Next on News 7-
Three suicide bombers rip through a cafe lined street in Israel.
The Royals step into the public eye in Scotland-
And big changes for education in Virginia.
More record lows could be on the way. The mercury will dip to the 40's again
On Health Check-- we'll hear from the head of Lewis Gale Hospital--
and find out what the investigation into Columbia H-C-A means for the
company's holdings in our region.
((IT IS CLEAR THAT THE PEOPLE RESPONSIBLE FOR THIS ATTACK INTENDED TO KILL BOTH
INNOCENT PEOPLE AND THE PEACE PROCESS ITSELF.))
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President's Clinton's response to bombings that rocked a busy Israeli street.
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Good Evening, I'm Jean Jadhon.
The bombings happened on a Jerusalem street lined with outdoor cafes and
Seven people are dead- 200 wounded.
The Islamic Militant group Hamas is taking responsibility-
But Israeli's Prime Minister blames the entire Palestinian Authority for
failing to crack down on Hamas terrorists.
((BENJAMIN NETANYAHU/ISRAELI PRIME MINISTER: IT'S LEADERS WALK FREE THEY
BRANDISH THEIR GUNS AND THE WORST OF IT IS THAT ARAFAT PERSONALLY HUGS AND
KISSES HAMAS LEADERS AND SECURITY CHIEF AS HE DID TE OTHER DAY SAID WE'RE ALL
PARTNERS IN THE SAME STRUGGLE- WHAT STRUGGLE? THE STRUGGLE TO BLOW UP WOMEN,
CHILDREN AND BABIES.))
SUPER=01-Benjamin Netanyahu/Israeli Prime Minister;
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Yasser Arafat condemed the bombings- and says local Hamas leaders are not
The British royal family has emerged from seclusion- going to church in
Prince Charles and his sons were joined by the queen and her husband.
As Liz Mullen reports, the Royals will also break their silence- with a
televised speech from the queen set for tomorrow.
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((To the relief of many Britons, the royal family today finally made a
collective show of their grief for the first time since Princess Diana died.
Her sons, William and Harry-- joined their father and grandparents, Queen
Elizabeth and Prince Phillip-- outside the front gates at Balmoral-- the
family estate in Scotland... looking at the flowers left in memory of their
Many miles away in London, Diana's brothers-in-law, Prince Andrew and Prince
Edward visited with mourners outside Buckingham Palace, a clear sign that the
royal family was reaching out.
Even the Queen herself will break the royal silence in a rare televised
address tomorrow night, to reassure a sad public that the House of Windsor
shares its pain...
Buckingham palace confirms that Diana's friend Elton John will perform at what
is now shaping up to be an incredibly distinctive royal ceremony. The musician
will rewrite and sing his hit song "Candle in the Wind"-- in Diana's honor.
And just when you think it couldn't get any more tragic.... there is word that
in her final hours-- Diana was given a 200-thousand dollar diamond ring by
Dodi al-Fayed at dinner-- just before the fatal crash. A british news agency
reports the ring was found in the wrecked car and turned over to Diana's
sisters when they went to claim her body in Paris.
LIZ MULLEN/REPORTING: French police meanwhile detained three more
photographers who turned themselves in... the three reportedly knew they were
being hunted down and now are an active part of this investigation.
Liz Mullen, CBS NEW London.))
Governor George Allen gives his state Board of Education an "A" today.
The "A" is for accountability.
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Ellen Qualls is in Capitol Square tonight with the details.
The "A" might also be for Allen --
a big victory for a governor rounding out his legacy.
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SUPER=01-Cheri Yecke/Va. Board of Education; :20
SUPER=01-Roxanne Grossman/Va. State PTA; :31
SUPER=01-Rayford Harris/Va. Board of Education; :46
OUT Q=have any help.
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((GOV. GEORGE ALLEN: I THANK YOU SO VERY MUCH... DONE OVERNIGHT.))
With obvious glee, the state board adopted new Standards of Accreditation...
for the first time tying student test scores to state approval of schools.
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((CHERI YECKE/VA. BOARD OF EDUCATION: THE REPORT CARD COMPONENT... WHAT
THEY'RE GETTING FOR THEIR EDUCATION INVESTMENT.))
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((ROXANNE GROSSMAN/VA. STATE PTA: THESE FABULOUS TESTS ARE ALL
MEMORIZATION-BASED...NO THINKING SKILLS TESTED.))
But even in Allen's handpicked board, there was some division over making
elementary guidance counselors an option for local school boards
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((RAYFORD HARRIS/VA. BOARD OF EDUCATION: THERE ARE A LOT OF SITUATIONS...IF IT
WERE NOT FOR GUIDANCE COUNSELORS...WOULD NOT HAVE ANY HELP.))
