News 7 at Five is next-
The campaigning is off and running- a candidate announces he will run for
A straighter road in the Back Creek area will make driving easier- but some
say it could also cause harm-
A cool front pushed the rain away and brought much drier air into the region.
That caused temperatures to move into the 60's. Forecast details are coming
On Health Check--
The latest guidelines for keeping your cholesterol in check.
The story, plus-- join us for a tour of the Salem V-A's new Center for
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Alexandria car dealer and eight year Lieutenant Governor Don Beyer makes it
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Good Evening, I'm Jean Jadhon.
He wants to be the education governor.
Today in a four city tour that began in Roanoke, 46-year old Donald
Sternhoff Beyer, Junior kicked off what he's calling the greatest adventure of
Beyer hopes to become the first non-lawyer governor in four decades.
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SUPER=01-Don Beyer/(D) Candidate for Governor;
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But before Beyer was even out of the blocks, The Washington Post speculated
he'd have to raise taxes to pay for his education plan.
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SUPER=01-Bob Holsworth/VCU Political Analyst; :07
OUT Q=supporting tax increases.
Beyer says he will NOT take a NO-tax increase pledge.
But then neither will his likely opponent-- Republican Attorney General Jim
It's a different story for a Lynchburg delegate...
After eight years in the House, Hill City Republican Joyce Crouch says she
will not seek another term this fall.
Crouch first went to Richmond to replace her husband, Joe, who represented
the 22nd district for 12-years before he died in 1989.
Crouch says she's proud of her family's record of service.
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((DEL. JOYCE CROUCH/R-LYNCHBURG: I FEEL VERY GOOD ABOUT THE SERVICE OF MY EIGHT
YEARS THERE. I HAD GENERALLY PRETTY GOOD SUCCESS ON MOST OF THE PIECES OF
LEGISLATION THAT I INTRODUCED AND PRETTY MUCH GAVE FULL-TIME SERVICE TO THE
SUPER=01-Del. Joyce Crouch/(R) Lynchburg; :00
OUT Q=the constituency.
Crouch hopes her retirement from politics will allow her more time with her
The Citadel is punishing ten more cadets for hazing two female classmates.
The Citadel threw one cadet out of school.
((CLIFTON POOLE/INTERIM PRESIDENT, THE CITADEL: ANOTHER CADET WILL BE GIVEN THE
MAXIMUM PUNISHMENT SHORT OF DISMISSAL. EIGHT MORE CADETS ARE AWARDED DISCIPLINE
OF WALKING TOURS AND CONFINEMENT TO CAMPUS FOR VARIOUS PERIODS OF TIME.))
SUPER=01-Maj. Gen. Clifton Poole/Citadel Interim President;
OUT Q=periods of time."
Kim Messer and Jeanie Mentavlos alleged their clothes were set afire, they
were forced to stand in a closet while being kicked and shoved- and were made
to drink tea until they became ill.
The women did not return to the state military school this semester.
Time may be running out for Los Angeles Police Chief Willie Williams.
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The Police Commission has recommended against a second term.
((WE WILL NEED A CHIEF WHO CAN BETTER LEAD AND MOTIVATE THE SUBSTANTIAL TALENT
THAT EXISTS IN THE LOS ANGELES POLICE DEPARTMENT. WE NEED A CHIEF WHO CAN
GARNER SUPPORT AND TRUST OF RANK AND FILE.))
SUPER=01-Ray Fisher/Police Commission President;
OUT Q=OF RANK AND FILE."
Williams was hired to restore confidence in the city's police after the 1992
But the commission says he failed to be a fully effective leader after the
riots that followed the Rodney King verdict.
Since Williams took over, violent crime and complaints against officers have
dropped in L-A.
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Are the plans for the winding stretch of Route 221 in Roanoke County causing
Coming up a little later on NEWS-7 at FIVE- after 50 years of designing
buildings, one firm is planning for another 50-years... with a time capsule.
On Health Check-- it's one thing to give your mind a workout-- another to
get your body in shape at the same time.
But a Virginia Tech professor has some ideas.
