Straight ahead on News 7 at Five-
Marijuana for medical purposes. It's on the books in Virginia but lawmakers
may change that.
Bank robbers open fire in Richmond killing one and wounding several others.
Plus a wall collapse at a Houston mall traps people below.
A coastal storm throws some sleet and snow around but in very small amounts.
Looking warmer Friday.
While we're on the topic of prescription pot...a leading medical group
comes out against the government on the issue.
Plus, Legionnaires's Disease...still a topic of discussion in the New
River Valley. We'll explain, on Health Check.
Virginia legislators grapple with a law already on the books--okaying
marijuana for (me-di-cinal) medicinal reasons...
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Good Evening, I'm Jean Jadhon.
This from Richmond-- as a heavy-weight in the medical field has come out in
SUPPORT of prescribing marijuana.
Here's more from Health Check's Connie Stevens.
The "New England Journal of Medicine" says federal officials are "out of
step" with the public on the issue.
People in California and Arizona voted to let doctors prescribe pot.
Some doctors believe marijuana is useful for relieving certain
symptoms of cancer, AIDS and glaucoma.
IN Q=It's a useful
((DR. LAWRENCE WHITE/ST. LUKE'S HOSPITAL CHIEF OF STAFF: IT'S A USEFUL DRUG IN
SOME PATIENTS, BUT NOT BY MEANS IN EVERY PATIENTS, AND I THINK AS SUCH IT
SHOULD BE AVAILABLE AND THE DOCTORS
SHOULDN'T GO TO JAIL FOR PRESCRIBING IT. ))
OUT Q=for prescribing it.
The findings contradict the federal government's stance that there's no
proper medical use for marijuana.
The finding in the journal was ridiculed today in Virginia's House of
Ellen Qualls is in our Richmond newsroom with the reaction.
Connie, with some references to the liberal atmosphere in New England,
the House voted 86 to 13 to overturn a law it passed 18 years ago allowing the
medicinal use of marijuana.
IN Q=He was
SUPER=01-Del. Bob Marshall/(R) Manassas; :00
SUPER=01-Del. Bob McDonnell/(R) Virginia Beach; :20
OUT Q=use of marijuana.
SOT FRED TAPE 12:28:06
((DEL. BOB MARSHALL: HE WAS UNAWARE THAT THE AMERICAN MEDICAL
ASSOCIATION...ALL REJECT THE CLAIM THAT SMOKED MARIJUANA HAS ANY DEMONSTRATED
Supporters of the ban say there's a legal synthetic substitute for medicinal
SOT 12:32:19 FRED TAPE
((DEL. BOB MCDONNELL/R-VIRGINIA BEACH: USE OF THAT INGESTIBLE TABLET WILL
ACCOMPLISH THE SAME MEDICAL EFFECTS AS SMOKED MARIJUANA.))
But an AIDS patient in the Richmond area, who asked that he NOT be
identified, says he follows his Marinol with illegally acquired marijuana --
since even under the current law, NO pharmacies are licensed to prescribe
SOT 15:14:40 GRAY TAPE #3
((THESE ARE THE PILLS THAT ARE EIGHT DOLLARS APIECE.))
SOT 15:14:47 GRAY TAPE #3
((BUT AS I SAY THESE USUALLY JUST STAY IN THE REFRIGERATOR, CAUSE THEY'RE NOT
Salem Republican Morgan Griffith spoke out against the ban on marijuana...
after polling his constituents.
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((DEL. MORGAN GRIFFITH/D-SALEM: AND THE SAME CONSERVATIVE DISTRICT THAT WANTS
PARENTAL NOTIFICATION 77- PERCENT, DOES NOT WANT GUN CONTROL, I THINK IT'S
ABOUT 96- PERCENT DOES NOT WANT SAME SEX MARRIAGES RECOGNIZED IN THE
COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, TOLD ME IN THEIR RESPONSES BY 63- PERCENT THAT THEY
FAVORED MEDICINAL USE OF MARIJUANA.))
The House also today unanimously voted to overturn the medicinal use of
heroin it passed in 1988.
That law's also never been used in Virginia because it required federal
(question: and that's NOT likely to be granted anytime soon.)
Bank robbers shot and killed one person and wounded three others in Richmond
It happened at a NationsBank branch on the east end of the city about nine
Police say two men opened fire as they entered the bank, took an undisclosed
amount of money, and then ran out...at one point exchanging gunfire with a
IN Q=One was carrying
((BRENDA HUGHES/RICHMOND POLICE DEPARTMENT: ONE WAS CARRYING AN M 16 RIFLE.
