Straight ahead on NEWS-7 at Five...
An Arizona newspaper reports a homosexual affair may have led to that
warplane crash in the Colorado Rockies.
Following leads with the help of hi-tech equipment in the murder case at an
Ironto rest area.
Plus honoring the 32nd president of the United States.
Once again, a portion of the weekend is wet, but the other is dry and sunny.
We will tell you which is which, coming up!
On Health Check-- some important news for families-- those of both
And also, caregivers of Alzheimer's patients. It appears too many are
still behind the wheel-- with some dangerous consequences.
New reports that the pilot of that A-10 warplane may have deliberately
crashed- for fear a homosexual affair was going to be made public.
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Good Evening. I'm Jean Jadhon.
The newspaper report says a homosexual affair may have lead to the crash in
the Colorado Rockies.
Today's "Citizen" newspaper in Tucson, Arizona, says military
investigators believe Captain Craig Button committed suicide.
The report quotes sources who say the pilot feared an estranged
lover was about to go public.
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According to the report, the alleged lover was another pilot, also stationed
Button was flying in a formation April second, when his plane veered away
and disappeared. It took more than two weeks to find the wreckage.
The Air Force maintains any theory that Button was gay, or that he
killed himself is purely speculation.
Police say they ARE developing leads in the murder of 57 year-old (Es-tull)
Singleton was found shot to death Wednesday at the Ironto rest area.
Today police returned to the scene to use Roanoke County's state-of-the-art
crime scene mapping device, one of only two in the state.
And they joined forces with state police and Montgomery County sheriff's
deputies to scour the area for any evidence that may have been overlooked.
((LT. JIM RUHLAND/VA STATE POLICE: WE HAVEN'T FOUND A SET OF CAR KEYS AT THIS
POINT. AND HIS POCKETS WERE EMPTY. WE'RE LOOKING FOR ANY CHANGE THAT MAY BE
LAYING AROUND OR ANYTHING THAT COULD BE PERSONAL BELONGINGS. ))
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OUT Q=personal belongings
Singleton was from Bluefield, West Virginia, but lived in Roanoke for the
last six years.
Police say they are tracking leads locally, as well as out-of-state.
A Salem High School physical education teacher is accused of assaulting one
of his students.
And for now 49-year old Walter Braine... who doubles as the school's soccer
coach, is off the job.
According to police, the incident happened last week during gym class.
The student says he was playing soccer when Braine purposely kicked him in
The teen did not need any medical attention.
Braine is scheduled for a preliminary hearing in Juvenile Court next week.
A balanced budget deal is done.
The word came just moments ago.
The deal balances the budget by the year 2002.
President Clinton says both Republicans and Democrats compromised to make it
((THEY'RE TAKING A SMALLER TAX CUT THAN THEY ORIGINALLY SOUGHT. WE'RE PROVIDING
A LARGER SAVINGS IN THIS BUDGET THAN PREVIOUSLY IN MEDICARE AND IN OTHER
OUT Q=AND IN OTHER AREAS."
The budget allows for tax breaks for families, investors and students.
The plan also extends the Medicare trust fund for a decade.
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Next on NEWS-7 at FIVE-- clean up is underway at a construction site
neighbors say is filled with hazardous debris.
It covers seven and-a-half acres of the nation's capital...and consists of
four open rooms, each commemorating Roosevelt's terms in office.
Self-healing is his message-- now you have the opportunity to hear from Dr.
Deepak Chopra-- in person.
He's coming to Roanoke-- details, in Health Check.
Also coming up a talent show that's promoting education.
Patrick introduces us to one of the performers when we come back.
It took fire fighters nearly six hours to control a blaze at the old
The fire started in a remote area of the landfill around six last night.
The blaze did NOT involve trash, but tree limbs, leaves and other debris.
Eighty fire fighters, from Danville and surrounding areas, fought the fire
A lack of water and high wind made it difficult for fire fighters to bring
the blaze under control.
The nearest water supply was about a mile away.
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((JIM HALL/DANVILLE FIRE DEPARTMENT:IT JUST HAMPERS US IN OUR TIME ELEMENT OF
DRIVING BACK UP THE ROAD. BUT WE HAD PLENTY OF TANKERS OUT HERE SO WE KEPT A
PRETTY GOOD WATER SHUTTLE GOING. ))
SUPER=01-Jim Hall/Danville Fire Department; :00
OUT Q=shuttle going.
Fire fighters still don't know what caused the fire.
A construction crew is sifting through rubble at a Roanoke construction
That's because residents have complained to the city for months- They say
the contractor has not complied with city ordinances.
The property owner, Phillip Bane had planned to develop the Autumn Lane
property. He allowed the Virginia Department of Transportation to dump
construction debris there as fill.
Residents say some of this material did not meet federal regulations and now
a sifting process has begun to remove the inappropriate material.
Bane is already facing criminal charges relating to the Autumn Lane Site.