Also coming up-- Mexican food, the healthy way, it can be done...
Plus March Madness tips off later this week... Mike has the schedule of the
games right here on Your Hometown Station. Stay close.
Some Roanoke County residents are raising geological concerns over a
potential change to Route 221.
The Virginia Department of Transportation is trying to come up with the best
and most efficient way to make driving easier in the Back Creek area.
That MIGHT mean eliminating some curves... and building a straight road in
Some nearby residents are afraid that plan would eliminate the area's
IN Q=The great
((CAROLE KEPHART/CONCERNED RESIDENT: THE GREAT BLUE HERON, THE LITTLE GREEN
HERON, THE RED TAIL HAWK. IT'S ALL GONNA GO. EVERY BIT. AND IF YOU LOOK DOWN
HERE, YOU KNOW THAT WE HAVE TROUT. IT'S CLEAN WATER AND IT WILL BE RUINED. ))
SUPER=01-Carole Kephart/Concerned Resident;
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Fred Altizer, the district administrator for VDOT, says the area has not
undergone any geological testing.
He says it could take months before the plan reaches that stage.
Now that the dust is settling, it appears Norfolk Southern has done well in
its quest to be included in the deal to purchase Conrail.
Late last week N-S's cross state rival announced plans to purchase Conrail.
But N-S will reportedly get a healthy chunk of Conrail's routes in the
northeast at a cost of four- billion- dollars.
SOT today tape 12:30:18
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((GEORGE BRAMMER/STOCKBROKER-A.G. EDWARDS: WELL THOSE ARE THE FIGURES THAT ARE
BEING THROWN OUT RIGHT NOW. AND IT'S CERTAINLY BETTER THAN PAYING 10- BILLION.
AND THAT'S THE ESTIMATE THAT NORFOLK SOUTHERN WOULD HAVE PAID HAD THEY BOUGHT
THE WHOLE COMPANY.))
SUPER=01-George Brammer/A.G. Edwards Stockbroker;
OUT Q=whole company.
For more than four months N-S has been locked in a bidding war for Conrail
with Richmond- based C-S-X.
N-S and C-S-X together employ several thousand people in our area.
The move is not expected to affect those jobs.
But the carving up of Conrail is expected to impact ITS employment,
primarily in the Northeast.
Staples and the Office Depot may not merge after all-
The Federal Trade Commission voted today to stop the two largest office
supply retailers from merging.
The commission will seek a court order to prevent Staples from acquiring
The FTC says a merger would allow the company to control office supply
prices in various cities throughout the country.
If the companies did merge they would run approximately 1,000 superstores.
Trading of both companies stocks was suspended today after the FTC
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Mexican food doesn't have to be bad for you-- Patrick Evans is getting some
healthy cooking tips without crossing the border.
(patrick ad lib)
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We usually hear the foods we love, are bad for us-- but that's not always the
case-- tonight we're talking about Mexican food.
DOUBLE BOX JEAN/PATRICK
Patrick Evans is cooking up great Mexican Cuisine with some help and
guidance from the Lewis Gale Health Management Center, and it's all low in fat
and actually good for you!
SUPER=01-Lee Ann Mathews/Lewis Gale Health Mgmt. Center;
DOUBLE BOX PATRICK/ROBIN
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health music under
In tonight's Two Minute Ticker-- the Virginia Cavaliers talk about going to
the big dance.
On Health Check-- for a long time it was believed the Elephant Man
suffered from a disease called Neuro-fibromatosis.
In fact, he did not....but many other patients are still fighting the
stigma-- and waiting for a cure...Primetime television tackles the issue
IN Q=N-F is one of
((N-F IS ONE THOSE DISEASES THAT'S CONSIDERED AN ORPHAN DISEASE IT DOESN'T GET
A LOT OF FUNDING FOR RESEARCH.))
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INpatient care on an OUTpatient basis--
It's a growing trend in the health care industry across the country.
To meet the growing demand, the Salem V-A has just opened its new Center
for Outpatient Services.
The 30- bed facility will include a day clinic to provide admission and
recovery from outpatient surgery.
