Next on News 7-
A judge decides whether O-J Simpson will get a new trial.
Scary moments for passengers- as a Continental jet makes an emergency
landing in Roanoke.
And a tough ride for some passengers aboard Valley Metro when it slams into
After two days of rain, the Tuesday forecast looks sunny and mild. Details
On health Check-- it's the banana vaccine--
Genetically altered fruit which could revolutionize the fight against
IN Q=I think plant
((I THINK PLANT BIO-TECHNOLOGY IN TERMS OF VACCINES, IS POTENTIALLY
OUT Q=potentially unlimited.
((FRED GOLDMAN/RON GOLDMAN'S FATHER: I THINK CLEARLY THE JUDGE RECOGNIZED THERE
IS NO AMOUNT OF MONEY THAT CAN EQUAL THE VIOLENT ACT, THE MURDERS HE
OUT Q=the murders he committed."
The judge upholds the 33 million dollars in damages O-J Simpson must pay.
GRAPHIC=news-7 at five
Good Evening, I'm Jean Jadhon.
The judge also refused to grant Simpson a new civil trial.
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Simpson was found liable for the deaths of Nicole Brown and Ronald
Goldman--and ordered to pay 33 million dollars in damages.
Today the Goldmans were in court when Simpson's attorneys appealed.
((FRED GOLDMAN/RON GOLDMAN'S FATHER: THIS IS A MAN WHO BELONGS IN JAIL SITTING
ON DEATH ROW. THERE IS NO AMOUNT OF MONEY THAT CAN COMPENSATE. THAT CAN MAKE
EQUITABLE WHAT HE DID.))
SUPER=01-Fred Goldman/Ron Goldman's Father;
OUT Q=what he did."
Simpson's lawyers say today's ruling is just a formality and that the
appeals process is just beginning.
Jurors in the Oklahoma City bombing trial heard from the state trooper who
arrested Timothy McVeigh- just hours after the bombing.
The officer who stopped McVeigh told how he pulled a car over about 60 miles
north of Oklahoma City- just a couple of hours after the blast.
The officer said McVeigh had a gun, bullets and ear plugs.
Officers arrested McVeigh for carrying a concealed weapon.
The trooper described how McVeigh's clothes were handled after that arrest.
The government is trying to show McVeigh had residue from explosives on his
A Continental Airlines jet with engine trouble made an emergency landing
today at the Roanoke Regional Airport.
Passengers celebrated when the Boeing 737 touched down shortly before noon.
Flying from Newark, New Jersey to Atlanta, Georgia the plane was diverted
to Roanoke after pilots shut down one of the engines as a precaution.
Passengers praised the crew, but admitted some tense moments as the plane
made its approach.
IN Q=I'm not ready to die yet
((SUSAN MORAN/PASSENGER: I'M NOT READY TO DIE YET. I WANT TO WAIT A LITTLE BIT.
I HAVE THREE CHILDREN AND EIGHT GRANDCHILDREN AND I DON'T WANT TO LEAVE THEM
YET. I THINK GOD WAS ON MY SIDE.))
((MARK COURTNEY/AIRPORT SPOKESMAN:))
SUPER=01-Susan Moran/Passenger; :00
SUPER=01-Mark Courtney/Airport Spokesman; :14
OUT Q=fly and land safely on one engine.
Most of the passengers on the Continental flight continued their travel on
US Airways, but a few are still waiting to leave Roanoke.
A Valley Metro bus struck a northwest Roanoke home this morning.
Witnesses say the bus hit a utility pole, then a pine tree, before plowing
into this home on Troutland Avenue.
IN Q=I run outside
((PHILLIP CARDWELL/RESIDENT: I RUN OUTSIDE, TRYING TO GET THEM OUT OF THE BUS,
KNOWING THAT MY FAMILY WAS SAFE. THE BUS DRIVER, HE WAS STILL TRYING TO START
IT, OR STEER THE BUS. HE SAID HE BLACKED OUT. I GUESS BY THE GRACE OF GOD WE
WERE SAVED. ))
OUT Q=we were saved.
The driver, Charles Saunders says he blacked out after feeling sick.
Linda Ferris, a passenger, managed to grab the steering wheel and pull the
driver's foot off the accelator.
None of the passengers on the bus was injured...so far charges have not been
The Salem V-A Medical Center says director John Presley will remain on
temporary assignment for up to 30 more days.
Presley and associate director William Dalamater (DELL-ah-mater) got new
assignments a month ago, after an investigation by Veterans Affairs officials.
Three staff members from V-A headquarters will be conducting a followup
visit to the Salem hospital next month.
Layoffs are looming at the Radford Army Ammunition Plant.
