Next on News 7-
Timothy McVeigh speaks in court. We'll tell you what he said.
Was a Grayson County murder racially motivated? The latest on that.
Plus a group tries to take the Teamsters to court-
Partly sunny skies will prevail for the rest of the week and into the
weekend. A threat of showers continues as well in the forecast, stay tuned for
all the details.
More today on the region's uninsured population.
On Health Check, some of the services available to help.
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Victims' families react to Timothy McVeigh's sentencing.
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Good Evening, I'm Jean Jadhon.
The judge officially sentenced McVeigh to death for the Oklahoma City
At sentencing McVeigh spoke- but did not express words of remorse-
Instead he talked about his defiance of the federal government-saying our
government is the teacher for good and ill.
It teaches by its example.
The statement was little consolation for victim's families.
((MARSHA KIGHT/VICTIM'S MOTHER: I WOULDN'T HAVE BELIEVED ANYTHING THAT HE SAID
AS FAR AS SAYING HE'S SORRY. THAT WOULD HAVE JUST ROLLED OFF MY BACK CAUSE HE'S
((I THINK HE DID EXACTLY WHAT HE WANTED TO DO. HE GOT THE RESULT HE WANTED I
THINK HE'S PROUD OF HIMSELF.))
SUPER=01-Marsha Kight/Victim's Mother; :00
SUPER=01-Charles Tomlin/Relative of Bombing Victim; :10
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Timothy McVeigh has ten days to file an appeal.
A Lynchburg man is dead after police say he intentionally crashed his car on
Route 460 this afternoon.
Authorities say 40-year old Brian John Rossi was upset because an Appomattox
County judge had just ordered him to pay child support.
Rossi left court stating he intended to kill himself.
He was driving about 75 miles an hour when a state trooper caught up with
him near Concord.
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((SGT. DENNIS BRADNER/VA STATE POLICE: HE TURNED ON HIM WHEN HE CAUGHT UP WITH
HIM RIGHT HERE AND TURNED HIS BLUE LIGHTS ON. HE JUST DROVE OFF THE RIGHT SIDE
OF THE ROAD. NO BRAKE MARKS, NO SKID MARKS, HIT THE TREE AND ROLLED TWO OR
THREE TIMES, THE VEHICLE LANDED OVER HERE AND HE WAS THROWN OUT OF THE
SUPER=01-Sgt. Dennis Bradner/Va. State Police; :00
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Rossi was pronounced dead at the scene.
State police are still investigating.
It's back to the bargaining table for United Parcel Service and the
Teamsters, but still no deal.
Meanwhile- one group is filing unfair labor charges against the Union.
The national right to work legal defense foundation alleges union leaders
are threatening workers not to cross picket lines.
((REED LARSEN/NAT'L RIGHT TO WORK: WE'RE GREATLY CONCERNED ABOUT THE GROWING
WAVE OF INTIMIDATION AND VIOLENCE AND THREATS THAT IS TAKING PLACE IN THIS
SUPER=01-Reed Larsen/National Right To Work;
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The group is petitioning the National Labor Relations board to take action
A Teamsters spokesperson calls the charges ridiculous.
A gas-powered lawnmower in a basement may have caused the buildup of
dangerous gases lurking in three Martinsville homes...
The Environmental Protection Agency says the gasoline-like mix of gases was
discovered in a few houses on Smith Lake Road.
LOWER levels of the same gases were found in the soil of three more homes,
but the water is clean.
The E-P-A says it would take a long time for the gases to hurt someone.
The homes will be ventilated, and the living rooms and children's bedrooms
will be tested soon.
Residents called the E-P-A after noticing a frothy substance running down
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next on NEWS-7 at FIVE--
Plus, Destination Education: A community effort to bring higher education to
the Roanoke Valley.
On Health Check--
Turns out, Americans get less than HALF the recommended amount of calcium.
That, in the midst of an increase in the crippling bone disease,
Also coming up-- Patrick's all a-buzz with tonight's Growin It.
Stick around for that report when NEWS-7 at FIVE continues.
