Next on News 7-
A car speeds out of control crashing near a Roanoke playground-
More antics in court from convicted killer Michael Knowles.
And after years of planning- the dirt flies for the smart road-
Some badly needed rain may be coming in the form of showers and
thunderstorms tomorrow afternoon. Stay tuned for your complete forecast from
the News 7 Weather Center.
More troubling findings on the popular diet drug combination fen-phen--
IN Q=We are concerned
((WE ARE CONCERNED THAT THE PHEN FEN COMBINATION MAY HAVE IMPORTANT
IMPLICATIONS REGARDING HEART VALVE DISEASE, BUT MORE INFORMATION IS REQUIRED.))
OUT Q=is required.
On Health Check, the latest on the potentially fatal side effects.
IN Q=I just seen him
((PAUL WASHINGTON/NEIGHBOR; JUST SEEN HIM COMING DOWN THROUGH HERE FLYING, I
KNOW IT WAS BOUND TO BE ABOUT 85 OR 100 MILES AN HOUR, ))
OUT Q=miles an hour
A motorist was killed when his speeding car hit a utility pole... just
missing a playground full of children in Roanoke.
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Good Evening, I'm Jean Jadhon.
Police say 29 year old Ronald William Smith was driving on a suspended
license when he crashed on Moorman Avenue.
Residents who live in the northwest neighborhood say they've seen the car
speeding down the street several times over the past few weeks.
Witnesses say the car was traveling nearly 100 miles an hour when it
sideswiped a pole and spun out of control.
IN Q=I heard the noise
((RICHARD PRICE/WITNESSES; I HEARD THE NOISE WHEN IT FIRST STARTED AND WHEN THE
CAR GOT OVER THE HILL IT WAS WEAVING AND THEN THE CAR, IT GOT UP OFF THE GROUND
AND HIT THAT POLE.
PAUL WASHINGTON/NEIGHBOR; I KNOW IT'S BOUND TO HAVE BEEN 85 OR 85 OR 100 MILES
AN HOUR, BECAUSE THE THING ABOUT IT, EVERY AFTERNOON THEY'RE COMING DOWN
THROUGH THIS WAY.))
SUPER=01-Richard Price/Witness; :00
SUPER=01-Paul Washington/Neighbor; :11
OUT Q=through this way
The car crashed near a playground where children were playing... the spare
tire landed just a few feet away.
One resident said he's been trying to keep children out of the street
because cars are constantly speeding through the area.
Neighbors say they need stop signs, or more police to slow down the cars.
A convicted murderer who tried to cut himself with a disposable razor in
Montgomery County court last month, pulled a similar stunt today.
This time, at his sentencing, Michael Knowles tried to injure himself with a
double boxes Jean/Teresa
Teresa Hamilton was in court today, she joins us from our Blacksburg
newsroom with the latest.
Jean-- Knowles second attempt to hurt himself caught many people off
guard--most of them never thought he'd try something like that again.
IN Q=Do you
SUPER=04-File Tape; :23
SUPER=01-Max Jenkins/Knowles' Attorney; :28 QUICK!!!!!!!!!!
SUPER=01-Doug Marrs/Montgomery Co. Sheriff; :36
OUT Q=get them there.
IN Q=Do you
((VOICE OF MAX JENKINS: DO YOU HAVE ANYTHING NEW TO TELL THE JUDGE?
MICHAEL KNOWLES/CONVICTED MURDERER:ALRIGHT LISTEN, THIS IS TOO IMPORTANT, THIS
IS TOO IMPORTANT. ))
OUT Q=too important.
Sheriff's deputies managed to grab the pencil before Knowles did any harm.
He was in court this morning to be sentenced for killing his wife.
His attorney, Max Jenkins, says he wasn't surprised Knowles tried something.
During his jury trial, Knowles attempted to cut his throat with part of a
IN Q=I have
((MAX JENKINS/KNOWLES' ATTORNEY:I HAVE NO IDEA WHERE THE PENCIL CAME FROM. I
SURE DON'T. ))
OUT Q=sure don't.
Sheriff Doug Marrs is also questioning where the pencil came from.
IN Q=We strip
((DOUG MARRS/MONTGOMERY CO. SHERIFF:WE STRIP SEARCH THEM, BRING THEM TO A
HOLDING CELL, WE TURN AROUND THE SEARCH THEM AGAIN WHEN WE GET THEM THERE.))
OUT Q=get them there.
Knowles was in handcuffs when he first entered the courtroom-- but asked the
judge to have them removed before testifying.
double boxes Teresa/Jean
(questions: AFter the disruption, what kind of sentence did Knowles get?)
After years of planning, debating, and fundraising-- the Smart Road project
has become a reality in the New River Valley.
