News 7 is next-
A hostage situation continues into the evening in Peru. We'll have the
Snow could be on the way tonight- We'll check in to see how the area is
On Health Check, a warning about some batches of the flu vaccine that
apparently weren't strong enough.
We'll explain just who should be concerned.
Plus, the skinny on diet medications.
New research is out on the effectiveness of these popular pills.
Will it begin to look a lot like Christmas? If the aisles of the Grocery
Stores are any indication, it's a sure bet.
SS=news-7 at five
Good Evening, I'm Jean Jadhon.
Ready or not a winter storm is heading our way, possibly dumping anywhere
from two to eight inches of snow on the area.
double boxes jean/scott
Scott Prince has been talking with the Virginia Department of Transportation
this afternoon as it prepares for inclement weather.
Are they ready for the storm, Scott?
Indeed they are Jean.
Locally, VDOT has 750 employees available for snow duty.
And in the past few weeks, crews have been going over their routes in
preparation for the winter weather.
IN Q=It's been
SUPER=04-January 1996; :00
SUPER=01-Laura Bullock/Va. Dept. of Transportation; :16
OUT Q=are clear
(( It's been nearly a year since more than a foot of snow blanketed our
Those are painful memories for nearly everyone, including VDOT.
Even though tonight's expected winter storm isn't suppose to be as severe,
snow crews are prepared.
This snowfall could potentially cause a unique problem, with Christmas just
a week away.
Holiday traffic could hamper snow removal, so VDOT is hoping folks will hold
off their shopping trips until the primary roads are cleared.
Please keep in mind that those primary roads will be cleared first.
Only after that phase is complete, will secondary streets be cleared.
double boxes Scott/Patrick
Of course we'll have to wait and see exactly how severe this storm will be.
Patrick, you've got some insight on that.
GRAPHIC=va tech football
Lawyers for two Virginia Tech football players charged with rape say some
members of the women's track team may help their case.
But today one of those athletes gave News-7 information which backs up the
story of the ALLEGED VICTIM.
Gena Franklin is a freshman sprinter.
She says she and five other track team members attended a party Friday
night at Brian Edmonds' and James Crawford's apartment.
She says when the party broke up, her group was the last to leave, at about
one-thirty Saturday morning.
Franklin says the alleged rape victim was the only person left, along with
Crawford and Edmonds.
That matches the alleged victim's story, who told News-7 yesterday it was
around one-thirty when the alleged rape took place.
Yesterday Crawford and Edmonds were suspended from the football team, just
hours after they filed a 32 million dollar lawsuit accusing THEIR ACCUSER of
slander and extortion.
A hostage situation continues in Lima Peru.
Rebels are holding hundreds of captives at the Japanese Ambassador's home-
including several diplomats-
A swat team and dozens of sharpshooters are surrounding the area.
While a few hostages have been released, many are still inside.
((NICHOLAS BURNS/STATE DEPT. SPOKESMAN: WE CALL UPON THE TERRORISTS WHO ARE
HOLDING THESE HOSTAGES TO RELEASE THEM QUICKLY AND SAFELY AND UNHARMED. THERE
CAN BE NO JUSTIFICATION FOR THIS SHAMEFUL AND VIOLENT ACT OF TERRORISM.))
SUPER=01-Nicholas Burns/State Dept. Spokesman;
OUT Q=act of terrorism."
The rebels had threatened to kill the hostages, but so far there's no
indication any of the hostages have been physically harmed.
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Next on NEWS-7 at FIVE--A veteran FBI agent is charged with spying.
And with Roscoe Reynolds elected state-senator, who will take his place?
The political shuffling continues.
Two studies offer some new ideas on treating women with early breast
The story, plus the latest on a fairly new infertility treatment....coming
up on Health Check.
Also coming up-- the Salvation Army prepares to hand out hundreds of Christmas
Thanks to the community's help-- we'll have an update, when NEWS-7 at Five
Democrats and Republicans will not slow down now that voters have elected
Roscoe Reynolds to the State Senate.
