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Medical officials find the source of the Legionnaire's outbreak - at a
Tired of those same old license plate designs?
New ones are on the way- It could be one of these.
Plus the King of Pop gets married again.
News 7 at Eleven.
The Legionnaires Disease Outbreak in the New River Valley is no longer a
That's according to health officials (----------------)
who zeroed in on a hot tub as the most likely source of the bacteria.
The hot tub was on display at the Lowes Store in Christiansburg.
SUPER=03-Dade Co, FL/May;
Six months after the crash of a Valujet Plane the government wants to
require fire detectors in airline cargo holds.
And is it possible? The king of pop has tied the knot yet again.
Plus Robin says it'll warm up but not for a few days.
Join us for News 7 at eleven
Health officials say the Legionnaires Disease outbreak in the New River
Valley is no longer a threat.
After 16 cases, including one death, investigators have zeroed in on a hot
tub at the Christiansburg Lowes store as the most likely source of the problem.
Tracy Altizer reports.
IN Q=Of the 15 cases
SUPER=01-Dr. Jody Hershey/New River Health Dist. Dir.; :00
SUPER=01-David Oliver/Lowes Community Relations Dir. ; :32
OUT Q=home hot tub use.
((DR. JODY HERSHEY/NEW RIVER HEALTH DIST. DIR.: OF THE 15 CASES INCLUDED IN THE
COMPARATIVE STUDY, 14 OR 93 PERCENT HAD BEEN TO THE LOWES STORE PRIOR TO
DEVELOPING ILLNESS. ))
Of those 14 patients, 10 recalled at least walking by the hot tub in
Health officials investigated numerous possible sources, but narrowed it
down even more when DNA from bacteria in the tub's filter matched cultures
taken from a Legionnaires patient.
The tub was dismantled in the second week of October...and Lowes is
permanently draining tubs at all of its more than 300 stores.
((DAVID OLIVER/LOWES COMMUNITY RELATIONS DIR.: IN LIGHT OF WHAT THE C.D.C. AND
THE HEALTH DEPARTMENT ARE RECOMMENDING AT THIS POINT BASED ON THE MAINTENANCE
REQUIREMENTS, WE BELIEVE THAT IT'S OUR BEST INTERESTS, AND THE BEST PRECAUTION
IS TO GET RID OF WATER OUR OF THE SPA SYSTEMS IN OUR STORES. ))
Hershey says he expects the Centers for Disease Control to take further
steps to help prevent hot tubs from causing similar outbreaks in the future.
((I THINK IT'S GONNA BE PRUDENT AT THIS POINT IN TIME FOR CDC AND MANUFACTURERS
OF TUBS AND SPAS AND WHIRLPOOLS TO LOOK AT DEVELOPING GUIDELINES FOR DISPLAY
WHIRLPOOLS AND SPAS AND TUBS, AS WELL AS FOR HOME HOT TUB USE. ))
Hershey stresses there's no risk from this Lowes store now. He adds that
since the incubation period for Legionnaires is two to 10 days, anyone who may
have been exposed but did not get sick may rest assured they did not contract
the disease. Tracy Altizer, News 7 Christiansburg.))
The disease can be avoided if spa owners keep proper sanitation levels for
their hot tubs.
That according to a local hot tub dealer.
A spa should be properly sanitized with chlorine or bromine (bro-mean).
These chemicals kill bacteria and keep the water clean.
IN Q=Regular routine should
((BILL MAAS/WATERWORKS OF ROANOKE: REGULAR ROUTINE SHOULD BE CHECKING YOUR SPA
TWICE A WEEK FOR PH, CHLORINE, OR BROMINE, SHOCKING YOUR SPA ONCE EVERY SEVEN
TO 10 WORKING DAYS.))
SUPER=01-Bill Maas/WaterWorks of Roanoke;
OUT Q=10 working days.
For people that have spa bathtubs, Maas suggests periodic shocking, also
know as super-chlorinating.
IN Q=Just because the
((BILL MAAS/WATERWORKS OF ROANOKE: JUST BECAUSE THE TUB IS EMPTY DOESN'T MEAN
THAT BACTERIA ISN'T GROWING IN THE PIPELINES. IT SHOULD BE SHOCKED ONCE A
MONTH TO AVOID WHAT MAY HAPPEN IN THE FUTURE.))
OUT Q=in the future.
Most pool or spa stores sell kits which can be used to test for these
A man who shot up a Ford Plant in Michigan did not work there, but his
The man wanted to visit his girlfriend, but a spokesman says when security
guards asked him to leave- he began shooting.
