Next on News 7 at Five-
What will be the impact of the newly reached NS-CSX deal for Conrail.
Ice is causing a jam on Niagara Falls.
Plus expect a possible traffic jam on Route 220 for the next month.
Bitterly cold air invades the region and records may fall as temperatures
plunge into the teens and 20s.
Some researchers believe nearly ALL post-menopausal women would live longer
with hormone therapy.
On Health Check, a new computer system that can average out the risks, for
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IN Q=I think that we'll
((I THINK THAT WE'LL PROSPER BY THIS AND I THINK, I HOPE ROANOKE WILL BENEFIT
OUT Q=benefit too.
Reaction tonight to the CSX- Norfolk Southern deal to split up conrail.
GRAPHIC=NEWS-7 AT FIVE
Good Evening, I'm Jean Jadhon.
Six months ago it appeared one of our area's largest employers was locked
out of one of the largest railroad mergers this century.
Now it appears Norfolk Southern is driving the lead locomotive on that
double boxes Jean/Len
Len Besthoff says N-S and cross-state rival C-S-X reached a tentative
agreement on how they'll carve up Conrail-- a carrier which has enjoyed a
monopoly in the Northeast for two decades.
So Len, is one railroad getting the lion's share of Conrail?
Jean many analysts will tellSUPER=@Len1;
you N-S has achieved a come- from- behind victory here.
It will get roughly 60- percent of Conrail's routes, paying about six-
billion- dollars for the privilege.
Meanwhile C-S-X gets the rest of Conrail, which has a four- billion- dollar
But this deal has one big hurdle: federal regulators.
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IN Q=If we
((BILL BALES/NORFOLK SOUTHERN: ))
SUPER=01-Bill Bales/Norfolk Southern;
OUT Q=quarter of 1998.
LIVE=len/Jean double boxes
We have a lot more coming up at six, including, what some local N-S
customers think of this deal and maps of how the Conrail routes will be split
Don Beyer won't take the no-tax pledge.
He calls it a gimmick.
But today he put the exclamation point on his claim that he has NO plans to
The Democratic candidate for governor in fact says he'd like to eliminate
the corporate tax on Virginia's smallest businesses.
SOT TAPE 1 09:28:06
((LT. GOV. DON BEYER/D- CANDIDATE FOR GOVERNOR: 91-PERCENT OF VIRGINIA'S
CORPORATIONS MAKE LESS THAN 50- THOUSAND DOLLARS NET. THAT'S 131- THOUSAND
SMALL COMPANIES ACROSS THE STATE.))
OUT Q=the state.
On Monday, Beyer said he'd also finally repeal the sales tax on over-the
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IN Q=But I do
((GOV. GEORGE ALLEN: BUT I DO FIND IT INTERESTING THAT NOW IN A WAY OF TRYING
TO GAIN SOME POLITICAL FOOTING HE SAYS HE'S FOR THESE THINGS. WHERE WAS HE IN
1995 WHEN WE CERTAINLY HAD A MAJOR BATTLE ON THE REDUCTION OF TAXES?))
OUT Q=of taxes.
But Beyer says he has a record of pushing for and winning tax reform for
SOT 09:33:10 TAPE 1
IN Q=So this is
((LT. GOV. DON BEYER/D-CANDIDATE FOR GOVERNOR: SO THIS IS A PART OF EIGHT
YEARS OF LEADERSHIP, NOT TO DO CATACLYSMIC, DRAMATIC TAX CUTS, BUT TO DO THE
SMALL TARGETED CUTS THAT I THINK CAN SERVE A DEFINITE AND DEFINED PUBLIC
OUT Q=public purpose.
Republican candidate Jim Gilmore said through a spokesman today he also will
NOT raise taxes.
Governor George Allen declared April Confederate History Month in Virginia.
And the Virginia N-double-A-C-P says it's appalled.
The Governor's proclamation praises the Confederate States of America for
its "four year struggle for independence and sovereign rights."
It makes NO mention of slavery.
IN Q=This borders
((SALIM KHALFANI/VA. NAACP: THIS BORDERS ON BEING JUST PLAIN RACIST. WE'RE
GONNA ASK THAT HE REVOKE IT OR APOLOGIZE OR DO SOMETHING BECAUSE WE'RE
DISGUSTED WITH WHAT WE'VE SEEN IN THAT PROCLAMATION.))