SUPER=03-Henry Co./Last Night;
Reynolds received 58-percent of the vote over Republican Allen Dudley.
It's now up to voters to fill Reynolds' seat in the House of Delegates.
Last night, the Democrat encouraged volunteers to throw their support behind
Patrick County Board of Supervisors' member Barnie Day.
((BARNIE DAY:EDUCATION OBVIOUSLY IS WHAT'S ON EVERYONE'S MIND OUT HERE, IT'S
PLAYED A BIG ROLE, IT'S A LEADER TO A LOT OF OTHER THINGS AND WE'LL FLESH SOME
OF THOSE OUT THURSDAY. ))
SUPER=07-Barnie Day; :00
OUT Q=on Thursday.
The Democratic Party is expected to make Day's candidacy official Thursday.
A spokesman with the Republican Caucus in Richmond says the G-O-P is
considering several candidates.
The Governor will have to set a special election date.
Southside voters may have been just picking a new senator -- but they held
the fates of several political powers in their hands yesterday.
DOUBLE BOX Jean/Ellen via state microwave
Ellen Qualls is in our Richmond newsroom.
What does Roscoe Reynolds' victory mean?
For 11 more months, the political landscape
in Richmond will remain very close to the status quo.
IN Q=If Republican
OUT Q=partisan man.
(( IF Republican Allen Dudley had tipped the Senate balance of power to the
GOP, it would have bolstered the power of George Allen, and weakened Democrat
Don Beyer in the year he will run for Governor.
But Dudley didn't win.
((GOV. GEORGE ALLEN: REGARDLESS OF THE OUTCOME WITH EITHER... CONSERVATIVE
((LT. GOV. DON BEYER: IT KEEPS A 20-20 SENATE WHICH I LIKE. BUT FAR MORE
IMPORTANT THAN THAT, IT SENDS A WISE, CONSCIENTIOUS, VERY SINCERE INDIVIDUAL TO
RICHMOND. ROSCOE REYNOLDS IS A GOOD MAN, NOT A PARTICULARLY PARTISAN MAN.))
Some Republicans are smarting today from an 11th hour bullet to the Dudley
campaign they frankly didn't expect.
The National Rifle Association sent out blaze orange postcards endorsing
Democrat Roscoe Reynolds over the weekend.
Both campaigns had received contributions from the NRA.
So the Dudley campaign expected NO endorsement would be made in the race,
since both candidates have pretty pro-gun records.
double boxes jean/ellen
Of course, whether it made a five thousand vote difference -- which was
about Reynolds' margin of victory, is doubtful.
Q&A=What about the two House races in northern Virginia?
Two seats that had been held by Republicans went to a new Republican and a
new Democrat for a net gain of one for Democrats -- now holding a three vote
majority in the House. But all those seats are up for grabs again in
An FBI agent is charged with spying for the Russians.
Federal Prosecutors say Earl Pitts was willing to sell out his country for
roughly 250 thousand dollars.
((HELEN FAHEY/U.S. ATTORNEY: NOTHING WAS SACRED TO PITTS. HE WAS WILLING TO
BETRAY HIS COUNTRY, HIS AGENCY AND HIS FELLOW AGENTS.))
SUPER=01-Helen Fahey/U. S. Attorney;
OUT Q=HIS FELLOW AGENTS."
Pitts is accused of selling classified documents relating to the national
defense-- as well as personal and medical information about fellow FBI agents
who might be vulnerable to recruitment.
The 26 year old accused of spying by North Korea has died.
Evan Hunziker was found dead in a Washington state hotel room.
Hunziker was held for three months in North Korea- but was released last
month and returned to his home state of Washington.
Hunziker had illegally entered North Korea- His relatives claimed he went
there to spread the word of God.
Hunziker was shot once.
Police say it was an apparent suicide- although no note was found.
SOFT MUSIC UNDER
Many residents throughout the valley are making sure children have Christmas
stockings this year...