He's scheduled to appear in court May 13th for failing to comply with city
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Governor Allen announced his choice to fill the vacancy on the Virginia
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((CYNTHIA KINSER/VA. SUPREME COURT APPOINTEE: TO SIT AS A JUSTICE ON THE
HIGHEST COURT IN THE CONGRESS OF VIRGINIA IS A DISTINCTION THAT COMES TO FEW
PEOPLE, WITH MUCH GRATITUDE AND HUMILITY, I ACCEPT THE APPOINTMENT))
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The honorable Cynthia Kinser of Pennington Gap accepted.
Kinser is currently the United States magistrate Judge for the Western
District here in Virginia.
She was appointed to fill the vacancy left by the retirement of Justice
Roscoe Stephenson Junior.
Governor Allen chose Kinser from a pool of 31 applicants-after the General
Assembly couldn't agree.
Kinser's appointment must still be approved by both houses.
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The Smith Mountain Arts Council is raising money for scholarships, and
they've come up with a painless way for you to give.
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Some of the finest talent from across three counties will gather tomorrow
night to entertain and be entertained at the Smith Mountain Lake talent show.
DOUBLE BOX JEAN/PATRICK
Patrick Evans is with Mrs. Smith Mountain Lake, who will be singing at the
event, and has a preview for us this evening.
Patrick, I understand they even asked YOU to take part?
SUPER=01-Gay Carpenter/Smith Mt. Arts Council;
SUPER=01-Marilyn Cochran/Mrs. Smith Mt. Lake;
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Qualifying has just gotten underway in California for this weekend's Save
Mart 300. Mike has an update in tonight's Two Minute Ticker.
On Health Check-- some good news in not just treating-- but PREVENTING
Advice on WHEN and HOW to start protecting yourself.
IN Q=It's never too
((IT'S NEVER TOO LATE TO BEGIN TREATING FOR OSTEOPOROSIS. WE'RE PUTTING
90-YEAR-OLD WOMEN ON MEDICATIONS AND ON EXERCISE REGIMES, AND HAVING GREAT
SUCCESS WITH THEM. ))
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Good Evening, I'm Teresa Hamilton, coming up tonight on NEWS-7 at SIX, we
continue our series, "Bosnia Peacekeepers".
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This time we focus on the homefront.
It's been nearly three months since a group of Danville National Guardsmen
were deployed as peacekeepers.
The time apart has been hard for the soldiers-- especially those with wives
Roger Gilreath's son, Tyler, was less than two months old when he left for
His wife, Melissa, says phone calls and letters, on both sides, make all the
((MELISSA GILREATH/ROGER'S WIFE:WHEN I SEE HIM ON TV OR SOME OF THE LETTERS HE
WRITES, HE WROTE ME A POEM, I READ IT AND JUST CRIED, YOU KNOW, THE WHOLE TIME
I WAS READING IT, IT WAS HARD, AND SOMETIMES WHEN WE HANG UP THE PHONE IT'S
SUPER=01-Melissa Gilreath/Roger's Wife; :00
OUT Q=it's hard.
(Teresa ad lib)
double boxes Jean/Teresa
It's a big change for their families back home too...Thanks Teresa
For more than 20 years the number of teenage girls having sex has been
But an upcoming government study shows that in 1995, the numbers actually
IN Q=Among girls
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OUT Q=their behavior.
Among girls age 15 to 19, 50 percent reported they had sex in 1995.
Back in 1970, only 29-percent were sexually active.
In 1982, the numbers jumped to 47-percent, and then peaked at 55 percent in
A survey of boys released last year fround a similar decline.
In 1995, 55-percent of boys age 15-19 reported having sex.
That was down from a peak of 60-percent recorded in 1988.
Public health researchers believe the trend is being driven by education--
about risks like AIDS and pregnancy.
IN Q=The fact
((JAMES MCCARTHY/COLUMBIA SCHOOL OF PUBLIC HEALTH: THE FACT THAT KIDS ARE MORE
AWARE ABOUT WHAT THE CONSEQUENCES OF EARLY SEXUAL ACTIVITY ARE MAKES THEM, AT
LEAST WITH THE ONES WE'VE WORKED WITH-- MAKES THEM MORE CAUTIOUS ABOUT THEIR
BEHAVIOUR, AND MORE WILLING TO CHANGE THEIR BEHAVIOR.))
OUT Q=their behavior.
Among teens who are having sex, contraceptive use has also increased.
And even though statistics on sexual activity have gone down, the U-S still
leads the world in the number of teens having sex.
The American Psychiatric Association has released guidelines designed to
help families of Alzheimer's patients.
The Association wants physicians to start writing prescriptions-- telling
their Alzheimer's patients not to drive.
California is the only state that requires doctors to report Alzheimer's
patients to the D-M-V, so authorities can consider revoking their license.
The recommendation may be important-- as a recent Scandinavian study
published in the Lancet, looked at the brains of elderly car crash victims.
They found a third of them showed clear evidence of Alzheimer's Disease.
For more than a year, the drug Fosamax has been widely used to treat
Just last week it was approved by the Food and Drug Administration for
PREVENTION of the crippling disease.
Intern Reporter Amy Bohutinsky has more.
