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Will a teen charged with murder go free while awaiting trial?
Find out what a judge decides.
An Allzheimers patient is found dead- after he walked away from home.
Plus a U-S Air commuter plane crashes in Maine.
More snow for the area with several inches possible.
Wind Chill will be a big factor this weekend.
Weather details just ahead.
First researchers found that wine can be healthy for the heart.
Now they say it may help fight cancer.
We'll have the story, on Health Check.
A Danville teenager charged with murder will remain in custody until a grand
jury decides his next step.
GRAPHIC=News 7 at Five
Good evening. I'm Jean Jadhon.
The judge's decision came down this morning after investigators revealed
evidence gathered against 18-year old Percy Levar Walton.
The Danville teen was charged Thanksgiving Day with killing and robbing
The 33-year old victim was found stuffed inside a closet at his Cabin Lake
Authorities say they began questioning Walton after witnesses told police
they had seen the teenager driving the victim's car around the time of the
Investigators say they searched Walton's apartment and found Moore's keys
in a bedroom.
IN Q=One of the
((DET. HUGH WYATT/DANVILLE POLICE DEPT.: ONE OF THE KEYS ON THAT RING FIT THE
HALL DOOR, THE MAIN DOOR LEADING INTO MR. MOORE'S APARTMENT, ONE OF THE OTHER
KEYS FIT THE PATIO DOOR LEADING INTO THE BEDROOM. ))
SUPER=01-Det. Hugh Wyatt/Danville Police Dept.; :00
OUT Q=into the bedroom.
Investigators say keys found in Walton's bedroom also fit the victim's car.
The search for an elderly Pittsylvania County man suffering from Alzheimer's
disease is over.
Family members contacted police after 73 year old Henry Thomas Parrish
apparently walked away from his home last night.
Search crews were optimistic they would find Parrish after a neighbor
spotted him this morning.
But around noon his body was discovered from a helicopter about a mile and a
half from his Stony Mill residence.
IN Q=We just
((HAROLD PLASTER/PITTSYLVANIA CO. SHERIFF:WE JUST GRIEVE FOR THE FAMILY AT THIS
TIME, WHEN YOU START OUT, YOU ALWAYS START OUT OPTIMISTIC, HOPING YOU CAN STILL
FIND SOMEBODY ALIVE, IN A SITUATION LIKE THIS. ))
SUPER=01-Harold Plaster/Pittsylvania Co. Sheriff; :00
OUT Q=like this.
Authorities are waiting for a doctor to determine the exact cause of death.
Governor George Allen has pulled his biggest political thorn out of his own
IN Q=I'm pleased
((GOV. GEORGE ALLEN: I'M PLEASED TO ANNOUNCE...OUR SCHOOLS.))
((LT. GOV. DON BEYER: I THINK WE SHOULD HAVE TAKEN ... MONTHS TO COME.))
OUT Q=to come.
Democrats have chided Allen for months for being the only governor in the
nation to turn down over eight million dollars in federal funds.
In a letter last October, U.S. Education Secretary Richard Riley said
Virginia could use Goals 2000 strictly for computers -- as the Governor had
Bitter cold is making work tough at the scene of a deadly plane crash in
Workers are staying out in 15 to 20 minute shifts because of sub zero wind
((TILMAN CRUTCHFIELD/MONROE COUNTY SHERIFF: CERTAINLY IT HAMPERS THE
INVESTIGATION. IT MAKES MORE DIFFICULT IN THE RECOVERY MORE DIFFICULT.))
SUPER=01-Tilman Crutchfield/Monroe Co. Sheriff;
OUT Q=more difficult."
A makeshift morgues been set up near the crash site.
The Comair flight crashed as it was making its way to Detroit's Metropolitan
airport- killing all 29 people on board.
SUPER=03-Giles Co./December 23;
One of the people killed in last night's crash had a connection to last
month's fatal cargo plane crash in Giles County.
Published reports say 37- year old Maureen DeMarco was going to her
brother's funeral in Detroit.
Her brother-Brian Scully was one of six people killed when the Airborne
Express plane crashed last month near Narrows.
Trouble for another plane today- this one a U-S Air commuter in Maine.
The U-S Air Express Plane had just taken off for Boston-
It climbed about 4 hundred feet when it crashed onto the runway.
Two of the eleven people on board were hurt.
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Here's what's next on NEWS-7 at FIVE--
A partial victory for one woman who says she lost her job just because she
and a new prosecutor in Michigan says it would be a waste of taxpayer money to
go after Jack Kevorkian again.
And on Health Check-- we'll tell you how a neighborhood youth center is
helping Roanoke lower its teen pregnancy rate.
Still to come...more Nascar news on the two minute ticker.
Mike Stevens will have more when we come back.
GRAPHIC=State Supreme court
A four- to- three decision by the State Supreme Court today has reversed a
ruling on sex discrimination.
Lisa Bailey claims she was fired because her employer considered her
UNRELIABLE after she had a baby.
