News 7 at five is next-
A sweeping drug bust in southside- dozens are arrested.
Plus marching for life- 24 years after abortion is legalized.
Showers are moving through with the first of several cold fronts to invade
the region over the next two days. The complete weather details ahead.
It may be a 'bowl of oats' a day that keeps the doctor away.
On Health Check-- the significance of the government's landmark decision
allowing oatmakers to make specific health claims.
Warrants are issued for nearly 150-people after an undercover drug
investigation in Southside.
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Good Evening, I'm Jean Jadhon.
Federal, state and local authorities have been out since early this morning
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Teresa Hamilton joins us from a command post set up near Danville where
police are taking the suspects.
Jean, by noon nearly 40- people had been arrested including the man recently
charged with shooting and wounding a Danville police officer who was attempting
to search his home for drugs.
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SUPER=03-Pittsylvania Co.; :00
SUPER=07-Marlowe Andre Farmer; :23 right
OUT Q=what I'm saying.
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((NAT SOUND OF DOG BARKING IN THE BACKGROUND: ))
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Marlowe Andre Farmer was charged with attempted capital murder in November
for allegedly shooting officer Dennis Haley in the neck.
Earlier this month, he was released from jail on 50- thousand dollars bond.
But this morning, that freedom came to an abrupt end, when Farmer was picked
up for allegedly distributing cocaine.
IN Q=They ought
((MARLOW ANDRE FARMER:THEY OUGHT TO GO GET THE RIGHT PEOPLE, THAT'S WHAT THEY
NEED TO DO, GET THE RIGHT PEOPLE, QUIT HARASSING PEOPLE EVERY DAY, YOU KNOW
WHAT I'M SAYING. ))
OUT Q=I'm saying.
Ironically-- Officer Haley was among the 150- federal, state and local
police, bringing in the long list of suspects.
The majority of those arrested are facing drug charges.
And, many weren't happy with the publicity generated.
((HEY, WHY I GOT TO BE ON CAMERA, YOU KNOW WHAT I'M SAYING. ))
OUT Q=what I'm saying.))
The undercover investigation began more than a year ago.
Local police say they expect to continue making arrests through the rest of
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(questions: Where did most of the drug arrests take place? )
A drug sweep in Wythe County today wraps up a year-long undercover
Authorities are arresting about 35 people who face more than 50 indictments.
The charges involve possession and distribution of drugs including crack,
L-S-D, cocaine and meth-amphetamine.
Sheriff Wayne Pike expects the investigation to result in FEDERAL
indictments against some people involved in heavy drug trafficking.
Thousands marched through the nation's capitol today- opposing abortion.
((HEY HEY. HO HO. ROE V. WADE HAS GOT TO GO.))
OUT Q=HAS GOT TO GO!
This is the annual March for Life-
On the 24th anniversary of the Roe versus Wade decision that legalized
((WE LOVE LIFE YES WE DO. WE LOVE LIFE HOW ABOUT YOU.))
OUT Q=HOW ABOUT YOU.
Some lawmakers told marchers they pledge to work for a ban on some late
wipe wipe wipe
wipe wipe wipe
A blast not far from a Planned Parenthood clinic in Washington turned out to
Investigators say the explosive device was no more destructive than a
firecracker- and was not connected to the clinic or today's march.
It appears the bill that requires parental notification for underage
abortions will pass in Virginia this year.
The bill requiring parents be notified before a girl gets an abortion goes
to a different Senate committee this year.
Planned Parenthood of Virginia is already assuming it'll pass -- and is now
planning to fight it in the courts.
Meanwhile, Virginia is seeing its first bill to ban so-called "partial
birth" or late term abortions.
SOT 01:47:09 tape one
IN Q=Well I
((DEL. CHIP WOODRUM: WELL I DIDN'T EXPECT THEM SO EARLY OR SO GRAPHIC ON THE
FLOOR OF THE HOUSE.))
SOT EARL TAPE 12:39:40
((DEL. BOB MARSHALL: THEN THE DOCTOR OPENED THE SCISSORS UP. THEN HE STUCK
THE HIGH-POWERED SUCTION TUBE INTO THE HOLE AND SUCKED THE BABY'S BRAINS OUT.))
SUPER=01-Del. Bob Marshall/(R) Manassas; :06
OUT Q=brains out.
