Straight ahead on News 7-
A conviction in the accident where a little girl was thrown from a pickup
Strong earthquakes in Central Italy today.
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At least 10 people are dead.
Looks like another 50 50 weekend with the sunny one on Saturday and the wet
one on Sunday.
On Health Check--
Some encouraging news about kids in this country, adopted out of the former
Plus-- the latest on kicking the cigarette habit.
Some are turning to the drug Zyban.
A Montgomery County judge convicts Christopher Fisher of driving under the
influence-- the evening a seven year old girl was thrown and killed from the
back of his pick-up.
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Good evening, I'm Jean Jadhon.
Testimony revealed Fisher's blood alcohol content was twice the legal
limit-- when it was tested nearly four hours after the May accident in
Witnesses say Samantha Rentch was thrown from the truck when Fisher struck
the rear passenger side of a car travelling in front of him.
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Two other children and an adult were also in the back of the truck but were
NOT seriously injured.
Samantha Rentch's father broke down in court today, but Fisher showed no
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((TONY ANDERSON/FISHER'S ATTORNEY:I WOULD NOT WANT IT TO EVER BE PERCEIVED AS
ALOOFNESS OR SOMETHING OF BEING INCONSIDERATE, HE'S JUST THE OPPOSITE, HE'S
JUST A SHY FRAGILE FELLOW WHO'S INVOLVED IN A VERY SERIOUS PROBLEM WITH VERY
DISASTROUS RESULTS. ))
SUPER=01-Tony Anderson/Fisher's Attorney; :00
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Samantha Rentch's mother, Treca, (Teresa) was riding in the cab of the truck
the night of the accident.
Yesterday-- a judge certified child abuse charges against her to a grand
jury-- for allowing her children to ride in the back of the pick-up when she
knew Fisher had been drinking.
A jet crash in Indonesia-
It was hazy out when the Indonesian airliner went down with 234 people
Tonight the search goes for victims- officials say 212 bodies have been
spotted in the wreckage.
The jet crashed and broke apart in a mountainside rice field in
Residents of a nearby village say they tried to get to the victims, but
flames from the crash forced them back.
Two earthquakes rocked Italy overnight.
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One quake hit first and then a second jolt- in (A-see-see) Assisi.
Ten people are dead, and more than a dozen injured-- thousands are
The damage is just now being asssessed.
Priceless works of art are ruined.
The second quake hit while workers were inspecting damage inside St.
It broke down huge sectons of the Basilica's vaulted ceiling and killed
four people who were in the church.
Pope John Paul says he's deeply saddened by the disaster.
A collapsing garage threatens to tear at the public image of democrat
lieutenant governor candidate L.F. Payne.
Payne had to give pre-trial testimony today at a law office in
Charlottesville, for a federal lawsuit filed against Wintergreen Development.
Payne is president and founder of Wintergreen's residential arm, but was in
Congress when Walter and Nancy Childs' garage broke free from their house in
The Childs say they should have been told what Wintergreen's OWN engineer
reported later -- the lot's in a historic landslide area.
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((WELL THIS INCIDENT THAT'S BEING LITIGATED...IN THE DEPOSITION.))
SUPER=01-Deborah Wyatt/Childs' Attorney;
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Payne adds that the case has already been thrown out of a state court once--
because it lacked evidence, and withdrawn once to be re-filed in federal court.
Republican party leaders say they were "not" aware that a doctor whose wife
hosted a reception for Jim Gilmore in Lynchburg used to perform abortions.
Gilmore was in town Tuesday night, campaigning with Wisconsin governor Tommy
One of the receptions he attended was at the home of Nancy Patterson, a
long- time Republican party supporter.
Patterson recently married Doctor William Driskill, a retired obstetrician
who once was a regular target of anti- abortion protesters.
Party officials say had they known of Driskill's background, they might have
tried to find a different location for the fundraiser.
HARD MUSIC UNDER
He gave crucial testimony in Marv ALbert's sexual assault case-- We'll hear
from the Roanoke dentist, when NEWS-7 at FIVE returns.
And buckle up-- Andy Green can't drive 55-- he shatters the land speed
On Health Check-- babies and their language development.
Careful-- you never know when they're listening-- or what they'll retain.
Also coming up-- Patrick is already shopping for the holidays, and you can
Steve Mason is live in Martinsville for this weekend's Hanes 500.
