The nursing shortage jeopardizes babies in intensive care, according to
Community Hospital nurses who ARE there.
Coming up on NEWS 7 at SIX: we'll see what they say and hear from the
And a call for the Governor to quit over the Confederate heritage
In sports we'll check in on some first round scores at the Masters.
And Steve Mason will have a final look at the Roanoke Express in today's
Another cold forecast, this one has frost thrown in. The complete details
Some nurses in Carilion's neonatal intensive care unit say the hospital's
tiniest patients are in danger.
They're asking the State Health Department to investigate.
Double Boxes=Keith and Eric/Microwave
Eric Earnhart joins us from Carilion Roanoke Community Hospital with
Keith, The state requires a ratio of 1 nurse for every 2 and a half babies
in the neonatal intensive care unit.
Nurses say since Carilion "re-engineered" staffing at its hospitals, the
nurse to baby ratio has dropped well below that mark.
IN Q=officials with the
SUPER=01-Beth Myer/Carilion Spokesperson; 1:01
OUT Q=very reasonable
Officials with the State Health Department's Center for Quality Health Care
Services won't confirm or deny that an investigation is underway, but will say
nurses in the unit have called over the past six months, complaining about
A spokesperson says the nurses were told...
"If they would give us information about problems with patient outcomes or
any issues that would cause poor patient care we would be glad to investigate."
One neonatal nurse, who doesn't want her name used, says she has given the
Health Department information about the risk of poor patient care.
She says staffing regularly dropped below the required two and a half to one
ratio, down to 3 or 4 to one.
And she said it's talking it's toll on employees...
"The nurses are maxed out, 40 hours overtime over 2 weeks is not unusual.
I've heard staff say it's not safe anymore."
Carilion disagrees, saying they have NOT dropped below state staffing
standards, but have increased staffing in the unit to compensate for a sharp
rise in the number of babies...
IN Q=we've bumped
((BETH MYER/CARILION SPOKESPERSON; WE'VE BUMPED THE 36 HOUR EMPLOYEES UP TO 40
HOURS, AND PART-TIMERS ARE GETTING MORE HOURS WHEN THEY'RE WILLING, AND WE'RE
ALSO HIRING ADDITIONAL NURSES.))))
OUT Q=additional nurses
Myer says Carilion is not aware of any health department investigation.
And we should also note the "re-engineering" of hospital staffing is behind a
recent push for nurses to unionize.
Double Boxes=Keith and Eric/Microwave
Virginia's leading black civil rights groups are calling on the Governor to
resign because of a proclamation expressing pride in Confederate history.
George Allen's would-be successors are weighing in on the issue too.
Ellen Qualls has the story.
IN Q=Governor Allen's
SUPER=01-Rev. Curtis Harris/Southern Christian Leadership Conf.; :11
SUPER=01-Salim Khalfani/Va. NAACP; :22
SUPER=01-Ken Stroupe/Governor's Spokesman; :36
SUPER=01-Linda Byrd-Harden/Va. NAACP; :59
OUT Q=Qualls, News 7, Richmond.
(( Governor Allen's office now says it's the third year he's proclaimed pride
in the Confederate cause -- without mentioning slavery.
The civil rights groups say they're appalled but NOT surprised.
((REV. CURTIS HARRIS/SOUTHERN CHRISTIAN LEADERSHIP CONF.: THAT THE GOVERNOR
WILL TAKE TIME TO REMIND US THAT WE ARE NOT FREE YET.))
((SALIM KHALFANI: WE HAVE HERE IN THE WORDING...LIBERTY FOR WHOM?))
((KEN STROUPE/GOVERNOR'S SPOKESMAN: THERE ARE ALL MANNER OF AFRICAN AMERICAN
ORGANIZATIONS THROUGHOUT THE COMMONWEALTH THAT HAVE REQUESTED PROCLAMATIONS.
THE GOVERNOR HAS GLADLY ISSUED THEM. THERE WAS EVEN ONE PROCLAMATION FOR
MUSLIM HOLY DAY OF RAMADAN.))