The late term abortion bill has NOT yet been debated in committee.
A 14 year old boy burned in a fire that killed his two younger brothers
yesterday is improving at Shriner's Burn Center in Cincinnati.
Matthew Spears escaped from his burning home in Carroll County by climbing
out a window, across the roof and down a tree.
His condition has been upgraded from serious to fair.
His father, Edward Spears remains in satisfactory condition from smoke
The two youngest children, 11 year- old Mark and 13 year-old John died in
Their 16 year-old sister got out safely.
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Next on NEWS-7 at FIVE--
a North Carolina jury awards Food Lion damages for ABC's undercover report...
A new kit will soon be on store shelves-- allowing parents to administer
drug tests on their kids-- at home.
Some benefits, and criticisms on Health Check.
Also coming up--Patrick shows us the latest in job training.
Plus Hometown Hoops Weekly-- all this when we come back.
The Senate's confirmed Madeleine Albright as Secretary of State.
She becomes the first woman to hold the post and the highest ranking woman
of any administration.
No senators opposed the nomination. The vote was 99 to nothing-
ABC and two of its employees must pay five and half million dollars to Food
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The Grocery chain sued the network after ABC aired a hidden camera expose.
It accused Food Lion of selling old meat and working employees unfairly.
Food Lion wanted 52 million dollars from ABC- much more than the network's
been ordered to pay.
((I THINK WE GAVE THEM MORE OR LESS A SLAP ON THE WRIST. YOU KNOW FIVE AND
HALF MILLION DOLLARS IS NOT A LOT OF MONEY TO THAT COMPANY.))
((WE WERE REALLY JUST TRYING TO SEND A MESSAGE ACROSS IF YOU'RE GONNA DO IT,
JUST DO IT LEGALLY.))
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SUPER=01-Carla Jackson/Juror; :12 quick!!
OUT Q=JUST DO IT LEGALLY."
A Washington and Lee professor testified at the trial.
Lou Hodges specializes in journalism ethics. He supports Prime Time Live's
undercover work- saying the jury's verdict will not serve the public well.
IN Q=the public has been
((LOU HODGES/W & L PROFESSOR ;THE PUBLIC HAS BEEN WELL SERVED FOR A LONG WHILE
BY ROOTING OUT CORRUPTION BY JOURNALISTS. JOURNALISTS GO IN AND FIND THE
MIS-DOINGS OF VARIOUS PEOPLE AND COMPANIES. THEY REPORT IT TO US, THE PUBLIC
AND WE BENIFIT FROM IT, AND HAVE FOR A LONG WHILE.))
SUPER=01-Lou Hodges/W&L Professor;
OUT Q=for a long while
Hodges says it would not surprise him if the case makes it to the Supreme
One day after its chief supporter was laid to rest, the Lynchburg train
station project is slowly chugging forward.
Former councilman Junius Haskins tried for years to find money to renovate
the old building and revitalize the surrounding neighborhood.
Haskins died last week while in Washington, talking with Amtrak officials.
Mayor Jim Whitaker today said he'd like to see part of the property turned
into a park in Haskins' honor.
IN Q=So that that
((JIM WHITAKER/LYNCHBURG MAYOR: SO THAT THAT WOULD BE A FOCAL POINT FOR THE
TOTAL PROJECT. SO THAT AS THE COMMUNITY DRIVES BY, IT WOULD BE A REMINDER TO
THEM OF HIS INTEREST IN THAT PROJECT AND THE ONGOING EFFORTS THAT ARE BEING
MADE TO COMPLETE THAT FOR HIM.))
SUPER=01-Jim Whitaker/Lynchburg Mayor; :00
OUT Q=that for him.
The city is applying for federal grant money to get the renovation project
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Learning job skills for the real world isn't always easy, but Patrick Evans
found one program offering courses for several careers..
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((PATRICK EVANS: ))
OUT Q=that's next
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The Arnold R. Burton Technology Center gives students a leg up in the
vocational job market, and tomorrow they're hosting an open house.
Patrick Evans takes us on a tour.
SUPER=21-Patrick Evans; :00
SUPER=01-Gwen Bower/Cosmetology Instructor; :27
SUPER=01-Cathy Layman/Commercial Art Instructor; 1:05
SUPER=01-Monty Johnson/Principal; 1:37
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Coming up in Tonight's Two Minute Sports Ticker, Steve Mason has the latest
installment of Hometown Hoops Weekly.
