Straight ahead on News 7-
Pay raises are raising more controversy on Roanoke City Council-
Plus is O-J Simpson paying up?
The Goldman family lawyer says not a dime.
And a robber hits a Wytheville Bank.
Looks breezy and cool for the next few days but warmer weather will arrive
later in the weekend. Details coming up.
On Health Check-- the latest on who's most at risk for breast cancer.
Plus, should your insurance company have to cover the cost of birth control
Some lawmakers say yes.
IN Q=I THINK THIS WILL
((I THINK THIS WILL DIVIDE THE CITY....GO AWAY.))
OUT Q=GO AWAY
One Roanoke councilman changes his mind on those controversial pay raises.
GRAPHIC=NEWS-7 AT FIVE
Good Evening, I'm Jean Jadhon
Councilman Jack Parrott says he was wrong to vote for a pay raise earlier
The Republican is now asking city council to reconsider the 14-percent pay
Monday night, Council voted five to two for its own pay raise, plus a
28-percent salary increase for the mayor.
IN Q=There have been so many
((THERE HAVE BEEN SO MANY THAT HAVE TALKED TO FRIENDS OF MINE, PEOPLE WHO
SUPPORTED ME, AND THESE PEOPLE HAVE SAID LOOK YOU'RE NOT HEARING WHAT'S
HAPPENING. AND WITH THAT IN MIND, I JUST FEEL IT'S BEST TO JUST TRY TO SAY
LOOK, I DID WRONG.))
SUPER=01-Jack Parrott/(R) Roanoke City Councilman;
OUT Q=i did wrong.
Mayor David Bowers refused an on-camera interview.
But in a statement Bowers says council should not only reconsider pay for
council and the mayor but also top administrators.
The mayor says he thought council was right to vote for the pay raises.
But says council obviously did NOT do a good job of explaining it to the
Bowers will address the issue tomorrow at a news conference.
O-J Simpson is supposed to pay millions- but apparently he's not turning
that cash over.
SUPER=03-Santa Monica, CA;
Today the fight over his money continued in court.
Reporters bombarded Simpson asking where's he's keeping some valuable
((REPORTERS: WHERE'S THE HEISMAN TROPHY? WHERE'S THE HEISMAN? WHERE'S THE
SUBURBAN MR. SIMPSON? LAWYER: NO COMMENT PLEASE.))
OUT Q=NO COMMENT PLEASE.
Sheriff's deputies tied to seize those items from Simpson's home, but they
A jury ordered Simpson to pay 33 million dollars for the wrongful deaths of
Nicole Simpson and Ronald Goldman.
((DANIEL PETROCELLI/GOLDMAN FAMILY LAWYER: DESPITE FLYING AROUND THE COUNTRY
PLAYING AT RESORT GOLF COURSES AND LIVING A LIFE OF LUXURY HE HAS NOT ATTEMPTED
TO PAY ONE DIME.))
SUPER=01-Daniel Petrocelli/Goldman Family Attorney;
OUT Q=to pay one dime."
Simpson is now under orders to produce bank statements and canceled checks.
Government officials will go for the death penalty in the Unabomber case.
The court papers were filed today.
Suspect Theodore Kaczynski goes on trial in November for two of the
An attorney for the family says the decision to seek the death penalty-- if
he's found guilty- is a terrible mistake.
Attorney General Janet Reno personally opposes the death penalty, but has
pledged to enforce it.
Reno is cracking down on people who dip into your pension money.
((JANET RENO/ATTORNEY GENERAL: AS AMERICANS GROW MORE DEPENDENT ON RETIREMENT
INCOME FROM PENSIONS THEY ARE ENTITLED TO KNOW THEIR INVESTMENTS ARE SAFE AND
SUPER=01-Janet Reno/Attorney General;
OUT Q=are safe and secure."
The crackdown has already resulted in 70 criminal cases-
Many involve owners of small and mid-sized companies who embezzle pension
A man who knocked off a bank in Wytheville around noon today is still on the
run this evening.
Police say a white or hispanic male walked into the East Main Street branch
of Premier Bank and handed the teller a note demanding cash.
The teller filled a bank bag with an undetermined amount of money and handed
The man fled in a dark gray, four-door Mazda, believed to have been heading
North on Interstate- 81.
HARD MUSIC UNDER
IS the Virginia Democratic party having money problems? That story next on
NEWS-7 at FIVE...