When its done, it'll be one of the largest labs in the world, testing
double boxes Jean/Len
Len Besthoff was at today's groundbreaking.
Len I understand it was big enough to get a visit from the governor.
(roll cue: "...great economic potential.)
OUT Q=governor allen's speech
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(questions: so how much will this first phase of the highway cost? )
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At least three people were killed in a helicopter crash at Fort Bragg in
North Carolina this afternoon.
A spokesman says a Blackhawk helicopter crashed in a wooded area of the
Military officials say they believe seven or eight people were on board.
HARD MUSIC UNDER
One political insider reacts to the death of former Lieutenant Governor
Also coming up-- collegues and friends say goodbye to CBS newsman Charles
Kuralt-- described by some as a man "belonging to America."
On Health Check-- several topics, from the latest data on diet pills-- to
food safety issues, such as Mad Cow Disease.
And SIDS-- Sudden Infant Death Syndrome doesn't just happen at home.
Also coming up-- the latest from the Red Planet, the union of rock and rover
is well under way.
And back on Earth, it's not too late to register for the Commonwealth
Day one of Senate hearings into campaign fundraising- The focus is on last
year's presidential elections.
Allegations include money laundering, illegal use of the White house for
fundraising and illegal contributions from China.
((SEN. FRED THOMPSON/R- TENNESSEE: THERE APPARENTLY WAS A SYSTEMATIC INFLUX OF
ILLEGAL MONEY IN OUR PRESIDENTIAL RACE LAST YEAR. WE WILL BE WANTING TO KNOW
WHO KNEW ABOUT IT, WHO SHOULD'VE KNOWN ABOUT IT AND WHETHER OR NOT THERE WAS AN
ATTEMPT TO COVER IT UP.))
SUPER=01-Sen. Fred Thompson/(R) Tennessee;
OUT Q=TO COVER IT UP."
Most testimony will focus on Democratic fundraising.
Today a holdout witness put an offer on the table.
John (Wahng) Huang says he'll answer allegations he was a spy but wants
immunity for testimony about fundraising.
Huang raised more than 3 million for the democrats last year-
Half was returned because of suspicions over the source of the funds.
Henry Howell was a three-time loser for governor of Virginia --
But today he's being remembered as the man who brought down the exclusionary
Byrd machine of his own Democratic party.
Howell died yesterday at his Norfolk home at age 76.
He served one term in the early '70's as lieutenant governor.
IN Q=I mean people
((PAUL GOLDMAN/FORMER VA. DEMOCRATIC PARTY CHAIR: I MEAN PEOPLE DON'T
REMEMBER... THEY RACE-BAITED, THEY JEW-BAITED, THEY DID EVERYTHING.))
SUPER=01-Paul Goldman/Former Va. Democratic Party Chair;
OUT Q=did everything.
So it was Howell's fiery rhetoric that served as the conscience of a party
opening its doors to the working class, minorities, and women.
IN Q=Needless to say
((NEEDLESS TO SAY THAT I'M EXTREMELY INTERESTED IN HAVING A NEW VIRGINIA. I
WANT TO HELP EVERYBODY, MILLS GODWIN AND ALL OF THOSE WHO WANT TO SEE VIRGINIA
CATCH UP WITH THE TIMES. ))
IN Q=That's his
((PAUL GOLDMAN/FORMER VA. DEMOCRATIC PARTY CHAIR: THAT'S HIS LEGACY. IT'S A
GREAT LEGACY. YOU KNOW, HE'LL BE TREATED MORE KINDLY...HIS CONTEMPORARIES.))
SUPER=01-Paul Goldman/Former Va. Democratic Party Chair;
OUT Q=his contemporaries.
Howell's controversial style is also credited with mobilizing the modern
Republican party in Virginia against him.
Chapel Hill, North Carolina was a place Charles Kuralt loved.
SUPER=03-Chapel Hill, NC;
Today the CBS Newsman was buried on the University of North Carolina
Campus- where he graduated in 1955.
At a memorial service Kuralt was praised for his kindness, and his way of
showing the extraordinary in ordinary people.
((GOV. JIM HUNT/(D) NORTH CAROLINA: HE WAS A FINE REPORTER OF NEWS AND OUR
NATION AND WORLD NEED FINE REPORTERS, BUT SOON CHARLES BEGAN TO REPORT TO TELL
THE STORIEs OF US, THE POEPLE OF AMERICA.))
SUPER=01-Jim Hunt/North Carolina Governor;
OUT Q=THE PEOPLE OF AMERICA."
Charles Kuralt died Friday at age 62.
The Mars rover is now holding hands with the stone- Yogi.
The vehicle is testing the rock's composition- as the Sojourner mission
continues on Mars.
