Straight ahead on News 7-
Closing arguments are wrapping up in the murder trial of Earl Bramblett.
Milk ads are everywhere but some who've had to sell the farm say it's too
After a beautiful couple of days, things go downhill rapidly Friday as clouds
roll in with rain to follow.
And on Health Check-- The latest research on Cancer-- the cause and the
The evidence is all in-- now work goes on behind closed doors at the Roanoke
A jury is left to decide whether Earl Bramblett murdered the Hodges Family.
SS=news-7 at five
Good Evening, I'm Jean Jadhon.
The attorneys have argued the case before the jury at this hour.
Now they'll wait until tomorrow for the panel to begin deliberating whether
Bramblett murdered the Hodges family.
DOUBLE BOXES JEAN/KEITH
Keith Humphry has followed Bramblett's court proceedings from the
beginning...he joins us now from Salem.
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husband's involvement in drugs.")
SUPER=01-Don Lincoln/DEA Agent; :25
OUT Q=she's so overbearing
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A former Montgomery County school teacher accused of having sex with two
female students is in court at this hour.
25-year old John Breedlove was fired from Auburn High school after his
arrest for allegedly having sex with a 13-year old female student, in early
The young woman's parents say the incident happened in the bathroom of the
Breedlove was later charged with having sex with another 13-year old
Breedlove, shown here, was a former basketball stand out at Ferrum College.
He's also accused of asking a third student for oral sex.
Day three of deliberations in the trial of a British Nanny-
The jury heard a read-back of some testimony from a doctor who operated on
EIGHT-month old Matthew Eappen.
At issue the color of the fluid that came out of the skull.
Was it dark red or clear- The difference, some testified, between a new
injury or an old one.
((QUESTION: DO YOU STILL STAND BY YOUR TESTIMONY THAT WHEN YOU FIRST PUNCTURED
THE DURA WHAT CAME OUT WAS A CLEARISH FLUID WHICH YOU IDENTIFY QUOTE AS SERUM?
ANSWER: YES SIR.))
OUT Q=answer yes sir."
19 year old Louise Woodward is charged with the death of baby Eappen-
while he was in her care.
State police hope an autopsy will reveal what caused the driver of a tractor
trailer carrying U-S mail to crash on Interstate 77.
The driver's name has not been released-- He crashed near Big Walker
Mountain Tunnel in Bland County around noon today.
State Police say the driver was traveling south when he apparenlty crossed
the median and struck a rock cliff.
IN Q=from all the
((TROOPER MELISSA RUSSO/STATE POLICE: FROM ALL THE EVIDENCE THAT WE'VE SEEN
AND FROM TEH WITNESSES, HE WAS NOT SPEEDING AT THE TIME OF THE ACCIDENT.))
SUPER=01-Trooper Melissa Russo/State Police;
OUT Q=TIME OF THE ACCIDENT
Authorities believe the driver was actually traveling UNDER the 65-mile an
hour speed limit.
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A group of Roanoke politicians says the odds aren't good that an Off Track
Betting parlor will help the ROanoke Valley economy...that story is coming up
next on NEWS-7 at FIVE...
And a return to the ice for Scott Hamiltonm, who's public fight with cancer
has been in the spotlight.
And on Health Check--
Protect those peepers-- how to avoid viral and bacterial eye infections.
Patrick's talking to a CHarlottesville author who's visiting the Star City.
You might want to read his book if someone in your family is a sports
enthusiast. Stay close.
Will an off-track betting center open in Roanoke?
It's one issue voters decide Tuesday.
Today, a group of current and former city council members said the center
would hurt Roanoke's economy.
Its charge: Any money raised in Roanoke will be sent to Colonial Downs, a
race track in New Kent County.
IN Q=The hook of reality is
((NELSON HARRIS/ROANOKE CITY COUNCIL: THE HOOK OF REALITY IS THAT FOR ALL OF
THE MONEY THAT'S BET IN A BETTING PARLOR, 90 PERCENT GOES TO BETTING INTERESTS
AND COLONIAL DOWNS. ))
SUPER=01-Nelson Harris/Roanoke City Council
OUT Q=colonial downs.
Race track officials say that's just not the case.
IN Q= Eighty percent
((TOMMY ATKINSON/COLONIAL DOWNS: EIGHTY PERCENT OF THE MONEY STAYS WITH THE
PEOPLE WHO BET IT. SO AGAIN, THAT'S MONEY THAT STAYS IN THE COMMUNITY. ))
SUPER=01-Tommy Atkinson/Colonial Downs
OUT Q=sO TO SPEAK.
Atkinson says the betting center would also add 100 jobs to the area.
A highly unusual pregnancy in Iowa- where a woman is expecting seven babies-
four boys and three girls.
