Next on News 7 at Five-
Governor George Allen and Attorney General Jim Gilmore are denying reports
that Virginia would NOT enforce a new federal rule on tobacco sales.
A massive pileup stops traffic in a major interstate in Georgia.
Plus sports fans- a new local magazine is coming out just for you.
Temperatures soared in the 60s and 70s as forecast but now a cooler rain is
on the way. Forecast details just ahead.
Most people exposed to meningococcus do not become ill.
But a Virginia Tech student has died from the bacteria that causes
We'll explain the condition and symptoms-- on Health Check.
IN Q=The state
((GOV. GEORGE ALLEN: THE STATE DOES ENFORCE FEDERAL LAWS.))
OUT Q=federal laws.
Attorney General Jim Gilmore is backtracking tonight after a very public
reprimand from the Governor.
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Good Evening, I'm Jean Jadhon...
This morning, Virginia stood alone in the nation in defiance of federal
tobacco regulations that take effect tomorrow.
Then Governor George Allen heard the news.
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Ellen Qualls is in our Richmond newsroom.
What happened between Allen and Gilmore?
Some definitely bad vibes.
Gilmore declined to be interviewed today...
But The Washington Post interview did an interview yesterday with Gilmore's
spokesman on the FDA regulations.
IN Q=In that article
SUPER=03-Richmond/January 16; :00
SUPER=01-Anne Donley/Va. GASP; :41
(( In that article, Gilmore spokesman Mark Miner, seen here a few weeks ago
with his boss, was quoted as saying:
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"They're federal laws. States don't enforce federal laws."
But massive resistance-like thinking is NOT the image fellow Republican
George Allen chose to present today.
((GOV. GEORGE ALLEN: THAT FEDERAL LAW WILL BE OBEYED AND IT WILL ENFORCED IN
THE COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA. NOT JUST BY FEDERAL AGENTS, BUT ALSO BY THE
VIRGINIA DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH. AND SO THAT'S THE BOTTOM LINE. THAT'S THE
FACTS. I'M THE GOVERNOR. THAT'S WHAT OUR ADMINISTRATION'S DOING.))
Gilmore's spokesman is NOT alone.
Virginia Health commissioner Randy Gordon also did NOT speak to us today...
but health officials and anti-smoking advocates also understood Gilmore's
position to be one of NOT enforcing the regs.
((ANNE DONLEY/Va. GASP: IF THE GOVERNOR HAD NOT COME OUT PUBLICLY... NOT ANY
LIVE=Ellen full/State Microwave
This afternoon, Gilmore released a written statement, saying "All federal
laws and regulations are valid in Virginia and will be enforced."
We spoke with Lieutenant Governor Don Beyer -- Gilmore's likely opponent for
governor this year.
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Beyer says the message has already been sent to Virginia teens it's okay to
"selectively refuse to enforce certain laws just because" you don't like them.
The death of a valuable police informant in Bedford County means charges
against at least two dozen suspected drug dealers must be dropped.
SUPER=03-Bedford Co./Last Month;
Nearly 30 people were rounded up last month as part of "Operation
The arrests stemmed from undercover drug buys made by an informant for the
Bedford County sheriff's department.
That informant died of a heart attack two weeks ago, and without his
testimony, the cases ca NOT go forward.
IN Q=We're disappointed
((LT. JOHN MCCANE/BEDFORD CO. SHERIFF'S DEPT.: WE'RE DISAPPOINTED WITHOUT
QUESTION. WE'RE DISAPPOINTED FIRST FROM THE STANDPOINT BECAUSE WE LOST A
FRIEND. THE INFORMANT WAS WELL KNOWN TO SEVERAL OF US INCLUDING MYSELF, AND
SECONDLY, THESE PEOPLE WON'T HAVE THEIR DAY IN COURT. THE COMMONWEALTH FEELS AS
WE DO THAT THE CASES WERE STRONG, THAT THEY PROBABLY WOULD HAVE LED TO
CONVICTIONS AND IN BEDFORD COUNTY, LENGTHY SENTENCES ARE THE RULE, AND WE'RE
DISAPPOINTED FROM THAT STANDPOINT.))
