Straight Ahead on News 7-
Timothy McVeigh's sister is next in line to take the witness stand-
A plant is shutting its doors in Danville-
Plus it's all for fun and charity- but spill after spill- make some question
the safety of one race.
Monday begins clear and cold, it will end with clouds and rain. A breezy
Tuesday forecast just ahead.
On Health Check-- a verdict in the so-called smoking trial.
A tobacco company is not liable in a wrongful death lawsuit in Florida.
A jury found in R-J-Reynolds favor-- against the family of a smoker who died
of lung cancer.
((JENNIFER MCVEIGH/TIM MCVEIGH'S SISTER: HE'S JUST A NORMAL PERSON HE'S NOT
THIS EVIL THING THEY'RE PAINTING HIM TO BE. HE'S LIKE YOU AND I.))
OUT Q=like you and I."
Timothy McVeigh's sister is expected to take the stand in her brother's
GRAPHIC=news-7 at five
Good Evening. I'm Jean Jadhon.
SS=ok city bombing trial
Jennifer McVeigh is supposed to be up next- to testify about Tim McVeigh's
McVeigh supports her brother and is a reluctant prosecution witness.
((REPORTER: INNOCENT? JENNIFER MCVEIGH/TIMOTHY MCVEIGH'S SISTER: UM. THAT I
DON'T KNOW. NO MATTER WHAT HE'S STILL MY BROTHER AND I'M STILL GONNA BE THERE
SUPER=01-Jennifer McVeigh/Timothy McVeigh's Sister; :00 Quick!
OUT Q=be there for him."
Jennifer McVeigh is also expected to testify about a warning from her brother
before the bombing- that something big was going to happen.
Violence this afternoon ends in death between Republic of Texas members and
SUPER=03-Davis Mountains, TX;
Texas officials confirm police have shot and killed one of the fugitives from
It happened during a gun battle in the Davis Mountains.
A prison spokesman said he could see the body on the ridge- but the man was
pronounced dead just moments ago.
Earlier today, group leader Rick McClaren is slapped with a 25 count
((PAUL COGGINS/U.S. ATTORNEY: THE INDICTMENT CHARGES THE DEFENDANT WITH
CONSPIRACY, MAIL FRAUD, BANK FRAUD AND AIDING AND ABETTING.))
SUPER=01-Paul Coggins/U.S. Attorney;
OUT Q=AIDING AND ABETTING."
Authorities say they've been investigating McClaren since 1995- and that the
indictment had nothing to do with the standoff.
A Washington and Lee student is dead after falling out of a window Friday
19 year old freshman John "Jack" Bowden fell out of a second floor window.
A University spokesman says Bowden had been drinking.
He was alone in the room when he fell... some students passing by the dorm
Bowden was taken to Stonewall Jackson Hospital with head injuries.
He was then flown to Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital, where he died.
Bowden was from Connecticut.
Friends and family are mourning the death of a popular Heritage High School
teacher killed in an accident Friday night.
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36- year- old Suzanne Dawn LaReau (luh-ROH) was riding her bicycle on
Boonsboro Road when she was struck by a tractor trailer.
LaReau died instantly... police are still investigating the accident.
Flags flew at half-staff at Heritage High School today, where LaReau was a
math teacher and head coach of the girls varsity basketball team.
IN Q=So far
((DR. ROGER ROBERTS/HERITAGE H.S. PRINCIPAL: SO FAR I THINK WE'VE BEEN COPING,
IS THE BEST WORD I COULD USE. A LOT OF SADNESS. STUDENTS, I THINK, ARE TRYING
TO REMEMBER A LOT OF THE GOOD MEMORIES ABOUT DAWN LAREAU.))
SUPER=01-Dr. Roger Roberts/Heritage Principal; :00
OUT Q=about Dawn LaReau.
LaReau was also the assistant basketball coach at Randolph Macon Woman's
Her colleagues there are still in shock.
IN Q=She had just
((JO TODD/RMWC BASKETBALL COACH: SHE HAD JUST SUCH A ZEST FOR LIFE AND ENJOYED
LIFE SO MUCH, VERY ENERGETIC, JUST LOTS OF ENERGY. AN EXCELLENT TEACHER, GREAT
MOTIVATOR, JUST A JOY TO HAVE AROUND.))
SUPER=01-Jo Todd/RMWC Basketball Coach; :00
OUT Q=to have around.
Memorial services for LaReau were held this afternoon.
