Next on News 7-
City employees rally- We'll find out what message they're trying to get
A corroded iron rod appears to be the culprit in yesterday's balcony
collapse during UVA Graduation.
This two day hot spell is now triggering showers and thunderstorms. We will
check the latest radar picture in a moment.
A family feud may be to blame for the closing of an adult home in
Plus... harvesting a cure for cancer-- with the help of Mother Nature...the
story in Health Check.
Stick around-- News-7 at FIVE is next
A group of city employees protests-- hours before Roanoke council members
vote to put their raises on hold.
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Good Evening, I'm Jean Jadhon.
The controversy surrounding potential pay increases for Roanoke's mayor and
city council is guaranteed to last at least two more weeks.
That's because officials put off the issue, until council's next scheduled
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Scott Prince is at the Roanoek City Municipal Builidng, with more on today's
(roll cue: "...there was plenty outside.")
IN Q=for most (scott's voice)
SUPER=01-Eddie Hopkins/Roanoke City Police Officer; :20
SUPER=01-Ron Ratcliffe/Roanoke City Police Officer; :31
OUT Q=really disappointed.
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One-hundred seventy years of engineering genius came crashing down at the
University of Virginia.
Yesterday's balcony collapse during graduation on the historic lawn killed
one woman, and injured 17 others.
School officials say the culprit appears to be a corroded iron rod.
It suspended a unique "floating" balcony designed by Thomas Jefferson.
IN Q=No they've
((MURRAY HOWARD/UVA ARCHITECT: NO THEY'VE NEVER BEEN LIMITED OR DETERMINED TO
HAVE A MAXIMUM CAPACITY. THERE HAVE BEEN SIZEABLE CROWDS ON THESE BALCONIES
FOR 170 YEARS. SO THIS IS REALLY QUITE AN EXTRAORDINARY OCCURRENCE.))
((LOUISE DUDLEY/UVA SPOKESWOMAN: WE ARE ENGAGING AN OUTSIDE CONSULTANT TO LOOK
AT WHAT THE PROBLEM WAS AND GIVE US FORMAL DOCUMENTATION ON EXACTLY WHAT
HAPPENED AND WHY IT HAPPENED.))
SUPER=01-Murray Howard/UVa Architect; :00
SUPER=01-Louise Dudley/UVa Spokeswoman; :11
OUT Q=why it happened.
The University is covering the medical and counseling costs of those injured
in the collapse.
The collapse is the first structural failure of the architecture Jefferson
built in 1822.
Former Virginia Tech Football player Cornell Brown was found guilty of
Brown was sentenced to 30-days in jail, with all but two suspended.
On the stand, Jonathon Nelson testified, Brown struck him on the head
during an altercation, knocking him to the pavement.
Brown admitted he swung at someone but said he initially said he didn't
know who, or why.
IN Q=WHAT WAS THE PURPOSE
OUT Q=yes i would
Brown's attorney says he's disappointed in the verdict but will NOT appeal.
Brown is expected to serve his two-day sentence over the weekend.
Another victim of last year's outbreak of Legionnaire's disease has filed
suit against Lowe's.
Jonathan East says he "came in close proximity" to vapors from a hot tub
display at Lowe's in Christiansburg last October.
He was hospitalized and nearly died.
East says he's now "totally disabled," and has had to close his business.
The Montgomery County resident is asking two million dollars in damages.
An earlier claim filed by John Allen Kirk is already set for trial in
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Close more bases, spend less on weapons--that's what the Pentagon is
And a bomber pilot formally submits her terms for resignation from the Air
Force... for charges of adultry and disobeying an order.
In tonight's Health Check report-- the President challenges researchers to
come up with an AIDS vaccine by 20-oh-seven...more on the story when NEWS-7 at
The jury in the capital murder trial of Earl Bramblett may get to hear
evidence of sex crimes, drug dealing- -even other murders- -if they come to
believe Bramblett killed Teresa and Blaine Hodges and their two little girls.
SUPER=03-Spartanburg, SC/July 1996;
Bramblett was once a suspect in the 1977 disappearance of two 14-year old
girls. He was questioned but never formally accused of killing them.
In 1984, he WAS tried- -but found NOT guilty- -of sexually molesting the
10-year old sister of one of his employees.
Those cases could come up when Bramblett is tried for arson and murder next
Lieutenant Kelly Flinn formally submits her resignation today from the Air
The 26 year old pilot faces a court martial on charges of adultery and lying-
Flinn wants an honorable discharge.
If the army won't grant her one, she'll take her chances in a military court.
((FIRST LT. KELLY FLINN/U.S. AIR FORCE: THIS WAS ONE OF THE MOST DIFFICULT
CHOICES I'VE HAD TO MAKE. I'VE DEDICATED MY ENTIRE LIFE AND MY PURSUIT OF MY
DREAM TO FLYING THE AIR FORCE.))
