Next On News 7-
The wife of a man charged with DUI speaks out.
She says her husband wasn't the only one drinking the night of a fatal crash.
A race horse bucks out of control- running into a crowd.
Plus how would you like to select your electric company?
As the winds die down tonight, temperatures will take a tumble. More on the
forecast in a moment.
President Clinton is taking a hard line on hard liquor.
He's asked the FCC to consider "any and all actions" to keep liquor ads off
IN Q=Liquor has
((LIQUOR HAS NO BUSINESS WITH KIDS AND KIDS SHOULD HAVE NO BUSINESS WITH
LIQUOR. LIQUOR ADS ON TV WOULD PROVIDE A MESSAGE OF ENCOURAGEMENT TO DRINK
THAT YOUNG PEOPLE SIMPLY DON'T NEED.))
OUT Q=don't need.
Both the victim and the defendant in a fatal alcohol-related crash show
blood alcohol levels beyond the legal limit.
Scotty Chaffin's family wants more investigation.
GRAPHIC=news-7 at five
Good Evening, I'm Jean Jadhon.
Yesterday a Montgomery County judge convicted Scotty Chaffin of driving under
The 23 year- old father of two is still awaiting trial for involuntary
manslaughter in the death of 27 year- old Steve Burton.
Chaffin's blood alcohol level was more than twice the legal limit of
point-oh-eightSUPER=03-Montgomery Co./January 23; three hours after the
January 23rd crash.
But Burton's also tested above the limit, at point one-oh.
Chaffin's wife believes her husband may be taking the fall for something for
which he may not have been fully to blame.
((MISSY CHAFFIN/SCOTTY CHAFFIN'S WIFE: NOBODY SEEN THE ACCIDENT SO NOBODY
REALLY KNOWS WHAT HAPPENED. BUT SEE, I WOULD SAY THAT SCOTTY WAS NOT ALL AT
FAULT FOR THIS, BECAUSE IF EITHER ONE OF THEM HADN'T OF BEEN DRINKING IT
WOULDN'T HAVE HAPPENED.))
SUPER=01-Missy Chaffin/Scotty Chaffin's Wife;
OUT Q=wouldn't have happened.
But Montgomery County prosecutor Phil Keith says the crash was thoroughly
investigated, and the evidence is clear that Chaffin crossed the center line
into Burton's lane.
Calmer winds have CALMED fears that a small brush fire along the
Craig-Roanoke County line will spread.
Some isolated gusts did prompt some small patches of flames to reappear.
But the U-S Forest Service considers the fire contained, and a crew of 40 is
staying in the area for now.
Right now firefighters are trying to wrap up the tedious process of getting
rid of hot spots on the forest floor.
IN Q=We've been
((DEAN KELLEY/FIREFIGHTER: WE'VE BEEN DOING A LITTLE MOP UP WORK ABOUT 50 TO
100 FEET IN, ANYTHING STILL BURNING, OR PUTTING OUT ANY FLAMES OR ANYTHING.
BASICALLY PATROLLING THIS LINE BECAUSE WE GOT A LOT OF UNBURNED FUEL IN THIS
OUT Q=in this area.
The Forest Service estimates anywhere from 80 to one-hundred acres of
national forest suffered what's described as "surface burn".
The fire began yesterday near a popular hiking spot called "Dragon's Tooth".
The blaze did not cause any major injuries, and there are no reports of any
Investigators believe a campfire caused the fire.
A U-S Air Force Cargo plane crashed
in Honduras- and exploding into a ball of fire on a busy street.
Three people were killed, but amazingly there were some survivors.
Seven of the ten people on board made it out- two are critically hurt.
The C-130 cargo plane was on a routine mission -coming in for a landing-
when it veered off the runway and plowed into a busy street.
The cause of the crash is not yet known-
The daughter of murder victim Bernard Rosser is reportedly convinced her
father was killed by someone other than his eight year old stepson.
Published reports say 32 year old Sherry Rosser of Petersburg believes
her father was struck twice in the head by an intruder in the family's
Pittsylvania County home.
SUPER=03-Pittsylvania Co./December 1996
Authorities have charged Rosser's young stepson with the crime.
The boy is now staying with family out of state.
Sherry Rosser is quoted as saying she's convinced someone else killed her
father following conversations related to the case and after walking through
the Rosser home.
The Northeast is covered in snow-
This is Mother Nature's April Fools joke on the Northeast- a spring storm
that dumped up to three feet of snow.
The Nor-Easter moved in yesterday-
Today it was back breaking work for people trying to get to work.
((IT'S HEAVY. A LOT OF SNOW AND WHO KNOTS IT'S NEVER PROBABLY GONNA STOP NOW.))
OUT Q=gonna stop now."
Farther north in New Hampshire about two feet of snow fell.
Thousands are still without power.