A 23- hour clinic will offer short- term medical care, as well as
observation and testing.
IN Q=It's like a welcome
((DR. RAJIV JAIN/CHIEF OF STAFF: IT IS LIKE A WELCOME CENTER AND A CONTINUUM
OF SERVICES FROM THE OFFICE, PRIMARY CARE, TO OUTPATIENT SURGERY AND DIAGNOSTIC
CENTER, AND THERE IS FOLLOW-UP RIGHT AFTER THE PROCEDURE. SO, IT'S COMBINATION
OF SERVICES. ))
SUPER=01-Dr. Rajiv Jain/Chief of Staff;
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With the center's opening, officials estimate 70- percent of all surgery
will be done on an outpatient basis.
The Salem V-A saw more than 200- thousand outpatients during the last
What should you aim for when it comes to cholesterol levels?
The National Cholesterol Education Program has set new guidelines for L-D-L
cholesterol-- the so called "bad cholesterol."
They say people with a past history of heart disease should shoot for an
L-D-L level of 100 or less.
People with at least two risk factors for heart disease but no symptoms
should keep L-D-L below 130 and all others should keep it below 160.
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Tonight's episode of "Chicago Hope" features a boy struggling with a disease
It's caused by a genetic defect-- and can lead to the development of
disfiguring tumors on or under the skin.
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SUPER=01-Andrew Idenden/Neurofibromatosis Patient; :19
SUPER=01-Dr. Allan Rubenstein/Neurofibromatosis Expert; :37
OUT Q=on the skin.
Neurofibromatosis is a real life condition this 10-year-old knows all too
Andrew Idenden has undergone two back surgeries to remove tumors on his
spine...and may need more.
It's surgery his family can't pay for-- he doesn't have health insurance.
And then there's the kids at school.
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(( ANDREW IDENDEN: THEY WOULD JUST MAKE FUN OF ME AND SAY 'HE'S GOT TUMORS, RUN
AWAY FROM HIM. AND THEY WOULD PUSH ME AND HIT ME AND BEAT ME UP AND
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N-F causes tumors to form in the nervous system-- though it's not cancer.
The tumors can form on any nerve in the body and affect the spinal cord,
the brain, the eyes, the ears and bones.
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(( DR. ALLAN RUBENSTEIN, NEUROFIBROMATOSIS EXPERT: IN SOME CASES THIS DISORDER
CAN BE EXTREMELY DISFIGURING IN MOST CASES
FORTUNATELY IT IS NOT.))
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The disorder is usually diagnosed during childhood.
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(( DR. ALLAN RUBENSTEIN/ NEUROFIBROMATOSIS EXPERT:THE FIRST AND EARLIEST SIGNS
OF THE DISORDER ARE CAFE-AU-LAIT SPOTS FLAT BROWN SPOTS THAT OCCUR ON THE
OUT Q=on the skin.
Six or more spots make the diagnosis of N-F more likely.
Right now surgical removal of the tumors is the only treatment.
But the recent discovery of the genes that cause N-F may help researchers
come up with better
treatments or even help prevent it altogether.
But all this depends on funding.
For more information, call the National Neurofibromatosis Foundation-- at
That episode of Chicago Hope, dealing with the condition, airs tonight here
on W-D-B-J, at 10.
Surfing the Internet may exercise your mind... but it can't give the body
much of a work out... or can it?
That was one of the issues discussed during an educational conference at the
Hotel Roanoke this afternoon.
A Virginia Tech professor thinks children can get excited about exercising
if they can learn about it via a computer.
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((GEORGE GRAHAM/VIRGINIA TECH PROFESSOR: WE KNOW KIDS ENJOY WORKING WITH
COMPUTERS AND WATCHING TELEVISION, BUT WE'RE WONDERING IF THAT MEDIUM CAN'T BE
ALSO USED TO EDUCATE YOUNGSTERS ABOUT GETTING OUTSIDE, BEING ACTIVE AND GETTING
AWAY FROM THE COMPUTER. ))
SUPER=01-George Graham/Virginia Tech Professor;
OUT Q=the computer
Graham says it's essential for youngsters to learn about their bodies.
