Next on News 7 at Five-
More on the house explosion that killed one person in Bedford county.
A 70 year old man is dead- Sheriff's deputies say the victim's son is the
And a change on Norfolk Southern trains is a relief for workers on board.
Kick off the weekend forecast with clouds and a few lingering showers.
Sunday looks drier.
In tonight's HEalth Check Report-- we'll check in on the seven McCoy kids...
and hear from the proud parents-- Plus an update on Kenneth-- the largest of
the lot, who's been nick-named Hercules.
The investigation continues into last night's fatal house explosion in
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Good Evening, I'm Jean Jadhon.
The explosion leveled the Bedford County home last night, killing a man, and
injuring his wife.
Investigators are trying to pin down the cause.
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Steve Smallshaw joins us from Chamblissburg with an update.
(roll cue: trying to figure out exactly what happened.)
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SUPER=01-Mike Hammer/Neighbor; :05
SUPER=01-Inv. Mike Mehaffey/Bedford Co. Sheriff's Dept.; :40
OUT Q=just plain routine.
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A 45-year-old Henry County man faces charges of murdering his father with a
70-year-old John Henry Yancey Senior was found on his bedroom floor around
3:30 yesterday morning.
His son, John Henry Yancey Junior, says he heard his father coughing and
went upstairs to give him a cough drop.
He says he found him lying in a pool of blood.
But the sheriff doesn't believe that...he says he died from blows to the
IN Q=There was every indication
((FRANK CASSELL/HENRY CO. SHERIFF: THERE WAS EVERY INDICATION THIS WAS A
MURDER. THIS WAS NOT A CASE WHERE A MAN IS COUGHING AND YOU TAKE HIM A COUGH
SUPER=01-Frank Cassell/Henry Co. Sheriff;
OUT Q=take him a cough drop
The two men shared this house on The Great Road in Bassett.
John Yancey Senior's relatives say he was well liked.
IN Q=He was a
((JUANITA RICHARDSON/VICTIM'S SISTER-IN-LAW: HE WAS A PERSON WHO ATTENDED
CHURCH AND HE WAS INVOLVED IN CHURCH ACTIVITIES -- AND ANYTHING ANYBODY WANTED
HIM TO DO HE WAS ALWAYS THERE TO HELP THEM.))
SUPER=01-Juanita Richardson/Victim's Sister-in-Law;
OUT Q=to help them
John Henry Yancey Junior is in Henry County jail.
Weapons inspectors are back in Iraq including Americans.
The mood seemed upbeat as inpsectors arrived back on the job-
In Washington they're waiting to find out if inspectors will be allowed to
do their job tomorrow as promised.
((LET THERE BE NO MISTAKE. WE MUST BE CONSTANTLY VIGILANT AND RESOLUTE AND WITH
OUR FRIENDS AND PARTNERS WE MUST BE ESPECIALLY DETERMINED TO PREVENT SADDAM'S
ABILITY TO RECONSTITUE HIS WEAPONS OF MASS DESTRUCTION PROGRAM.))
OUT Q=of mass destruction program."
Clinton says the beefed up U-S military force in the region will stay in
place for now.
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The car tax is being dissected in Richmond-- that's just one story coming up
next on NEWS-7 at Five--
And the dry hopper system is being chucked by Norfolk Southern--
Railroad workers will soon have a more sanitary way to relieve themselves.
Also coming up, Patrick takes us to a unique handbag exhibit... stay tuned.
Call it the morning-after headache.
Virginia's Senate Finance Committee now says just the first two years of Jim
Gilmore's car tax-cut will cost TWICE what Gilmore predicted during the
The committee is almost evenly split between Democrats and Republicans.
A spokesman for Governor-elect Gilmore says he stands by his final goal to
eliminate the tax... but is willing to compare numbers on how it can be done.
When Virginia's Board of Education members adopted new Standards of Learning
two years ago, they weren't thinking about Sacagawea. (sock-uh-juh-wee-ah)
But Camille Cooper has been.
