Next on News 7 at five-
The evidence is now in question in the case against an alleged Roanoke Crime
Police clear two family members in the Jon Bonet Ramsey case-
And did you know some Botetourt County students are asked not to use the
bathrooms at certain times of the day?
Winter is not done just yet. Howling NW winds and temperatures in the 20's
tonight in our forecast segment.
On Health Check, impact in the area for Type Two diabetics-- with a newly
It's the first medicine to attack the underlying cause of the most common
form of diabetes
IN Q=A lot of
((A LOT OF RUMORS GO IN THIS NEIGHBORHOOD, AND I SUPPOSE THAT WAS ONE OF THEM,
BUT NOBODY REALLY KNEW. ))
OUT Q=really knew.
Arson and extortion charges came as no surprise to folks on 13th Street in
Southwest Roanoke today... though not everybody believes it.
SS=news-7 at five
Good Evening, I'm Jean Jadhon.
The day after authorities unveiled what they say was the work of an
organized crime family, the evidence is being called into question.
Rod (Ah-bed) Abed was back before a Magistrate today.
He was hoping to get released on bond.
But the prosecutor pointed to his criminal record and cited ten cases Rod
(Ah-bed) Abed's been involved in where witnesses refused to testify.
His lawyer questioned how much proof the government has behind the
((DAVID DAMICO/ABED'S ATTORNEY: IT WAS PRETTY CLEAR THAT THIS IS NOT A CASE
THAT INVOLVES VIDEO OR AUDIO SURVEILLANCE. IT IS NOT A CASE WHERE YOU HAVE LAW
ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS THAT OBSERVED THE DEFENDANT DOING THE THINGS THAT HE'S
ALLEGED TO HAVE DONE.))
((TOM BONDURANT/PROSECUTOR: WELL, 99.9% OF THE CASES YOU DON'T HAVE THOSE
THINGS. YOU HAVE WITNESSES TESTIMONY. AND AS WE HAVE INDICATED IN OUR CASE, WE
HAVE OVERWHELMING WITNESS TESTIMONY ))
SUPER=01-David Damico/Abed's Attorney; :00
SUPER=01-Tom Bondurant/Prosecutor; :14
OUT Q=overwhelming witness testimony.
The Magistrate has scheduled a hearing for next week to examine some of
We'll have more on that AND the reaction of residents and shop owners in
the 13th Street area coming up on NEWS 7 at SIX.
Boulder, Colorado police now say Jon Bonet Ramsey's half-siblings are NOT
considered suspects in her murder.
((KELVIN MCNEILL/BOULDER POLICE SPOKESMAN: JOHN ANDREW AND MELINDA ARE BEING
PUBLICLY CLEARED OF INVOLVEMENT IN THIS CASE TO RELIEVE THEM OF THE STRESS
CAUSED BY INAPPROPRIATE SPECULATION.))
SUPER=01-Kelvin McNeill/Boulder Police Spokesman;
OUT Q=inappropriate speculation."
McNeill says police are gathering new handwriting samples from JonBonet's
He says previous sets were affected from medication the girl's mother was
taking since the murder.
Six Year old Jon Bonet was found strangled to death in the family's
Boulder, Colorado home the day after Christmas.
Roanoke County will soon be searching for a new police chief.
John Cease is resigning to become chief of police in Wilmington, North
SUPER=03-Roanoke Co./File Tape;
Cease was hired as the first chief of the Roanoke County police force in
Among his accomplishments: accreditation of the department in 1992.
County administrator Elmer Hodge says he's sorry Cease is leaving.
He says Cease was the right person at the right time for the police
Cease will begin his duties in Wilmington in early April.
Flooding on the Ohio River is moving downstream-
The National Guard is sandbagging some areas in hopes of keeping the water
((ARE YOU GOING TO BE ABLE TO HOLD THIS LINE HERE? SHOVEL SCRAPING SOUND.))
OUT Q=NAT SHOVEL SCRAPING."
About 1000 people along the river moved out in Indiana.
Telephone, electric and gas utilities are now disconnected in many
They're still watching the river rise in Louisville. It's expected to crest
there tomorrow night at more than 15 feet above flood stage.
The top of this house was lifted off its foundation- and is floating
toss to robin
HARD MUSIC UNDER
The Governor pats his administration on the back for its economic
development effort in 1996-- the story, next on NEWS-7 at Five.
