LL
RETRIEVE IT MORE EFFICIENTLY IF YOU SLEEP.))
OUT Q=if you sleep.
So to get the most out of the day-- remember that old expression...."just
sleep on it."
Time now for sports--Virginia hopes to get back on a winning streak after
Saturday's loss at Florida State.
Mike Stevens has the latest from UVA media day in tonight's Two Minute ticker.
Good afternoon everybody and welcome to the Monday afternoon two minute sports
16th ranked Virginia began working out the kinks today after its 31-to-24
loss at Florida State on Saturday.
Steve Mason has more on how the Cavs plan to bounce back with the help of
their brightest spot in Saturday's loss, Roanoke's own Tiki Barber.
IN Q=FIRST AUDIO
SUPER=03-Tallahassee, FL/Saturday; :00
SUPER=01-Tiki Barber/909 Yards Rushing This Season; :23
SUPER=01-George Welsh/UVa Head Coach; :48
OUT Q=...NEWS 7 SPORTS."
Millions of baseball fans and curious onlookers are expected to line the
streets of New York tomorrow for a massive ticker tape parade in honor of the
SUPER=03-New York; :00
The city also has a big Halloween parade set for Thursday so, the workers are
being pushed to the limit to get nine additional floats ready by tomorrow.
Manager Joe Torre and each of his players will each receive a key to the
IN Q="I think...
((JOE TORRE/YANKEES MANAGER:))
SUPER=01-Joe Torre/Yankees Manager; :00
OUT Q=...A LONG TIME."
By the way more than 2000 policeman will be on duty to oversee the parade
that is costing the city about 1 million dollars to put on tomorrow.
More News 7 at five is straight ahead
I hope to see you again at six.
take a break
Christies is having an auction- but this one's not for profit and it's not
The items are a collection of artwork taken by the Nazis from Austria.
After the war ended many works of art were returned to their heirs-
But some eight-thousand others could not be traced and after spending almost
three decades in a 14th century monastery- they'll go up for sale.
The Austrian Government gave the artwork to the Federation of Austrian Jewish
This week everything from paintings and tapestries will go up for bids.
It's expected to make more than three and a half million dollars.
That money will go to victims of the Holocaust and their families.
(toss to PATRICK)
(PATRICK tosses to Jean)
We round out our candidate profiles this week with the Senate race.
DOUBLE BOXES JEAN/ELLEN VIA STATE MICROWAVE
Ellen Qualls is in our Richmond newsroom with a preview.
Jean, Virginians have known SUPER=@Ellen1;
John Warner pretty well for 18 years.
Tonight, we'll remind you of the John Warner first elected out of the
tragedy of Dick Obenshain's death.
And we'll show you the John Warner of today.
You decide November 5th if he fulfilled his promise.
It's the first of a two part profile on the Republican candidate.
DOUBLE BOXES ELLEN/JEAN
And it's coming up in just one half hour on NEWS 7 at SIX.
Plus the region's first local primetime newscast, NEWS-7 Primetime tonight
at 10 on WEFC.