Next on News 7-
Reaction following the soon-to-be-law that teens must notify their parents
before having an abortion in Virgina.
Find out which intersections are the most dangerous in the Roanoke Valley.
Plus its up up and away- at one area high school.
A return to winter in this forecast cycle. Rain gives way to blustery winds
and cold temperatures this weekend.
On Health Check, finally, a concrete study of the drug Digitalis, used for
many years to treat heart patients.
And infertility-- researchers have found another cause-- this one, resting
with the man.
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((HOUSE SPEAKER TOM MOSS/(D) NORFOLK: NO UPDATE. WE DO NOT HAVE A POPE. I
WOULD SAY TO YOU THERE'S NO SMOKE AT ALL.))
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A deadlock in Richmond over appointing a new justice to Virginia's highest
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Good Evening, I'm Jean Jadhon...
Virginia's General Assembly is one day before adjournment -- and miles away
Ellen Qualls is in our Richmond newsroom.
We've known picking judges would be a problem for the 20-20 Senate for two
Why isn't there a resolution yet?
Concerning most of the other judges, they'll agree.
But the buck stops with the seven member Supreme Court of Virginia-- and
that appointment is a big deal.
It's also soaked in politics.
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OUT Q=making the law.
Richmond Judge Margaret Spencer emerged today with 55 votes in the House of
She's the only candidate with high profile backing -- that of Lieutenant
Governor Don Beyer, who could do worse than support a black woman jurist in his
Democratic bid for governor.
But the Senate's the problem.
A justice will need 21 votes.
Spencer got 20.
Former Republican Delegate Steve Agee of Salem got 20.
But there was NO tie for Beyer to break.
((SEN. STEVE NEWMAN: THEY CANNOT WIN THIS ISSUE. THERE'S NO POSSIBLE WAY THEY
CAN. UNLESS THEY GET ONE OF US.))
So we wait for an unlikely compromise.
Failing one, this man gets to pick.
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((GOV. GEORGE ALLEN: A JUDGE IS TO INTERPRET THE LAW AND ADMINISTER THE LAW.
A JUDGE, WHETHER IT BE STATE OR FEDERAL, SHOULD NOT BE MAKING THE LAW.))
Teens who want abortions will have to go somewhere other than Virginia if
they don't want to tell their parents.
The House of Delegates passed the parental notification bill yesterday.
This young woman was 17 when she got pregnant.
Parental notification was already the law in her home state-- but she
travelled across state lines because she could not face her disappointed
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IN Q=I wasn't worried
((I WASN'T WORRIED ABOUT BEING PUNISHED AT ALL. THEY WOULDN'T HAVE PUNISHED ME.
THEY WOULD HAVE JUST HAD THAT LOOK-- THAT WAS ENOUGH TO MAKE ME NOT TELL THEM.
Meanwhile, one supporter of parental notification offers some advice to
teenagers who find themselves in a tough situation.
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IN Q=A lot of teenagers
((KATHY SHAW/VA SOCIETY FOR HUMAN LIFE: A LOT OF TEENAGERS HAVE SOMEONE THAT
THEY CAN LOOK UP TO, WHO THEY CAN GO TO AND CONFIDE IN. AND THEN HAVE THAT
ADULT, WHETHER IT BE AN AUNT OR A SISTER, OR JUST A FAMILY FRIEND, HAVE THEM GO
WITH THE TEEN TO TELL THEIR MOTHER. ))
SUPER=01-Kathy Shaw/VA Society for Human Life;
OUT Q=tell their mother
Planned Parenthood will likely challenge the law in court.
Another racially motivated school suspension in Wythe County.
This time, involving a young child.
Officials confirmed a white student at Scott Memorial Elementary School was
suspended for tying his jacket drawstring into a knot which resembled a noose.
The same type of incident happened one day earlier at George Wythe High
Some black students were outraged over that behavior and several two-day
suspensions were levied against white students.
