Next-- on News 7 at Five...
He was the G-O-P frontrunner in the Lieutenant Governor's race-- now Coleman
Andrews is dropping out.
A former Army drill instructor is found guilty of raping six female
And citizens in South Boston are preparing for a flood.
Three days of rain is too much for some southside communities but the sun was
working today and will continue tomorrow.
On Health CHeck-- the latest in M-R-I technology--
The emphasis now includes preventing needless surgery.
Stick around for all this and the 2-minute ticker in 90-seconds on NEWS-7 at
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The Republican front-runner for Lieutenant Governor has dropped out of the
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Good evening, I'm Connie Stevens.
A surprise move just a few weeks after the man who's raised 1-point-4
million dollars to run for lieutenant governor kicked off a campaign with a 22
stop tour around the state.
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Ellen Qualls is in our Richmond newsroom.
What's behind Coleman Andrews' decision?
The only detail Andrews provided today was that one of his three children is
facing what he calls "a medical concern," but he would NOT elaborate.
That has NOT stopped speculation from running rampant on whether there's
more behind the scenes.
He entered the news conference on crutches from what he shrugged off as a
sports mishap...but focused on his responsibilities to his children as the
reason for the decision.
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((ALL THINGS BEING EQUAL...MAKES THE IMPOSSIBLE.))
((BERT ROHRER/VA. DEMOCRATIC PARTY: HE AS YOU KNOW DID NOT ...SITUATION WAS.))
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Andrews has faced some controversy over the declining stock price in his two
businesses...and a foray into a possible gambling operation that he later
pulled the plug on.
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Connie, the man who benefits most directly from Andrews' misfortune is John
Hager, the other Republican running for Lt. Governor... Andrews endorsed him
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Several days of intense rain generally means trouble for one Halifax County
And, the recent downpour, is no exception.
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Teresa Hamilton joins us live from Riverdale where local business owners are
Connie, flooding here in Riverdale is common-- but it doesn't make it any
Throughout much of the day, local business owners have been coming up here,
glancing at the Dan River, hoping for the best.
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SUPER=07-Mitch Inge; :23
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((MAC RAGAN/RIVERDALE BUSINESS OWNER: IT'S A GUESS WORK, CAUSE WE NEVER KNOW
WHAT THE GOOD LORD IS GOING TO PUT ON US, BUT WE HAVE TO SURVIVE AND DO THE
BEST WE CAN. ))
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Mac Ragan is taking this latest news in stride.
After 33- years as a Riverdale business owner, he's weathered severe
Ragan's neighbors along Route 501- spent the morning doing what they've done
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((MITCH INGE/LOCAL BOOKKEEPER:YOU JUST HAVE TO DO WHAT YOU HAVE TO DO, AFTER
THE RAIN LAST NIGHT, I WOKE UP THIS MORNING AND I WAS EXPECTING A CALL AND
LEMUEL CALLED ME, I WAS HOPING IT WASN'T GOING TO BE TRUE, BUT IT'S COMING, IT
LOOKS LIKE IT'S COMING. IT'S RISING, WE CAN'T AFFORD TO SIT AROUND AND WAIT TO
SEE WHAT HAPPENS, WE'VE GOT TO BE READY. ))
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Earlier today, the National Weather Service predicted severe flooding for
Riverdale-- similar to the flooding seen here in September.
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Meteorologist Robin Reed joins us now with the latest.
In other news-- A former Army drill instructor could spend the rest of his
life in prison.
Staff Sergeant Delmar Simpson was found guilty today of raping six female
recruits at a Maryland post.
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((LT. COL. GABRIEL RIESCO/CHIEF OF STAFF OF ORDINANCE SCHOOL:I JUST WANT TO
EMPHASIZE THAT WE CONTINUE TO WORK ON THESE CASES, TO PROTECT THE VICTIMS AS
MUCH AS POSSIBLE AND WE CONTINUE THE INVESTIGATION TO ROOT OUT THE SYSTEMIC
CAUSES OF ALL THIS. ))
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The investigation resulted in criminal charges against 12 men at the
Aberdeen Proving Ground, and prompted a probe of sexual misconduct at Army
It's one of the most infamous auto parts in history, and it's on display at
the Oklahoma City bombing trial.
