Next on News 7-
Debating the debates for Governor.
Cleaning up after Huirricane Pauline.
Plus it's a bird, it's a plane, no.. it's a meteor- and it's caught the
The weekend forecast features cooler but still dry conditions for the area.
More on that just ahead.
A landmark settlement over second-hand smoke could open the door for related
Cigarette makers will pay 300 million dollars to set up a medical
IN Q=We go through
((JIM GILMORE: WE GO THROUGH AN EXERCISE LIKE THIS IN ORDER TO CLEAN UP AFTER
A PROBLEM LIKE THAT. I'M NOT GIVING HIM ANY MORE OF THOSE FORUMS.))
((DON BEYER: I JUST WANT TO SAY THAT THIS IS A FIGHT I DIDN'T START.))
OUT Q=didn't start.
Jim Gilmore changes his mind on a final debate -- saying Don Beyer's
behavior in debates has been "outrageous."
GRAPHIC=NEWS-7 AT FIVE
Good Evening, I'm Jean Jadhon.
The candidates for governor WILL debate for a third time in public next
Wednesday, in an untelevised format in Fairfax County.
A final debate -- which Gilmore's staff had initially agreed to with the
Virginia Capitol Correspondents' Association -- will NOT happen.
IN Q=We have
((JIM GILMORE/R- CANDIDATE FOR GOVERNOR: WE HAVE DEBATED HIM AT THE GREENBRIER
BEFORE THE VIRGINIA BAR ASSOCIATION. WE HAVE DEBATED HIM AT THE MOST
SPECTACULAR AND WIDELY PUBLICIZED DEBATE IN THE HISTORY OF VIRGINIA. AND WE'RE
GONNA DEBATE HIM AGAIN AT THE FAIRFAX COUNTY CHAMBER OF COMMERCE. THAT'S
ENOUGH WHEN HE BEGINS TO MISUSE THAT SYSTEM IN THIS MANNER. THAT'S ENOUGH.))
OUT Q=that's enough.
Gilmore's in his fourth day of rebutting his record as a Henrico County
prosecutor since Monday night's debate.
Beyer admits now he "misspoke" on some of the case details... but says he'll
continue to talk about Gilmore's record in Henrico.
IN Q=My only
((DON BEYER/D- CANDIDATE FOR GOVERNOR: MY ONLY INTENTION OF BRINGING UP HIS
PLEA BARGAINS OF CHILD SEX MOLESTERS IS IN RESPONSE TO HIS WILLIE HORTON SCARE
TACTICS ON THIS REPEAL OF THE ABOLITION OF PAROLE. AND HIS SCARE TACTICS TO MY
SUPPOSEDLY LETTING VIOLENT CRIMINALS BACK OUT ON THE STREETS.))
OUT Q=the streets.
A group of Republican and independent Commonwealth's Attorneys blasted Beyer
today-- saying he did not understand the criminal justice system.
In Roanoke County, Republican leaders are upset over a letter delivered to
The letter supports the Hollins District Democratic candidate Bob Johnson on
the Roanoke County Board of Supervisors.
Four prominent G-O-P leaders names are on the letter.
The Roanoke Republican Committee members say the party is NOT endorsing Bob
Johnson and Republicans need to stick together to win an election.
IN Q=Football teams
((HUGH KEY/REPUBLICAN PARTY CHAIRMAN:FOOTBALL TEAMS ARE WON WITH EFFECTIVE
TEAMWORK, TALENT HELPS A LOT, BUT ALL THE TALENT IN THE WORLD CANNOT ACHIEVE
VICTORY IF SOME FIRST TEAM PLAYERS DON'T TELL THE REST OF THE TEAM WHICH PLAYS
THEY WANT TO RUN AND TOWARDS WHICH GOAL))
SUPER=01-Hugh Key/Republican Party Chairman
OUT Q=which goal.
Party leaders say it's better to remain neutral than to favor the candidate
with an opposing affiliation.
A medical waste disposal company contracted by a local hospital is being
sued by a former company officer and investigated by Department of
Clark Fuqua (Few-qua) has filed papers in Salem Circuit Court against
The company handles medical waste at Columbia Lewis Gale Hospital.
An enzyme and chemical formula is used to treat medical wastes.
Fuqua alleges the formula is NOT approved by the state, so medical wastes
are being illegally and improperly dumped in an Amelia County landfill.
He says these practices put converter operators and hospital employees at
The D-E-Q is conducting its own investigation.
It says the company is cited for non-compliance, including the failure to
report waste spills and failure to do quality testing.
A spokesperson for Bio-Conversions says Fuqua has tried to purchase the
company in the past and this suit is an attempt to squelch an upcoming merger
with an Atlanta company.
