Next on news 7 at Five-
A multi BILLION dollar victory for Florida in its suit against big tobacco.
Construction is underway on an ice skating complex in Roanoke.
And it's back to school for many local students-
Isolated but severe thunderstorms pop up this afternoon. We will check out
the radar picture in a moment.
Nurses at Carilion's Roanoke Community Hospital have said the neo-natal
intensive care unit has been under-staffed.
Today on Health Check-- the results of a state probe into their
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Florida inks an 11 billion dollar settlement with the tobacco industry.
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Good Evening, I'm Jean Jadhon.
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It's considered a huge victory against Cigarette makers.
The tobacco industry will pay the State of Florida one billion dollars now
and the rest over the next 25 years.
Lee Cowan reports from West Palm Beach.
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(( They were the signatures that dealt big tobacco a big hit. Florida's
governor had struck the late night deal himself. A historic settlement that
left him beaming, the tobacco companies reeling.
GOV. LAWTON CHILES/FLORIDA: THIS IS A DEBT LONG PAST DUE...
Over the next twenty five years tobacco companies will pay out 11.3 billion
dollars, some of it to reimburse the state for the drain on Medicaid in
treating smoking related illnesses. That part of the agreement deals with the
SCOTT WILLIAMS/TOBACCO INDUSTRY SPOKESMAN: THE SETTLEMENT IS A POSITIVE STEP.
The rest of it deals with the future. It imposes the toughest prohibitions
ever place on cigarette advertising to kids. No more billboards, no more
cigarette vending machines where kids have access. To top it all off, the
tobacco companies are paying all the state's attorney's fees. There is
little, if anything the state lost.
This is the straw that broke Joe Camel's back. The settlement comes just days
after the CEO's of two of the nation's largest tobacco companies admitted on
tape there might be a link between smoking and health problems, a stark
contrast to three years ago when many of them stood before congress and swore
just the opposite.
The Salem V-A hospital is looking for new leadership.
Friday was the official termination date for its director, Doctor John
Presley was dismissed after allegations of sexual harrassment.
Doctor Leroy Gross is Network Director for eight mid-atlantic Veterans
Today he reassured the Salem staff of job security during this changing time.
He says employees should concentrate on moving forward.
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((DR.LEROY GROSS/NETWORK DIRECTOR: THE AGENCY CANNOT AND WILL NOT TOLERATE
SEXUAL HARRASSMENT, HOSTILE WORK ENVIRONMENTS OR DISCRIMINATION OR ANY OTHER
ACTIVITY THAT MAY ADVERSELY IMPACT THE MORALE OR PRODUCTIVITY OF OUR VALUED
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Former Associate Director of the Salem VA hospital William Delemeter has been
transferred to the same position at the V-A facility in Memphis, Tennessee.
Another woman has left the ratline at VMI.
She's the second of 30 female cadets to quit.
Spokesman Mike Strickler says the woman left last night, before the latest
activity planned for the new cadets.
Upperclassmen woke up the first-year students at midnight and made them do
In addition to the two women, 23 male rats have left VMI since they arrived
on post Monday.
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Short hair, uniforms and taking the oath- All the order of the day for the
550 freshmen at the Citadel- including 20 women.
It is the third year of co-education at the military school.
This year the Citadel is hoping to improve its record.
Citadel leaders say there will be zero tolerance for hazing.
Two women quit last years freshmen class alleging they were harassed and
hazed- and had their clothes set on fire.
More serious trouble aboard the Russian space station Mir.
NASA says both the main oxygen generator and the backup system have failed.
A NASA spokesman says the two cosmonauts and American Michael Foale have
enough oxygen for at least a couple of days.
Meanwhile, the crew members are trying to fix the oxygen systems.
The crew could return to Earth aboard a Soyuz capsule attached to the Mir.
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Burger King is hoping to win back its faithful... more on the story when
NEWS-7 at Five returns...
And it was back to school today for many public systems...
But it wasn't your routine first day for everyone.
On Health Check-- concerns of some nurses at Roanoke's Community Hospital
are addressed-- we'll have the results of a surprise state inspection on
staffing and patient care in the hospital's nurseries.
Also coming up-- remembering a teenager who was killed last month.
A group is raising money to build a performing arts center. Stick around.
The shock has not yet worn off for a Danville mother and son who were shot
outside their home two weeks ago.
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Tina Tenret talked to Mary and Daniel Martin earlier today.
Mary Martin says a sharp pain still shoots from her neck to the middle of
She can no longer work and has ten children and grandchildren to take care
of, but she says she's not angry anymore.
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(( The get well balloons say a lot about Mary Martin.
Many bring religious messages, so do the decorations in her home.
A gunman's bullet blinded Mary in one eye but she says says she's thankful
to be alive.
((MARY MARTIN/VICTIM: LORD, WHATEVER YOUR WILL NOT MINE. WHATEVER GOD'S WILL
IS BECAUSE I CAN'T SEE AND I CAN'T RECALL WHAT I DID TO HURT ANYBODY.))