SUPER=03-Chester Co., PA;
In Southeastern Pennsylvania, 15 inches of snow stranded vehicles.
Opening day of baseball season
was called off in Baltimore- because of heavy rain and cold temperatures.
HARD MUSIC UNDER
It's only the second day of jury selection, but seating a panel in Denver
is slow going... A little later, on NEWS-7 at FIVE...
It was anything but a pleasant day at a racetrack in England as a horse breaks
loose and tramples an occupied baby carriage...details ahead.
On Health Check, a new study on women, calcium and kidney stones.
Doctors are being asked to re-think the conventional wisdom.
Still to come...we'll check out a toy store, where some of the profits are
given to charity.
Plus why was Chuck Norris in a Virginia courtroom today? The story when
we come back.
It's slow going in the Oklahoma City bombing trial.
Day two of jury selection and only nine people have been questioned so far.
((GREG GARRISON/CBS NEWS CONSULTANT: YOU'RE DOWN TO ONE OR TWO A DAY. 18
PEOPLE GOING TO TAKE THREE WEEKS. IT'S EASY FOR THAT TO LUMP INTO FOUR UNLESS
THEY PICK THE PACE UP AND I THINK THEY WILL.))
SUPER=01-Greg Garrison/CBS News Consultant;
OUT Q=I think they will."
Most potential jurors have expressed a strong awareness of the case.
One woman said flat out she believes Timothy McVeigh is guilty.
Martial Arts expert Chuck Norris was in the Commonwealth today-- not to make
a new movie or shoot an episode of "Walker, Texas Ranger" but to settle a
lawsuit concerning two martial arts studios bearing his name.
Norris wanted to void a licensing agreement with the Chuck Norris Karate
Studios in Virginia Beach and Norfolk because he says the business smeared his
reputation by discriminating against black people.
Lawyers reached a settlement behind closed doors in a Norfolk
courtroom... just as a jury trial was scheduled to get underway.
The terms of the settlement were not released.
American Electric Power has filed a report with the State Corporation
Commission on de-regulation.
The move is the latest in a series of steps that could give folks an
opportunity to CHOOSE their power company.
At this point A-E-P officials are viewing competition as a good thing...
both for the company and its customers.
But they say it's still too early to tell how de-regulation might affect
individual electric bills.
IN Q=Being able
((BARRY THOMAS/AMERICAN ELECTRIC POWER: BEING ABLE TO KNOW EXACTLY HOW MARKET
FORCES AND COMPETITION WILL SET PRICES FOR THE FUTURE... CERTAINLY WE'RE TRYING
TO FIGURE THAT OUT... BUT WE REALLY DON'T KNOW AT THIS TIME. ))
SUPER=01-Barry Thomas/American Electric Power;
OUT Q=at this time
The S-C-C is expected to submit a rough draft of the de-regulatory process
during the next legislative session.
A 20- million dollar computer system will make a real difference to 31-
thousand Virginians a day.
That's how many people transact business with the Department of Motor
Vehicles each day.
The DMV is replacing its 15- year old computer system.
((RICHARD HOLCOMB/DMV COMMISSIONER: CERTAINLY TO YOUR VIEWERS THERE'S NOTHING
MORE FRUSTRATING THAN TO GO INTO THE ROANOKE OFFCIE AND BE TOLD THAT THE
COMPUTERS ARE DOWN. BECAUSE THERE'S ABSOLUTELY NO WAY THAT WE CAN SERVE THEM
WHEN THAT'S THE CASE. ALSO, IT'S GONNA MAKE THE TRANSACTIONS FASTER BY ABOUT
SUPER=01-Richard Holcomb/DMV Commissioner;
A contract with a California firm was signed today.
All 81 DMV branches should have the new system by late next year.
Officials say it will reduce the time the computers are down from three
percent to below one percent.
groovy music UNDER
"Socially conscious" is how a Roanoke County toy store describes
itself...when it comes to inventory AND profits.
(ANDREW ad lib)
STOCKS BUMP NEXT
Running a business doesn't have to just about the bottom line--
A toy store in Roanoke County is taking a unique approach to making a buck.
double boxes Jean/Andrew
Andrew Freiden is at Kringles toy store.
Andrew, what makes this store different?
SUPER=01-Martin Williams/Kringles Toys;
SUPER=01-Rebecca Williams/Kringles Toys;
(ANDREW AD LIB)
double boxes Robin/Andrew
SUPER=330-Mostly Clear/Breezy & Cold/30-33/Sunny/And Warmer/65-69;
SUPER=331-Breezy & Cold/Mostly Clear/30-33/Breezy & Warmer/Mostly Sunny/68-70;
SUPER=332-Clear And/Cold/28-30/Mostly Sunny/And Mild/63-66;
SUPER=333-Mostly Clear/And Cold/28-30/Sunny And/Warmer/60-64;
SUPER=334-Clear And/Cold/24-28/Sunny And/Warmer/63-66;
health music under
Play Ball! It's opening day in the Major leagues...Mike has early
highlights in tonight's Two Minute Sports Ticker.