Cooper's leading a rally tonight at the Lewis and Clark statue in
She says the statue's depiction of Sacagawea crouching behind Lewis and
Clark is symbolic of where women are in Virginia's new academic standards.
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((CAMILLE COOPER: NOT ONLY WAS SHE THE CHIEF NAVIGATOR, BUT SHE WAS
ESSENTIALLY RESPONSIBLE FOR MAKING THEIR MISSION SUCCESSFUL BY NEGOTIATING FOR
HORSES WITH HER NATIVE TRIBE THE SHOSHONE BECAUSE THEY WOULD NOT HAVE BEEN ABLE
TO CROSS THE CONTINENTAL DIVIDE WITHOUT THE HORSES. AND AT ONE POINT THEY GOT
LOST AND SHE LED THEM THROUGH THE BOZEMAN PASS.))
SUPER=01-Camille Cooper/Education Liberation Rally;
OUT Q=Bozeman Pass.
In fact, the history standards only mention five women specifically, over 12
IN Q=It would be
((HARVEY CARMICHEAL/VA. DEPT. OF EDUCATION: IT WOULD BE POSSIBLE FOR INSTANCE
FOR WOMEN'S STUDIES NOT TO BE APPROACHED IN THOSE STANDARDS. OR DEPENDING ON
THE PLEASURE OF THE TEACHER AND THE SCHOOL DIVISION'S CURRICULUM, THERE COULD
BE A GREAT DEAL OF EMPHASIS GIVEN TO WOMEN OR MINORITIES. OR OTHER ISSUES.))
SUPER=01-Harvey Carmicheal/Va. Dept. of Education;
OUT Q=other issues.
The women are drafting a bill to promote more diversity in public school
standards for the 1998 General Assembly session.
A settlement is reached in the case of a white teacher who lost her job in
New Jersey while an equally qualified black teacher kept hers.
The unusual thing: most of the 400-thousand-dollar settlement being paid to
the white teacher is being funded by civil rights advocates.
The case was scheduled to go to the Supreme court.
They feared the high court would hand a setback to hiring preferences based
Norfolk Southern says it's time to put modern toilets on its trains.
Earlier this year, we told you about the N-S dry hopper system.
It's a system where N-S workers relieve themselves in plastic bags on board
Railroad unions have complained the system is not sanitary.
Farmers have found bags of human waste on their property near railroad
Larry Chattin is suing the railroad.
He says bags of waste that landed on his farm have cost him a lot of money.
IN Q= Well, we've got a lot
((LARRY CHATTIN/BEDFORD CO. FARMER: WELL, WE'VE GOT A LOT OF DAMAGE. WE LOST
PROBABLY 50 HEAD OF CATTLE AND WE'VE PROBABLY GOT $200,000 WORTH OF MACHINERY
THAT'S DAMAGED A WHOLE LOT.))
SUPER=01-Larry Chattin/Bedford Co. Farmer;
OUT Q=a whole lot.
Norfolk Southern said it will replace the dry hoppers with either chemical or
But there's no timeline for installation.
The hustle and bustle of the holiday season is underway--at least for the
Roanoke Regional Airport.
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Denise Allen is at the airport with some holiday travel tips.
Jean the Wednesday before Thanksgiving is traditionally one of the busiest
travel days of the year.
But airport officials say traffic is picking up today-- because college
students are heading home for the break.
Here are some things to keep in mind when you travel during the holiday
(roll cue: "...this holiday season.")
IN Q=YOU SHOULD ALWAYS
SUPER=01-Mark Courtney/Roanoke Regional Airport; :00
SUPER=01-Mary Noon/Martin Travel; :18
OUT Q=those in the system
IN Q=YOU SHOULD ALWAYS
((MARK COURTNEY/ROANOKE REGIONAL AIRPORT: YOU SHOULD ALWAYS MAKE SURE THAT YOU
ALLOW EXTRA TIME, HAVE A PHOTO ID AND PREPARE FOR QUESTIONS RELATIVE TO
OUT Q=RELATIVE TO SECURITY
Courtney suggests having your tickets in hand before you reach the airport.
