Coming up on NEWS 7 at FIVE:
The battle over who gets to spend more money for Conrail- -Norfolk- Southern
OR C-S-X... is now in COURT.
And the final minutes of Valujet 592- -some of the last, desperate words as
the plane goes down.
A few more hours of rain showers but the clouds will stick around for a few
days. Forecast details straight ahead.
On Health Check, another six people have tested positive for salmonella
poisoning in the Lynchburg area.
Plus, a fight is brewing today...over the safety of aspertame, better known
Norfolk Southern travels to the city of Brotherly Love to ask a federal
judge to block the C-S-X plan to merge with Conrail.
GRAPHIC=NEWS-7 AT FIVE
Good Afternoon, I'm Keith Humphry. Jean Jadhon is off tonight.
The fight between two Virginia railroads for Conrail has gone from the
boardroom to the courtroom.
Norfolk-Southern, one of the largest employers in our area, took its case
before a judge in Philadelphia today.
double boxes Len/Keith
Len Besthoff is in Philadelphia tonight at our C-B-S affiliate station with
(Roll cue: "...a lot more for the railroad.")
SOT **TIGHT IN**
IN Q=THEY DONT HAVE
SUPER=01-John Coffee/NS Expert Witness;
OUT Q=VOTED DOWN.
SUPER=03-Roanoke/File Tape; :15
vo out= to be heard
(len ad lib)
double boxes Keith/Len
(Why does Norfolk Southern want Conrail so badly?)
A brother and sister were killed in a car accident on their way to Pulaski
County High School this morning.
State police say 18 year- old Christopher Yonce pulled from a crossover on
route 11 into the path of an oncoming pickup truck.
Yonce was pronounced dead at Pulaski Community Hospital.
His 15 year- old sister Stephanie Yonce died at the scene.
The accident happened around 8-15.
The driver of the pickup sustained minor injuries.
School officials have assembled a team of counselors to help students deal
with the loss.
GRAPHIC=plane crash inv
The terror of a passenger jet going down in flames over the Florida
SUPER=03-Florida Everglades/May 11;
A transcript of the cockpit voice recording illustrates the panic that
enveloped the passenger cabin in the flight's final minutes last May.
The National Transportation Safety Board released transcripts of
the eight-minute recording at a hearing today.
A man in the passenger cabin is heard screaming "we're on fire." Women are
heard repeatedly crying "fire! fire! fire!"
Flight attendants tried desperately to deal with the situation in the
One can be heard telling the flight crew, "We need oxygen, we can't get
oxygen back there."
All 110 people aboard ValuJet flight 592 died when it plunged into the
A 90-minute meeting with military officials, made some congresswomen hopeful
the Army will get to the bottom of its recent sex scandal.
The congresswomen say the Army has agreed to consider making permanent its
hotline for complaints and will also consider creating an "ombudswoman" to whom
female soldiers could take their grievances.
The group of Republican and Democratic congresswomen say they also plan to
visit Aberdeen Proving Ground in Maryland, where female recruits have accused
some drill instructors of sex crimes.
New York Republican Susan Molinari says the Army has "a culture that needs
to be changed."
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Here's what's next on NEWS-7 at FIVE-- a former C-I-A official is charged
with selling top-secret information to the Russians--
And deer hunting season is underway-- did the damp weather prevent hunters
from trying to bag a buck?
Nurses at Carilion are still talking to union organiziers.
We'll have the story on Health Check.
Also coming up- the color of the Mill Mountain Star was up for debate at
City Council today.
That story and the Two Minute Ticker when NEWS-7 at FIVE returns.
A 16-year-veteran at the C-I-A, Harold Nicholson, has been arrested.
He appeared in court today to face charges of spying in exchange for at
least 100-thousand dollars.
IN Q=This defendant is
((LOUIS FREEH/FBI DIRECTOR: THE DEFENDANT IS CHARGED WITH PASSING HIGHLY-
SENSITIVE INFORMATION TO RUSSIAN OFFICIALS. AMONG OTHER THINGS, HE IS ALLEGED
TO HAVE PROVIDED THEM WITH THE IDENTITIES OF VARIOUS CIA OFFICIALS WHO WORKED-
-OR WERE ASSIGNED TO LOCATIONS- -OVERSEAS, INCLUDING MOSCOW.))