Plus a fountain of creativity at the State Capitol has the Governor
defending state workers ...and an agency head getting a little squirrelly with
Our Richmond reporter's been foraging for news again.
For millions of overweight Americans-- this could be hopeful news-- a new
way to fight fat.
And we'll hear from Christopher Reeve, as he's had new feeling in his spine.
Also coming up-- this week's edition of Growin It.
Tonight Patrick is caring for Dogwood Trees....stay close.
The Virginia Democratic Party won't say if it's in financial trouble -- but
it just laid off four out of eight staff members in the state office.
IN Q=The coordinated
((JUDY NAPIER/VA. DEMOCRATIC PARTY: THE COORDINATED CAMPAIGN IS GETTING
STARTED ... SIX DIFFERENT ENTITIES ALL WITH STAFF PEOPLE, VERY QUALIFIED STAFF
SUPER=01-Judy Napier/Va. Democratic Party; :00
OUT Q=qualified staff people.
Republicans say the lay-offs are a sign of UNpopular ideas and low
But the GOP is still in recovery from its own debt problems just two years
A dozen Republican party officials had asked him to run, but Lynchburg
optometrist Dr. Gary St. Clair will NOT seek to replace Delegate Joyce Crouch
St. Clair said last month he was interested in running for the 22nd District
But he claims ideological differences with other Campbell County Republicans
have forced him to drop the idea.
Dry cleaner Ron Buchanan is the only Republican to officially announce his
District GOP chairman Will Campbell and businesswoman Kathy Byron also are
expected to run.
The Franklin County Library has gone hi-tech.
Its new internet computer was unveiled this morning... giving all county
residents the opportunity to surf the world wide web.
IN Q=We expect
((CAROLYN HART/FRANKLIN COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARY: WE EXPECT TO HAVE GREAT USAGE
FROM DIFFERENT AGES IN OUR COMMUNITY. WE'RE EXCITED ABOUT IT. WE'RE GLAD WE CAN
OFFER THIS TO EVERYBODY ))
SUPER=01-Carolyn Hart/Franklin Co. Public Library;
The computer was donated by Ferrum College's Rural Information Service
Center... which is in the process of placing seven additional units across
The center is also teaching residents how to use these and other computers.
Officials will host a public access show on Franklin County Cable beginning
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The state flower is in abundance throughout the Commonwealth, but it needs
(patrick ad lib)
STOCKS BUMP NEXT
Dogwood trees can be found all over our area, but one disease in particular
can devastate them: Dogwood (ann-THRAK-nos) Anthracnose.
**GROWIN IT DOUBLE BOXES JEAN/PATRICK
Today Patrick Evans is joined by a tree care expert, to tell us more about
defending the state flower against this deadly disease.
SUPER=01-Jay Stipes/Tree Expert;
GROWIN IT DOUBLE BOX PATRICK/ROBIN
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SUPER=331-Mostly Clear/Wind W-20/46-49/Mostly Sunny/Wind W-25/68-70;
SUPER=332-Partly Cloudy/And Windy/38-40/Mostly Sunny/Wind W-25/55-60;
SUPER=333-Partly Cloudy/Wind W-20/38-40/Partly Sunny/Wind W-25/54-58;
SUPER=334-Cloudy & Cold/Showers/35-37/Partly Cloudy/Wind W-20/48-50;
health music under
Salem is hosting the Women's Division Two Softball championships this
weekend...more in tonight's Ticker.
On Health Check, tough decisions for many women, with the latest studies on
breast cancer and genetics.
At issue for those at highest risk-- whether or not to have their breasts
or ovaries removed, rather than risk cancer.
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((WE DON'T ADVOCATE THESE SURGERIES, THEY ARE INTENSELY PERSONAL DECISIONS.))
Good Evening, I'm Teresa Hamilton.
Tonight on NEWS-7 at Six,
dissolve to full screen
we continue the series "Raising the Bar--Virginia's Schools".
Tonight, we turn to the Danville public school system.
This fall, a separate high school, on a satellite campus, will open for
students who've chosen to enroll in what are called "focus schools".
The students are taught according to a theme they've chosen-- such as
business, arts and technology.
School administrators believe test scores will increase because the students
will be more motivated.
