Straight ahead on NEWS-7 at FIVE...
The U-S Postal service is working overtime-- picking up some of the slack
that the UPS strike is creating.
A first for the President...a line-item veto...
And happy birthday to you Mary Cunningham.
Keep our fingers crossed that the skies will stay clear for the meteor shower
and then the forecast looks hazy and humid. Details coming up.
On Health Check-- the government is considering sending out warning letters
to possibly millions of transfusion patients, who could be at risk for
((SOMEONE HAS GOT TO TELL CORPORATE AMERICA ENOUGH IS ENOUGH.))
OUT Q=enough is enough."
Still fired up- The teamsters 185 thousand U-P-S workers enter their second
week on strike-
While tragedy hits when a UPS truck crashes in Tennessee.
GRAPHIC=NEWS-7 AT FIVE
Good Evening, I'm Jean Jadhon..
UPS says it needs all the help it can get-
With that United Parcel Service sent a letter to members of Congress,
asking them to put pressure on the President-
((GINA ELLRICH/UPS SPOKESPERSON: WHAT WE WOULD LIKE CONGRESS TO DO IS URGE THE
PRESIDENT TO END THE STRIKE THROUGH HIS POWERS IN TAFT HARTLEY AND SEND THIS
OFFER OUT FOR A VOTE.))
((RON CAREY/TEAMSTERS' PRESIDENT: THEY'RE VOTING TODAY. THEY'RE VOTING TODAY BY
WALKING THE PAVEMENT BY LETTING THIS COMPANY KNOW THEY ARE NOT ABOUT TO HAVE
ANY CONTRACT JAMMED DOWN THEIR THROAT.))
SUPER=01-Gina Ellrich/UPS Spokesperson; :00
SUPER=01-Ron Carey/Teamster's President; 10
OUT Q=JAMMED DOWN THEIR THROAT."
Meanwhile Labor Secretary Alexis Herman met separately today with both
sides, hoping to try and get talks back under way.
UPS calls it a terrible tragedy- A company manager is dead after the truck he
was driving crashed in Tennessee.
The manager was filling in as a driver, when the tractor trailer ran off an
overpass and fell about 25 feet onto a busy highway below.
The cargo compartment split open- scattering boxes across the road.
Since the beginning of the strike, managers have been forced to drive
UPS says the manager who died today had spent his career driving trucks or
training other drivers.
GRAPHIC=US POSTAL SERVICE
The UPS strike is affecting the Postal Service.-
The post office is delivering packages seven days a week, and working
around the clock to keep up with the extra volume.
double boxes Jean/Eric
Eric Earnhart joins us from the main station in Roanoke, Eric how are they
dealing with the load?
Working overtime Jean. The volume in there right now is about what you'd
normally see during the Christmas rush...
But Postal officials say they're keeping up with the load.
IN Q=we're trying to staff
((BILLY MARTIN/ROANOKE POSTMASTER; WE'RE TRYING TO STAFF UP, WE'RE TRYING TO
HIRE CASUAL HELP, OF COURSE THE PLANT HERE IN ROANOKE, THE PROCESSING
DISTRIBUTION CENTER HAS DONE AN OUTSTANDING JOB IN GETTING ALL OF THIS DONE,
WE'RE CLEAN AS WE SPEAK, WE'RE CURRENT AS WE SPEAK. ))
SUPER=01-Billy Martin/Roanoke Postmaster;
OUT Q=current as we speak
But that hasn't been easy. These employees are currently working overtime,
sorting a shipment of packages from J-Crew, packages that, a couple of weeks
ago, would be shipped by UPS.
Nationwide, express mail is up 70 percent, priority mail is up 50 percent,
and parcels, like these up at least 20 percent and climbing.
The postmaster says so far the mail is going out on time, thanks in part to
Sunday deliveries,double boxes Jean/Eric
which began yesterday, and will continue as long as the strike is on... Jean?
(questions: does the postal service want to hang on to this business after the
GRAPHIC=tobacco under fire
Three federal judges hold the fate of Joe Camel and the Marlboro man in their
They're considering the tobacco giants appeal to be free from the U-S Food
and Drug Administration regulations.
Oral arguments from both sides were presented today at the Bath County
The advertising industry also argued that broad tobacco ad restrictions by
the F-D-A violate the Constitution's first amendment.
IN Q=This case today
((JOHN FITHIAN/FREEDOM TO ADVERTISE COALITION:THIS CASE TODAY WILL DETERMINE
HOW WE DO BUSINESS IN THE FORESEEABLE FUTURE.))
