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Will the man accused of shooting a police officer stay behind bars while
awaiting trial? The decision brought hot tempers in court.
Plus a Navy plane crashes during training in Alabama.
Whew...after a weekend full of wet weather, we get a chance to dry out now.
Forecast details coming up.
The death toll from AIDS is accelerating so quickly that
one-quarter of all AIDS deaths came within the past year.
Coming up on Health Check-- it's a week for education and prevention.
The man charged with shooting and wounding a Danville Police officer, is NOT
happy with a judge's ruling.
SS=news-7 at five
Good evening, I'm Jean Jadhon.
Tempers flared inside a courtroom after a judge denied bond for Marlow Andre
The hearing got off to a peaceful start this morning as both sides presented
Farmer's attorney argued her client is NOT a danger to society and is
responsible for seven children.
But the judge denied bond saying Farmer's been charged with a long list of
misdemeanors, since 19-88.
That did NOT go over well with one of Farmer's relatives.
IN Q=This is bull
OUT Q=ain't right.
Farmer was arrested two weeks ago and charged with attempted Capital murder.
He's accused of shooting officer Dennis Haley in the neck two weeks ago,
during a drug raid at Farmer's Moffett Street home.
It was calmer in court where a Danville teen is accused of killing a man
and then hiding the body inside a closet.
18-year old Percy Levar Walton was assigned a court appointed attorney this
Walton was arrested Thanksgiving Day for allegedly shooting 33-year old
Archie Moore, once in the head and then wrapping the body in a sheet.
Moore's body was discovered in a closet inside his Cabin Lake apartment.
Walton is charged with Capital murder because the shooting allegedly
The former Lord Botetourt High School Football coach could be looking at
MORE time behind bars.
Commonwealth's Attorney Joel Branscom went before the court this morning
asking that Andy Ward serve a portion of his suspended jail time.
SUPER=03-Botetourt Co./File Tape;
On Friday, Ward reported to the Botetourt County Jail 90-minutes late.
And for that reason, he is charged with disobeying a court order.
Ward had 14-days to serve because of speeding and driving on a restricted
He also has two D-U-I charges on his record.
Ward resigned from his teaching and coaching position Friday morning.
A hearing has been scheduled for later this month to find out whether Ward
will in fact have to spend more time in jail.
A Virginia firm is feeling the sting of apparent racial discrimination among
Richmond-based Circuit City lost TWO of three federal lawsuits alleging
racial bias in promoting employees at its headquarters.
A federal jury ruled against Shelby McKnight's claim-- but she says she
hopes the other two discrimination findings end such practices at Circuit City.
IN Q=I certainly
((SHELBY MCKNIGHT/PLAINTIFF: I CERTAINLY HOPE SO. I THINK UNTIL THE COMPANY
ACKNOWLEDGES THAT THE PROBLEMS EXIST, AND WORKS AS VEHEMENTLY IN RESOLVING THE
ISSUES AS THEY HAVE BEEN IN DEFENDING THEIR CASE... UNLESS THEY DO THAT, THERE
WILL NOT BE A LOT OF CHANGES.))
OUT Q=of changes.
The jury awarded 237-thousand dollars to Renee Lowery and 51-thousand
dollars to another plaintiff.
Another U-S company is under fire for alleged racial discrimination-
R-R Donnelley has a plant in Lynchburg- and another under construction in
Roanoke County- but those two plants are NOT involved.
A lawsuit does claim the commercial printing giant fired African American
Employees and then rehired them weeks later to avoid paying pensions.
((JESSE JACKSON: THIS IDEA OF HAVING PEOPLE WORK FOR THIRTY YEARS RECYCLING
TEMPORARY WORKERS WITHOUT JOB SECURITY AND JOB BENEFITS. THAT'S IMMORAL AND
ILLEGAL AND WE'RE GONNA FIGHT IT AT EVERY LEVEL.))
SUPER=07-Rev. Jesse Jackson;
OUT Q=at every level."
