Here's what you'll see tonight on NEWS-7 at FIVE...
A federal judge rules the FDA can't restrict cigarette advertising but can
Plus-- Jurors from the Jens Soering trial talk about the convicted killer's
theory of innocence.
Outdoor activities are best done Saturday as the second half of the weekend
looks wet. More on the forecast just ahead.
On Health Check-- we'll hear from a regional chapter of the Alzheimer's
Members are trying to change the way Medicare and Medicaid handle patient
((THE FINDING OF THE FDA ESTABLISHES THAT CIGARETTE COMPANIES DO MANIPULATE
NICOTINE. NICOTINE IS THE DRUG. IT'S THE DRUG THAT KEEPS PEOPLE SMOKING.))
OUT Q=keeps people smoking.
A landmark ruling in a North Carolina court- cracking down on tobacco- but
not cigarette ads.
GRAPHIC=News7 at five
Good Evening. I'm Jean Jadhon.
A federal judge today ruled that the government can regulate tobacco as a
That's a huge victory for anti-smoking forces.
((EVEN IN THEIR HOME FIELD WHERE THOUGH THEY HAD AN ADVANTAGE THEY LOST. THE
INDUSTRY ALREADY CHOKING IN A NORTH CAROLINA COURT. ))
SUPER=01-Sen. Frank Lautenberg/(D) New Jersey;
OUT Q=North Carolina Court.
But the judge also ruled the government can NOT restrict cigarette
And that part of the ruling is a win for tobacco companies.
((ALL OF OUR ADVERTISING RIGHTS CAN CONTINUE, BILLBOARDS, MAGAZINES, POINT OF
SALE, DIRECT MARKETING IS OUR FIRST AMENDMENT RIGHT WILL CONTINUE. WE BELIEVE
STRONGLY IN OUR POSITION AND WILL PURUSE IT AS LONG AS IT TAKES.))
SUPER=01-John Fithian/Freedom to Advertise Coalition;
OUT Q=AS LONG AS IT TAKES."
Virginia is a player in all of this. Attorney General Jim Gilmore filed
a "friend of the court" brief defending the tobacco companies and opposing the
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Ellen Qualls is in our Richmond newsroom.
What's Gilmore's reaction today?
He's focusing on the positive.
He says it's a "tremendous victory for NASCAR and other tobacco-sponsored
sporting events" but may be the first step in a legal process he'll keep
IN Q=Even if
SUPER=01-Ed Sweda/Tobacco Products Liability Project; :28
OUT Q=0f 1938.
((GOV. GEORGE ALLEN: EVEN IF THEY ARE WRONG LEGALLY, PRACTICALLY ...BUT WE
HAVE FOR SEVERAL YEARS.))
It's NOT clear how much legal time the Attorney General's office has put
into this case so far or whether it will file a supporting brief on appeal.
But state health activists say it's a losing suit that only Virginia and
three other tobacco states entered.
And Judge Osteen upheld the most important part.
((ED SWEDA/TOBACCO PRODUCTS LIABILITY PROJECT: CIGARETTES ARE NICOTINE
DELIVERY DEVICES AND THAT THE INTENT OF THE MANUFACTURER'S TO AFFECT THE
STRUCTURE AND THE FUNCTION OF THE HUMAN BODY BY DOING SO, INGESTING THESE
LEVELS, WAS THE TRIGGER THAT BROUGHT THEM IN UNDER THE FOOD, DRUG, AND COSMETIC
ACT OF 1938.))
Ed Sweda, whom you just heard there, is a nationally-known anti-smoking
advocate in town for yesterday's Philip Morris meeting.
The significance of what he's saying about nicotine being regulated as a
drug is that what tobacco farmers fear may be true.
The FDA regulations say IF teen smoking doesn't decline under this set of
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the FDA has left itself room to regulate other aspects... which could include
dictating nicotine levels in cigarettes.
(Q&A: But we can expect appeals?
Yes both sides say they'll appeal the part they lost.)
The Roanoke man accused of murdering his ex-girlfriend and her mother on
April First was wheeled into court today.
Miguel Ortiz was arraigned on half a dozen charges associated with the
incident at Carew Apartments.
He told the judge he HAD a job at a car wash on Melrose Avenue, but assumes
it's gone now. He said he has about 60 dollars to his name.
Judge Clifford Weckstein appointed a staff lawyer from the public defender's
office to represent Ortiz.
