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Fire destroys one area home.
More information into the death of that six year old Colorado Girl.
Plus it's the calm before the storm as people wait for the latest blast of
A winter storm warning is up as a bout of snow then freezing rain moves in.
There may be a significant ice storm on Thursday.
On Health Check-- we'll hear what the supreme court has to say on the issue
of physician-assisted suicide.
Plus-- why are some doctors so reluctant to prescribe a common heart drug
that could save thousands of lives...and reduce ailments among the elderly?
Across the state, V-DOT crews are ready to hit the road to do battle with
old man winter...
..while shoppers are hitting the stores to stock up on food and supplies,
preparing for the worst.
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Good Evening, I'm Jean Jadhon.
It's hard to believe just a few days ago it felt like Spring, but it is back
Meteorologist Robin Reed has the latest forecast on what we should expect
throughout the evening and overnight.
State lawmakers returned to Richmond today with promises of bi-partisan
But how long will that last?
DOUBLE BOXES JEAN/JoeD
Joe Dashiell joins us from Richmond tonight with more on the opening hours
of the General Assembly session.
(roll cue: "...strident than the last one.")
IN Q=nat sound
OUT Q=hopefully we are anyway.
(JOED reads page 3)
Tonight Governor George Allen is expected to try again at something he's
failed at three years running: a tax cut.
This one would be for employers.
Conservative policy groups have just released a study showing Virginia has a
900- million surplus in its unemployment tax fund.
The Governor and like-minded legislators would like to see some of that
money returned to businesses.
IN Q=But there's
((SEN. STEVE MARTIN: BUT THERE'S NO QUESTION THAT WE HAVE SOMEWHAT OF AN
EXCESS IN OUR FUND. AND WE DO NEED TO GIVE PREMIUM RELIEF OR TAX RELIEF TO
THOSE WHO HAVE PAID IT.))
SOT joe's g.a. tape 04:54:26
((DEL. DICK CRANWELL: WHAT THE RAMIFICATIONS ARE, HOW IT WILL WORK. NOBODY
KNOWS AT THIS POINT IN TIME. SO I THINK IT WOULD BE REALLY --ANYBODY CAN TELL
YOU HOW THEY FEEL ABOUT THAT. THEY'RE NOT SPEAKING FROM A POSITION OF HAVING
THE FACTS THAT THEY NEED TO MAKE A DECISION.))
SUPER=01-Sen. Steve Martin/(R) Chesterfield; :00
OUT Q=a decision.
Cranwell reminds us that the state just had to pump MORE money into that
fund four years ago.
double boxes jean/joed
(joe ad lib)
Roanoke County Fire officials are still trying to figure out what sparked
yesterday's apartment fire that left a dozen families homeless.
Tenants were evacuated from this building at Bent Creek Apartments after
smoke filled the air.
A few minutes later, flames ripped through the building.
The fire burned for about a two hours... causing tens of thousands of
dollars in damage.
Investigators returned to the scene today... and allowed some of the tenants
to retrieve their valuables.
The Red Cross was also on hand providing assistance.
IN Q=They're not
((ANN SINES/AMERICAN RED CROSS: THEY'RE NOT SURE WHAT TO DO. MOST FOLKS REALLY
GET SCARED AND UPSET AND THEY DON'T KNOW WHAT THEY'RE DOING. WE'RE HERE TO GIVE
THEM MORAL SUPPORT ALONG WITH ANY OTHER SUPPORT WE CAN HELP THEM WITH. ))
SUPER=01-Ann Sines/American Red Cross;
OUT Q=help them with.
Officials say it could take as long as three months to rebuild the
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wipe wipe wipe
In Montgomery County, a family lost their home to fire this morning.
No one was home when the blaze broke out at 339 Teasel Road.
Owner Scott Seitz got home to find smoke charing the six year-old log house.
When firefighters arrived it was engulfed in flames.
((JIM EPPERLY/CHRISTIANSBURG FIRE CHIEF: OF COURSE WE ESTABLISHED THE FACT
THERE WASN'T ANYBODY IN THE HOUSE, GAVE UP PART OF THE HOUSE, THE BACK PART OF
THE HOUSE, HAD TO GIVE UP THE BACK PART OF IT TO DO WHAT GOOD WE DID. THOUGHT
WE MIGHT LOSE THE WHOLE DEAL AND WORKED ON SAVING THIS GARAGE FOR A LITTLE BIT,
BUT THESE GUYS HAVE DONE A GOOD JOB. ))
SUPER=01-Jim Epperly/Christiansburg Fire Chief;
OUT Q=a good job.
Epperly says the house and its everything inside is a total loss.
He's sure the fire was accidental, but officials have not determined how it
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Still to come-- Kato Kaelin is on the hot seat in the O-J Simpson civil
And the investigation continues into the murder of a six-year old beauty
queen...today focusing on a ransom note.
On Health Check, half of all Americans wear eye-glasses.
Today-- an important safety study that may impact which pair you select.
Also coming up--Steve Mason has a complete high school basketball report--
Hometown Hoops Weekly-- still to come on NEWS-7 at Five.
