Next on News 7-
A tank explodes killing a man in Campbell County.
Trouble with a different tank in Danville- this one catches fire.
Plus the latest on the attempt to save this bridge in Botetourt County.
It won't be a record tomorrow but who cares. Readings will top out near 70
with partly sunny skies.
On Health Check-- some interesting new theories on Alzheimer's Disease--
Plus, for smokers-- you may soon have to get your I-D out, if you're in line
to buy cigarettes.
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((THE END OF THE TANK THAT THEY WERE CUTTING ON BLEW OUT AND THERE WAS A
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An explosion at a Campbell County business kills one man and severely
injures a co- worker.
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Good Evening, I'm Jean Jadhon.
It happened around 9:30 this morning at W-E-L Incorporated, an environmental
contractor in Concord.
Two workers were preparing to take apart an old gasoline storage tank in an
open field outside the company's main building.
Police say the heat from a propane torch used to cut the tank may have
ignited gasoline residue or fumes inside the tank.
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((SGT. GERALD WILLIAMSON/VA STATE POLICE: APPARENTLY THERE WAS SOME RESIDUE
LEFT INSIDE OF THE TANK AND THE TANK EXPLODED, INJURING BOTH EMPLOYEES, ONE
FATALLY AND THE OTHER VERY SERIOUSLY.))
SUPER=01-Sgt. Gerald Williamson/State Police; :00
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25-year old James Earl Garrett of Madison Heights was killed in the blast.
His co-worker, 33-year old Jeffrey T. Falls Senior of Lynchburg was flown to
the University of Virginia Medical Center, where he's still in surgery.
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A similar situation in Danville for a construction crew tearing down an oil
storage tank this afternoon.
The men were apparently using a cutting torch to dismantle the tank when it
The tanks were housed behind the former Minter Oil company on Fitzgerald
The blaze was put out quickly--no one was hurt.
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In Botetourt County, fire destroyed a home and left firefighters exhausted
The flames were shooting through the roof when fire trucks got to the house
on Rainbow Forest Road.
Neighbors told firefighters there was a chance some children were inside,
but after a long search, they did NOT find anyone.
The search, and intense heat took it's toll on firefighters... the
lieutenant in charge says the all-volunteer force was shorthanded.
At least two firefighters were treated for heat exhaustion.
The Roanoke County man accused of killing his ex-girlfriend ten days ago
made his first court appearance today.
Thirty-two year old Ronnie Lee Brooks is charged with first- degree murder
and use of a firearm in the commission of murder.
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County police say Brooks shot and killed his 26-year old former girlfriend.
Liza Sizemore had stopped by the house to pick up her things when the shooting
He then shot himself in the head.
Brooks is also charged in two earlier incidents: cursing his mother and
threatening his brother-in-law over the phone.
The rights of the dying won out over the war on drugs today in Richmond.
Both the House and Senate turned back attempts to repeal a 1979 law that
makes marijuana legal for the terminally ill.
The Senate Education and Health Committee had voted to study the
controversial law --
but its chairman fought today for a full repeal.
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((SEN. WARREN BARRY/R-FAIRFAX: IF YOU WERE IN THAT COMMITTEE ROOM ON SUNDAY
AFTERNOON, THERE WERE SOME HUNDRED PEOPLE WHO WERE IDENTIFIED BY THEIR BADGES
IN FAVOR OF LEGALIZING MARIJUANA, WHO THOUGHT THAT BY OUR ACTION ON SUNDAY, WE
HAD TAKEN A STEP TOWARD LEGALIZING MARIJUANA IN THE COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA.
IT WAS PURE UNADULTERATED SYMBOLISM.))
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((SEN. JOE GARTLAN: THIS BILL IS SYMBOLISM. BUT IT'S THE WORST POSSIBLE KIND
OF SYMBOLISM. IT CREATES THE POSTURE THAT WE'RE DOING SOMETHING TO PROTECT THE
PUBLIC FROM ALL THE EVILS ASSOCIATED WITH THE USE OF MARIJUANA. WE'RE NOT.))