SUPER=01-Lt. John McCane/Bedford Co. Sheriff's Dept.; :00
OUT Q=from that standpoint.
McCane says the operation still sent a message that the Sheriff's Department
has no tolerance for illegal drugs in Bedford County.
Investigators now have more questions about the alibi of Jon Bonet Ramsey's
20 year old stepbrother.
Police have reportedly been trying to verify his whereabouts when the girl
Meanwhile police say the investigation is on track.
Two detectives are just back from a ten day trip looking for clues.
((THEY WERE IN WEST VIRGINIA, ARIZONA, GEORGA, ILLIONOIS AND OHIO AND BASICALLY
THEY WERE DOING INTERVIEWS, GATHERING INFORMATION THAT'S ESSENTIAL TO THE
SUPER=01-/Boulder City Spokesperson;
OUT Q=TO THE CASE."
Six year old Jon Bonet Ramsey was found murdered in the family's home the
day after Christmas.
He used to be a Fort Bragg solider-
Now he's a convicted murderer.
A jury today found James Burmeister guilty of killing a black couple.
((THAT THE DEFENDANT IS GUILTY OF FIRST DEGREE MURDER IS THIS THE UNANIMOUS
VERDICT THE JURY SO SAY YOU ALL? YES.))
OUT Q=SAY YOU ALL? YES."
Burmeister showed no emotion as the verdicts were read- but his mother and
sister appeared stunned.
Prosecutors said Burmeister killed the couple on a deserted dirt road in
1995- on a night he went hunting blacks.
Burmeister could get the death penalty.
Cars piled on top of one another on Interstate 85 in Georgia-
In all 27 cars, vans and trucks slammed together early this morning.
It happened about 60 miles northeast of Atlanta.
Eighteen people were sent to the hospital- several are seriously hurt.
Witnesses say fog made it difficult for drivers to see.
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Next on NEWS-7 at FIVE-- local sports fans this is for you- a new publication
highlighting the Roanoke Valley.
And it's called a "cautious victory" as the Air Force announces it's
suspending plans to increase low-level training flights.
A Virginia Tech student has died of meningo-coccemia, the bacteria that can
We'll hear from health officials.
Also coming up-- they could be the future Kari Strugg, or Bart Conner--
We're talking gymnastics--and Patrick introduces us to some beginning
tumblers when NEWS-7 returns.
Two seventh-graders in Alleghany County have been suspended for having a gun
The superintendent says one of the boys brought an unloaded .25-caliber
pistol to Falling Springs school Tuesday, and shared it with a friend.
The boys kept the gun hidden all day, but showed it off on the bus ride
Both students were given a 10-day suspension and could be expelled.
Residents of Highland and Pocahontas Counties are claiming a guarded
Today, the Air Force announced it is suspending plans to increase low-level
training flights over the region.
Residents have been voicing fierce opposition since they learned the Air
Force wanted to expand the military operations area, and dramatically increase
the number of flights.
Highland County Attorney Melissa Dowd says it's wonderful to see Virginia's
least- populated county receive such clear attention from its public officials.
Three congressmen and four senators became involved in the controversy.
Dowd also says residents will remain vigilant, because the Air Force could
revive the proposal in the future.
The Roanoke Valley will soon have a publication exclusively covering local
The same people that put out the Blue Ridge Business Journal unveiled their
newest creation this afternoon-- The Roanoke Valley Sports Journal.
IN Q=We think
((JOHN MONTGOMERY/SPORTS JOURNAL PUBLISHER: WE THINK OUR PRIMARY FOCUS IS
GOING TO BE HIGH SCHOOL AND DOWN. THAT IS, HIGH SCHOOL AND YOUNGER.
SUPER=01-John Montgomery/Sports Journal Publisher;
OUT Q=recreational sports.