This just in to News-7.
A cutback of an unknown magnitude is taking place at the AMP Corporation.
AMP has a large plant in Roanoke County, and a smaller one in the city.
Combined they employ about 500 people.
Several workers have given us unconfirmed reports that AMP will shut down
both facilities and move the jobs to Greensboro or Mexico.
And Roanoke County government employees have been made aware that an
announcment is imminent.
But AMP officials declined to discuss the magnitude of the cuts until they
had an opportunity to talk with their employees.
More information into the mystery death of a six year old.
Police reportedly discovered part of a practice ransom note in the home of
(Jahn- BaNay) JanBanet Ramsey.
The six year old was found strangled in her basement the day after Christmas
eight hours after her mother found a ransom note in their home.
The Denver Post reports the author of the actual ransom note appeared to try
to disguise the handwriting at first.
The three page note demanded 118 thousand dollars in exchange for Janbanet.
Earlier reports said the complete ransom note was on paper taken from a
legal pad found within the home.
The newspaper's sources say the partial note was from that same pad.
A setback for the O-J Simpson defense.
SUPER=03-Santa Monica, CA;
The judge today barred Kato Kaelin from testifying about whether Nicole
Simpson abused drugs.
Judge Hiroshi Fujisaki called the testimony irrelevant.
The defense has claimed Simpson's ex-wife had been living dangerously and
could've run afoul of people with drug ties.
Simpson's expected to return to the stand Friday.
Even though Congress is now in session, odds are it WON'T be acting on the
latest recommendations on how to keep Social Security in the black.
A Presidential commission handed down three proposals Monday, but other
items, like a balanced budget amendment are likely to take center stage this
But the Social Security issue remains on the minds of people of all ages,
many who hope the fund will still be there when they retire.
IN Q=A lot of
((OSCAR CHEEK: A LOT OF PEOPLE COULDN'T GET ALONG WITHOUT IT.))
((LLOYD CRENSHAW: I WANNA DO SOMETHING WITH MY LIFE AFTER I RETIRE.))
OUT Q=I retire.
We surveyed our elected officials in Washington on how to keep Social
Security solvent past the year 20-30.
Congressman Goodlatte favors no major changes.
Senator Robb believes some changes in the way the funds are invested are in
Senator Warner, and Congressmen Goode and Boucher are basically undecided.
Robin has the frosty forecast, right after this short break.
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health music under
Next on NEWS-7 at Five-- Mike Stevens takes us along the Nascar Media tour--
Coming up on Health Check, a study on beta blockers.
The elderly may be overlooked--
when it comes to getting drugs that can prevent repeat heart attacks.
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((ONLY A MINORITY OF PATIENTS WHO SHOULD BE RECEIVING A LIFESAVING DRUG ARE
RECEIVING IT. ))
OUT Q=are receiving it.
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The use of a common heart drug could save lives and reduce heart ailments
among the nation's elderly.
But a study in today's "Journal of the American Medical Association" found
that only 20 percent of patients who could have gotten beta-blockers actually
did in the early 1990s.
IN Q=If you wanted
((STEPHEN SOUMERAI/HARVARD PILGRIM HEALTH CARE: IF YOU WANTED TO ESTIMATE A
RANGE OF LIVES SAVED, ONE WOULD PREDICT PERHAPS 7,000 TO 14,000 PATIENTS LIVES
SAVED EACH YEAR. ))
SUPER=01-Stephen Soumerai/Harvard Pilgrim Health Care; :
OUT Q=each year.
So why are doctors reluctant to prescribe beta blockers?
Experts say there may be several reasons-- including concerns about side
effects and patient complaints.
But some doctors point to another culprit:
Drug companies are aggressively marketing a newer, more expensive
competitor-- the calcium channel blocker-- which isn't as effective in
preventing second heart attacks.
Researchers are hoping patients will remember the name "beta blocker" even
if their doctor doesn't automatically prescribe it.
It's a scary moment for anyone feeling chest pains:
Is it a heart attack, or something minor like a pulled muscle or
Doctors now have access to a quick method of detecting heart problems in
the emergency room.
IN Q=You can't put
((DR. WARREN MOORE/TEXAS HEART INSTITUTE: YOU CAN'T PUT EVERYBODY THAT WALKS
INTO THE EMERGENCY ROOM INTO THE INTENSIVE CARE UNIT. YOU DON'T HAVE THE
RESOURCES TO DO IT AND IF YOU DID
IT WOULD BE VERY EXPENSIVE ))
SUPER=01-Dr. Warren Moore/Texas Heart Institute; :
OUT Q=very expensive.
But one recent study found that doctors mistakenly release up to
50-thousand people a year who had real heart attacks, but ones which were too
mild to be easily diagnosed.
SUPER=04-Virginia Commonwealth Univ.; :
Now, doctors at the Medical College of Virginia think they've found a
relatively inexpensive solution.