The plant's number two man is dead- three other people are hurt.
After holding police at bay for several hours, the suspect was taken into
Security Guards at the plant don't carry guns.
U-S military teams arrived in Rwanda today-
They're assessing just how American troops could help.
But all of this is being done without a clear sign from the President that
U-S troops are going anywhere.
((GLEN DAVIES/STATE DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN: WE'RE NOT GOING TO GO UNLESS WE HAVE
THE DEGREE OF CONFIDENCE THAT WE CAN DO THIS AS SAFELY AND SMARTLY AS
SUPER=01-Glen Davies/State Department;
OUT Q=AND SMARTLY AS POSSIBLE."
Under the proposal about one thousand U-S troops would help aid the
Also word today from NATO's top official that ten thousand U-S troops
could stay in Bosnia until 1998- as part of a peacekeeping mission.
But the Pentagon denies any decision's been made.
President Clinton is discussing the Bosnia situation with his top advisors
Some positive news on fighting cancer-
The cancer death rate dropped in the United States for the first time since
statistics have been kept.
The report shows a decline in cancer deaths every year from 1990 to 1995.
((DR. MILES CUNNINGHAM/AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY PRESIDENT: IS THEY ARE DECLINING
BECAUSE OF OUR STEADY EFFORTS IN APPLYING THE KNOWLEDGE THAT SCIENTIFIC
RESEARCH HAS BROUGHT US IN AREAS OF PREVENTION, EARLY DETECTION AND IMPROVED
SUPER=01-Dr. Miles Cunningham/American Cancer Society President;
OUT Q=AND IMPROVED TREATMENT."
Experts say they're greatest frustration is tobacco related cancer cases-
They say the most preventable cancers are those caused by tobacco.
He was one of the strongest voices in the Roman Catholic Church,
Cardinal Joseph Bernardin died Wednesday from pancreatic cancer.
Bernardin was the longest serving active Cardinal in America.
For the past 14 years he served as Archbishop in Chicago.
((HE WAS SO GENTLE AND SO WARN. HE HAD AU AURA ABOUT HIM. EVEN IF YOU CARED NOT
ABOUT RELIGION NOTHING ABOUT CATHOLICISM, THERE WAS SOMETHING ABOUT HIM THAT
OUT Q=WAS EXTRAORDINARY."
Bernardin often spoke out against abortion and capital punishment.
He was 68.
HARD MUSIC UNDER
When News 7 at 11 returns- postal officials think they know what happened to
missing mail from Altavista,
and we'll see what some people are suggesting to reform the state's prison
system in the final installment of our series Prisons Under Pressure.
Robin in WX CENTER
MUSIC UP FULL
SUPER=82-2.31''/plus 0.85''/49.75''/plus 13.32'';
SUPER=83-Down 1.10 feet/Down 4.48 feet;Lake levels
Six months after the crash of a ValuJet Plane- the government wants to
require fire detectors in airline cargo holds.
And oxidizing materials that can feed fires would be banned.
SUPER=03-Dade Co., FL/May;
The cause of the ValuJet crash in Florida last May hasn't been officially
But investigators have speculated that oxygen generators in the plane's
cargo hold burst into flames.
A mail man in Altavista has been officially charged with stealing money out
of the mail he was supposed to deliver.
Mark C. Osborne of Gretna is accused of delaying or making off with more
than 10-thousand pieces of mail over the past two years.
A federal grand jury says the 39-year old mail carrier took 11-dollars from
one woman's mail in Altavista, plus five dollars- -each- -from two women in
Hartwood ...all on the same day: September 24th.
GRAPHIC=Prisons Under Pressure
Virginia taxpayers spend more to keep criminals behind bars than they do on
anything else but education.
That investment has yielded 28- thousand anxious inmates and 11- thousand
nervous corrections workers sharing space where the news media are NO longer
This week we've tried to show the possibilities for unrest.
SS=Fullscreen Prisons Under Pressure
In our final chapter of "Prisons Under Pressure," Ellen Qualls looks at some
IN Q=The bottom
SUPER=01-Russ Ford/Prison Chaplain; :26
SUPER=04-Courtesy Va. Dept. of Corrections; :56
SUPER=01-Ron Angelone/Va. Corrections Director; 1:32
OUT Q=Qualls, News 7, Richmond.
(( The bottom line is that because of a veil of secrecy over the Department
of Corrections, and a fear of reprisal hanging over staffers who speak
publicly, we don't really know how violent Virginia prisons are.
