Up next on NEWS 7 at SIX:
New cases of Legionnaire's Disease.
A mother's personal tragedy. The story of a 16-year old Botetourt boy who
died trying to get "high" by drinking anti-freeze.
Tonight in sports, The Panthers lose their starting center on a alcohol
suspension, Tommy Morrison's comeback takes another strange turn, Steve Mason
checks in from Charlottesville,
And the Philadelphia Phillies named Terry Francona their new manager this
Looking for some cooler weather? It arrives in time for trick or treaters
Thursday night. Forecast details coming up.
New developments today in the Legionnaires' Disease outbreak in the New
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Connie Stevens is in the NEWS 7 newsroom-- with news of additional cases
added to the list.
Keith, the count is now up to 13 cases, two more were confirmed today.
These are both patients who had already been treated for pneumonia, but
went through additional testing because of the outbreak.
Of these 13, only one is hospitalized....still in critical condition.
10 patients are from Montgomery County, one is from Giles, one's from
Floyd and one is from Radford.
They range in age from 42 to 86.
12 are men, so there's just one female patient.
At the New River Valley Health Department, Director Jody Hershey says they
still don't the common source for this bacteria pegged down.
But if you live in that neck of the woods...you will probably see local,
state and even Centers for Disease Control personnel out canvassing the area.
They're doing tests at area businesses, wherever you might find
aerosolized water-- and that involves a number of establishments-- everything
from shopping centers and mom and pop shops, to churches, hospitals, doctors
offices and health clubs.
Any place where you might find whirlpools, hot tubs, plant misting
systems, air conditioning cooling towers-- there are so many possible sources.
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((KEITH QUESTION: CERTAINLY SOUNDS LIKE A TEDIOUS INVESTIGATION, THEN))
Yes, so it might even be weeks before we know something.
We do want to remind people not to be alarmed if they see health officials
out with their clipboards, doing interviews.... that's part of the
investigation, and it's the only way they'll find the answer.
A fatal fire late this afternoon in southeast Roanoke.
A house in the 34-hundred block of Garden City Boulevard caught fire just
Authorities say a man inside the house died, apparently of smoke inhalation.
They have not yet released his name.
No immediate word on how the fire started.
The home is a total loss.
A Pittsylvania County man apparently beat and shot his wife to death
before putting her body in the trunk of his car.
The medical examiner confirmed today 33- year- old Tammy Scearce was shot
four times in the head and chest.
It all started when 35- year- old Wilbur Scearce led police on a high
speed chase from Danville to his home in Ringgold.
Scearce held police at bay for several hours before fatally shooting
Authorities were pursuing Scearce concerning the whereabouts of his wife.
It's a cheap and easy way to get high. Breathing fumes from an aerosol
It's a cheap and easy way to die.
Eric Earnhart talked to a Botetourt County mother who's trying to help
other children avoid her son's fate.
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(( Kathryn Weddington knew her son was in trouble. 16 year old Brian
Mitchell had admitted he'd been "huffing"... getting high off aerosol cans for
the last year. He was sick, scared, and finally ready for help.
He talked to his family about it last Monday night.
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((KATHRYN WEDDINGTON/VICTIM'S MOTHER; IT WAS A WONDERFUL EVENING. WE HAD A
WONDERFUL TALK WITH HIM, HE KNEW HE WAS ABOUT TO START REHAB, HE KNEW HE HAD TO
CHANGE. HE WAS ACTUALLY LOOKING FORWARD TO IT.))
OUT Q=looking forward to it
Brian didn't know he was about to die. Driven by his addiction, which
aerosols couldn't satisfy anymore. He had swallowed a small amount of
antifreeze. Drug counselors say some some teens believe it'll get them high.
Brian lapsed into a coma and died.
His mother says the inhalants, from things like aerosol cans and butane
lighters, started the process that led to his death.
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((KATHRYN WEDDINGTON/VICTIM'S MOTHER; KIDS NEED TO KNOW THAT IT'S TOXINS, IT'S
POISON THAT IS AFFECTING THEM. IT'S NOT A NATURAL ORGANIC THING THAT THEY'RE
GETTING HIGH ON... IT'S POISON. ))
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Inhalant abuse is tough to spot... On their own the symptoms don't stand
out... they include:
involuntary eye movement
loss of appetite -and-
poor balance and coordination.
Parents can also watch for these signs that abuse is going on.
Aerosol cans that aren't empty, but have no propellant left in them.
Aerosol cans with the nozzles removed.
Rags and paper bags with aerosol residue.
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((KATHRYN WEDDINGTON/VICTIM'S MOTHER; THERE ARE MANY MANY SIGNS, AND YOU CAN
KIND OF WRITE THEM OFF TO SOMETHING ELSE, BUT CONSIDER THE SIGNS PUT TOGETHER
AND IT'LL MAKE SENSE.))
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Armed with the bittersweet gift of hindsight, Weddington wants to warn other
parents and children about the danger.
Hoping Brian's loss can help save someone else's son or daughter.
