NEWS-7 at FIVE is straight ahead--
Could making dorms safer, increase tuition at state colleges and
universities? Tracy Altizer sorts it all out for us.
And Patricia West heads up juvenile justice in the Commonwealth, soon she'll
be in charge of public safety.
Clouds rolling in tonight will lead to some light rain, even some wet snow
across the mountains as we end this week. I'll details.
The latest theory on preventing heart disease....the solution may be as
close as your breadbox.
Plus, some students in the area may soon be receiving better health care.
We'll explain, on Health Check.
Loved ones remember the 15 TWA victims who were never found.
GRAPHIC=news-7 at five
Good Evening. I'm Jean Jadhon.
A time to remember and mourn- this afternoon.
A time of closure even though for these families there is no body to bury-
15 empty coffins instead will be buried at Pinelawn Memorial Cemetery.
At least 10 families are attending the service.
They'll be allowed to place photographs and other personal items inside the
The victims were the ones never recovered from the ocean floor.
230 people died when the jetliner exploded off Long Island.
215 bodies were found.
She is the director of Virginia's Department of Juvenile Justice, but she's
about to become the Secretary of Public Safety.
Governor George Allen appointed 35-year old former prosecutor Patricia West
to his cabinet today.
IN Q=There was
((PATRICIA WEST/PUBLIC SAFETY SECRETARY-APPOINTEE: THERE WAS PAROLE-ABOLITION,
TRUTH-IN-SENTENCING, AND OF COURSE, JUVENILE JUSTICE REFORM. MUCH HAS BEEN
ACCOMPLISHED, BUT WE'RE NOT THROUGH YET. AND SO I LOOK FORWARD TODAY TO TAKING
OVER THE REINS AND BUILDING ON OUR PREVIOUS SUCCESSES TO MAKE VIRGINIA A SAFER
PLACE TO LIVE, WORK, AND RAISE A FAMILY.))
SUPER=01-Patricia West/Public Safety Secretary-Appointee;
OUT Q=a family.
West will oversee corrections, emergency services, the State Police and
She succeeds Jerry Kilgore -- who formally kicked off his bid for Attorney
Virginia Farm Bureau members listened -- but many heard only one thing today
from Lieutenant Governor Don Beyer.
Beyer tried to explain his new-found support for F-D-A regulation of tobacco
to help curb teen smoking.
Tobacco farmers say the stance will hurt him in some regions.
IN Q=I certainly
((TOM WEST/HALIFAX CO. FARMER: I CERTAINLY DO. I THINK IT WILL HURT HIM IN
((LT. GOV. DON BEYER: HUMAN EMOTIONS ARE NATURAL, AND ALL OF US HATE CHANGE.
WHAT I WANT TO MAKE ABSOLUTELY CLEAR IS THAT I DO NOT WANT TO DESTROY
VIRGINIA'S FAMILY FARMS. I AM INTENSELY LOYAL TO THEM. AND I RESPECT THEIR
TRADITIONS AND HERITAGE OF MANY OF THESE TOBACCO FARMERS HERE. BUT I'VE NEVER
MET A TOBACCO GROWER, OR A SOMEONE WHO RAN A TOBACCO WAREHOUSE, OR EVEN SOMEONE
WHO MANUFACTURES CIGARETTES WHO THOUGHT THAT CHILDREN SHOULD SMOKE. THAT'S THE
SUPER=01-Tom West/Halifax Co. Farmer; :00
OUT Q=the issue.
Beyer says he's all for Virginia Tech's "Plan to Serve Virginia
That would commit more resources to extension services, research, marketing
and food safety.
Will students have to foot the bill for safer living in high-rise college
That's the MULTI-million dollar question, after Governor Allen has promised
to have sprinklers installed in those dorms for better fire protection.
double boxes Jean/Tracy
Tracy Altizer has more from our New River Valley newsroom.
Jean, multi-million is right. It would take more than five million dollars
at Virginia Tech alone to retrofit its five high-rise dorms.
But dorm construction and maintenance is paid for through student fees, NOT
So without a change in THAT policy, students would probably have to dig
deeper into their pockets.
((DAVE NUTTER/VT UNIVERSITY RELATIONS: I MEAN RIGHT NOW WE'RE LOOKING AT A COST
OF, TO UPGRADE THESE FIVE DORMS ALONE, CLOSE TO AN INCREASE IN THE PER STUDENT
COST OF ABOUT 58 DOLLARS A YEAR FOR OVER 20 YEARS. ))
SUPER=01-Dave Nutter/VT University Relations;
OUT Q=over 20 years.
