News 7 at Five is next-
A first ever- A tobacco company admits cigarettes are addictive and
That story plus local reaction.
And Jon Bonet Ramsey's parents are allowed to watch DNA testing as the
murder investigation continues.
The first full day of spring tomorrow finds temperatures soaring. We got the
numbers coming up.
On Health Check-- we'll be exploring some trends in medicine.
From the changing concerns of medical students-- to new burdens on
primary care physicians.
((MAJOR TOBACCO COMPANIES WERE FULLY AWARE THE PRODUCT THEY WERE SELLING WAS
OUT Q=IS ADDICTIVE."
That admission is the first of its kind- part of a huge settlement reached
just moments ago.
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GRAPHIC=news-7 at five/tobacco
Good Evening. I'm Jean Jadhon.
The announcement came about a half an hour ago.
The Liggitt Group and 22 states have struck a deal- that's already sending
shock waves through the tobacco industry.
Byron Pitts is standing by live in Washington with the details.
cut to byron pitts
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IN Q=Among the nation's
SUPER=01-Scott Harshbarger/Massachusetts Attorney General;
SUPER=01-Grant Woods/Arizona Attorney General;
OUT Q=telling the truth.
((Among the nation's big tobacco companies the Ligget Group based in Durham, NC
is an acorn amongst oak trees. However this announcement hits the big boys
like a chain saw.
SCOTT HARSHBARGER, MASS. ATTORNEY GENERAL: MAJOR TOBACCO COMPANIES WERE
FULLY AWARE THAT THE PRODUCT THAT THEY ARE SELLING WAS ADDICTIVE HAD GREAT
IMPACT ON THE PUBLIC HEALTH IN TERMS OF DISEASE AND LUNG CANCER AND THAT THERE
WAS A TARGETING OF YOUNG PEOPLE AS A MAJOR WAY TO DEAL WITH, TO TRY TO ADDICT
THE NEXT GENERATION OF ADULTS
The makers of Chesterfield , Lark and L&M cigarettes. The Liggett Group
agreed to pay 22-states 25-million dollars now. Plus 2.5 percent of it's
pretax profits for the next 25-years. Perhaps more valuable than the money
the company's paperwork. Liggett will turn over thousands of incriminating
documents, 30-years of notes from meetings with other tobacco companies on
what the industry did and didn't know about the effects of smoking. And the
company's president will acknowledge cigarette smoking causes cancer, nicotine
Admissions his peers in the Industry vehemently denied before Congress.
I BELIEVE NICOTINE IS NOT ADDICTIVE"
Despite Leggett's break from the ranks -- No admission of guilt from at least
one industry heavyweight Phillip Morris issued a one page statement saying in
part Liggett's last `settlement' with states that have sued cigarette companies
was a complete sham." This latest settlement "changes nothing."
Press releases said one thing stock prices another.
Shares of Tobacco stocks fell after the settlement was announced.
Armed now with inside information, State lawyers say it's time to attack
GRANT WOODS/ ARIZONA ATTORNEY GENERAL, PARAPHRASED, THIS IS THE
BEGINNING OF THE END OF THE CONSPIRACY. FINALLY, SOMEONE IS TELLING THE TRUTH))
(byron toss to jean)
Even though Liggett admits it marketed a deadly and addictive product TO
Virginia Attorney General -- and candidate for governor -- Jim Gilmore says he
still has NO plans to sue any tobacco companies.
A Gilmore spokesman says it would devastate Virginia's economy.
Anti-smoking activists in Virginia say they're not surprised the Liggett
Group decided to settle.
But they're interested to see what's in the agreement.
IN Q=We think
((TED GLICKMAN/AMERICAN LUNG ASSOCIATION OF VA.: WE THINK IT'S A VERY HISTORIC
DAY FOR PUBLIC HEALTH. THE AMERICAN LUNG ASSOCIATION OF COURSE APPLAUDS THE
LIGGETT GROUP'S DECISION TO ADMIT SOMETHING THAT THOUSANDS OF AMERICANS HAVE
KNOWN FOR YEARS, THAT CIGARETTES ARE ADDICTIVE AND THEY'RE DEADLY.))
SUPER=01-Ted Glickman/American Lung Assoc. of Va.;
OUT Q=they're deadly.
The Chairman of "Concerned Friends for Tobacco" says Southside farmers are
worried about the economic impact this announcement could have on their
IN Q=You have
((CLARENCE BRYANT/CONCERNED FRIENDS FOR TOBACCO CHAIRMAN:YOU HAVE TO UNDERSTAND
THAT A FARMER, LIKE MYSELF, MOSTLY, EVERYTHING WE HAVE IN ASSETS IS TIED, YOU
KNOW, TO OUR FARMS, SO YOU KNOW, OUR LIVELIHOOD IS REALLY AT STAKE. ))
SUPER=01-Clarence Bryant/Concerned Friends for Tobacco; :00
OUT Q=at stake.
