Next on News 7 at Five-
People are still out of their homes in Atkins- after authorities feared
smoke from a fire could be dangerous.
Plus a dig behind a Pulaski prison camp- as officials look for the missing
wife of the prison warden.
Fair weather clouds and cooler than normal readings highlight the forecast
into the weekend.
On Health Check-- with two environmental-evacuations reported in the region,
just in the past month--
We'll hear from a medical expert, on the health effects of toxic fumes.
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IN Q=IT EFFECTED
OUT Q=THEIR HOMES.
Its been nearly 24-hours since fire forced some Smyth County residents out
of their homes in Atkins.
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GRAPHIC=news-7 at five
Good Evening, I'm Jean Jadhon.
A plastics warehouse fire in Smyth County is still producing a thick cloud
of smoke. But officials now say, it is NOT poisonous.
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Tonya Flory is in Atkins with the latest.
(roll cue: "...there's no trace of toxic fumes.")
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SUPER=01-Harry Howe/Smyth Co. Emergency Spokesman;
OUT Q=compound the illness.
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(questions: when can residents expect to return home?)
Obviously the evacuations in the Smyth County area are causing some schedule
dissolve to pinnacle
Tomorrow, Atkins Elementary School will be closed.
And Woodgrain Millworks is also closed tomorrow--
All other industries at this point are expected to be open, but employees
need to travel Interstate 81.
The first woman- -in the first class of 30 female cadets at Virginia
Military Institute has quit the rat line.
Rather than continue to endure the rigors of V-M-I's unique brand of
military training and discipline, one woman and six men have dropped out.
IN Q=You know, it's just one
((COL. MIKE STRICKLER/VMI PUBLIC RELATIONS OFFICER: YOU KNOW, IT'S JUST ONE OF
THOSE THINGS. WE HAVE NORMAL ATTRITION RATE DURING THE FIRST WEEK. WE WEREN'T
SURPRISED. WE FIGURED SOONER OR LATER CERTAINLY ONE- -SOME OF THE WOMEN WOULD
LEAVE. AND SHE HAPPENED TO BE THE FIRST ONE. ))
SUPER=01-Col. Mike Strickler/VMI Public Relations Officer
OUT Q=the first one
V-M-I is not naming her.
Strickler says the rest of the women appear to be doing fine.
V-M-I expected at least one woman -on average- to fall out within the first
It appears the investigation into the disappearance of a Roanoke County
woman three years ago, has been reopened.
More than a dozen state police personnel have been digging up a trash pit
at the Pulaski County Correctional Center. Sources say they're looking for the
remains of the warden's wife.
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Len Besthoff joins us from outside the correctional center-- Len how close
were you able to get to this dig?
(roll cue: "... shot earlier this afternoon.")
SUPER=03-Pulaski Co.; :00
SUPER=03-Roanoke Co./August 17, 1994; :19
VO OUT Q=pulaski county correctional center.
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(questions: Has there been any official comment on this situation?)
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Its being called an important first step by big tobacco.
One major company admits thousands of Americans may have died from
Still to come on NEWS-7 at FIVE, an update on the overnight train collision
in Texas that killed two people.
Plus, on Health Check-- one mother's crusade to find a treatment for Down
Her actions aren't necessarily popular in the medical community.
This week's edition of Growin It takes us to the ornamental beds...
Day lillies are on the agenda, when we come back.
GRAPHIC=TOBACCO UNDER FIRE
A big surprise from the tobacco industry.
The man who heads up the nation's largest cigarette maker admits Americans
may have died from smoking related diseases.
((ATTORNEY: WOULD PHILIP MORRIS AGREE THAT A SINGLE AMERICAN CITIZEN WHO SMOKED
THEIR PRODUCTS FOR THIRTY OR MORE YEARS, A SINGLE ONE HAS EVER DIED OF A
DISEASE CAUSED IN PART BY SMOKING CIGARETTES? GEOFFREY BIBLE/PHILIP MORRIS
CEO: I THINK THERE'S A FAIR CHANCE ONE WOULD HAVE YES. ATTORNEY: HOW ABOUT ONE
THOUSAND? BIBLE: MIGHT HAVE. ATTORNEY: HOW ABOUT ONE HUNDRED THOUSAND? BIBLE:
MIGHT HAVE. ATTORNEY: NO FURTHER QUESTIONS.))