The NAACP says its gotten 25 to 35 hate calls since NEWS 7 first ran the
story yesterday... and it will ask the FBI to investigate.
((LINDA BYRD-HARDEN: HE IS A GOVERNOR OF SOME OF THE PEOPLE SOME OF THE TIME.
AND WE NEED TO HOLD POLITICIANS ACCOUNTABLE WHO ARE SOMETIMES LEADERS, AND
So what about the candidates for the job?
((BEYER: AND I THINK IT'S VITALLY IMPORTANT THAT WE DO THINGS THAT BRING US
TOGETHER RATHER THAN THINGS THAT DIVIDE US.))
But would they sign the Confederate proclamation?
Beyer says he hasn't read it.
((GILMORE: I BELIEVE THAT GOVERNOR ALLEN AND I HAVE PUT THE COMMONWEALTH ON
THE RIGHT TRACK AND WE'RE GOING TO CONTINUE THIS FORWARD MOTION. Was that a
yes or a no?))
((GILMORE: AS WE RECOGNIZE MUCH OF THE HISTORY OF THIS COMMONWEALTH WE ALSO
HAVE TO RECOGNIZE MATTERS LIKE IN FACT THE HISTORY OF SLAVERY AS WELL.))
But a Washington Post reporter repeated the question-- would he sign the
((I THINK I'VE ANSWERED THE QUESTION. I don't believe you have. WELL I
BELIEVE I HAVE.))
The civil rights group says it will continue asking.
Ellen Qualls, News 7, Richmond.))
Nineteen year old Timmy Stocks wept on the witness stand as he apologized
for a car crash that killed a Covington man last year.
Despite that apology Botetourt County Circuit Court judge George Honts
sentenced the teenager to 17 years in prison today.
SUPER=03-Botetourt Co./September 30;
Stocks pled guilty to second degree murder in January.
Stocks was leading police on a high- speed chase when he crossed the center
line on Route 220 and struck a car being driven by Timothy Mays.
Mays was killed.
Stocks was driving a stolen car.
Roanoke police say a double shooting last winter was indeed a murder
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Two men were found shot to death inside a Day Avenue apartment last
Police say gunshot residue tests have determined that 54-year-old Spencer
Dickason killed 44-year-old Odell Hairston, and then shot himself.
Investigators offered no information on a possible motive.
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Still to come on News 7 at Six--
welfare reform hits home. We'll find out why some people are losing their
food- stamp benefits.
And growers survey the damage to fruit crops after last night's late- season
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Fruit growers in western Virginia are assessing the damage from a spring
freeze and they may have more nervous nights ahead.
Double Boxes=Keith and Joe/Microwave
Joe Dashiell reports tonight from Bent Mountain, where the cold weather may
have claimed a large share of the apple crop.
(Joe ad lib)
rollcue: a bit better there.
IN Q=You see what's brown
SUPER=03-Botetourt Co.; :05
SUPER=01-Ben Ikenberry/Ikenberry Orchard;
OUT Q=as bad as it looks.
IN Q=You see what's brown inside
((((YOU SEE WHAT'S BROWN INSIDE AND YOU SEE THAT APPLE'S DEAD. SOME OF THESE
BACK BLOOMS ARE DEAD.))
OUT Q=back blooms are dead.
Apple blooms that were bright white 24 hours ago, are now turning
brown... but that doesn't mean the crop is ruined.
Ben Ikenberry won't know for a few days just how bad the damage really is,
but in the Botetourt County orchard, the temperature stayed in the upper
twenties overnight... and he says there are signs that much of the fruit
IN Q=I've cut fruit on trees
((BEN IKENBERRY/IKENBERRY'S ORCHARD: I'VE CUT FRUIT ON TREES THAT HAVE SCORCHED
BLOOMS, AND THEY STILL HAVE SOME LIVE APPLES, SO I THINK IT DOESN'T APPEAR TO
BE AS BAD AS IT LOOKS.))))
OUT Q=as bad as it looks
Double Boxes=Keith and Joe/Microwave
He's done it again.
Robert Khatib posted a 100-thousand dollar bond for a fellow middle-eastern
businessman HE believes is innocent.