22- percent of Virginia's adult population are smokers.
It is estimated that one in four teenagers smoke.
The director of the V- A Medical Center in Salem remains on administrative
but today Dr. John Presley received a show of support from area veterans.
Members of the Roanoke Valley Veterans Council and other Presley supporters
demonstrated at the front entrance of the center this morning.
They say Presley has improved patient care and working conditions at the
facility, and they believe charges made against him are unfounded.
IN Q=Any time
((WAYNARD CALDWELL/ROANOKE VALLEY VETERANS COUNCIL: ANY TIME THAT SOMEBODY IS A
SUPERVISOR, THEY'RE GOING TO MAKE SOME ENEMIES, THAT IS REGARDLESS OF WHO YOU
ARE. YOU'RE GOING TO MAKE ENEMIES, BUT I THINK HE'S GOT MORE PEOPLE SUPPORTING
HIM THAN HE DOES ENEMIES.))
SUPER=01-Waynard Caldwell/Roanoke Valley Veterans Council;
OUT Q=than he does enemies.
Both Presley and Associate Director William Delamater (DELL-uh-MAY-tuhr)
have been placed on leave.
A V- A panel is reportedly investigating allegations not related to
HARD MUSIC UNDER
A man charged with shaking his girlfriend's child to death is on trial in
And a little later tonight on NEWS-7 at FIVE-- bathing suits and snowmen
usually don't go together-- but students on spring break are getting the best
of the seasons--
Studies have found that babies who sleep on their stomachs are more likely
to die from SIDS than those who sleep on their backs.
On Health Check, a new campaign to make sure every parent has that
Also coming up--March Madness invades the Salem Civic Center.
Plus Scott Prince catches up with the Elfun Society-- a live report when we
D-N-A testing is underway in the JonBenet Ramsey killing,
and the child's parents can watch- or have their own scientist present.
((KELVIN MCNEILL/BOULDER CO. POLICE SPOKESMAN: AT THIS POINT IN TIME THE
PROSECUTION BELIEVES THAT THEY MAY HAVE APPROPRIATE STANDING TO BE PRESENT. WE
ARE TAKING THE CONSERVATIVE COURSE BY ALLOWING REPRESENTATIVES TO OBSERVE
DESTRUCTIVE TESTING OF MATERIAL.))
SUPER=01-Kelvin McNeill/Boulder Co. Police Spokesman;
OUT Q=testing of material."
Before today, officials said the Ramseys did not have that right because
they haven't been named as suspects.
Genetic testing began earlier this month, and could take six weeks to
Six-year old Jon Bonet was found dead in her parent's home the day after
A jury in Carroll County is hearing the trial of a 22 year- old man charged
with murdering his live- in girlfriend's two year- old son.
Steven Wayne Cole told police he was high on drugs when he threw Joshua
Blevins into a wall.
The child suffered skull fractures and died in his bed.
Cole and the boy's mother, who returned home after the incident, admitted
they didn't check on the toddler until late the next afternoon.
The mother, LaDonna Blevins was convicted of felony child neglect.
Cole faces up to life in prison if convicted of first degree murder.
Beer bashes are about to become extinct at two fraternities.
Sigma Nu, which has its national headquarters in Lexington, has joined with
(PIE) Phi Delta Theta in announcing a ban on alcohol in chapter houses.
Sigma Nu was founded at Virginia Military Institute.
The new policy is expected to go into effect by the year 2000.
College administrators are predicting more fraternities and sororities will
groovy music UNDER
A very special award in the Roanoke Valley will be presented tonight-
honoring the work of a volunteer group.
(scott ad lib)
STOCKS BUMP NEXT
The Salem/Roanoke County Chamber of Commerce is naming its Citizen of the
But some extra room at the podium may be needed because the honor is going
to a group of 750 philanthropists called the Elfun Society.
Double Box Jean/Scott
Scott Prince is in Salem this evening with more on tonight's big winners.
SUPER=01-Warren Kurtz/Elfun Society;
Double Box Scott/Robin
SUPER=330-Patchy Fog/And Cool/37-39/Mostly Sunny/And Warm/68-70;
SUPER=331-Mostly Clear/Patchy Fog/38-42/Sunny/And Warmer/70-72;
SUPER=332-Mostly Clear/Patchy Fog/32-36/Mostly Sunny/Light Wind/66-68;
SUPER=333-Patchy/Dense Fog/33-35/Partly Sunny/And Mild/60-64;
SUPER=334-Patchy Fog/And Chilly/30-34/Mostly Sunny/Light Wind/60-65;
health music under
In tonight's Two Minute Ticker-- the city of Salem prepares to host the
Division-Three Final Four this weekend.