(patrick ad lib)
***dissolve to beauty shot***
--patrick's mic hot--
(patrick ad lib)
SUPER=330-Rain Changing/to Snow/30-34/Snow Ending/3'' to 5'' Possible/30-36;
SUPER=331-Cloudy/Rain Likely/34-38/Rain Ending/Maybe Mixed/36-40;
SUPER=332-Snow/Heavy at Times/26-30/Snow Showers/4'' to 8'' Total/30-34;
SUPER=333-Snow Likely/2'' to 4''/30-34/Snow Ending/4'' to 8'' Total/30-34;
SUPER=334-Snow Likely/2'' to 4''/26-30/Snow Showers/4'' to 8'' Total/26-30;
health music under
Stick around, Steve Mason has this week's edition of Hometown Hoops Weekly.
On Health Check, we'll report on one of the latest advances in fertility
It's called ICSI-- it's an aggressive sperm injection treatment,
especially useful for those with low sperm count.
((FORTUNATELY, THE BABIES HAD NO
HIGHER ABNORMALITY RATE THAN THE GENERAL POPULATION. ))
OUT Q=general population.
health bump next
The F-D-A is asking doctors to consider giving some patients a second
flu shot this year.
In terms of diet drugs and weight loss-- the magic bullet has not arrived.
And-- two new studies from the National Cancer Institute suggests a new
timetable for treating breast cancer.
Those are some of the other stories making medical headlines today.
IN Q=It appears the
OUT Q=uterine cancer.
It appears the influenza vaccine from one manufacturer isn't effective
enough against one of the three flu viruses around this year.
Consequently 11 batches of the
vaccine were recalled...because of lack of potency - it just wasn't strong
So who needs a second shot?
Only those people who received the recalled vaccine and are at risk for
complications from the flu - like the elderly or those with chronic heart and
Contact your health care provider to find out what vaccine you received.
Only 5-7% of all people who got a flu shot got that particular vaccine
wipe wipe wipe
The latest studies show obesity drugs-- like redux-- do help some people
lose weight....and keep it off.
But researchers note obesity is a chronic disease so the medication would
likely need to be continued for years.
There are few studies on how safe and effective these drugs are over the
The study concludes that outline use of these drugs shouldn't be
recommended just yet and short term use is definitely a poor idea.
Those who do benefit from taking the drugs are those who have other health
problems like diabetes or hypertension.
wipe wipe wipe wipe
And for women with early breast cancer-- researchers say patients may
benefit from taking the drug "tamoxifen" for 10-years.
That recommendation is in direct conflict with one last month that said
women should only stay on the drug for 5-years.... in part because tamoxifen
may slightly increase the risk of uterine cancer.))
A few months ago, Health Check reported from Duke University, about a new
infertility treatment called ICSI-- for Intracytoplasmic Sperm Injection.
The procedure, in which a single sperm is captured and placed into the
egg, continues to get good reviews.
IN Q=I was a little
(( STEPHANIE ZAVIDOW: I WAS A LITTLE BIT NERVOUS ABOUT THEM INJECTING, AH, A
NEEDLE INTO MAY EGG TO PUT THE SPERM INTO IT, BECAUSE I WAS AFRAID IT MIGHT
AFECT SOME PART OF THE BODY OF THE BABY-- I JUST WASN'T SURE.))
SUPER=07-Stephanie Zavidow; :
OUT Q=wasn't sure
****CONNIE AUDIO ON CART***
A new report in the Journal of the American Medical Association could ease
In a study of 578 babies conceived using the ICSI method, the abnormality
rate was no higher than among the general population.
IN Q=With previous
(( DR. GIAPIERO PALERMO/NY HOSPITAL CORNELL MEDICAL CENTER, ICSI DEVELOPER:
WITH PREVIOUS TECHNIQUE OF ASSISTED FERTILIZATION FOR MALE FACTOR INFERTILITY,
THE PERCNTAGE WAS AROUND 20% WHILE WITH ICSI, WE GET CLOSE TO 70%. ))
SUPER=01-Dr. Gianpiero Palermo/ICSI Developer; :
OUT Q=to 70%
Already, sperm injection has reduced the need for artificial insemination
using donor sperm-- and giving hope to men who, until now, had little chance of
fathering their own children.