And a Botetourt County School is dealing with some problems...including
plumbing troubles ...sometimes students are asked NOT to use the restroom.
On Health Check-- we'll fill you in on a discouraging report on whether
self-examination does any good in reducing breast cancer deaths.
The Richmond ballet hasn't performed in Roanoke for a decade--
Until now that is...Patrick has a live report when we come back.
Governor George Allen's still on a roll.
Allen's office today released the economic development results for 1996.
Over three-and a half BILLION dollars in committed capital investment for
the year... bringing the state's three year total of net new jobs under Allen
to over 200-thousand.
SOT tape two 14:53:32
IN Q=As a
((GOV. GEORGE ALLEN: AS A CANDIDATE, I SAID AS GOVERNOR I WOULD LIKE TO, I
DIDN'T SAY CREATE, BUT CREATE THE CONDITIONS SO THAT THERE'D BE 125- THOUSAND
JOBS CREATED. AND EVERYONE, I REMEMBER MY OPPONENT THEN AND OTHERS SAID "OH
WHAT A LUDICROUS PROMISE THAT IS."))
OUT Q=that is.
The Governor's also cheering about the state's first prepaid tuition
Over 16-thousand Virginia families paid in advance for college tuitions down
the road by last Friday's deadline.
First Union's regional headquarters in Roanoke isn't going anywhere, in
spite of a new law that will change the way banks are organized.
By mid- year, First Union and other large banks can fold their separate,
state chartered banks under one umbrella organization.
First Union runs its Virginia, Maryland, and Washington D-C operations out
of downtown Roanoke.
A staff of roughly 30 people here perform that function.
But when you include branch and back office operations, First Union has more
than two- thousand employees in the area.
Some young students in Botetourt County are sometimes asked to refrain from
using the bathroom late in the day... because of a water pressure problem.
It's happening at Colonial Elementary School in Blue Ridge.
School Board officials say the problem WILL be considered in the next school
But that won't be passed for another couple of months.
In the meantime, students have to abide by certain rules.
IN Q=If it's
((LOIS TRENT/PRINCIPAL: IF IT'S AN EMERGENCY NEED TO USE THE BATHROOM...
CERTAINLY USE THE BATHROOM. BUT NOT TO TRY TO FLUSH THE COMMODE AT THAT TIME
UNTIL WE CAN GET THE PRESSURE BUILT BACK UP. THEN WE DO GO AROUND AND MAKE SURE
ALL OF THAT'S DONE PROPERLY. ))
OUT Q=done properly
Parents are also concerned about the problem.
Many are afraid it could make their children sick.
IN Q=It can
((DONNA DUDDING/CONCERNED PARENT: IT CAN CAUSE MEDICAL PROBLEMS IF KIDS CAN NOT
GO TO THE BATHROOM. ))
SUPER=01-Donna Dudding/Concerned Parent;
OUT Q=the bathroom
Later this month, the school's PTA is meeting to talk about the problems.
Botetourt County Schools Superintendent Jack Thomas is scheduled to be
groovy music UNDER
Who says ballet has to be serious and boring? Patrick is checking out one
production that encourages you to laugh.
(patrick ad lib)
STOCKS BUMP NEXT
(ko-PALE-yuh) Coppelia. It's a production from the Richmond Ballet.
It's in in town this weekend for a Star City performance.
DOUBLE BOX JEAN/PATRICK
Patrick Evans brings us all the details- Patrick- this is the first time
the Richmond Ballet has performed here in 10 years so this is quite a treat.?
SUPER=01-Judy Jacob/Assistant Ballet Master;
DOUBLE BOX PATRICK/ROBIN
SUPER=330-Windy/& Cold/26-28/Mostly Sunny/Wind W-15/47-49;
SUPER=331-Mostly Clear/And Cold/28-30/Mostly Sunny/Wind SW-10/50-52;
SUPER=332-Partly Cloudy/Wind W-15/24-26/Partly Sunny/And Cool/44-46;
SUPER=333-Clear And/Blustery/20-24/Mostly Sunny/Wind W-10/44-46;
SUPER=334-Partly Cloudy/And Cold/20-22/Partly Sunny/Wind W-15/40-42;
health music under
Virginia Tech is bounced out of the Atlantic 10 tournament. Today they
played Rhode Island-- Mike has highlights in tonight's Ticker.
On Health Check-- a report on Hepatitis C--
A dangerous disease that can leave you with liver failure or cancer.