Officials at both Tech and Radford University say sprinklers would be the
ultimate safety measure.
But they insist the buildings are already safe, with non-combustible
construction, smoke and fire alarms and fire extinguishers, and stand-pipes for
Keep in mind, the estimated costs of adding sprinklers don't include any
problems which may come up during construction...dealing with any asbestos
which may be disturbed, for example.
double boxes Jean/Tracy
(questions: How has Governor Allen proposed paying for the work? )
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Next on NEWS-7 at FIVE-- traffic is slow going on Interstate 81 tonight
following an accident there.
And a local radio station is hoping people will help again this year by
donating bikes this Christmas.
On Health Check-- it's a familiar concept of survival-- fight or flight.
But these emergency hormones may be causing humans some health problems.
Also coming up-- Steve Mason has this week's edition of Hometown Hoops
Today he focuses on the boys highschool basketball season that's just
tipping off-- don't go away.
Motorists heading southbound on Interstate 81 suffered through a 3 mile back
up this afternoon... after an accident near the Ironto exit.
The highway looked more like a make- shift flea market as everything from
shoes to sofas cluttered one lane of the black top.
This travel trailer was being hauled by a pick up truck.
According to the driver... a gust of wind got under the trailer... and
No one was seriously hurt.
Cleanup continues at this hour.
Nicole Simpson may have sought help just days before her death.
A worker at a battered women's shelter says a woman named Nicole called the
shelter five days before the killing.
The woman said her FAMOUS ex-husband had threatened to kill her.
A worker at the shelter testified that the caller said her name was Nicole,
she lived in West Los Angeles and had two young children.
SUPER=03-Santa Monica, CA;
The testimony came today at O.J. Simpson's civil trial.
The defense is objecting, calling the testimony hearsay.
The sentence is 25 years in prison in Michigan's talk-show killing case.
Jonathan Schmitz was sentenced today.
He was convicted of murdering Scott Amedure, who revealed a crush on
Schmitz during a taping of The Jenny Jones Show.
The 25-year sentence is the minimum sentence imposed with the maximum being
The defense wanted a four-year sentence.
More than one hundred new homes will go up in Lynchburg, thanks to a large
grant from Habitat for Humanity International.
The Lynchburg chapter of Habitat will receive nearly 750-thousand dollars to
fund development of low-income housing over the next four years.
Habitat officials say the money will enable them to construct three totally
IN Q=Without the grant
((KEVIN CAMPBELL/LYNCHBURG HABITAT FOR HUMANITY: WITHOUT THE GRANT, WE WOULD
JUST HAVE A SITE HERE AND A SITE THERE, AND WOULDN'T BE ABLE TO PLAN AS WELL
WHICH REALLY AFFECTS US. THE PLANNING ENABLES US, I THINK, TO GET MORE
VOLUNTEERS, TO RAISE MORE MONEY BECAUSE WE CAN BE CERTAIN ABOUT WHAT'S COMING
UP OVER THE NEXT FEW YEARS.))
SUPER=01-Kevin Campbell/Habitat For Humanity; :00
OUT Q=next few years.
One hundred-eight new homes are scheduled to go up over the next four years.
Habitat still needs to raise more than three million dollars locally to
complete those projects.
It's the time of year for holiday cheer, and several groups are reminding us
not to mix alcohol and driving throughout the year.
(patrick ad lib)
stocks bump next
The Holidays are a traditional time of celebration, but sometimes tragedy
accompanies the joy of the Season.
DOUBLE BOX PATRICK/MARY KING
Joining me today is Mary King from the Department of Motor Vehicles, who is
downtown at the annual kick-off of the Anti-Drunk & Drugged Driving Campaign.
SUPER=01-Mary King/Department of Motor Vehicles;
(Mary, explain why you moved the campaign kick-off to the city market this
Which community organizations are involved this year?
What's new to the campaign this year?)
DOUBLE BOX MARY/PATRICK
Mary, thanks for joining us today, we hope to get the message out.
Moving on to weather, we have some things to talk about.
SUPER=330-Partly Cloudy/& Chilly/26-30/Increasing Clouds/Rain Likely/40-44;
SUPER=331-Mostly Clear/& Chilly/26-30/Increasing Clouds/Rain Likely/40-44;
SUPER=332-Partly Cloudy/& Cold/22-26/Cloudy with/Rain & Sleet/38-42;
SUPER=333-Partly Cloudy/& Cold/20-24/Mostly Cloudy/Rain-Snow Mix/34-38;
SUPER=334-Mostly Clear/& Chilly/20-24/Mostly Cloudy/Rain & Sleet/38-42;
health music under
Still to come--Big honors for Tech Football Coach Frank Beamer-- Mike
Stevens has the story in tonight's Ticker.