But if there have been few ugly incidents to mar Ron Angelone's challenging
tenure, prison chaplain Russ Ford says it's mostly luck.
But he credits Angelone for getting rid of incompetence.
((RUSS FORD: I THINK HE HAS BEEN VERY FORTUNATE. AGAIN, I THINK HE DOES KNOW
TALENT AMONG HIS STAFF. AND I THINK THAT'S HIS STRONGEST SUIT.))
A slew of new wardens and stepped up training for correctional officers are
credited with improving the way the prisons are run.
But, turnover among officers hit 18- percent in 1995, the worst rate in
That puts inexperienced officers on the front lines.
A General Assembly- initiated study will recommend pay increases.
One long term solution is making its way out of computers and into reality.
Construction is underway on four new state-of-the-art, super-maximum
security prisons -- supposedly safer for staff and inmates alike.
If idle hands do the devil's work, Angelone's got a minimum security
solution: hand out chainsaws.
About one in nine inmates is a non-violent offender who qualified for an
inmate work crew -- re-building parks, sprucing up public properties around the
But the new bottom line for some of the state's worst inmates is permanent
The "ad seg" cell.
sot T2 11:08:42
((AN AD SEG IS A CELL IN WHICH YOU SPEND 23 OF 24 HOURS A DAY INSIDE THAT CELL.
AND THEY WOULD SPEND MAYBE THREE MONTHS FOR A VERY EGREGIOUS OFFENSE, HITTING
ANOTHER INMATE, HITTING A STAFF MEMBER. AND THEY'D GET OUT AND DO THE SAME
OFFENSE AGAIN. AND WE'RE JUST NOT TOLERATING THAT. THERE'S NO SWINGING DOOR
IN AD SEG ANYMORE. WHEN YOU GO IN, YOU'RE GOING IN FOR A LONG PERIOD OF
Violence brings immediate, institution-wide retribution.
Buckingham just got off lockdown after an assault on an officer.
Russ Ford suggests lifting the media ban might help calm some nerves.
((PRESS HAVE TRADITIONALLY SERVED AS A VENTING -- A WAY FOR AN INMATE OR A
GROUP OF INMATES TO EXPRESS THEMSELVES OR GET THEIR STORIES STATED. SO IN THAT
SENSE, THEY'RE A PART OF THE HEALING PROCESS. AND IN THIS CASE, THAT'S NOT
It may finally be that inmates just need an attitude adjustment under the
Allen administration -- fewer privileges, longer sentences, and few rewards for
good behavior should be expected -- NOT the psychological spark to ignite a
sot T2 11:14:35
((RON ANGELONE: THESE SITUATIONS WILL COME UP. BUT WE'LL DEAL WITH THEM.
THESE ARE CONVICTED FELONS.))
And incarcerating so many of them carries risks.
Ellen Qualls, News 7, Richmond.))
Across the country there are more than 45- thousand people who are waiting
And many of them will die before they can receive a new organ.
Legislators are considering changes in state law that would encourage more
people to donate their organs.
Today members of a General Assembly committee brought their search for
solutions to a hearing at Virginia Western Community College.
IN Q=The main recommendations
((THE MAIN RECOMMENDATIONS WE'LL BE LOOKING AT AND THAT'S THE PROCEDURE WE'LL
BE ABLE TO DO IS HOW TO HAVE THE HOSPITALS HAVE THE BEST PROCEDURE POSSIBLE TO
ADDRESS THE PROBLEM. TALK TO THE POTENTIAL DONORS AND DONORS' FAMILIES. THAT'S
THE BIGGEST PROBLEM THAT WE HAVE AND ALSO GET AS MANY PEOPLE AS POSSIBLE TO
SIGN AS DONORS.))
SUPER=01-Del. Mitch Van Yahres/(D) Charlottesville;
OUT Q=to sign as donors as possible.
One proposal would require hospitals to call in specially trained
counselors, whenever they identify a potential organ donor.
Soft Music Under
Coming up next, local students try their hands at designing Virginia's new
and Michael Jackson gives up the single life once again.
MUSIC UP FULL
The single life apparently did not suit the King of Pop.
A publicist says Michael Jackson married the woman who's carrying his baby.
The private wedding took place in Sydney, Australia where Jackson is on
In a statement released today, Jackson asked people to respect his privacy
so he can enjoy what he called a wonderful and exciting time.