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OUT Q=Amy B, News 7.
Osteoporosis affects about 200-million women worldwide.
But there's hope now in the medical community that the drug Fosamax will help
improve the numbers.
IN Q=That will offer
((DR. DEBORAH GOLD/DUKE MEDICAL CENTER: THAT WILL OFFER WOMEN AN OPTION IF
THEY'RE ESPECIALLY AT RISK FOR THE DISEASE TO HELP PREVENT IT FROM COMING ON.))
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OUT Q=from coming on
Studies show Fosamax can slow down the deterioration process that makes bones
weak and prone to fractures.
But doctors say it CAN'T replace a calcium-rich diet and exercise- proven to
build up bones.
IN Q=We all achieve
((DR. DEBORAH GOLD/DUKE MEDICAL CTR: WE ALL ACHIEVE PEAK BONE MASS AT ABOUT AGE
35, AND WE START LOSING AFTER THAT- THE HIGHER WE CAN GET OUR PEAK THE FURTHER
WE HAVE TO LOSE, BEFORE WE GET IN THE FRACTURE LEVEL.))
OUT Q=fracture level.
Gold says the most crucial time for a woman to build up bone mass is in her
teens- but, it's never to late to start.
Amy Bohutinsky, News 7.
Deborah Gold is from Duke University's Center for the Study of Aging and
Yesterday she was in Roanoke speaking about prevention and treatment of
Osteoporosis at a Carilion symposium.
A new study finds that an ingredient found in common laxatives can cause
Rats fed a diet laced with phenol-phthalen--an ingredient found in
ex-lax-- developed lyphomas after six months of the diet.
The F-D-A says the rats were fed more than 30 times higher the normal dose
The makers of Ex-lax say the product has been used since 1905 and is safe.
If you follow the teachings of the guru of the Alternative Medicine
movement-- don't miss this opportunity.
Dr. Deepak Chopra, known as one of the most popular motivational speakers
in the country--
is visiting Roanoke this weekend.
He's the author of several best-sellers, focusing on self-healing.
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He'll be speaking at the Roanoke Civic Center, this Sunday at 3pm.
For information, call either the Civic Center Box Office, or try the
program's sponsor-- the Unity Church.
That number in Roanoke is 562-2200.
Time now for sports -- the Stanley Cup Playoffs return to the ice tonight...
Mike has details along with some racing in tonight's Two Minute ticker
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Welcome folks to the start of the weekend for many of you, and a return to
the track for the Winston Cup cars.
After a rainy weekend in Alabama, the Cup cars are out west in Sonoma,
California qualifying for this weekend's road race at Sears Point.
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Because this is a West coast event, remember they are three hours behind us
time-wise, and qualifying just got underway about 5:07 eastern time.
Morgan Shepherd was the first driver on the track, and he was not that fast
turning a circuit around the the course at 90 point 7 miles an hour.
It takes just under one minute and 40 seconds to get around the track, and
there are 56 cars attempting to qualify with a number of the Winston West
drivers hoping to make the field.
Right now Ken Schroeder is on the pole with less than 10 cars having
qualified at this point.
The NHL Stanley cup playoffs continue tonight with second round playoff
action opening in three different series.
The defending cup champion Colorado Avalanche is home hosting Edmonton, the
Rangers take on the Devils, and Detroit entertains Anaheim.
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The Detroit Pistons are also in the host role tonight as they welcome the
Hawks to town.
Detroit leads the best of five, two games to one. And both teams feel a
sense of urgency tonight.
((LENNY WILKINS/ATLANTA HEAD COACH:))
((DOUG COLLINS/DETROIT HEAD COACH:))
SUPER=01-Lenny Wilkins/Atlanta Head Coach; :00
SUPER=01-Doug Collins/Detroit Head Coach; :16
OUT Q=...ANOTHER CHANCE."
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Also, don't forget tonight folks the Salem Avalanche is back in town hosting
Frederick at Salem Memorial at seven.
And Victory Stadium speedway is again open tonight. Gates open at 6, and
racing begins at 8.
And coming up at six, Roy Stanley will tell us how folks are still catching
Tigeritis, nearly a month after the Masters.
Have a safe weekend everybody.
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Washington is known for monuments.
Now the newest honors America's 32nd president- Franklin Delano Roosevelet-
The living memorial includes trees, and waterfalls-
((MIKE WALLACE/CBS NEWS CORRESPONDENT: WE LOOK BACK TODAY AT THE LIFE AND
ACCOMPLISHMENTS OF AN EXTRAORDINARY MAN, A MAN ELECTED FOUR TIMES TO THE
PRESIDENCY WHO LED THIS COUNTRY THROUGH THE BITTER YEARS OF THE DEPRESSION AND
THROUGH WORLD WARE TO THE THRESHOLD OF VICTORY.))
SUPER=01-Mike Wallace/CBS News Correspondent;
OUT Q=threshold of victory."
The memorial cost 48 billion dollars- It includes four outdoor gallery rooms
for each of FDR's terms in office.
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 weekend, Goodnight