News 7 at Five is next-
Did a 14 year old act alone in the Kentucky High school shootings?
We'll hear from the sheriff.
A school bus crashes into William Byrd High School.
And evidence hits the highway in the unabomber trial.
Clouds with a few showers as well. The latest radar pictures are coming up.
What should public health care provide for in the 21st century? A planning
session is in the works.
Plus doctors are now saying mothers should breast-feed their babies for at
least a year. These stories tonight on Health Check.
((I DON'T BELIEVE THIS BOY PLANNED THIS OUT BY HIMSELF. I REALLY DON'T. I
BELIEVE THERE'S SOMEONE IN THE BACKGROUND THAT WE NEED OR WE NEED TO TALK TO.))
OUT Q=we need to talk to."
The Sheriff believes the 14 year old charged with killing his classmates did
not act alone.
GRAPHIC=NEWS-7 AT FIVE
Good Evening. I'm Jean Jadhon.
Sheriff Frank Augustus says he has no evidence and NO PROOF. He says it's a
The Sheriff asks why would Michael Carneal bring five guns to school if he
wasn't counting on help?
SUPER=03-West Paducah, KY;
And he wants to know why the boy made statements warning that something big
was going to happen.
((FRANK AUGUSTUS/SHERIFF: HE JUST LOOKED LIKE A VERY DISTURBED SORRY LITTLE
BOY HE'S VERY SORRY OF WHAT HE DID AND I JUST BELIEVE HE'S NOT OPENING UP AND
TELLING US EVERYTHING.))
SUPER=01-Frank Augustus/McCracken Co. Sheriff;
OUT Q=us everything."
The sheriff says he's getting complete cooperation from Carneal's parents-
but he would not speculate on a motive.
Three students died in the shootings-
Five others were wounded- two remain hospitalized.
An early morning bomb blast killed a Louisa County woman and her unborn
Twenty-four year-old Tammy Lynn Baker was eight months pregnant.
Authorities say when Baker apparently came out of her apartment early this
morning, she leaned over to pick up an object from the sidewalk.
Louisa County Police believe she grabbed a bomb that instantly exploded.
State Police don't know if Baker was the intended target.
The bombing is being investigated as a murder.
Louisa County is between Charlottesville and Richmond.
Evidence for the trial of the suspected Unabomber hit the highway-
SUPER=03-Great Falls, MT;
Ted Kaczynaksi's ten by 12-foot cabin was loaded on a flatbed truck in
Great Falls, Montana-
It's headed for Sacramento where Kaczynski is on trial.
The cabin was built by Kaczynski in the 70s.
It'll be used as evidence by both legal teams.
The prosecution alleges the defendant constructed the bombs he used to kill
his victims in this cabin.
The defense hopes when the jury sees the shack- their client called home-
it'll validate their claims that Kaczynski is mentally ill.
Forensic evidence links 52-year old James Reid to the murder of an elderly
Christiansburg woman last year.
But defense attorneys say their client should NOT be put to death because he
doesn't remember everything that happened.
The defense says Reid suffers from seizures and black outs-- made worse by
Today--Reid entered an Alford plea--he acknowledged the evidence against him
without admitting guilt.
Prosecutors say Reid beat Annie Lester with a metal can, strangled her with
a cord and stabbed her 22-times in the neck, face and chest.
Reid's attorney say the fact their client did NOT try to cover his tracks is
proof he was drinking and did not remember what happened.
IN Q=He didn't
((PETE THEODORE/REID'S ATTORNEY:HE DIDN'T TRY TO COVER HIMSELF UP, HE DIDN'T
TRY TO WASH BLOOD OFF OF HIM, HE DIDN'T TRY TO CONCEAL IT WHEN HE WENT HOME, HE
WENT AND ASKED FOR A RIDE, YOU KNOW, RIGHT IN FRONT OF THE HOUSE, HE DIDN'T
KNOW WHAT HE DID. ))
SUPER=01-Pete Theodore/Reid's Attorney; :00
OUT Q=what he did.
The commonwealth finished presenting its evidence today.
The defense will have its turn tomorrow.
British Au-Pair Louise Woodward will wait until the Spring to find out how
an appeals court will rule on her case.
A Boston Superior Court judge agreed to expedite the appeals process and is
consolidating the defense and prosecution into one case.