SUPER=03-Montgomery Co./File Tape;
Alliant Techsystems, which operates the arsenal, has yet to release any
But spokesman Chuck Lee confirmed some of the affected workers have already
In January, the arsenal recalled about 75 previously laid off workers to
help fill an increased number of orders during the first quarter.
Lee says the workers receiving pink slips this time are among those who were
called back in January.
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Trash tags in Lynchburg could be scrapped-- the latest on the controversy
heading your way on NEWS-7 at FIVE.
Three living Presidents, the wife of a fourth, two different Parties all in
support of one movement...community service.
On Health Check-- we'll feature an all-too common form of breast cancer--
Plus, taking high-tech to the extreme, in fighting the disease.
Also coming up-- Patrick is observing national dance week...
Fortunately for us, he is just watching...stick around.
Presidents past and present are calling on America to reach out and
It's part of the volunteer summit.
Former Presidents Gerald Ford and George Bush were at Independence Hall in
Philadelphia- along with former first lady Nancy Reagan.
((THE ERA OF BIG GOVERNMENT MABYBE OVER, BUT THE TERA OF BIG CHALLENGES FOR OUR
COUNTRY IS NOT AND SO WE NEED AN ERA OF BIG CITIZENSHIP.))
OUT Q=of big citizenship."
Bush, Ford and Reagan added their signatures to the proclamation. The
leaders then urged Americans to volunteer to help America's children.
Westvaco retirees say they're filing a discrimination lawsuit against their
This afternoon, about 50 retired workers picketed outside the Covington
They claim the company is trying to short- change them when it comes to
IN Q=I'd like
((CLARENCE FARMER/WESTVACO RETIREES ASSOCIATION: I'D LIKE TO SEE WESTVACO GIVE
RECOGNITION TO THE RETIREES AND SET DOWN AND TALK ABOUT THE DISPARITIES WITHIN
THE PENSION PLAN. MAKE SOME ADJUSTMENT FOR THE FOLKS WHO REALLY REALLY REALLY
NEED IT. ))
SUPER=01-Clarence Farmer/Westvaco Retirees Association;
OUT Q=need it
Company spokesman Robert Crockett says there are currently no plans to make
adjustments to pension benefits.
He says the Westvaco Retirees Association has no formal relationship with
the plant in Covington.
With its landfill posting huge profits, one city council member says
Lynchburg can afford to do away with its controversial trash tag system.
When he ran for city council last year, Robert Garber promised to get rid of
the trash tags.
Now he says he has the votes to do it.
Garber and three other council members announced today they would work to
repeal the four-year old program within the next few weeks.
IN Q=We have a
((ROBERT GARBER/LYNCHBURG COUNCIL MEMBER: WE HAVE A LOT OF PEOPLE ON FIXED
INCOMES IN LYNCHBURG, THEY CAN'T AFFORD TO SPEND A COUPLE OF DOLLARS A WEEK,
COMES OUT TO A COUPLE OF HUNDRED DOLLARS A YEAR POTENTIALLY, TO GET RID OF
THEIR TRASH. SO IT MAKES SENSE TO GIVE THEM FREE TRASH PICKUP AND TAKE CARE OF
SOME OF THAT ILLEGAL DUMPING.))
SUPER=01-Robert Garber/Lynchburg Council Member; :00
OUT Q=that illegal dumping.
Garber says getting rid of the trash tags should "not" affect the city's
groovy music UNDER
The Southwest Virginia Ballet will be well represented in the Lone Star
State this summer...
(patrick ad lib)
STOCKS BUMP NEXT
This is National Dance week, and today we highlight some of the fancy
footwork going on throughout the Valley.
DOUBLE BOX JEAN/PATRICK
Patrick Evans joins us from the Post School of Ballet, where students are
taught the fine art of dance.
SUPER=01-Terri Post/Southwest Virginia Ballet;
DOUBLE BOX PATRICK/ROBIN
SUPER=330-Mostly Cloudy/Passing Showers/48-50/Partly Sunny/And Milder/68-70;
SUPER=331-Mostly Cloudy/A Few Showers/50-52/Sunny And/Pleasant/70-72;
SUPER=332-Mostly Cloudy/A Few Showers/46-48/Turning Partly/Sunny/65-68;
SUPER=333-Mostly Cloudy/Sprinkles/43-45/Turning Mostly/Sunny/64-68;
SUPER=334-Mostly Cloudy/Patchy Fog/38-42/Partly Sunny/And Mild/64-66;
health music under
In tonight's Two Minute Ticker-- Rain is still slowing down the Winston
500-- the race was postponed yesterday...Mike has an update.
On Health Check-- reaching to outer-space, for help in cancer research.