On Health Check-- we'll examine a new trend in health care--
Your doctor might actually be a nurse practitioner.
For patients, it might mean quicker access to care.
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GRAPHIC=health care field
For medical students across America, this was the week their hearts pounded
a little harder, and anxiety was a little higher, as they awaited news that
would determine their future.
Exactly at noon yesterday, thousands of students found out where they would
be spending the next few years of their lives.
IN Q=NAT SOUND
SUPER=03-New York; :06
SUPER=01-Stephanie Fish/Medical Student; :35
SUPER=01-Yolanda Troublefield/Medical Student; :42
SUPER=01-Dr. Arthur Linder/NYU School of Medicine; :58 quick
OUT Q=with enthusiasm.
IN Q=I got NAT SOUND
((I GOT PENN, I GOT PENN! ))
OUT Q=got it! NAT SOUND
It's called Match Day, a day when these future doctors learn where they'll
be attending their residency.
It's a grueling process, marked by countless interviews with prospective
schools and endless waiting.
It's also an uncertain time for these future medical professionals-- as the
healthcare system undergoes wrenching changes.
Cost-conscious managed care systems and a looming glut of doctors could make
years of schooling a bad investment.
That means being a doctor doesn't guarantee having a job.
IN Q=There is always
((STEPHANIE FISH/MEDICAL STUDENT: THERE IS ALWAYS CONCERN THAT THIS ISN'T THE
YOLANDA TROUBLEFIELD/MEDICAL STUDENT: YOU DON'T GO INTO THIS BUSINESS TO MAKE
MONEY, YOU GO INTO THIS BUSINESS BECAUSE YOU CARE ABOUT PEOPLE. ))
OUT Q=about people.
Studies show the physician workforce has doubled in the past 25 years-- but
some say the system is as healthy as ever.
((DR. ARTHUR LINDER/NYU SCHOOL OF MEDICINE: WE DON'T KNOW WHAT'S GOING TO
HAPPEN, BUT FOR THIS GROUP, THEY ARE APPROACHING IT WITH ENTHUSIASM.))
Still, for us patients-- it seems when you go to the doctor, you can
usually count on spending some time in the waiting room.
Primary physicians are busier than ever.
And many are opting to use nurse practitioners to help lighten their load.
Kimberly McBroom reports.
IN Q=Still having headaches?
SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.; :05
SUPER=01-Elizabeth Guilfoyle/Nurse Practitioner; :15
SUPER=01-Elizabeth Schleck/Nurse Practitioner; :47
SUPER=01-Dr. Bill Ward/Family Practitioner; 1:01
SUPER=01-Dr. Lee Helms/Roanoke Valley Academy of Medicine; 1;18
SUPER=01-Debra Smith/Patient; 1:38 quick
OUT Q=McBroom, for Health Check
SOT nat sound 10:30:39
((STILL HAVING HEADACHES? MIGRAINES. HOW LONG ARE THEY LASTING? ))
Debra Smith is being re- examined for her ongoing battle with migraine
But instead of waiting for an appointment with a physician, she's getting
treatment from a nurse practitioner.
((ELIZABETH GUILFOYLE/NURSE PRACTITIONER: I THINK PATIENTS ALWAYS HAVE THE
RIGHT TO SEE A PHYSICIAN IF THEY WANT TO SEE A PHYSICIAN. AND I KNOW WHEN THEY
CALL IN INITIALLY, THEY'RE GIVEN THAT OPTION. WE'RE JUST HERE TO SEE THEM IF
THEY FEEL LIKE THEY HAVE A SIMPLE COMPLAINT AND THEY NEED TO BE SEEN RIGHT
Carilion's Brambleton Family Physicians clinic began hiring nurse
practitioners several months ago.
The new assistants have Master's degrees, and routinely handle cases like
sinusitis, sore throat, and other minor ailments.
They leave the more severe cases to physicians.
((ELIZABETH SCHLECK/NURSE PRACTITIONER: A NURSE PRACTITIONER IS TRAINED TO BE
ABLE TO RECOGNIZE THOSE THINGS THAT AREN'T STRAIGHTFORWARD, AND TO REFER THEM,
OR TO CONSULT AS NEEDED. ))
The extra help has meant less waiting time for patients-- and fewer
caseloads for doctors.
