Next on News7 at Five-
The Mayor defends his pay raise- but what do Roanokers think?
Advance Auto takes itself off the market- instead saying it'll expand.
Plus an old building collapses on top of workers in Florida.
Ready for warmer weather? Temperatures head for the 70's tomorrow despite
On Health Check-- A new study has a list of some 25O items
-- things on your job that can trigger asthma.
Hair dye, latex-- what you work with could be making your sick.
((DAVID BOWERS/ROANOKE MAYOR: ROANOKE CITY COUNCIL HAS DONE NOTHING WRONG,
NOTHING UNETHICAL, NOTHING ILLEGAL, BUT THE OUTCOME HASN'T BEEN POPULAR. ))
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The mayor sticks by his decision to give Roanoke City council and himself a
raise. Now he's asking for citizen input.
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Good Evening, I'm Jean Jadhon.
Following a flood of negative phone calls, David Bowers is putting the city
council pay raise issue on hold.
Bowers says he will ask council members to delay their vote until June 2nd.
Last Monday, council members gave the mayor a 28-percent pay hike while
padding their own paychecks by 14-percent.
Bowers says he deserves the extra money.
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((MAYOR DAVID BOWERS: I GUESS MOST PEOPLE ASK FOR THEIR JOB. AND WHEN THEY
PERFORM GOOD SERVICES, THEN THEY ASK FOR AN APPROPRIATE RAISE. THAT'S WHAT
THIS COUNCIL DID. WE DID IT RIGHT, WE DID IT WITHIN THE LAW, WE DID IT WITH
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But city employee Robin Murphy Kelso says she's heard nothing good about the
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((ROBIN MURPHY-KELSO/CITY EMPLOYEE: I DON'T THINK IT WAS FAIR. I DIDN'T GET
THAT MUCH OF A RAISE AND WE HAVE SOME CITY EMPLOYEES WHO WORK FULL TIME AND
DON'T EVEN MAKE THAT MUCH FULL-TIME.))
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Bowers admits there's something suspicious about council members giving
themselves pay raises.
He welcomes public comment on the issue.
After several months on the selling block- one of Roanoke's largest locally
owned companies has decided NOT to sell.
Advance Auto will instead concentrate on more expansion.
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Len Besthoff reports the auto parts chain offered few reasons for the move.
Len, I imagine this is at least good news for the city's business image.
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(QUESTION: WHAT COULD'VE HAPPENED IF ADVANCE DID SELL?)
Republican lieutenant governor candidate John Hager MAY be subpoenaed to
testify in the tobacco wars.
An attorney in a Pennsylvania tobacco lawsuit says Hager's on his list.
Hager was an executive with American Tobacco Company.
He says it's political exploitation -- and that he has NO comment on the
health dangers of nicotine.
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((AS I SAY I'VE BEEN RETIRED FOR TWO AND A HALF YEARS. I'M NOT A SCIENTIST. I
DON'T FEEL PARTICULARLY QUALIFIED TO ANSWER THAT QUESTION.))
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Hager was head of Research and Development in the 1970's.
A Miami landmark collapsed-
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crushing two workers to death and trapping three others.
Demolition was underway at the Biscayne Kennel Club- the second oldest dog
track in the country.
Workers were cutting away supports for the main building when the structure
gave way- with five people inside.
((LUIS FERNANDEZ/METRO DADE FIRE AND RESCUE: BASICALLY IT'S OUR UNDERSTANDING
THAT THEY WERE TRAPPED SEVERELY IMMEDIATELY PRETTY MUCH UPON DEMOLITION OR UPON
DESTRUCTION OF THE BUILDING. THEY HAD AS IS TYPICAL FOR THIS STRUCTURE HEAVY
CONCRETE TIE BEAMS AND COLUMNS. THAT HAD PRETTY MUCH COLLAPSED AROUND THEM.))
SUPER=01-Luis Fernandez/Metro Dade Fire & Rescue; 00 quick!
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Two of the injured workers were treated and released. One is in "good"
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Does it make you feel like a criminal or more secure if you get
fingerprinted at a bank? That story ahead on NEWS-7 at FIVE...
Its been more than 60-years since the Tuskegee experiment began.... today the
president delivered a long awaited apology.
On Health Check-- what is it that keeps us ticking?
Scientists have now isolated a piece of D-N-A in mice that controls the
Plus Patrick is checking out the new Farmers Market in Blacksburg...
And Steve Mason will be along with tonight's Two Minute Ticker...stay tuned.
It was 60-years ago that the Tuskegee Experiment began-
Today a presidential apology to the black men who's syphilis was left
untreated- in a federal experiment.