Dan River Mills is closing a plant in Danville.
The company is shutting down its Riverside weaving facility-- where it
currently employs 350 people.
The company plans to phase out the the plant over six months, and some
Riverside employees will be transferred to the company's Schoolfield complex.
But Dan River says there WILL be a net loss of jobs after this closing.
The company says the shutdown is part of its multi-million dollar
modernization effort at its Danville facilities.
Approximately 45-hundred employees work for Dan River in Danville.
HARD MUSIC UNDER
It's the case that requires communities around the nation to be told when a
convicted sex offender moves in. Today the trial got underway.
Next on NEWS-7 at FIVE-- it's the day after the Trust 500, and the caution
flag is up-- we'll explain.
On Health Check-- a big legal win today for one tobacco giant.
Plus-- new controversial theories on bone marrow transplants-- and ideas on
treating some serious illnesses.
Ahead in the newscast-- the Roanoke College Lacrosse team gets two huge
They were awarded best coach AND player of the year...details when we come
Megan Kanka's murder brought laws to protect children from sexual predators-
Today the trial began for the man accused of her murder.
Jesse (Ta-Menda-Kwas) Timendequas is accused of sexually assaulting and
killing the seven year old.
((KATHRYN FLICKER/PROSECUTING ATTORNEY: THERE WILL BE NO WAY TO MAKE THE
DESCRIPTION ANYTHING OTHER THAN WHAT THE EVENTS WERE, BRUTAL VIOLENT UGLY.))
SUPER=01-Kathryn Flicker/Prosecuting Attorney;
OUT Q=BRUTAL, VIOLENT, UGLY."
Megan's death prompted her parents to start a national campaign that would
inform neighbors when a convicted sexual offender moves into the area.
(Ta-menda-kwas) served time for sexually assaulting minors before moving to
the street where the Kankas live.
Over the past year, Ken Stolle (STAHL-EE) has talked with Republican groups
about the environment, education, transportation, economic development.
But he says it's always the Public Safety issues that get the most
Even though the Attorney General in Virginia has little to do with law
enforcement, this G-O-P candidate says it's what "makes us safe in our homes"
IN Q=And I think
((KEN STOLLE/R-CANDIDATE FOR ATTY GEN'L: AND I THINK, AND I FIRMLY BELIEVE THIS
AND IT'S BEEN MY RULE EVER SINCE I'VE BEEN IN THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY. THAT THE
NUMBER ONE ROLE OF GOVERNMENT HAS GOT TO BE PUBLIC SAFETY, AND THAT THE PEOPLE
LOOK TO THE ATTORNEY GENERAL'S OFFICE TO PROVIDE THE LEADERSHIP ON THOSE PUBLIC
SAFETY ISSUES. ))
SUPER=01-Ken Stolle/(R) Attorney General Candidate;
OUT Q=safety issues.
Stolle's stop in Roanoke this morning was one of four appearances around
the state, officially announcing his candidacy.
While the first annual Advance Auto Parts Trust 500 event succeeded in its
fundraising goals, safety concerns remain about the race.
A number of the 32 go- cart drivers took some nasty spills on the make-shift
track on the Roanoke City Market.
The winner of the race ended up in the hospital.
He was treated and released.
While the organizer of the race believes it will take place again, he admits
it may be in need of some retooling.
SOT TRUST RACE I TOT 23:07:21
((DAVID FRANKLIN/TRUST 500 ORGANIZER: WE'LL HAVE A FOLLOW UP MEETING AND
DISCUSS ALL OF THE PROBLEMS THAT WE HAVE AND WE'LL JUST MAKE IT BETTER FOR NEXT
YEAR. WE'RE GUARANTEED TO OUR SPONSORS AND I FEEL LIKE MOST OF THEM WILL COME
BACK AND THAT THIS WAS A FIRST TIME EVENT AND THAT IT WILL GET BETTER.))
SUPER=01-David Franklin/TRUST 500 Organizer;
OUT Q=get better.
The race took in nearly 40- thousand- dollars for TRUST.
That's more than double the trouble center's previous fundraising high.
At six we'll talk with the winner of the TRUST 500, who's nursing quite a
few bruises today.
We'll see what he thinks about participating in the race NEXT year.
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Ready for a good laugh? Then you might want to check out a local comedy
club-- where this weekend's show is expected to be dynamite!