((GOV. GEORGE ALLEN: FOR PEOPLE TO SELECTIVELY EXCLUDE CERTAIN PARTS OF OUR
HISTORY FROM ANY RECOGNITION OR REMEMBRANCE TO ME IS POOR HISTORY.))
SUPER=01-Salim Khalfani/Va. NAACP;
OUT Q=poor history.
The state N-double-ACP says it may protest at the Governor's mansion if
Allen doesn't apologize.
It is more than the freezing floods people are dealing with in
(Mahn-ta-VIDEO) Montevideo Minnesota.
It's now also questions over drinking water safety.
People there aren't taking any chances.
They're picking up bottled water.
Meanwhile the mess is likely to get worse.
Experts now say temperatures are rising enough to start melting snow.
Aerial pictures show just how bad the mess is, with floodwaters frozen
60-thousand people are without power- Some could be in the dark for up to
wipe wipe wipe
wipe wipe wipe
SUPER=03-Niagara Falls, NY;
Ice is the problem in Niagara Falls.
Tons of ice- some chunks 100 feet thick- swept over the falls jamming the
The jam caused flooding and damaged several boats at the popular tourist
attraction- The Maid of the Mist.
((FRANK SIMON/MAID OF THE MIST GENERAL MGR.: OUR OFFICE BUILDING WHICH HOUSES
STORAGE AND ALSO SHOPS ON THE FIRST LEVEL AND SECOND LEVEL HAS BEEN TOTALLY
FLOODED OUT. WE HAVE APPROXIMATELY FIFTEEN FEET OF WATER IN OUR BUILDING RIGHT
SUPER=01-Frank Simon/Maid of the Mist General Mgr.;
OUT Q=building right now."
Ice shut down power generators on the falls' Canadian Side- it could be
weeks before they're up and running.
Officials say they'll have to wait for the ice to float down the river
before they can tell how much damage was done.
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The F-B-I seizes a letter bombing suspect Timothy McVeigh wrote to an
Also tonight on NEWS-7 at FIVE-- Expect delays if you travel into Roanoke
using Route 220... One lane will be shut down for about a month.
On Health Check, efforts underway to ensure a perfect immunization record
for Virginia, by the year 2000.
At Radford University it's the year of corn.
How do you celebrate it? We'll take a peek when NEWS-7 at FIVE returns.
The F-B-I's seized a letter Timothy McVeigh wrote to an Oklahoma newspaper.
SUPER=03-Waco, TX/April 1993;
In the letter, McVeigh blames the F-B-I for the fire that killed
80 people at the Branch Davidian compound in Waco.
The letter was published Wednesday- but McVeigh's attorney says it has no
bearing on the case.
((STEPHEN JONES/MCVEIGH'S ATTORNEY: I DON'T THINK THERE'S ANYTHING IN THE
LETTER THAT HASN'T BEEN SAID BEFORE.))
SUPER=01-Stephen Jones/McVeigh's Attorney; :00 quick!
OUT Q=hasn't been said before."
Prosecutors have alleged McVeigh bombed the Oklahoma City federal building
in retaliation for the Waco fire.
If you plan on driving into Roanoke on Route 220-north tomorrow morning,
give yourself a little extra time.
This afternoon, workers closed one lane, beginning about a mile north of
the Franklin County line.
The Virginia Department of Transportation says it will monitor the traffic
flow tomorrow, and decide where to place a more permanent concrete detour.
The lane is closed so construction crews can work on a drainage system
along side the road.
VDOT expects the project to be complete by May 23rd.
Since the beginning of the Fall semester, Radford University has
incorporated topics related to corn into about 40 courses on campus.
Today the university celebrated the Day of the Corn.
Appalachian artists demonstrated crafts such as husk chair- bottoming and
You could even get a free bag of freshly- ground corn meal.
It's all part of Radford's Year of Corn and Culture, focusing on the
significance of corn to the region, both in the past and the present.
((MARILOU AWIAKTA/APPALACHIAN CHEROKEE POET: AS OUR COUNTRY IS BECOMING MORE
AND MORE DIVERSE AND WE'RE LEARNING TO RESPECT PEOPLE OF DIVERSE CULTURES EVEN
MORE, THAT IT'S WONDERFUL TO HAVE A YEAR OF CORN AND CULTURE TO THINK ABOUT
WHAT THE CORN MEANS TO US ECONOMICALLY AND SPIRITUALLY.))