The 29 year old named Robbie is in good condition.
Today a hospital spokeswoman read a statement from the mother to be.
((RIGHT NOW WE ARE FOCUSED ON TIHS DELIVERY AND SPENDING TIME AS A FAMILY WHICH
INCLUDES BEING WITH OUR 21 MONTH OLD DAUGHTER.))
SUPER=01-Sharon Simmons/Hospital Spokewoman;
OUT Q=21 month old daughter.
The father-to-be says his wife took fertility drugs after having trouble
She is 28 weeks along. The babies are likely to be born in the next couple
There are no living sets of sep-tuplets in the world.
The "Got Milk" ad campaign is making a leap from television and magazines to
local grocery stores... but some farmers say it's too late.
Shoppers can now find "Got Milk" reminders on items including bananas and
fruit drinks in their grocery stores.
One local dairy farmer went out of business and auctioned off his cows--
today he says even with the ads it's too hard to make a profit.
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IN Q=How difficult is
((BOBBY HUBBARD/DAIRY FARMER: How difficult is the business now compared to say
'78 or '79? IT COST YOU DOUBLE TO OPERATE NOT THAN WHAT IT DID THEN AND YOU GET
THE SAME PRICES FOR YOUR MILK.))
SUPER=01-Bobby Hubbard/Dairy Farmer; :03
OUT Q= for your milk.
Dairy farmers say they benefit from the "Got Milk" ads only if the campaign
makes significant gains.
The State Milk Commission reports the number of dairy farmers in Virginia
continues to decline.
In 1996 there were 11-hundred-70.... This year already, at least 30 dairy
The national numbers are also dropping-- even though production has
increased three percent.
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Do you feel like your spouse devotes too much time to sports? If that's the
case there's a book you might want to read....
(Patrick ad lib)
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Do you feel like a golf widow? A new book is out to help deal with a
spouse addicted to sports.
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Sports addict Patrick Evans is at Roanoke's Ram's Head Bookstore with the
author for some tips on keeping domestic harmony.
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In tonight's Ticker-- VMI's football record has been perfect in the loss
column, but the Keydets aren't throwing in the towel-- details ahead.
The government says a Black and Decker toaster could burn more than your
On Health Check, we'll tell you about a recall of the Spacemaker model.
There's more NEWS-7 at Five in a moment, but here's a look ahead to NEWS-7
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((JIM GILMORE: YOU KNOW, YOU CAN'T PUT EVERYTHING ON A POSTER.))
SUPER=@Gilmore; :00 QUICK!!
OUT Q=a poster.
And with what he's got on his posters, he apparently doesn't need to.
But we've got a closer look at where Jim Gilmore stands on some of the
Along with the latest poll numbers in all three statewide races.
You'll want to tune in for NEWS 7 at SIX for the best idea of what voters
are likely to do Tuesday.
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And tune into NEWS-7'S Election night continuous coverage--
With updates throughout the evening, an hour-long special beginning at 9pm--
along with a complete wrapup on NEWS-7 at 11.
Scientists looking for the toxic microbe Pfiesteria say they haven't found
it in Virginia waters.
At a conference in Baltimore- scientists testing water samples from the
Chesapeake Bay region said they found Pfiesteria in three Maryland rivers.
Several Virginia samples had suspicious Pfiesteria-like organisms -- but
none has developed into the toxic microbe in lab tests.
Pfiesteria has been blamed for killing or maiming thousands of fish in
Virginia and Maryland this summer.
It is also blamed for causing health problems among some fishermen.
The latest research in today's New England Journal of Medicine offers the
strongest evidence yet that exposure to certain types of environmental
pollution may NOT be linked to a higher risk of breast cancer.
IN Q=DDT and PCB
((DAVID HUNTER/HARVARD SCHOOL OF PUBLIC HEALTH: DDT AND PCB EXPOSURE PROBABLY
DO NOT CAUSE BREAST CANCER.))
SUPER=01-David Hunter/Harvard School of Public Health; :
OUT Q=cause breast cancer.
Although DDT and PCBs were banned in the 70s, they were so widely
used prior to that--they became a part of the food chain--passed along in
vegetables and animal fats.
Millions of women have been exposed.
But rather than finding elevated levels of the chemicals in women with
breast cancer-- the study instead found that they actually had lower levels of
DDT and PCBs than women who didn't have breast cancer.
IN Q=DDT and PCB's
((MARY WOLFF/MT. SINAI SCHOOL OF MEDICINE: DDT AND PCB'S ARE ONLY TWO OF A
MULTITUDE OF CHEMICALS THAT ARE POTENTIAL ENVIRONMENTAL FACTORS IN CANCER. ))
SUPER=01-Mary Wolff/Mt. Sinai School of Medicine; :
OUT Q=in cancer.