((DR. BILL WARD/FAMILY PRACTITIONER: HAVING NURSE PRACTITIONERS IN THE OFFICE
HAS ALLOWED THEM TO DO A LOT OF THE THINGS THAT WE WOULD NORMALLY HAVE TO DO,
TIMEWISE. SO, IT'S FREED US UP TO SPEND TIME WITH THE MORE COMPLICATED
PATIENTS THAT SPECIFICALLY NEED THE TIME OF THE PHYSICIAN. ))
SOT Helms tape 18:37:23
((DR. LEE HELMS/ROANOKE VALLEY ACADEMY OF MEDICINE: WHEN YOU CAN PERFECTLY
BALANCE THAT LEVEL OF CARE AND EXPERTISE THAT'S NEEDED, THEN YOU'RE GOING TO
DELIVER THE MOST EFFICIENT MEDICINE AND CERTAINLY, NURSE PRACTITIONERS FIT IN
THAT WHOLE SPECTRUM. ))
Patients say the only real difference between physicians and nurse
practitioners is in their bedside manner. (/////SOT/////)
((DEBRA SMITH/PATIENT: THEY SPEND A LITTLE MORE TIME WITH YOU THAN THE DOCTOR
DOES-- I THINK BECAUSE THEY WANT TO GET TO KNOW YOU. ))
Kimberly McBroom, for Health Check.))
Gerber Foods and Tipper Gore are joining forces to save babies from Sudden
Infant Death Syndrome, with a national information campaign.
Since 1992, when doctors started recommending that babies be put to sleep
on their backs, SIDS deaths have dropped 30 percent.
Still, nearly four-thousand babies in this country die in their sleep each
Figure skater Scott Hamilton has been diagnosed with testicular cancer--
and will begin chemotherapy within a week.
The four-time world champion and 1984 Olympic gold medalist says he's 100
percent confident he'll overcome the disease--and head back to the ice..
Turning now to sports-- it is official Lefty's right hand man is taking over
at James Madison University.
Plus the city of Salem prepares for March Madness-- Mike Stevens has all
kinds of college basketball news in tonight's Ticker.
Sherman Dillard was officially introduced as JMU's new head basketball coach
today inside the Convocation Center on campus.
The 41-year-old Bassett native is returning to his alma mater.
In the late 70's he was the Dukes top player and an honors graduate.
He now hopes to give a little bit back to James Madison.
((SHERMAN DILLARD/NEW JMU HEAD COACH:))
SUPER=01-Sherman Dillard/New JMU Head Coach; :00
OUT Q=...SO MUCH TO ME."
Dillard replaces one of his former bosses, Lefty Driesell and inherits a team
that won 16 games last season.
GRAPHIC=NCAA DIV III
March Madness hit the Salem Civic Center today as the participants in this
weekend's NCAA Division Three final four arrived in salem and went through hour
All four teams made it safely to the Roanoke Valley from places like
Williamston, Massachusetts and Lincoln, Nebraska, but their travels were
somewhat of an adventure.
Fog this morning forced both teams to land in Lynchburg and bus back up 460
The semi-finals begin tomorrow night at six, and plenty of good tickets are
still available at the Salem Civic Center box office.
Earlier in the day at the Salem Civic Center the Salem Rotary Club announced
it is co-sponsoring the new Jostens Trophy.
The award will be given annually to the top player in Division Three starting
with the 1998 season.
The club also announced the formation of the Wooldridge scholarship, in honor
of retiring ODAC commissioner Dan Wooldridge.
The player of the year's university will receive $500 a year.
IN Q="I was...
((DAN WOOLDRIDGE/RETIRING ODAC COMMISSIONER:))
SUPER=01-Dan Wooldridge/Retiring ODAC Commissioner; :00
OUT Q=...IT'S GREAT
And not far from the Civic Center, the folks inside Salem Memorial Stadium
were finishing up work on the outfield wall billboards.
The season opener is on Friday night April 4th.
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And don't forget coming up tonight on Your Hometown station the Sweet 16 in
Division One as Clemson takes on Minnesota at 7:30, and Kentucky battles St.
Joseph's in the nightcap.
SS=two minute ticker
See you at six everybody.
Have a good night.
go to break
Spring break usually means sun and surf-
SUPER=03-Daytona Beach, FL;
but add snow to that equation for some college students in Daytona Beach-
60 tons of snow in all.
No, this snow did not fall from the sky. It was hauled in on three tractor
The spring breakers task- to build the best snowmen.
Gatorade put on the winter party- to help launch its new frost sports
toss to robin
(toss to ROBIN)
(ROBIN tosses to Jean)
The Nation's capital was the backdrop today for the ongoing railroad talks
when it comes to acquiring Conrail.
double boxes Jean/Keith
Here's Keith Humphry with the latest.
Jean as we've reported for months, Norfolk Southern and CSX have each tried
to take over Conrail--
Instead the two Virginia railroads are trying to divide up the assets of the
northeastern rival...without slashing Conrail jobs in Altoona, Pennsylvania.
double boxes Jean/Keith
Len Besthoff reports tonight from Washington D-C with the latest on NEWS-7
at six....in 30-minutes.
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.
have a nice evening, Goodnight