It's the second marriage for both. Jackson divorced Lisa Marie Presley in
The Department of Motor Vehicles has gone to the next generation to design a
new license plate for the state.
Several months back D-M-V asked middle and high school students throughout
the Commonwealth to design a new plate that represents Virginia's beauty.
Tonight, six finalists from our area were announced.
SOT 6:52:23 & 6:47:10
IN Q=I just want to
(( AIMEE BROWN/LIBERTY HIGH SCHOOL: I JUST WANT TO GO OUTSIDE AND JUMP UP AND
DOWN. I'M REAL HAPPY.
MICHAEL LITTLETON/ALLEGHANY HIGH SCHOOL: I DREW THE STATE PRESIDENTS FROM
VIRGINIA AND MY DAD SORTA GAVE ME THE IDEA. I WORKED ON THAT AND CAME UP WITH
A GOOD IDEA. ))
SUPER=01-Aimee Brown/Liberty High School; :00 QUICK!!!
SUPER=01-Michael Littleton/Alleghany High School; :06
OUT Q=I'm real happy.
The six finalists received a 500- dollar U-S Savings Bond.
These winners, along with the ones from five other districts, will go on for
the Grand Prize.
That winner will be announced in December.
IN Q=Oh god. It's like
((BETH WILLIAMS/MARTINSVILLE HIGH SCHOOL: OH GOD. IT'S LIKE I'M SO HONORED.
I NEVER EXPECTED TO BE A SEMIFINALIST. I'M JUST SO EXCITED AND HAPPY AND JUST
SUPER=01-Beth Williams/Martinsville High School;
OUT Q=just really proud.
There were more than 35- hundred entries from students all over the state.
Once the new plate is selected it will ready for sale by May of next year.
SUPER=330-Clearing & Cold/Wind N-15/20-22/Sunny & Chilly/Wind N-15/40-42;
SUPER=331-Slow Clearing/Wind N-15/22-24/Mostly Sunny/Wind N-15/42-44;
SUPER=332-Clearing & Cold/Wind NW-15/18-20/Sunny & Cold/Wind NE-15/38-40;
SUPER=333-Partly Cloudy/Wind N-15/15-20/Sunny Skies/Wind N-20/30-35;
SUPER=334-Clearing Skies/Wind NW-15/15-20/Sunny Skies/Wind NE-15/38-42;
Botetourt, Byrd and Floyd all advance to their respective state tournaments
in girl's hoops. I'll have the Friday Football Extra schedule for tomorrow
night plus, Steve Mason checks in from the Roundhouse.
SUPER=03-Frostburg, MD/July 1995; :00
But first, Redskins owner Jack Kent Cooke is in the intensive care unit at
Georgetown University Hospital.
He reportedly became ill over the weekend and has been in the hospital since
And 65 year old Cotton Fitzsimmons is stepping down as head coach of the Suns
tonight after the team's game with Vancouver.
The 0-and-7 Suns will now be coached by Danny Ainge.
Now the NBA and NHL numbers.
wipe to scores
SUPER=0103-/Calgary/1//Chicago/1/3///Tampa Bay/3//St.Louis/5/3/Two Late
oc= LAST SCORE
go to break
Last year's state finalists are on a collision course again, as both Lord
Botetourt and William Byrd advance to the state tourney with region three
semi-final wins last night.
SUPER=03-Rustburg/Lady Hawks vs. Lady Cavaliers;
David Wheat watched his defending state champs jump out to a 16 point lead
before Gretna even scored.
But the Lady Hawks caught fire from the outside. Tara Barbour finds the
range on the long 3, and Gretna had made a game of it, trailing by only 7 at
Botetourt opened things up in the second half. Katrina Elliot with the
feed to Takisha Basham who scores off the window for 2 of her 12 on the night.
Then watch Sara Moore take it to the rack in transition for the deuce. She
had a game high 22. Sara Hicks SUPER=33-Lord Botetourt/=70/Gretna/=50;
added 16 and Botetourt returns to the double A tourney with a 70 to 50 win.
In the nightcap, William Byrd was SUPER=04-Lady Terriers vs. Lady Cavs;
looking for the Blue Ridge sweep.
And it looked as though the Terriers would get it early on. Somebody call
the cops...Andrea Gay gets the pick and scores to get things started.
Dawn Chewning gets into the act stroking the long range jumper to put Byrd
up by 4 halfway through the opening quarter.