HE'S A BLACK MALE, ABOUT 6 FEET TALL, AGE 20 TO 27. HE'S WEARING A BLACK SKULL
CAP, BLACK THREE-QUARTER LENGTH COAT AND BLUE JEANS. THE SECOND INDIVIDUAL THAT
WE'RE LOOKING FOR RIGHT NOW WAS ALSO ARMED, CARRYING A SHOTGUN.))
SUPER=01-Brenda Hughes/Richmond Police Department;
OUT Q=carrying a shotgun.
The robbers ran into a nearby cemetery and drove off in a gray car.
They're still at large.
Two of the victims were bank employees.
The search is on for possibly more victims- after a wall collapsed at a
Houston shopping mall.
At least two people were killed and others were injured when the wall came
It happened early this morning an hour before the stores opened- trapping
mall workers and possibly seniors who walk the mall for exercise.
((SOUNDED LIKE AN EXPLOSION, WHOLE WALL TUMBLED DOWN.)
LOOKED LIKE WAVES, LADY IN FRONT OF ME WITH CANE SCREAMING))
OUT Q=hit by the concrete.
Firefighters used electronic sensors and dogs to try and find victims
beneath tons of rubble.
The collapsed wall was adjacent to a vacant department store under
demolition to make way for a movie theater.
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Straight ahead on NEWS-7 at FIVE-- An update on deliberations in the O-J
And news that R-R Donnelley is hiring for its future Roanoke County facility
has generated huge interest--
On Health Check-- new medical guidelines-- on testing at home for
In addition to making it easier, it could cut the death rate from the
Also coming up-- Patrick Evans is learning how to become a Private
He'll scope it out for us when NEWS-7 at FIVE returns.
It is the second full day of deliberations in the O.J. Simpson trial.
Jurors are asking to see more evidence.
The panel wants to look at exhibit boards and photographs- They requested a
loupe- a special magnifying glass used to look at pictures.
According to a jury note, many exhibits relate to DNA testing on the blood
of Nicole Simpson and Ronald Goldman.
((LAURIE LEVINSON/LEGAL CONSULTANT: THERE IS SO MUCH IN THIS CASE FOR JURORS TO
LOOK AT, TO TOUCH, TO LISTEN TO.))
SUPER=01-Laurie Levinson/Legal Analyst;
OUT Q=to listen to."
Meanwhile sources say the jury has picked a white male in his fifties as the
Word about the new R-R Donnelley plant in Roanoke County has apparently
The book assembly operation remains under construction, but last week the
Virginia Employment Commission held a three day recruitment session.
THREE THOUSAND people filled out applications, shocking the V-E-C's regional
IN Q=In my
((MARJORIE SKIDMORE/VA EMPLOYMENT COMMISSION: IN MY HISTORY WITH THE VIRGINIA
EMPLOYMENT COMMISSION, WHICH IS ABOUT 27 YEARS, I'VE NEVER BEEN INVOLVED WITH
THIS LARGE A RECRUITMENT, AS MANY PEOPLE RESPONDING IN A THREE DAY PERIOD.))
SUPER=01-Marjorie Skidmore/VA Employment Commission;
OUT Q=day period.
One reason behind the flood of applications is the pay.
Workers will start at nine-dollars an hour.
At first Donnelley will hire just 40 people.
But by the end of this year, close to 200 could be working.
A study from the University of Michigan rates Roanoke as the most
segregated metropolitan area in Virginia.
Today, the local leader of the N- Double A- C- P said he's troubled by the
report, but also hopeful it will lead to a larger discussion of racial issues.
The study used 1990 census data to analyze racial patterns in residential
Roanoke's rating has improved since 1980, but was still above the national
IN Q=Where people live
((MARTIN JEFFREY/ROANOKE NAACP PRESIDENT: WHERE PEOPLE LIVE SAYS A LOT ABOUT
THE NATURE OF THE COMMUNITY. SO, IF IN FACT THIS REPORT IDENTIFIES A KEY
PROBLEM AREA AROUND WHERE PEOPLE LIVE, WE MUST NOT BLOW THIS OFF AND WE SHOULD
NOT BLOW THIS OFF. WE SHOULD TAKE IT TO INDICATE EXACTLY WHAT IT'S INDICATING,
THAT WE HAVE SOME THINGS WE REALLY NEED TO WORK ON.))