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Jurors today are looking at the rear axle of the Ryder truck used in the
One F-B-I agent testified he found a vehicle identification number on the
rear axle, which was thrown hundreds of feet away from the federal building in
Agents then traced the truck to a rental shop in Junction City, Kansas.
That's where the sketches of "John Doe number one and number two" were made
leading to Timothy McVeigh as a suspect.
Meantime...a star prosecution witness has taken the stand.
She's expected to testify that she laminated the fake driver's license that
McVeigh allegedly used to rent the Ryder truck involved in the bombing.
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Marching music and marching orders-- as the Volunteerism Summit in
Philadelphia wraps up.
Also coming up-- the news is bubbling over at the Quibell plant-- soon the
bottling company will have new owners.
Plus, a genetics advancement to report on Health Check-- it may lead to
treatment for those with Down Syndrome, or retardation.
Stay with us-- there's more news, sports, and weather-- all on New 7 at
The 62 local workers furloughed by Norfolk Southern must now play the
This morning at the Tanglewood Holiday Inn, employees were given the
opportunity to ask questions about their impending transfer.
They found out it could be awhile before they leave town.
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((TIM JONES/FURLOUGHED NORFOLK SOUTHERN WORKER: IT COULD BE ANYWHERE FROM THIS
WEEK TO THREE OR FOUR MONTHS OR FURTHER DOWN THE ROAD. IT'S JUST A MATTER OF
HOW LONG IT TAKES TO WORK IT OUT. ))
SUPER=01-Tim Jones/Furloughed Norfolk Southern Worker;
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Employees like Tim Jones were given a list of cities to choose from... some
as far away as Kansas City and St. Louis.
Workers say seniority will play a major role when it comes to placement.
N- S officials say they were forced to make the transfers because of
A pair of well known businessmen from the Martinsville area are two big
reasons why the water is flowing once again at the popular Quibell company in
Last year Tultex chairman John Franck and his cousin Will Pannill noticed
their favorite tea and sparkling water brand missing from the local store
Upon further investigation they learned about the company's troubles and
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((JOHN FRANCK/QUIBELL INVESTOR: WE FOUND A BUSINESS THAT WE THINK IS A LOT OF
FUN AND HAS GREAT POTENTIAL. IT'S A BRAND THAT PEOPLE IN THIS REGION ARE VERY
SUPER=01-John Franck/Quibell Investor;
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Franck admits the company is not making any money yet.
But he expects Quibell will eventually regain the 10- million- dollars in
annual sales it had a few years ago.
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They're heading home with their final marching orders-- delivered by Colin
...Chairman of the Volunteerism Summit, wrapping up in Philadelphia.
Thousands attended -- saying they're now more determined than ever to
recruit others for community service.
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((THIS SUMMIT, THESE COMMITMENTS, THEY ARE ABOUT THE HABITS OF THE HEART THAT
MAKE US AMERICANS. LET US GO SHOW THE WORLD AND OUR CHILDREN THAT WE ARE
PREPARED TO LIVE UP TO THEM. ))
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Many of those attending the summit say they're hoping a new spirit will
sweep the nation.
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Speaking of spirit-- The Roanoke Valley is home to many creative writers--
and you can check some of them out at an upcoming forum.
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The Artemis Reading Circle is all about introducing local authors and their
work to the community.
An author from the New River Valley will be the next featured
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Here's Patrick Evans-- with an exclusive interview with Anne (Getty)
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Roanoke's only representative in the N-B-A begins planning his hometown
Mike has details a little later on NEWS-7 at FIVE...
And next on Health Check--
Relief may be on the way for the millions of Americans suffering from
We'll tell you about a new drug trial now underway.
Good afternoon, I'm Keith Humphry.
Coming up on NEWS-7 at SIX.
A group of Danville soldiers is providing more than a safe environment for
Bosnia to rebuild.