Eric Earnhart, News 7))
A Bedford County boy who likes to read Rush Limbaugh in school is in hot
Nine- year- old Jason Gardner made headlines last spring when his copy of
Limbaugh's book "The Way Things Ought To Be" was taken away from him in school.
And just last month, Gardner's fifth grade teacher confiscated Jason's copy
of the "Limbaugh Letter".
Two other Montvale Elementary School teachers reportedly have banned all
outside reading material from their classrooms.
Civil liberties lawyers from the Rutherford Institute want the county to
reverse that policy.
They've given school officials seven days to reconsider or face a lawsuit.
Norfolk Southern continues to make a high- profile push in its hostile bid
In a letter to shippers, N-S says a deal between itself and Conrail will
improve competition in the East.
The railroad also criticized what it calls C-S-X's opposition to change.
N-S put in a competing bid for Conrail last week.
It tops a previous offer by C-S-X by more than a BILLION dollars.
A Conrail merger with Norfolk Southern or C-S-X would create the nation's
third- largest railroad.
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Still to come on News 7 at 6--Democratic Senate challenger Mark Warner on
personal fortunes and campaign spending.
and as a new factory prepares to go up in Botetourt County--it prompts a look
into the area's past, and the people who lived there more than 500 years ago.
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The news from Best Products almost seemed inevitable.
The Richmond appliance chain says it will go out of business by early next
year, if its bankruptcy plan gets approved.
For several years, the company has been plagued with large losses.
Some investment groups wanting to buy Best's remaining assets decided
against operating any part of the 30- year- old chain as originally
Best has two stores in our area, one in Roanoke, and another in Lynchburg.
A company spokesperson says each store has about 55 full and part- time
Senator John Warner picked up the endorsement of a tax watchdog group
The National Taxpayers Union says the Republican senator won their highest
Mark Warner campaigned today in Charlottesville with civil rights leader
And tonight, in the first part of our profile on the democratic challenger,
Mark Warner talks about the press, polls, and checkbook politics.
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((WHAT THE PRESS HAS WRITTEN ABOUT THIS CAMPAIGN IS MARK WARNER'S PUT A LOT OF
MONEY INTO IT AND HE'S BEHIND.))
OUT Q=and he's behind.
If the frustration shows, Warner says, it's because the coverage of his
campaign has missed the mark.
IN Q=And i think come November fifth
((AND I THINK COME NOVEMBER FIFTH, WE'RE GOING TO SEE A LOT OF THESE PRESS
FOLKS WITH EGG ON THEIR FACE. AND THAT WILL BE A HAPPY NIGHT FOR ME.))
OUT Q=happy night for me.
The Mark Warner of the television ad wars is a family man, the father of
three young daughters, the first member of his family to graduate from college,
a businessman who built his fortune by dialing in to the early days of the
cellular telephone industry.
IN Q=Worked with a series of big companies
((WORKED WITH A SERIES OF BIG COMPANIES AND THEN WENT OUT ON MY OWN AND HAVE
BUILT THREE PUBLIC COMPANIES AND TEN PRIVATE COMPANIES. I'VE WORKED HARD, BUT
I'VE ALSO BEEN BLESSED AND LUCKY.))
OUT Q=blessed and lucky.
And while his opponent has argued that Mark Warner used political
connections to make his fortune, the democrat challenger makes no apologies for
the way he accumulated his wealth, or the millions he has spent on his own
IN Q=I have made an investment
((I HAVE MADE AN INVESTMENT IN MY CAMPAIGN, BUT I'VE GOT TO TELL YOU JOE, I
HAVE YET TO HAVE THE FIRST VOTER COME UP TO ME AND SAY MARK I WISH YOU'D TAKE
THAT SPECIAL INTEREST MONEY INSTEAD OF PUTTING YOUR OWN MONEY IN.))
OUT Q=putting your own money in.
No one lost his head last week, when Mark Warner posed for photographers
with former Governor Doug Wilder and Senator Chuck Robb.
It's a familiar position for the former democratic state chairman who
refereed many of their private and public squabbles.
His political connections paved the way to the nomination, even as Leslie
Byrne, the only woman to represent Virginia in Congress, challenged him for the
But Warner says he's not a political insider with a personal agenda.
IN Q=Have I worked
((MARK WARNER/D- SENATE CANDIDATE: HAVE I WORKED ON CAPITOL HILL. SURE. WHEN I
WAS IN COLLEGE, ABSOLUTELY. HAVE I BEEN INVOLVED IN POLITICS AS PART OF MY
COMMUNITY SERVICE, ABSOLUTELY. THIS IS MY FIRST TIME THOUGH TO MAKE A RUN AT
ELECTIVE OFFICE AND I WOULDN'T BE DOING IT IF I DIDN'T FEEL I COULD GIVE
OUT Q=give something back.
We'll hear how he plans to give something back when we consider the second
part of our profile on Mark Warner, tomorrow night.
Joe Dashiell News 7))
A spurt of economic reports had the stock market moving in both
The Dow dropped 14 points.
NASDAQ gained three points.