On Health Check-- we'll head to the New River Valley, where Radford
Community Hospital is breaking new ground.
Plus-- a look at the toll, both in dollars and in human terms, of hospital
errors in prescribing drugs.
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In about 20 months, Carilion Radford Community plans to open a new
A ground breaking ceremony today signaled the start of construction.
It will be located just outside the Radford City limits in Montgomery
The facility will include fewer in-patient beds than Carilion's current
Radford hospital, with more emphasis on out- patient care.
((SKIP LAMB/CARILION EXECUTIVE V.P.: HOSPITALS WENT THROUGH YEARS WHERE
IN-PATIENT SERVICES WERE THE PRIMARY FUNCTION WITH ONLY A LITTLE ATTENTION
GIVEN TO OUTPATIENTS. WE'VE KIND OF REVERSED THAT. WE'RE OBVIOUSLY GONNA KEEP
OUR COMMITMENT TO INPATIENTS BUT THERE'S A TREMENDOUS AMOUNT OF SQUARE FOOTAGE
DEVOTED TO OUTPATIENT CARE AND TREATMENT. ))
SUPER=01-Skip Lamb/Carilion Executive Vice Pres.;
OUT Q=care and treatment.
The new hospital will serve eight counties in addition to the city of
It's scheduled to open in the Fall of 1998.
A new drug given to heart bypass patients may help reduce the risk of
The drug "Acadesine" reduced by 50 percent heart-related deaths in the
four days after surgery--- according to a study in the Journal of the American
The study was funded in part by the drug's maker-- the F-D-A says more
research is needed before the drug is approved.
Also in the Journal-- a report on the cost in both financial and human
terms of errors in prescribing drugs to hospitalized patients.
The typical large hospital will spend millions of dollars a year keeping
patients in the hospital who have suffered a bad reaction to a drug as a result
of hospital prescribing error.
The authors recommend computerized systems to detect errors and greatly
reduce the number of drug reactions.
Parents who suspect their kids may be using drugs now have a new option.
A home drug testing kit has been approved for sale by the Food and Drug
Dr. Brown's Home Testing System will allow parents to ease their minds--
or confirm their fears, in the privacy of their own home.
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((DR. THEODORE BROWN/TEST DEVELOPER: WE FEEL THAT PARENTS WILL NOT ONLY HAVE
THE RESPONSIBILITY BUT WILL BE EMPOWERED WITH THE ABILITY
TO ACTUALLY DO SOMETHING. ))
SUPER=01-Dr. Theodore Brown/Test Developer; :
OUT Q=do something.
The test is designed to detect marijuana, pcp, amphetamines, cocaine,
heroin, codeine and morphine.
Each kit contains a paper cup for collecting urine, storage and shipping
tubes, and an identification number to keep the test anonymous.
You get lab results by calling an 800 number.
Experts worry the home test may not curb drug abuse-- but instead, further
damage fragile family relationships.
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((IT REALLY DOES VIOLATE THE TRUST ISSUES BETWEEN THE PARENT AND THE CHILD,
THE CHILD BEGINS TO FEEL LIKE-- THEY DON'T TRUST ME, WHY DO YOU HAVE TO TAKE MY
URINE? IT'S A PERSONAL VIOLATION. ))
SUPER=01-Jackie Lester/Drug Program Coordinator; :
OUT Q=personal violation.
Dr. Brown's test will be available in drug stores within the next two
months-- at a cost of less than 30-dollars.
Some food news now--
For the first time oat makers will be able to declare their food can
improve your health.
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SUPER=01-Dr. Linda Van Horn/Northwestern University; :02 quick
SUPER=01-Dr. Ed Scarbrough/Food & Drug Administration; :23
OUT Q=in your diet.
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((DR. LINDA VAN HORN/NORTHWESTERN UNIVERSITY: THIS IS A PRECEDENT SETTING
HEALTH CLAIM BECAUSE THIS IS THE FIRST TIME THAT A FOOD--IN AN OF ITSELF--HAS
BEEN ASSOCIATED WITH A HEALTH CLAIM.))
OUT Q=health claim.
