Here's what you'll see tonight on NEWS-7 at FIve--
Did shareholders put Norfolk Southern in the driver's seat by derailing a
merger proposal between CSX and Conrail?
The latest on the murder investigation of Ennis Cosby.
And bundle up, it's cold out there...
Hard to believe, but it will be a few degrees colder tonight for most
locations. Wind chill advisories stay up. Tell you why in a few minutes.
On Health Check-- the latest on hormone replacement therapy for women.
Plus-- FROM the first experiment to final approval.
We'll tell you just how long it takes to get a new medication on the
Don't touch that dial, NEWS-7 at FIVE is next.
A big day for one of the largest employers in our area.
It's in a battle where it could emerge as the nation's third-largest
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Good Evening, I'm Jean Jadhon.
For months Norfolk Southern's been in a bidding war that could have a
significant effect on its future.
The railroad's been dueling back and forth with rival C-S-X for the right to
buy Conrail, and gain controlling share of rail routes in the eastern half of
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This afternoon Conrail shareholders voted on the C-S-X offer.
Len Besthoff has more.
Len, do we have the final tally?
Jean Conrail shareholdersSUPER=@Len1;
gave the C-S-X bid the thumbs down, much to the delight of Norfolk Southern.
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Regarding the vote, N-S CEO David Goode said, "It's a rejection of the C-S-X
Conrail deal, and it's a strong endorsement of Norfolk Southern's better
The decision caps several months of a brutal public relations battle over
Conrail, that included full page ads in papers like the Wall Street Journal.
Many industry handicappers were betting against N-S, nicknamed the
thoroughbred of transportation, even though it had a more lucrative offer on
That's because the Conrail/C-S-X deal had a lot of built in roadblocks for
Conrail CEO David LeVan responded to the defeat by saying, "The Conrail
Board is fully committed to the CSX- Conrail merger and will not agree to a
transaction with Norfolk Southern."
And the financial community agrees that this fight still has a long way to
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Conrail and C-S-X say they intend to hold another vote on this deal.
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No date has been set.
New information about the murder of Bill Cosby's son.
K-C-B-S TV in Los Angeles is reporting that there was a second witness to
the crime- a security guard who was in the area.
He will reportedly help police come up with a composite sketch.
This woman in the fur coat may have also caught a glimpse of the killer.
She is reportedly the friend 27 year old Ennis Cosby was on his way to see.
Sources say when he got a flat tire he called her from his car phone and
asked her to come down and shine headlights on his car.
((WILLIE WILLIAMS/L.A. POLICE CHIEF: WE'RE DOING SOME BACKGROUND ON HIS LAST 24
TO 48 HOURS TO TRY TO DETERMINE
WHERE HE WAS SO WE CAN FIND OUT IF THIS WAS A CHANCE ENCOUNTER OR SOMETHING
THAT WAS PLANNED OR IF HE WAS FOLLOWED.))
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Police hope to have a composite sketch of a suspect later tonight.
Federal agents and state police were called to Virginia's Planned Parenthood
headquarters in Richmond today.
Nothing was found.
But an unlocked door -- and the bombing of an Atlanta abortion clinic
yesterday -- put clinic workers in a higher state of alert than usual.
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((KAREN RASCHKE/VA. PLANNED PARENTHOOD: WE HAVE RECEIVED THINGS IN THE MAIL
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At the same time the clinic was being searched, the state senate's leading
opponent of abortion condemned the Atlanta bombing on the senate floor.
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((SEN. MARK EARLEY: IT IS A GREAT OPPORTUNITY THIS MORNING I THINK TO MAKE IT
CLEAR TO CONDEMN VIOLENCE IN AMERICA FOR WHATEVER THE REASON. AND I THINK IT'S
VERY IMPORTANT THAT THE CRIMINALS RESPONSIBLE FOR THAT ACTION YESTERDAY BE
BROUGHT SWIFTLY TO JUSTICE.))
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Mark Earley is the sponsor of a bill up for debate in the House next week.
It would make any violent assault that ended a pregnancy a separate crime
from the assault on the mother.
Earley says it's NOT intended to erode abortion rights.
Night is falling and the temperatures are too as Southwest Virginia
continues to get blasted by winter air.
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Scott Prince has spent most of the day outside and he joins us from Roanoke
County-- Scott how cold is it?
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Still to come-- fire officials say the "Midnight Torch" is responsible for
a string of suspicious blazes in Lynchburg.
And a report recommends a stiff fine for Newt Gingrich, saying the speaker
has shown a disregard and lack of respect for House rules.
Despite criticisms that the F-D-A is too slow approving new drugs-- 1996 was
a big year for pharmaceuticals.
The story in Health Check. Don't go away.
Newt Gingrich may face a 300 thousand dollar fine for ethics violations.