BioConversions says the company is complying with the D-E-Q.
News 7 was unable to reach Fuqua. Lewis Gale Hospital says it has
been in contact with the D-E-Q-- and so far there's no indication that any
wastes have been improperly disposed.
A court hearing between Fuqua and BioConversions is scheduled for next week.
It's been more than ten years in the making, but the flood control project
in Buena Vista is finally complete.
The project combines a levee and floodwall with chanelling of the Maury
It's engineered to handle high water as severe as the flooding that
followed Hurricane Camille in 1969.
Today, city officials said the completion of the flood control project
signals the start of a new era for the community.
IN Q=We've seen a great turnaround
((HAROLD KIDD/BUENA VISTA MAYOR: WE'VE SEEN A GREAT TURNAROUND. WE HAVE NEW
INDUSTRY THAT IS COMING IN. WE HAVE NEW BUSINESSES THAT ARE OPENING UP. WE SEE
A TREMENDOUS CHANGE IN ATTITUDES OF ENTHUSIASM OF THE GOOD THINGS THAT ARE
SUPER=01-Harold Kidd/Buena Vista Mayor;
OUT Q=that are going on.
Built at a cost of more than 40-million dollars, the project came in on
time and under budget.
Today it was dedicated in honor of Jim Olin, the former Sixth District
Congressman who lead the fight for funding.
It's time to clean up and assess the damage in Mexico-
after Hurricane Pauline.
Workers are digging through mud for victims.
At least 145 people are dead- and dozens are missing.
The Hurricane did not just hit the beach resorts- but also the nation's
Thousands are left with only the clothes on their backs-
The Mexican government has summoned the armed forces to the hardest hit
Many don't have sheter- most are without drinking water, telephones or
HARD MUSIC UNDER
The investigation of the JonBenet Ramsey killing is getting a new look.
Details ahead on NEWS-7 at FIVE.
A little later, a preview of the Highlanders Festival.
The Scots-Irish event winds its way through Radford.
On Health Check-- the latest on a landmark second-hand smoking suit--
Plus-- an update on Lyme Disease...
Also, a call for more government research on alternative health care.
Patrick is checking out the Rising Star Convention.
And Mike has the latest from Talladega for this weekend's Diehard 500. Stay
Changes at the top of the Jon Benet Ramsey Murder Investigation.
Bolder Colorado's police chief removed the lead investigator and added
three detectives to the case.
((TOM KOBY/BOULDER POLICE CHIEF: IT IS ACCUARATE TO SAY IF WE HAD IT TO DO ALL
OVER AGAIN WE'D DO IT DIFFERENTLY. IT IS ALSO ACCURATE TO SAY WE RESPONDED WELL
TO WHAT WE THOUGHT WE WERE CONFRONTED WITH.))
SUPER=01-Tom Koby/Boulder Police Chief;
OUT Q=confronted with."
Koby says the police are working to make an arrest in the case, but it
isn't clear if they'll get a successful prosecution.
JonBenet Ramsey's body was found in her family's house December 26th.
Marv Albert could be returning to the airwaves soon.
A New York newspaper reports sports radio station W-F-A-N AM is negotiating
with Albert to return to the air in January.
W-F-A-N says it's spoken with the 56-year old broadcaster a number of times
since his conviction, but says so far NO offer was made.
The radio station's general manager says Albert deserves another opportunity
in the business.
Marv Albert is scheduled for sentencing later this month for misdemeanor
assault and battery on a woman at a hotel earlier this year.
Radford University is celebrating more than "Homecoming" this weekend.
Several events are scheduled to reflect the school's past as well as its
The Second annual "Highlanders Festival" kicks off tomorrow morning with a
parade through Radford.
The Scots-Irish festival includes food, music, games and crafts.
Radford University is also marking its first "Capital Campaign" kickoff with
a dinner tonight at the Dedmon Center.
The school hopes to raise 21-million dollars by the year two-thousand.
((DOUGLAS COVINGTON/RADFORD UNIVERSITY PRESIDENT:RADFORD IS AN EXCITING PLACE
TO BE AT ANYTIME BUT DURING THIS PERIOD ITS JUST ELECTRIFYING AND THERE IS AN
ATMOSPHERE OF EXCITEMENT HERE. ))
SUPER=01-Douglas Covington/Radford University President; :00
The money raised will fund scholarship endowments, academic programs-- as
well as upgrade technology.
groovy music under
Whether you liked the older episodes or the newer ones, Trekkies take note:
this weekend is for you.
(PATRICK AD LIB)
STOCKS BUMP NEXT
Science Fiction fans across the region and across the Galaxy are gathering
in Roanoke County for Rising Star 6.
