Coming up on News 7-
Does the public have the right to know what psychologists say about this
murder suspects mental state?
Jon Benet Ramsey's autopsy report is released to the public.
And we'll tell you about a fire sprinkler system that might not work-
Scattered showers continue to rumble through the viewing area. I'll have
the latest doppler radar and the detailed forecast coming up in weather.
On Health Check--
President Clinton says you shouldn't have to guess--
when it comes to giving medicine to your kids.
A proposed federal rule would make drug companies test their products with
The Virginia Court Of Appeals says the public should NOT have been excluded
from Earl Bramblett's competency hearing.
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Good Evening, I'm Jean Jadhon.
Judge Roy Willet closed the competency hearing in May, for the man charged
in the murders of a Vinton family.
His attorneys argued the public had no right to scrutinize his personal
After three hours of testimony from three psychologists, Willet found
Bramblett competent, but sealed the record, saying it was necessary to protect
the defendant's right to a fair trial.
The appeals court disagreed, saying since a competency hearing can postpone
a trial indefinitely, citizens have a right to know what's going on.
The court also said excluding the media from the hearing was a violation of
the first amendment.
The prosecution and defense both had no comment on the ruling.
The documents will remain sealed until Judge Willet issues an order to open
More information about the death of murdered beauty queen JonBenet Ramsey-
The Boulder County autopsy report was made public today.
The report says Jonbenet was lying on her back on the floor covered by a
blanket and a Colorado Avalanche sweatshirt.
She wore a gold cross.
The autopsy indicates Jonbenet had urine and red stains on her underwear but
authorities have not conclusively determined whether she was sexually
((MIM WESSON/Law Professor;))
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The investigation began more than seven months ago when the six year old's
body was found in the basement of the family home the day after Christmas.
Police have said they've focused on the Ramsey's in their investigation but
so far no one's been arrested.
Timothy McVeigh wants the court to fire his defense lawyer- Stephen Jones.
The Buffalo Evening News spoke to McVeigh by phone from his Colorado prison
McVeigh says Jones promised to remove himself from the case when the trial
was over but he's gone back on his word.
And McVeigh says Jones lied to him throughout the case. Now he wants a new
Jones says he's legally obligated to represent McVeigh-
He says he'll remain McVeigh's lawyer until the court appoints someone else.
McVeigh was convicted for the Oklahoma City bombing.
A judge will officially impose the death sentence tomorrow-
McVeigh said he plans to make a statement then.
The Consumer Product Safety Commission is investigating a fire sprinkler
head that failed recent tests.
The sprinkler reportedly failed to operate about a third of the time, and
has been known to fail in actual fires.
There are several kinds of sprinkler heads used in buildings.
The Omega can be identified by its wide chrome ring, and the distinctive
three tier heat collector in the center.
Officials at Magic City Sprinkler in Roanoke say the head would most likely
be used in hospitals, hotels, nursing homes and residential housing.
IN Q=we didn't use that
((CHARLES MCGHEE/MAGIC CITY SPRINKLER: WE DIDN'T USE THAT PARTICULAR SPRINKLER
HEAD A LOT BECAUSE IT WAS MORE EXPENSIVE, THERE WAS OTHER SPRINKLER HEADS THAT
WOULD DO THE JOB THE SAME WAY AND DUE TO ECONOMICS WE DIDN'T USE IT. I'M
THANKFUL WE DIDN'T, BECAUSE EVEN ONE FAILURE'S TOO MANY. ))
SUPER=01-Charles McGhee/Magic City Sprinkler;
OUT Q=too many
McGhee says whenever his workers find someone using the Omega, they warn
them of the risk, and notify the manufacturer, Central Sprinkler Corporation of
TAKE pinnacle board
If you find the sprinkler in your home or business, you can notify Central
Sprinkler at 1-800-523-6512.
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The latest wrinkle on a plan to bring thousands of hogs to Pittsylvania
And they're preparing for the arrival of men and women on post at Virginia
Today some of the faculty got a taste of the activities the cadets will
On Health Check-- it appears the use of hard drugs is UP among kids.
