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Roanoke Firefighters are required to help the paramedics.
28 city firefighters filed a grievance over it and now a judge has made a
Plus more on the man charged in a rest stop murder.
Afternoon showers continue to head east. The Weekend outlook is breezy and
On Health Check-- Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital will no longer be
performing kidney transplants.
Patients will be sent instead to the University of Virginia Health Sciences
((THERE ARE PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS TO BE A FIREFIGHTER. THEY HAVE CERTIFIED
PEOPLE WHO ARE SAYING THEY ARE CERTIFIED AS FIREFIGHTERS WHO ARE VERY PETITE,
WHO DON'T HAVE THE STRENGTH TO PULL A LINE. AND ALL OF A SUDDEN THEY'RE A
FIREFIGHTER. THAT'S CRAZY.))
OUT Q=that's crazy
A judge turns down several firefighters' grievance with Roanoke City.
GRAPHIC=news-7 at five
Good Evening, I'm Jean Jadhon.
Judge Richard Patisall rejected the firefighters' appeal, but he pointed
out that they have what he called: "some REAL concerns."
Twenty eight firefighters filed a grievance with the city over combining
the Emergency Medical services with the traditional job of firefighter.
((I DON'T BELIEVE THAT ANY OF US EVER WISHED TO EXTEND OUR RESPONSIBILITIES
INTO A COMPLETELY DIFFERENT CAREER.
OUT Q=different career
It's been a year and half since E-M-S merged with the fire department.
The city's fire chief says he was about to start cross training...teaching
paramedics to fight fires and upgrading the medical training of firefighters.
But that was suspended when the firefighters' filed their grievance.
((THE PROTOCOLS WE HAVE SETTING ON THE DESK IS EXACTLY HOW MANY HOURS OF
TRAINING AN INDIVIDUAL WILL GET BEFORE THEY'RE BE ASSIGNED TO A SPECIFIC
SUPER=01-James Grigsby/Roanoke Fire Chief
OUT Q=a specific task.
The fire fighters we talked with said they'll see what happens now, but may
start looking for work elsewhere.
Shortly before Livingston "Bud" Pritchett was arrested for the murder of a
man at the Ironto rest area, he was in Roanoke's Festival in the Park office...
talking about volunteering for this month's event.
Festival director Wendy Schultz says Pritchett has donated his time for more
than six years.
In fact she has a picture of the two of them in her office.
She doesn't believe Pritchett could hurt anyone... and doesn't think the
charges against him are true.
IN Q=I would
((WENDY SCHULTZ/FESTIVAL IN THE PARK DIRECTOR: I WOULD WANT HIM TO KNOW THAT
I'M THINKING ABOUT HIM AND THAT I CARE VERY MUCH ABOUT HIM. AND THAT I WILL BE
VERY, VERY HOPEFUL FOR A GOOD OUTCOME. ))
SUPER=01-Wendy Schultz/Festival in the Park Director;
OUT Q=good outcome
SUPER=03-Montgomery Co./Last Week;
Estel Singleton was found dead at the rest area last week.
Police believe Pritchett tried using Singleton's A- T- M card minutes after
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Virginia Democrats have been spoiling for a fight since Don Beyer kicked off
his campaign for Governor a month ago.
On the eve of a nominating convention in Richmond, Republican Jim Gilmore
gave them one.
double boxes Jean/Ellen via starlink
Ellen Qualls is at the Richmond Centre where Don Beyer, L.F. Payne, and Bill
Dolan will become their party's official nominees tomorrow.
Jean, Jim Gilmore laid out yesterday what can only be described as a bold
plan to eliminate personal property taxes on most private cars and trucks in
Democrats say they thought of that too.
In fact, it was a Democratic state Senator's idea.
But they say it's too expensive...and that's NOT all.
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IN Q=Yesterday, the
SUPER=01-Jerry Baliles/(D) Former Governor; :23
OUT Q=in Virginia.
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((DON BEYER: YESTERDAY, THE REPUBLICAN CANDIDATE FOR GOVERNOR ANNOUNCED THE
LARGEST, THE MOST FEEL-GOOD, AND THE MOST RECKLESS AND IRRESPONSIBLE TAX SCHEME
IN VIRGINIA HISTORY.))
A convention breakfast kicked off the new coordinated campaign for Beyer,
Payne, and Dolan... and in the spirit of unity, was hosted by a man who's kept
a VERY low profile politically.