SUPER=01-Louis Freeh/FBI Director;
OUT Q=including Moscow.
The C-I-A says Nicholson endangered the lives of those C-I-A officers, as
well as their contacts overseas.
Wet weather may be to blame for a slow start to General Firearms Season.
Traditionally, the Old Mill Country Store in Botetourt County is one of the
busiest check points in the state.
In fact last year, 230 deer were brought in on the first day.
But officials from the Department of Game and Inland Fisheries say that mark
will not be matched.
IN Q=It could be
((DAVE STEFFEN/VIRGINIA DEPARTMENT OF GAME AND INLAND FISHERIES: IT COULD BE
THE DEER AREN'T MOVING TODAY IN PARTICULAR BECAUSE OF THE RAIN. HUNTERS MAY NOT
BE OUT BECAUSE OF THE RAIN A LITTLE BIT. ))
SUPER=01-Dave Steffen/Va. Dept. of Game & Inland Fisheries;
OUT Q=little bit
Steffen says the decrease may also be in part to an early muzzleloading
season which ended Saturday.
As for the GENERAL FIREARMS SEASON... it runs through November 30th.
With six million dollars to raise over the next two years, organizers of the
national D-Day memorial are hitting the bricks looking for support.
The foundation presented its plans to the Campbell County board of
Several other area localities already have committed funds to the project.
Supporters say the project's recent Congressional approval should help
attract more donations.
IN Q=With that success
((RICHARD BURROW/D-DAY MEMORIAL EXEC. DIRECTOR: WITH THAT SUCCESS BEHIND US WE
NOW FEEL WE CAN ABSOLUTELY MOVE OUT ON A NATIONAL BASIS AND EVEN INTERNATIONAL
BASIS, WITH CONTACTS IN FRANCE, ENGLAND AND CANADA PARTICULARLY, TO HELP RAISE
THE FUNDING THAT WE'RE GOING TO NEED TO BUILD THIS EIGHT MILLION DOLLAR
MEMORIAL COMPLEX WHICH INCLUDES AN EDUCATION CENTER.))
SUPER=01-Richard Burrow/D-Day Memorial Executive Director; :00
OUT Q=an education center.
The D-Day memorial is scheduled to be dedicated in June, 1999.
The goal is to raise ten TONS this year-- we're talking about tons of food
and toys for Total Action Against Poverty throughout our region.
(Patrick ad lib)
stocks bump next
Last year WREL Radio in Lexington raised over six tons of food, toys and
clothing for needy families throughout the Rockbridge County area.
So this year the station is at it again, with guests like Rick Mast, and
country music stars Bruce Allen and Keith Bryant.
DOUBLE BOX PATRICK/RICK MAST
Rick Mast, who is helping out with this toy & food drive for a second year
joins us now.
SUPER=01-Rick Mast/Remington Racing;
(Rick, you are very involved in your hometown, tell me about this
You have some time off from racing now as you prepare for next season
with a new sponsor--Care to help us out as a cub reporter?
Who are the special musical guests there with you today?
Rick, tell me about your situation for next year?
Rick, we're out of time, but I want to say thanks to you, Bruce & Keith
for joining us, and more importantly, doing such a good deed in your own
DOUBLE BOX RICK MAST/PATRICK
(patrick tosses robin)
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SUPER=331-Rain Showers/Light Winds/45-48/Cloudy Skies/Wind NW-10/52-54;
SUPER=332-Rain & Fog/Calm Wind/42-44/Clouds And/Drizzle/48-50;
SUPER=333-Rain Ending/Light Winds/40-45/Variable Clouds/Wind NW-10/48-50;
SUPER=334-Rain Ending/Dense Fog/40-42/Clouds And/Drizzle/48-50;
health music under
Stick around-- the Roanoke Express enjoys a three-game winning streak--so
what's the secret of their recent success?
On Health Check, science has come a long way in fourteen years....
We'll have the latest on man-made hearts-- they're now coming in pretty
close to the real thing.
It's the first of a two-part look at modern cardiac care.
health bump next
Six more people have tested positive for salmonella poisoning in central
So far 17- people, including six employees at the Jumbo Family Restaurant in
Lynchburg have been affected by the virus.
Health officials say it's possible either a macaroni and cheese dish or
gravy served at the restaurant may have been the source of the poisoning.