Allegations continue that race was the motive behind a Grayson County
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Teresa Hamilton is in our Blacksburg Newsroom with the latest.
Jean, the sheriff's department says "race is NOT a factor".
But state N-double-A-C-P officials who traveled to Elk Creek Monday say
witness statements to the media along with what they heard from the prosecutor
has led them to think otherwise.
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SUPER=01-Salim Khalfani/Virginia NAACP; :00
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((SALIM KHALFANI/VA. NAACP: YOU KNOW IT'S JUST THAT FOLKS SEEM TO BE IN A
STATE OF DENIAL ABOUT THE FACT THAT RACE WAS A PRIMARY FACTOR IN THIS CASE. AND
I DON'T KNOW HOW ONE COULD DENY UNLESS THEY'RE FROM SOME OTHER PLANET OR
Salim Khalfani is one of the State N-double-A-C-P members looking into the
death of Garnett "GP" Johnson.
Last month, the former Marine was murdered in the community of Elk Creek--
he'd been doused with gasoline, burned and decapitated.
Two white men were later arrested.
Sheriff's officials maintain "race" was NOT a primary factor-- but won't
Reports indicate a witness says she heard someone say QUOTE "we're going to
take G-P out there and put him on that white cross and burn him".
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IN Q=But it's
((SALIM KHALFANI/VA. NAACP: BUT IT'S REAL CLEAR CUT TO US AND EVIDENT.
RACIAL EPITHETS. THERE'S A WHITE CROSS OUT HERE TO BURN HIM ON. TO BURN HIM,
CUT HIS HEAD OFF, ETC. IT SMELLS, SOUNDS, AND FEELS LIKE A LYNCHING TO ME.))
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Commonwealth's Attorney J- D Bolt refused to comment about Khalfani's
At six--- we'll hear more from the victim's family as well as a man who
knows one of the suspects.
The Grayson murder case is raising the question of whether the crime was
A Washington and Lee law professor says it seems to be a "typical" homicide.
And in this case, even if it IS a hate crime, it doesn't make any
difference in terms of penalty.
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SUPER=01-Roger Groot/W&L Law Professor;
OUT Q=or twenty years.
The Virginia State Crime Commission is currently studying state hate crime
laws... but existing state laws guarantee jail time in the rare event a
discriminatory motivation can be proven for a violent crime.
Right now you can find continuing education courses in Roanoke.
But they're scattered throughout the valley.
This morning a group trying to bring a consolidated, Higher Education Center
to Roanoke kicked off its campaign.
"Destination Education" will lobby Virginia's legislature for help in
funding the estimated 16-million dollar project.
The Center would go in one of the old N-and-W buildings next to the Hotel
((SENATOR JOHN EDWARDS/D-ROANOKE: ROANOKE IS THE LARGEST COMMUNITY IN THE
COMMONWEALTH THAT DOES NOT HAVE A FOUR YEAR PUBLIC COLLEGE OR UNIVERSITY. BY
OFFERING THE THIRD AND FOURTH YEAR OF COLLEGE, AND GRADUATE LEVEL PROGRAMS, THE
HIGHER EDUCATION CENTER WILL ENABLE RESIDENTS TO OBTAIN A BACHELORS DEGREE OR
MASTERS DEGREE WITHOUT THE NECESSITY OF LEAVING THE VALLEY.))
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Destination Education is not raising money.
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Right now it's looking for support from area residents in the form of
letters or phone calls.
Destination Education's address is P-O Box two-thousand-one, Roanoke,
The phone number is 3-4-2 3-0-6-0.
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There are more to bees, than their stings-- in fact they can be quite a help
in the garden.
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Bees are an integral part of the agriculture process--pollinating fruit and
flowering plants so we can enjoy the crops.
In recent years, mite infestation has decimated the bee population.
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With me today is entomologist Rick Fell, you tell us NOW is the time to
treat hives to protect the bees?
(Rick, thanks for being with us.
Tell me what's bugging the bees so badly?
What can be done to help protect bees from the ravages of these mites?