((JERRY BALILES/D- FORMER GOVERNOR: IT DOESN'T ADD UP. IT SUBTRACTS FROM THE
QUALITY OF LIFE OF OUR FUTURE. AND IT MULTIPLIES THAT PROBLEMS FOR STATE AND
LOCAL GOVERNMENTS FOR YEARS TO COME.))
((DON BEYER: IT'S GOOD POLITICS. BUT IT'S BAD GOVERNMENT. AND WITH THIS TAX
SCHEME, THE REPUBLICAN CANDIDATE HAS DECLARED WAR ON EDUCATION IN VIRGINIA.))
So ironically, three guys looking for a unified message are now rallying
around a central theme: they're the safe choice and they won't make promises
they can't keep.
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We'll probably hear more on that tomorrow when they're officially nominated.
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Commissioners of Revenue in this area have their own questions about
eliminating the vehicle tax.
If Gilmore's idea becomes a reality some people could lose their jobs.
Collecting the vehicle taxes is the primary function of Commissioner of
Revenue offices across Virginia.
IN Q=I probably
((MARSHA COMPTON FIELDER/ROANOKE COMM. OF REVENUE: I PROBABLY WOULD SEE A
DECREASE IN THE NEED FOR EMPLOYEES IN THIS OFFICE. Five, Ten? FIELDER: I
WOULDN'T KNOW HOW TO ESTIMATE. BECAUSE LIKE I SAID, NONE OF THEM JUST
SPECIFICALLY DO THIS ON A DAY TO DAY BASIS BUT I'M SURE THAT WOULD BE
SUPER=01-Marsha Compton Fielder/Roanoke Comm. of Revenue;
OUT Q=be studied.
Roanoke's Commissioner of Revenue wonders if the state can actually find
enough money to pay municipalities what they would lose if the vehicle tax is
She says vehicle tax revenue has grown roughly two-to three percent a year
thanks to the rise in auto prices over the last few years.
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One year later, the media tours the site of the deadly Valujet crash in the
Everglades-- the story NEXT on NEWS-7 at FIVE...
And the air quality returns to normal today, following yesterday's toxic
chemical explosion in Arkansas.
On Health Check, a report on Scleroderma-- a rare connective tissue
Patients now have another resource-- with a new support group in the area.
Also coming up-- the latest in the Oklahoma City bombing trial...
And Roy Stanley will be along with the Two Minute Ticker-- stay close.
The air is now clear- one day after a deadly chemical plant explosion.
SUPER=03-West Helena, AR/Yesterday;
Environmental officials say the noxious fumes are gone.
The blaze yesterday killed three firefighters.
It's believed the fire started in a storage area- possibly from a smoldering
bag of pesticide.
((ALLEN BARTLO/PLANT PRESIDENT: AND WE PRESUME AT THIS POINT THAT SMOKE WAS
VERY FLAMABLE OR COMBUSTIBLE AND WHEN IT REACHED THE PROPER MIXTURE PROPORTIONS
IT BLEW UP.))
SUPER=01-Allen Bartlo/Plant President;
OUT Q=IT BLEW UP."
But the plant's owner says the pesticide wasn't supposed to be explosive.
He says the bag did not generate enough heat to set off the sprinklers.
Authorities are still investigating.
It was one year ago this weekend that a Valujet plane plunged into the
Today members of the media toured the site.
Aside from some dead patches of grass- there is little sign of a crash-
Much of the wildlife is back.
Lily pads are even in bloom.
((ONCE WE ACTUALLY GOT TO THE SITE WE BASICALLY COULDN'T SEE ANYTHING. THE ONLY
THING I COULD SAY THAT WOULD IDENTIFY IT WOULD BE A COUPLE OF PLANE ENGINES. IT
WAS VERY DISHEARTENING.))
SUPER=01-Lt. Jerry Lord/Florida Game Commission
OUT Q=VERY DISHEARTENING."
A memorial to the passengers sits amid the everglades- in memory of the
crash and its 110 victims.
A videotape takes center stage at the Oklahoma City Bombing trial.
The tape may link Timothy McVeigh to the rental truck used in the bombing.
The tape was made on a camera at a McDonald's-- about 20 minutes before the
truck was rented a mile away.
The restaurant's former owner says he's sure a man seen on the tape is
But the defense argued McVeigh was not wearing military style clothing in
the tape- Yet the man who rented the truck was.
The strike is over at Goodyear Tire plants throughout the
country--including the one in Danville.