Plus-- more information on a recall of frozen hamburger meat-- that has
been sold in Virginia.
Andrew Freiden's playing golf with amateurs...
Some of the best teenagers out there... a live report when we come back.
Three weeks after fire gutted an historic building in downtown Lynchburg,
its tenants are trying to return to business as usual.
Cleanup crews have finished removing most of the debris from inside the
burned- out Marshall Lodge on Church Street.
Dawson Ford Garbee Real Estate already was in the process of moving to a new
home.. THAT won't be ready for six weeks.
IN Q=We're open
((WAYNE RAMSEY/DAWSON FORD GARBEE REAL ESTATE: WE'RE OPEN. WE WERE NEVER
CLOSED. WE HAVEN'T SEEN ANY LOSS IN SALES, HAVE CONTINUED AS THOUGH NOTHING
HAPPENED. WHEN SOMETHING LIKE THIS HAPPENS, YOU HAVE TO MAKE THE BEST OF IT AND
JUST MOVE FORWARD AND THAT'S WHAT WE'VE TRIED TO DO.))
SUPER=01-Wayne Ramsey/Dawson Ford Garbee Real Estate; :00
OUT Q=tried to do.
The city fire marshal has said it appears the entire lodge building will
have to be torn down.
The Masonic chapter hopes to rebuild.
Pittsylvania County is telling a hog farm company it needs to follow the
rules before it can set up shop.
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Back in April, the county approved plans for a far with ten-thousand hogs.
But County Administrator George Supensky is taking that certificate back,
saying the company, G-I-S has not provided enough details on buildings and
The county also sent an earlier letter asking G-I-S not to come.
A G-I-S spokesman says he's disappointed, but has NOT decided whether to heed
the county's warning.
Virginia Military Institute is preparing it's new faculty for the incoming
New students arrive Monday and the newest faculty and staff members are
learning to relate to the cadets.
The difference in this year's physical and mental challenge, includes getting
ready for men and women.
It's all part of the extensive training the school has been initiating for
the changes when females join the ranks of V-M-I students.
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((CAPT. JULIANNE FULTZ/ASST. DIRECTOR OF CADET AFFAIRS:TO GO THROUGH SOME OF
THESE COURSES AND THINGS THAT WE DO HERE MUCH LIKE THE CADETS WILL GO THROUGH,
BOTH MALE AND FEMALE AND TO SEE THE VIGOROUS ACTIVITIES THEY MUST GO THROUGH))
SUPER=01-Julianne Fultz/Asst. Director of Cadet Affairs;
OUT Q=go through
Participants say the course is an excellent tool for helping them bond with
their co-workers and understand what students are undergoing.
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Monday watch NEWS-7 at FIVE and SIX: we'll travel to Lexington for the
arrival of VMI's class of 2001.
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Teenagers are invading Roanoke Country Club this week.
And that's where we find Andrew Freiden.
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STOCKS BUMP NEXT
Events at the Commonwealth Games are not the only amateur athletic contests
in the Roanoke Valley.
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Andrew Freiden is at the Roanoke Country Club where its hosting some of the
country's best young amateur golfers.
SUPER=01-Mike Smith/Executive Committee Director;
SUPER=01-Laura Myerscough/Girls Leader;
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Stick around for tonight's Ticker-- how's U-V-A's football team prepping for
the upcoming season? A wrapup from media day is just ahead.
On Health Check-- a new study finds your chances of survival of a serious
illness are better-- if you're at a teaching hospital.
Plus-- the perils of doing without.
It can be dangerous, if you're talking about health insurance.
I'm Keith Humphry.
Tonight on NEWS-7 at SIX we'll head to Claytor Lake where inmates are trying
to clean up the area.
Last year work- release inmates helped remove 450- tons of trash and debris
from the lake.
This year they hope to remove twice that amount, thanks to American Electric
The company donated a generator and conveyor belt to make the job easier.