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Anger over school boards controlling sex ed and guidance counseling --
instead of parents having that option-- is likely to resurface in next year's
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And if the rest of these standards remain, in ten years, the first schools
that aren't making the grade will lose state accreditation.
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The State Police releases the identity of the victim who was shot and killed
by a Danville Police officer during a scuffle.
And in Lynchburg, one man wanted to fill a ravine-- but could the dumping
material be threatening animals and humans?
Some assurance today from health officials, for some residents of Highland
County, worried about the safety of their water supply.
Also coming up-- the U-V-A and Auburn match up is just a few hours away.
A live report from Roy Stanley is coming up-- stay tuned.
A plane and its pilot are stuck in a tree at the Smith Mountain Lake
Bedford County officials say the pilot's all right, but the plane is about
30 to 40 feet up in the air.
Rescue crews are on the scene, but right now, they don't have enough
equipment to get him down.
They're trying to find a crane, or a ladder truck.
No word yet on how the plane got stuck.
We'll have more on the story on News-7 at 6.
A State police investigator released the name of the alleged shoplifter who
was shot and killed last week by a Danville police officer.
State police say 25-year-old David Jerome Pryor was from New York.
His mother called police yesterday to identify him.
Officer Dewey Hancock Junior shot and killed Pryor last Thursday in a
scuffle over the officer's gun.
Pryor was arrested for shoplifting moments before the shooting, and faced
earlier charges of credit card theft.
In 1986, he pled guilty to rape in New York.
Police say Pryor carried no identification.
(LT. JIM RUHLAND/STATE POLICE: PRYOR HAD USED SEVERAL ALIASES INCLUDING "D",
"DRUMMER," "DRAMA," JEROME PREIR, DAVID PRIOR, AND OTHERS.))
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Members of the black community say Pryor was killed because he was black and
Officer Hancock was white.
State police say Roanoke Commonwealth's Attorney Don Caldwell will have to
determine the motive.
State and federal authorities are looking into an illegal dump site in
Hundreds of empty metal drums were found in a field and ravine along
The 55-gallon barrels have labels indicating they contained acids and other
Retired dentist George Orr owns the land.
He says he didn't know that the fill transported to his property included
A stream nearby feeds College Lake and Blackwater Creek.
So far, there's no sign of damage to plants or animals.
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Some of the most colorful plants take center stage for this week's Growin
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The annual season is nearing an end, but some plants have a lot of life
Patrick Evans has more on some new varieties today on Growin' It.
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SUPER=21-Patrick Evans; :00
SUPER=01-Bob Lyons/Horticulture Gardens Director; :18
OUT Q=I'm Patrick Evans
growin it close
go to robin
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The Virginia Cavaliers kick off the 1997 season against 16th-ranked Auburn
Roy Stanley joins us from Charlottesville.
As the investigation into billing practices at the nation's largest
for-profit hospital chain continue-- we'll have reaction from Columbia H-C-A
facilities in our region.
Plus-- the latest findings which may help couples with fertility problems.
These stories, on Health Check.
Good afternoon, I'm Keith Humphry, here's a look ahead to NEWS 7 at six.
Fly with us over a portion of Southwest Virginia where countless hardwood
trees are dying.
The Sierra Club believes air pollution is the culprit.
Anthropologist Harvard Ayers is studying the issue-- he says ozone and acid
rain are starving the area's hardwoods.
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((HARVARD AYERS/ANTHROPOLOGIST:WHEN ACID RAIN FALLS TO THE GROUND IT ACTUALLY
INVADES THE SOIL AND LEECHES OR TAKES THE NUTRIENTS FRO THE PLANT AWAY, SUCH AS
CALCIUM AND MAGNESIUM AND MAKES THE PLANTS UNABLE TO FEED THEMSELVES-- AND SO
THEY BASICALLY DIE FROM STARVATION. ))
SUPER=01-Harvard Ayers/Anthropologist; RUNS=:15
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Ayers belives the pollution is coming from coal burning plants out West--
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More from him, plus the types of trees that are under attack.
See you at six Jean.
GRAPHIC=SAFE DRINKING WATER
Some residents in the town of Monterey in Highland County have concerns
about the safety of their water supply.
That, as some schoolchildren have been out sick with bacterial infections.
But according to officials with the Central Shenandoah Health District,
there's no cause for alarm-- and doubt there's any connection between the
illnesses and the water supply.
Initial tests indicate the water is safe-- though it was necessary to
adjust the chlorination system.
Though there is certainly no mandate-- residents CAN boil their water, for
peace of mind.
For the past few months, Columbia H-C-A, the nation's largest for- profit
hospital chain, has found ITSELF under the microscope...the focus of a federal
Raids on Columbia hospitals in six states have been conducted in connection
with allegations it overcharged Medicare and other federal health care
The chain has a big presence in our area...with five hospitals in Southwest
But a local Columbia hospital administrator in Salem doubts the probe will
make its way here.