The Roanoke Valley Sports Journal will also cover local college athletics
and local professional teams.
Among those heading up the project, Sam Lazzaro, a former Salem Avalanche
He says the concept has received overwhelming support from potential
The Sports Journal will debut as a free insert in the April edition of the
Blue Ridge Business Journal.
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In tonight's Two Minute Ticker-- it's ladies night as the ODAC and Big South
women's tournaments are underway.
The runny nose, the coughing, the congestion....maybe you're suffering
from a cold right now.
On Health Check, this may be the remedy-- important new research in
combatting what we call the common cold.
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An 18 year- old Virginia Tech student has died from a bacterial form of
The student, Austin Fox of Orange, was admitted to Montgomery Regional
Hospital with a bloodstream infection yesterday afternoon and died early this
Fox lived on the fourth floor of Shanks Hall on the Tech campus.
Health officials want other students on that floor, as well as anyone else
who may have had CLOSE personal contact with Fox to take an antibiotic to
prevent further spread of the illness.
((DR. JODY HERSHEY/NEW RIVER HEALTH DIST. DIR.: HE WAS IN A DORM SITUATION AT
TECH. I UNDERSTAND APPROXIMATELY 60 STUDENTS IN THAT DORM. WE'RE LOOKING
PARTICULARLY FOR THOSE STUDENTS WHO SHARED THE SAME BATHROOM AS THE STUDENT.
AND THESE ARE BEING IDENTIFIED, AS WELL AS OTHER CLOSE PERSONAL CONTACTS. ))
SUPER=01-Dr. Jody Hershey/New River Health Dist. Dir.;
OUT Q= close personal contacts.
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Students with questions may contact Tech's Student Health Services at
This is the first meningitis death in the New River Valley since two people
died in 1992.
Meningitis is spread through close contact, such as kissing or sharing
eating utensils, or living in the same household with a carrier for an extended
Some other notes and background-- meningitis is a rare but lethal disease
that causes swelling in the brain and spinal chord.
There are two major kinds of meningitis, bacterial and viral.
Bacterial can be deadly--
We've heard about other such cases in recent years around the region...
though again, there are treatments.
--Stiff neck & back
With blood poisoning, there may also be severe muscle aches and chills.
In the U-S meningococcal meningitis is relatively rare, with an incidence
of about one case for every 100-thousand people.
GRAPHIC=the common cold
If you're like most people, you've probably had a cold this season-- and
you're probably due for another one before winter is over.
SUPER=03-New Haven, CT; :
There are many different viruses that can cause what we call the common
cold.. once a cold gets into your system they all do the same thing.
IN Q=The runny nose
((DR. JACK ELIAS/YALE-NEW HAVEN HOSPITAL: THE RUNNY NOSE, THE WATERY EYES, THE
CONGESTION, THE COUGHING AND ON, ALL COME FROM THE INFLAMMATORY RESPONSE THAT
ARE INDUCED BY THE VIRUS. ))
SUPER=01-Dr. Jack Elias/Yale-New Haven Hospital; :
OUT Q=by the virus.
Scientists have discovered a "trigger" that causes those uncomfortable
symptoms which are actually the body's way of fighting the virus.
The researchers call this trigger "Nuclear Factor Kappa-Beta"-- and it may
be THE KEY to controlling the common cold.
IN Q=We think if
((DR. ELIAS/WE THINK IF WE CAN BLOCK NUCLEAR-FACTOR KAPPA BETA WE'LL BE ABLE TO
BLOCK THE APPEARANCE OF THOSE SYMPTOMS, WE'LL EITHER BE ABLE TO PREVENT THEM
ENTIRELY OR AT LEAST MINIMIZE THEM.))
OUT Q=minimize them.
So this is a very different approach-- and may ultimately be more useful
than other research efforts attempting to find a vaccine.
Trying to figure out the labels of over-the-counter medications can be
But that will change if a proposal by the Food and Drug Adminstration
Manufacturers will have to label medications much the same way as foods
are now labeled for things like calories and fat content.