The House ethics committee is meeting to hear a final report on the
Republican sources say special counsel James Cole and Gingrich's lawyers
have agreed to recommend a 300-thousand dollar fine and a reprimand for the
Three separate fires set within minutes of each other Wednesday night have
Lynchburg authorities concerned that a serial arsonist is back at work.
Since last spring, EIGHTEEN fires have been set in the neighborhood near the
intersection of Fort Avenue and 12th Street.
Fire officials call their unknown suspect "the Midnight Torch"... most of
the blazes were discovered between 10 p-m and 2 a-m.
Investigators say trying to establish a profile and motive for the arsonist
has been difficult.
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((JOHN JENNINGS/LYNCHBURG FIRE MARSHAL: DIFFERENT REASONS FOR DIFFERENT PEOPLE,
AND AGAIN, WHY THIS PERSON, IF INDEED IT IS ONE PERSON DOING THIS, RIGHT NOW WE
DON'T KNOW WHY. WE COULD SPECULATE BUT THAT'S ALL IT WOULD BE, WOULD BE
SPECULATION AT THIS POINT.))
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Jennings says he's following up several leads, but there's nothing he
considers solid at this point.
Property owners whose buildings have been damaged now take extra security
All of the fires have been set in or near unoccupied buildings.
The cord of a coffee maker is blamed for last night's fire at a church in
Fire officials say the damaged cord ignited and set a table on fire at the
Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church.
It happened around 8-30.
Five people were inside the church.
They escaped without injury.
The fire was contained to two rooms.
Damages are estimated at 30-thousand dollars.
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The Star City remembers the dream of Doctor Martin Luther King, Junior--
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STOCKS BUMP NEXT
Monday marks Martin Luther King day--
Throughout the region there are many activities planned-- some involve
students at local schools.
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The Harrison Museum of African American culture is involved with many
things planned- Today Patrick Evans tells us what they are.
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Coming up in tonight's Two Minute Ticker-- Dennis Rodman is punished for
kicking a photographer earlier this week.
And on Health Check, a 16 year study on the benefits of estrogen on the
Plus, we'll explain the connection between hormone replacement therapy,
and some types of cancer.
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The Food and Drug Administration approved more new drugs during 1996 than
in any previous year.
53 new drugs were approved last year compared to 28 in 1995.
Industry analysts attribute this jump to so called user fees.
To get a drug approved faster-- pharmaceutical companies must pay a fee to
But companies usually do extensive research before seeking approval-- so
the actual time before a drug hits the pharmacy shelf is about the same.
It takes nearly nine years from the start of human experiments to get final
approval for a new drug.
The makers of (Ahhv-con) Ovcon 35 birth control pills are recalling
150-thousand packs because of mispackaging.
The mix-up could have women taking some pills on the wrong days.
Bristol-Myers Squibb says the recall involves the 28-day formula.
The company says it's unlikely a woman will get pregnant as a result of the
But taking the wrong pills could temporarily disrupt a woman's menstrual
It seems almost every day we hear about some new benefit of
estrogen replacement therapy for women after menopause.
Despite the hundreds of studies that have been done, not everything is
known about estrogen.
But one study has helped to answer one question concerning hormone
replacement therapy that has worried both doctors and patients.
Dr. Emily Senay reports.
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GONNA CHECK YOUR BLOOD PRESSURE TODAY AND SEE HOW YOUR CHOLESTEROL
Norma Schindler has a history of high cholesterol and high blood
pressure...five years ago she needed angioplasty to treat a blockage in her
heart. She was on a number of medicines to treat these problems...but
recently her doctor put her on estrogen.
NORMA SCHINDLER:AND SINCE I'VE BEEN TAKING IT MY CHOLESTEROL IS A LITTLE
BIT BETTER, MY BLOOD PRESSURE IS MORE NORMAL AND I FEEL BETTER.
In fact because of the estrogen she was able to stop some of medicines
she was taking. Norma's case is just one example of the power of estrogen to
reduce risk factors for heart attack. But most women do not take estrogen
alone...usually it's combined with progestin.
DR. MARY ANN MCLAUGHLIN/CARDIOLOGIST, MT. SINAI MEDICAL CENTER, NY: IT'S
IMPORTANT THAT WOMEN TAKE PROGESTIN WITH ESTROGEN IF THEY
HAVE NOT HAD A HYSTERECTOMY BECAUSE IF WOMEN TAKE ESTROGEN ALONE THEY ARE AT
RISK FOR DEVELOPING CANCER OF THE UTERUS."