The forensic dentist who testified in the Marv Albert trial is back at his
Roanoke practice today with some insight into the case.
Doctor Alvin Kagey studies moldings or copies of the suspects mouth and
compares them to photos.
Kagey says matching teeth marks on bodies can be clinching evidence.
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((DR. ALVIN KAGEY/FORENSIC DENTIST: IN THE CASE WE HAD HERE DNA IS A NICE
BACKUP WHEN YOU'RE TOLD THE DNA FROM THE AREA OF THE BITE SAYS THAT THE SUSPECT
THE ODDS ARE ONE IN TWO POINT SIX BILLION, THAT'S PRETTY GOOD BACK-UP FOR
SUPER=01-Alvin Kagey/Forensic Dentist
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Kagey is one of less than one hundred doctors in the world who do practice
this type of forensic dentistry.
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Tobacco warehouse owners in the southside are counting on lawmakers to help
them out of a legal bind.
The federal government is charging 19 warehouses across Virginia with
selling excess tobacco-- more than the government quota.
But warehouse owners say the Department of Agriculture required them to do
business with some dealers who were selling illegal tobacco.
Several warehouse owners are facing steep fines.
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((MAC BAILEY/WAREHOUSE OWNER: IT'S SEEMING THAT THE WAREHOUSEMEN ARE ACCUSED OF
SOME WRONGDOING, OF KNOWING IT'S ILLEGAL TOBACCO, AND THERE'S NO WAY POSSIBLE
THEY CAN KNOW THAT.))
SUPER=01-Mac Bailey/Warehouse Owner;
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Senators Chuck Robb and John Warner, along with Congressman Virgil Goode,
have asked the U-S-D-A for a six month extension to appeal so warehouse owners
can investigate the charges.
So far, they have received no response.
U-S-D-A officials were unavailable for comment.
A group of demonstrators says it traveled from Richmond to Roanoke to speak
for those who can't defend themselves.
Members of the Richmond Animal Rights Network picketed outside a dental
convention at the Hotel Roanoke this morning.
They're protesting Proctor and Gamble's use of animals in testing its
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((KRISSY VANDENBERG/RICHMOND ANIMAL RIGHTS NETWORK: THEY DO ANIMAL TESTING AND
ANIMAL RESEARCH WHEN IT'S NOT REQUIRED BY LAW OR THE FDA. MANY OTHER COMPANIES
HAVE NOW GIVEN UP ANIMAL TESTING.))
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A Proctor and Gamble spokesperson told News 7 the company only does animal
testing when new ingredients are added to products.
Cindy Patton says the company does not use animals to test established
The animal rights activists want people to boycott Proctor and Gamble
groovy music under
For ten years a craft show in Roanoke has brought not only the basics but the
unique- in time for holiday shopping-- and its that time of year again.
Patrick has that story when NEWS-7 AT Five continues.
STOCKS BUMP NEXT
A British pilot sped into the record books.
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The Thrust supersonic car with a British Air Force pilot at the helm smashed
the world land speed record.
Andy Green made two runs on the 13 mile Nevada course at an average speed
of 707 miles an hour.
That's 74 miles an hour quicker than the old record set by Richard Noble
back in 1983.
((WELL MY MAJOR REACTION WAS I'M GLAD I DIDN'T GET IT WRONG.))
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Green's not satisfied yet.
His next goal is to go supersonic, with the first car to break the sound
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health music under
In tonight's Two Minute Ticker-- Steve Mason has qualifying results for this
weekend's Hanes 500--live from Martinsville.
On Health Check-- a few ideas on preventing cancer--
The experts say, follow their advice, and you can cut your chances by
There's more NEWS-7 at FIVE in a moment-- here's a look ahead to
News7 at Six.
The Air Force has declared a 27-year-old South Boston pilot dead...
Two weeks ago Jason Ramsey's military plane crashed off the coast of Africa.
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((MARK THACKSTON/FRIEND: A GREAT, GREAT GUY WHO WOULD DO ANYTHING IN THE WORLD
FOR YOU AS HONEST AS THE DAY WAS LONG, JUST A GREAT LOYAL FRIEND.))
SUPER=01-Mark Thackston/Jason's Friend;
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Tina Tenret visited Jason's family and close friends today--
That story and more news of the day tonight on News7 at Six.
A new study provides good news for parents who adopted children from the
former Soviet bloc.