Then the problem seemed to intensify yesterday, when a hate message was
spray painted on the road leading up to the High School.
But NEWS-7 spoke to several white students this afternoon, they said the
racism problem is being blown out of proportion.
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SUPER=01-Bryan Fisher/George Wythe Student; :00
SUPER=01-Heather Quesenberry/George Wythe Student; :09
OUT Q=out of proportion.
School superintendent James Vaught was unavailable for an interview.
But through a statement, SAID he was working to improve human relations
Stormy weather swept through the Southwest - damaging houes and flipping
mobile homes in Arkansas and Texas.
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In the Midwest, RAIN is causing trouble.
Streets are flooded near Chicago making rush hour a mess.
Chicago got nearly three inches of rain overnight.
The rain is expected to turn to snow in the Windy City- the area could get
up to five inches tonight.
toss to robin
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Next on NEWS-7 at FIVE-- a convicted rapist who was released from prison is
back in police custody.
And this isn't your average physics lesson-- as students at one Roanoke
County High School experiment with balloons.
On Health Check, the latest medical news, including a daring new therapy
being used to treat strokes--
Also coming up-- some of Mill Mountain Zoo's residents may be hibernating...
But fundraising, shifts into high gear tonight.
Patrick Evans has a live report when NEWS-7 at FIVE returns.
It's a story no one likes to hear- a man let out prison after serving time
is arrested again.
This time in Florida.
69- year- old Lawrence Singleton is charged with murdering a 31 year old
((CIRCUIT JUDGE WALTER HEINRICH: YOU'RE FACING FIRST DEGREE MURDER, CAPITAL
MURDER. PUNISHMENT COULD BE THE DEATH SENTENCE OR LIFE IN PRISON WITH A MINIMUM
MANDATORY 25 YEARS.))
SUPER=02-Judge Walter Heinrich/Circuit Court;
OUT Q=mandatory 25 years.
Singleton was arrested after a painter heard a commotion in Singleton's
home and called Police.
When officers arrived, they found the woman's body- she had been stabbed
((JOE REGISTRATO/PUBLIC DEFENDER: HE WAS VERY UPSET LAST NIGHT. HE HADN'T SLEPT
IN AWHILE. HE WAS VERY GLAD TO SEE US AND THAT'S PROBABLY ALL I CAN SAY ABOUT
SUPER=01-Joe Registrato/Public Defender;
OUT Q=SAY ABOUT IT."
Singleton was concivted in California more than ten years ago of raping a 15
year old and then chopping off her arms.
The girl survived and identified and testified against Singleton in court.
Singleton was paroled after eight years for good behavior.
News late this afternoon that Whitewater Prosecutor Kenneth Starr has
changed his mind he will stay on the job- indefinitely.
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It was just a few days ago that Starr announced he was leaving to take a
position at Pepperdine University.
Starr's victories include convictions against Jim McDougal and his ex wife
susan who were involved in the Whitewater land deal- The Clintons were partners
in that deal.
Starr's announced departure brought speculation that any high level
indictments were not in the cards anytime soon.
No word yet on why Starr has decided to stay.
The American Trucking Association named the top five dangerous intersections
in the Roanoke Valley.
The A-T-A calls them hot spots.
According to state police in 72-percent of accidents involving trucks and
cars, the fault lies with the driver of the CAR.
Drivers need to allow truckers more space on the highways because it can
take a fully loaded rig the length of three football fields to stop.
There are also other safety precautions drivers can take.
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((LARA O'BRIEN/ATA SPOKESPERSON: FIRST OF ALL NOT TO TAILGATE, SECOND OF ALL
TO LEAVE A CUSHION OF SPACE INBETWEEN THE TRUCK AND WHERE THEY'RE GOING TO COME
INFRONT OF THE TRUCK AND ALSO NOT TO LINGER A LONG SIDE OF THE TRUCK BECAUSE
TRUCKS HAVE BLINDSPOTS.))