On Health Check-- we'll show you a
simple new device that could make life (----------------)
a lot easier for the millions of Americans who suffer from insulin-dependent
((IT'S SO DISCREET, IT'S BRILLIANT, I LOVE IT. ))
OUT Q=I love it
health bump next
In Europe, about 60-percent of insulin-dependent diabetics use a new
insulin delivery system.
But, hardly anybody's using it in this country.
First, you begin with a home blood testing kit.
IN Q=It takes about
((IT TAKES ABOUT 45 SECONDS, PUT YOUR BLOOD ON AND YOU KNOW EXACTLY
WHERE YOU ARE, AND I DO THAT BEFORE MEALS AND TWO HOURS AFTER MEALS. SO THAT I
CAN SEE HOW THE FOOD I EAT, HOW IT AFFECTS MY BLOOD SUGAR LEVEL.))
SUPER=01-Cheryl Gillies/Diabetes Patient; :
OUT Q=blood sugar level.
***CONNIE AUDIO ON CART****
SUPER=03-New York; :
Once the blood sugar level is determined, the Novo-pen dispenses the exact
amount of insulin this patient needs.
IN Q=I just dial
((CHERYL GILLIES: I JUST DIAL UP THE UNITS, TURN IT LIKE THIS, LOOKS LIKE A
PEN, NOBODY KNOWS WHAT IT IS, I CAN GET THIS OUT ANYWHERE. AND NOBODY HAS A
CLUE WHAT IT THIS IS. THIS IS THE NEEDLE, AND I CAN JUST PUT IT IN MY ARM OR
IN MY STOMACH.))
((DR. ROBIN GOLAND/COLUMBIA-PRESBYTERIAN MEDICAL CENTER: I THINK THE
DEVELOPMENTS OF THE LAST DECADE , HAVE MADE IT SO THAT THE PATIENTS, WITHIN THE
FRAMEWORK OF HAVING TO THINK ABOUT IT, DO HAVE A LOT OF FLEXIBILITY.))
SUPER=01-Dr. Robin Goland/Columbia-Presbyterian Med. Ctr.; :19
OUT Q=a lot of flexibility.
Patients who use the device not only report it's more convenient than the
traditional syringe-- many say they experience less pain receiving insulin this
Women need calcium in their diet to reduce their risk of getting
osteoporosis as they get older.
But calcium in the diet also puts a woman at higher risk of getting painful
kidney stones....or so we thought.
It may depend on how you get the calcium.
A new study from Brigham and
Women's Hospital finds that women who eat a high calcium diet have a 35
percent lower risk of developing kidney stones than those who eat a low
That's because most kidney stones are made up of calcium and a
nutrient called "oxalate."
IN Q=One way to
((DR. GARY CURHAN/BRIGHAM AND WOMEN'S HOSPITAL: ONE WAY TO DECREASE THE AMOUNT
OF OXALATE THAT GETS ABSORBED IS TO INCREASE YOUR CALCIUM INTAKE. AND THERE
THE CALCIUM BINDS TO THE OXALATE IN THE INTESTINES AND THEREBY THE OXALATE DOES
NOT GET ABSORBED.))
OUT Q=get absorbed.
****CONNIE AUDIO ON CART****
The study also found using calcium supplements raised the risk of getting
kidney stones by 20 percent.
IN Q=The point of
((DR. CURHAN: THE POINT OF THE STUDY IS NOT TO TELL WOMEN TO STOP TAKING
CALCIUM SUPPLEMENTS BUT THIS IS THE FIRST TIME WE'VE BEEN ABLE TO QUANTIFY
THAT THE RISK IS ASSOCIATED WITH CALCIUM SUPPLEMENTS.))
OUT Q=calcium supplements.
Until now women who have had a kidney stone were often put on diets that
restricted calcium usually by reducing dairy products.
The authors of this study say doctors should re-examine this practice.
President Clinton wants the liquor industry to keep away from TV.
SUPER=04-TV Commercial; :
The industry recently decided to abandon it's 50-year-voluntary ban against
advertising on television.
Clinton is asking the Federal Communications Commission to look into
banning hard liquor ads, and SUPER=@File; :
also wants the agency to study the impact of renewed advertising on underage
IN Q=At a minimum there
((AT A MINIMUM, THERE SHOULD BE NO BACKSLIDING. LOOK AT THE EVIDENCE. IF THE
EVIDENCE IS AS I SUSPECT IT WILL BE, THAT A GREAT DEAL OF PROBLEMS IS CAUSED BY
HARD LIQUOR INGESTION ALREADY BY YOUNG PEOPLE AND ADVERTISING WILL CAUSE IT TO
BE WORSE, THEN I THINK THE FCC HAS GROUNDS TO ACT. ))
OUT Q=grounds to act.