SUPER=01-Geoffrey Bible/Philip Morris CEO; :15
OUT Q=no further questions."
The statement came during a deposition for Florida's lawsuit against the
Two trains collided head-on overnight near Fort Worth, Texas killing two
SUPER=03-Fort Worth, TX;
Two others survived the collision-
The Union Pacific freight train slammed into what officials are calling an
unmanned "runaway" train made up of four engines.
Two of the engines overturned and caught fire-
The Union Pacific train was travelling west when the "runaway" train rolled
eastward from a siding onto the same track.
For the first time in Lynchburg's history, a woman is running for sheriff.
Mary Randolph- Preston announced her candidacy on the steps of Monument
Terrace this afternoon.
She has 14 years of law enforcement experience, including three years
helping get Hopewell's new regional jail up and running.
Randolph- Preston says that gives her an edge on the other two candidates in
the Lynchburg field.
IN Q=No other individual
((MARY RANDOLPH-PRESTON/LYNCHBURG SHERIFF CANDIDATE: NO OTHER INDIVIDUAL HAS
THAT TYPE OF EXPERIENCE, SAYING THAT THEY HAVE SET A JAIL UP FROM THE GROUND
UP. THE SHERIFF RIGHT NOW IS WALKING THAT PATH THAT I'VE ALREADY WALKED.))
SUPER=01-Mary Randolph-Preston/Lynchburg Sheriff Candidate; :00
OUT Q=I've already walked.
Construction on Lynchburg's regional jail gets underway this fall.
Incumbent sheriff Lawrence Simpson and former city police officer Ron
Gillispie are also seeking the post.
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They bloom in the daytime, and still look good this time of year-- we're
talking about daylillies.
(patrick ad lib)
STOCKS BUMP NEXT
Many flowers are past their prime at this point in the summer, so it's time
to do some work in the ornamental beds.
DOUBLE BOX JEAN/PATRICK
Patrick Evans joins us from Riverside Nursery, where he's focusing on one
flower in particular.
SUPER=01-Bruce Feldberg/Riverside Nursery;
DOUBLE BOX PATRICK/ROBIN
SUPER=330-Clear And/Pleasant/55-58/Mostly Sunny/Wind NW-10/75-80;
SUPER=331-Mostly Clear/Light Wind/58-60/Mostly Sunny/Wind NW-10/78-82;
SUPER=332-Partly Cloudy/Light Wind/53-56/Partly Sunny/Wind W-10/70-75;
SUPER=333-Mostly Clear/And Cool/52-55/Partly Sunny/Wind NW-10/74-78;
SUPER=334-Cloudy With/Sprinkles/50-55/Partly Cloudy/Wind W-10/70-74;
health music under
In tonight's Two Minute Sports Ticker... the Virginia Cavaliers lose a big
name player from the basketball roster.
Plus ahead on Health Check-- it's a new twist on the phrase "Mind Games."
We'll stop by the First International Mind Sports Olympiad-- it's more than
fun and games....and more brain than brawn.
IN Q=I think they're
((LOY LOW TEN QUE/MOTHER: I THINK THEY RE SOCIALIZING, DEVELOPING THEIR MENTAL
ABILITY AND THEY'RE ALSO DEVELOPING GOOD COMPETITIVENESS AGAINST EACH OTHER.))
OUT Q=against each other.
Good Evening, I'm Keith Humphry, here's a look ahead to NEWS-7 at SIX.
There is water coming out the other end.
SUPER=03-Isle of Wight Co.;
After 15 years of legal protests by Southside residents and the state of
North Carolina, the Lake Gaston pipeline is pumping water to Virginia Beach.