Riyadh Gibriel was co-owner and manager of Mixer's Restaurant and Lounge in
The Saudi Arabian native is charged with hiring members of the Abed family
to set fire to the place to collect insurance money.
Khatib had already put up his Brown Derby restaurant to bail out Gibriel's
partner, Ahmad Thiab.
He says it's a humbling experience to run for governor.
Republican Jim Gilmore filed over 24- thousand signatures today to get his
name on the primary ballot.
He also sharpened his campaign wit over opponent Don Beyer's new targeted
tax cut plans.
IN Q=I just think
((I JUST THINK IT'S VOLVO ECONOMICS. YOU KNOW A NEW U-TURN EVERYDAY.))
Gilmore's the only candidate for governor in the June 10th GOP primary.
Democrats will nominate Don Beyer by convention.
GRAPHIC=Welfare in Virginia
Welfare reform coming out of Washington is changing the rules about how
food stamps are distributed, and who is eligible.
While the regulations were designed to make the system more efficient, not
everyone agrees they're for the better. Kimberly McBroom reports.
IN Q=Like many couples
SUPER=07-Sabrina Sigmon; :13
SUPER=01-Corrine Gott/Roanoke Social Services; :50
SUPER=01-Callie Simmons/Food Bank Volunteer; 1:12
SUPER=07-Tim Sigmon; 1:32
OUT Q=McBroom, News 7
((Like many couples, Tim and Sabrina Sigmon struggle with expenses as they
raise their four- year- old son, Dusty. But now that both are working,
they say the government is threatening to cut their food stamps and medical
SOT tape 3 10:30:48
((SABRINA SIGMON/FOOD STAMP RECIPIENT: THEY DON'T LOOK AT WHAT'S GOING OUT IN
BILLS. THEY JUST LOOK AT WHAT'S COMING INTO THE HOUSEHOLD. AND I TOLD HER-- I
SAID, THERE'S MORE GOING OUT THAN COMING IN. ))
The latest welfare changes are sharply reducing the number of stamps for
those WITHOUT CHILDREN.
SOT tape 2 03:22:15
((KIMBERLY MCBROOM/NEWS 7: NEW REGULATIONS STARTED MARCH FIRST, REQUIRING ABLE-
BODIED ADULTS, AGES 18 TO 50 WITHOUT DEPENDENTS BE LIMITED TO THREE MONTHS OF
FOOD STAMPS WITHIN A 36 MONTH PERIOD-- UNLESS THEY ARE WORKING.
more shots of stamps tape 2
THAT new rule means some 400 Roanoke households are now ineligible for food
So what will be the long- term effects?
SOT tape 2 2:26:01
((CORRINNE GOTT/ROANOKE SOCIAL SERVICES DEPT.: IT'LL REDUCE THE COST OF THE
FOOD STAMP PROGRAM. BUT WILL IT REDUCE THE PROBLEMS? I WILL SAY NO, IT WILL
INCREASE THE PROBLEMS.))
two-shots here tape 2
Gott says the "problems" include homelessness, urban crime, and higher
demand on emergency food sources.
food bank video
The Southwestern Virginia Second Harvest Food Bank is already seeing an
SOT 10:34:18 tape 1
((CALLIE SIMMONS/FOOD BANK VOLUNTEER: IT'S FAMILIES-- IT'S SINGLE WOMEN THAT
HAVE FIVE AND SIX CHILDREN-- SOME OF THEM GOT SEVEN. AND I WOULD SAY IT'S HARD.
BUT THROUGH IT ALL, I BELIEVE IT WILL BE TAKEN CARE OF. ))
Tim Sigmon hopes so--
In the meantime, he's not apologizing for counting on government assistance
to support his family.
SOT tape 3 10:38:05
((TIM SIGMON/FOOD STAMP RECIPIENT: I DON'T FEEL BAD ABOUT IT, BECAUSE THAT'S
ADDED EXTRA HELP. IT MAKES A DOLLAR GO FURTHER, AND I CAN'T LOOK IN MY BABY'S
EYES AND TELL HIM HE'S GOING TO GO HUNGRY TONIGHT. ))
Kimberly McBroom, News 7.))