The suspect is being held without bond for the deaths of Sharon and Deborah
Convicted killer Jens Soering continues to wage his battle for a new trial,
claiming evidence that could have cleared him was never presented to the jury.
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Steve Smallshaw talked with some of the jurors from Soering's 1990 trial,
Steve what do they think of the evidence they never heard?
Jean, the jurors we talked with were, for the most part, highly skeptical of
Jens Soering's claim that two drifters could have murdered his girlfriend's
parents in 1985.
Even after considering Soering's story, the jurors still feel they got it
IN Q=It's a theory
SUPER=04-December 1996; :21
SUPER=01-Larry Sheridan/Soering Trial Juror; :24
SUPER=01-Sterl Irvine/Soering Trial Juror; :35
OUT Q=appeal that ruling.
(( It's a theory the jury never heard.
One week after Derek and Nancy Haysom were murdered in 1985, Bedford County
deputy George Anderson stopped two drifters on Route 460.. men who Anderson
says may have dropped a knife in his patrol car.
The pair were arrested a few days later for a murder in Roanoke. They never
were considered suspects in the Haysom case, but Soering claims they should
IN Q=I don't see
((LARRY SHERIDAN/SOERING TRIAL JUROR: I DON'T SEE ANY BEARING ON THE CASE. WITH
THE VAGRANTS THEY'RE TRYING TO PIN SOMETHING ON SOME PEOPLE, I DON'T SEE HOW
THEY EVEN FIT IN.))
OUT Q=even fit in.
IN Q=It wouldn't have
((STERL IRVINE/SOERING TRIAL JUROR: IT WOULDN'T HAVE MADE NO DIFFERENCE.
BECAUSE THE EVIDENCE THAT THEY HAD SHOWED DEFINITELY THAT HE WAS IN THE HOUSE
AND IT WOULDN'T HAVE MADE NO DIFFERENCE.))
OUT Q=made no difference.
Judge William Sweeney this week denied Soering's request for a new trial.
Soering plans to appeal that ruling.))
Of course, all it takes is one juror who DOESN'T agree to cause a mistrial or
find a defendant not guilty.
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And one woman we talked with says she just doesn't know if the new evidence
might have given her a reasonable doubt as to Soering's guilt.
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Who's responsible for a bomb threat that cancelled the Governor's trip to
Chatham? The N-Double-A-C-P addresses the issue. The story on NEWS-7 at FIVE
A change of leadership at the Roanoke Valley SPCA-- The director abruptly
quits, amid sexual harrassment allegations.
On Health Check-- More women are doing some heavy drinking while they're
pregnant -- or at least admitting it.
Also coming up-- Patrick's very close to getting locked up.
A live report from the slammer when we come back.
It's not something the Air Force likes to lose track of-
Four dummy missiles that disappeared yesterday turned up today-
The FBI found the dummy missiles in a building supply yard in Ranger Texas-
Agents also arrested a truck driver at a truck stop about 330 miles away.
The truck driver could face charges-
No word on how he got so far from where the missiles were found.
The Roanoke Valley S-P-C-A is looking for a new executive director.
Al Alexander announced he's resigning, effective today, for "personal
Alexander has recently been under investigation after three former employees
accused him of sexual harassment.
The S-P-C-A board's president would not say whether the allegations were
connected to Alexander's resignation.
But he did offer a possible reason for his departure.
IN Q=As I say.
((FRANK VAN BALEN/S.P.C.A. BOARD PRESIDENT: AS I SAY, THIS IS A VERY STRESSFUL
JOB. ONE OF THE THINGS THAT WAS VERY UPSETTING TO AL WAS THE LACK OF
COOPERATION ON THE BUILDING OF THE SHELTER. ))
SUPER=01-Frank Van Balen/S.P.C.A. Board President;
OUT Q=of the shelter
Van Balen says a shelter employee will step in as a temporary director.
He says the shelter will maintain its normal operations.
Governor Allen's decision to cancel a speaking engagement in Pittsylvania
County is still a sensitive subject.
The leader of the local N-Double-A-C-P says his organization had nothing to
do with a series of telephone threats.
The Governor was supposed to speak at a tobacco function Monday at Woodlawn
Academy in Chatham.
But he canceled the trip after the school's headmaster received a phone call
threatening the school and its children.