SUPER=01-Sen. Warren Barry/(R) Fairfax; :00
SUPER=01-Sen. Joe Gartlan/(D) Fairfax; :15
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After impassioned speeches on dying in pain, the Senate voted 23 to 17 to
uphold the medicinal marijuana law.
Botetourt Republican Bo Trumbo was one of three GOP senators to vote with
Democrats to uphold the law.
A nurse at Catawba Hospital was attacked by a mental patient in 1994.
Now the General Assembly says she deserves almost 123- thousand dollars on
top of her worker's compensation payments.
Beverly Q. Russell was attacked at Catawba, after she and other nurses had
warned the patient was NOT taking prescribed medication needed to keep him from
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((SEN. JOHN EDWARDS: ON THAT MORNING, THE PATIENT VIOLENTLY ATTACKED HER,
STATING HE INTENDED TO KILL HER, CAUSE HER SEVERE PHYSICAL INJURIES.))
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Today in Richmond, Russell's reward did NOT come without a fight.
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((SEN. KEN STOLLE: AND IF WE'RE GONNA START TO EXTEND THIS TO VICTIMS OF
CRIMINALS, MY GUESS IS WE'RE GONNA HAVE A WHOLE HOST OF PEOPLE WHO WANT TO COME
IN HERE BEFORE US AND ASK FOR WORKER'S COMPENSATION TO BE EXTENDED.))
SUPER=01-Sen. Ken Stolle/(R) Virginia Beach;
But other senators argued that UNLIKE police officers, the state could have
provided Russell with a safe workplace.
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((SEN. BO TRUMBO: HE IS STILL FREE. AND IT'S MY UNDERSTANDING THAT IN FACT,
SHE DOESN'T WHETHER OR NOT HE WILL SHOW UP AT HER DOORSTEP. SO THE TRAUMA
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Russell's relief bill was originally sponsored by Delegate Dick Cranwell.
It now goes to the Governor for approval.
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Next on NEWS-7 at FIVE- Whitewater prosecutor Kenneth Starr is changing
And repairs to the bridge spanning across the James River in Eagle Rock,
will cost millions-- so who's footing the bill?
College students all over the country are getting a message about halogen
Many universities are banning them.
Also coming up-- Patrick Evans reports from colonial days at Christiansburg
That story and the Two Minute Ticker-- when NEWS-7 at FIVE returns.
A key witness in the Oklahoma City bombing says he sure he recognizes
Tom Kessinger says McVeigh is the one who rented the Ryder truck used in the
bombing. At a hearing today, he says he recognized McVeigh because of his
Kessinger admits he was confused about the description of the second man
Trial begins next month.
A Pennsylvania jury is deliberating the murder case against John du Pont.
Prosecutors say Dupont thought he could get away with murder because he's a
In closing arguments, the state told jurors DuPont killed wrestler David
Schultz because he thought Schultz would discredit him in the wrestling
The defense says du Pont was insane.
The Whitewater prosecutor is stepping down as Chief investigator-
SUPER=03-Little Rock, AR;
Kenneth Starr is accepting a position as dean of Pepperdine Law School in
But he's turned aside questions about indictments for the first family.
((KENNETH STARR/WHITEWATER PROSECUTOR: I JUST THINK IT WOULD BE WRONG TO BE
MAKING PREDICTIVE JUDGEMENTS BASED UPON WHAT ONE INDIVIDUAL MAY DO.))
SUPER=01-Kenneth Starr/Whitewater Prosecutor;
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Starr won victories last year when a Little Rock jury found businessman
James McDougal and his ex-wife Susan guilty of fraud.
Both were involved in the Whitewater land deal, that included the Clintons
as passive partners.
There is speculation that Starr's departure bodes well for the first family.