Jumbo's reopened today on a limited basis after voluntarily closing its
doors when the outbreak was reported.
Union leaders say their effort to organize workers at Carilion Health
System continues to gather steam.
Officials from the Service Employees International Union are back in town
for their third visit in six weeks.
One of at least two unions to hold informational meetings here, S-E-I-C
hopes to represent nurses and other health- care workers at Carilion.
IN Q=We're very strong.
((DENNIS O'CONNELL/SERVICE EMPLOYEES INTERNATIONAL UNION: WE'RE VERY STRONG.
WE'RE HOPING WE'LL HAVE ENOUGH PEOPLE TO PARTICIPATE AS FAR AS JOINING THE
CAMPAIGN AND THEN WHAT WE WILL DO IS DEMAND RECOGNITION FROM THE HOSPITAL AND
HOPEFULLY WE'LL GET A COLLECTIVE BARGAINING AGREEMENT.))
SUPER=01-Dennis O'Connell/Service Employees International Union;
OUT Q=collective bargaining agreement.
Representatives of the Kentucky Nurses Association also met with Carilion
employees late last month.
A debate today over the safety of aspertame-- known by most consumers as
SUPER=03-Washington DC; :
The allegations link aspertame and tumors-- some in the medical community
are calling for the F-D-A- and Congress to re-evaluate approval.
IN Q=I believe
((DR. RALPH WALTON/NORTHEAST OHIO COLLEGE OF MEDICINE: I BELIEVE THAT IN
VULNERABLE POPULATIONS IT CAN LEAD TO GRAND MAL SEIZURES, DEPRESSION PANIC
ATTACKS, WEIGHT GAIN, AND AS WE HEARD THIS MORNING. POTENTIALLY BRAIN TUMORS.))
SUPER=01-Dr. Ralph Walton/Northeast Ohio College of Medicine; :
OUT Q=brain tumors
But a medical consultant for the NutraSweet Kelco company says the
research is based on speculation, not science.
The company says the rise in brain tumors started in 1973-- and aspertame
came to the market in 1981.
((DR. ROBERT MOSER/NUTRASWEET MEDICAL CONSULTANT: ASPERTAME CANNOT CAUSE ANY
TUMOR INCLUDING BRAIN TUMOR. WHY? BECAUSE ASPERTAME PER SE IS COMPLETELY
DIGESTED.. THE MOLECULE ASPERTAME NEVER GETS INTO THE BLOODSTREAM, IT NEVER
REACHES ANY ORGANS, IT CANNOT GET INTO THE BRAIN, IT CAN'T CAUSE BRAIN TUMORS,
IT CANNOT CAUSE ANY TUMORS))
SUPER=01-Dr. Robert Moser/NutraSweet Medical Consultant; :
OUT Q=any tumors.
Dr. Moser says the F-D-A has reaffirmed the safety of asperatame 26 times,
over a 23-year-period.
In the 14 years since the first artificial heart was used on a human,
medical science has made huge leaps in making them better.
SUPER=03-Hershey Med. Cntr. PA; :
Now, instead of a huge machine, a new model is almost ready to be tried on
For the moment, though...the patients are calves.
IN Q=It's very clear
SUPER=01-Dr. William Pierce/Penn State College of Medicine; :00
SUPER=03-Texas Heart Institute/Houston; :20
SUPER=01-Dr. O.H. Frazier/Texas Heart Institute; :50
OUT Q=require a transplant
IN Q=It's very
(( DR. WILLIAM PIERCE, PENN STATE COLLEGE OF MEDICINE: ITS VERY CLEAR TO US
THIS TECHNOLOGY IS COMING VERY CLOSE TO COMING INTO HUMAN APPLICATION.))
OUT Q=human application.
14-years ago, the Jarvik-7 artificial heart was implanted in Barney
But he was tethered to a big machine, suffered agonizing complications,
and died 112 days later.
Now, research companies have come up with smaller replacements made
of titanium and special fabrics.
Test models in labs are beating 100-thousand times a day and are
designed to last for years.
And by comparison to earlier models, there's virtually nothing attached.
IN Q=These batter
(( THESE BATTERY PACKS ARE ACTUALLY THE BATTERY PACKS THAT WILL POWER THE
OUT Q=artificial heart
Dr. O.H. Frazier could become the first heart surgeon to implant one of
the new devices into a human-- likely sometime within the next four years.