The caller was apparently offended when Allen recently proclaimed April
"Confederate History and Heritage Month".
((WILLIE FITZGERALD/LOCAL NAACP PRESIDENT:IT'S IMPORTANT THAT PEOPLE UNDERSTAND
WE'RE A NONVIOLENT ORGANIZATION AND WE THINK EVERYONE SHOULD HAVE THE RIGHT TO
FREEDOM OF SPEECH AND ASSEMBLING AND WHEN THE GOVERNOR IS THREATENED IT
THREATENS US ALL. ))
SUPER=01-Willie Fitzgerald/Local NAACP President; :00
OUT Q=us all.
Fitzgerald says he's hoping to put an end to any rumors.
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Total Action Against Poverty is doing some of its best fundraising behind
(patrick ad lib)
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Total Action Against Poverty is locking people up, and throwing away the
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Patrick Evans explains that being incarcerated by TAP is a good thing
because money raised for "bail" actually helps the organization.
SUPER=01-Ellen Brown/Total Action Against Poverty;
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health music under
Tonight in the Two Minute Sports Ticker-- Steve Mason has the latest from
qualifying for this weekend's Winston 500.
On Health Check-- A new study into the dangers of Little League Baseball
offers reassurance for parents.
And as for special faceguards and softer balls-- no need for a mandate
yet, according to researchers.
IN Q=We have to
((WE HAVE TO PROVE THAT IT WORKS BEFORE WE JUST BLATANTLY SAY LETS DO IT.))
OUT Q=lets do it.
health bump next
Hi I'm Len Besthoff...coming up tonight on NEWS-7 at SIX.
Norfolk Southern is the only class one freight railroad in the United States
that has its employees relieve themselves in a plastic bag instead of a toilet,
but there are efforts to change that.
SOT NS WASTE TOT 5:25:52
IN Q=The union
((LAWRENCE MANN/RAIL UNION SAFETY ATTORNEY: THE UNION IS GOING TO DO WHATEVER
IS NECESSARY TO REQUIRE AND MANDATE THAT TOILETS BE ON NORFOLK SOUTHERN
LOCOMOTIVES. IT MAY TAKE A WHILE, BECAUSE NORFOLK SOUTHERN IS A VERY POWERFUL
SUPER=01-Lawrence Mann/Rail Union Safety Attorney;
OUT Q=powerful railroad.
Lawrence Mann is the chief attorney for the United Transportation Union in
He believes within a year or two, N-S will be forced to abandon its current
waste disposal method, known as the "dry hopper" system.
We'll have more on this,take full screen
in part three of our series, "Hopping Mad at N-S"-- tonight: just how much it
might cost N-S to get toilets for its on- board employees...and how that
compares with some of the railroad's other recent expenses.
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Jean, that report's coming up on News-7 at Six.
Thanks Len we'll be watching...
Members of the Alzheimer's Association will meet in Washington D.C. over
the next four days.
They're trying to change the way Medicare and Medicaid handle Alzheimer's
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Right now, Medicare doesn't cover the cost of caring for Alzheimer's
patients until they have to be hospitalized.
The Alzheimers Association says Medicare should cover long-term,
home-based care, which costs less, and helps the families of Alzheimer's
Bill Lindsay, of the Roanoke-Salem chapter, will join more than 400 other
association members in Washington, fighting for Medicare and Medicaid changes.
IN Q=this kind of thing
((BILL LINDSAY/ROANOKE-SALEM ALZHEIMER'S ASSOCIATION; THIS KIND OF THING IS
VERY HELPFUL, VERY NECESSARY FOR PEOPLE WHO ARE SUFFERING FORM ALZHEIMERS
DISEASE, AND IT'S MUCH MORE COST EFFECTIVE THAN HAVING PEOPLE IN NURSING HOMES
OR HOSPITALS SO WE;D LIKE TO SEE THE CHANGES THAT ARE COMING ABOUT IN MEDICARE
AND MEDICAID MOVE IN THAT DIRECTION PARTICULARLY ))
SUPER=01-Bill Lindsay/Alzheimer's Association;
OUT Q=that direction particularly
The meeting in the nation's capital is the Association's ninth annual public
It will include a candlelight vigil, and meetings with Virginia's
A new government health survey finds a four-fold increase in the number of
women who admit to drinking heavily during pregnancy.
The reason for the increase is unclear.