SUPER=01-Marilou Awiakta/Appalachian Cherokee Poet;
OUT Q=and spiritually.
In June, Radford will open its Selu (seh-loo) Conservancy, a retreat center
named for the Cherokee corn mother.
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It's hard to believe but it is already time to talk about pre-season college
football-- Mike has a report from UVA media day in tonight's Ticker.
In the debate over hormone replacement therapy, the latest voice to be heard
is that of a computer.
It's a sophisticated risk assessment program-- considering the lifetime
risks of heart disease, breast cancer and hip fractures.
IN Q=Some women will
((DR. COL: SOME WOMEN WILL-- ARE EXPECTED TO LIVE A LITTLE OVER THREE YEARS
LONGER FROM TAKING HORMONE THERAPY.
I'M STILL NOT SURE ABOUT IT BECAUSE OF ALL THE STUDIES THAT KEEP COMING UP.))
OUT Q=keep coming up.
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A woman's decision whether to undergo estrogen replacement therapy when she
reaches menopause can be agonizing.
Even though the risk of breast cancer from taking estrogen supplements is
very low-- the benefits-- protection from heart disease and osteoporosis-- may
seem far away.
Now, though, a computer model may help each woman make the decision based
on her own personal information.
IN Q=I'm hoping
SUPER=01-Arlene Sesen/Patient; :00
SUPER=01-Dr. Nananda Col/Tufts University School of Medicine; :14
OUT Q=taking it now.
IN Q= I'm hoping
((ARLENE SESEN/PATIENT: I'M HOPING IT WILL GIVE ME A DEFINITE ANSWER. ))
OUT Q=definite answer.
Like many women, Arlene Sesen was undecided about whether to continue with
hormone replacement therapy because she worried it might increase her risk of
Now there are tools to help in that decision.
IN Q=We developed
((DR. NANANDA COL/TUFTS UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF MEDICINE: WE DEVELOPED THIS
COMPUTER PROGRAM TO HELP IDENTIFY WHICH WOMEN WILL LIVE LONGER AND SHORTER FROM
HORMONE THERAPY. ))
OUT Q=hormone therapy
In a study in today's Journal of the American Medical Association--
researchers using the computer program found that some women could live more
than three years longer if they took estrogen-- especially if they had multiple
risk factors for heart disease.
But other women's lives might be shortened.
IN Q=In the presence
((DR. COL: IN THE PRESENCE OF HIGH, VERY HIGH, RISK FOR BREAST CANCER AND NO
RISK FACTORS FOR HEART DISEASE THOSE WOMEN LIFE WILL BE CUT SHORT/ WE'RE
TALKING THREE, MAYBE THREE TO FIVE MONTHS SHORTER.))
OUT Q=months shorter.
Considering HER risk factors, Arlene found her life expectancy would
INCREASE if she took estrogen.. because she was at low risk for breast cancer
but at a much higher risk for fractures from osteoporosis later in life.
IN Q=I feel that it's
((I FEEL THAT IT'S IMPORTANT ENOUGH FOR ME TO START TAKING IT NOW.))
OUT Q=taking it now.
The researchers found that the presence of even one risk factor for heart
disease was enough to increase life expectancy by taking estrogen. The
study also found that women with breast cancer in their family could benefit
from hormone replacement because far more post-menopausal women will develop
and die from heart disease than breast cancer, making heart disease the bigger
In much older women, more will die as a result of hip fractures
than will from breast cancer.
Also today in the A-M-A's journal, on the topic of osteoporosis and
a new study shows the benefit of the bone-building drug (uh-LYN-dro-Nate)
Alendronate in reducing fractures.
Women who took the drug had a 30 percent reduction in risk of bone
fractures compared to women who did not take the drug.
Governor Allen's calling it a shot in the arm to public health.
Today, he launched what health department officials are calling the most
comprehensive computer tracking system for immunizations in the nation.
Statewide, about 30- percent of children don't have all the immunizations
they should by age two.
IN Q=About 40-percent
((GOV. GEORGE ALLEN: ABOUT 40- PERCENT OF ALL CHILDREN WHO DO RECEIVE
IMMUNIZATIONS...OR IN SOME CASES THEM GETTING MORE SHOTS THAN THEY NEED.))