Last night the nearly three-week long walkout ended.
The United Steelworkers Union approved a new contract and the third shift
returned to work immediately.
18-hundred workers in Danville were off the job-- 21-thousand nationwide.
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The art on the walls at Olin Gallery could be the works of some future
Roanoke College students.
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STOCKS BUMP NEXT
Normally, you would expect to find college works on display at Roanoke
College's Olin Gallery, but this weekend there's something different.
DOUBLE BOX JEAN/PATRICK
High school students have taken over the venue at the Salem campus-- here's
SUPER=01-Susan Jennings/Arts Council of the Blue Ridge;
(ROLL OVER FIRST INTERVIEW)
DOUBLE BOX PATRICK/ROBIN
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health music under
The Roanoke College mens and womens lacrosse teams are getting ready for big
games this weekend...a preview in tonight's Two Minute Ticker--
Plus, Mike Stevens is our roving health reporter today.
He'll have a report on raising dollars to help fight Down's Syndrome.
How about 12-thousand of them, in a day?
Here's a look at what's new and different tonight on NEWS-7 at SIX..
The tobacco industry has taken quite a beating lately.
But some of this negative press is igniting new business for the golden
In Roanoke alone, several discount tobacco outlets have opened up-- they're
being considered "smoker-friendly" zones.
IN Q=I'd say some day
((JEFF RUSSELL/THE TOBACCO COMPANY: I'D SAY SOME DAY IT MAY BE JUST LIKE A
LIQUOR STORE ENVIRONMENT, WHERE YOU HAVE TO GO IN A SPECIFIC STORE TO BUY
TOBACCO, LIKE THIS. ))
SUPER=01-Jeff Russell/The Tobacco Company;
OUT Q=like this
So how's business in a time where non-smoking is becoming the standard?
Keith Humphry will be along with more on that at six.
But first let's turn now to Connie and Health Check.
Residents of Western Virginia who need kidney transplants will soon have
fewer options for their operations.
At the end of August, Carilion Health System will transfer its kidney
transplant program to the University of Virginia.
Carilion Roanoke Memorial has performed 73 kidney transplants in the past
Officials say the low volume of available organs and the proximity of other
transplant programs contributed to their decision.
IN Q=I just think that
((BETH MYER/CARILION HEALTH SYSTEM: I JUST THINK THAT THE MOST IMPORTANT THING
IS THAT THE PATIENTS HAVE BEEN ACCEPTED ON UVA'S LIST AND THAT MEANS THERE WILL
BE NO WASTED TIME WAITING FOR THEIR ORGANS.))
SUPER=01-Beth Myer/Carilion Health System
OUT Q=waiting for their organs.
U- V- A will establish a satellite office so kidney patients can continue to
receive treatment in Roanoke before and after their transplants.
Patients who've undergone organ transplants usually face a lifetime of
drugs, to prevent their bodies from rejecting their new organ.
The drugs can have serious side effects-- including infection and cancer.
But now researchers have been able to wean 25 children who had liver
transplants off the drugs-- some for as long as seven years.
Six children in the study were unable to be weaned.
Scleroderma is a deforming, and sometimes fatal disease.
Many people have never heard of this rare condition-- and some Roanoke
patients want to change that.
They've formed a Scleroderma support group.
Intern reporter Amy Bohutinsky has one woman's story.
IN Q= In 19-92, Mary Jane
SUPER=01-Mary Jane Sisler/Scleroderma Patient; :17
SUPER=01-Dr. William Blaylock/Rheumatologist; :45
SUPER=19-Amy Bohutinsky; :53
OUT Q=Amy Bohutinsky, News 7.
(( In 19-92, Mary Jane Sisler began to feel tired. Her joints ached, and it
was getting harder to get out of bed each day.
She tested negative for Rheumatoid Arthritis and Lupus.
Then her skin began to harden.
SOT tape2 16:33:55
IN Q=It took
((MARY JANE SISLER/SCLERODERMA PATIENT: IT TOOK PROBABLY EIGHT MONTHS TO GET A
DEFINITE DIAGNOSIS, AND AT THE TIME I WAS TEACHING SCHOOL, I WAS INTO MY SECOND
YEAR OF TEACHING WITH IT, AND IT WAS BECOMING MORE AND MORE DIFFICULT.))
Lewis Gale Rheumatologist Doctor William Blaylock told Sisler she had
Scleroderma. This is when connective tissues harden, and the skin feels like
stone. But the worst damage is done to internal organs.