Also, a report on a form of breast cancer--
Called Ductal Carcinoma in Situ--
IN Q=There was just
((THERE WAS JUST A LITTLE SMALL BLIP ON THE MAMMOGRAM THAT SHOWED A LITTLE
CLUSTER OF CALCIUM FLAKES. ))
OUT Q=calcium flakes.
Good Afternoon, I'm Keith Humphry.
Southside soldiers are helping Bosnians re-build after years of fighting.
NEWS 7 sent Teresa Hamilton and photographer Andrea DiRocco to Bosnia for a
detailed look at the role of peacekeeper.
IN Q=WAR HAS
((WAR HAS TAKEN A TOLL ON BOSNIA- HERZEGOVINA.
AT ONE TIME THE COUNTRY WAS THRIVING BUT INTERNAL CONFLICT HAS LEFT COUNTLESS
FAMILIES WITHOUT A PLACE TO CALL HOME. TODAY, THOUGH, A NUMBER OF THOSE
REFUGEES ARE BEGINNING TO RETURN HOME NOW THAT OTHER COUNTRIES HAVE INTERVENED.
46 DANVILLE NATIONAL GUARDSMEN FROM DANVILLE VIRGINIA ARE AMONG THE SOLDIERS
TRYING TO RESTORE PEACE.
THIS WEEK, WE'LL INTRODUCE YOU TO THOSE HOMETOWN SOLDIERS AND SHOW YOU WHAT
THEIR JOB IS ALL ABOUT, FROM SEARCHING FOR LAND MINES TO BRINGING SUPPLIES TO
AGAIN, THAT'S ALL THIS WEEK ON NEWS 7 AT SIX AND ELEVEN. ))
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OUT Q=SIX AND 11.
Also coming up tonight on NEWS-7 at SIX...an update on our story of Peggy
Childers-- she's the woman who spent the Winter living along the Appalachian
Trail...she's being released from jail.
double boxes Jean/KEith
Tune in for these stories and more news in about 40-minutes on NEWS-7 at
Thanks Keith, we'll see you then.
Genetic engineering isn't just about cloning sheep--
It's a real science that is producing real advancements in medicine.
A case in point-- the banana vaccine.
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Scientists are working on a new cholera vaccine--
There is already an injectable vaccine for the disease-- but in developing
countries, they may not have syringes, refrigeration for the serum, or the
money to pay for it.
IN Q=How is it that
SUPER=02-Vanessa Cruz/Public Health Worker; :06
SUPER=03-Ithaca, NY; :14
SUPER=01-Charles Arntzen/Boyce Thompson Institute; :28
SUPER=01-Dr. Laurance Nickey/Former El Paso Health Director; :41
OUT Q=long time coming.
IN Q=How is it
((DAVE FEHLING: HOW IS IT THAT CHOLERA, IF IT GETS INTRODUCED INTO AN AREA LIKE
THIS, CAN SPREAD SO EASILY?
VANESSA CRUZ/PUBLIC HEALTH WORKER: YOU CAN SEE THE PROBLEM IS BECAUSE THEY HAVE
VERY CLOSE THE WATER TO THE
OUT Q=to the bathroom.
So at Cornell University in New York, they are genetically altering
By splicing cholera bacteria genes into seedlings, the result should be a
banana that when eaten, would stimulate the person's immune system to produce
the antibodies to fight off the disease.
IN Q=It's taken us
((CHARLES ARNTZEN, BOYCE THOMPSON INSTITUTE: IT'S TAKEN US ABOUT SIX YEARS NOW,
BUT WE CAN SAY YES, IT WORKS, IN PRINCIPLE, IT WORKS.))
OUT Q=in principle, it works.
Human tests are just getting underway-- but in five more years, lead
researcher Charles Arntzen believes the banana vaccine could be ready.
IN Q=But if we can
((LAURANCE NICKEY/FORMER EL PASO HEALTH DIRECTOR: BUT IF WE CAN GET A VACCINE
THAT IS IN BANANAS, MY GOODNESS, YOU COULD DISTRIBUTE THAT TO CHILDREN,
DISTRIBUTE IT TO ADULTS IN AREAS WHERE GOOD SANITATION AND GOOD WATER MAY BE A
LONG TIME COMING.))
OUT Q=long time coming.
Arntzen's team is working to produce edible vaccines for other diseases as
well, including hepatitis.
The beauty of bananas is they are easily and cheaply grown in many
developing countries, and easy to get kids to eat.
The experts say one in nine American women will develop breast cancer, but
not all cancers are the same.
Ductal Carcinoma in Situ is cancer of the breast ducts and makes up at
least one quarter of all breast cancer cases.
