Straight ahead on News 7-
A defendant tells jurors he wasn't trying to kill his wife.
The gruesome search begins for the missing after tornados in Texas.
And the cars could come to a screeching halt at the Franklin County
How do we go from chilly sunshine to chilly drizzle? Stay tuned..we've got
On Health Check, A Roanoke pediatrician wants a ban on children riding in
the back of pickup trucks.
That, after the death of a seven-year-old Shawsville girl over the weekend.
((MICHAEL KNOWLES/DEFENDANT: I JUST WANTED MY WIFE BACK. ))
OUT Q=WIFE BACK.
Defendant Michael Knowles says he never intended to kill his wife or wound
Good Evening, I'm Jean Jadhon.
A Montgomery County jury is trying to decide if Knowles is guilty of first
It was an outburst by the Christiansburg man that provided the drama this
afternoon- just as the jury was preparing to leave.
double boxes Jean/JoeD
Joe Dashiell is at the Montgomery County Courthouse with more more on the
day's unsusal events.
LIVE=joed ad lib
(roll cue: "...gave the jury plenty to think about.")
IN Q=STARTS ON BITE
SUPER=01-Michael Knowles/Defendant; :00
OUT Q=MORE SERIOUS THAN YOU COULD POSSIBLY IMAGINE.
double boxes Jean/Joed
(QUESTION: Any indication how long the jury will take?)
In Denver, testimony is over in the Timothy McVeigh Trial.
The defense rested its case-
On the way into court, McVeigh's lawyer says his client is in good spirits.
((STEPHEN JONES/MCVEIGH'S ATTORNEY: HE IS DOING WELL. I DON'T KNOW ABOUT TODAY.
I TALKED WITH HIM YESTERDAY. HE WAS DOING WELL.))
SUPER=01-Stephen Jones/McVeigh's Attorney;
OUT Q=he WAS doing well."
McVeigh is charged with blowing up the Oklahoma City federal building.
Closing arguments are expected tomorrow.
It is the cleanup after the storm in Texas.
This is what one of the tornado's looked like as it ripped through the small
town of Jarrell-
27 people were killed there-
28 more are missing in Texas- mostly in Jarrell.
The twister tore through a subdivision- leaving slabs of concrete and
((TANYA WAGERS/RESIDENT: I HAVE NO PLACE TO LIVE. NO PLACE TO GO. WHAT I HAVE
ON IS WHAT I OWN. THIS IS IT.))
((DEP. CHIEF RICHARD ELLIOTT/WILLIAMSON COUNTY SHERRIFF'S DEPT.: WE WILL BE
WORKING THROUGH OUT TONIGHT GOING THROUGH THE PILES OF DEBRIS IN ORDER TO TRY
TO FIND ANY SURVIVORS.))
SUPER=01-Tanya Wagers/Resident; 00 quick!
SUPER=02-Richard Elliott/Williamson Co. Sheriff's Dept; 06
OUT Q=any survivors."
The sheriff says in similiar disasters people have been found alive days
Meanwhile hearses began taking the dead away to a makeshift morgue at the
A chemical spill in Roanoke County is NOT expected to pose a threat to
anyone living nearby, according to the Virginia Department of Environmental
The D-E-Q says about three-thousand gallons of methanol leaked into the
It came from a pipe at the Ingersoll-Rand Rock Drill plant in the northwest
section of the county.
Methanol is defined as a volatile, flammable, and poisonous form of alcohol.
It's often used as a solvent and antifreeze.
The leak was caused by a corroded pipe.
HARD MUSIC UNDER
The Franklin County Speedway needs you-- that's what promoter Whitey Taylor
is saying. That story next on NEWS-7 at FIVE.
And its back to the basics at Poplar Forest--
Renovations to Thomas Jefferson's retreat follow closely the pattern the
original architect designed.
On Health Check-- a new study finds silicone breast implants may be getting
the blame for health problems caused by other risk factors.
The focus of this one is on women's lifestyles.
Still ahead, Native American art is on exhibit at Radford University...
A guided tour when we come back.
Whitey Taylor is waving the caution flag at his Franklin County Speedway.
He's not making regular payments on a 25 thousand dollar loan he took out in
Now his creditors are planning to auction the speedway June 10th unless
Taylor settles the debt.