By using a gamma camera-- something even small hospitals now have--
and injecting patients with a radioactive liquid, doctors can see these images
of the heart and spot where blood flow is dangerously
IN Q=And gives
((DR. JAMES TATUM/VCU-MCV: AND GIVES YOU THE ANSWER TO WHETHER IN FACT THIS IS
A PATIENT THAT IN FACT HAS A RISK OF HAVING A HEART ATTACK, OR IS ONE WHERE THE
RISK IS VERY SMALL. ))
SUPER=01-Dr. James Tatum/VCU-MCV; :
OUT Q=very small.
The procedure is more accurate than relying on electronic readings from
E-K-G machines, and better-able to reveal problems than blood tests, which
detect an enzyme produced during an attack.
If put into widespread use, the procedure is expected to save millions of
dollars now spent on people who don't need intensive care.
But at the same time, it would allow doctors to accurately diagnose people
whose heart attacks were mild, but were heart attacks nonetheless.
The Supreme Court has begun wrestling with the issue of assisted suicide.
In arguments today, supporters of the practice said the terminally ill
have a right to end their agony.
But one justice said the courts may not be ready to decide that question.
A ruling is due by July.
SUPER=03-Washington DC; :
The issue drew hundreds of demonstrators outside the high court--
Today's arguments involve laws banning assisted suicide in New York and
Washington State-- though they're being watched by lawmakers around the
A new study about the safety of eyeglasses.
Commonly used plastic and glass lenses which shatter upon impact can lead
to serious eye injury.
IN Q=A tennis ball
((DR. PAUL VINGER/TUFTS MEDICAL SCHOOL: A TENNIS BALL HIT BY AN AVERAGE CHILD
CAN BREAK YOUR ORDINARY LENSES UNLESS THEY ARE MADE OF POLYCARBONATE. A
REBOUNDING GOLF BALL GOING NOT THAT FAST WILL BREAK THEM, FALLING DOWN CAN
BREAK THEM, GETTING PUNCHED IN THE EYE CAN BREAK THEM. SO MANY THINGS CAN
BREAK THE ORDINARY GLASSES THAT YOU WOULD WEAR.))
SUPER=01-Dr. Paul Vinger/Tufts Medical School; :
OUT Q=that you would wear.
Lenses made from harder, more expensive polycarbonate on the other hand
Using this material could prevent up to 90 percent of work and sports
related eye injuries according to the authors.
Let's turn now to sports-- where High school boys basketball is competitive
in district play.
Here's Roy Stanley with the report-- and the latest from the NASCAR circuit.
Thank you ladies, good afternoon everybody and welcome to the two minute
The NASCAR media tour is well underway.
Tonight Mike Stevens and Photographer Lynn Eller check in From Ft. Worth,
Texas with an update on the brand new Texas Motor Speedway.
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SUPER=03-Ft. Worth, TX/January 1996; :00
SUPER=04-This Week; :15
SUPER=01-Eddie Gossage/Texas Speedway General Manager; :23
SUPER=01-Bruton Smith/Texas Speedway Owner; 1:22
OUT Q=.......news 7 sports."
Onto the hardwoods-- High school basketball teams are in district play.
SS=Hometown Hoops full screen
Steve Mason gets us up to date on Hometown Hoops Weekly with visits to 7
IN Q=first audio
SUPER=01-Bill Pope/Northside Head Coach; :00
SUPER=03-Roanoke Co./Last Night; :33
SUPER=01-Mark Hanks/Liberty Head Coach; 1:03
SUPER=01-Troy Wells/Martinsville Head Coach; 1:26
OUT Q=...Hometown Hoops Weekly"
((Viking teams seem to always be resilient. Last year's club was 3 and 4
heading into the new year and finshed 17 and 9.
Guard Xavier Lee, who scored 23 last night against Blacksburg is taking over
the leadership role.
Speaking of Blacksburg, Bob Trear's Indians are led by 6'6 senior Phillip
Klaus who is averaging over 21 points a game.
In Seminole District news, Mark Hank's Minutemen are off to a 8 and 1 start.
Peanut arrington leads Liberty with 22 pts a contest and scored a mind bobbling
39 last night against Martinsville. So how are the Minutemen dealing with being
defending state champs?
In the peidmont, Martisnville might be 3 and 5, but the city of troy's
foundation is strong. Talk about balance, Troy Wells gets double figure scoring
from 4 or 5 players about every night. District play begins Friday.
On the girls triple A side, the Patrick Henry Patriots 3 victories this
season equals their win total of the last 5 years combined.
The pennies were falling in Miami---but they weren't from heaven.
A Brinks armored car rolled off an overpass, cracked open and more than 3
million dollars in cash dumped into the streets.
It happened in one of the city's poorest communities.
Residents scrambled to pick up the spilled money.
Police warned people they could not keep the cash--
No word on what caused the crash, although, there were reports of heavy fog
in the area.
That's it for NEWS-7 at FIVE-- for more news later tonight--
Join Connie Stevens for the region's first local primetime newscast, NEWS-7
Primetime-- tonight at 10 on WEFC.
Thanks for watching-- Goodnight