Len Besthoff reports.
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SUPER=01-Bill Downey/Columbia Lewis Gale President; :20
OUT Q=LB, News7.
Bill Downey, the president of Salem's Columbia Lewis- Gale Hospital believes
the federal fraud investigation of Columbia H-C-A will not end up including its
Southwest Virginia operations...though inquiries are underway in neighboring
states including North Carolina and Tennessee.
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((BILL DOWNEY/COLUMBIA-LEWIS GALE PRESIDENT: WE HAVE NOT HAD ANY CONTACT WITH
ANYONE REQUESTING INFORMATION OR LETTING US KNOW THAT WE MIGHT POTENTIALLY BE
REVIEWED. And normally in an investigation they would probably have to contact
you? DOWNEY: NO, WHAT THEY DID IN SOME OF THE OTHER AREAS IS THEY CAME IN I
GUESS COUPLE OF WEEKS BEFORE, AND SPOKE WITH SOME OF THE PEOPLE AND CAME BACK A
COUPLE OF WEEKS LATER WITH SUBPOENAS.))
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Among the accusations against Columbia; the systematic practice of
"upcoding": treating a patient for a mild medical problem, then billing
Medicare for something more expensive.
A number of reports say unreasonably high growth expectations by the chain's
recently- dismissed C-E-O pushed some mid- level executives to these measures.
But Downey explains, not in Southwest Virginia.
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((DOWNEY: THE COMPANY TARGET WAS 15- PERCENT. AND I THINK IT VARIED DEPENDING
ON THE FACILITY AND THE SITUATION. AND AGAIN I THINK THAT WAS AN EXPECTATION
IN TERMS OF GROWTH, IT WAS NOT THE ONLY THING THAT WAS LOOKED AT.))
OUT Q=looked at.
(( Columbia officials quoted in newspaper reports earlier this week have
expressed concern that bad publicity from the investigation could drive away
patients and force system-wide layoffs of some of its 285-thousand employees.
The president of Columbia- Lewis- Gale points out, that even if business
does go down, employment levels are decided on a local basis.
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IN Q=We've not
((BILL DOWNEY/CEO COLUMBIA-LEWIS GALE: WE'VE NOT HAD ANY IMPACT IN TERMS OF
DECLINING CENSUS OR VOLUME, IN FACT WE CONTINUE TO SEE SOME GROWTH IN OUR
VOLUMES AND CENSUS.))
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Downey also notes that Columbia isn't the only hospital chain under scrutiny
for its billing practices.
Len Besthoff, News-7.))
New hope for preventing broken bones in elderly people.
A new study says calcium supplements, combined with vitamin e, can reduce
the risk of fractures in elderly people.
Not only for women, but men too.
The National Academy of Sciences recommends 12-hundred milligrams of
One in six couples has trouble conceiving children.
Now Scottish doctors say they have found a gene for both male and female
fertility that could explain the problem.
The discovery could lead to new treatments for the medicial condition that
has become a major health concern worldwide.
Moving on to sports--
The Cavaliers have great fall-like weather for tonight's game.
Here's Mike with details on the Auburn--Virginia matchup.
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Welcome everybody to the Thursday ticker that is again mostly on the road.
The Virginia Cavaliers are getting set to open up their 1997 season tonight
against one of college football's perennial southern powers, the Auburn Tigers.
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The state's "Dean of Broadcasters" Roy Stanley is in the "Ville" tonight and
he now checks in with an update on what's taking place about two and half hours
(roll cue: "...sellout crowd is expected at Scott Stadium -Harrison Field.")
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SUPER=03-Charlottesville/This Afternoon; :00
SUPER=01-Rich Murray/UVa Sports Information Director; :21
SUPER=01-Aaron Brooks/UVa Quarterback; :44
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Dale Earnhardt has been cleared by doctors to drive this weekend in Richmond.
The physicians admit they have no idea what caused the dizziness and
blackout-like symptoms he experienced during the start of the Southern 500.
SUPER=03-Lexington/Tuesday Night; :00
Earnhardt was in Lexington Tuesday night at Rick Mast's charity event, and he
said then that he feels great.
Tomorrow, Dale and neurologist Dr. Charles Branch will address his condition
at a newsconference International raceway.
But as of now, Earnhardt will race this Saturday night under the lights in
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Much more coming up for you at six, including some Express news.
Have a great night everybody.
take a break
A fisherman out to catch tuna off the Washington coast ended up with
something quite different-
A tropical Striped Marlin- eight feet long weighing 105 pounds.
Quite a suprise for this fisherman because tropical fish are rarely seen in
But El Nino has made for record high water temperatures.
That's attracting an exotic mix of tropical fish.