SUPER=01-John Fithian/Freedom to Advertise Coalition;
OUT Q=TOBACCO PRODUCTS.
Advertising industry lawyers are urging the Fourth Circuit Court of appeals
to uphold a lower courts earlier decision.
Back in April, judges gave no authority to the F-D-A to regulate tobacco
With the stroke of his pen, President Bill Clinton used the brand new
Clinton today struck one spending provision and two tax breaks from the new
budget and tax laws.
This is the first time a United States president has been given such power.
IN Q=from now on,
((FROM NOW ON, PRESIDENTS WILL BE ABLE TO SAY NO TO WASTEFUL SPENDING OR TAX
LOOPHOLES EVEN AS THEY SAY YES TO VITAL LEGISLATION.))
OUT Q=VITAL LEGISLATION.
But the line-item veto isn't the final ruling.
Congress can still have the last word... within 30-days and a majority of
legislators to override the president.
HARD MUSIC UNDER
The N-Double-A-C-P pays a visit to Grayson County after the murder of a
former Marine there. That story's next on NEWS-7 at FIVE..
And in Danville, a woman and her son are shot near their home, while trying
to check a flat tire.
On Health Check-- research on a new way to treat ragweed allergies--
Relief could be just a pill away.
Also coming up-- we're making salsa the healthy way...
That's right, you don't have to buy it off the shelves...stay tuned.
One of the suspects charged with murdering a Grayson County man declined to
speak with state N-double-A-C-P officials by phone.
Organization leaders were in Grayson County today in search of information
in the murder of Garnett "G.P." Johnson.
Last month, the 40- year old man was doused with gasoline, burned and later
Two white men have been charged in his death.
Sheriff J-D Wilson says state N-double-A-C-P leaders asked questions about
the case and wanted to speak with the suspects by phone.
IN Q=They talked
((J.D. WILSON/GRAYSON CO. SHERIFF:THEY TALKED WITH THE COMMONWEALTH'S ATTORNEY,
I THINK EARLIER AND HE CALLED DOWN AND THEY WANTED TO COME DOWN AND SEE IF THEY
COULD TALK TO MR. CRESSELL, THAT'S THE FIRST TIME I'VE HEARD FROM THEM. ))
SUPER=01-J.D. Wilson/Grayson Co. Sheriff; :00
OUT Q=from them.
Emmett Cressell refused to speak with them.
The other suspect-- 42-year old Louis James (SEP-puh-rano) Ceparano is being
held in Carroll County.
A Danville woman is now blind in one eye and remains in critical condition
after being shot in the head down the street from her home.
47-year old Mary Elizabeth Martin was on her way to work last night.
She stopped near her driveway to check a flat tire.
Police say a man came up behind her and shot her repeatedly in the head,
then shot her 7-year-old son Daniel in the ankle.
He was treated and released from Danville Regional Medical Center.
IN Q=So far he hasn't told
((MARRON WOODS/VICTIM'S DAUGHTER: SO FAR HE HASN'T TOLD US NOTHING. I DON'T
GUESS HE WANTS TO TALK ABOUT IT OR WHATEVER. HE'S JUST IN SHOCK. HIS MAIN
CONCERN IS THAT HIS MOTHER'S ALL RIGHT.))
SUPER=01-Marron Woods/Victim's Daughter;
OUT Q=all right
Relatives and police don't have any suspects.
DNA testing apparently links NBC Sportscaster Marv Albert to a woman who
says he attacked her.
A Virginia state crime lab tested a blood sample from Albert against sperm
and saliva recovered from the woman's underwear and back.
It found there's only "one chance" in two-point six billion that the
evidence came from someone other than Albert.
The woman says Albert bit her on the back repeatedly and forced her to
perform oral sex in a Northern Virginia hotel in February.
Albert faces trial next month on charges of sodomy and assault.
Albert has said he's innocent.
groovy music UNDER
It surpassed ketchup in popularity... millions of Americans eat it
everyday...we're talking salsa.
And Andrew Freiden's making it.
(ANDREW ad lib)
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health music under
In tonight's Two Minute Ticker- Golfer Chip Sullivan's returned to the
Roanoke Valley. Mike Stevens caught up with him.
On Health Check-- more and more people are ending up in the emergency
room with asthma attacks-- and the experts have some ideas why.
It could have to do with people not keeping up with medical advice.
I'm Keith Humphry.
Those of you who occasionally sample another network for news know Ann
She's been A-B-C's White House correspondent for nearly a quarter century.