On Health Check-- add fiber to your arsenal in the fight against heart
Plus, drinking alcohol while taking estrogen....it might be a really bad
health bump next
A new program in Alleghany County is aimed at helping students there have a
A million dollar grant from the Alleghany Foundation will start up a school
nurse program in Alleghany County and Covington schools.
It will also pay for a mobile dental clinic that will travel around the
IN Q=the program is going
((MARY BURTON/ALLEGHANY COUNTY SCHOOLS; THE PROGRAM IS GOING TO PROVIDE 12
PART-TIME NURSES IN THE ALLEGHANY HIGHLANDS SCHOOLS. THERE WILL BE ONE FULL
TIME RN WHO WILL HELP COORDINATE THE PROGRAM))
((LEWIS NELSON/ALLEGHANY FOUNDATION; IF YOU CAN IMPROVE THE HEALTH OF CHILDREN
EARLIER ON THEN YOU WILL IMPROVE THEIR CHANCE OF GETTING THE MOST OUT OF THEIR
SUPER=01-Mary Burton/Alleghany Co. Schools; :00
SUPER=01-Lewis Nelson/Alleghany Foundation; :15
OUT Q=most out of their education
The Alleghany Foundation was formed last year by the sale of Alleghany
It will award up to 2 million dollars in grants each year.
From the annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America comes
word of a new and possibly more precise technique for diagnosing
It involves inserting a dye into the lower right abdomen and then scanning
Researchers say the procedure was 98-percent effective in diagnosing cases
of appendicitis..and costs about half as much as the conventional technique.
Boston researchers are advising some post-menopausal women to watch how
much alcohol they drink.
They say they've found that women taking estrogen replacement therapy can
triple the level of the hormone in their blood---- by drinking.
Previous studies have found a link between hormone therapy and breast
But scientists say more work needs to be done to determine if drinking
alcohol while taking estrogen actually PROMOTES breast cancer.
When it comes to battling heart disease.....Finnish scientists are
recommending fiber as a weapon.
They discovered that for every 10-grams of fiber patients added to their
diets, their risk of dying from coronary disease fell by 17-percent.
And--- it didn't seem to matter whether they got the fiber from fruits,
vegetables or grains.
Though they do say rye bread may be the best grain.
IN Q=Among those men
((DR. ERIC RIMM:AMONG THOSE MEN WHO HAD HIGHER AMOUNTS OF RYE AND RYE BREAD IN
THEIR DIETS HAD MUCH LOWER RISKS OF HEART DISEASE))
SUPER=01-Dr. Eric Rimm/Harvard University; :
OUT Q=heart disease.
******CONNIE AUDIO ON CART*******
But the researchers tell us eating your rye bread with a lot of fat just
won't do the trick.
IN Q=Always having your
((DR. RIMM: ALWAYS HAVING YOUR SINGLE SLICE OF RYE BREAD WITH A VERY LARGE
SLICE OF CORNED BEEF.. WOULD BE MORE DETRIMENTAL THAN BENEFICIAL. ))
OUT Q=than beneficial.
The government recommends we eat 20 grams of fiber a day....the average
person gets 12 grams.
The study is reported in this week's issue of the journal Circulation.
Researchers say the body's "fight or flight" reflex may cause a variety of
health problems over the long haul.
Emergency hormones gave ancient humans extra strength and speed in times
of primitive dangers.
But experts say the stress and depression of modern life can trigger those
hormones daily-- keeping some people at a state of hyper-readiness.
Scientists worry that could cause brittle bones in women, infections and
Let's turn now to sports-- and boys basketball is officially underway at
highschools throughout our area--
Mike Stevens has that and kudos for several Virginia Tech Hokies.
Good evening everybody and welcome to a day the Virginia tech Hokies
football team won't soon forget.
SUPER=03-Blacksburg/Last Monday; :00
This afternoon the Big East conference passed out its postseason honors, and
Frank Beamer was named the coach of the year in the league.
And quarterback Jim Druckenmiller was named the Big East's co-offensive
player of the year, an award he shares with Syracuse's Donovan McNabb.
Senior tightend Bryan Jennings joins Druckenmiller on the first team all-Big
East squad, along with center Billy Conaty, running back Ken Oxendine and
Freshman kicker Shayne Graham.
Cornell Brown was a first team defensive selection.
Six Hokies made second team all-conference including Brandon Semones.
The boys single, double, and triple A boys, along with the triple A girls
basketball seasons are underway.