(patrick ad lib)
STOCKS BUMP NEXT
Comedy clubs have had their share of laughs and tears in the Roanoke
One venue still making a go of the comedy scene is Slap-Happys with shows
on Friday and Saturday nights.
DOUBLE BOX JEAN/PATRICK
Patrick Evans joins us from the Patrick Henry Hotel, home to Slap-Happys,
with a report on a big name guest coming to town this weekend.
DOUBLE BOX PATRICK/ROBIN
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SUPER=331-Increasing Clouds/Shower Late/50-55/Turning Partly/Sunny/66-68;
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health music under
The Philadelphia 76ers have a new head coach-- details with Mike in
tonight's Two Minute Ticker--
On Health Check-- more and more smokers are using nicotine patches or gum to
get their fix--
while trying to kick the habit.
A study on nicotine and addiction from Duke Medical Center-- coming up.
((SMOKING NICOTINE IS VERY ADDICTIVE
CAUSE IT GETS NICOTINE TO YOUR BRAIN VERY FAST. KIND OF THE WAY CRACK COCAINE
TURNED OUT TO BE MUCH
MORE ADDICTIVE THAN OTHER FORMS OF COCAINE ADMINISTRATION.))
OUT Q=cocaine administration.
Good Evening, I'm Keith Humphry
Ten years ago, a Roanoke city survey found 10- thousand households at risk
of becoming homeless.
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Now, officials say the number is even higher.
Starting tonight on News 7 at 6, our series, "On the Street, On the Edge."
explores how the homeless population is changing.
More working people experiencing layoffs, family problems, and credit woes
are finding themselves on the street for the first time.
SOT 9:17:17 tape 3
IN Q=Homelessness is something
((LYNN OWENS/HOMELESS ASSISTANCE TEAM: HOMELESSNESS IS SOMETHING THAT CAN
HAPPEN TO ANYBODY AT ANY TIME. THERE ARE SO MANY PEOPLE IN THE VALLEY THAT ARE
JUST ONE PAYCHECK AWAY FROM HOMELESSNESS. ))
SUPER=01-Lynn Owens/Homeless Assistance Team;
OUT Q=away from homelessness
Owens is a case manager now, but five years ago, she was living out of her
She's just one person in the working world who fell on hard times.
double boxes Keith/Jean
That report and a look at some spring scams you should be aware of...all
this tonight at six.
Thanks Keith-- we'll be watching.
A Florida jury has ruled in favor of R.J. Reynolds in a wrongful-death
SUPER=03-Jacksonville, FL; :
The jury found that the company was not negligent in the lung cancer death
of Jean Connor, a woman who smoked for 30 years.
The company argued Conner chose to smoke, and to ignore health warnings.
SUPER=04-Home Video; : KEEP UP THROUGH THE BITE
The jury saw about one minute of this tape Conner had made of herself,
before her death at the age of 49.
IN Q=My feet
((MY FEET DID NOT HIT THE FLOOR IN THE MORNING BEFORE I HAD A CIGARETTE LIT.
I MEAN I WOKE UP, SAT UP, GRABBED THAT PACK OF CIGARETTES AND LIT IT UP.))
OUT Q=lit it up,
Conner smoked about three packs a day.
Her family had called on the jury to send a message to R-J Reynolds.
The case has been closely watched by all sides, analysts say the outcome
could strengthen the industry's hand in settlement talks with state
The F-D-A says it's hard to quit smoking because the nicotine in cigarettes
is an addictive drug.
SS=KICKING THE HABIT
Long ago, that agency approved nicotine patches and gums to help people kick
the cigarette habit.
Now, to understand the effects of nicotine on the brain, scientists at Duke
University and the Veterans Administration are conducting studies on the
pleasure centers stimulated by the chemical.
IN Q=It's a chemical
((DR. JED ROSE/NICOTINE RESEARCHER: IT'S A CHEMICAL THAT ACTS AT SPECIFIC
RECEPTORS IN THE BRAIN AND NERVOUS SYSTEM OF A SMOKER TO PRODUCE WELL-DEFINED
EFFECTS. AND ONE OF THOSE EFFECTS IS THAT IT TENDS TO MAKE SMOKERS WANT TO COME
BACK AND GET MORE OF IT. ))
SUPER=01-Dr. Jed Rose/Nicotine Researcher; :
OUT Q=more of it.
More and more smokers are turning to gum or patches to get their nicotine
fix, and ween them off cigarettes.