IN Q=I have pains
((I HAVE PAINS IN MY SIDE BECAUSE OF THE LIVER, AND NOW PROBLEMS WITH THE SPEEL
AREA. SO I CAN'T VACUUM, AND BENDING AND BASICALLY TIRED A LOT. I'M TIRED A
OUT Q=tired a lot (DOUBLE OUT)
HEALTH BUMP NEXT
For some diabetics, it may be the answer to their prayers--
The recently F-D-A approved drug, Rezulin can help patients reduce or
even stop their insulin shots.
But as Kimberly McBroom reports, the drug is not for everyone.
IN Q=For most diabetics
SUPER=01-Connie Bierly/American Diabetes Associaton; :11
SUPER=01-Dr. James Bailey/Endocrinology Associates, Inc.; :27
OUT Q=McBroom, News 7
File shots of patients
For most diabetics, taking insulin is a way of life.
But for patients who have the common Type Two strain, and take at least 30
units of insulin a day-- Rezulin may make life easier.
((CONNIE BIERLY/AMERICAN DIABETES ASSOC.: ANYTIME A NEW TREATMENT IS OUT, WE
DO ALWAYS RECOMMEND THAT PATIENTS EDUCATE THEMSELVES AND THEN TALK WITH THEIR
HEALTH CARE PROFESSIONAL TO SEE IF THE DRUGS OR THE NEW TREATMENT IS
APPROPRIATE FOR THEM. ))
shot of Rezulin
As with most new drugs, there are some misconceptions about the effects of
((DR. JAMES BAILEY/ENDOCRINOLOGY ASSOCIATES, INC.: FOR SOME PEOPLE WHO HAVE
INSULIN- REQUIRING TYPE TWO DIABETES, THEY MAY BE ABLE TO COME OFF THEIR
INSULIN AS A RESULT OF TAKING REZULIN, BUT CERTAINLY NOT A REPLACEMENT FOR
According to the American Diabetes Association, 15- percent of patients
completing clinical studies no longer required insulin...but the long- term
effects of Rezulin have yet to be determined.
((WELL, I THINK FOR PEOPLE WHO HAVE POOR CONTROL OF THEIR DIABETES, DESPITE
TAKING INSULIN, IT'S A MAJOR BREAKTHROUGH. IT'S A WAY FOR THEM TO ACHIEVE
BETTER DIABETES CONTROL, WHEREAS PREVIOUSLY, WE REALLY DIDN'T HAVE OTHER
Doctor Bailey has already administered the drug to a few of his patients.
But he says it won't be available in pharmacies until the end of the
As for the risks-- high doses of Rezulin have been found to cause fluid
retention in some lab animals.
But there's been no evidence of a similar reaction in humans.
Health officials say it will be some time before they can determine just
how significant this new drug is.
Kimberly McBroom, News 7.
GRAPHIC=breast cancer awareness
Although we've been told that breast self exams help detect cancer early--
A new study in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute says this might
not be so.
Over 100-thousand Chinese women were taught to detect lumps in their
own breasts, but researchers found this (----------------)
did not help women detect cancer any earlier than if they did not do
The study also found that self-exam did not change the death rate from
These are just preliminary results-- research is ongoing.
You've probably heard about Hepatitis "A" and Hepatitis "B" but these days
the most serious of those liver diseases is Hepatitis "C" which affects at
least 3 and a half million Americans.
Hepatitis "C" is very common but most people don't even know they have it.
This disease that can ultimately leave you with liver failure or cancer may
come from being exposed to the virus years ago.
Maybe through sexual intercourse, a brief experiment with drugs, or maybe
following a blood transfusion.
IN Q=Most of the
((DR. KLION: MOST OF THE CASES DO NOT PRESENT WITH A CLINICAL SYNDROME OF
FEVER AND ACHES BUT ARE SMOLDERING ALONG THROUGH THE YEARS AND IN FACT MOST
PEOPLE HAVE NO SYMPTOMS. ))
SUPER=01-Dr. Franklin Klion/Liver Specialist; :
OUT Q=no symptoms.
****CONNIE AUDIO ON CART****
Left untreated, 50-percent of chronic Hepatitis C patients progress to
serious liver damage, cirrhosis and liver failure.
Ten percent get liver cancer. The only treatment currently available to
prevent that is alpha-interferon. But it doesn't work for everyone.