IN Q=We are
((ANDY OVERSTREET/DANVILLE SCHOOLS SUPERINTENDENT:WE ARE LIKE THAT AS ADULTS,
WE TEND TO DO AND CHOSE TO DO THINGS AND SELECT THINGS PRIMARILY ON THE BASIS
OF OUR NEEDS AND OUR INTEREST, AND WHEN WE DO THAT WE GENERALLY DO THEM BETTER
AND WE'VE MORE MOTIVATED AT WHAT WE DO AND I DON'T KNOW WHY WE WOULD THINK IT
WOULD BE DIFFERENT FOR YOUNGSTERS. ))
SUPER=01-Andy Overstreet/Danville Schools Superintendent; :00
OUT Q=for youngsters.
Teachers and administrators also hope this new approach will lower
Danville's absentee and drop out rate.
double boxes Jean/Teresa
That report tonight on NEWS-7 at SIX.
Very different from the traditional lessons--- thanks Teresa.
Two new studies raise difficult questions for women at risk for breast
The New England Journal of Medicine reports that Jewish women of Eastern
European ancestry who carry a genetic mutation known as BRCA have a 56 percent
chance of getting the disease by age 70.
This estimate is lower than the widely reported 85 percent chance found in
Now that a test for the gene is available should women be tested?
CBS Medical Consultant Dr. Bernadine Healy wrote an editorial accompanying
the studies published this week.
She's warning against relying too heavily on genetic risks to make medical
IN Q=I think it
((DR. BERNADINE HEALY/CBS NEWS MEDICAL CONSULTANT: I THINK IT IS PREMATURE TO
PUT ROUTINE TESTING INTO A DOCTOR'S OFFICE, MAINLY BECAUSE WE DON'T KNOW WHAT
TO TELL A WOMAN IF SHE WALKS IN AND FINDS OUT SHE DOES HAVE THE GENE OR SHE
SUPER=01-Dr. Bernadine Healy/CBS Medical Correspondent; :
OUT Q=she doesn't.
***CONNIE AUDIO ON CART***
And what will they do if the test is positive?
Another study in the same issue finds that women who have their healthy
breasts removed by age 30 could live an average of three to five years longer.
IN Q=Women need
((DR. DEBORAH SCHRAG/DANA-FARBER CANCER INSTITUTE: NEED TO TAKE INTO ACCOUNT
NOT JUST HOW THESE PROCEDURES MIGHT IMPACT ON LIFE EXPECTANCY, BUT IMPORTANTLY
ON HOW THESE PROCEDURES MAY IMPACT ON THEIR SELF IMAGE, THEIR SEXUALITY, THEIR
ABILITY TO HAVE CHILDREN, TO NURSE THOSE CHILDREN, AS WELL AS THEIR OVERALL
ANXIETY ABOUT DEVELOPING CANCER.))
SUPER=01-Dr. Deborah Schrag/Dana-Farber Cancer Institute; :
OUT Q=developing cancer.
Most women taking birth control pills know all too well the costs of
They're not covered by most insurance policies.
But there's an effort underway on Capitol Hill to try and change that.
Birth control pills cost about 300-dollars a year for most women.
That's one reason women of child-bearing age pay about 68-percent more in
out of pocket medical expenses each year, compared to men of the same age.
Now, legislation has been introduced that would require insurance companies
to cover the costs of prescription contraceptives the same as they do for other
drugs and devices.
IN Q=If prescription
((SENATOR OLYMPIA SNOWE/R-MAINE: IF PRESCRIPTION CONTRACEPTIVES WERE COVERED IN
THE SAME MANNER AS PRESCRIPTION DRUGS MORE AMERICANS WOULD HAVE ACCESS TO
SAFER, MORE EFFECTIVE MEANS OF BIRTH CONTROL.))
OUT Q=of birth control.
Currently only about a third of insurance plans pay for all or part of
MOST insurers though, will pay for tubal ligation or vasectomy-- the
surgical methods to prevent pregnancy.
A drug that blocks the absorption of almost a third of the fat people eat
is closer to approval.
Government advisors have signed off on the pill.
Unlike other new fat drugs that control appetite cravings in the brain,
Xenical works in the intestines.
IN Q=As a result
((AS A RESULT OF THAT, PEOPLE LOSE ABOUT 500 CALORIES A DAY IN TERMS OF FAT, ON
AN AVERAGE DIET, AND THAT 500 CALORIES A DAY LEADS TO ABOUT ONE POUND OF WEIGHT
LOSS PER WEEK. ))
SUPER=01-Dr. Charles Lucas/Xenical Trial Physician; :
OUT Q=loss per week.