The F-D-A wants consumers to be able to tell at a glance the correct use
of a medication, it's side effects and when to see a doctor.
Smelly gym clothes may soon be a thing of the past.
At least, in England.
A British textile firm says it's putting a chemical into acrylic fiber that
will act against the bacteria that generate body odor.
The company is also working on a fabric that prevents athlete's foot.
Items with the new material should be on sale in British shops in a few
But there's no government approval yet to market it in the U-S.
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They taking starting young literally at the YMCA, where three and four year
olds are learning the fundamentals of gymnastics.
(patrick ad lib)
STOCKS BUMP NEXT
Last summer the entire Nation was amazed and inspired by the performance of
our young gymnasts, but where do they get their start.
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Patrick Evans knows exactly where they teach skills to kids as young as 3
--tonight he's helping to showcase their talents.
(ROLL OVER INTERVIEW)
DOUBLE BOX PATRICK/Mike
Good afternoon everyone. Lets begin the ticker over in Salem where the ODAC
womens basketball tournament is giving the civic center hard wood a work out.
Steve Mason has more on the quarterfinal rounds with Roanoke, Lynchburg,
Randolph Macon and Emory & Henry.
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SUPER=03-Salem/Hornets vs. Maroons; :00
SUPER=01-Susan Dunagan/Roanoke Head Coach; :14
SUPER=01-Amy Athey/26 Points, 9 Rebounds; :40
SUPER=04-Yellow Jackets vs. Wasps; :54
SUPER=33-Emory & Henry/81/Randolph-Macon/72; 1:04
OUT Q= News 7 sports"
The women's Big South tournament tipped off this afternoon in Lynchburg as
this year the conference is staging both its men's and women's events at the
SUPER=03-Lynchburg/C. Southern vs. Radford; :00
Radford under head coach Lubomyr Lichonzcak came in looking for its 8th
straight tournament title.
And Bassett native Kim Hairston would get the party started with the nice
cross over dribble and scoop for two.
The Lady Bucs would hang tough. Kristin Blondell strokes the three ball, but
Charleston Southern still trailed.
But back comes RU. Hairston to Kim Cruise - who knocks down the jumper to
keep the Highlanders comfortably in front.
Dana Schnell hit this jumper on the baseline to ensure the win as Radford
advances to the semi-finals with 77-to-57 victory.
They will meet UNC Greensboro tomorrow at Noon.
Liberty plays its opening game tonight at 8 against Coastal Carolina.
SS=two minute ticker
And VMI is playing its Southern Conference opener tonight in Greensboro
against Furman at 7.
Roy Stanley will have a report from that game for your tonight on News 7 at
Take care everybody. Have a good night.
take a break
Most of us are familiar with Spiderman.
But what about a real person who scales buildings?
This French man attempted to climb Australia's tallest structure- the
landmark Centrepoint Tower.
The 34 year old got 500 feet up when police stopped him.
They sent rescue squads to harness the man and reel him in.
The man says he's a professional climber who's scaled buildings all over the
((I HAVE MANY DIFFERENT NICKNAMES LIKE SPIDERMAN LIKE HUMAN FLY.))
SUPER=01-Alain Robert/Building Climber;
OUT Q=like human fly."
Robert was charged with climbing a building structure and endangering
the lives of others.
(toss to ROBIN)
(ROBIN tosses to Jean)
Ever have a dispute with an auto dealership?
Bet you never got hauled in by police, booked and fingerprinted over it.
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Keith Humphry found a woman who had that experience with a dealership in
Yes, Jean. And she's not alone,SUPER=@Keith1;
though her situation got out of hand.
Jay Kreider stopped payment on the check in a dispute over warranty work.
The next thing they knew Vicki Kreider was picked up by a uniformed police
officer and taken downtown and hauled before a magistrate.
On news 7 at SIX we'll tell you how it turned out and introduce you to some
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other people who says they've had problems with Holiday Mitsubishi.
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.
See you later, Goodnight