Loyal NEWS-7 viewers will remember her political reporting for Channel 7 in
the early 70's.
((THE PUBLIC WILL BE INVITED TO COME IN AND GIVE ITS VIEWS ON WHETHER OR NOT
THE STATE IS READY FOR PARIMUTUEL BETTING. ANN COMPTON, CHANNEL 7 NEWS AT THE
OUT Q=the state Capitol.
She went straight from Channel-7's Richmond newsroom to the network in New
And a year later she was covering the White House for A-B-C.
Tonight on NEWS 7 at SIX, we'll take a look back at Compton's career
here... together with her own reflections on those early days.
Double Boxes Jean/Keith
It's the first piece of a two-part story, Jean... coming up in about 45
If you've had a blood transfusion, the government may want to talk to you.
Federal health officials are considering whether to issue a warning--
that those who underwent the procedure before 19-90 may be at risk for
Some 290-thousand Americans got the liver infection from transfusions
before that year--when purity tests began.
Asthma is a chronic condition of the lungs that causes wheezing, coughing
and shortness of breath for more than 14 million Americans.
An attack often means rushing to the hospital for oxygen.
The Centers for Disease Control says admissions to hospital emergency rooms
for those suffering from asthma are up, especially for younger people.
Researchers aren't sure why, but they think it might have to do with people
not keeping up with medical advice.
(( KRIS BENEZRA/RESPIRATORY THERAPIST: ASTHMA REALLY IS A DISEASE THAT CAN BE
CONTROLLED FOR THE MOST PART AND A LOT OF THE PROBLEM IS THAT THESE KIDS AREN'T
GETTING THE MEDICATION THEY NEED OR THEY ARE NOT TAKING THE MEDICINE THAT'S
BEEN PRESCRIBED. ))
((ADRIAN DELAURO/ASTHMA PATIENT: IT'S SCARY, CUZ I HAVE TO GO TO THE HOSPITAL
ALL THE TIME TO GET TONS OF NEEDLES AND IT'S A PAIN.))
SUPER=01-Kris Benezra/Respiratory Therapist; :00
SUPER=01-Adrian DeLauro/Asthma Patient; :16
OUT Q=it's a pain.
***CONNIE AUDIO ON CART****
ALLERGIES and asthma often work hand in hand-- much of Adrian's problem.
IN Q=He's highly
((DR. STEVEN KANENGISER, ST. JOSEPH'S CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL: HE'S HIGHLY ALLERGIC
TO CATS AND DOGS AND DUST MITES. WE WORKED ON AVOIDING HIS EXPOSURE TO THOSE
TRIGGERS. AND WE CAME UP WITH A VARIETY OF MEDICINES THAT HE TAKES ON A REGULAR
BASIS TO TRY TO KEEP DOWN THE INFLAMMATION AND CONTROL HIS ASTHMA." ))
SUPER=01-Dr. Steven Kanengiser/Asthma Specialist; :
OUT Q=control his asthma.
While there isn't a cure yet, asthma can be controlled.
But often, patients make the mistake of stopping their medication after an
attack because the symptoms disappear.
Doctors say they should take anti-inflammatory medicine daily to prevent
most serious attacks, rather than treating the attacks with medicine when in a
Allergy sufferers could be just a pill away from relief.
Researchers at the University of Chicago are testing a new way to treat
ragweed allergies-- the most common allergy in the country.
IN Q=20-percent of Americans
SUPER=01-Margaret Hajduch/Ragweed Sufferer; :05
SUPER=01-Dr. Robert Naclerio/Univ. of Chicago Hospital; :19
OUT Q=interested in.
20-percent of Americans suffer from hay fever-- for most, the problem is
IN Q=I wake up with
((MARGARET HAJDUCH/RAGWEED SUFFERER:I WAKE UP WITH RUNNY EYES, WATERY NOSE,
SNEEZING STUFFY HEAD AND I SNEEZE FOR
THE BETTER PART OF THE MORNING. ))
OUT Q=of the morning
But help could come from these tiny capsules made of ragweed pollen.
IN Q=You start with
((DR. ROBERT NACLERIO/UNIV. OF CHICAGO HOSPITAL: YOU START WITH A LOW AMOUNT
AND SLOWLY BUILD UP TO STRONGER AND STRONGER AMOUNTS -- SO YOU ARE GIVING DOSES
THAT CHANGE THE IMMUNE RESPONSE.))