Reacting today, the Distilled Spirits Council said liquor is no worse than
beer or wine-- and billions of dollars worth of beer ads have aired during
Clinton's term without the president saying a word.
It was also on this day-- April First, but 27 years ago in 1970,...
SUPER=04-April 1, 1970; :
that President Nixon signed a bill that outlawed cigarette advertising on radio
IN Q=Winston NAT SOUND
((WINSTON TASTES GOOD LIKE A CIGARETTE SHOULD. ))
OUT Q=cigarette should
The bill Nixon signed also strengthened the warning on cigarette packages
to read: "Warning: The Surgeon General Has Determined That Cigarette Smoking is
Dangerous to Your Health."
While we're travelling back in time, this date also marked the day-- in
1987, that President Reagan declared a war on AIDS.
IN Q=When the
((WHEN THE CARTHOGENIAN GENERAL HANNIBAL WAS PREPARING TO CROSS THE ALPS, AND
WAS TOLD THERE WAS NO WAY ACROSS, HE SAID WE'LL FIND A WAY OR MAKE ONE. AND
THAT'S THE KIND OF DETERMINATION WE ALL HAVE ABOUT CURING AIDS. WE'LL FIND A
WAY OR MAKE ONE. ))
SUPER=04-April 1, 1987; :
OUT Q=make one (2nd ref).
2-shot Connie & Jean
Time now for sports--and time now to head to the diamond for major league
Plus the Avalanche is in Salem practicing for the Carolina League
GRAPHIC=two minute ticker
Welcome everybody to what sports fans know as the official start of Spring -
the opening of the major league baseball season.
We begin tonight's two minute sports ticker with some action from the first
this afternoon's opening games.
SUPER=03-Baltimore, MD; :00
But first we need to take a peak inside Orioles Park at Camden Yards where
the O's were supposed to play the Kansas City Royals this afternoon.
High winds, some overnight snow, and temperatures in the upper 30's forced
today's game to be called off.
SUPER=03-Toronto, CAN/Orioles vs. Blue Jays;
Just as cold in Toronto today but they were in the Sky dome as the Jays
hosted the White Sox.
This was Albert Belle first game with the Sox and as baseball's highest paid
And he did not disappoint - hitting a double and homer and driving in three
runs to lead the Sox to a 6-to-5 win in 10 innings.
Folks, Carlos Delgado had a great game for the Jays in a losing cause. He hit
this homerun off the glass windows way up in the center field.
SUPER=03-Cincinnati, OH/Rockies vs. Reds;
Over in the national league this afternoon, the Cincinnati Reds are putting a
hurting on the Colorado Rockies.
Former Salem Buc Willie Green hit a two run homer as the Rockies los to the
The Expos have already won today beating the Cardinals 2-to-1.
Several other games are still in progress.
The Salem Avalanche is here. The team arrived in Salem late last night
from spring training in Tucson, Arizona.
SUPER=03-Salem/This Morning; :00
The Avalanche went through a light workout this morning at Salem Memorial
Stadium. The wind and mild chill that moved around the park was a welcome
feeling to the players and manager.
((BILL MCGUIRE/AVALANCHE MANAGER:))
((KYL HOUSER/AVALANCHE INFIELDER:))
SUPER=01-Bill McGuire/Avalanche Manager; :00
SUPER=01-Kyle Houser/Avalanche Infielder; :20
OUT Q=...this year"
The Avalanche season opener is this Friday at Salem Memorial against the
SS=TWO MINUTE TICKER
Coming up at six, Steve Mason checks in with the Roanoke Express as they roll
out of town for Tidewater and continue preparing for their first round playoff
game against Hampton Roads.
Hope to see you back in about a half hour. Jean has more News 7 at five
right after this break.
go to break
It was NOT an enjoyable day at the race track for some spectators.
SUPER=04-The Racing Channel;
"Formidable Flame" broke out of his stall and ran wild from the track into
the crowd in England.
Spectators ran for cover as the horse bucked its way from the track, charged
through rails toward the grandstand and ran directly into a stroller.
The baby, Lee Marshall was not hurt, even though the horse ran right over
The horse was eventually corralled by a trainer.
Race track officials offered to buy baby Lee's parents a new stroller and a
pair of V-I-P tickets...but they say they are considering legal action.
As welfare reform continues to take hold across Virginia, local charities
are feeling the strain.
Many welfare recipients whose benefits have been cut still need occasional
assistance with food, clothing and money.
They're turning to groups like the Bedford Christian Ministries, which is
seeing a growing demand for its services.
But volunteers there aren't sure how much longer they'll be able to MEET
We'll hear from them on News-7 at 6.
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