SUPER=01-Lara O'Brien/ATA Spokesperson;
OUT Q=TRUCKS HAVE BLINDSPOTS
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The A-T-A says the trouble spots include: 5-81, the intersections of Franklin
Road and Roy Webber Expressway. The Orange Avenue and Williamson Road
intersection-- Hershberger and Williamson Roads, as well as the Roanoke College
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Winter is when many animals hibernate-- but the folks at Mill Mountain Zoo
are taking advantage of the time to throw a party-- hibernation hiatus.
(patrick ad lib)
STOCKS BUMP NEXT
Are you ready to get away from it all? Is life a jungle out there?
Mill Mountain Zoo is offering vacations to the highest bidder, with all the
proceeds going to the Zoo.
DOUBLE BOX JEAN/PATRICK
Patrick Evans has the full story from the Patrick Henry Hotel, where the
big event is taking place.
SUPER=01-Becky Beard/Mill Mountain Zoo;
DOUBLE BOX PATRICK/ROBIN
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SUPER=331-Clouds & Showers/Wind S-10/53-56/Showers Early/Clearing &
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health music under
Tonight in the Two Minute Ticker, former heavyweight boxing champion Riddick
Bowe bails out of the Marine Corps.
She's been on earth longer than (----------------)
films, telephones, cars and airplanes....the world's oldest person celebrated
her 122nd birthday today.
That's coming up on Health Check.
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It seems like forever that some form of the drug Digitalis has been used to
treat heart patients.
But even though the drug has been around for 200 years-- there's still been
fierce debate over two important questions.
Namely, just what does it do for patients, and does it make patients with
congestive heart failure live any longer?
Now a new study of seven-thousand patients, reported in the New England
Journal of Medicine-- finally gives a definitive answer.
Digitalis DOES reduce the symptoms of congestive heart failure, and
patients taking it tend to be hospitlized less.
But overall, it doesn't seem to help patients live any longer.
The bottom line-- Digitalis is still an effective treatment for SOME
patients with congestive heart failure-- at the very least, helping them FEEL
and function better.
A new and daring therapy is showing promise in treating strokes.
Doctors from the University of California are actually
reversing blood flow in the brain to help bring fresh blood to the site of the
About 80 percent of the time, a stroke occurs when a clot forms and prevents
blood flow, which in turn leads to brain cell death.
The researchers used an external pump to send blood in the reverse direction
through veins to the site of the clot.
So far, four of six patients experienced almost complete recoveries, two
As many couples have found out, starting a family can be a difficult task.
Researchers are finding that sometimes fertility problems stem from a
person's parents-- beacuse of a small defect in the Y-Chromosome.
At the University of Minnesota, a study finds that this genetic link to
infertility affects quite a few men.
Their D-N-A research helps explain why some men can be infertile, and
still have a normal sperm count.
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((DR. JON PRYOR/UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA RESEARCHER: AND THAT'S WHAT'S UNIQUE
ABOUT OUR FINDINGS. WE FOUND THERE'S
ABOUT A SEVEN PERCENT FREQUENCY GENERALLY IN MALE INFERTILITY PATIENTS
AND THAT THEY DON'T ALL HAVE SEVERELY REDUCED NUMBERS OF SPERM.))
SUPER=01-Dr. Jon Pryor/University of Minnesota Researcher; :
OUT Q=numbers of sperm
The findings are published in this week's New England Journal of Medicine.
A little older and a little thinner than her last appearance on Health
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(zhahn kal-MAWN) Jeanne Calment, the oldest person in the world, celebrated her
122nd birthday today.
She's now blind, nearly deaf and uses a wheelchair-- but she has a quick
mind, a good appetite, and still enjoys getting her hair done weekly.
(kal-MAWN) Calment was a regular smoker until two years ago, when her
doctors persuaded her to quit.
She has said the secret to her longevity is olive oil.