R-R Donnelley denies the allegations.
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Next on NEWS-7 at FIVE-- two people are killed in a Navy
plane crash in Alabama.
And she broke records for her voyage in space-- today Shannon Lucid adds
another record to the books, as she's awarded the Congressional Space Medal of
On Health Check- a rather unusual treatment for women having trouble
It's not for serious infertility, but some women-- and their-- doctors, may
be helped with COUGH SYRUP.
Patrick is preparing for winter--
He has some tips worth checking out when we come back.
Two Navy aviators are dead after their plane crashed in Alabama.
SUPER=03-Maxwell AFB, AL;
That word comes from Maxwell Air Force Base, where a Navy T-34 went down
Officials say the pilots were practicing touch and go landings when the
plane went down.
A witness says it sounded like the plane was having engine problems just
before it crashed.
John Salvi's parents want an investigation into the prison where their son
died last week.
The Salvis say their son should not have died.
Salvi was found with a plastic bag over his head-
He was serving a life sentence for killing two abortion clinic workers in
((JOHN SALVI SR./FATHER: WE'D REALLY LIKE TO ASK PEOPLE TO INVESTIGATE THAT
PRISON THAT PART OF THE BUILDING THAT HAS THE GLASS ROOF. HOW HOT IT GETS. HOW
COLD IN THE WINTER.))
SUPER=01-John Salvi Sr./Father;
OUT Q=in the winter.
Salvi's parents say their son should have been in a mental hospital.
His lawyer says Salvi's death may have been more than a suicide, but he
would not elaborate.
Only 88 shopping days left.
NOT until Christmas.
But for parents who want to pre-pay their child's education at a Virginia
Governor George Allen was the first customer in line when the new prepaid
tuition plans went on sale today.
The state will sell a four-year tuition for about 15-thousand dollars that's
estimated to cost about 80-thousand dollars in 18 years.
IN Q=Parents need
((DIANA CANTOR/VA. PREPAID EDUCATION PROGRAM: PARENTS NEED TO THINK ABOUT IT
EARLY. THIS IS ONE WAY TO LOCK IN ONE PART OF THAT EDUCATION. YOU CAN PUT
THAT CERTIFICATE ON YOUR CHILD'S WALL, IN YOUR LIVING ROOM, IN YOUR KITCHEN,
AND SAY "LOOK. I HAVE MADE A VESTED INTEREST, A VESTED INVESTMENT IN YOUR
FUTURE. NOW YOU NEED TO STUDY, YOU NEED TO DO WELL."))
SUPER=01-Diana Cantor/Va. Prepaid Education Program;
OUT Q=do well.
There are 12 similar programs around the nation.
Virginia's is the first to launch with a tax-free status just approved by
BPOL (BEE-pole) may be a four-letter word to some small businesses, but
local governments will do their best to preserve the tax when lawmakers meet in
The Business Professional and Occupational License tax has come under fire
during recent sessions of the General Assembly.
But without an alternative source of revenue, Roanoke City Council is
asking local legislators to continue their fight against repeal of the tax.
IN Q=So those taxes
((BILL WHITE/ROANOKE CITY COUNCIL: SO THOSE TAXES ARE VERY IMPORTANT. I DON'T
KNOW OF A SINGLE SOURCE THAT THE LOCAL GOVERNMENT WOULD HAVE CONTROL OF TO
REPLACE THOSE TYPES OF TAXES.))
OUT Q=those type of taxes.
Also on the city's wish list is more state funding for mass transit, school
construction, and teacher salaries.
It is hard to forget last winter-- so are you prepared for this one?
(Patrick ad lib)
stocks bump next
GRAPHIC=winter in big screen
This week marks Winter Preparedness in the Old Dominion, and there are some
important safety aspects to deal with before we get to the heart of winter
We often hear about watches and warnings, and still some people aren't sure
of the difference, so I got Mike Gillen from the National Weather Service to
distinguish between the two.