Also call to see if your flight is on schedule.
If you haven't made travel plans yet there still may be a chance for you to
get a deal.
IN Q=FOR DEPARTURE ON
((MARY NOON/MARTIN TRAVEL: FOR DEPARTURE ON MONDAY AND RETURNING ON FRIDAY AND
THOSE FARES ARE LIMITED TO THOSE DATES AND TIMES SPECIFICALLY. BUT THERE WERE
SOME SIZABLE SAVINGS AND AS EARLY AS THIS MORNING THERE WERE SOME OF THOSE LEFT
IN THE SYSTEM.))
OUT Q=in the system
The number of those special fares is limited.
And if you wait until the last minute you're going to pay full price.
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If you're thinking about a December trip Jean, you'd better start planning
now to get the best rates.
(question: Is traveling in December more difficult?
There are some black out dates in December which are heavily booked and no
Also airlines block off seats just in case Virginia Tech or U-V-A go to bowl
games and bowl travel packages are needed.)
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Sometimes the distinction between "art" and "every-day" gets blurred and
that's what Patrick Evans is focusing on tonight.
OUT Q=right after this break.
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Most people don't consider handbags or purses-- even the really nice ones--
works of art, but they are.
A Roanoke collector is displaying more than 60 handbags that you can check
out at the Art Museum of Western Virginia.
Patrick Evans has the story.
SUPER=21-Patrick Evans; :00
SUPER=00-Mark Scala/Executive Curator; :37 (super right)
SUPER=08-Sandy Rear/Museum Patron; 1:20 (super left)
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Is the rain dampening our Friday Football Extra coverage?
Mike Stevens will fill us in.
But first on health check.
The Food and Drug Administration was born under President Theodore
Roosevelt-- today it is being readied for a new century.
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((THE FDA HAS ALWAYS SET THE GOLD STANDARD FOR CONSUMER SAFETY. TODAY IT WINS
THE GOLD MEDAL FOR LEADING THE WAY INTO THE FUTURE. ))
OUT Q=INTO THE FUTURE.
Good afternoon, I'm Keith Humprhy, with one of the stories you'll see on
NEWS 7 at six.
Lexington officials are trying to come up with regulations for
While one owner claims it's domesticated like any other dog, officials fear
for the public's safety.
Double Boxes=Jean and Keith/Newsroom
Jean, we'll have more wolf-hybrid dogs in about 40 minutes on News 7 at Six.
Thanks Keith and have a nice weekend.
President Bill Clinton is giving the
FOod and Drug Administration the authority to speed up approval of lifesaving
drugs and medical devices.
The FDA Modernization Act of 1997 was signed this morning by the president.
Supporters of the new law say it will help improve the nation's health by
giving patients quicker access to new treatments-- without undermining either
their safety or the FDA's authority.
((WE CAN ENSURE THAT IT WILL SERVE AMERICA WELL INTO THE 21ST CENTURY-- AND I
HOPE SERVE AS A MODEL AGAIN TO HOW WE CAN MAINTAIN OUR GOALS OF PURSUING THE
PUBLIC INTEREST AND ADJUST OUR MEANS TO THE POSSIBILITIES AND CHALLENGES OF A
DRAMATICALLY NEW ERA. ))
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Clinton calls this legislation a major accomplishment for the 1997 Congress.
The bill will reduce the backlog in the FDA's approval process.
It also provides incentives for pharmaceutical companies to develop and test
medicines for children.
Bobbi and Kenny McCaughey (McCoy) faced the media together today for the first
time since their septuplets were born.
The mother, Bobbi, had a brief episode of stage fright, but told the world
about what she says is an awesome experience.
Dave Fehling reports from Des Moines, Iowa.
SUPER=03-Des Moines, IA;
SUPER=01-Bobbi McCaughey/Mother of Septuplets;
SUPER=01-Kenny McCaughey/Father of Septuplets;
SUPER=01-Dr. Robert Shaw/Neonatologist;
SUPER=01-Sharon Snodgrass/Church Secretary;
OUT Q=cbs news des moines.