Stocks lost ground on Wall Street today.
The Dow was off 24 points.
NASDAQ dropped 13 and a half points.
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The number of students expected at Virginia's four year colleges and
universities in the year 2001 has dropped 17 thousand from estimates made just
two years ago.
In fact, projections from 1992 are off by almost 63- thousand students... or
three times the enrollment of the University of Virginia.
State officials say they're merely doing a better job of predicting college
They say the new numbers DON'T mean more students are rejecting college than
in the past.
Visitors to the regular Thursday open house at Pearisburg's historic Andrew
Johnston house found the doors locked.
The home-- built in 1829-- closed today for renovations.
Most of the exterior work is finished.
Now the historical society is ready to get to work inside, in the hope of
reopening this summer.
((JEAN DAVIS/GILES CO. HISTORICAL SOCIETY: WE OF COURSE DON'T KNOW WHAT
CONDITION THE WALLS ARE IN BUT WE HAVE SOMEONE ADVISING US ON SOME OF THAT
WORK. IT'S ONE OF THOSE THINGS THAT UNTIL YOU GET INTO IT YOU DON'T KNOW THE
EXTENT OF IT. ))
SUPER=01-Jean Davis/Giles Co. Historical Society;
OUT Q=extent of it.
The society is also planning to hire a consultant to help set up the new
museum still under construction next door.
And it will soon begin collecting artifacts.
And coming up, We'll talk with Virginia Tech quarterback Al Clark who will
start for the Hokies this year.
As usual the pro golfers are battling the course in the first round of the
The Tempeture was 60 degrees as the golfers teed it up this morning at the
Masters. The greens were slick and several golfers managed to break even par
early in the round.
SUPER=03-Augusta, GA; :
And as you well know, you don't want to hit the ball above the hole on the
course. But veteran Arnold Palmer did and he showed the youngsters how to make
a putt from that area on the green.
But while Palmer made his, Others like Greg Norman failed to come close on
this putt Norman's ball rolled past the cup and almost off the green the shark
had to settle for a double bogey on the hole.
Paul Azinger is the leader in the clubhouse he shot 69 for a first round
score of 3 under par.
Fred Couples leads a group that includes Lee Jenzen and Stuart Appleby at
The Express has packed up and left the Roanoke Civic Center to begin a
little soul searching during the off-season.
SS=round house wrap up full
Steve Mason addresses some issues surrounding the end of the franchises 4th
year in this season's final edition of Round House Wrap Up.
IN Q=first audio
SUPER=01-Pierre Paiement/Express General Manager; :15
SUPER=04-1974 S. Hockey League Championship; :28
SUPER=01-Claude Piche/Former Professional Hockey Star; :42
SUPER=01-Gary Caldwell/Regular Season Ticket Holder; 1:03
OUT Q=...round house wrap up"
The Virginia Tech Hokies have a few more practices in front of them before
wrapping up Spring drills next Saturday with the Maroon and White game at Lane
Al Clark, the Hokies heir apparent to Jim Druckenmiller at quarterback has
stayed away from the media this Spring, preferring to concentrate on earning
the starting job.
But now that he's done just that, Clark is opening up.
This afternoon he said he's anxious to take over the team.
IN Q="You know...
((AL CLARK/VA. TECH QUARTERBACK:))
SUPER=01-Al Clark/Va. Tech Quarterback; :00
OUT Q=...POSITIVE THINGS."
Clark says he's pleased with the progress he's made this spring, but admits
he's not yet at the top of his game.
IN Q="Mt game...
OUT Q=...GO ALONG."
GRAPHIC=Jack Kent Cooke
A private ceremony was held today as hundreds of mourners paid tribute to
Washington Redskin Owner Jack Kent Cooke.
Cooke died over the weekend of cardiac arrest. Among those attending the
ceremonies were Former redskins coach Joe Gibbs, Dallas owner Jerry Jones N-F-L
commissioner Paul Tagliabue.
Governor Allen and former Governor Doug Wilder were also there.
Cooke's son John said the new stadium would be named Jack Kent Cooke
Stadium to honor his father.
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