SOT 596-45 winter prep
IN Q=A watch simply
SUPER=01-Mike Gillen/National Weather Service;
OUT Q=immediate action.
As we approach the cold weather months, here are some safety tips that you
should keep in mind:
(PATRICK AD LIBS)
I also asked Mike Gillen what he thought this winter might hold for us, and
how it might compare to last year.
SOT 596-46 prediction
IN Q=Overall it should
OUT Q=wet winter.
double boxes Patrick/Robin
PATRICK & ROBIN AD LIB
SUPER=330-Clear Skies/Light Winds/23-24/Sunny Skies/Wind SW-10/50-53;
SUPER=331-Clear & Cold/Light Wind/24-26/Sunny Skies/Wind SW-10/52-54;
SUPER=332-Clear & Cold/Light Wind/18-20/Partly Sunny/Wind SW-15/48-50;
SUPER=333-Clear Skies/Light Wind/20-24/Sunny Skies/Wind SW-10/45-50;
SUPER=334-Clear & Cold/Light Wind/18-20/Partly Sunny/Wind SW-15/48-50;
health music under
Stick around for more NEWS-7 at FIVE- the Virginia Tech Hokies are dealing
with reality after soaring in the polls. They're now preparing to appear in an
On Health Check-- the federal government may try to override
medical marijuana laws passed by voters in California and Arizona.
The laws approved last month let doctors prescribe pot for
IN Q=It begins
(( IT BEGINS A ROAD TO DESTRUCTION OF PEOPLE'S LIVES IN THIS COUNTRY. ))
OUT Q=in this country.
health bump next
GRAPHIC=world AIDS Day
Around the world this week, AIDS activists are reminding people of the
toll the deadly disease has taken.
In many places, the World AIDS Day reminder yesterday took the form of
demonstrations and candlelight vigils.
The United Nations has released some grim statistics about the disease--
saying the death toll is now at nearly six-point-four million people....nearly
a quarter of whom died in the past year alone.
Also in the same year, more than three million people were infected with
the virus-- bringing the total number of cases to 22-point-six million
New laws in California and Arizona legalizing marijuana for medical use are
coming under fire in Washington.
Voters in the two states voted last month to allow doctors to prescribe
pot to patients suffering from maladies like glaucoma, and the nausea
associated with chemotherapy.
SUPER=03-Washington DC; :
The federal government may try to override the medical marijuana laws.
IN Q=I have a
((GEN. BARSY MCCAFFREY/NATIONAL DRUG POLICY DIRECTOR: I HAVE A CHART THAT I
DIDN'T PUT UP THAT TALKS ABOUT SOME OF THE MEDICAL ADVISORS TO PROPOSITION 215
IN CALIFORNIA WHO PUTS UP A LIST OF OTHER AILMENTS FOR WHICH MARIJUANA IS
BELIEVED TO BE A REMEDY. IT INCLUDES
WRITERS CRAMP, CORNS ON TOES. ETC. SO TO SOME EXTENT THIS IS A CHEECH AND CHONG
SHOW, NOT A MEDICAL ISSUE. ))
SUPER=01-Gen. Barsy McCaffrey/National Drug Policy Dir.; :
OUT Q=not a medical issue.
Proponents though, say voters have taken a different approach to just
imprisoning non-violent drug offenders, at the taxpayers expense.
IN Q=Arizona voters
((MARVIN COHEN/"ARIZONANS FOR DRUG POLICY REFORM" ARIZONA VOTERS HAVE DECIDED
IT IS TIME TO RETURN TO RATIONALITY AND DEAL WITH DRUGS IN A WAY THAT CAN
BENEFIT RATHER THAN HARM SOCIETY. ))
SUPER=01-Marvin Cohen/"Arizonans for Drug Policy Reform"
OUT Q=harm society.
Meantime the head of the Drug Enforcement Administration says doctors who
prescribe pot could face arrest as drug traffickers.