Justice Lawrence Koonts says using that as a basis for termination- -if
those are the facts- -would amount to a "classic example of gender
discrimination... repugnant to Virginia's strong public policy."
The case will come back to Roanoke for a jury trial.
A controversial memo has cost a state employee his job.
Michael McKenna, with the Department of Environmental Quality, quit today at
the request of Governor Allen.
McKenna wrote a memo outling a plan to discredit a legislative agency that
recently issued a critical report.
McKenna proposed using media leaks to counter the findings by the Joint
Legislative Audit and Review Commission.
The governor called for McKenna's resignation after the memo became public.
O-J Simpson will be allowed to testify about Nicole Simpson's sex life and
alleged drug use.
SUPER=03-Santa Monica, CA;
Defense Attorneys want to show that Nicole could have run with a dangerous
But some experts say Simpson would be better off NOT putting down his
((PROF. ROBERT PUGSLEY/LEGAL CONSULTANT: I THINK IT WOULD BE VERY UNSEEMLY TO
HAVE THE CUSTODIAL SERVING PARENT ON THE WITNESS STAND TRASHING AND THRASHING
HIS EX WIFE.))
SUPER=01-Robert Pugsley/Legal Consultant;
OUT Q=HIS EX WIFE."
The judge won't let the defense use the testimony to suggest somebody other
than Simpson was the killer.
A Michigan Prosecutor is dropping charges against Dr. Jack Kevorkian.
The New Oakland County Prosecutor has dropped ten assisted suicide cases
against Kevorkian- saying it's a waste of taxpayers money.
The outgoing prosecutor Richard Thompson lost two cases against Kevorkian
before he was
voted out of office last year.
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Many long hours are spent on quilts and some are found in unique places.
IN Q=Quilts are often
OUT Q=News 7 at five.
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Quilting is often considered a craft, but it is in fact an art.
One nationally known quilter is in town today, and Patrick Evans caught up
with her at the Art Museum of Southwestern Virginia.
Here's his report.
IN Q=The art museum
SUPER=21-Patrick Evans; :00
SUPER=01-Ellen Kochansky/Quilter; :26
OUT Q=News 7 at Five
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Next on NEWS-7 at Five
Mike Stevens talks to the King of Nascar, Richard Petty in his report from
the Nascar media tour.
On Health Check-- here's an unusual one-- a book from the Smell and Taste
The topic-- how simply smelling the scent of food can make you lose weight.
IN Q=And then
((AND THEN WHEN I DID SIT DOWN, MY APPETITE WOULD BE ABOUT HALF OF WHAT I WOULD
NORMALLY EAT. ))
OUT Q=would normally eat.
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It's a little fruit that researchers say could one day offer big hopes in
Scientists have discovered that grape skin yields a compound called
When they gave it to rats, they found it inhibited the growth of skin and
mammary tumors in the animals.
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((DR. JOHN PEZZUTO/UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS AT CHICAGO: WE'RE PARTICULARLY
ENTHUSIASTIC ABOUT RESVERATROL BECAUSE IT'S READILY AVAILABLE, BECAUSE IT HAS
MANY MODES OF ACTION AND ITS VERY SAFE AND COMMON COMPONENT IN THE HUMAN
SUPER=01-Dr. John Pezzuto/University of Chicago; :
OUT Q=human diet.
****CONNIE AUDIO ON CART*****
Reservatrol is found in 70 plants but is most common in red grapes-- and
by-products like red wine.
Scientists have been studying thousands of plants in the search for
natural cancer fighting agents.
Some are already well known-- like broccoli.
But Reservatrol stands out because it seems to protect against cancer at
three stages of development.
IN Q=The agent
((DR. PEZZUTO:THE AGENT THAT IS FOUND IN BROCCOLI SEEMS TO INHIBIT THE PROCESS
OF CANCER JUST AT ONE STAGE.RESVERATROL SEEMS TO INHIBIT CANCER AT ALL MAIN
OUT Q=at all main stages.
Researchers say it's still too early to determine whether reservatrol will
work on people-- so there's no reason to drink more wine, or gorge on grapes.
Research shows that the West End Center is positively impacting Roanoke
The youth center now has hard evidence that its programs are helping lower
the teen pregnancy rate.
Today the center announced evaluation results from one of it's programs.
They show that students in the neighborhood-based comprehensive youth
program stayed in school, had better grades and reported fewer instances of
teen pregnancy than non-participants.
IN Q=IDENTIFY WHAT
((CHERI HARTMAN/BETTER BEGINNINGS: IDENTIFY WHAT PREVENTION PROGRAMS WORK SO
OUR COMMUNITY CAN MAKE DECISIONS ABOUT WHICH EFFICIENT PROGRAMS WARRANT
CONTINUED SUPPORT AND MAYBE EVEN EXPANSION INTO OTHER NEIGHBORHOODS.))
SUPER=01-Cheri Hartman/Better Beginnings;
OUT Q=INTO OTHER NEIGHBORHOODS
The West End Center is a private non-profit organization.
It offers tutoring, and after-school and summer programs for students in
kindergarten through grade 12.