It could take millions of dollars from the Botetourt County Board of
Supervisors to save the Route 43-Y bridge in Eagle Rock.
Now members must decide if it's worth it.
This morning, the board listened to representatives from the Virginia
Department of Transportation.
VDOT has offered to pay 1 and a quarter million dollars... half the cost to
rebuild the bridge.
Under the proposal, the county would match that total.
But there's a catch-- only a quarter of the state money is actually
guaranteed... meaning Botetourt County could wind up paying more than its
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((JOHN SHIFLETT/BOTETOURT COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS: ON OUR OWN, WE'D HAVE A
BETTER DEAL THAN THIS DEAL. BUT WE NEED TO SIT DOWN WITH THE STATE PEOPLE AND
THE COUNTY PEOPLE AND WORK THIS OUT. ))
SUPER=01-John Shiflett/Botetourt Co. Supervisor;
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Dozens of residents were also on hand for the meeting.
They believe the bridge should be rebuilt no matter what the cost.
The board must make a decision by March 21st.
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Students in Christiansburg are getting a first hand look at life in the 17th
& 18th century.
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Christiansburg Elementary students are witnessing history firsthand today.
Volunteers from Roanoke's Explore Park visited the school in full colonial
garb and manner.
The mission is not only to educate, but to have fun too by learning
Here's Patrick Evans with more.
SUPER=21-Patrick Evans; :00
SUPER=01-Janice Roback/Principal; :25
SUPER=01-Eric Roethlisberger/Colonial Expert; 1:23
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In tonight's Ticker-- The coach of the Orlando Magic is out of a job-- Mike
Stevens has details.
On Health Check-- cracking the genetic code--
Researchers are trying to find out why so few Cherokee Indians report cases
of Alzheimer's disease.
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((I DON'T SEE THAT. IT'S JUST NOT IN THE CHEROKEE POPULATION. ))
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Tobacco retailers will soon have to check i-d's before selling cigarettes.
A new federal rule requires they check the I-D of anyone under 27 years
You only have to be 18 to purchase cigarettes-- but the government hopes to
make it harder for teens who look older to buy smokes.
A gene once thought to be involved in half of all alzheimer's cases has now
been discovered to be a factor only ten percent of the time.
In a large study researchers found the gene called APO-E-4 appeared in
patients who developed the disease BEFORE the age of 70.
The majority of Americans who have Alzheimer's disease, however, become
ill after the age of 70.
The study is published in the journal "Neurology."
America's Cherokee Indians may hold the key to Alzheimer's-- as they seem
to have fewer cases of the disease.
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SUPER=01-Dr. Roger Rosenberg/University of Texas; :18
SUPER=01-Dr. Ralph Richeter/St. John Medical Center; :49 QUICK!!!
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The answer just may be in the blood.
Researchers think it could be genetics-- that a particular, unique gene is
why so few Cherokee get Alzheimer's Disease.
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((DR. ROGER ROSENBERG, UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS SOUTHWESTERN: WE NEED TO DO
SOMETHING ABOUT THIS BECAUSE ITS THE FOURTH LEADING CAUSE OF DEATH IN THE
UNITED STATES BECAUSE OF COMPLICATIONS FROM ALZHEIMER'S DISEASE. ))
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Researchers hope to find out why the Cherokee of the Ozark Mountains, and
Cree Indians in Canada-- as well as some Chinese and Japanese people are
dramatically less affected by Alzheimers.
One connection-- similar ancestry.
The North American Indians are thought to have migrated from Asia thousands
of years ago, and therefore may share an anti-Alzheimer's gene with Asians.
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((DR. RALPH RICHTER, ST. JOHN MEDICAL CENTER: THERE WILL IN THE FUTURE BE WAYS
OF PREVENTING THE ON-SET OF THE DISEASE.))
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The search for the cause and for drugs to cure Alzheimer's is taking on a
new urgency-- as the baby boom generation enters old age.