((MATTHEW GOLOMBECK/MARS PATHFINDER SCIENTIST: WE DID A WHEEL ABRASION
EXPERIMENT AND WE MOVED TOWARD YOGI AND DID A SERIES OF HIGH RESOLUTION FORWARD
STEREO VIEWS OF THIS VERY INTERESTING ROCK.))
SUPER=01-Matthew Golombeck/Mars Pathfinder Scientist;
OUT Q=very interesting rock."
So just what are the tested rocks made of?
Reports on their composition should be out later today.
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health music under
In tonight's Two Minute ticker-- plans are finalized for the 1997
Commonwealth Games... Mike has the scoop.
While it seems parents have gotten the message about putting their babies
on their backs to sleep, to diminish SIDS--- a new study finds many child care
providers have not.
I'm Keith Humphry, here's a look at what else you'll see tonight on NEWS-7
NAT SOT 12:34:58
IN Q=You can't tell
((YOU CAN'T TELL THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN 100 AND 65 MILES PER HOUR?))
OUT Q=per hour?
Virginia's hard-working State troopers just got a little extra help.
The first computer dispatch equipment went online in June, and will be all
over the state by first of the year.
IN Q=Before, you
((JULIE BLANTON/STATE POLICE DISPATCHER: BEFORE, YOU WOULDN'T, THE
DISPATCHER'S TRYING TO WRITE THIS AND TRYING TO FLIP THE CARD BACK AND FORTH
AND KEEP UP WITH THE TIMES, AND A LOT OF INFORMATION THAT YOU WOULD REALLY LIKE
TO HAVE WASN'T GETTING KEPT TRACK OF.))
SUPER=01-Julie Blanton/State Police Dispatcher;
OUT Q=track of.
Virginia's playing catch-up on its police computers, but we'll tell you
where the state police are now.
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That's coming up on NEWS 7 at SIX, Jean.
More controversy-- and troubling findings-- into the popular diet drug
SUPER=03-Rochester, MN; :
Experts at the Mayo Clinic reiterate that the drugs phenfluramine and
fentermine, when used together, can cause a potentially fatal lung disease--
primary pulmonary hypertension-- as well as deformed heart valves.
IN Q=At this time
((DR. HEIDI CONNELLY/MAYO CLINIC CARDIOLOGIST: AT THIS TIME WE DO NOT KNOW HOW
FREQUENTLY VALVE DISEASE OCCURS, WHICH PATIENTS TAKING THESE MEDICATIONS MAY BE
AT RISK, THE MECHANISM OF VALVE INJURY, HOW QUICKLY PATIENTS MAY DEVELOP VALVE
DISEASE AND WHETHER THIS VALVE DISEASE IS REVERSIBLE WHEN THE MEDICATIONS ARE
SUPER=01-Dr. Heidi Connelly/Mayo Clinic Cardiologist; :
OUT Q=are stopped.
The Food and Drug Administration wants doctors to check Fen-phen patients
immediately for valve problems-- so they can get a better grasp on the possible
IN Q=I have a question
((I HAVE A QUESTION FROM UPI: HOW LONG HAVE THE 24 PATIENTS BEEN TAKING
PHEN-FEN? THE AVERAGE TIME WAS 12 MONTHS, BUT THE RANGE WAS FROM ONE MONTH TO
28 MONTHS. ))
OUT Q=28 months.
Still, the president of the American Obesity Association warns that the
study could needlessly panic Fen-phen users.
He says the study can't tell if simply being obese can lead to heart valve
Last year there were 18 million prescriptions written for the weight loss
There appears to be no immediate end in sight to the scare of mad cow
disease in Britain.
Government scientists say 19-people have contracted a new "variant" of
mad-cow disease, or B-S-E as it's called.
A fatal brain illness that may be linked to tainted beef.
To date, two more people have died from the always-fatal illness.
Health experts in the U-S say more Americans than ever are getting sick--
from their "food."
The Centers for Science in the Public Interest says that despite the
world's most stringent food safety laws-- the incidents of salmonella, e-coli,
cyclospora and other potential poisons are on the rise....
Causes may include better detection of the contaminants, resistance to
anti-biotics, an increase in imported foods and in dining out-- at places
where safety rules may not be strictly enforced.
These numbers also out today:
In Virginia, more than 25 E-coli infections have been reported statewide
this year-- double the number of cases the Commonwealth saw this period last
American hospitals are taking better care of pregnant women and their
4:25:47 to 4:26:12
But at the same time, women are demanding more anesthesia.
According to a new study in the journal "Anesthesiology," the improvement in
care-- is in part due to a consolidation of obstetric services between small
At larger hospitals, researchers found that the number of women requesting
an epidural pain-block -- more than doubled from 1981 to 1992.
There may not be a sweeter sight than a sleeping baby.
The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that you place a baby on his
or her back as a precaution against Sudden Infant Death Syndrome.