IN Q=It may be
((DR. O.H. FRAZIER/TEXAS HEART INSTITUTE: IT MAY BE AS A BRIDGE TO A TRANSPLANT
INITIALLY BUT OUR GOAL IS THAT THIS ITSELF WILL BE THE END OF THE TREATMENT.
THAT THEY WILL NOT REQUIRE A
OUT Q=require a transplant.
And some patients, waiting for transplants, would in fact prefer an
Also, with HUMAN hearts, there are only enough to help a fraction of the
50-thousand people a year who need them.
Tomorrow on Health Check, we'll feature battery-powered heart pumps-- in
many cases, along diseased hearts to keep on ticking.
Time now for sports-- several colleges are hoping to head down the road to
Salem for the Stagg Bowl--
Mike Stevens has an update-- plus a workout with the Express--in today's
Good afternoon everybody, the field of 16 teams for the 1996 Division Three
football playoffs was announced yesterday afternoon.
The final two to make it through regional play will then meet in Salem on
December 14th for the Stagg Bowl.
SUPER=03-Salem/December 1993; :00
This is the fourth year Salem Stadium has hosted the event, and many of you
no doubt remember the first Stagg Bowl in Salem back in 1993, when the only
thing stronger than the wind and blowing snow was quarterback Jim Ballard of
The Purple Raiders eventually won the title, and this year they're on a
collision course with Salem again as they come into the playoffs as the
IN Q="I can tell...
((STEVE BAMFORD/NCAA DIVISION III FOOTBALL CHAIRMAN:))
SUPER=01-Steve Bamford/NCAA Division III Football Chairman; :00
OUT Q=...points a game."
Tickets for the December 14th game are available at the Salem Civic Center
box office. They are $8 for adults and $5 for students. A special $3.50 a
ticket group rate is available for scouts and teams.
The Roanoke Express returns to the Round House tomorrow night to face
Steve Mason has Monday morning's workout with the team.
IN Q=first audio
SUPER=01-Michael Smith/Express Defenseman; :13
SUPER=01-Dave Stewart/Express Defenseman; :28
SUPER=01-Frank Anzalone/Express Head Coach; :53
OUT Q=...News 7 sports"
More on the Express at 6 plus some high flying dunksters that put Jordan to
shame, have a great night..
The campaign that's turned the Mill Mountain Star into a regional symbol
against drunk driving will continue through the holidays.
The Star has been turned red twice since September first, following
alcohol-related traffic fatalities.
Today, Roanoke City Council agreed to extend the "Keep the Star White"
IN Q=And I realize
((BRENDA ALTMAN/MOTHERS AGAINST DRUNK DRIVING: AND I REALIZE THAT PEOPLE IN THE
ROANOKE VALLEY ARE VERY PROUD OF THE STAR, BUT WE CAN BE THE FIRST REGIONAL
SYMBOL ANYWHERE IN THE COUNTRY TO SAY WE CARE ABOUT WHAT HAPPENS. WE CARE ABOUT
OUR INDIVIDUALS AND THE IMPORTANCE OF A HUMAN LIFE.))
SUPER=01-Brenda Altman/Mothers Against Drunk Driving;
OUT Q=importance of a human life.
Council has not made the campaign permanent. Members will consider the
issue again next year, after the Mill Mountain Development Committee offers a
recommendation on the issue.
(toss to ROBIN)
(ROBIN tosses to Keith)
Also at six--recent surveys show a rising tide in the use of illegal
substances by today's young people.
Tonight we begin the first of a four part report on teen substance abuse,
what local experts and students are saying about the drug problem.
JODI widener tape 5:21:49
((JODI WIDENER/DRUG ADDICT IN RECOVERY:THERE'S TWO DRUGS OF CHOICE I FIND A LOT
OF WITH A LOT OF MY FRIENDS IT'S MAINLY ALCOHOL AND MARIJUANA. IT IS SO EASY
TO GET THESE DAYS, IT'S REAL EASY. ))
OUT Q=it's real easy
Melanie Moon will have the details in her series "Under Whose Influence?"
in 30-minutes on NEWS-7 at SIX--
And for more news later tonight--
check out the region's first local primetime newscast, NEWS-7 Primetime with
Connie Stevens-- tonight at 10 on WEFC.
See you at six-- Goodnight.