IN Q=i'm about
((WHITEY TAYLOR/FRANKLIN COUNTY SPEEDWAY: I'M ABOUT 20 THOUSAND DOLLARS OUT
RIGHT NOW, AND I'VE GOT TO SOMEHOW BETWEEN NOW AND JUNE 10TH-- I'VE GOT TO
RAISE THIS MONEY.))
SUPER=01-Whitey Taylor/Franklin Co. Speedway;
OUT Q=this money
Taylor says cold weather has hampered ticket sales this year.
He's thinking of lowering ticket prices to five dollars, and having a family
night to raise money--
But he's really counting on his friends to bail him out.
IN Q=I WANT MY FRIENDS
((WHITEY TAYLOR: I WANT MY FRIENDS, IF THEY'RE MY FRIENDS, I WANT THEM TO SHOW
UP NO, TO SHOW UP WITH MONEY, OR TO SEND MONEY, TO BAIL ME OUT. THAT'S WHAT
I'M ASKING FOR, AND I WANT TO FIND OUT WHO MY FRIENDS ARE, DON'T WAIT TILL I
DIE TO SEND THE FLOWERS, CAUSE I WON'T KNOW ANYTHING ABOUT IT. SEND IT NOW, IF
YOU GOT IT, SEND IT TO ME.))
OUT Q=send it to me.
Taylor says if he can't come up with the money, he may have to file for
bankruptcy before the June auction.
Actress Debbie Reynolds hasn't had much success collecting on her
multi-million dollar divorce settlement with local developer Richard Hamlett.
So she's filed a lawsuit against her "ex" in Federal District Court in
Hamlett owes her nearly NINE million dollars.
Reynolds is hoping the suit will block him from transferring any assets
until she receives her payment.
The couple divorced last June.
New York Congresswoman Susan Molinari is giving up her House seat for a
chair at the anchor desk.
She'll co-anchor a new weekly show- C-B-S News Saturday.
The Republican says her political views won't affect her objectivity.
((SUSAN MOLINARI/R- NEW YORK: IT IT BECOMES A PROBLEM WITH A PARTICULAR STORY I
WON'T REPORT IT. BUT AT THE SAME TIME IF THERE'S SOMETHING HAPPENING IN
WASHINGTON D.C. THAT NEEDS AND IS VERY RELEVANT TO SOMEBODY'S LIFE, MAYBE I
HAVE MORE BACKGROUND THAN A LOT OF JOURNALISTS.))
SUPER=01-Rep. Susan Molinari/(R) New York;
OUT Q=a lot of journalists.
Molinari got a national boost when she addressed the G-O-P convention last
She says the network approached her after that.
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How would you like to learn about the rituals and culture of three native
American tribes from Mexico?
You can if you visit a display at Radford University.
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Radford University is playing host to a unique art exhibit center on the
work of Native Americans.
DOUBLE BOX JEAN/PATRICK
Patrick Evans is at the exhibit, he joins us live with more about the
Huichol (Wee-chol) artwork, which is only on display for a few more days.
SUPER=01-Anna Fariello/Gallery Director;
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health music under
Attendance is expected to soar to a record high at this year's Commonwealth
Games. Mike has that story in tonight's Ticker.
On Health Check-- his lab cloned Dolly the sheep, but speaking at Virginia
Tech, a Scottish scientist says there's more to it.
Rather, researchers say the real impact is the new ability to produce
proteins in sheep milk-- to help people with cystic fibrosis, and other
IN Q=we collect
((RON JAMES/PPL THERAPEUTICS: WE COLLECT THE MILK IN A PERFECTLY CONVENTIONAL
WAY, PURIFY THE PRODUCT, UNTIL IT'S WAY PURE INDEED AND THEN WE USE THAT FOR
OUT Q=treating people
health bump next
There's more NEWS-7 at FIVE in just a moment...but first, a look ahead to
what you'll see tonight on NEWS-7 at SIX.
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IN Q=We will
((GOV. GEORGE ALLEN: WE WILL ONLY REMAIN THE LAND OF THE FREE SO LONG AS WE'RE
THE HOME OF THE BRAVE.))
OUT Q=the brave.
A campaign promise fulfilled for George Allen...
A new cemetery is dedicated for Virginia men and women who fought for their
Ellen Qualls has that story along with more news of day in about 40-minutes
on NEWS 7 at SIX...