The city is testing the 76- mile pipeline this month --
IN Q=when this project
((TOM LEAHY/VIRGINIA BEACH PUBLIC WORKS: WHEN THIS PROJECT COMES IN...FOR THE
LAST SEVERAL YEARS. ))
SUPER=01-Tom Leahy/Virginia Beach Public Works;
OUT Q=THE LAST SEVERAL YEARS.
It is scheduled to be in full service by November.
Pipeline opponents have appealed its federal permit to an appeals court
that's expected to take the matter up in September.
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That story and more tonight in 40-minutes on News 7 at Six.
With the possible formation of small amounts of cyanide gas, doctors are
alerting those potentially exposed to it to seek treatment.
In small quantities the gas is NOT deadly but can cause health problems
including vomiting, trouble breathing, nausea and dizziness.
Doctors say most people exposed to the gas are first given heavy doses of
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IN Q=Initially we'll
((LAURIE KING/CARILION ROANOKE MEMORIAL HOSPITAL: INITIALLY WE'LL PUT THEM ON
OXYGEN NOT KNOWING WHAT THEY WERE EXPOSED TO. WE'D PROBABLY DO SOME BLOOD TESTS
TO DETERMINE WHAT THEY HAD BEEN EXPOSED TO.))
SUPER=01-Dr. Laurie King/Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital;
OUT Q= been exposed to.
Since the gas mainly attacks the respiratory system, King warns that
pregnant women and those with pre-existing medical conditions should seek
Also, physicians say cyanide is colorless and odorless to nearly 40 percent
of the population.
So, people should not trust their senses when it comes to determining whether
or not they've inhaled the gas.
Like any mother, Dixie Lawrence Tafoya wants her daughter Madison to have a
normal, happy life.
But little Madison was born with Down Sydrome-- the most common form of
IN Q=I want
((I WANT MY CHILD TO HAVE A TOTAL AND COMPLETE LIFE. SHE'S GOT A RIGHT TO GROW
UP AND WALK DOWN THAT AISLE AND HOLD HER OWN CHILDREN IN HER ARMS, IF SHE WANTS
OUT Q=wants to.
***CONNIE AUDIO ON CART***
Now, Dixie has singlehandly convinced a team of doctors and scientists to
create a treatment for Down Sydrome.
It consists of Nutrivene D-- vitamins and amino acids and Piracetam-- a
drug which is not approved for use in the United States.
But not all physicians-- or parents of children with Down Syndrome agree
with this treatment--
IN Q=I don't think
((JANICE NELSON/MOTHER: I DON'T BELIEVE THEY NEED TO BE CURED. THEY'RE
PERFECTLY FINE THE WAY THEY ARE. ))
((REPORTER QUESTION: THEY'RE WORRIED THAT YOU'RE GIVING PARENTS FALSE HOPE. ARE
YOU GIVING PARENTS FALSE HOPES?
DIXIE LAWRENCE TAFOYA: OH NO BECAUSE FIRST OF ALL THEY WILL BE BETTER BECAUSE
THEY WILL BE HEALTHIER.
AND AS FAR AS FALSE HOPES, THOSE ARE TWO WORDS THAT DON'T BELONG IN THE HUMAN
LANGUAGE AT ALL. ))
SUPER=01-Dixie Lawrence Tafoya/Parent; :07
OUT Q=at all.
For more on the issue,-- plus, a profile of a famous young actor with Down
Syndrome-- watch 48-Hours, tonight here on WDBJ-7 at 10 o'clock.
The Ancient Greeks used to say there's nothing so serious as a child at
play... and this week in London, it's the adults who are revealing their inner
child, and expanding their minds in the process.
They are the Olympians of the 21st Century-- more brains than brawn,
developing their mental fitness in competition, in this gymnasium of the mind.
It's the first International Mind Sports Olympiad-- featuring hard work and
intense concentration over crossword puzzles-- and board games like Othello,
Chess and backgammon.