Forest hung tough. Kimmie Reeves misses the 15 footer, but Kristen Lowe
picks up the loose change and scores in SUPER=33-William Byrd/=51/Jefferson
the paint for the Lady Cavs, but Byrd wins it 51 to 45, and sets up yet another
showdown with Botetourt on Saturday at Salem High School.
The Region-C semi-finals were held tonight at Christiansburg high school as
Northwood beat Parry McCluer 64-to-42, and Floyd Topped Narrows 64-to-43.
SUPER=03-Christiansburg/Narrows vs. Floyd Co,; :00
Narrows would try it s best to give Floyd a game as Suzanne Webb slices
inside and scores in the middle on the layin.
But Floyd would turn up the heat, as Karen Pursifull passes to Julie
Sowers,who in turn gets in between two defenders for the score as Floyd starts
to pull away.
Amy Vest would then put the game away with the drive and score as Floyd Co.
advances to the state tourney with a 21 point win over Narrows.
The high school football regional semi-finals will take over the spotlight
And we'll have 11 games for you from Gate City to Naruna.
IN Q=AUDIO FULL
OUT Q=...logo comes full.
If you think the Virginia Cavaliers need an upset of UNC on Saturday to keep
their bowl hopes alive, you're right.
But what they really needed was an upset loss last night by Georgia Tech at
the hands of Maryland.
SUPER=03-College Park, MD/ESPN; :00
And the Terps were anxious to oblige!
Brian Cummings from inside the five, throws the fade to the right corner and
GeRoy Simon hauls it in to make it 10-to-3 Terps at the half.
Georgia Tech got it down to 13-to-10 with under 30 seconds to go, but the
pass into field goal range, is tipped and picked off by Orlando Strozier.
He had two picks in the final 2 minutes to help Maryland preserve the
PINNACLE PAGE --
More ACC action is coming your way this Saturday right here on Your Hometown
Station as Clemson takes on N.C. State at Noon.
pinnacle page --
Then it's off to the Big East game of the week, as the Hokies try to beat
Miami for the second straight year as they invade the Orange Bowl at 3:30.
The Dallas Cowboys Charles Haley is likely out for the rest of this season.
The former William Campbell high school star, had missed five of the team's
10 games this season with recurring numbness and weakness in his leg muscles.
Today the pain became so bad that he opted for surgery to remove an extruded
He has now had four operations in the past four years.
Still to come to night on News 7 Sports, the Express is getting ready for a
And Steve Mason will be here to get you ready with a Roundhouse wrapup.
The Roanoke Express is at home for two big games this weekend with South
Carolina tomorrow night and Louisville on Saturday.
But Steve Mason says it has already been a busy week inside the Roundhouse.
IN Q=first audio
SUPER=01-Frank Anzalone/Express Head Coach; :09
SUPER=04-1995 Season; :22
SUPER=01-Matt O'Dette/Express Rookie Defenseman; :38
SUPER=01-Jeff Loder/9 Goals & 8 Assists This Season; 1:10
OUT Q=...News 7 sports
((Most disturbing to Anzalone; the team lost the last three on the road.
Remember this former Express player??jason Clark now plays for the South
Division Bulls. Clark challenged Express rookie defender Matt O'dette November
5th in the Birmingham/Roanoke game and according to Express officials, O'Dette
won the fight.
Ilya Dubkov made his return this week and notched a goal and an assist
against Richmond in his first game back.
Dubkov arrived while Oligs Sorokin and Steve Salhaney were waived. As of
Monday, First year player Jeff Loder was in the top 10 in ECHL scoring with 16
It's a double dip this weekend as the Express hosts South Carolina tomorrow
and then Louisville Saturday.))
GRAPHIC=Major League Baseball
Former Salem Buccaneer Orlando Merced is the big player involved in a nine
player swap today between the Pirates and the Bluejays.
SUPER=04-Major League Baseball;
And on the award front, Juan Gonzalez was named the American League's MVP
He batted .346 with 47 home runs and 144 R-B-I's this season.
He just nipped Seattle's Alex Rodriguez in the balloting by the baseball
Newly crowned WBA heavyweight champ Evander Holyfield was the real deal
yesterday in his hometown.
SUPER=03-Atlanta, GA; :00
Accompanied by his wife Janice and Atlanta mayor Bill Campbell, Holyfield
paraded down Peachtree Street in a Mercedes convertible.
He says he believes losing will make MIke Tyson a better man.
IN Q="I'm sure...
((EVANDER HOLYFIELD/HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPION:))
SUPER=01-Evander Holyfield/Heavyweight Champion; :00
OUT Q=...THE YOUNG PEOPLE."