DOUBLE BOX JEAN/PATRICK
Patrick Evans beams this report back to us from a place where the
here-and-now meets the future.
SUPER=01-BarBara Luna/"Marlena" from Star Trek;
DOUBLE BOX PATRICK/ROBIN
SUPER=330-Clearing And/Cooler/55-58/Mostly Sunny/Wind SE-10/70-72;
SUPER=331-Evening Clouds/Then Clear/52-56/Mostly Sunny/Not As Warm/70-74;
SUPER=332-Partly Cloudy/Fog Late/50-52/Turning/Mostly Sunny/72-74;
SUPER=333-Mostly Clear/Wind NE-10/50-52/Sunny/Wind SE-10/68-72;
SUPER=334-Partly Cloudy/Fog Late/50-52/Mostly Sunny/Wind Light/70-74;
health music under
Fifteen games are featured tonight on Friday Football Extra-- Mike has the
roster in tonight's Ticker.
On Health Check-- We'll introduce you to people who suffer from Bridge
Imagine living across Maryland's Chesapeake Bay Bridge...and dealing with
four miles of terror.
We'll tell you how they're getting to the other side.
((WHEN I'M DRIVING I FEEL LIKE I'M GOING TO BE DANGEROUS. ))
OUT Q=be dangerous.
Good Afternoon, Keith Humphry here..
Here's a look at what's coming up on News 7 at Six.
The Roanoke County Police and the Game and Inland Fisheries Department want
you to come out and take your best shot.
County Police are hosting their annual open house.
And the Game Wardens are bringing the FATS Machine.
The Fire Arms Training System is a shooting simulator which wardens use for
These simulators are also used for law enforcement training.
We'll take aim in about 40-minutes on News 7 at Six.
double boxes Jean/Keith
Tomorrow, Jean you can test the simulator yourself....
300-million dollars -- that's how much the tobacco industry is paying to
settle a suit by 60-thousand flight attendants.
They say secondhand smoke made them sick, but they won't receive any of the
It goes to medical research.
IN Q=I have been
((PATTY YOUNG/FLIGHT ATTENDANT: I HAVE BEEN FLYING AS A FLIGHT ATTENDANT FOR
ONE CARRIER SINCE 1966, AND I STARTED WORKING TO GET SMOKING OFF THE AIRPLANE
SINCE 1970. SO I WORKED ON IT FOR ABOUT 28 YEARS AND IT TOOK ABOUT 20 YEARS TO
FIND ANY LAWYER THAT WOULD EVEN TALK TO US ABOUT HANDLING THE FLIGHT ATTENDANT
LAWSUIT CASE. ))
SUPER=01-Patty Young/Flight Attendant; :
OUT Q=lawsuit case.
THe ruling will allow flight attendants who worked as far back as the
1930's-- or their survivors-- to now sue the tobacco industry.
Doctors and scientists testified before a senate subcommittee yesterday to
push for better government support of alternative medicine.
Even though there is an office of Alternative Medicine... witnesses said a
National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine Research -- on par
with the National Institutes of Health -- should be formed.
Experts estimate that half of all "baby boomers" use alternative therapies.
Before babies learn to talk, it can be difficult to communicate with
them-- so some parents are resorting to a form of language that doesn't require
speech-- sign language.
SUPER=03-Urbanna, IL; :
It worked in the Singleton household--
Jenny Singleton's parents are deaf-- so she passed down sign language to her
((JENNY SINGLETON/MOTHER: OLIVER LOVES STAR WARS. BY THE TIME HE WAS ONE HE
SIGNS LIKE SLEEP, BED, MORE. FROM THEN ON HE STARTED SPEAKING AND HAD A HUGE
VOCABULARY AT A VERY YOUNG AGE. ))
((CATHY WARNES/SPEECH PATHOLOGIST: WE ALL SEE THE CHILD THAT'S LEARNING HOW TO
WAVE, THEY'LL WAVE BEFORE THEY EVEN SAY BYE BYE, THEY'LL SHAKE THEIR HEAD NO
BEFORE THEY CAN SAY NO. AND KIDS ARE ABLE TO IMITATE AND USE GESTURES ALOT
FASTER THAN THEY'RE ABLE TO COORDINATE THEIR LIPS AND THEIR TONGUE TO SEQUENCE
SPEECH SOUNDS. ))
SUPER=01-Jenny Singleton/Mother; :06
SUPER=01-Cathy Warnes/Speech Pathologist; :19
OUT Q=speech sounds.
And for some parents, gesturing can take away some of the frustation on
both ends-- before they can communicate with words.
Maybe you've driven across the Chesapeake Bay Bridge in Maryland-- it
connects the mainland with the popular eastern shore.