((MARTHA COAKLEY/PROSECUTOR: I THINK WE'VE ALWAYS BEEN OPTIMISTIC THAT OUR
EVIDENCE WAS SOUND. THAT THE JURY VERDICT WAS SOUND AND WE BELIEVE THIS IS
ANOTHER STEP FOR THE COURTS TO REVIEW AND DETERMINE THAT.))
OUT Q=and determine that."
A jury found Woodward guilty of second degree murder in the death of
After she was sentenced to life in prison, Judge Hiller Zobel reduced the
charge to manslaughter and sentenced her to time already served.
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Cigarette companies are projecting a cut in their tobacco purchases- we'll
hear from the farming community when NEWS-7 at FIVE returns.
Sacrilige or stocking stuffer?
The Virginia Lottery's latest game is offending some of those who see more
to the holiday season than giving gifts.
Kudos tonight on Health Check--Southwestern Virginia is awarded a health
grant and the Safe Kids Coalition is honored.
Plus Patrick brings us the sounds of "Looking for an Echo."
The recording group has roots in Salem...stick around.
A runaway school bus smacked into William Byrd High School this afternoon.
The bus punched a hole in a classroom wall.
Fortunately the room was in the process of being renovated, and there were
no students inside.
School officials say a bus driver parked the bus, and went inside to use the
When she came out the bus was rolling away.
IN Q=the driver is convinced
((RICHARD FLORA/TRANSPORTATION SUPERVISOR; THE DRIVER IS CONVINCED SHE SET THE
PARKING BRAKE....GOT OFF THE BUS ))
SUPER=01-Richard Flora/Transportation Supervisor;
OUT Q=got off the bus.
It happened about 2:45, 15- minutes before the end of school, so no students
were in the parking lot when the bus rolled across it.
GRAPHIC=tobacco under fire
The historic tobacco settlements have forced cigarette companies to announce
they will buy far less of the golden leaf next year --
In Southside that isn't welcome news.
double boxes Jean/Tina
Tina Tenret reports from our Danville newsroom-- with the latest on what's
considered a huge cut in the tobacco farming industry.
Jean, what if your boss told you he would cut your pay 15-percent?
That's becoming reality to tobacco farmers, now that cigarette companies are
expecting to purchase 15-percent less in crops next year.
IN Q=If cigarette companies
SUPER=03-Danville/File Tape; :00
SUPER=01-Harry Lea/Tobacco Warehouse Owner; :10
OUT Q=in their warehouses.
(( If cigarette companies won't buy as much, farmers won't grow as much.
That means expensive equipment sits idle-- and rich soil untapped.
IN Q=There will be a core sector
((HARRY LEA/TOBACCO WAREHOUSE OWNER: THERE WILL BE A CORE SECTOR ... SOME WILL
GO OUT OF BUSINESS.))
OUT Q=out of business
Lea says Danville stands to lose about 20-million-dollars.
The tobacco market enjoyed profits of 100-million-dollars this year -- money
that flowed into the local economy.
Now, tobacco prices are lower -- they've hit the same level as in 1983.
IN Q=Go try and buy
((HARRY LEA/TOBACCO WAREHOUSE OWNER: GO TRY AND BUY ... WILL BE ANY
OUT Q=will be any different
Lea believes as the government cracks down on tobacco, cigarette companies
won't want to have a surplus of the crop sitting in their warehouses.))
Danville farmers say young tobacco farmers shouldn't be worried yet, because
there's still a demand for American tobacco.
double boxes Jean/Tina
But they admit this uncertainty will weed out the farms that just cannot
adapt to change.
All was NOT bad news for tobacco farmers today.
One of the nation's leading election analysts says the impact of rural
voters has actually grown in recent elections.
IN Q=The central cities
((LARRY SABATO/POLITICAL ANALYST: THE CENTRAL CITIES WERE MUCH LESS UNITED...
THE SUBURBS WERE MORE SPLIT THAN THE RURAL AREAS.))
SUPER=01-Larry Sabato/Political Analyst;
OUT Q=than the rural areas.
Sabato told the Virginia Farm Bureau that even though rural voters only have
about 23-percent of voter turnout right now, they tend to vote more as a bloc--
and more for Republican candidates.
***NAT SOUND UNDER***
They came together on the campus of Roanoke College-- soon you can listen to
their collective sounds on disc.