Experts say these alternative nicotine delivery systems are not as
addictive as smoking-- and they do help smokers cope with nicotine withdrawal,
while breaking the behavioral habits of smoking.
Even with nicotine replacement therapy, long-term success rates are still
Health officials want new ways to battle nicotine addiction to be
developed-- so many more of the nation's 45 million smokers will kick the
Also today, the F-D-A approved a new smokeless nicotine inhaler.
The Nicotrol Inhaler, sold by prescription only, lets smokers suck nicotine
through a plastic tube.
The device will be available later this year.
Success in treating illnesses such as anemia, leukemia and even AIDS may
depend on bone marrow obtained from fetuses rather than adults.
Bone marrow transplants from miscarried fetuses to baboons were 23 times
more effective than adult marrow and eight times more effective than umbilical
cord according to researchers from Georgetown University.
But the researchers also say that ethical questions need to ba answered
before fetal marrow would be routinely used.
Children with severe immune deficiency can be helped with early detection
and bone marrow transplants. (----------------)
You may remember these pictures of David, known as the Boy in the Plastic
Typically, children with his condition-- Severe Combined Immune Deficiency
have been confined to sterile plastic bubbles, protected from even their
One Duke University researcher says, the condition can be cured in most
cases, if both detection and a bone marrow transplant occur within the first
four weeks after birth.
The study also proved that bone marrow transplants do not have to be
perfect matches from siblings to cure the disease.
Half-matched transplants from parents have been equally effective.
Time now for sports-- the shuffling on the hardwoods continues in the N-B-A
Plus big honors for the men's lacrosse team at Roanoke College-- here's
GRAPHIC=TWO MINUTE TICKER
Howdy everybody, and welcome to your Monday afternoon.
Let's get the ticker started today with a couple of hirings on the hardwood.
Charleston, West Virginia native Jim Harrick is the new head basketball coach
at Rhode Island.
The former UCLA boss signed a three year deal today with a base salary at $125
Bigger bucks and a big name joined forces today in Philadelphia as the 76ers
announced the hiring
of Larry Brown.
The North Carolina graduate was given a 5 year $25 million dollar contract
today to turn the troubled franchise around ASAP.
((PAT CROCE/76ERS PRESIDENT:))
((LARRY BROWN/NEW 76ERS HEAD COACH:))
SUPER=01-Pat Croce/76er's President; :00
SUPER=01-Larry Brown/New 76er's Head Coach; :20
OUT Q=...BACK TO EVERYBODY."
Brown has only had 2 losing seasons in 24 years of coaching. He will have
complete control of the basketball operations on and off the court.
The Roanoke Women's lacrosse team received a bid to the NCAA Division III
tournament this morning.
The 13 and 2 Lady Maroons will play Johns Hopkins this Saturday in the
first round. Roanoke is ranked Fifth in the country.
The men's team will play Washington College this Saturday at 1:30 in
This Afternoon; the Old Dominion Athletic Conference announced that maroon
head coach Bill Pilat is the 1997 coach of the year.
((BILL PILAT/ODAC COACH OF THE YEAR:))
SUPER=01-Bill Pilat/ODAC Coach of the Year; :00
OUT Q=...an honor"
Roanoke senior goalie Chris Gordon is the ODAC player of the year. the
All-American amassed 166 saves this season.
Maroons Jeff Jones, Adam Jackson, Chris Davin and Peter Lawrence were all
named to the first team. Washington and Lee's Andy Jenkins, Ed Dougherty, Shane
McLaughlin, and Jay Johnson were selected to the ODAC first team as well.
That's it for sports-- I'll have much more at six-- but stick around for
more News-7 at FIVE, right after this break..
Bruce Springsteen may have been born in the U-S-A but he's being honored in
15:40:49 nat'l #2
The rock singer drew royal praise by winning Sweden's "Polar Music Prize."
The "Boss" was presented with the award by Sweden's King Carl.
Springsteen also took home the equivalent of about 130-thousand dollars.
The other prize went to Swedish choral director Eric Ericson.
The Polar Music Prize was established by the record producer of the Swedish
Group Abba...this prestigious honor is known as the Nobel Prize for music.
(toss to ROBIN)
(ROBIN tosses to Jean)
That's it for NEWS-7 at FIVE-- for more news later tonight--
Join Connie Stevens for our local primetime newscast, NEWS-7 Primetime--
tonight at 10 on WEFC.
See you later, Goodnight