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An execution set for tonight is the first in a string of executions in
Virginia. We'll have a report from Richmond newsroom.
Plus O-J's Buddy, the man who drove Simpson's Bronco during that slow speed
chase- prepares to take the stand.
The jet stream brought clouds our way today but thankfully, no precipitation.
Cooler temperatures on tap for the rest of the week.
Two new studies may help resolve one of the biggest controversies in
If you're a woman between 40 and 50, should you get a routine mammogram?
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((THESE STUDIES PROVIDE ADDITIONAL EVIDENCE THAT SUPPORT THE FACT THAT
WOMEN OVER THE AGE OF 40 SHOULD BEGIN SCREENING ))
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((GOV. GEORGE ALLEN: THE POINT IS JUDGMENT DAY IS HERE. AND THAT JUDGMENT
SHOULD GO FORWARD UNLESS THERE'S SOME CLEAR AND CONVINCING EVIDENCE WHY I
Starting tonight, Virginia is set to execute five men in 16 days.
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Good evening, I'm Jean Jadhon.
In 1985, Gregory Warren Beaver shot and killed a Virginia state trooper in
Prince George County.
Tonight, he's scheduled to die by lethal injection and begin a series of
executions in the state.
DOUBLE BOX Jean/Ellen via state microwave
Ellen Qualls is in our Richmond newsroom.
Why are these executions on the calendar so close together?
Well, Jean, Virginia adopted a new law last year that forces dates to be set
as soon as the state appeals are over -- before the federal appeals are
But all of these five men have actually gone through their federal appeals.
Virginia ACLU director Kent Willis calls it a mixture of luck, new laws, and
judges with bad attitudes.
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SUPER=01-Kent Willis/Virginia ACLU;
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((KENT WILLIS/VA. ACLU: THE REAL IMPACT IN THE LAWS, OR THE CHANGES IN THE
LAWS, HASN'T HAPPENED YET. BUT BETWEEN THE ATTITUDE OF JUDGES AND VARIOUS
LEGISLATION THAT'S GONE THROUGH THE VIRGINIA GENERAL ASSEMBLY, WHAT YOU'RE
SEEING IS ALL THESE PEOPLE WHO'VE BEEN ON DEATH ROW WHO'VE PREVIOUSLY BEEN ABLE
TO GO THROUGH THE APPEALS PROCESS FOR EIGHT, TEN, 12 YEARS, ARE HAVING THEM CUT
Looking at the numbers, if you include Gregory Beaver, Virginia has executed
five this year.
South Carolina has executed six.
But Virginia has four more likely to be executed.
South Carolina is done for the year.
So that's led Amnesty International to dub Virginia the most executing place
in the western world this year.
Of interest to NEWS 7 viewers, Lem Tuggle is scheduled for December 12th.
He's the Smyth County murderer who's last remaining survivor from the Death
Row escape in 1984.
((Q.How does Virginia rank since the reinstatement of the death penalty in
A.We're third. We could tie Florida for number two by year's end. Texas
is way out in number one.))
The problems continue to mount for Andy Ward-- the former football coach at
Lord Botetourt High School.
As we reported yesterday, Ward could receive more time behind bars because
he showed up to jail late this past weekend.
NOW it seems he was in violation of the Virginia Alcohol Safety Action
Program... which could bring about ADDITIONAL penalties.
According to documents filed in Botetourt County General District Court,
Ward never notified (VAY-sap) VASAP officers about his second DUI charge... nor
about his convictions for reckless driving and driving on a suspended license.
Ward was sentenced to serve 14 days in jail... but could wind up spending
two additional MONTHS behind bars because of these latest developments.
An apparent attack of terrorism on a Paris commuter train tonight.
Two people are dead and at least 20 others injured after a bomb went off
during rush hour.
French television says the bomb was fashioned from a 28 pound gas canister.
France's president promises to stand against any new terrorist attacks.
So far no one's claimed responsibility for the attack.
Witnesses are contradicting O-J Simpson's claim that he never hit Nicole
A former model testified today about a 1983 incident.
India Allen said Simpson slapped his wife hard enough to send her glasses
and headband flying.
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Simpson's buddy Al Cowling is expected to take the stand later today.
Earlier the judge refused a defense request for a mistrial.
Defense attorneys contended jurors never should have heard anything about
Simpson's lie detector test.
But the judge said he'll give the jury special instructions on the issue.
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Here's what's next on NEWS-7 at FIVE--
It could be a giant leap forward for life on the moon--
But first, he's been the state's public safety secretary, today candidate
for Attorney General, Jerry Kilgore, campaigned in the Star City.
On Health Check-- scientists are closer today, to preventing an
all-too-often deadly infection in newborns.