While more than 20-million vehicles are expected to cross the bridge this
year-- some commuters won't go near it.
IN Q=I start sweating
SUPER=03-Sandy Point, MD; :10
SUPER=01-Aleese Murik/Bridge Phobic; :53
OUT Q=thank you.
IN Q=I start sweating
((I START SWEATING, MY PALMS GET SWEATY
MY KNUCKLES TURN WHITE, I HYPERVENTILATE, I FEEL LIKE I'M HAVING A HEART
OUT Q=a heart attack.
Some drivers face such serious bridge phobia-- that with this bridge,
police have taken the unusual step of agreeing to drive them across.
Last year, authorities chauffered nearly two-thousand terrified travellers
across the huge spans.
IN Q=It's just that
((DANIEL NOWAK, BRIDGE PHOBIC:
IT'S JUST THAT I DON'T FEEL I'M COMPLETELY IN CONTROL WHEN I'M GOING OVER THE
BRIDGE. WHEN YOU LOOK DOWN//NO SHOULDERS OR ANYTHING.))
OUT Q=shoulders or anything.
-- And phobics complain that at 4 miles, it's too long...and at 18 stories
high, it's too tall.
On this day, Aleese Murik is going to try to conquer her fears, with help
from a therapist who has actually started a business called The Chesapeake Bay
Bridge Anxiety Project.
IN Q=I feel my
((ALEESE MURIK/BRIDGE PHOBIC: I FEEL MY WHOLE BODY TENSING UP AND IT BASICALLY
LANDS IN MY STOMACH, AND I FEEL LIKE I START TO HYPERVENTILATE AND I CAN'T
OUT Q=can't breathe.
They begin their work with Murik riding as a passenger across the
bridge...using controlled breathing, trying to take Murik's mind off the task
at hand...all the while rating Murik's anxiety level.
As she nears the end, she knows she's almost back on solid ground.
IN Q=What's your level
((WHAT'S YOUR LEVEL RIGHT NOW?
RIGHT NOW IT'S ABOUT A TWO.
AND DO YOU KNOW WHERE YOU ARE?
YES, OVER THE BRIDGE.
YOU'RE OVER THE BRIDGE.
THAT'S TERRIFIC CONGRATULATIONS.
THANK YOU. ))
OUT Q=thank you.
An important first step-- but the phobia isn't conquered until she can cross
this bridge when she comes to it-- all alone.
In Sports...this weekend's race in Alabama is a must for the drivers in the
Mike starts on the track, and takes to the gridiron and the ice in tonight's
GRAPHIC=two minute ticker
The weekend is here and the Winston Cup cars are in Alabama this weekend for
the Diehard 500.
Qualifying is only about halfway over at this hour, so we won't have a
complete rundown of the top 25 qualifiers until six.
SUPER=03-Talladega, AL; :00
But this is a big weekend for a number of folks including a driver who has
been fading fast in the recent week, Terry Labonte.
The defending Winston Cup champion started dead last in Charlotte last Sunday
and he's slipped to sixth in the points race coming into Talladega.
IN Q="WEll, ...
((TERRY LABONTE/DEFENDING WINSTON CUP CHAMP:))
SUPER=01-Terry Labonte/Defending Winston Cup Champ; :00
OUT Q=...all the time."
Don't forget you can watch the race Sunday starting at 12:30 right here on
Your Hometown Station.
The Friday Football Extra party wagon rolls on tonight as our crews are
already on their way to a number of tonight's venues.
We'll have highlights of 15 games in all for you tonight at 11:35.
IN Q=First team
OUT Q=.....last team."
Area fans will get their first look at the Express tonight as they host
Richmond in the first of two home exhibition games this weekend.
And for some of the players in camp this is their final weekend to impress
before final cuts are made.
IN Q="You know...
((DAVE GAGNON/EXPRESS GOALIE:))
SUPER=01-Dave Gagnon/Express Goalie; :00
OUT Q=...THEIR OWN BREAKS."
Tonight's game start at 7:30. Sunday's game with Hampton Roads begins at 6.
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And tomorrow at 3:30 you can watch the Tennessee Vols and Georgia Bulldogs
play right here on your Hometown Station LIVE from Knoxville.
Have a safe weekend folks.
go to break
Here's something you don't see very often- a meteor.
SUPER=03-El Paso, TX;
But one was captured on videotape in El Paso, Texas.
All eyes looked to the sky to catch a glimpse.
Area residnets were startled by a loud boom and a bright flash in the sky
Windows rattled and homes shook as the meteor roared to the earth.
Officials at the McDonald Observatory say it's rare to see a meteor as
bright as this one in daylight hours.
The meteor apparently hit land about 27 miles from El Paso- leaving an acre
of scorched earth.