But the drug does have some fairly annoying side effects, such as stomach
And even the drug's manufacturer says it's no magic pill.
You still have to diet and exercise.
GRAPHIC=spinal cord injuries
Two years after the horseback riding accident that left him paralyzed,
actor- director Christopher Reeve says he has regained some sensation in his
Reeve talked with 48 hours, for a program that airs tonight, on research
that may bring paralysis patients a step close to a cure.
IN Q=How much can
QUESTION: HOW MUCH CAN YOU FEEL, WHERE CAN YOU FEEL?
CHRISTOPHER REEVE: ALL THE WAY DOWN TO THE BASE OF MY SPINE, WHICH IS A REALLY
BIG BREAKTHROUGH. BECAUSE THAT FEELING IN THE BASE OF THE SPINE IS REALLY
IMPORTANT. ABOUT SIX MONTHS AGO I COULDN'T FEEL DOWN THERE. ))
OUT Q=down there.
That interview will air tonight on 48 hours, here on your Hometown
Station....WDBJ-7, at 10 o'clock.
Turning now to sports -- highlights from the N-B-A last night focused on a
Mike Stevens fills us on, along with some softball preps from Salem.
SS=two minute ticker
Welcome everybody to your Thursday afternoon, and today's two minute sports
ticker here on News 7.
Starting today the Moyer Sports complex in Salem is playing host to the
N-C-Double-A Division Two Softball tournament.
Kenneshaw State University is the defending champion and the owls are back
along with the same seven other teams that competed in the event last year.
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((LISA NAVAS/NCAA DIVISION II SOFTBALL COMMITTEE: ))
SUPER=01-Lisa Navas/NCAA Division II Softball Committee; :
OUT Q=...happen again."
The sport continues to grow at the Division II level and some of the best
players in the country are in Salem this weekend.
IN Q=First audio
OUT Q=...kids can play."
The tournament continues throughout the weekend and the championship is set
The NBA playoffs resume tonight in the West with the Sonics trying to stay
alive and force a game seven in their series with the Rockets.
SUPER=03-Miami, FL/TNT; :00
Last night the Heat stayed alive in eastern conference semi-finals by
literally fighting their way past the New York Knicks.
The game featured 4 ejections and this body slam in the closing minutes.
The Heat's P.J. Brown flipped Charlie Ward out of bounds.
Just moments ago the league suspended Pat Ewing, Charlie Ward, Allan Houston
John Starks and Larry Johnson along with the Heat's P.J. Brown for Friday
night's game six.
Indiana Pacers' star Reggie Miller didn't make it into the playoffs this
season, and this morning he suffered an even bigger setback, when his home
along this lake in Fishers, Indiana was all but completely destroyed by fire.
Miller and his wife were renovating the home and were not in the house at
the time of the fire.
Coming up at six tonight, we'll head down to Charlotte and check out Jeff
Gordon's new car for the Winston all-star race this week.
SS=TWO MINUTE TICKER
Plus, Roy Stanley steps lightly at the NCAA golf championships at the
Have a great night everybody.
take a break
It all started with some state workers just trying to give a helping paw.
The newly renovated fountain at Capitol Square in Richmond is a tempting
But it proved fatal for Capitol squirrels.
Until groundskeepers stepped in to build the Squirrel Country Club... and a
staircase to keep thirsty club members from falling in.
IN Q=I really
((JUDY LIPSCOMB/SQUIRREL OBSERVER: I REALLY DON'T THINK THAT'S THAT MUCH MONEY
INVOLVED. AND ALL WE WANT IS A PLACE FOR THE SQUIRRELS TO GO DOWN, GET A
SUPER=01-Judy Lipscomb/Squirrel Observer;
OUT Q=little drink.
But the first wave of public scrutiny led Department of General Services
director Don Williams to order it be taken down -- and a rock apron used
IN Q=Someone from
((DON WILLIAMS: SOMEONE FROM THE GOVERNOR'S OFFICE CALLED AND SAID HE HAD
LOOKED AT THE PERCH AND REALLY APPRECIATED THE CREATIVITY AND INGENUITY OF THE
EMPLOYEES AND WOULD LIKE TO SEE IT STAY THERE AS WELL AS THE MORE PERMANENT
SOLUTION THAT WE HAD INSTALLED WITH THE STONES.))
SUPER=01-Don Williams/Dept. of General Services;
OUT Q=the stones.
So the country club remains.
And now it seems everyone wants to join.
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