IN Q=It makes
((RONNIE POWERS/"FRIENDS OF CLAYTOR LAKE" BD. MEMBER: IT MAKES A GREAT DEAL OF
DIFFERENCE, ESPECIALLY TO THE STAKEHOLDERS AND TO THE PROPERTY OWNERS THAT LIVE
ALONG THE LAKE WHO'VE JUST BEEN INUNDATED BY A LOT OF TRASH OVER THE YEARS,
IT'S MADE A GREAT DEAL OF DIFFERENCE IN THEIR ABILITY TO ENJOY CLAYTOR LAKE. ))
SUPER=01-Ronnie Powers/Friends of Claytor Lake; :00
OUT Q=Claytor Lake.
The group "Friends of Claytor Lake" helped spearhead the clean up
effort--along with other volunteers and donations.
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More on the story, tonight on News 7 at Six.
If you have ground beef hamburger patties in your freezer- be sure to check
out the label.
They could be contaminated.
20-thousand pounds of Hudson Foods frozen hamburger is being recalled
because of E-coli.
The recall affects three types of Hudson products-- distributed in 33
states including Virginia and West Virginia.
President Clinton wants drug labels to show safe doses for kids.
He's proposing new rules allowing the government to order drug companies to
do the necessary testing.
Right now, many medicines -- both prescription and over-the-counter -- are
not tested for children.
And doctors who use them are sometimes forced to guess at the best dose.
IN Q=More than 50-percent
((PRESIDENT CLINTON: MORE THAN 50% OF MEDICINES PROVEN HELPFUL TO CHILDREN HAVE
NOT BEEN TESTED FOR CHILDREN'S USE. THIS IS NOT ACCEPTABLE. THE EXECUTIVE
ACTION TODAY IS DESIGNED TO ENSURE THAT PARENTS AND PEDIATRICIANS HAVE THE
SAFETY INFORMATION THEY NEED ))
OUT Q=information they need.
The new rules would give the Food and Drug Administration power
to require drug firms to do the research-- or face legal action.
However, administration officials say the government will not delay
approval of adult drugs on account of kids.
Death rates were the focus of a report in this week's Journal of the
American Medical Association.
It finds deaths at teaching hospitals, where medical students train-- are
19-percent lower than at non-teaching facilities.
Lengths of hospital stays were lower as well-- by 10 percent.
America's growing population of people without health insurance is taking a
financial toll-- on everyone.
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More now from intern reporter Joy Sutton, delving into the problem this week.
Connie, we all pay indirectly for having an uninsured population.
When an uninsured person seeks medical care at a hospital and cannot pay
the full cost, the bill is passed on to those who do pay.
IN Q=Those people
SUPER=01-Bill Downey/CEO Columbia-Lewis Gale; :00
SUPER=01-Donald Lorton/Carilion Health System Vice President; :24
SUPER=01-Dr. Randall Rhea/Bradley Free Clinic Physician; :54
SUPER=07-Mildred Crews; 1:20
OUT Q=lien against you.
IN Q=those people that have
((BILL DOWNEY/CEO COLUMBIA-LEWIS GALE: THOSE PEOPLE THAT HAVE INSURANCE PAY THE
COST FOR THOSE WHO DON'T HAVE INSURANCE. ))
OUT Q=who don't have insurance
This cost-shifting is a burden not only for the those who have insurance but
the uninsured as well.
As insurance rates rise...fewer people can afford coverage..and this
increases the uninsured population.. which in turn increases the insurance
IN Q=People who don't have insurance
((DONALD LORTON-VICE PRES. CARILION:PEOPLE WHO DON'T HAVE INSURANCE TEND TO
SEEK MEDICAL CARE LATER IN THE STAGE OF ILLNESS AND THAT'S USUALLY MORE
EXPENSIVE TO TREAT AND CURE..THAN IF IT WAS PREVENTED EARLIER ON..SO THE CARE
BECOMES COSTLY AND THEN THAT COST ULTIMATELY HAS TO BE BORN BY EVERYONE IN THE
OUT Q=everyone in the community
And in the workplace fewer employees have insurance through their employer.