Go into some more detail about why bees are so important to the agricultural
What sorts of studies have you been conducting at the research center?)
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Dr. Fell, we appreciate your lending us your expertise today on this
fascinating subject. Rick Fell, entomologist at Virginia Tech.
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In tonight's Two Minute Ticker-- a look at James Madison University's
Spare the rod, spoil the child?
Not according to this latest study-- on SPANKING.
The results on Health Check.
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((OTHER METHODS IN THE LONG RUN ARE MORE EFFECTIVE. ))
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A different way of looking at calcium's effects on bones, teeth and general
health has allowed researchers to re-calculate a body's intake of calcium.
And now experts are calling on ALL adult Americans to consume more
calcium-rich foods, such as yogurt, cheese and milk.
At least one-thousand milligrams of calcium daily -- is the new recommended
level expected to protect against the brittle bone disease osteoporosis,
hypertension, and colon cancer.
Drinking three-and-a-third cups of skim milk would put about one-thousand
milligrams into the body.
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((LIZ WARD/AMERICAN DIETETIC ASSOCIATION: YOU DON'T NEED TO BE AFRAID OF DAIRY
PRODUCTS AND THE CHOLESTEROL BECAUSE THERE ARE SO MANY LOW-FAT AND NON-FAT
DAIRY PRODUCTS OUT THERE ARE THEY ARE BY FAR STILL THE BEST CHOICE IN TERMS OF
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If this just leaves you more confused about calcium levels and how to
prevent osteoporosis, call the Calcium Information Center hot line --
Dieticians and nurses will be available to answer questions, including the
best way to fit calcium into your diet -- as well as assist in choosing a
Should workers have a right to choose a health plan?
That's one issue on which a presidential health care panel can't agree.
But the commission does agree patients should have the right to information
about their health plans. And, they should be able to appeal when medical
care is denied.
The panel -- comprised of consumer advocates, managed care companies and
employers -- is trying to write a "Consumer's Bill of Rights" on health care.
Of course, for those WITHOUT insurance, finding adequate and affordable
medical care can sometimes be difficult.
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But as intern Reporter Joy Sutton tells us there are several places in the
area which provide free or low cost care.
Connie, places like the Bradley Free clinic were established to serve those
who can not afford private health care.
They are trying to fill the gap-- for those who are caught in the
middle..they can't afford health insurance and don't qualify for medicaid or
IN Q=When I see it's
SUPER=01-Dr. Randall Rhea/Volunteer Physician; :00
SUPER=01-Ruth Walford/New River District Nurse Mgr.; 1:10
OUT Q=only $54 a month.
IN Q=When i see
((DR. RANDALL RHEA/VOLUNTEER PHYSICIAN: WHEN I SEE IT'S PEOPLE LIKE YOU AND I..
AVERAGE, HARD WORKING PEOPLE THAT CAN'T REALLY AFFORD HEALTH INSURANCE..I
REALIZE IT'S NOT FAIR. THEY DESERVE THE KIND OF CARE THAT I GET. THAT ANY OF
US DESERVE ))
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Dr. Rhea has been volunteering at the Bradley free clinic for 15 years.
And over the last, he says he's seen an increasing need for his services.
Patient visits increased 65-percent from 19-92 to 19-96.
The clinic provides treatment for acute and chronic illnesses, pregnancy
testing, dental care, crisis intervention counseling, pre-school physicals,
tetanus shots, limited gynecology services and eye examinations.
In addition, the pharmacy located inside the clinic provides free
And the number of prescriptions provided to patients has increased
105-percent over the past five years.
There are other options for those without insurance:
Home Health Services, an in-home nursing and therapy service for homebound
patients, offers free and low cost care to those who qualify.