IN Q=We make our
((TONY BUZAN/MIND SPORTS OLYMPIAD ORGANIZER: WE MAKE OUR BODIES OUR HOBBY, WE
GO INTO THE GYM, WE PUMP IRON, WE DO THE AEROBICS AND SO FORTH. YOU DO THE
SAME WITH YOUR BRAIN. IN A GAME LIKE BACKGAMMON AS INDEED WITH ALL THE GAMES
YOU RE IMPROVING THE SPEED OF THOUGHT WHICH IS USEFUL EVERYWHERE, YOU'RE
IMPROVING YOUR IMAGINATION, YOUR SPATIAL AWARENESS, IMPROVING YOUR
CALCULATION, YOU VE GOT TO CALCULATE FAST IN THESE GAMES. ))
SUPER=01-Tony Buzan/Mind Sports Olympiad Organizer; :
OUT Q=in these games.
****CONNIE AUDIO ON CART****
There are games for all ages and skill levels.
53 countries are represented here, by two-thousand competitors.
((TONY BUZAN: THE LATEST KNOWLEDGE ON THE BRAIN IS THAT THE MORE YOU THINK, THE
MORE YOU PLAY GAMES LIKE MIND SPORTS, THE MORE YOU HAVE YOUR BRAIN AS A HOBBY,
YOUR BRAIN ACTUALLY CHANGES PHYSICALLY, EACH ONE OF THE LITTLE BRAIN CELLS
MAKES MORE CONNECTIONS WITH THE OTHERS AND BY LEARNING PROPERLY YOU ACTUALLY
GET A MORE SOPHISTICATED AND A MORE INTRICATELY WIRED BIO-COMPUTER. ))
If you're concerned that you're cluttering your brain with useless
information-- don't worry.
We generally use less than one-percent of our brain's capacity-- so no
matter how much we cram into it-- we'll never completely fill it.
Time now for sports-- VMI is preparing for its football season...
Mike Stevens has more on media day, along with some news from the the U-V-A
GRAPHIC=TWO MINUTE TICKER
Basketball leads the way in this afternoon's two minute ticker.
Back in July, UVa head basketball coach Jeff Jones suspended guard Courtney
Alexander indefinitely after he was charged with assaulting his girlfriend.
This afternoon Alexander said he's not coming back to UVa.
He has decided that it's not in his or the University's best interest for him
SUPER=04-Last Season; :00
The sharp shooting guard will not say where he plans to go to finish out his
career, but WINA radio in Charlottesville reports that Alexander will enroll at
Wherever he transfers to, he will have to sit out all of next season, before
becoming eligible in the Fall of 1998.
VMI's annual football media day this afternoon diverted some of the
attention away from the schools' most celebrated rat line.
And Steve Mason says it seems like everything is new on post this year.
IN Q=first audio
SUPER=01-Ted Cain/VMI's 27th Head Football Coach; :12
SUPER=03-Lexington/1996 Game vs. the Citadel; :27
SUPER=01-Al Lester/VMI Senior Quarterback; :37
SUPER=01-Mike Rogers/VMI Senior Linebacker; :54
OUT Q=...News 7 sports"
SS=2 minute ticker
Coming up at 6, we will preview tonight's Radford University Hall of Fame
ceremonies. Have a great night!
You've seen dogs who can sit, and roll over- but you've probably never met
((NAT SOUND BOOMER DOING TRICKS.))
OUT Q=bell rings twice
Boomer is a mutt who loves being the center of attention.
Boomer's owner, Monica TRIED to get her pooch to do the typical tricks.
((I DID TRY TO TEACH BOOMER HOW TO SIT, HOW TO STAND BUT SHE WOULDN'T LISTEN.
GET DOWN BOOMER.))
OUT Q=get down boomer."
So Monica tried the next most logical trick- the piano.
She moved onto crawling, climbing, limping... and the barrel.
Boomer does her tricks at shows- ending every performance with bedtime.