OUT Q=they need.
The Governor had some help from the Project Immunize dog "Tracker" to make
his point today.
IN Q=He can't
((TRACKER'S MESSAGE IS CLEAR. HE CAN'T TALK AND I WON'T MAKE HIM-- THAT'S
RIGHT DOGGY!--TRACKER'S MESSAGE IS TO STAY ON TRACK. GET YOUR SHOTS.))
OUT Q=your shots.
Project Immunize has a goal of fully immunizing all Virginia children by the
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SUPER=332-Near Record/Cold/21-23/Sunny/And Cool/45-50;
SUPER=333-Freeze Warning/Clear Skies/18-20/Sunny/And Milder/45-50;
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Salem Avalanche fans can cheer for their team and even do some shopping
while at Memorial Stadium.
(patrick ad lib)
STOCKS BUMP NEXT
The Salem Avalanche may be struggling a bit right now, but despite their
Oh-and-5 start, fans are still coming out to cheer on the home team.
DOUBLE BOX JEAN/PATRICK
Patrick Evans joins us from Salem Memorial Stadium, where he's found the
perfect place to shop for Avalanche merchandise, without missing any of the
action on the diamond.
SUPER=01-Sue Lazzaro/Director of Merchandising;
DOUBLE BOX PATRICK/MIKE
GRAPHIC=TWO MINUTE TICKER
Welcome to the "Big Chill" edition of two minute sports ticker, and let's get
started out on the track at Martinsville.
While the race this week is in Bristol, a number of team's have taken
advantage of some down time during the middle of the week to test at
Martinsville for next week's Goody's 500.
IN Q="It's a good...
((JIMMY SPENCER/DRIVER - CAMELS FORD:))
SUPER=01-Jimmy Spencer/Camels Ford Driver; :00
OUT Q=...TEST HERE.
5000 tickets in the new Bill France Tower went on sale today at $55 a piece.
There are some still available so, if you are interested give the Speedway a
SUPER=03-Detroit/Twins vs. Tigers;
In Detroit this afternoon, there were plenty of available seats as the Tigers
hosted the Twins in front of 64 hundred fans.
Game time temperature was 43, Bobby Higginson provided the highlight of the
game with his first career grand slam.
The Tigers win it 10-to-5.
The Virginia Cavaliers spring football workouts are winding down.
Steve Mason caught up with head coach George Welsh and some of his players
this afternoon in Charlottesville.
IN Q=FIRST AUDIO
SUPER=03-Charlottesville/This Afternoon; :00
SUPER=01-George Welsh/UVa Head Coach; :20
SUPER=01-Anthony Poindexter/UVa Team Captain; :29
SUPER=01-Shannon Taylor/UVa Defensive End; :40
OUT Q=...NEWS 7 SPORTS."
SS=two minute ticker
We'll hear more from Steve tonight at six, plus have some afternoon baseball
highlights from Ferrum, and hear from the Masters favorite.
Have a great night everybody.
go to break
Students of modern warfare got a lesson in medieval tactics today.
And they passed the test with flying colors.
Cadets from Virginia Military Institute, their professors, and a group of
experts on timber frame construction have been working since Saturday to build
a trebuchet (TREB-yoo-shay).
Their first attempt this morning was a misfire, but they reloaded the
catapult and sent a 60-pound rock sailing over the Rockbridge County
IN Q=It worked like
SUPER=01-Grigg Mullen/VMI Engineering Professor;
OUT Q=just looks neat.
Claiming confidence the device would work, members of the construction
crew celebrated their accomplishment.
The trebuchet required about eight thousand dollars in materials, and many
times that amount in volunteer labor.
How far does the First Amendment reach? That's the question some students
are asking at Lynchburg College....
Double Boxes=Jean and Keith/Newsroom
Keith Humphry is in the newsroom to fill us in.
Jean the editor of the student newspaper at Lynchburg College says
article written about a campus security guard who was caught stealing credit
cards was heavily censored.
Now the editor says a faculty member is suggesting the school pull its
funding of the newspaper...since the paper ran another story despite being
asked not to do it.
What do students think about all this? The story 30 minutes from now on
News 7 at 6. Jean?
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