Time now for sports-- the rain held off long enough for qualifying in
Rockingham, North Carolina today.
Mike Stevens has qualifying results for the second race of the season, in
tonight's Two Minute Ticker.
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Welcome everybody to the Friday ticker as we get set for the weekend.
Let's get started tonight on the
track in Rockingham, North Carolina where the Winston Cup drivers have set
up shop for the second race of the season.
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Bill Elliott ran great at Daytona, but was too slow to make the top 25 this
As was the man in black. Dale Earnhardt was just 27th fastest in the
Daytona 500 winner Jeff Gordon went out and turned a fast lap. But he ended
up fourth fastest in the Dupont Chevy.
Bobby Labonte was also super quick today for Pontiac - as he won the outside
pole for Joe Gibbs team.
But the man was Mark Martin, who captured the pole with a lap at 157 point
885 miles an hour in a Ford.
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((MARK MARTIN/GOODWRENCH 400 POLE WINNER:))
SUPER=01-Mark Martin/Goodwrench 400 Pole Winner;:00
OUT Q=...win this thing."
Dale Jarrett was third fastest in the Quality care Ford, let's check out the
entire top 25.
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SUPER=0107-1. Mark Martin/157.885/2. Bobby Labonte//3. Dale Jarrett//4. Jeff
Gordon//5. Geoff Bodine;
SUPER=0107-6. Ken Schrader//7. Steve Grissom//8. Ricky Craven//9. Brett
Bodine//10. Ricky Rudd;
SUPER=0107-11. Ward Burton//12. Mike Skinner//13. Kenny Wallace//14. David
Green//15. Terry Labonte;
SUPER=0107-16. Morgan Shepherd//17. Jeff Burton//18. Steve Grissom//19. Bobby
Hamilton//20. Kyle Petty;
SUPER=0107-21. Johnny Benson//22. Lake Speed//23. Rusty Wallace//24. Jeremy
Mayfield//25. John Andretti;
OUT Q=...John Andretti
Rick Mast's qualifying problems continued today. He was just 40th fastest in
the Remington Ford.
A number of high school basketball tournaments continue around the area
The Salem Civic Center hosts a championship tripleheaders with final in the
Blue Ridge, plus the Roanoke Valley boys and girls.
The Seminole district also crowns its champion tonight at the Vines Center.
Speaking of the Vines Center, tomorrow some of the top high school team in
the nation, including Oak Hill Academy, will be in action in the day long Hill
City Shootout that tips-off at Noon and continues until 10pm.
And finally, former heavyweight champ Riddick Bowe has quit the U.S. Marines
after just two weeks of boot camp.
A spokesman for the Corps says Bowe just couldn't handel the regimented
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Hope you have a less structured weekend everybody.
I'll see you at six.
take a break
If you saw colorful objects in the sky near Cave Spring High school today-
you weren't seeing things.
You were looking at hot air balloons-
These aren't your typical balloons.
Physics students at Cave Spring made them and today put the balloons to the
((ONE, TWO THREE.. WOOOO!))
The balloons are made of paper-
Students filled them with hot air- helped out with a coffee can contraption-
that tunneled the air in.
This project isn't just to get outside and have fun-
Teacher Bonnie Kelly hopes it teaches the kids something about physics.
(toss to ROBIN)
(ROBIN tosses to Jean)
Mentors have made the difference for some students trying to learn the ropes
in specific professions.
double boxes Jean/Keith
Tonight we conclude our series-- Working women-- Role Models, with a look to
the future. Here's Keith Humphry with the story
Jean all this week we've met womenSUPER=@Keith1;
who have made a name for themselves in careers dominated by men.
On News-7 at Six-- meet Paula Katz a high school senior-- thanks to
guidance from a mentor in the biology research field, she's getting an early
look at what she wants to be when she grows up.
Denise Allen has that report, in 30-minutesdouble boxes Jean/Keith
along with all the news of the day.
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.
Have a nice weekend. Goodnight