Time now for sports-- it's Wednesday and that mean Hometown Hoops Weekly
Steve Mason has a report from all over the area...
The Holiday season hardly has halted the high school basketball season.
SS=hometown hoops full screen
Hometown Hoops Weekly makes stops at William Fleming, Patrick Henry, Cave
Spring, Liberty, Christiansburg, Blacksburg, Northside, Parry McCluer, Floyd
County and North Cross.
IN Q=first audio
SUPER=03-Salem/Last Night; :00
SUPER=01-Roland Lovelace/William Fleming Head Coach; :17
SUPER=01-Jack Esworthy/Patrick Henry Head Coach; :29
SUPER=03-Roanoke Co; :41
SUPER=03-Charlottesville/1994 State Championship; 1:19
SUPER=01-Jim Muscaro/North Cross Head Coach; 1:44
OUT Q=....early in the season"
((Two kids on the city block met for the first time last night as Patrick
Henry's Jack Esworthy squared off against William Fleming's Roland Lovelace.
The Colonels came back to win. Reserve William Hankins 3 point play was the
game winner. The two coaches had a chance to evaluate their new jobs after a
couple of games.
Sources say Roanoke College is recruiting Cave Spring senior Alex Phillips.
The 6'6", 210 pounder has averaged over 20 points in his last 3 games.
Speaking of hot, in Double A, Liberty has picked up where it left off from last
year's state championship year. Counting this year's 4 and OH start Mark Hanks'
minutemen have won 29 in a row.
The Burg's are putting a first year dent in the Blue Ridge. Christiansburg
beat Northside last night
and Blacksburg topped salem in triple overtime.
Bill Pope's schedule has been tough early which accounts from the Vikings
slow o and 3 start, count on football qaurterback Xavier Lee to rally the team.
In single A Parry McCluer's 5 and OH start brings back memories of their 1994
state runner up year,
Nelson Fox's team isn't the only club to make the A list. Floyd County is a
dn oh. Travis Cantrell is averaging 20 points a game.
North Cross might play in the VIC, but there's nothing private about Jim
Muscaro's 3 and 1 record. A start that surpasses the win total from all of last
Coming up at 6, VMI's Thomas Haskins receives yet another award and
Virginiab Tech A.D. Dave Braine talks about the Hokies recent football
The Salvation Army, with a little help from Your Hometown Station, and a
lot of help from many generous people in the Valley, has put together a true
Christmas Treat this Season.
DOUBLE BOX PATRICK/CAPT. LONG
Joining me today is Captain Long from the Salvation Army, where in a
warehouse filled with goodies, the Captain and his crew have been hard at work
distributing the goods they have collected.
SUPER=01-Capt. Long/Salvation Army;
(Captain, this project includes more than just stockings, right?
How much material has been collected, and how are you distributing the goods?
How many people have been involved in this project?
What other plans do you have to help out folks during the Holidays?
Thank you for your time.)
DOUBLE BOX PATRICK/CAPT. LONG
(toss to patrick)
(Patrick tosses to Jean)
He bilked his friends, neighbors, co-workers- -even his boss out of their
money: a total of two million dollars.
double boxes Jean/Keith
Keith Humphry spoke briefly today with the man who's a prominent member of
the medical community- -on his way to be sentenced for fraud.
The judge called it a very bizarre case.
Billy Ferguson was the technical director of radiology... first at R-M-H...
then Community Hospital- -for 27 years.
During the last five years he convinced people he was engaged in a lucrative
scheme to reclaim the silver from X-Ray film.
Only he never did anything about it except to collect 2-point-2 million
dollars from investors.
double boxes Jean/Keith
We'll hear from some of his victims on NEWS 7 at SIX and tell you how he'll
That's it for NEWS-7 at FIVE-- 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.