Federal health officials note that drinking while pregnant can cause fetal
alcohol syndrome-- and lifelong abnormalities.
GRAPHIC=little league injuries
A new study on Little League Baseball-- on the risk for injuries it
presents, and how to prevent them.
University of Rochester researchers followed almost three-thousand kids for
a season, and documented only 41 injuries by a ball-- most of the injuries were
The place where most kids were hit by the ball wasn't homeplate-- but on
IN Q=Most of the
((DR. KENNETH VEENEMA/SPORTS MEDICINE SPECIALIST: MOST OF THE INJURIES THAT DID
OCCUR, BALL RELATED FACIAL INJURIES ACTUALLY OCCURRED ON DEFENSE.))
SUPER=01-Dr. Kenneth Veenema/Sports Medicine Specialist; :
OUT Q=on defense.
The authors suggest that coaches teach the proper way to field a ball.
As for special faceguards and softer balls, they recommend more study
before making them mandatory.
It's not only the hard baseball that can cause injuries-- in the study,
there were a number of fractures and sprains when players ran into each other
or slid into a base.
Virginia has become the first state in the nation to dedicate land to the
cause of organ donation.
Governor George Allen today dedicated the Donor Memorial Garden in Capitol
Square, just down the hill from the state capitol.
IN Q=This gives
((HELEN LESLIE/VA. TRANSPLANT COUNCIL: THIS GIVES ...MADE THE DONATION.))
SUPER=01-Helen Leslie/Va. Transplant Council;
OUT Q=the donation.
During the past five years in Virginia, 547 people have donated
two-thousand-40 organs and more than 11-hundred tissue donations.
There have been at least five thousand eye donors.
In sports more from Greensboro on Chip Sullivan's golf game...
Plus Steve Mason has the latest qualifying results.
Good afternoon everyone, lets get right to qualifying at Talladega for
Sunday's Winston 500.
SUPER=03-Talladega, AL/ESPN2; :00
The Winston Cup cars began qualifying at four today and are still out on
the track. Right now-- Dale Earnhardt is on the pole with a speed of 192.699
miles per hour.
Teammate Mike Skinner is on the outside pole.
Defending Winston 500 champ Sterling Marlin is 5th. Complete results at 6.
The PGA tour is glamorous and tough on players.
And as Mike Stevens tells us-- Chip Sullivan has a chance to make it in the
long run, even if he fails to finish in the money at Greensboro.
IN Q=FIRST AUDIO
SUPER=03-Greensboro, NC/Yesterday; :00
SUPER=01-Chip Sullivan/PGA Tour Golfer; :24
SUPER=01-Kari Sullivan/Chip's Wife; :38
SUPER=01-Tom Hall/Chip's Caddy & Father-in-Law; 1:00
OUT Q=...NEWS 7 SPORTS."
(( As the only former club pro on the PGA tour this season, Chip found out
quickly that you more than just talent to be a success.
Golf, on this level, is a mind game.
Thankfully, Chip has his wife Kari, a former second grade teacher at Roanoke
County's Oak Grove School, by his side to keep him from getting too high or too
((KARI SULLIVAN/CHIP'S WIFE:))
When he is not carrying clubs or massaging psyches Hall is the principal at
North County's Mountain View Elementary, and he's always had a love for the
game of golf.
In Greensboro, at the Forest Oaks Country Club.))
Highlights from the cosmo trach meet, plus Radford Baseball coming up at 6.
see ya then.
If you love Rock and Roll- this collection is for you.
((SHE LOVES ME YEA, YEA. LOVE LIKE THAT YOU KNOW IT CAN'T BE BAD.))
SUPER=04-"The Complete Beatles";
OUT Q=CAN'T BE BAD."
It's called the Rolling Stone 200.
Two-hundred CDs that define rock and roll.
The Editors of Rolling Stone magazine put out the list-
((ANTHONY DECURTIS/ROLLING STONE MAGAZINE: WE SET OUT TO TRY AND FIND A KIND OF
CD LIBRARY FOR SOMEONE WHO WANTED TO HAVE A KIND OF BASIC HISTORY OF ROCK AND
((I CAN'T GET NO GIRLY ACTION.))
SUPER=01-Anthony DeCurtis/"Rolling Stone" Magazine;
OUT Q=GIRLY ACTION."
The Rolling stones, the Beatles and Bob Dylan are just a few names on the
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