How would you like to buy some art?
Patrick has found some cheap stuff, inexpensive that is....stay with us.
A disease outbreak has prompted the Roanoke Valley SPCA to stop dog
adoptions for ten days.
The animal shelter also is NOT accepting dogs, until December 14th.
The SPCA says it recently discovered several cases of parvovirus, and canine
It says the best way to prevent the spread of these diseases is to suspend
Cat adoptions, and the release of dogs to their rightful owners WILL
Southwest Virginia native Jerry Kilgore is officially running for Attorney
The former Public Safety Secretary kicked off his campaign in Roanoke this
Kilgore promised to reform campaign finance laws and give the public more
say in the selection of judges.
He also plans to work with law enforcement to improve the way domestic
violence cases are handled.
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((JERRY KILGORE/(R) ATTORNEY GENERAL CANDIDATE; TO MAKE SURE THAT WE HAVE
CONSISTENT ARREST POLICY, SO THAT WHEN THEY RESPOND TO A DOMESTIC VIOLENCE
PROBLEM OR ARGUMENT, THAT THEY MAKE AN ARREST, THEY ARREST THE PERSON THAT IS
SUPER=01-Jerry Kilgore/(R) Attorney General Candidate;
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Kilgore also said he would oppose F-D-A regulation of tobacco, but would
step up efforts to curb teen smoking.
Three other republicans will compete for the nomination in a June primary.
The dream that people might actually live on the moon may have taken a giant
The Pentagon says radar signals from spacecrafts show there might be frozen
water deep inside a lunar crater.
If it's true, experts say you could take its components hydrogen and oxygen
and make air to breathe- or a filling station on the moon.
((DR. PAUL SPUDIS/LUNAR GEOLOGIST: SO ONE OF THE REASONS SPACE TRAVEL IS SO
EXPENSIVE IS THAT WE HAVE TO LUG EVERYTHING WE NEED WITH US UP FROM EARTH'S
ORBIT, THIS HUGE GRAVITY WELL. BY HAVING MATERIAL WE CAN USE ON THE MOON TO
REFUEL THAT'S ALREADY IN EARTH'S ORBIT WE ARE SAVING AN ENORMOUS AMOUNT OF
WEIGHT, AN ENORMOUS AMOUNT OF COST.))
SUPER=01-Dr. Paul Spudis/Lunar Geologist;
OUT Q=AMOUNT OF COST."
Scientists say water was left from comets that crashed into the moon about
three and half billion years ago.
Looking for a way to decorate your home but you don't want to spend a
(Patrick ad lib)
stocks bump next
Finding the right gift is no easy task, but local artists, along with the
Arts Council of the Blue Ridge, have put together an event to help out.
DOUBLE BOX JEAN/PATRICK
Patrick Evans joins us from "Real Art, Real Cheap" at Center in the Square,
Patrick, do they have any Velvet Elvis paintings.
SUPER=01-Kathleen Lunsford/Arts Council of the Blue Ridge;
(ROLL OVER INTERVIEW)
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Still to come, you know it's almost Christmas when the curtain is about to
rise on the Nutcracker. We'll have a live report.
It's just what you want to hear about, the week after Thanksgiving, right?
A diet expert has some sound ideas for losing weight, and keeping it off
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((THE SOLUTION TO OBESITY IS NOT SIMPLE, IT'S A COMPLEX DISEASE, GENETIC
FACTORS, HORMONAL FACTORS, BEHAVIORAL FACTORS IN TERMS OF DIET AND EXERCISE
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health bump next
GRAPHIC=Breast Cancer Prevention
More conflicting news about when a woman should start getting regular
mammogram screenings for breast cancer.
Several new studies claim that it should be at the age of 40-- and that by
starting earlier, the number of breast cancer deaths could drop to 40-percent.
The National Cancer Institute though, has been recommending regular
screening-- for women in their 50-s and 60's only.
It says it will review the new data and consider changing its guideline.
IN Q=We're not opposed
((DR. BARNETT KRAMER/NATIONAL CANCER INSTITUTE: WE'RE NOT OPPOSED TO THE USE
OF MAMMOGRAPHY OR SCREENING IN ANY WOMAN AT ANY AGE. IT'S JUST THAT BECAUSE
THERE IS A LACK OF FULL CONSENSUS FOR WOMEN UNDER THE AGE OF 50, IT BECOMES A
LITTLE BIT MORE OF AN INDIVIDUALIZED DECISION. ))
SUPER=01-Dr. Barnett Kramer/National Cancer Institute; :
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British scientists meanwhile report a potential link between obesity and
They say they found one third of the heavy women they tested had cancer
triggering chemicals stored in their body fat.