SUPER=01-Martin Jeffrey/Roanoke NAACP President;
OUT Q=we really need to work on.
Charlottesville and Danville made the list of the 15 LEAST- segregated
cities in the nation.
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What does it take to be a private eye? If you're really interested in
learning the tricks of the trade, Patrick has found a class you should
(patrick ad lib)
STOCKS BUMP NEXT
In the fine tradition of Rockford, Barnaby Jones and Magnum, P.I., you too
can be a Private Detective.
DOUBLE BOX JEAN/PATRICK
Patrick Evans is on the case today as we investigate a school for private
SUPER=01-Clinton Edwards/Criminal Justice Training Academy;
SUPER=01-Thomas Starke, II/Instructor;
(ROLL OVER INTERVIEW)
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In tonight's Two Minute Ticker-- Mike tells us about another Panther making
the roster of the Pro-Bowl.
On Health Check-- well tell you about proposed legislation that could
eliminate what some call "drive through mastectomies"--
forcing women out of the hospital within hours of surgery.
IN Q=There is no
((THERE IS NO WOMAN THAT I HAVE EVER TAKEN CARE OF THAT HAD A RADICAL
MASTECTOMY THAT COULD COME OUT OF THE HOSPITAL IN 24 HOURS. ))
OUT Q=24 hours.
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Health officials have confirmed another seven cases of Legionnaires Disease
in the New River Valley.
But they stress there is no NEW outbreak.
The cases were discovered through the ongoing investigation into the
outbreak last October.
No one else has actually gotten sick with the illness since then.
The outbreak was traced to a hot tub on display at Lowe's in Christiansburg.
Today the Centers for Disease Control released preliminary findings of the
study, which may also prompt new maintenance guidelines for whirlpools and
The newly- confirmed patients in the New River Valley bring the total to 23,
including two who died.
The next time you pay a fine for speeding in Virginia, the money could be
going toward a good cause.
A bill before the state Senate would levy an additional fee on
some traffic tickets and use the funds (----------------)
for research on spinal cord and brain injuries.
The bill was approved today by the Senate Education and Health Committee
and sent on to the Senate Finance Committee.
A bill to keep women from being forced out of hospitals within hours of
undergoing a mastectomy has been introduced in Washington.
SUPER=03-Washington DC; :
Some lawmakers are calling these ever-shortening hospital stays "drive
The bill would require insurance plans to allow doctors to determine the
length of a hospital stay for a mastectomy patient--
It would also require insurers to cover follow-up care and breast
reconstruction after a mastectomy.
IN Q=No civilized
((SEN. DIANNE FEINSTEIN/(D) CALIFORNIA: NO CIVILIZED COUNTRY IN THE WORLD HAS
MASTECTOMY AS AN OUTPATIENT PROCEDURE.))
((SEN. OLYMPIA SNOWE/(R)ME: AMERICA HAS VAST MEDICAL RESOURCES AND SO IT'S
UNACCEPTABLE THAT SOME WOMEN IN AMERICA ARE NOT RECEIVING THE BEST WHEN IT
COMES TO A CANCER DIAGNOSIS OR A MASTECTOMY. ))
SUPER=01-Sen. Dianne Feinstein/(D) California; :00 quick
SUPER=01-Sen. Olympia Snowe/(R) Maine; :07
OUT Q=or a mastectomy.
The bill is similar to a law passed last year that requires at least a
two-day hospital stay for women after they've given birth.
Allergy shots--for years a commonly used treatment for asthma--may be
useless for most children.
A study in the New England Journal of Medicine found there was no
difference in symptoms or amount of medical care needed in children who
received asthma shots and those who did not.
The study looked only at allergy shots given for asthma and not for other
Other experts, however, dispute the study's findings.
New medical guidelines say a quick home test for colorectal cancer could
make it easier to check for the nation's second-biggest cancer killer.
The guidelines say simple tests to detect blood in stool samples every year
after age 50-- could cut colorectal cancer deaths by a third.
And there are other recommendations.