He believes if enough health- related web sites were created specifically
for kids... it could have a positive impact on their physical development.
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Welcome everybody to the new work week and the start of March Madness.
Both the Virginia men's and women's teams are again invitees to the big
The UVa men open play in the field of 64 Thursday night at 10:30pm against
Iowa out in Salt Lake City.
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((JEFF JONES/UVA HEAD COACH:))
SUPER=01-Jeff Jones/UVa Head Coach; :00
OUT Q=...best we can."
Women's coach Debbie Ryan also talked to the media today. Her team is seeded
fourth in the West, and they host Troy State Friday night at U-hall.
IN Q="I don't...
((DEBBIE RYAN/UVA WOMEN'S HEAD COACH:))
SUPER=01-Debbie Ryan/UVa Women's Head Coach; :00
OUT Q=...points a game."
The Liberty Flames are in the tournament for the first time ever. We'll hear
from them tonight at 6.
Your Hometown station is the ticket for the NCAA tournament. Our coverage
begins this Thursday afternoon at 12:15.
WIPE TO SCORES
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As the Kansas Jayhawks take on Jackson State in the opening game of the
tournament from Memphis.
Then we'll stay in the Memphis to complete the afternoon session as Purdue
tangles with A-10 member Rhode Island at 2:40.
Then the night session should be outstanding. We'll tips things off at 7:30
with North Carolina and Fairfield from the Winston-Salem.
Then at 10:30 it's Virginia and Iowa hooking up out in Salt lake City.
Also, you will get some bonus converge Thursday night of the Maryland -
College of Charleston game in Memphis.
Then on Friday we'll start things all over again at 12:15 as the Clemson
Tigers battle Miami of Ohio from Kansas City.
The final game of the afternoon has Conference USA member UNC-Charlotte
playing Georgetown from out in Tuscon.
Then at 7:30 Friday night, Wake Forest hooks up with St. Mary's of
And the night session ends with the Duke Blue Devils taking no the Racers of
Murray State from the Charlotte Coliseum.
Also, Friday night, some bonus coverage of the Old Dominion - New Mexico game
And the Roanoke Express is in Richmond tonight skating against the Renegades
in a make up game.
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The Express won all three of its home game this past week, and suddenly the
team is just 2 points behind the third place Renegades in the standings.
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Steve Mason is in the state's capital for the big game tonight. He will have
highlights and postgame from the Richmond Coliseum tonight at 11.
Have a good night everybody.
take a break
In 19-47 four architects formed a partnership to literally change the face of
The design firm of Hayes, (SAY) Seay, Mattern and Mattern is best known for
area projects like the City Hall Annex, Carilion Hospital and Center in the
Square-- but today it focused on the future.
50-years after it was founded, employees left a time capsule to be sealed for
the next 50-years.
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((TED PETOSKEY/VICE PRESIDENT, HSMM: IT WAS AN OPPORTUNITY FOR US TO VISION
WHERE WE MIGHT BE 5O YEARS FROM NOW AT HAYES, SEAY, MATTERN AND MATTERN, WHAT
AREAS WE WOULD BE IN IN TERMS OF THE COMMUNITY, WHERE WOULD THE COMMUNITY BE 50
YEARS FROM NOW))
SUPER=01-Ted Petoskey/HSMM Vice President;
OUT Q=50 years from now.
Included in the capsule are designs and photos of current projects, plus
mementoes of 19-97... such as a newspaper, a music C-D, and "post-it" notes.
If you've been looking forward to Spring, remember sometimes you have to take
the bad with the good.
double boxes Jean/Keith
Jean, that's especially true if you have a ladybug problem.
Extension agents and Virginia Tech entomologists have been swarmed by people
complaining the bugs are taking over their houses.
The Japanese ladybeetles showed up in Virginia in 1993, often by the
THOUSANDS in some homes.
They make an appearance in March after spending the winter clustered in
cracks or insulation.
The bugs are harmless, though certainly a nuisance.
double boxes Jean/Keith
On News 7 at Six, we'll share some tips for getting them out, and KEEPING
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