Between 19-90 and 19-95, the percentage dropped from 35-to 27-percent with
IN Q=Insurance rates have risen
((DR. RANDALL RHEA/BRADLEY FREE CLINIC PHYSICIAN VOLUNTEER: INSURANCE RATES
HAVE RISEN ENOUGH THAT A LOT OF COMPANIES THAT PREVIOUSLY PROVIDED THAT AS ONE
OF THE BENEFITS FOR EMPLOYEES NO LONGER DO. ))
OUT Q=employees no longer do
Mildred Crews was a domestic worker before she retired..and her employer
didn't provide health insurance.
She couldn't afford to purchase it herself..and she's now behind on medical
She's worried she could even lose her home because of past bills.
IN Q=My experience with the
((MILDRED CREWS: MY EXPERIENCE WITH THE HOSPITAL.. IF YOU GO TO THE
HOSPITAL..YOU HAVE OPERATION..IF YOU OWN ANY PROPERTY OR ANYTHING..YOU DON'T
PAY IT..THEY HAVE A LIEN AGAINST YOU))
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Crews NOW receives medicaid.
But she continues to rely on the free services at the Bradley Free Clinic.
Tomorrow we'll visit the Clinic to see just what services they offer-- and
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we'll also give you some tips on purchasing insurance.
The chance that young kids are abusing drugs appears to be growing.
A Columbia University study finds the number of 12-year-olds claiming to
know someone who uses hard drugs more than doubled from last year.
The poll found that nearly a quarter of 12-year-olds said they knew a drug
In Danbury, Connecticut officials are targeting toddlers with their latest
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Those little ones who are not toilet trained are not allowed in the area's
IN Q=They have an
((THEY HAVE AN ACCIDENT, PASS URINE OR HAVE A BOWEL MOVEMENT
THEY'RE REALLY GOING TO ADD A VERY HEAVY AMOUNT OF CONTAMINATION TO THE BATHING
WATER, AND THAT PUTS EVERYONE AT RISK. ))
OUT Q=at risk.
The water at Candlewood Lake was off-limits to everyone for six days last
month-- because there was just too much bacteria in it.
That's what prompted authorities to reiterate a three-year-old order barring
diaper-wearers from the lake.
Turning now to sports-- The Virignia Cavaliers aren't feeling over-rated this
Mike Stevens tells us about a rebuilding year for the Wahoos.
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The College football season is fast approaching and
the Virginia Cavaliers held their annual football media day this afternoon
Steve Mason introduces us to this years team - one that was left out of
most national football polls and picked to finish in the middle of the pack in
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SUPER=01-Aaron Brooks/UVa Quarterback; :54
SUPER=01-Shannon Taylor/UVa Defensive End; 1:10
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In the major leagues this afternoon the Yankees are trying to knock off the
Royals on a rainy
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day at Yankees Stadium in the Bronx.
The downpours delayed the game for an hour and a half, but once Irabu got on
the hill he was impressive.
Here he strikes out Chili Davis to end the first innings.
Paul O'Neill has been providing much of the offense today with an RBI single
in the first and this solo homer to
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right in the third.
Right now the Yankees lead the Royals
8 to 3 in the bottom of the seventh.
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Area boxing and junior golf news coming up tonight at six.
Have a great night folks.
take a break
Lava from Hawaii's (Kihl-iwaya) Kilauea Volcano
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began flowing in another path toward the Pacific Ocean- one day after
destroying a historic landmark.
Scientists say the lava rolled 600 yards to the west of the destroyed site--
the 700 year old temple that may once have been used for human sacrifice.
Scientists say most of the lava is now flowing over old flows so it isn't
causing any new damage.
It is providing spectacular sites though- as lava pours into the ocean-
Lava has been flowing continuously on Kilauea since 1983.
Over the last 14 years, it's pushed large volumes of molten rock down the
slope toward the sea.