SS=Hometown Hoops Full Screen
Steve Mason checks in from Cave Spring, Fleming, PH, Salem, Byrd,
Northside, and Glenvar.
IN Q=first audio
SUPER=03-Roanoke/Halifax vs. William Fleming; :12
SUPER=03-Roanoke Co./Last Night; :27
SUPER=01-Billy Hicks/Cave Spring Boys Coach; :36
SUPER=04-1995 Season; :57
SUPER=01-Charlie Morgan/Salem Head Coach; 1:06
SUPER=01-Art Lawrence/Glenvar Head Coach; 1:36
SUPER=01-Linda Long/Cave Spring Girls Coach; 1:52
OUT Q=...Hometown hoops weekly"
((IN TRIPLE A, DEFENDING STATE CHAMPION G.W. DANVILLE LEADS THE WESTERN
DISTRICT. THERE ARE SOME NEW LEADERS IN THE ROANOKE VALLEY DISTRICT. 3 COACHES
ARE MAKING THEIR DEBUT.
William Fleming's Roland Lovelace is the new regiment commander for the
Colonels. With the departure of James Stokies and Sterling Tate, Fleming has
gone from an inside power to a perimeter game. 3 starting guards are back.
We have already introduced Patrick Henry new coach Jack Esworthy,
Cave Spring's Billy Hicks rounds out the new RVD coaches. 6'6 senior Alex
Phillips leads 5 seniors. Getting used to the new coaches will be a 2 way
DOUBLE A DEFENDING STATE CHAMPION LIBERTY RETURNS PEANUT ARRINGTON AND ROBERT
CARSON AMONG OTHERS AND mARK hANK'S TEAM SHOULD LEAD THE SEMINOLE. BLUE RIDGE
POWER SALEM SCRIMMAGED THE MINUTE MEN LAST WEEK.
The Spartans return 5 starters from last year's region III semifinal team,
including go to guy Hershel Thomas, who average about 17 a game.
William Byrd basketball standout Frank English should give an extra lift to
the Terriers since Chris Childress signed and left for David Lipscomb
Bill Pope must also replace guards Justin Porterfield and Ben Peete.
In single A, Glenvar's Art Lawrence season has begun in a new district with
for new starters. The 1995 state semi finalists should adjust to the 3 Rivers.
In girls triple A, Lisa Bryan, Alyssa and Katie Redick have have signed with
Division 1 schools, making the Lady Knights the top team in the RVD.
WE WILL TAKE A BREAK NEXT WEDNESDAY FOR OUR FRIDAY FOOTBALL EXTRA AWARDS
BANQUET, STEVE MASON, HOMETOWN HOOPS WEEKLY.
A Roanoke radio station is repeating a successful Christmas campaign, and
raising its goal in 1996.
SUPER=03-Roanoke Co./December 1995;
Last year, J-93 deejay Slam Duncan and Marine Staff Sergeant Steve Gardner
broadcast from a camper suspended over the Tanglewood mall parking lot.
The event exceeded expectations, collecting more than 600 bikes for the
Toys for Tots program.
This year they're hoping listeners will bring in a thousand.
IN Q=Last year, we had
((SLAM DUNCAN/J-93 PERSONALITY: LAST YEAR WE HAD WONDERFUL, WONDERFUL STORIES
WITH WONDERFUL, WONDERFUL PEOPLE THAT ACTUALLY BROUGHT US BIKES AND HELPED
DONATE CASH TO BUY MORE BIKES AND WE JUST HOPE THEY'LL DO IT ONE MORE TIME FOR
SUPER=01-Slam Duncan/J-93 Personality;
OUT Q=one more time for us.
J- 93 is planning a 100- hour broadcast from the Tanglewood parking lot
beginning Thursday December 12th at six A- M.
Meanwhile, the Toys for Tots program is still looking for local sponsors and
Most eighth graders- -even now a days- -can't expect to get a free ride in
a private plane.
double boxes Jean/Keith
But Keith Humphry found 140 kids who did just that today.
HE got to go up for a little white-knuckle flying today, too.
It was a bumpy flight... but great fun.
The students from Maury River Junior High were all over it.
It was a day out of class- -even if it was to advance their curriculum on
aviation... it didn't feel a whole lot like school.
IN Q=It was really
((IT WAS REALLY FUN. I REALLY LIKED IT A LOT.))
OUT Q=it a lot.
We'll hear more from my flying partner, Edward Henderson... and the rest of
his school mates...
DOUBLE BOXES JEAN/KEITH
on NEWS 7 at SIX.
That's it for NEWS-7 at FIVE-- GOODNIGHT.