They're also spreading goodwill in a country torn apart by years of internal
Teresa Hamilton and photographer Andrea DiRocco visited the 46- men
Tonight they take us along with the Danville soldiers who provide food and
supplies to the poor.
((CHRIS WILES/DANVILLE NATIONAL GUARD MEMBER:WE HAD SOME IDEA THAT THAT'S WHAT
WE WERE GOING TO BE DOING BUT NOT TO THE EXTEND WE'RE DOING IT HERE, IT'S, IT'S
BEEN A REAL GOOD EXPERIENCE COMING OVER HERE. ))
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OUT Q=over here.
The soldiers joined forces with the Swedes to help providing housing for
We'll have more on that--
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along with more news of the day tonight at six.
It sounds interesting, thanks Keith.
Turning now to Health Check-- M-R-I technology has earned a good reputation
for evaluating trauma and helping to diagnose a variety of diseases.
Now, it's also keeping some patients from going to the operating room
At the University Hospitals of Cleveland they found that many patients can
avoid surgery by having a needle guided M-R-I FIRST.. a simple procedure using
real time M-R-I imaging.. a thin needle is guided into the worrisome area and
samples are taken.
In their study only FOUR of the 83 patients looked at-- did not benefit
from this procedure.
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(( DR. JONATHAN LEWIN/UNIVERSITY HOSPITALS OF CLEVELAND: WE'RE FINDING THAT M-R
GUIDANCE ALLOWS US TO DO THESE WITHOUT PROBLEM. WE'VE NOW DONE MORE WELL OVER
ONE HUNDRED AND HAD NO SERIOUS COMPLICATIONS.))
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Doctors say this is taking M-R-I to the next step... giving patients the
option of potentially avoiding surgery. (-------------)
They believe this kind of minimally invasive procedure will dramatically
change the way physicians treat many problems and reduce health care costs over
the next few years.
Doctors are hopeful about a new drug to treat herpes-- one of the most
common sexually transmitted diseases.
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There's no known cure for genital herpes, and generally, outbreaks affect
women more severely than men.
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((DR. WILLIAM REITER/CENTER FOR SPECIAL IMMUNOLOGY: IT'S PARTICULARLY DIFFICULT
TO TREAT HERPES BECAUSE THAT VIRUS HIDES IN A PERSON'S NERVE CELLS, AND
RE-ACTIVATES UNDER A LOT OF DIFFERENT CIRCUMSTANCES. THE FOCUS OF WHAT WE WANT
TO DO IN THIS RESEARCH STUDY IS TO SEE WHETHER OR NOT WE CAN'T LESSEN THE
NUMBER OF RECURRENT EPISODES OF HERPES.))
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OUT Q=episodes of herpes.
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At the Center for Special Immunology, a clinical study involving the drug
Lebukavir is now underway.
There's hope the drug could make a difference in the lives of patients.
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((LABORATORY STUDIES HAVE SHOWN US THAT THIS DRUG IS ABOUT TEN TIMES MORE
POWERFUL THAN DRUGS CURRENTLY AVAILABLE ON THE MARKET FOR THIS PURPOSE. AND IN
THIS STUDY WE BELIEVE THAT THIS DRUG CAN EFFECTIVELY TREAT EPISODES OF HERPES,
BY DECREASING THEIR DURATION AND SEVERITY.))
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More than 30 million Americans-- around one in five adults, currently has
From the latest issue of the journal "Nature Genetics" comes word of
the discovery of a gene connected to mental retardation in people with Down's
It may lead to a treatment.
More than 250-thousand Americans have Down's Syndrome-- and suffer mild to
As more and more working parents look for child care, improving the QUALITY
of that care is an issue in the Roanoke Valley.
Those taking part in the New Century Council's "Child Watch" program toured
early childhood centers in the area today.
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((PHYLLIS OLIN/CHILD WATCH CHAIR: TAKING CARE OF KIDS IS NOT WHAT IT'S ALL
ABOUT, BUT RATHER IT'S CHILDREN BEING IN A SETTING WHERE THEY CAN LEARN IN AN
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Besides discussing ideas, participants got some first-hand knowledge while
eating lunch with young students at Roanoke's Greenvale School.