A seven year old girl was killed in Montgomery County last weekend, and the
head of the Virginia Pediatric Society says it didn't have to happen.
SUPER=03-Montgomery Co./May 24;
Samantha Rentch was thrown out of the back of a pickup truck when it crashed
into another car on route 460.
Samatha was killed, and her brother, who was riding with her, was injured.
Dr. Hugh Craft has been working for a ban on children riding in pickup beds
for almost seven years.
IN Q=The truck hits a bump
((DR. HUGH CRAFT/VA. PEDIATRIC SOCIETY; THE TRUCK HITS A BUMP OR MAKES A SUDDEN
CURVE AND THE CHILD IS JUST HURLED OUT OF THE BACK BAY OF THE PICKUP TRUCK SO
IT'S NOT JUST THE ACCIDENTS THAT ARE AN ISSUE IT'S JUST RIDING BACK THERE
THAT'S DANGEROUS. ))
SUPER=01-Dr. Hugh Craft/Va. Pediatric Society;
OUT Q="That's dangerous"
A ban on children in pickup beds has been vetoed by Governor Allen twice.
Craft says the bill will be reintroduced next year, with the hope Allen's
successor sees things differently.
Virginia Tech Organizers say it was a once- in- a- lifetime opportunity.
A visit from the director of the Scottish company responsible for
successfully cloning a sheep.
Ron James says the media have missed the message-- and sensationalized the
accomplishments of the scientists at his company.
IN Q=the university
((RON JAMES/PPL THERAPEUTICS: THE UNIVERSITY HAS GIVEN ME THE OPPORTUNITY TO
EXPLAIN TO A WIDER AUDIENCE WHY EXACTLY WE MADE DOLLY. AND TO CORRECT SOME OF
THE MISCONCEPTIONS THE MEDIA HAS HAD ABOUT WHAT WE'RE REALLY TRYING TO DO. AND
I WELCOME THAT OPPORTUNITY. ))
SUPER=01-Ron James/PPL Therapeutics;
OUT Q=that opportunity.
James says his company has no desire to clone humans.
He doesn't plan to continue cloning animals either.
Instead, he wants to use a technique called Nuclear Transfer Technology to
genetically altered sheep to produce human proteins in their milk.
IN Q=and the reason.
((RON JAMES/PPL THERAPEUTICS: AND THE REASON FOR THAT IS THE ANIMALS MAMMARY
GLAND EXISTS TO MAKE PROTEINS, THAT'S WHAT IT WAS DESIGNED TO DO. TO MAKE
PROTEIN TO FEED THE YOUNG ANIMALS-- SO IT DOES IT RATHER WELL, AND IT MAKES A
LOT OF IT AND IT MAKES IT CHEAPLY. ))
OUT Q=it cheaply
These proteins will be used to help people with diseases like cystic
PPL Therapeutics is based in Scotland, with 20 researchers in Blacksburg
working on similar projects.
A derivative of Vitamin A may eventually help patients with emphysema.
The June issue of Nature Medicine reports a study in which the
compound--called Retinoic acid, reversed lung damage similar to emphysema in
Researchers caution that though promising, the compound is not ready to be
tested in humans.
They also stress that taking vitamin A is not useful for treating lung
Emphysema affects 2 million Americans-- most of them long-term smokers.
More findings on silicone breast implants.
Five years ago, the FDA banned the use of silicone breast implants for
cosmetic breast enlargement, because of concern about a connection to diseases
of the immune system.
But implants have never been proven to cause diseases.
IN Q=There is still
((DR. LINDA COOK/RESEARCHER: THERE IS STILL SOME QUESTION AS TO WHETHER OR NOT
THERE ARE POTENTIAL HEALTH EFFECTS RELATED TO HAVING IMPLANTS.))
SUPER=01-Dr. Linda Cook/Researcher; :
OUT Q=breast implants.
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Seattle researchers believe other, lifestyle factors could be putting
women at risk for illness.
The study found they were more likely to be heavier drinkers, have more
sexual partners, be younger at first pregnancy, have abortions, use hair dye
and use birth control pills long-term.
IN Q=People who are
((PEOPLE WHO ARE DOING RESEARCH CONCERNING BREAST AUGMENTATION
NEED TO CONSIDER THESE CHARACTERISTICS AS THEY'RE EVALUATING THEIR RESEARCH.))
OUT Q=their research.