((In their first interview since the birth of their seven babies, Kenny and
Bobbi Mc-Caughey called the experience awesome.
BOBBI MCCAUGHEY, MOTHER OF SEPTUPLETS: I KNOW ITS EXTRAORDINARY BUT ITS JUST
SOMETHING I DID..THEY'RE MY CHILDREN...
KENNY MCCAUGHEY/FATHER OF SEPTUPLETS: WE WANTED 1 OR 2 OR 3..GOD GAVE THEM TO
Doctors said all seven are making significant improvement...especially first
born Kenneth, nick-named Hercules by the hospital staff because he seemed to be
holding -up the six others inside the uterus.
DR. ROBERT SHAW/ NEONATALOLIGIST: BREATHING ON HIS OWN, CUTEST LITTLE CHUBBY
Because he can breath without a machine's help, kenneth could be
held for the first time.
It will be weeks before the babies can leave the hospital..plenty
of time for their hometown of carlisle, Iowa to get ready.
Churches and banks are helping cooridinate an outpouring of donations...
everything from building supplies for a new home to free college
SHARON SNODGRASS/CHURCH SECRETARY:
the septuplets' birth has become an international
headliner...and late in the day, a tired the mccaughey's took questions from
some of the 250 journalists covering the story.
WE WANT THE WORLD TO KNOW, LITTLE OLD IOWA WHERE CORN GROWS..AND BABIES.))
Welcome to another soggy Friday night, but just remember folks when you see
him at the mall this weekend - "It's not Robin's fault!"
I'll get to your football schedule is just a second but
first let's step inside and dry off at Cassell Coliseum where the Virginia
Tech men and women open their brand new basketball season with brand new
The women host East Carolina at 6 tonight. And Bonnie Henrickson says taking
over at Tech has been easy.
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((BONNIE HENRICKSON/VA. TECH WOMEN'S HEAD COACH:))
SUPER=01-Bonnie Henrickson/Va. Tech Women's Head Coach; :00
OUT Q=...OUR STAFF."
Bobby Hussey also makes his head coaching debut tonight at the Cassell as the
men complete the second half of the doubleheader at 8:30 against Tennessee
The girl's state high school basketball tournament is underway in Bristol
In the single A tournament Glenvar just beat George Mason 43-to-33.
Tomorrow they will have the tall task of playing Northwood for the Single-A
We'll have highlights of the Highlanders semi-final for you tonight at six.
The Double A final four tips off tonight at seven with Salem playing Turner
Then 15 after that game ends Byrd takes on Charlottesville in the nightcap.
We will have highlights of both games tonight on News 7 at 11, and on Friday
Mother Nature has caused a few problems with tonight's Friday Football Extra
schedule of regional championship games.
Two that were originally scheduled for tonight have been moved to tomorrow.
Here's a look at the updated schedule of games.
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And finally we end tonight with an unusual story from the track.
The Martinsville Speedway closed out its 50th anniversary season earlier
today in rare fashion.
As family members gathered around the start finish line and the flag tower,
the ashes of Gus Gustafson, an avid race fan from Roanoke, were scattered on
Seven family members in all took part in the ceremony that was the deceased
Jean is coming back to try and top that story in just a moment.
Have a great weekend everybody.
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Twenty somethings arent' slackers- they're DOERS.
That's the premise behind Swing magazine-
The magazine is celebrating it's third anniversary and has increased
circulation to 100 thousand.
To mark the occasion the magazine is highlighting the 30 most powerful
people under 30.
One is Graham Spencer- the computer whiz who made a fortune changing the
way people surf the internet.
((DAVID LAUREN/SWING FOUNDER: WE TRY TO FIND YOUNG PEOPLE IN THEIR 20'S WHO
MADE SOMETHING FROM NOTHING OR WHO HAVE TAKEN AND IDEA AND MADE IT
SUPER=01-David Lauren/"Swing" Editor in Chief;
OUT Q=and made it successful.
Lauren is the son of famous designer Ralph Lauren-
David raised the money on his own to launch Swing- although Dad is a