Dow Corning is offering two billion dollars-- TOTAL-- to women who claim
its breast implants made them sick.
But a plaintiffs' lawyer says the settlement is grossly inadequate.
The plan could pay women less than what the company offered two years ago.
A surprising possible answer to some women's difficulty conceiving.
Strangely enough, some are crediting Robitussin Cough Syrup with helping
them get pregnant.
While it won't help those struggling with severe infertility, there are
doctors who think a chemical in cough syrup may help some women.
In some cases, the cause of infertility is a thick mucous in a woman's
cervix-- that can block sperm cells from reaching the fallopian tube to
fertilize an egg.
Robitussin works in the lungs by thinning mucous-- and the theory is-- it
does the same in your cervix as well.
IN Q=Which allows
((DR. EDMOND CONFINO/NORTHWESTERN MEMORIAL HOSPITAL: WHICH ALLOWS THE SPERM TO
PENETRATE INTO THE UTERINE CAVITY.))
SUPER=01-Dr. Edmond Confino/Northwestern Memorial Hospital; :
OUT Q=uterine cavity.
Those doctors prescribing Robitussin tell women just to take a single
teaspoon a day....only on days 12 through 14 of their menstrual cycle, right
before they release an egg.
Still, there is no scientific evidence cough syrup helps conception.
The active ingredient in cough syrup is Guaifenesin (GWA-fuh-nes-sin.)
It is found in other brands of cough medication-- Robitussin just contains
a larger amount.
Turning to sports-- the biggest question is which bowl will the Virginia
Tech Hokies be playing in?
Mike Stevens has a Tech update in tonight's Ticker.
Good evening everybody and welcome to a brand new work week.
The folks at the postseason bowls have been busy today, along with the people
up at Virginia Tech.
Steve Mason has more on the Hokies as they prepare for their second straight
Alliance Bowl berth.
IN Q=FIRST AUDIO
SUPER=03-Blacksburg/Last Friday; :00
SUPER=01-Dave Braine/Va. Tech Athletic Director; :31
SUPER=01-Frank Beamer/Va. Tech Head Coach; :48
OUT Q=...more on that.
The Gator and Carquest Bowls made their picks today, and the loser in all of
this moving and shaking in Syracuse.
The Carquest Bowl will officially welcome the Miami Hurricanes to their
postseason shindig tonight at 5:30.
The redhot Canes will meet the Virginia Cavaliers at 7:30 on December 27th.
And as expected the Gator Bowl welcomed West Virginia to Jacksonville for its
New Year's Day battle with the University of North Carolina.
That means Syracuse must now settle for the Liberty Bowl.
More on that tonight at 6.
Have a good evening everybody.
take a break
President Bill Clinton awarded astronaut Doctor Shannon Lucid the
Congressional Space Medal of Honor this morning.
At a ceremony in the Oval Office at the White House, Clinton praised the
53-year old for her relations with the Russian space program.
IN Q=we were
OUT Q=good time together.
Lucid is the first woman to be awarded the Congressional Space Medal of
She orbited the earth for 188-days, the longest time in space for any
(toss to ROBIN)
(ROBIN tosses to Jean)
The judge in the V-M-I case has made a ruling on whether Virginia Military
Institute must provide the government specific blueprints of its plans to admit
double boxes Jean/Keith
Keith Humphry is here with the first details.
V-M-I and the government have been at odds every step of the way.
Justice Department lawyers weren't satisfied they were getting enough
VMI was afraid the government was trying to micro-manage the transition to
Well, the judge has resolved the dispute in favor of the government, but not
without chiding both sides for their failure to communicate.
We'll have details on Judge Kiser's ruling on NEWS 7 at Six.
We'll be watching-- that's it for NEWS-7 at FIVE-- for more news later
Check out the region's first local primetime newscast, NEWS-7 Primetime with
Connie Stevens-- tonight at 10 on WEFC.
Thanks for watching-- Goodnight.