Clinton said the men were betrayed by the American government.
((WHAT THE UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT DID WAS SHAMEFUL. AND I AM SORRY.
OUT Q=AND I AM SORRY. APPLAUSE."
The experiment began in the 1930's in Tuskegee, Alabama.
((WE ARE DELIGHTED TODAY TO CLOSE THIS VERY TRAGIC AND PAINFUL CHAPTER.))
SUPER=01-Herman Shaw/Tuskegee Experiment Victim;
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The president pledged a 200 thousand dollar grant for Tuskegee University
to help encourage black students to pursue careers in medical research.
If you are not a regular customer, some banks want you to give them a thumbs
up before your transaction.
What they want is your thumb-print. First Union Bank started the
practice about a month ago.
You're effected if you don't have a checking account with the bank and want
to cash a check.
First Union says it's an attempt to stamp-out check fraud.
At least one customer who was finger-printed said it made him feel like a
He also questioned the safety of having fingerprints on file.
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((TY SMITH/FIRST UNION BRANCH MANAGER: CUSTOMERS ARE VERY SAFE. FIRST UNION IS
NOT MAINTAINING A DATABASE OF THUMB-PRINTS. ALL WE'RE SIMPLY ASKING IS THAT
THEY PUT IT ON THERE. IT GOES ON THE CHECK AND THAT'S IT. THAT'S THE END OF
SUPER=01-Ty Smith/First Union Bank Manager;
OUT Q=end of it
Along with the thumb-print, customers are required to show photo
First Union says an estimated 800 million dollars is lost every year because
of check fraud.
A section of Interstate 81 was closed this morning as tow trucks pulled an
antique fire truck from nearby woods.
State Police say the driver of a truck hauling a 1927 Kazim Shriners fire
truck, lost control when the right front tire blew-out.
The flatbed truck ran off the right side of the road and down an embankment.
One of the southbound lanes near mile marker 132 was closed for several
hours while the vehicle and its cargo were pulled from the ravine.
No one was seriously injured in the accident and the antique truck was only
The Shriners were on their way to an event in Big Stone Gap.
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Cooperation and hard work have come together to revitalize one of
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STOCKS BUMP NEXT
Visitors to the Blacksburg Farmers Market will be in for a treat tomorrow
morning at 10.
That's when the NEW Farmers Market will be dedicated--and as Patrick Evans
reports, just in time for a new season of growing and selling.
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SUPER=01-Roger Hedgepeth/Blacksburg Mayor; :33
SUPER=01-Jim Dymock/Downtown Merhcants of Blacksburg; :55
SUPER=01-Dennis Dove/Farmers Market Vendor; 1:18
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In tonight's Two Minute Ticker-- Roy Stanley takes us to Washington and Lee
for the Division Three Tennis championships.
On Health Check-- chipping in for CHIP.
Mike Stevens joins us with today's Tug for Tots, aimed at ensuring adequate
health care for all children in the Roanoke Valley.
Good Evening, I'm Ellen Qualls
Coming up tonight on NEWS 7 at SIX, the final chapter of our education
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((JACOB MITCHELL: WHEN I SIT AT MY DESK I DON'T HAVE A KEYBOARD TO TYPE ON. I
HAVE TO USE MY PENCIL TO DO STUFF. AND I DON'T HAVE A BRAIN IN FRONT OF ME. I
HAVE TO USE MY OWN BRAIN.))
SUPER=01-Jacob Mitchell/Henrico Co. Student;
OUT Q=own brain.
Computers are where it's at in Virginia's public schools.
But NOT enough of them are where the students are at if you look around the
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We'll have a closer look at the promise and pitfalls of new technology in
our "Raising the Bar" series in NEWS 7 at SIX, Jean.
Thanks Ellen...a complete wrap at six.
What do hair dye, crabs, flour and latex have in common?
British and Canadian researchers say they're among the items in the
workplace that can trigger asthma.
And the only way to deal with the problem, they say, is to reduce exposure.
The report says up to ten percent of the population suffers from asthma.
An estimated 20 percent have it as a result of exposure at work.
In their report in the British medical journal "The Lancet" they list some
250 items that can trigger the condition.
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Federal health officials today approved the first medication designed to
ease the pain of quitting cigarettes without using nicotine.
Zyban has actually been around for several years.
Called Wellbutrin, it's used as an anti-depressant.
But in trials, it proved successful as a stop-smoking aid.
The manufacturer found 49-percent of smokers who used Zyban were
successful at kicking the habit for a month.
That compares to 36-percent of people using a nicotine patch.
Zyban works much like nicotine-- releasing chemicals in the brain that
produce feeling of well-being.