SUPER=09-First Lt. Kelly Flinn/U.S. Air Force/"60 Minutes";
OUT Q=fly in the air force.
Granting an honorable discharge would spare the Air Force court martialing
a woman for what seems to many to be a crime of the heart.
But Air Force officials point out she is also accused of lying and
disobeying an order.
The Pentagon is releasing a blueprint for the future-
A way to modernize the military while protecting U-S interests.
The plan includes some cost cutting- through base closings and spending less
((GEN. JOHN SHALIKASHVILI/CHAIRMAN JOINT CHIEFS OF STAFF: THESE REDUCTIONS WILL
NOT BE EASY. THESE ARE NOT POSITIONS OR SPACES THAT I'M TALKING ABOUT. THEY ARE
SUPER=01-Gen. John Shalikashvili/Joint Chiefs of Staff Chair.;
OUT Q=they are people."
The proposal still maintains U-S readiness to fight two wars at once.
It includes newer aircraft while cutting ships, submarines and support
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Lights, camera-- action....an independent film is in production-- right here
in the Star City.
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Independent films were a huge success at this year's Academy Awards, and
now even more of them are cropping up.
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A film currently being shot in Roanoke features some fantastic vintage
cars, and Patrick Evans is on the set to check out the "action".
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In tonight's two minute ticker--A division two softball champion was crowned
this afternoon in Salem...
But first on Health Check-- the closing of an adult care facility in
Botetourt County could force more than 30-residents to find a new place to
And it may be a long shot, but researchers are now testing the herb
yellowroot--which may hold some answers to cancer treatment...
Good Evening, I'm Joe Dashiell--tonight on NEWS-7 at SIX...
The first part of Southeast Stories: One Neighborhood's Struggle.
The series begins with a look back at the history of the neighborhood...
The days when southeast was a thriving community, and the events 40-years
ago that changed the social landscape here.
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IN Q=You see the Norfolk and Western
((CLARE WHITE/ROANOKE HISTORIAN: YOU SEE THE NORFOLK AND WESTERN WENT TO DIESEL
JUST ABOUT THE TIME THE VISCOSE CLOSED AND MOST OF THE PEOPLE WHO LIVED IN
SOUTHEAST WERE IN EITHER ONE OR THE OTHER, SO THAT THEIR LIVELIHOOD WAS TAKEN
AWAY AT THAT POINT. THEY HAD TO START ALL OVER.))
SUPER=01-Clare White/Roanoke Historian;
OUT Q=start all over.
Eventually, other industries helped to fill the gap... but southeast
roanoke is still feeling the effects of those years.
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and Jean, they're the subject of our first southeast story tonight at 6.
Thanks Joe, you'll dip into the archives tonight at six.
Topping tonight's Health Check report-- A bitter dispute has an adult care
facility in Botetourt County on the verge of closing.
Residents at Shenandoah Acres recently found out they'll have to move.
The director of the program says all 36 people who live there have somewhere
Many of them are veterans with mental disabilities.
IN Q=The business
((NINA BIRNBACH/SHENANDOAH ACRES DIRECTOR: THE BUSINESS IS EFFECTIVELY
CLOSING THE END OF THE MONTH. THEY WILL BEGIN MOVING TOMORROW. MANY OF THEM
ARE READY TO MOVE.))
SUPER=01-Nina Birnbach/Shenandoah Acres Director;
OUT Q=ready to move.
The problems began when the owner of Shenandoah Acres and the owner of the
business being run there had a disagreement over the sale of the property.
IN Q=I need
((MARY REED/SHENANDOAH ACRES PROPERTY OWNER: I NEED TO GET MONEY OUT OF THIS.
I'M TOO OLD TO HOLD THIS THE REST OF MY LIFE. AND SHE'S DOING EVERYTHING SHE
CAN, AND MEAN THINGS, TO STOP ME FROM SELLING.))
SUPER=01-Mary Reed/Shenandoah Acres Property Owner;
OUT Q=from selling.
The owner of the adult care business did not want to comment on camera.
The program administrator says the Virginia Department of Social Services is
aware of the way the dispute is being resolved.
President Bill Clinton has a challenge for researchers:
develop a vaccine that will rid the world of AIDS within the next ten years.
At a college graduation, the president told the graduates he wants the AIDS
vaccine to be the first great triumph of the 21st Century.
IN Q=IT'S NO LONGER
((IT'S NO LONGER A QUESTION OF WHETHER WE CAN DEVELOP AN AIDS VACCINE. BUT IT
IS SIMPLY A QUESTION OF WHEN. ))
OUT Q=Of when
Some people say the president wants to take credit for a cure for AIDS...
Still...after years of telling AIDS patients not to expect a breakthrough
anytime soon, scientists are NOW sounding a rare note of optimism.
(("THIS IS A VERY HIGH BAR TO JUMP, BUT WE BELIEVE THERE ARE SIGNS THAT
INDICATE THAT IT IS POSSIBLE.))