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Two weeks ago Martin was heading to work at a local retirement home when she
checked a flat tire...
A gunman shot both her and her son Daniel from behind...just up Campbell
Street from their home.
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((DANIEL MARTIN/VICTIM: I RAN DOWN TO THE HOUSE AND GOT LARRY AND THEN HE WENT
OUT THERE AND CALLED THE AMBULANCE.))
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Daniel has deep scars and describes the gunman as tall and skinny.
Meanwhile, Mary Martin says she is trying to help the neighborhood heal, by
rounding up children to open up a playground.
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((I'M NOT A VIOLENT TYPE OF PERSON. I DON'T LIKE VIOLENCE. AND I TRY TO STOP
IT ALL I KNOW HOW AND ALL I CAN. GOD IN HEAVEN KNOWS I TRY TO STOP IT.))
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Mary Martin says she still wakes up terrified by noises in the
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now her children cling to her constantly.
(Jean question: do police have any leads?
Tina response: Police would not comment on the case but Mary Martin says they
were expected to visit her today with mug shots of possible suspects.)
Burger King wants customers to know its hamburgers are safe.
The fast-food chain is running a full-page advertisement in newspapers
throughout the country-
Burger King says it's pulled Hudson Foods burgers off its grills and won't
be buying any Hudson beef in the future.
Hudson announced a massive recall of its hamburger last week- after e-coli
contamination was found.
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It was an eventful first day of school at Back Creek Elementary today.
Welders working on the roof caught some insulation on fire.
The air condition system sucked the smoke into the building.
The school was evacuated for about 40 minutes, nobody was hurt.
Elsewhere in the Roanoke Valley the first day of school was exciting but
It was a special day for Roanoke City School's transportation director.
For the past 21 years, Chauncey Logan kept the busses moving.
He's retiring after this year.
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((CHAUNCEY LOGAN/ I ENJOYED IT, I HAVE A GOOD STAFF, THE DRIVERS ARE
TREMENDOUS, THEY DO A WONDERFUL JOB EACH DAY, AND I THINK THIS CITY AND PARENTS
SHOULD BE VERY PROUD.))
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Logan has been with the city school system for 38 years. He worked as a
teacher before moving to the transportation department.
The drivers say they'll miss him.
One said, he greets us with a smile in the morning, and after a long day at
work, he's still smiling.
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The roundhouse won't be the only icehouse in town in 1998..
The Ice Palace announced its iced a deal to bring a rink and much more to
area-- that story's next on NEWS-7 at FIVE.
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As NEWS-7 reported last week, another ice rink is coming to the Star City...
The first phase of the Harvie Sports Complex is expected to be opened to the
public by Thanksgiving.
The Ice Palace, phase one-- is already under construction off of Thirlane
Road near the Roanoke Regional Airport.
When complete, it will house two N-H-L sized skating rinks, locker rooms and
with a sports theme restaurant along with family entertainment.
Earlier this summer, "The Roanoke Ice Park" was unveiled in Downtown
Groundbreaking on that site isn't expected until next year.
The Ice Palace's developer says that facility does NOT effect his plans.
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Harvie says with already 300 youth hockey players in the area, and the
popularity of figure skating, Roanoke is ready for his complex.
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In tonight's Two Minute Ticker-- Washington Redskin Michael Westbrook finally
speaks about a fight with one of his teammates.
Dow Corning is hoping for an end to claims over its silicone breast
The company has made another offer to settle with thousands of women who
say the implants made them sick.
Good Evening, I'm Keith Humphry, there's more NEWS-7 in a moment, but first
a look ahead to NEWS-7 at SIX.
Our three- night series on domestic violence, "Why Does She Stay?" begins
We'll meet Brenda Glover, a woman who says she suffered at the hands of an
Like many victims, it took years for Glover to take the step that saved
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((BRENDA GLOVER: EVERY TIME I TURNED AROUND, IF I DID SOMETHING HE DIDN'T
WANT-- "ARE YOU READY TO DIE?" OR CHOKE ME, HAVE ME DOWN CHOKING ME. AND I
KNEW I HAD TO GET OUT OF IT. I KNEW I HAD TO FIND A WAY OR I WASN'T GOING TO
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More from Glover, as well as what experts say about the psychological
factors of domestic violence.
"Why Does She Stay?"
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Along with more news in a half hour.
The first of a three part series, thanks Keith.
A state investigation says Carilion Roanoke Community Hospital failed to
properly staff one of it's nurseries.
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Eric Earnhart is in our newsroom with details... Eric, this story first
came to light back in April.
Right Connie, some nurses called us anonymously, saying the neo-natal
intensive care nursery was understaffed.
The Virginia Department of Health investigated, and found a small violation
in the neo-natal nursery.
But they found a bigger problem in the Intermeidate Care Nursery.