The experimental pill works on the same theory as allergy shots....
but many find shots inconvenient. The pill might could also prove more
effective than anti-histamines because it may block more allergy symptoms
IN Q=If they can
((IF THEY CAN FIND SOMETHING TO ALLEVIATE SHOTS AND ANTI-HISTAMINES. THAT'S
WHAT I'M INTERESTED IN. ))
OUT Q=interested in.
Ragweed sufferers will be trying the pollen pill for the next few months--
to see how it gets them through hay fever season.
Somewhere between TWO to 16 out of every ten-thousand people in this country
have the sleep disorder, Narcolepsy.
The condition causes repeated sleep attacks.
IN Q=You're aware
((MARK BEHRENDS/NARCOLEPSY PATIENT: YOU'RE AWARE THAT THERE ARE PEOPLE AROUND
YOU AND TALKING TO YOU, YOU CAN'T RESPOND.))
((DR. ERIC DYKEN/SLEEP DISORDERS SPECIALIST: YOU WANT TO MAKE SURE YOU HAVE THE
RIGHT DIAGNOSIS. MOST OF MY PATIENTS ARE WORKING. THIS IS NOT A REASON TO BE
DISABLED. BUT IF THEY'RE NOT TREATED, IT IS A VERY DANGEROUS DISABILITY. ))
SUPER=01-Mark Behrends/Narcolepsy Patient; :00
SUPER=01-Dr. Eric Dyken/Sleep Disorders Specialist; :08
OUT Q=very dangerous disability.
Narcolepsy usually begins in adolescence, or occasionally in women during
Mapping the brain waves helps diagnose narcolepsy.
For many patients, treatment with medications often controls the disorder.
These days, there are lots of condiments you can put on your food.
But they aren't always very healthy.
double boxes Connie/Andrew
Andrew Freiden is learning how to prepare some HOT low-fat salsas.
SUPER=01-Jane Hoover/Lewis-Gale Health Management;
double boxes Connie/andrew
Turning now to sports-- its that time of year when almost every sport is in
Let's have Mike Stevens do all the work-- Hi Mike.
GRAPHIC=two minute ticker
Welcome folks to the Monday ticker.
A quick reminder for you at the top - the Roanoke Wrath soccer team plays its
final game of the season tonight at Victory stadium at 7:30 against Wilmington.
A win will the team a perfect 13 and0 season.
Now, let's move on to Charlottesville.
University of Virginia basketball player Courtney Alexander was supposed to
be in court today,
SUPER=04-Last Season; :00
to answer a misdemeanor assault and battery charge.
But a judge postponed the case continuing it until August 25th.
Alexander is accused of beating his girlfriend.
Head coach Jeff Jones has suspended Alexander from all team activities,
pending the outcome of the case.
The NFL preseason rolls on tonight as the Steelers play host to the Eagles.
Kordell Stewart will start for PIttsburgh and play part of the first half.
PGA tour rookie Chip Sullivan highlighted a field of 167 club professionals
and amateurs who are competing in the sixth annual Coca-Cola/Shriners Mid
Atlantic championship at hanging Rock today.
Steve Mason has more on his round, his tour play and his visit.
IN Q=first audio
SUPER=01-Chip Sullivan/PGA Rookie; :12
SUPER=01-Moody DeVaux/Shriners Tournament Chairman; :28
OUT Q=...News 7 sports"
((Chip Sullivan fired a two under 70 in only his second trip of the year
through the scenic Hanging Rock course for a share of the early lead.
Sullivan spent the day on his old course with old and new friends as part
of a one week break from the PGA tour to help his home course and the Mid
Atlantic pro am.
Sullivan, who has made seven cuts while competing in 20 PGA events, resumes
his tour play in two weeks at the Greater Vancouver Open. In Salem, Steve
Mason, News 7 sports.))
The tournament will conclude around 7 this evening and we will have the
complete results at 11.
SS=Two minute ticker.
Coming up at six, we will continue our Friday Football Extra preview
Former President George Bush did it... but he's only 72...
SUPER=03-Lake Elsinore, CA;
Meet Mary Cunningham, she spent part of her 90th birthday doing something
she's always wanted to do... skydive.
It was her first time parachuting, and from the sounds of it, it may not be
IN Q=it was
((IT WAS BEAUTIFUL, I ENJOYED EVERY MINUTE OF IT. ))
SUPER=01-Mary Cunningham/90 Year Old Skydiver;
OUT Q=minute of it.
Family members and friends say they aren't surprised at the 90-year old's
Next year Cunningham says she plans to go white water rafting.