It is the first evidence that fat may store cancer-inducing agents in
The U.S. Census Bureau now estimates that about one third of all Americans
are overweight or obese.
Obesity is defined as 20 percent above recommended body weight.
And there are many health risks that accompany obesity.
Being overweight can trigger diabetic complications-- including eye disease,
kidney disease, nerve damage, high blood pressure, heart disease and
stroke....as well as gallbladder disease, and as we just heard, possibly cancer
Some doctors say the solution to obesity is not that simple....as it's a
complex disease comprised of genetic, hormonal, and behavioral factors.
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((DR. JOHN SHEEHAN/DIET SPECIALIST: WE HAVE TO LOOK AT A COMBINATION OF
APPROACHES TO PEOPLE, AND TAILOR IT TO THE INDIVIDUAL AS FAR AS DIET TRAINING,
BEHAVIORAL MODIFICATION, EXERCISE
ADVOCATION AND WHEN ALL ELSE FAILS WE ALSO HAVE THE ABILITY TO PRESCRIBE SOME
MEDICATION NOWADAYS. ))
SUPER=01-Dr. John Sheehan/Diet Specialist; :
Dr. Sheehan says the first step is getting to your doctor.
Obesity is the second leading cause of preventable death in this country.
A Harvard researcher says scientists are a step closer to preventing a
potentially deadly infection in newborns.
They're on the verge of testing a vaccine, that would immunize babies from
group strep "b."...a cousin of the bacterium that causes strep throat.
The bug can be passed from mother to infant during birth, and cause severe
About 30-percent of American women have group-b-strep.
At the moment, they are given heavy doses of antibiotics to help prevent
them from infecting their babies.
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Parents and pediatricians say children with AIDS are being ignored.
They want drug companies and the government to move faster to approve three
new powerful medicines for children.
Drug makers say they're working on it.
Of nine AIDS drugs now sold, only four are approved for children.
But the issue apparently goes beyond AIDS.
Eighty percent of prescription drugs are sold with no information on how
safe or effective they might be for children.
Time now for sports-- and the college coach shuffle continues.
Mike Stevens has the low down in tonight's Ticker.
Good evening everybody and welcome to the Tuesday Ticker.
It's has been a rough year for college head football coaches with big names
and big losers being treated alike.
Some like Gene Stallings and Johnny Majors have stepped aside, and others
like Maryland's Mark Duffner were fired.
This afternoon, the Terrapins replaced him with 40 year old Mark
Vanderlinden, an assistant at Northwestern.
He has spearheaded the Wildcats defense as coordinator since 1992.
Also, this afternoon, Fresno State hired Baltimore Ravens assistant Pat Hill
to replace the retiring Jim Sweeney.
The racing season just ended,but as you know rust never sleeps!
And so, today the NASCAR Supertruck series was getting geared up for the 1997
16 of the circuits top drivers wheeled into the new Walt Disney World
Speedway this morning to begin the first of two days worth of testing on the
one mile oval.
The trucks first race next season on January 19th is the Chevy trucks
challenge at this track.
And it only took the drivers a few laps top figure out that hits place is
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((DARRELL WALTRIP/SEARS SUPERTRUCK DRIVER:))
((RON HORNADAY/1996 TRUCK SERIES CHAMPION:))
SUPER=01-Darrell Waltrip/Sears SuperTruck Driver; ;00
SUPER=01-Ron Hornaday/1996 Truck Series Champion; :
OUT Q=...REALLY DO."
Coming up tonight at six, we'll hear from one of the new high school
basketball coaches in the area, who is really in the hot seat!
By the way, the boy's season opens tonight for many teams in the area.
Have a pleasant evening everybody.
take a break
Even if you've never seen it performed, you've probably heard of the
traditional Christmas ballet, "the Nutcracker".
The Moscow State Ballet is performing the classic tonight at the Roanoke
Civic Center,double boxes Jean/KIm
and that's where Kimberly McBroom is now.
Kim, what can the audience expect tonight?
SUPER=01-Greg Clepper/Stage Manager & Technical Director;
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(toss to ROBIN)
(ROBIN tosses to Jean)
Jacob Beard was sent to prison for murder, but the confession of another
man is focusing new attention on his case.
double boxes Jean/Keith
Keith Humphry is in the newsroom tonight with the latest twist in the
Rainbow Family Murder investigation.
Joseph Paul FranklinSUPER=@Keith1;
is a white supremacist serving six life terms for murder.
He says HE shot and killed two young women who were hitchhiking to the
Rainbow Family Gathering in the summer of 1980.
We'll hear from Franklin
double boxes Jean/Keith
and bring you the rest of the day's news tonight at six.
Thanks Keith-- 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.
Thanks for watching-- Goodnight.