The report said it was determined that staffing shortages did exist on 34
days in the Intermediate Care Nursery During March And April of 1997... and
On one eight hour shift in the Intensive Care Nursery, staffing was
They also found dirty equipment in the nursery, saying nursing personnel
must walk past the dirty equipment, which is not covered or stored in any kind
of protected environment.
Lack of adequate personnel could result in a decrease in quality of care and
poor patient outcome.
And the dirty equipment could result in contamination of personnel and
supplies and spread of illness.
The head of the nursery says the infractions are minor, brought on by an
unexpected baby boom.
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We've all heard that quitting smoking greatly reduces our chances of getting
But even if you are an ex-smoker, your risk remains much higher than someone
who never started in the first place.
Now a new report from the University of Pittsburgh may explain why.
It seems smoking appears to turn on a switch that drives the growth of lung
cells-- which could lead to cancer.
Once this switch is on-- it appears to be on permanently.
Kicking the habit won't turn off the switch.
This is also just preliminary research-- involving only 37 subjects.
So, where's the incentive to quit?
Still, the sooner you quit the better.
Smoking is related to several other diseases, besides lung cancer-- such as
the two major killers of Americans-- heart disease and stroke.
Dow Corning is offering to settle breast implant claims for two-point-four
The company announced the offer today as part of a reorganization plan to
resolve all claims in its Chapter Eleven bankruptcy case.
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(( DICK HAZELTON/DOW CORNING CEO; :BREAST IMPLANTS ARE OUR PRODUCT, DOW
CORNING'S PRODUCT, AND WE SHOULD BE RESPONSIBLE FOR WHATEVER THE RESOLUTION IS.
AND THAT'S WHAT WE'RE TRYING TO ACCOMPLISH WITH THIS PLAN. ))
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But an attorney for women who've sued over their breast implants
says the money is inadequate.
The new offer is an increase from Dow's TWO-billion-dollar share of a
Women who vote to accept the plan may choose among four options, including
compensation to have their implants removed.
There's a new site for kids on the world wide web, which helps them to
better understand the effects of chemotherapy on a parent.
Kids-Cope also highlights other cancer education products-- such as Kemo
Shark, and the video, "My Mom Has Breast Cancer".
Kemo Shark is a comic book, which focuses on the psychological and
physiological changes within a family, when a parent undergoes chemotherapy.
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You can find the site on the internet at www-dot-kidscope-dot-org.
Its not only the first day of school, its also the First day of the U-S- Open
Plus what's Michael Westbrook's reasoning for punching a fellow Redskin?
Here's Mike Stevens.
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Welcome folks to your Monday Ticker, and the day Redskins' star Michael
the music, his teammates and for the first time the media.
Last Tuesday Westbrook attacked teammate Stephen Davis during practice and
beat him to a pulp.
He was fined $50 thousand dollars for the outburst.
This afternoon he emerged from Redskins park in Ashburn, led by Media
Mike McCall, the former sports information director at Roanoke College, and
made this statement about the incident.
((MICHAEL WESTBROOK/REDSKINS RECEIVER:))
((NORV TURNER/REDSKINS HEAD COACH:))
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In one other football note, be sure to join Your Hometown Station tomorrow
for CBS This Morning.
Around 8:10am, in the second segment of the show, Tiki and Ronde Barber will
be interviewed LIVE in New York by host Mark McEwen.
CBS is also flying in their Mom Geraldine, who plans to surprise her twins on
the set during the interview.
Again, that's tomorrow morning just after eight right here on WDBJ.
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The first day of competition at the US Open tennis championships in New York
is starting to wind down just a bit.
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Today marked the opening of the of the brand new Arthur Ashe stadium - a $254
million dollar expansion of the old facilities at the National Tennis center.
In fact it was day to showcase three digit numbers.
This Karim Alami of Morocco trying to find a way to hit the serve of Mark
Phillippoussis. He failed to hit many. This was clocked at 133 miles an bour.
And the women were just as awesome.
Playing in her first US Open, 17 year old Venus Williams won her opening match
with a 119 mile an hour ace on match point.
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Much more football news is coming up at six plus, some racing news concerning
the Skittles car.
Take care everybody.
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It's been one month since 17-year old Matthew Brown died in a car accident,
now his parents are trying to find something positive about their son's death.
Matthew was an accomplished poet and magician--
Today his father-- Bedford County Sheriff Mike Brown announced the formation
of the Matthew Jordan Brown Center for the Performing Arts.
The Foundation wants to raise one-and a half million dollars for an outdoor
amphitheater near the Peaks of Otter.
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((MIKE BROWN/BEDFORD COUNTY SHERIFF: SOME PEOPLE THINK I'M A REDNECK COUNTY
SHERIFF-- BUT I'VE BEEN AROUND THIS WORLD, AND I HAVE A LOT OF FRIENDS IN THIS
WORLD. AND I HAVE A LOT OF CONTACTS, AND I'VE BEEN GIVEN THE THUMBS UP FROM A
NUMBER OF PEOPLE. ))
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The foundation hopes the center will become a gathering place for families.