The center serves 200 children-- and about 70 more are now on a waiting
Many women complain that they become forgetful or absent-minded during
Now researchers, reporting in "New Scientist" magazine say there may be a
physical reason for this.
Images taken during pregnancy and after found that women's brains
actually shrink and then return to normal size-- six months after pregnancy.
GRAPHIC=Health Check Bug
We first met Dr. Alan Hirsh two years ago on Health Check-
IN Q=NAT SOUND Pink grapefruit
SUPER=01-Dr. Alan Hirsh/Smell & Taste Research Foundation; :17
SUPER=01-Roberta Marren/Study Participant; :35
OUT Q=eaten the food.
IN Q=Pink grapefruit
((PINK GRAPEFRUIT, ROASTED CHICKEN, VANILLA. ))
He was trying to find out if sniffing the scent of food-- rather than
eating it-- could make you lose weight.
IN Q=OK now we
((OK NOW WE DON'T HAVE TO EAT. (LAUGHTER)
DR. ALAN HIRSH/SMELL & TASTE RESEARCH FOUNDATION: ONE OF THE THINGS WE FOUND IS
THAT THE MORE FREQUENTLY THEY SNIFFED THE MORE WEIGHT THEY LOST.))
OUT Q=weight they lost.
Dr. Hirsh is the Director of Chicago's Smell and Taste Research
More than three-thousand people participated in his study.
Roberta Marren says she lost 28 pounds-- and kept it off.
IN Q=I was desperate
((ROBERTA MARREN/STUDY PARTICIPANT: I WAS DESPERATE, BECAUSE NOTHING ELSE
WORKED. I'D SAY TO MYSELF, I'M JUST
GOING TO GO ON A DIET AND I'D LOSE FIVE, MAYBE 10 POUNDS.. AS SOON AS THE
DIET WAS OVER, I'D GO RIGHT BACK TO EATING! AND I'D GAIN IT RIGHT BACK AGAIN
AND THEN SOME MORE. ))
OUT Q=some more.
In his new book, Dr. Hirsh's Scentsational Guide to Weight Loss, he
explains one of the crucial elements for his approach-- the sensation of
feeling full doesn't really come from your stomach.
IN Q=How your brain
(( DR. HIRSH: HOW YOUR BRAIN DECIDES WHEN TO STOP EATING IS BASED ON WHAT YOUR
BRAIN INTERPRETS THAT YOU'VE ACTUALLY EATEN. AND THE WAY IT INTERPRETS WHAT
YOU'VE ACTUALLY EATEN IS BASED, TO A LARGE DEGREE, ON WHAT IT'S SMELLING. SO
YOU INTERPRET, IF I'M SMELLING FOOD, THAT MUST MEAN I'VE EATEN THE FOOD.))
OUT Q=eaten the food.
So his premise-- by sniffing you can fool your brain into thinking you've
actually eaten and you'll feel fuller faster.
Good afternoon everyone, according to sources close to North Carloina
State's football coaches; Wolfpack offensive coordinator Ted Cain was in
Lexington yesterday, on a "fact finding mission " as Cain put it.
Cain joins Donnie Ross and Chip garber as candidates for the vavant VMI head
SUPER=03-Raleigh, NC; :00
Cain has been at N.C. State for 11 years and has served as the Packs
offensive coordinator during that tenure. He has a miliatary back ground,
spending two years in the U.S. Army corp of engineers. A new head coach has not
been named as of today.
One of the highlights of this weeks NASCAR Media Tour was the chance to
witness a well deserved honor for the King, Richard Petty.
Mike Stevens has more from North Carolina.
IN Q=First audio
SUPER=03-Mooresville, NC; :00
SUPER=01-Richard Petty/200 Winston Cup Wins; :19
SUPER=01-Kyle Petty/Richard's Son; :45
OUT Q=.......news 7 sports."
Coming up at 6, we will roll out the mats at the Big Orange wrestling
tournament, have a great weekend.
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Police in Miami are getting a lot of laughter -- but little else -- as they
try to recover a half million dollars.
The money showered an impoverished neighborhood Wednesday when an armored
Police are offering residents in the Overtown section one more day to return
the money, no-questions-asked.
But so far, there have been no takers, despite door-to-door visits by
Those caught with the money after tomorrow could face charges ranging from
misdemeanor theft to grand theft.
(toss to ROBIN)
(ROBIN tosses to Jean)
Tired of waiting in long bank teller lines?
Two Southside banks have found a way to make the long wait more bearable.
double boxes Jean/Keith
Keith Humphry is in our newsroom tonight with some details.
Jean, The Patrick Henry National Bank and the People's National Bank have
something called Newsline at their high volume branches in Martinsville and
The ticker has news, sports, trivia and entertainment stories, giving
customers something else to pay attention to.
The service may eventually be in close to two dozen branches across Virginia
and North Carolina.
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Len Besthoff will have customer reaction in his story tonight on News-7 at
Have a nice weekend.
That's it for NEWS-7 at FIVE--