IN Q=First to
((FIRST TO DEVELOP AND IMPLEMENT UNIFORM SCREENING AND SURVEILLANCE GUIDELINES
FOR COLON CANCER WITHIN THIS COMMUNITY. SECONDLY TO IDENTIFIY PATIENTS AT
SPECIAL RISK, PARTICULARLY THOSE ELEVEN PERCENT OF PATIENTS WHO DEVELOP CANCER
UNDER THE AGE OF 50,WHICH IS WHERE THE OLD SCREENING GUIDELINES BEGAN. ))
SUPER=01-Dr. John Allen/University of Minneapolis;
OUT Q=guidelines began.
And, you may consider this to be good news.
The measures-- which are endorsed by the American Cancer Society-- say
those manual rectal exams doctors offer today aren't worth the time and
Turning now to sports--even though the Express was without its starting
goalie, the team racked up a big win last night.
Mike Stevens has highlights along with some football news from the N-F-L.
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Welcome to a wet, Thursday ticker everybody.
You might want to get a map out for today's ticker because a number of
players are on the move including the Carolina Panthers, Kerry Collins.
SUPER=04-1996 Season; :00
This morning Steve Young pulled out of this weekend's Pro Bowl because of sore
ribs and Collins was named as his replacement.
Collins led the Panthers to the NFC championship game this year in just his
second season in the league.
Dom Capers will coach the NFC team that will now feature 8 Panthers' players.
The man the Panthers knocked out in the playoffs, Deion Sanders is coming
back to baseball.
This afternoon, PrimeTime signed a one year deal with the Reds.
And Riddick Bowe also signed on the dotted line today.
The former heavyweight champ joined the Marine reserves.
IN Q="If I...
((RIDDICK BOWE/JOINS THE MARINE RESERVES:))
SUPER=01-Riddick Bowe/Joins Marine Reserves; ;00
OUT Q=...I CAN BE."
The Virginia mens' basketball team is on the court tonight at U-hall battling
the Richmond Spiders. Highlights for your tonight at 11.
The Roanoke Express won its third straight game last night by beating the
Knoxville Cherokees 5-to-nothing.
Quite an accomplishment when you consider that Knoxville is the second
highest scoring team in the league.
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Larry Moberg started in net last night in place of Dave Gagnon who was
nursing a sore shoulder.
Roanoke led 3 to nothing after one period then late in the second period
Jeff Jablonski fires the shot and it barely crosses the line for the goal and a
four to nothing Express lead.
Then late in the second, Chris Lipsett fires the puck from just inside the
blue line. It hits Tim Christian in the face and goes in the net.
Folks, it was that kind of night as Roanoke wins it 5-to-nothing.
Moberg was untouchable in net with
41 saves and the shutout in his first SUPER=38-Knoxville/0/Roanoke/5;
start in a over a month.
As for Gagnon , he may be back in net as soon as tomorrow night.
IN Q="It's been sore...
((DAVE GAGNON/EXPRESS GOALIE:))
SUPER=01-Dave Gagnon/Express Goalie; ;00
OUT Q=...good for me."
The Express is in Charlotte tomorrow for a key division game against the
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More sports coming up for you at 6, including a look at a Virginia Tech
wrestler who is chasing his dream of a national championship.
Have a good night everybody.
take a break
It's a dream for many men- to play in the NFL-
One man will take to the field at halftime for one million dollars.
SUPER=03-East Rutherford, NJ;
26 year old Lance (Alstat) Alstodt will try to kick a field goal at halftime
in Sunday's NFL probowl.
Alstat played soccer in college- He's practicing his kick with Pete
(GO-ga-lack)- football's first soccer style kicker.
((LANCE ALSTODT: AS YOU CAN SEE I'VE BEEN STRIKING THE BALL PRETTY WELL. WHAT I
SAY TO MYSELF IS FOCUS, HIT THE SWEET SPOT, WATCH IT GO THROUGH THE UPRIGHTS.))
OUT Q=go through the uprights."
Lance got the chance to kick for a million after filling out an application
on a candy bar.
He kicks for the cash this Sunday.
(toss to ROBIN)
(ROBIN tosses to Jean)
Virginia Tech is not just helping to educate its own students.
It's now turning its attention on Virginia high schools and community
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Keith Humphry joins us from the newsroom to tell us more about its Outreach
Jean, its designed to giveSUPER=@Keith1;
younger students a leg up in the Biotechnology field.
Tech sends thousands of dollars worth of D- N- A supplies to schools across
We'll be checking in with a class at Lord Botetourt High School to see what
the students are learning.
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That's coming up in half an hour on News- 7 at six.
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.