The claim is oats can help cut down on the fat in your blood-- and in turn
help your heart.
Oatmakers can now make that claim and post it right on the box.
But the F-D-A warns-- don't assume that oats alone can solve your
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((DR. ED SCARBROUGH/FOOD & DRUG ADMINISTRATION: WELL, F.D.A. IS VERY CONCERNED
THAT CONSUMERS DON'T SEE OATMEAL--OAT BRAN AS A MAGIC BULLET.))
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The key to getting the full benefit from oats is to first cut down on the
fat in your diet.
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((WHEN YOU ADD TO THAT TYPE OF DIET SOLUBLE FIBERS SUCH THAT IN OATS YOU CAN
GET ADDITIONAL CHOLESTEROL LOWERING THAT YOU CAN T ACHIEVE IF YOU DON T HAVE
SOLUBLE FIBERS IN YOUR DIET.))
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And when you want the highest concentration of soluble fiber-- simply eat
You don't have to gorge yourself--just eat two servings and you get big
Let's turn now to sports-- for some high school hoops highlights...
Here's Mike Stevens with tonight's Two Minute Ticker.
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Good evening everybody, before we get to Hometown Hoops Weekly, we need to
take care of a little baseball business.
This afternoon 35 year old Don Mattingly offically retired after 14 years in
a Yankee uniform.
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((DON MATINGLY/RETIRES FROM BASEBALL:))
SUPER=01-Don Mattingly/Retires From Baseball; :00
OUT Q=...TO BE SUCCESSFUL."
GRAPHIC=Hometown Hoops Weekly
Its Wednesday and you know what that means..high school basketball.
Steve Mason checks in from Galax, Grayson County, Bland, Fort Chiswell,
Floyd County, and Parry McCluer.
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SUPER=03-Bland Co./Pioneers vs. Rockets; :17
SUPER=01-Rich Hankins/Bland Head Coach; :32
SUPER=03-Galax/Blue Devils vs. Maroon Tide; :40
SUPER=01-Ken Ross/Galax Head Coach; :48
SUPER=01-John Ayers/Grayson Co. Head Coach; 1:08
SUPER=03-Floyd Co.; 1:30
SUPER=01-Alan Cantrell/Floyd Co. Head Coach; 1:40
OUT Q=...Music up/go to break"
The Bland Rockets are 9-2, 4 and OH in the district. 10th year coach Rich
Hankins has Lee Meadows and this shooter John Thompson, who are averaging over
30 points a game combined.
Heath Puckett game high 17 last night against Fort Chiswell completes a
The Tide has changed for the better. Galax beat Grayson County last night to
take over 2nd place.
It's great to have leading scorer Nate Nowell back from injury after missing
the first 9 games.
Expect Grayson County to rebound from last night's 57-54 loss.
Jon Ayers two guards, all district performer Wes Selfe and Chad NcMillan
compliment 6'5" center Brad Elkins. Balance seems to be the theme in the
Danny Jonas's Fort Chiswell Pioneers fell to Bland 74-52 last night. Heath
Brawley, seen here assisting Ritchie Nester, is the Fort's top player, amongst
a deep supporting cast.
In the Three Rivers, 13 and OH and #1 ranked Floyd County fields it's best
team to date under Allen Cantrell.
Son Travis leads the district in scoring at over 20 points a game, Fellow
guard Jason Dalton is second,
all compliments to inside threat Derrik Sanders and a deep, pressing Buffalo
Ole blue eyes...was the toast of tinseltown last night in Hollywood
SUPER=03-West Hollywood/Last Night;
Frank Sinatra's wife Barbara...introduced a one-of-a-kind new champagne.
It was designed by the legendary entertainer himself...just in time for
Mrs. Sinatra unveiled the special bottle at an auction to benefit the
Barbara Sinatra Children's Center.
She says her husband is doing great following an apparent heart attack...and
that he was probably home raising a glass of his new champagne.
Computers are now standard equipment in most schools, but outfitting every
classroom can be a challenge.
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Tonight at Six, Keith Humphry will have more on some local volunteers who
are laboring to help teachers with technology
That's right jean, we'll visit with the members of the Elfun Society...
G-E retirees who have refurbished more than a thousand computers for use in
local schools and non- profit agencies.
Join us for that story Jean,
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in one- half hour.
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.