DR. EMILY SENAY: DOCTORS KNOW THAT ESTROGEN ALONE CAN SLIGHTLY INCREASE A
WOMAN'S RISK OF DEVELOPING UTERINE CANCER SO THEY ADD PROGESTIN TO PROTECT THE
UTERUS. THE QUESTION BECOMES IS YOU ADD THE PROGESTIN DO YOU NEGATE THE
BENEFITS OF ESTROGEN ON THE HEART.
Concern that adding progestin would prevent the benefits of estrogen
on the heart became the focus of a study in the New England Journal of
Medicine...close to 60 thousand women from the Nurses Health Study were
followed for 16 years....
MARY ANN MCLAUGHLIN, MD, CARDIOLOGIST, MT. SINAI MEDICAL CENTER, NY: THIS NEW
STUDY SHOWS THAT WOMEN WHO TOOK ESTROGEN AND PROGESTIN AFTER MENOPAUSE STILL
HAD A BENEFICIAL EFFECT ON THEIR HEART BY TAKING THIS COMBINED REGIMEN.
The findings go a long way to relieving any doubt that progestin would
interfere with estrogen's benefit on the heart.
DR. MARY ANN MCLAUGHLIN: THE BOTTOM LINE WITH THE PROGESTIN IS THAT TAKING
PROGESTIN WILL REDUCE YOUR RISK OF GETTING UTERINE CANCER THAN TAKING ESTROGEN
ALONE BUT IT SHOULD NOT DIMINISH THE EFFECT OF ESTROGEN ON HEART DISEASE. THAT
YOU CAN SAFELY, TAKE BOTH ESTROGEN AND PROGESTIN AND KNOW THAT YOU SHOULD HAVE
A BENEFICIAL EFFECT ON YOUR HEART.
More studies such as the women's health initiative are underway to
look more closely at estrogen, progestin and heart disease. For now the
evidence that hormone replacement therapy is beneficial to a woman's heart,
bones and even possibly in preventing alzheimer's disease is mounting.
All women should talk to their doctors at the time of menopause to see if
it is right for them.
Dr. Emily Senay, for CBS News, New York.))
Let's turn now to sports--
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Good evening everybody and welcome to the Friday night two minute sports
Let's get the weekend started with what many folks are going to call JUSTICE!
The NBA lowered the boom on Bad Boy Dennis Rodman today
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suspending the Chicago Bulls forward for 11 games and ordered him to undergo
counseling for kicking cameraman Eugene Amos on Wednesday night in Minneapolis.
((DAVID STERN/NBA COMMISSIONER:))
((EUGENE AMOS/INJURED CAMERAMAN:))
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SUPER=01-Eugene Amos/Injured Cameraman; :21
OUT Q=...ANYBODY SAYS."
Rodman and his agent and the player's union says the suspension is too harsh.
The Radford University Highlanders hope to warm up a cold afternoon in the
New River Valley tomorrow when they host UNC-Greensboro in a two o'clock
tipoff, you can watch right here on Your Hometown Station.
Radford hasn't played since last Saturday when it beat UMBC on the road.
Tomorrow's game with the defending Big South Champions marks the first of ten
straight conference games to close out the season.
And after splitting their first 14 games of the year against some tough
non-conference opposition, the Highlanders are hoping to run the table the rest
of the way.
((KEVIN ROBINSON/RADFORD CENTER:))
((RON BRADLEY/RADFORD HEAD COACH: ))
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SUPER=01-Ron Bradley/Radford Head Coach; :13
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And we hope you can join us tomorrow afternoon at the Dedmon Dome in person
for the two o'clock tipoff, but if not, be sure to tune in to Your Hometown
station for LIVE coverage of the game.
I'll be back here at six to give you a look at Virginia Tech's new state of
art indoor track that was just installed in Rector Field House.
Jean coming right back with more News 7 at Five - right after this.
Have a safe weekend everybody.
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News7 has learned that Lynchburg city councilman Junius Haskins has died.
Haskins was in Washington D.C. today, talking with Virginia's senators about
getting federal funds to renovate Lynchburg's old Amtrak station, a pet project
He apparently collapsed while in the Capitol building...the cause of death
is not known.
Mayor Jim Whitaker and city manager Charles Church were with Haskins at the
City officials plan to make an official release later tonight.
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Coming up at Six, the Governor was busy today, and HER term hasn't even
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Here's Keith Humphry with a preview.
Altavista High School seniorSUPER=@Keith1;
Taylor West was at the State Capitol today.
Governor West is the fifth female to hold the office in the MODEL General
And today she met with the man whose victory kept a woman out of the adult
version of her office.
We'll bring you the results of their political pow-wow.
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That's coming up today in just one half hour on NEWS 7 at SIX.
That's it for NEWS-7 at FIVE-- for more news later tonight--
join Teresa Hamilton for the region's first local primetime newscast, NEWS-7
Primetime-- tonight at 10 on WEFC.
Have a nice weekend.