(Patrick ad lib)
STOCKS BUMP NEXT
"Looking for an Echo", a musical group at Roanoke College, is no longer
dreaming of recording its sound--
It's first C-D is about to be released.
DOUBLE BOCKS JEAN/PATRICK
From Olin Hall, here's Patrick Evans with more on this interesting group of
SUPER=01-Patrick Wood/Music Director;
SUPER=07-"Looking for an Echo";
DOUBLE BOX PATRICK/ROBIN
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SUPER=331-Passing/Showers/44-46/Mostly Cloudy/Wind SE-10/54-58;
SUPER=332-Scattered/Showers/40-43/Mostly Cloudy/Wind W-15/48-50;
SUPER=333-Light Rain/Wind SW-10/38-40/Mostly Cloudy/With Sprinkles/46-48;
A moment ago we aired a story about 52-year old James Reid who is accused of
During that story we showed an incorrect graphic. That person is NOT the
James Reid mentioned in that story.
health music under
In tonight's Ticker-- One A-C-C team does know where its bowling this
holiday season. Mike fills us in.
And on Health Check-- breast feeding baby when their 12-months old. Plus--
The Roanoke Valley Safe Kids Coalition is being awarded for promoting safety.
IN Q=It is the number one killer of children
((IT IS THE NUMBER ONE KILLER OF CHILDREN AND THE KEY TO IT IS IT'S
Good afternoon, Here's one of the stories we'll be bringing you at six
John Lawless is a talented musician with a growing business...
Transferring the licks of bluegrass greats onto the printed page.
IN Q=When a popular rock band
((JOHN LAWLESS/ACUTAB PUBLICATIONS: WHEN A POPULAR ROCK BAND RELEASES AN ALBUM,
WITHIN A COUPLE OF MONTHS THERE'S THE GLOSSY FULL COLOR BOOK WITH ALL THE
GUITAR TABLATURE AND HOW TO PLAY THE LICKS AND ALL THAT STUFF , BUT PEOPLE
HADN'T BEEN DOING IT WITH BLUEGRASS MUSIC.))
SUPER=01-John Lawless/AcuTab Publications;
OUT Q=with bluegrass music.
We'll hear how Lawless is turning a musical sideline into a full-time
And we'll bring you the rest of the news, weather and sports
Double Boxes=Jean and Keith/Newsroom
Jean, in about 40 minutes.
SOunds great, thanks.
We don't usually think of children when talking about heart disease but a
report in this morning's Journal of the American Medical Association finds it
may be a problem for the young at heart.
4:44:37 4am feed
Researchers looked at children whose parents suffered a heart attack at an
early age- in their early 50s.
These children were more likely to be obese than children whose parents did
not have heart attacks at a young age.
As the obese children got older, other risk factors emerged-- like high blood
pressure, high cholesterol and high blood sugar-- an early sign of diabetes.
SOT 7:23;19 cbs morning news
IN Q=i think the message
OUT Q=in children.
Doctors say the study looked at kids who are not extremely obese-- but ten to
15 pounds more than their peers.
Researchers say the bottom line is to reduce the child's weight which is the
starting point for heart disease.
The nation's largest pediatricians group has given its vote of confidence
to breast feeding for at least a year.
The American Academy of Pediatrics says feedings should begin within an hour
The group previously recommended breast feeding from six to twelve months.
Research has shown that breast-fed babies are less likely to have illnesses,
and reduces the mother's risk of ovarian and breast cancer.
The National Organization for Women says the new recommendations will pose
problems for new mothers who have to go back to work quickly.
Southwest Virginia has been awarded a health grant that's expected to help
strengthen the future of public health.
The Virginia Health Department says the 60-thousand dollar award from the
Robert Wood Johnson and W-K Kellogg Foundations will help examine the role of
public health in the next century.
Local leaders say the health care industry must rely on the business sector
and community organizations to improve the system.
IN Q=Public health
((BEV FITZPATRICK/ISSUES MANAGEMENT GROUP:PUBLIC HEALTH MEANS A DIFFERENT THING
TO EVERYBODY SO OVER THE THREE YEARS WE'LL HAVE SOME KIND OF CONNSENSUS BUILT
ON WHAT PUBLIC HEALTH IS, WHAT THE EXPECTATIONS ARE OF PUBLIC HEALTH AND THAT
WILL BE THE PLAN))
SUPER=01-Bev Fitzpatrick/Issues Management Group;
OUT Q=the plan.