Virtually all cases are treatable, but HOW they should be treated is still
a controversy that was addressed over the weekend by an international group of
IN Q=We know that
(( DR. GORDON SCHWARTZ, BREAST HEALTH INSTITUTE, JEFFERSON MEDICAL COLLEGE: WE
KNOW THAT A MAJORITY OF THE WOMEN WHO HAVE IN SITU CARCINOMA LIKE THIS WILL
NEVER DEVELOP A REAL CANCER OF THE BREAST. ))
SUPER=01-Dr Gordon Schwartz/Breast Health Institute; :
OUT Q=of the breast.
****CONNIE AUDIO ON CART***
That's where the controversy lies. Dr. Schwartz believes only a small
percent of women with ductal carcinoma in situ will develop a cancer that is
But doctors can't yet define which patients will develop a problem.
So some question the options patients are given-- radiation, or
mastectomy, complete removal of the breast.
IN Q=We don't know
((DR. GORDON SCHWARTZ: WE DON'T KNOW THEREFORE HOW TO TREAT IT. SHOULD WE
LEAVE SOME PEOPLE ALONE SHOULD WE DO MASTECTOMIES ON PEOPLE SO THAT WE PROTECT
THEM AGAINST SOMETHING
OUT Q=something happening.
At this weekend's meeting, physicians agreed on a system to examine the
tissue once its removed, to assess the risk of a patient developing
life-threatening cancer in the future.
Doctors hope this information will translate into the best treatment--
whether it's a mastectomy, radiation therapy, or lumpectomy alone.
Cancer research is now reaching out of this world-- to the stars and the
people who study them.
A doctor from the Detroit Cancer Institute has recruited a NASA
Astrophysicist who believes faint signals in space can pick up indications of
cells going haywire. The institute plans to bring in 15 non-medical
researchers to quote "rewrite the rules of cancer research."
Time now for sports-- and a soggy start for the Winston 500--
So how about some dry indoor sports highlights? Here's Mike.
GRAPHIC=two minute ticker
Welcome folks to the Monday ticker, and the start of a brand new work week.
Let's get started in Talladega, Alabama where mother nature finally was
declared the winner in the Winston 500.
Rain yesterday forced the race to be postponed until today at Noon,
SUPER=03-Talladega, AL/ESPN; :00
Well, dense fog and a persistent drizzle covered the track most of the
morning, and again delayed the start.
The skies did finally clear just a bit and NASCAR was abel to get the track
dry, and at 2:05 eastern time, it looked like the race would actually get
But after a few laps to get some heat into the track surface, the rains
returned in full force.
NASCAR had to call off the race, and postpone it to Saturday, May 10th at one
NASCAR would liked to have held the race tomorrow, but it's just not feasible
The crews and drivers have to get back to North Carolina and then immediately
head out to California, the site of this weekend's Road Race at Sears Point.
The NBA playoffs resume tonight in two series with the Jazz trying to
eliminate the Clippers, and the Knicks trying to sweep the Hornets.
Charlotte dropped the first two games of the best of series in the Big Apple,
but tonight the team is back home in a do or die situation.
((DELL CURRY/HORNETS GUARD:))
((GLEN RICE/HORNETS FORWARD:))
SUPER=01-Dell Curry/Hornets Guard; :00
SUPER=01-Glen Rice/Hornets Forward; :17
OUT Q=...OUT FIRING."
SUPER=03-Chicago/Last Night; :00
Speaking of firing, Michael Jordan threw down 55 points last night as the
Bulls came back from a first half deficit to beat the Stubborn Bullets
109-to-104 in game two of their best of five series.
IN Q="This is our house...
((MICHAEL JORDAN/55 POINTS LAST NIGHT:))
SUPER=01-Michael Jordan/55 Points Last Night;:00
OUT Q=...SECOND HALF."
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And in one other hoop note the Women's NBA held its first ever draft today
and former UVa star Tammi Reiss, on the front row on your right was the first
pick of the Utah Starrz.
SS=TWO MINUTE TICKER
Another former Cavaliers Tora Suber was the first round pick of the Charlotte
More sports coming your way tonight at six, including comments from Fuzzy
Zoeller, who was back on the golf course today in Greenville, South Carolina.
Have a good night everybody.
take a break
The guest of honor was nowhere in sight, but
Iraqis celebrated in the streets to mark Saddam Hussein's 60th birthday.
The festivities include a military parade in his hometown and scattered street
parties around the country.
The Iraqi News Agency reports the Iraqi president did not appear in public
for the celebrations.
He apparently did meet privately with senior government and military
officials who congratulated him on his birthday.
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.
See you later! Goodnight