There had been fears-- based on medical records from the home countries of
the children-- that many suffered from severe neurological problems.
But a study of 56 East Bloc adoptees shows none of them had serious brain
Severe neurological problems initially had been reported in 43 of those
The researchers, writing in the "Journal of the American Medical
Association" say the problem probably is with the medical records.
Hormonal contraceptives and a lack of Vitamin A could be possible risk
factors in the spread of the H-I-V virus--
researchers have announced.
Those factors -- reported in the Lancet Medical Journal -- could influence
the shedding of H-I-V cells into bodily secretions.
Cancer IS preventable and eating less meat and more fruits and vegetables
could reduce cases of the disease by up to 40-percent--
according to a major report by the World Cancer Research Fund.
The study recommends eating a more plant-based diet and that meat should
be kept to less than three ounces per day.
The experts also suggest limiting alcohol consumption, reducing sugar and
salts, and daily exercise to help prevent cancer.
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Smokers who hope to kick the habit now have a new treatment to consider.
VO-NAT 10:27:47 pills & smokers
A medication called "Zyban" offers hope to those who've tried and failed to
quit with nicotine patches or gum.
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((LAVERSA CHERRY: THE PATCH MADE ME SICK.))
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**CONNIE ON TAPE**
Laversa Cherry applied the nicotine patch and chewed nicotine gum, without
But now that she's taking the prescription drug Zyban, she's down to four
cigarettes a day, without the cravings she expected.
Juanita Edwards had a similar experience.
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((JUANITA EDWARDS/SMOKER: YOU DON'T EVEN REALLY NOTICE IT, THAT IT HAS TAKEN
EFFECT UNTIL SOMEONE
STARTS ASKING YOU ABOUT IT, THEN YOU GO, 'OH YEAH, I HAVEN'T HAD A CIGARETTE
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Studies show that once they do quit, 49- percent of those who use Zyban
are still smoke- free four weeks later.
The figure drops to 20 percent after six months, but experts say those
results are still the best yet, when it comes to kicking the habit.
Be careful what you say around baby.
A new study says children as young as eight months can hear and remember
Johns Hopkins University researchers found when the babies are older, they
try to repeat the words in what researchers called a "vocabulary spurt."
The study is published in the journal "Science."
Time now for sports-- Friday Football Extra is busy again tonight--
Mike Stevens has that and a preview of the Hanes 500.
Time to crank up the Friday Ticker at the Martinsville Speedway today.
Qualifying for the 26th Winston Cup event of this season is now over.
And while many folks were focused on the points race and the traditinal short
DOUBLE BOXES MIKE/STEVE
Steve Mason is here to tell us that someone not known for his short track
prowess stole the pole.
TOSS TO STEVE
(ROLL CUE: ...ON A DAY MADE FOR RACING.")
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SUPER=01-Mark Martin/Qualified Second;
SUPER=01-Ward Burton/Hanes 500 Pole Winner - 93.410 MPH; :
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(ROLL CUE: ...LOOK AT THE TOP 25.")
WIPE TO QUALIFYING
SUPER=107-1. Ward Burton/93.410/2. Mark Martin//3. Kenny Irwin Jr//4. Hut
Stricklin//5. Ricky Rudd //;
SUPER=107-6. Kenny Wallace//7. Rusty Wallace//8. Joe Nemechek//9. Ken
Schrader//10. Jeff Burton//;
SUPER=107-11. Jeff Gordon//12. Jimmy Spencer//13. Dale Earnhardt//14. Sterling
Marlin//15. John Andretti//;
SUPER=107-16. Bill Elliott//17. Robert Pressley//18. Darrell Waltrip//19. Mike
Skinner//;20. Bobby Labonte //
SUPER=107-21. Dale Jarrett //22. Bobby Hamilton //23. Ted Musgrave //24. Lake
Speed //25. Terry Labonte //
DOUBLE BOX STEVE/MIKE
E.C. Glass announced this afternoon that is forfeiting its three wins from
earlier this season for using an ineligible player.
The Toppers are home tonight hosting Cave Spring at city stadium in one of
the 14 games we'll have for you this evening at 11:35 on Friday Football Extra.
Have a good night folks.
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go to break
The Virginia-Carolina Craftsmen's Fall Classic is underway in Roanoke
Patrick Evans takes us shopping.
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