But what you do at home may not be what's happening when your baby goes
down for a nap at the child care center.
Researchers from the Children's National Medical Center surveyed 131 child
care centers for infants under six months of age.
IN Q=About 43-percent
((DR. RACHEL MOON/CHILDREN'S NATIONAL MEDICAL CENTER: ABOUT 43% OF THE CHILD
CARE CENTERS HAD NEVER HEARD OF THE RECOMMENDATIONS OF SLEEPING ON THE BACK,
AND ABOUT 49% OF THE CHILD CARE CENTERS WERE PUTTING BABIES ON THEIR BELLIES
FOR SLEEPING AT LEAST SOME OF THE TIME.))
SUPER=01-Dr. Rachel Moon/Pediatrician; :
OUT Q=some of the time.
***CONNIE AUDIO ON CART****
SIDS can happen anywhere.
In California and Minnesota, two states which keep track-- nearly one third
of infant deaths attributed to SIDS occured while the baby was in a child care
IN Q=It is very
((IT'S VERY IMPORTANT THAT PARENTS, YOU NEED TO TALK WITH WHOEVER IS TAKING
CARE OF YOUR CHILD WHILE YOU'RE AT WORK AND MAKE SURE THAT THE CHILD CARE
PROVIDER IS PUTTING THE BABY TO SLEEP IN THE POSITION THAT YOU WANT THE BABY
TO SLEEP IN. ))
OUT Q=to sleep in.
Again, the guidelines recommend that all healthy infants under 6 months be
placed on their backs, not their stomachs for sleep.
Let's turn now to sports-- where the opening ceremonies for the Commonwealth
Games are right around the corner.
Plus driver Ernie Ervin is looking for a new car...here's Mike Stevens with
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Welcome folks to the two minute ticker and what could be a nasty night in
The weather system that could be visiting us tomorrow is threatening to play
havoc with tonight's major league all-star game at Jacob's Field.
Showers and thunderstorms are in the forecast for the eight o'clock game.
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The storms that have been brewing at Robert yates racing in Charlotte have
come to a close.
This afternoon team owner Robert Yates said that Ernie Irvan will not be back
as the driver of Havoline Thunderbird next season.
Irvan has struggled a good part of this year and is just 16th in the points
Reports of his dismissal from the team surfaced this past April after Irvan
and his wife Kim got into scuffle with another woman outside a Charlotte night
Ernie, who is now 38, says he will announce his plans for 1998 in the next
month or so.
Irvan has three wins since his near fatal crash at Michigan.
The Commonwealth Games officially begin July 18th with the opening
ceremonies at Victory Stadium. A final news conference took cetner stage this
morning at the Tanglewood Holiday Inn.
While next Friday might mark the games commencement; some of sports, like
swimming, have already started. With well over 10 thousand athletes expected to
participate in this summer's games; chaos has set in just 10 days before the
IN Q="the phones
((STUART ISRAEL/VAS MARKETING DIRECTOR:))
SUPER=01-Stuart Israel/VAS Marketing Director; :00
OUT Q=...state wide games"
Basketball has attracted the most attention from potential Commonwealth Games
participants. Hoops, like several other popular venues; could use additional
((PETE LAMPMAN/VIRGINIA AMATEUR SPORTS PRESIDENT:))
SUPER=01-Pete Lampman/Virginia Amateur Sports President; :00
OUT Q=....a little more help"
SS=2 minute ticker
Coming up at six, more pre game festivities from the All-Star game, plus
we will have news of a Roanoke Express veteran who has come to terms on a new
Have a great night folks.
go to break
For all his other accomplishments, Thomas Jefferson was also a renowned
architect.. and 150 years after his death, students are still learning from his
Twenty two students from around the world are taking part in the fifth
annual Prince of Wales Summer School in Architecture.
They're spending six weeks studying historic restoration techniques in the
That included a stop today in Bedford County, where craftsmen are working to
preserve Jefferson's Poplar Forest estate.
IN Q=Poplar Forest
((RICHARD JOHN/PRINCE OF WALES ARCHITECTURE SCHOOL: POPLAR FOREST, I THINK, IS
AN EXTRAORDINARY EXAMPLE OF HOW THE CONSERVATION WORLD HAS PIONEERED THE
PRESERVATION OF TRADITIONAL CRAFTS AND THEIR UNDERSTANDING OF TRADITIONAL
BUILDING TECHNIQUES, WHICH ARE OFTEN FAR BETTER THAN CONTEMPORARY BUILDING
TECHNIQUES. THEY'RE TRIED AND TESTED, THERE'S A REASON WHY THESE TRADITIONS
SUPER=01-Richard John/Prince of Wales Architecture School; :00
OUT Q=traditions were established.
The summer school is also spending time in Charlottesville, Washington D.C.
and Berkeley, California.
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