SUPER=01-Dr. Harold Varmus/National Institutes of Health Dir.;
OUT Q=that is possible.
In the next couple of weeks, researchers plan to begin testing the
effectiveness of one AIDS vaccine for the first time in high-risk people.
For hundreds of years, plants have helped treat the diseases of
mankind...everything from heart disease to arthritis.
Connie Stevens reports cancer researchers are studying an herb that may
hold some important insights into treating cancer.
IN Q=About one quarter
SUPER=01-Dr. Donald Miller/Oncologist; :12
OUT Q=CS. Health Check.
About one-quarter of the prescription medicines we take today come from
Digitalis for heart conditions comes from foxglove, and aspirin from willow
IN Q=Many of the
((DR. DONALD MILLER/ONCOLOGIST: MANY OF THE DRUGS WE USE NOW BEGAN WITH PLANTS,
BECAUSE THAT IS WHAT PEOPLE HAD IN THE 1700'S. THEY DIDN'T HAVE BIG LABS TO
SYNTHESIZE NEW DRUGS. ))
OUT Q=synthesize new drugs.
And then there's yellowroot.
Researchers have found cancer-killing properties in this plan.
Though, so far yellowroot hasn't been tested enough for researchers to
understand just how it works.
IN Q=We're very very
((DR. DONAL MILLER: WE'RE VERY VERY EFFECTIVE AT TREATING CERTAIN TUMORS AND
WE'VE MADE HUGE PROGRESS OVER THE LAST 20 YEARS IN DEVELOPING NEW DRUGS. THERE
ARE STILL TUMORS SUCH AS LUNG CANCER, COLON CANCER, THAT REALLY DON'T RESPOND
WELL AT ALL TO THE TREATMENTS WE HAVE, SO IF WE HAD AN AGENT THAT WAS EFFECTIVE
IN THOSE TUMORS, WE REALLY WOULDN'T CARE HOW IT WORKED.))
OUT Q=how it worked.
The experts say it may be a long shot-- but the plant could provide one of
the best shots at harvesting new cures for deadly diseases.
Connie stevens. Health Check.))
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Good afternoon everybody.
Welcome to a hot Monday everywhere including the basepaths.
The Virginia Tech Hokies are in the NCAA baseball tournament for the sixth
time in school history.
Steve Mason has more from Blacksburg with a couple of excited Hokies who
found out their first round destination about two hours ago.
IN Q=FIRST AUDIO
SUPER=01-Chuck Hartman/Va. Tech Baseball Coach; :16
SUPER=01-Chad Foutz/Virginia Tech Third Baseman; 1:04
OUT Q=...Mike back to you"
California University of Pennsylvania captured the division two softball
national championship today by beating Wisconsin-Parkside 2-to-1 at the Moyer
SUPER=03-Salem/Division II Championship; :00
The Wisconsin Parkside Rangers took a one to nothing lead before Cal-PA
answered in the third. Jennifer Valeriote connects on a one bagger that plates
Lith Webb to tie the game at-all.
Then how about a little defense. Watch the Rangers Kathy Hillsdonk make the
incredible catch at the fence in the center field to preserve the tie.
But it was just a matter of time before Cal-Pennsylvania's Kerry Novack
knocked in the game winner in the bottom of the 6th.
Webb scores from second and the Vulcans win the Division Two national
championship 2-to-1 to cap another fun week in the City of champions.
Have a good night everybody.
Jean has more News 7 at five for you right after this quick break.
take a break
Two Campbell County teenagers have been charged with the murder of a
Lynchburg woman found dumped in the James River a week ago.
The body of 23- year- old Lisa Yvonne Crider was found May 12th. She'd been
killed by a shotgun blast to the head.
Authorities arrested Trevor Andrew Jones and Brandon Wayne Hedrick, in
The two 18-year olds had been wanted for two armed robberies near Lynchburg
earlier this month.
Both have waived extradition to Virginia and could be returned as early as
Finally tonight-- A lost cat usually turns up nearby-- down the street- or
but one cat ended up in another STATE- some 370 miles from home.
Sprint was missing from Montgomery, Alabama for two weeks-
He ended up in Charleston, South Carolina.
((JILL MEIKEN/VETERINARIAN ASSISTANT: WE GOT A CALL FROM A WOMAN IN CHARLESTON
WHO SAID THERE WAS A CAT ON HER PORCH. HE HAD ONE OUR RABIES TAGS ON.))
SUPER=01-Jill Meiken/Veterinarian Assistant;
OUT Q=rabies tags on."
The vet's office tracked Sprint to owner Erica Collins-
Collins doesn't know how Sprint wound up in Charleston- but thinks he may
have jumped on a neighbor's moving van.
That's it for NEWS-7 at FIVE-- for more news later tonight--
Check out our local primetime newscast, NEWS-7 Primetime-- tonight at 10 on
Thanks for watching. Goodnight