So it may be years before there's a definitive answer--- but for now, it
appears DDT and PCB's may be off the hook.
Scientists say they're close to testing a genetically engineered magic
bullet that could treat half of most common cancers.
New Scientist magazine reports early lab tests indicate the bullets can
destroy tumors, using a deadly toxin.
The bullets were reportedly effective in treating cancers of the lung,
ovary, prostate, colon and breast.
Clinical trials are expected to begin in the next 15 months.
Seeing is definitely believing when you get an eye infection.
Often uncomfortable and unsightly-- many eye infections can be avoided with
a few simple precautions.
For instance-- makeup can be a real eye-sore-- if you don't remember the
last time you replaced your mascara-- or if you share with friends, you could
be at risk for a bacterial or viral eye infection.
IN Q=If your eye
((DR. BOWES HAMILL/OPTHALMOLOGIST: THE DANGER SIGNS: IF YOUR EYE IS LIGHT
SENSITIVE, SIGNIFICANTLY PAINFUL, OR IF THE DISCHARGE IS VERY VERY COPIOUS, YOU
CAN'T WIPE IT AWAY. THOSE ARE TIMES YOU NEED TO BE SEEN BY AN
SUPER=01-Dr. Bowes Hamill/Opthalmologist; :
Also, it's important to keep makeup tools clean.
And we'll say it again....as we often do:
One of the simplest ways to avoid eye infection is to practice frequent,
Potential fire hazards are prompting Black and Decker to recall about
224-thousand cabinet-mounted toasters.
SUPER=04-Consumer Product Safety Comm.; :
The Spacemaker Optima model seen here has been linked to at least 242 minor
fires, and two minor injuries.
Here's a video from the Consumer Product Safety Commission.
The toaster's door is designed to open and extend the food rack once the
toasting cycle is complete.
And if food catches on fire in the toaster and the door opens, flames can
escape from the unit and catch the kitchen cabinet on fire.
The recall affects only the Spacemakers Optima Horizontal Toaster, Model
In sports-- VMI's football team won't have a winning season this year, but
what about the future?.
Plus a status report on how the Charlotte Hornets are expected to do in the
NBA this season.
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Welcome folks to the two minute ticker. A quick reminder for you ACC
football fans. North Carolina and Ga. Tech are playing tonight in Atlanta.
But right now let's focus on one of the Carolinas other teams, the Charlotte
The Hornets open their season at home tomorrow night against the Knicks.
SUPER=03-Fort Mill, SC;:00
This afternoon while the players were working out in Fort Mill, they got the
news that Sport magazine had picked them to reach the NBA finals this season.
That means they will have to eliminate the Bulls and the KNicks.
((GLEN RICE/HORNETS GUARD:))
SUPER=01-Glen Rice/Hornets Guard; :00
OUT Q=...THE SEASON."
It's been an absolutely rotten year for VMI football, but the school's long
standing "Never Say Die" motto is helping to keep things in perspective.
With four games left in the regular season, V-M-I is 0-and-7.
But there have been several games where the Keydets have been a couple of
plays away from victory.
Ted Cain and his coaching staff believe tougher preparation is the key to a
IN Q="Yes we have
((TED CAIN/VMI HEAD COACH: ))
((MIKE ROGERS/VMI LINEBACKER: ))
SUPER=01-Ted Cain/VMI Head coach; :00
SUPER=01-Mike Rogers/VMI Linebacker; :18
OUT Q=.....OUR DAY WILL COME."
Coming up at six, Roy Stanley will check in from the post with the Keydets'
cross country team - the first women's sports team in the history of the
institution. The women will be competing in the southern conference
championships this weekend.
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And don't forget this Saturday you can catch one of the top college games of
the weekend right here on Your Hometown Station as Florida takes on Georgia in
the Swamp at 3:30.
Jean is coming back with more News 7 at five right after this short break.
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Olympic Gold medalist Scott Hamilton is back-
OUT Q=nat music
Hamilton returned to ice last night complete with flips and jumps-
It was back in March-- one week before a Roanoke show, that Hamilton left
the ice to undergo treatment for testicular cancer.
((SCOTT HAMILTON/OLYMPIC GOLD MEDALIST: THERE'S A LOT OF PEOPLE IN A LOT WORSE
SHAPE THAN I AM AND TO IMSPIRE THEM AND TO SAY LOOK YOU CAN COME BACK. IT'S
O.K. IT JUST TAKES DETERMINATION.))
SUPER=02-Scott Hamilton/Olympic Gold Medalist; :03
OUT Q=IT JUST TAKES DETERMINATION."
"Scott Hamilton Back on the Ice"- airs next week on Your Hometown Station.