Some of the country's colleges are banning halogen lamps in dormitories.
That, after reports of at least 100 fires associated with the floor lamps,
reported by the Consumer Product Safety Commission.
The lamps have become popular with students-- because they're bright and
President George Bush hates it and so do millions of others.
It's broccoli and it's one of those vegetables many people just love to
But scientists now say there may be a very good reason why some just can't
stomach broccoli and other vegetables.
At a meeting of the American Academy for the Advancement of Science,
researchers said the tendency to like broccoli depends on the taste genes
people have inherited.
Time now for sports-- where the head coach of the Orlando Magic gets his
Mike Stevens has more on that-- and a smorgasborg of high school hoops.
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Good evening everybody and welcome to the Tuesday ticker.
You know the city of Charlotte is one of the fastest growing pro sports
cities in the country.
It also is getting a reputation as the last stop for opposing coaches.
Back in the Fall, the Saints Jim Mora coached his last game in the NFL after
the Saints lost to the Panthers.
Last night Orlando's Brian Hill had the honor of coaching his final game for
the Magic as they lost to the Hornets.
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Last night Glen Rice and the redhot Hornets handed the Magic a 124-to-110
loss at the Hive.
It was the Magic's fifth straight loss since the all-star break, and enough
to force management to make a change.
Hill is fired less than two years after taking the Magic to the NBA finals.
The Virginia Tech Hokies are back in action tonight at the Cassell playing
Temple in a 9:30 tipoff.
The Hokies come into the game with a 13-and-11 record in need a few more wins
to get a shot at an NIT berth in the postseason.
The Roanoke mens basketball team captured the regular season crown last
night with a 30 point win over Guilford. Tonight the Lady Maroon seniors play
their final home game as local products Amy Athey, Ashley McCallum and Suzanne
Moore will wrap up successful careers at the Bast Center.
SUPER=03-Daleville/Terriers vs. Spartans; :00
In high school action, Salem won the Blue Ridge regular season title and
earned a regional berth with a 46-34 victory over William Byrd in their playoff
game at Lord Botetourt.
The Spartans and the Terriers, along with Lord Botetourt and Northside all
host quarterfinal district tournament games tonight.
In Roanoke Valley District action last night; William Fleming earned the
regular season title by whipping Patrick Henry 72-36 at Franklin County. Brad
Dunleavey scored a game high 19 points.
In the Dogwood District, Tunstall topped Altavista 45-33 last night. The
Trojans will now play Gretna for the district regular season crown. That game
will be played at Altavista tonight.
That's it for sports, see ya at 6!
Finally tonight-- it looks like a sports car, sounds like a concert piano
and has a price tag that could blow most people's bank accounts.
Its called the pegasus.
Take a look under the hood-- the power hood of course.
It's state of the art-- no woofer, no tweeter but a sound 88 keys.
This piano comes in four colors...including Ferarri Red.
It's no wonder- the fiberglass body was designed by the ritzy car
It's a grand piano with a few more zeros-- the price tag: 150-thousand
The retailer says unlike a car, you never have to change the oil but an
occasional tune-up does help.
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(toss to ROBIN)
(ROBIN tosses to Jean)
The fabric of the American workplace is changing.
More and more women are entering jobs traditionally held by men.
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Keith Humphry is here to tell us about this changing workplace.
Jean, tonight on News 7 at Six we begin our series of reports on Women at
Denise Allen profiles the Roanoke Valley's only professional female fire
Penny Firestone has been a member of the Salem Fire Department for the past
She'll tell us what it takes to bridge the gender gap.
Women at Work-- Role Models-- double boxes Jean/Keith
the story and the latest news, sports and weather in 30 minutes.
Thanks Keith--that's it for NEWS-7 at FIVE-- for more news later tonight--
check out the region's first local primetime newscast, NEWS-7 Primetime--
tonight at 10 on WEFC.
See you later-- Goodnight