But Zyban isn't addictive-- and it's said to dull withdrawal symptoms and
reduce the habitual craving for cigarettes.
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((DR. MICHAEL FIORE/UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN MEDICAL SCHOOL: THIS IS THE FIRST
MEDICINE THAT HAS WORKED AT THE SITE OF ADDICTION IN THE BRAIN AND IN THAT WAY
CAN COWARD THE EFFECTS THAT LEAD SO MANY PEOPLE TO TURN TO CIGARETTES WHEN THEY
ARE TRYING TO QUIT. ))
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Researchers say it does have side effects--
Most commonly, dry mouth and insomnia.
Scientists from Northwestern University say they have discovered what
controls the body's internal clock.
A small piece of genetic material they have named "clock" tells the body
when to sleep and when to stay awake over a 24 hour period.
A mutant form of the gene destroys normal circadian rhythm.
The study which was done in mice was reported in the journal Cell.
The researchers say the discovery doesn't have any immediate applications
but may help in the understanding of sleep disorders.
More than one-thousand children in the Roanoke Valley would receive less
than adequate health care if not for the efforts of CHIP.
The Child Health Investment Partnership works to funnel health care and hope
to the needy through the generosity of others.
Today Mike Stevens found some area businesses willing to flex their muscles
for the cause.
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SUPER=01-Terry McMahan/AEP Team Coach; :31
SUPER=01-Lucy Walton/CHIP Special Events Chairman; :49
SUPER=01-Jean Glontz/CHIP Board Member; 1:08
SUPER=01-Dr. Douglas Pierce/CHIP Founder; 1:33
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(( Having lunch on the market took on a whole new meaning today as ten area
businesses chipped in $1000 a piece to Tug for Tots at the First Union Plaza.
American Electric Power won the competition after a stiff challenge from
teams representing Hayes, Seay, Mattern and Mattern and First Union.
((TERRY MCMAHAN/AEP TEAM COACH:))
It took just 8 pulls and barely a half an hour for CHIP to raise $10,000
dollars this afternoon.
((LUCY WALTON/CHIP SPECIAL EVENTS CHAIRMAN:))
A number of folks donated their time, their personnel, their products and
their talents to enhance the event.
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((JEAN GLONTZ/CHIP BOARD MEMBER:))
((DR. DOUGLAS PIERCE/CHIP FOUNDER:))
Through the generosity of area businesses and individuals over a quarter of
a million dollars has been raised to fund CHIP this fiscal year, alone.
Unfortunately, more than 350 children under the age of 6 are still on a
waiting list to receive consistent medical care.
Mike Stevens reporting for Healthcheck.))
The sports department is well represented today--Roy Stanley has some tennis
And Steve Mason rounds out the day with some racing in tonight's Two Minute
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Welcome everybody to the start of the weekend, and tonight's two minute
The Winston Cup stars are expecting one hot night at the Charlotte Motor
Speedway this evening
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as qualifying for tomorrow night's Winston all-star race takes place under
20 cars will qualify tonight, including defending Winston champ Michael
Waltrip in his new Dalmation painted car.
The NCAA Division 3 tennis championship is back in Lexington, with the
Washington and Lee Generals hosting the event for the third time.
Roy Stanley has more with the favorites, known as the Banana Slugs.
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SUPER=01-Bob Hansen/UC-Santa Cruz Head Coach; :
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((Two time defending national champion Santa Cruz and top ranked Kalamazoo head
the field in the field in the team competition.
Santa Cruz has finished first or second in the championship 8 times out of
the last nine years and that run started in Lexington.))
((BOB HANSEN/UC-SANTA CRUZ HEAD COACH: ))
((Hansen and the Banana Slugs return to Lexington this year with a 15 and 2
record. However, This is one of the youngest teams that Hansen has ever
He knows the competition well but Hansen concerned about his teams
performance after the cross country trip from California.))
((ROY STANDUP: ))
((The tournament will continue through the weekend with the finals in singles
and doubles competition scheduled for next Wednesday.
In Lexington, Roy Stanley News 7 sports.))
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More sports coming your way at six, including Tiger Woods; who shot a SIX
under 64 in today's second round of the Byron Nelson Classic. Plus; the lady's
Future event in Forest. see ya then.
take a break
Warren G. Harding had just moved into the White House when Boonsboro HIGH
School opened in 1921.
It's now an elementary school. The last HIGH school class graduated
Today's students celebrated the school's 75th anniversary with a series of
skits depicting events of the past seven and a half decades.
Elvis was there- -including some out-of control fans.
The Beatles put in an appearence, too... everything from the civil rights
movement to the space program was remembered.
History from an elementary perspective.