A state organization did some digging... and found out a manufacturing plant
was set to be built near an old Indian Village in Botetourt County.
Now archaeologists are in the process of preserving the site.
Scott Prince has the "dirt."
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((Construction on the Virginia Forge plant in Buchanan is already underway.
And it's one of many new companies hoping to build up Botetourt County's
But just a couple of hundred yards away... there's a group helping to
preserve its history.
This area was once home to a Native American village... and archaeologists
and volunteers are helping to keep it safe.
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((TOM KLATKA/VIRGINIA DEPARTMENT OF HISTORIC RESOURCES: ONE OF THE GOALS WAS TO
DEFINE THE BOUNDARIES OF THE SITE AND MARK ITS LOCATION SO THAT THE
CONSTRUCTION FOR THE VIRGINIA FORCE COMPANY WOLD NOT IMPACT THE SITE. ))
OUT Q=the site
After digging a series of trenches... the group discovered dozens of refuse
pits... where garbage was buried.
A number of artifacts have been recovered as well, like broken pieces of
pottery... animal bones... and arrow heads.
The archaeologists are also trying to determine which tribe settled here.
At this point they believe it was either the Totero or Tutelo Indians who
inhabited this land some 600 years ago.
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The group plans to excavate artifacts for a few more days.
But Klatka says the learning process will continue on.
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((KLATKA: WE SHOULD END UP WITH A NICE MAP OF THE SITE, USEFUL FOR THE VIRGINIA
FORGE COMPANY AND COME BACK WITH A GOOD SAMPLE OF ARTIFACTS SO WE CAN LEARN
MORE ABOUT THE NATIVE AMERICANS IN THIS VILLAGE. ))
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And once the shovels are set aside, the land will be maintained by the
Virginia Forge Company... which has promised to avoid any construction on the
Scott Prince, News- 7, Botetourt County.))
Coming your way tonight in sports, the Phillies have a new manager, Tommy
Morrison has a new opponent, the Panthers no longer have a center.
And while you may not know it, the goalie who beat the Express last night has
a new lease on life.
The Philadelphia Phillies introduced the 48th manager in franchise history
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as 37-year-old Terry Francona signed a two year deal with the team.
He spent last season as the Tigers third base coach and before that he
managed Michael Jordan in Birmingham with the Barons.
In Philly he hopes to win games and fans quickly.
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((TERRY FRANCONA/NEW PHILLIES MANAGER:))
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OUT Q=...TO OVER ACHIEVE.
The postseason baseball awards will be handed out over the next couple of
weeks and tonight I have the results of associated press manager of the year
pinnacle baseball board
And surprise, Joe Torre only finished fourth in the voting by a nationwide
panel of sportswriters.
Tony LaRussa who guided the Cardinals to the National League central division
title easily outdistanced his managerial peers Bruce Bochy, Johnny Oates, Torre
and Felipe Alou.
The boxing comeback of HIV infected fighter Tommy Morrison has taken another
Anthony Cooks was supposed to fight Tommy in Tokyo this weekend, but today
officials found out he's wanted by police in Oklahoma.
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((TOMMY MORRISON/HEAVYWEIGHT BOXER:))
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OUT Q=...HAS HAPPENED."
Cooks has been replaced by 24 year old Marcus Rhodes who is 15 and 1 as a
How do you come down from the high of nearly beating one of the nations top
teams and get up again for the ACC's worst?
Steve Mason says that's the challenge facing UVa as the Cavaliers prepare
for OH and 7 Duke.
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((1 touchdown and a two point conversion away from beating a national
championship contender, season superlatives from Tiki Barber,
and receiver Germaine Crowell. Now the Cavaliers must make the transition
from the highest level of national competition to the conference's lowest in
Sharper and his Cavaliers gave up 30 points to the Blue Devils last year.
They have found long term motivation for the 1:30 kickoff as well.
Duke leads the overall series 26-21. In Charlottesville, steve mason news 7
The Carolina Panthers literally received a sobering wake-up call today when
starting center Curtis Whitley was suspended for four games for alcohol-related
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The team's general manager confirmed that Whitley is being treated for his
illness, and that the team wishes him well.
The suspension is in accordance with the league's policy of drugs and
He can return on November 25th, but will miss four games.
The Roanoke Express is on the road tonight in Hampton Roads skating against
the Admirals at the Norfolk Scope.
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Last night the Express lost to South Carolina 3-to-2 in a shootout. And while
the loss was tough to take, you had to feel good for South carolina goalie J.P.
Last night he made his first pro start in goal and turned back 33 shots and
made the eventual game winning save in the overtime shootout.
The former Boston University star is really a walking miracle.
In July of 1994, he was hit by a motorist while riding his bike, and spent
six days in coma.
Earlier this year he graduated from college and last night he got his first
PINNACLE FULL HOMETOWN HOOPS
And don't forget tonight at 11, Steve Mason has a lot of treats and a couple
of tricks in this week's edition of Hometown Hoops Weekly.
It's the only place to get a free tour of high school hoops in southwest and
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