IN Q=It has to be
((DR. KLION: IT HAS TO BE INJECTED 3 TIMES A WEEK FOR A DURATION OF ONE
YEAR AND IN THE BEGINNING PEOPLE GET FLU AFTER THE INJECTION, FEVER, CHILLS,
It works best in people who have the least disease, those who have the least
amount of virus in their system.
Researchers are investigating combining interferon with a drug used against
AIDS to make it more effective, but for now only about half the patients
receive some benefit from treatment.
March madness is in a full court press as conference basketball tournaments
Mike Stevens has a rundown of the upcoming ACC tourney...and the latest on
Virginia Tech's attempt to keep its season alive.
Welcome everybody to the Thursday ticker, and holed on because March Madness
kicked into high gear this afternoon with conference tournaments all over the
Let's begin in Philadelphia, where the Virginia Tech Hokies saw their season
come to a close today in the quarterfinals of the Atlantic 10 tourney against
SUPER=03-Philadelphia/Rhode Island vs. Va. Tech; :00
The Hokies took their first lead with 5-minutes left in the first half Ace
Custis hits the jumper from the corner Tech led 22 to 18.
Tech came the momentum on its side as freshman Russ Wheeler hits this
jumper to make it 24 to 18 Tech.
The Hokies upped that lead to 7 at the half then another freshman Brandon
Dunlop's three made it a 34 to 24 as the Hokies led by 10.
Rhode Island rallied midway through the second half - Tyson Wheeler's
jumper gave the rams a 41 to 40 lead and they would never trail again.
Tech fell behind by as many as SUPER=33-Rhode Island/67/Virginia
Tech/63/;seven, but Troy Manns takes it to the hoop cutting the lead to one.
but Rhode Island wins it 67 to 63.
Tech finishes the year and the Bill Foster era with a 15 and 16 record.
SUPER=03-New York/WVa. vs. Providence;
And West Virginia's tournament title hopes also come to a close today in the
Big East quarterfinals as they lost to Providence 76-to-69.
The Mountaineers are now 19-and-9 and headed either to the NCAA's or the NIT.
The Atlantic Coast Conference tournament opens tonight at the Greensboro
Coliseum with the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets talking on N.C. State
The winner of this play-in game will take on Duke tomorrow.
In fact you can watch all four quarterfinal games Friday right here on Your
Maryland plays Clemson in the opener tomorrow at Noon.
Then around 2:20 in the afternoon, it's top seeded Duke taking on the winner
of tonight's game.
The evening session also features two outstanding games. Wake Forest battles
Florida State at seven o'clock in the night opener, and they at 9:20 tomorrow
night we'll have the Virginia-North Carolina game for you LIVE right here on
SUPER=03-Charlotte/Last Season; :00
But first a quick football note on the Ticker.
Earlier today, the Panthers signed all-pro linebacker Sam Mills to a two year
contract extension. The 38 year old veteran will play two more seasons in
Carolina and then retire.
((SAM MILLS/SIGNS FOR TWO MORE YEARS:))
SUPER=01-Sam Mills/Signs For Two More Years;:00
OUT Q=...ANOTHER YEAR."
SS=TWO MINUTE TICKER
Steve Mason reports from Greensboro at six, on UVa's afternoon shoot around
at the coliseum.
Have a good night everybody.
take a break
One Florida principal is puckering up- for a pig.
This is the principal- Marilyn My-rick.
This is the pig- Garth.
While it may sound strange- It's all for a good reason.
The principal promised she'd gloss up her lips and kiss a pig- if every
parent with children in her school joined the PTA.
Myrick even got some mouthwash out-
Then it was time for the big event- smooching the swine- to the giggles of
Myrick says Garth is a wonderful kisser- she says she ranks him a 9.
(toss to ROBIN)
(ROBIN tosses to Jean)
Coming up at Six, they're women.
And they're playing pro ball in the U.S.
And they're winning.
We're speaking of course about Virginia's very own team: the Richmond Rage.
They're tied right now in the new American Basketball League's CHAMPIONSHIP
series... and the pulses of aspiring young female athletes in Virginia are
IN Q=Oh wow.
((ADRIAN GOODSON: OH WOW. AT LEAST NOW THEY HAVE SOMETHING TO DREAM ABOUT. I
MEAN, I REMEMBER WHEN I WAS PLAYING I LOOKED UP TO DR. J, YOU KNOW.))
OUT Q=you know.
Ellen Qualls boned up on basketball to check out sports history in the
More on the Rage in just one half 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.
See you later, Goodnight