The study in the Journal of the American Medical Association did not
evaluate women who had breast implants for reconstructive purposes after
surgery for breast cancer.
In the same issue, another study (----------------)
suggests taking potassium supplements may significantly reduce high blood
pressure-- especially in people who eat a high-salt diet.
The research indicates even small amounts can be effective.
The Commonwealth games invade the Roanoke Valley in July-- with thousands of
This year there are some new and exciting activities planned at the
state-wide sporting competition.
Here's Mike Stevens....
GRAPHIC=TWO MINUTE TICKER
Welcome folks to the mid week two minute sports ticker, as the countdown to
this summer's Commonwealth Games continues.
The bulk of this year's games is set to take place on the weekend of July
18th and 19th.
SUPER=03-Roanoke Co./This Morning; :00
This morning officials from Virginia Amateur sports, the group responsible
for organizing and running the games announced that a record number of athletes
are expected to invade the Valley that weekend.
IN Q="It's really...
((PETE LAMPMAN/VA. AMATEUR SPORTS PRESIDENT:))
SUPER=01-Pete Lampman/Va. Amateur Sports President; :00
OUT Q=...OF THE GAMES."
One of the games' fastest growing sports in roller hockey.
This year Roanoke Express members Jeff Jablonski and Tim Christian along with
general manager Pierre Paiement are joining forces with Little Caesars to host
a free clinic for youth of all ages on June 7th at CMT sporting goods.
IN Q="Also, we're...
((JEFF JABLONSKI/ROANOKE EXPRESS WINGER:))
SUPER=01-Jeff Jablonski/Roanoke Express Winger; :00
OUT Q=...THE PARTICIPANTS."
Organizers are also bringing in some entertainment for folks with a Broadway
style "Beatles Salute" at Victory Stadium.
IN Q="It features...
((STU ISRAEL/VAS MARKETING DIRECTOR:))
SUPER=01-Stu Israel/VAS Marketing Director; :00
OUT Q=...IN THE WORLD."
The NBA eastern conference finals resume tonight with the Bulls and Heat
playing game five in Chicago.
This afternoon the league fined Alonzo Mourning and Dennis Rodman $5000 a
piece for their scuffle in the fourth quarter of Monday's game in Miami.
Both will play tonight.
By the way, Rodman has now lost about one million dollars in fines,
suspensions and lost incentives this season.
SUPER=03-Salt Lake City/NBC;
Last night in the West Jerry Sloan and his Utah Jazz moved out to a 3 games
to 2 lead in their best of seven series with the Rockets.
Karl Malone keyed the 96-to-91 win with 29 points and 14 rebounds.
Game six is tomorrow night in Houston.
The NCAA baseball championship is set for seven tonight in Salem hope to see
SS=two minute ticker
Take care everybody.
go to break
For the first time in more than 150 years, Thomas Jefferson's Poplar Forest
estate looks much like it did when America's third president lived there.
Workmen have spent the last few months rebuilding the south portico roof
which was destroyed by fire in 1845.
Using heavy timbers and early American construction methods, craftsmen have
reconstructed the roof to Jefferson's original specifications.
IN Q=It's sort of
((DOUG RIDEOUT/CRAFTSMAN: IT'S SORT OF LIKE BUILDING AN ENGINE. YOU WANT TO USE
THE BEST QUALITY PARTS TO MAKE IT LAST. AND THAT'S WHAT WE'RE DOING HERE ON
THIS PROJECT. SO IT'S NOT OFTEN YOU GET TO WORK WITH THESE TYPES OF
((TRAVIS MCDONALD/ARCHITECTURAL RESTORATION DIRECTOR: AND WE REALLY CAN PUT
BACK EVERY DETAIL AS WE KNOW JEFFERSON CONSTRUCTED IT AND SOME OF THOSE DETAILS
HAVE BEEN MISSING FOR 150 YEARS, AFTER THE HOUSE WAS REMODELED AND SO THAT'S
THE IMPORTANT PART NOW IS SEEING IT AS JEFFERSON WANTED IT TO BE SEEN.))
SUPER=01-Doug Rideout/Restoration Craftsman; :00
SUPER=01-Travis McDonald/Architectural Restoration Director; :16
OUT Q=wanted it to be seen.
McDonald hopes to have the roof completed and the scaffolding removed by the
That's it for NEWS-7 at FIVE-- thanks for watching. Goodnight