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((RUTH WALFORD/NURSE MANAGER NEW RIVER DISTRICT: OUR SLIDING SCALE FEE ALLOWS
US THE OPPORTUNITY TO LOOK AT INDIVIDUAL INCOME AND THE NUMBER OF PERSONS
RESPONSIBLE OR NEED THAT PARTICULAR INCOME..AND AS A RESULT WE CAN LOWER THE
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For those pricing insurance, Trigon Director Richard White says you can find
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((RICHARD WHITE/TRIGON: PEOPLE IN THE AGE 19-29 AGE GROUP DON'T GET INSURANCE
AND IF THEY'RE YOUNG AND HEALTHY THE RATES CAN BE AS LOW AS..FOR INSTANCE OUR
MOST POPULAR PRODUCT IN A LOW DEDUCTIBLE FOR THEM IS ONLY $54 A MONTH ))
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White has these tips for those in the market for insurance.
Consider your deductible..the higher it is, the lower your monthly payments.
Make sure your plan is approved by the Virginia Bureau of Insurance.
And choose a reputable company you can trust.
Of course, as we've seen this week, health insurance-- or the lack of it--
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affects job decisions, financial security, access to health care and health
Parents who counter a child's misbehavior with a spanking may be creating
more trouble for themselves.
That's the conclusion of a University of New Hampshire study.
It found spanking a child only provokes more of the very behavior parents
are usually trying to stop.
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((MURRAY STRAUS/LEAD INVESTIGATOR: THAT MESSAGE IS IF SOMEONE DOES SOMETHING
WRONG OR DOESN'T DO WHAT THEY'RE SUPPOSED TO DO, THEN IT'S OK TO HIT THEM. AND
THAT'S THE MESSAGE MOST PARENTS DON'T WANT TO SEND BUT THEY ARE SENDING. ))
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But researchers say the adults don't see the connection because the
boomerang aggression might not surface for days, months or even years down the
road-- even if the spanking is done by loving parents.
Many past studies have linked aggression and corporal punishment.
Turning now to sports-- let's head down the road to Harrisonburg for a
status report on the JMU Dukes.
Its a rebuilding year for the football program. Here's Mike.
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The two minute ticker gets rolling today in Harrisonburg where
The 1997 football season will be somewhat of a challenge for the Dukes of
The Dukes are in a rebuilding year after last season's 7-and-4 campaign.
Roy Stanley has more from the Dukes media day in Harrisonburg.
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SUPER=01-Alex Wood/JMU Head Football Coach; :21
SUPER=01-Tony Booth/JMU Free Safety; :48
SUPER=01-Cliff Wimbush/JMU Linebacker from Bassett; 1:04
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Golf's final major of the year, the PGA championship, is underway in New
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Right now, John Daly has the clubhouse lead after shooting a four under par
round of 66 at the Winger Foot course.
The 1991 PGA champion put together his best in some months today.
Daly's lead is almost as shocking as Rick Hendrick's actions today in
Asheville, North Carolina.
The NASCAR owner pleased guilty to mail fraud today in a plea agreement that
in essence will wipe out the other 14 charges he faced for allegedly offering
bribes to Honda motor company officials.
Hendrick, who is fighting leukemia will be sentenced in the next month or so.
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An update on the Scott Robertson Memorial coming up at six.
Have a safe night folks.
take a break
It's the last walk down the aisle for Albert Ostermann.
The 73 year old is the father of the bride for the NINTH time-
Albert and his wife Adeline have 15 children and grandchildren-
Daughter Nancy is getting married in the same church where her parents were
married nearly 50 years ago.
((ALBERT OSTERMANN/FATHER OF THE BRIDE: IT'S GLAD AND SAD. LAUGHS.))
((ANN, CHARLES,... ALBERT))
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Before the vows, the groom had to pass a test given to every prospective
in-law: to identify all 15- Ostermann siblings from their first grade photos.
He passed- quite a feat for an only child.
Albert admits raising 15 kids took work and strategic planning in a three
bedroom house that for many years had only one bathroom.
That's NEWS-7 at Five for tonight.
A look ahead...to Monday.
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when NEWS-7 at FIVE and SIX, will be on location in Lexington as Virginia
Military Institute's class of 2001 arrives on post.
You won't want to miss two very special newscasts, live from VMI.
See you later, goodnight.