The big issues for discussions: drinking water protection, health care for
the uninsured and educational programs for health professionals.
Advocates for public health and the New Century council and local health
departments jointly applied for the local funds.
Fitzpatrick wants to involve citizens who aren't normally involved in public
Regional meetings and small discussion groups will be scheduled during the
next two years.
The Roanoke Safe Kids Coalition promotes safety through teaching children
about injury prevention...
Today it was honored for the committment to reducing accidents and injuries.
The safety Council of Southwest Virginia presented Safe Kids with the Horace
The coalition is involved in programs that teach safety lessons from riding
bicycles to fire safety.
IN Q=We're out there
((ELLEN DAVIS/COMMUNITY HEALTH EDUCATION:WE'RE OUT THERE TO FIGHT AGAINST
PREVENTABLE INJURIES. IT'S THE NUMBER ONE KILLER OF CHILDREN AND WE'RE OUT
THERE TO EDUCATE THE COMMUNITY, EDUCATE PARENTS, AS WELL AS CHILDREN AND RAISE
PUBLIC AWARENESS FOR INJURY PREVENTION))
SUPER=01-Ellen Davis/Community Health Education;
Davis says the programs are successful because they approach it as a game,
and award children with prizes such as helmets.
In sports-- former Ferrum College hurler, Billy Wagner is back in town...
Here's Mike with the story and some bowl news.
Good evening everybody and welcome to the Wednesday sports ticker that begins
tonight with some concrete bowl news for at least one ACC team.
This afternoon, the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets officially accepted an
invitation to play in the Carquest Bowl on December 29th at Pro Player Stadium
in Ft. Lauderdale.
The Jackets get the bid despite losing their season finale to Georgia
27-to-24 in a heartbreaking loss in Atlanta.
SUPER=03-Atlanta, GA/Last Saturday; :00
The Jackets don't know who they will play at this time, but right they are
just glad to be heading to the Miami area to their first bowl in 6 years.
((GEORGE O'LEARY/GA. TECH HEAD COACH:))
((RON ROGERS/GA. TECH LINEBACKER:))
SUPER=01-George O'Leary/Ga. Tech Head Coach; :03
SUPER=01-Ron Rogers/Ga. Tech Linebacker; :11
OUT Q=...WITH IT."
The Yellow Jackets will likely play West Virginia or Virginia Tech, which
would make for an interesting situation for athletic director Dave Braine.
Former Ferrum College and Tazewell high school standout Billy Wagner was back
in the area this past weekend.
The Houston Astros relief pitcher spent a couple of hours signing autographs
at a sportscard show at the Roanoke Civic Center.
This past season, in his first full year in the big leagues, Wagner was made
the Astros' bullpen closer.
He responded with 106 strike outs and 23 saves for the central division
IN Q="I don't feel...
((BILLY WAGNER/HOUSTON ASTROS PITCHER:))
SUPER=01-Billy Wagner/Houston Astros Pitcher; :00
OUT Q=...BOTHERED ME."
Much more coming with Billy the Kid at six o'clock as we talk about how his
strong faith plays a part in his success.
Plus, more on the bowl scenarios, including some entertaining comments from
the the coaches taking part in this year's Rose Bowl.
Hope to you see again in about a half hour.
take a break
It never says the word Christmas.
But it's obviously NOT a Hannukah or Kwanzaa game the Virginia Lottery is
pitching in its latest "instant scratch" ticket.
The Virginia Association of Independent Baptists calls the new games
"sacriligious" and "NOT amusing."
IN Q=We have never
((PENELOPE KYLE/VA. LOTTERY DIRECTOR: WE HAVE NEVER HEARD FROM ANY PLAYERS--
FROM ANY CONSTITUENT. THREE YEARS IN A ROW NOW WE HAVE NEVER...GIFT-GIVING
TICKETS. WE'VE JUST NEVER HAD THAT ISSUE RAISED.))
((BILL KINCAID/GAMBLING OPPONENT: WELL OBVIOUSLY NOT RELIGIOUS SCRATCH
TICKETS...WHO SPEND THE MONEY.))
SUPER=01-Penelope Kyle/Va. Lottery Director; :00
SUPER=01-Bill Kincaid/Gambling Opponent; :15
OUT Q=spend the money
tickets in time for Valentine's Day.
Lottery officials say they have NO plans for an Easter game -- but expect