SOT tape1 14:18:40
IN Q=There's no known
((DR. WILLIAM BLAYLOCK/RHEUMATOLOGIST: THERE'S NO KNOWN CAUSE, NO PROVEN CAUSE,
IT'S BASICALLY THE SUM OF THE SERVICE IN A PATIENT'S IMMUNE SYSTEM, WHAT
TRIGGERS IT NO ONE KNOWS.))
OUT Q=no one knows.
What's frustrating about Scleroderma is that at best, a patient's condition
can only be sustained. Damage to organs and skin cannot be reversed, and each
symptom is treated individually.
Scleroderma has no cure.
SOT tape2 16:40:51
IN Q=It was very depressing
((MARY JANE SISLER/SCLERODERMA PATIENT: IT WAS VERY DEPRESSING TO NOT BE ABLE
TO DO, IT WAS FRUSTRATING NOT TO BE ABLE TO DO WHAT I NORMALLY DO, WHAT I COULD
DO; AND THEN TO LEARN THAT THERE WAS NO CURE, AND THIS WASN'T GOING AWAY, WAS
EVEN MORE DEPRESSING.))
OUT Q=more depressing.
The symptoms of Scleroderma differ with each patient.
But the agony of living with the disease is the same.
Mary Jane Sisler wants patients of Scleroderma and their families to know
they are not alone.
Amy Bohutinsky, News 7.))
The Blue Ridge Scleroderma Support group meets monthly, and is open to
Scleroderma patients, their family and friends.
Down's syndrome is the number one cause of mental retardation, yet many
people don't know much about this one, either.
It's an abnormality with the chromosomes
Earlier today, Mike Stevens caught up with a group of area volunteers taking
a swing at changing all of that.
IN Q=FIRST AUDIO
SUPER=01-Susan Cloeter/Tournament Organizer; :00
SUPER=01-Dr. Neil MacDonald/Parent of Down's Syndrome Child; :53
OUT Q=...FOR HEALTHCHECK."
Let's hear from another sports guy Roy Stanley--
He's on the sports beat today with some racing news.
GRAPHIC=TWO MINUTE TICKER
Good evening everybody and welcome to the Friday night two minute sports
ticker and the start of the Mother's day weekend.
Normally, this weekend is off limits for NASCAR racing as the series takes a
break to let the drivers and crew spend time with their families.
SUPER=03-Talladega, AL/April 28th; :00
But when the Winston 500 in Talladega, Alabama was rained out on both April
27th and 28th, NASCAR was forced to reschedule the event for tomorrow afternoon
The cars have already qualified, but they will have to be reinspected because
instead of holding them for 2 weeks in Alabama, NASCAR let the team take then
IN Q="You know...
((DALE EARNHARDT/STARTS THIRD TOMORROW:))
SUPER=01-Dale Earnhardt/Starts Third Tomorrow; :00
OUT Q=...WORKING ON IT."
Coming up tonight at six, I'll have the complete 43 car lineup for tomorrow's
race in Talladega.
The NBA playoffs also resume tonight with game two of the Knicks - Heat
series in Miami.
The Rockets - Sonics best of seven playoff shifts to Seattle tonight.
The Roanoke College women's lacrosse team opens the NCAA Division III
tournament tomorrow against Johns Hopkins at Homewood Field in Baltimore
The Roanoke men will also be in Maryland tomorrow; playing Washington
College in Chestertown in the Division III quarterfinals. Some expected the
Maroons to play the first round at home; with a ranking of fourth in the nation
and an 11 and 2 record.
IN Q="It would
((BILL PILAT/ROANOKE MEN'S LACROSSE COACH:))
SUPER=01-Bill Pilat/Roanoke Men's Lacrosse Coach; :00
OUT Q=...one of those teams"
The Maroons lost to Washington College 13 to 6 in their only meeting of the
season this year and that set back will be used as a motivational tool.
((CHRIS GORDON/ROANOKE ALL-AMERICAN GOALIE:))
SUPER=01-Chris Gordon/Roanoke All-American Goalie; :00
OUT Q=...avenge a loss"
That's it for sports-- see you at six. have a good evening.
The Love Boat hasn't set sail since 1987-- when the popular television
program made its last voyage.
Princess Cruise Lines reunited the crew to christen its newest ship...the
There they are, Captain Stubing, Gopher, Isaac, Doc, Julie and Vicky all
This is the first time all six main cast members have been together since
the program ended.
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