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((EVA SHAW/CHILD WATCH PARTICIPANT: IT MAKES YOU AWARE OF ALL THAT THE DAY CARE
PROVIDERS ARE GOING THROUGH, AND YOU DON'T KNOW WHEN YOU DROP YOUR KIDS OFF AND
JUST GO TO WORK WITHOUT REALIZING WHAT THEY'RE GOING THROUGH.))
SUPER=01-Eva Shaw/Child Watch Participant
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Participants say it's not just providers who can help improve the quality of
child care...the community can get involved, as well.
Most preschools are always in need of volunteers.
It's time now for sports-- so let's give Mike Stevens a couple of minutes to
hear about George Lynch's summer plans...and some baseball news.
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Welcome to your Tuesday ticker everybody. Let's get started with some
afternoon baseball action.
Already today in the big leagues, the Astros have beaten the Rockies 3-to-1.
Jeff Bagwell homered for the Astros to key the win.
And right now the Cubs are trying to get their second win in an 18 hours
period as they are battling the Expos.
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Last night the Cubs beat the Expos 5-to-2.
Today both teams have been swinging for the ivy covered wall since the
That's Darrin Fletcher bashing on into the seats in deep center field to make
it 4-to-nothing with on in the first.
Henry Rodriguez then steps up and rips this Steve Traschal pitch over the
center field fence again, and it's 5-to-nothing Expos.
But Brooks Kieschnick would rally the Cubs with this 2 run homer off Jim
Bullinger to make it a 5-to-3 game.
Rodriguez would homer again in the third, but Kieschnick would come back with
his second homer of the game - a SUPER=35-Montreal/8/Chicago/14/Bottom of 8th;
three run blast to right.
And right now the Cubs lead the Expos 14-to-8 in the bottom of the 8th.
While a number of teams are still gearing up for the NBA playoffs, George
Lynch is getting ready for his 7th annual Hometown Basketball camp in mid June
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((GEORGE LYNCH/VANCOUVER GRIZZLIES FORWARD:))
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OUT Q=...MY SCHEDULE.
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George's camp will again be held at William Fleming high school from June
16th through the 20th.
As George said attendance was down some last year, but this June he's hoping
for the biggest turnout in the history of the camp.
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OUT Q=...OFF THE COURT SKILLS."
PINNACLE PAGE --
Again, the camp takes place June 16th through the 20th.
It is open to boys and girls ages 7 through 13 for fundamentals.
And there also will be an advanced section of the camp for those 14 & 15 year
And if you would like more information you can call 982-0536.
George Lynch's 7th annual Hometown basketball camp.
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Coming up tonight at six, some area wrestlers have been involved in their own
camp for the past couple of months.
Steve Mason will have an inside look at how the Roanoke valley is working
overtime to cultivate some top wrestling talent.
Hope to see you at six. Have a good night everybody.
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Old Blue Eyes is going to be seeing gold-- the Congressional Gold Medal that
The bill honoring Frank Sinatra was just approved by the House--now it needs
the president's signature. It was introduced by a New York Congressman.
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((REP. JOSE SERRANO/D- NEW YORK: I HAVE FRANK SINATRA ON MY ANSWERING MACHINE,
I HAVE FRANK AS MY EMAIL
ADDRESS, I COLLECT PICTURES AND POSTERS, I'VE BEEN COLLECTING THESE ALBUMS AND
THESE CD'S AND TAPES EVER SINCE I CAME FROM PUERTO RICO. ))
SUPER=01-Rep. Jose Serrano/(D) New York;
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Serrano owns 290 Sinatra recordings the same number of votes needed to get
Sinatra the medal.
The democrat has been pushing the bill for two years...to honor the 81-year
old entertainer for his years of humanitarian work and performances.
The Congressional Gold Medal is the highest award Congress can give.
Recent recipients include Colin Powell and the Reverend Billy Graham and his