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Closing arguments are underway in the second Oklahoma City bombing Trial.
A charter plane goes down in the Middle East killing 85 people.
And just how many bikes came in at this years bikes or bust campaign- We'll
have that number for you.
No weather worries this week with abundant sunshine and temperatures up in
A recall on some holiday decorations sold in Virginia.
One hospital is trying to make going to the doctor a less intimidating
experience for children.
Those stories tonight on Health Check.
Prosecutors told jurors Terry Nichols plotted the Oklahoma City bombing-
planning death destruction and chaos.
GRAPHIC=News 7 at Five
Good Evening. I'm Jean Jadhon.
SS=Oklahoma Bombing Trial
Closing arguments are now underway in Denver-
OUT Q=we're ready.
Defense attorneys say they're ready to go with their closing arguments- but
first it was the prosecution's turn.
Lawyer Beth Wilkinson says Nichols embarked on a road to destruction with
Timothy McVeigh- She went on to say he intended for there to be death and there
Nichols stared straight ahead toward jurors- gulping and swallowing hard as
Next the defense will have a chance to bring up doubts in the government's
The case is expected to go to the jury tomorrow.
A Pulaski County business destroyed by fire isn't throwing in the towel.
Fire gutted "Rental Towel Services" in downtown Pulaski a little more than a
Since then the company has established a temporary facility in the Pulaski
County Industrial Park.
About half of the company's 75 workers are back on the job.
Their main goal-- to let customers know they're NOT going anywhere.
IN Q=A lot of
((ALBERT UPCHURCH/RENTAL TOWEL CO-OWNER: A LOT OF THEM THINK WE'VE GONE OUT OF
BUSINESS, SOME OF OUR COMPETITORS WILL TELL THEM THAT WE'RE OUT OF BUSINESS,
BUT WE'RE CERTAINLY NOT, THEY'RE TRYING TO MAKE SOME DELIVERIES NOW, WHERE
THERE'S NEEDED TOWELS AND APRONS, WHATEVER. ))
SUPER=01-Albert Upchurch/Rental Towel Co-Owner; :
OUT Q=aprons, whatever.
A welding spark is believed to have started the fire.
The company suffered more than one million dollars in damages.
President Clinton picks his choice as the top civil rights enforcer-
Bill Lann Lee is the son of Chinese immigrants- and the new ACTING Assistant
Attorney General for Civil Rights.
((THAT THE PRESIDENT HAS CHOSEN ME FOR THIS POISITION OF TRUST AND RESPONBILITY
REDEEMS MY PARENTS HOPE AND FAITH THAT THE AMERICAN DREAM CAN COME TRUE FOR ALL
SUPER=01-Bill Lann Lee/Acting Civil Rights Enforcer;
OUT Q=for all Americans."
But Senate Repbulicans will most likely block Lee's confirmation saying the
former lawyer for the N-double A-C-P supported
GRAPHIC=Plane Crash Commerical
A Russian made airliner went down in the United Arab (Em-erites) Emirates.
SUPER=03-United Arab Emirates;
killing 85 people- but one person did survive.
The TU-154 crashed just nine miles from the airport- in the desert.
Rescuer workers are using floodlights as they search the burning debris.
So far no word on what caused the crash- but the weather was clear at the
The TU-154 plane is a three engine used heavily for commercial flights
originating in the former Soviet Union. More than 500 people have died in
crashes involving the model in the past four years.
HARD MUSIC UNDER
More news on the fate of Moore's stores locally, now that the business is
being bought by an Oklahoma company. We'll have the latest coming up on News 7
Also the Bikes or Bust campaign is coming down for another year.
We'll tell you about this year's record setting event.
Tonight on Health Check--the government is cracking down on food labelings
that claim to be totally natural.
Are you looking for a way to make your Christmas tree stand out?
You'll find some shining examples at the Festival of Trees in downtown
Roanoke--and Andrew Freiden will be along to show us.
Governor Allen is apparently in the holiday spirit--his new proposed budget
includes increased state funding for several projects.
Among the receipients: The Virginia Natural History Museum, which could
receive ten million dollars in Allen's new budget.
The museum is expanding to another Martinsville location -- the new building
will cost about 16 million dollars.
The state would typically provide half of that --- but Governor Allen wants
to put an extra two million dollars in the budget.
IN Q=This is ten million dollars
((GOV. GEORGE ALLEN: THIS IS TEN MILLION DOLLARS FOR CONSTRUCTION WHICH I
GUARANTEE THERE ARE OTHERS WHO THINK IT COULD BE SPENT ON SOMETHING ELSE. AS I
SAID EARLIER, IF YOU WAIT, IF THIS GETS REPORTED IN THE MIDST OF LITERALLY
THOUSANDS AND THOUSANDS OF ITEMS IN THE BUDGET, IT'LL GET LOST.))
OUT Q=get lost
The governor says the new building will draw tourists and businesses to
Martinsville -- and make science fun.
The local rotary club is also chipping in, donating four thousand dollars to
help the museum print a book on fossils.
Central Virginia's new juvenile detention home opened its doors to the
The new facility can house up to forty juvenile offenders, twice the number
of the old home.
A "state of the art" control room monitors activity in all the cells,
classrooms and common areas.
Administrators say it's unfortunate it had to expand.
IN Q=Definitely a
((TOM CURRIER/ADMINISTRATOR: DEFINITELY A BITTERSWEET PILL TO SWALLOW. IT'S
GOOD THAT ALL THE LOCALITIES HAVE JOINED IN AND WE CAN BUILD IT, BUT IT IS A
SHAME THAT HAVE TO HAVE A PLACE LIKE THIS AT ALL.))
SUPER=01-Tom Currier/Administrator; :00
OUT Q=this at all.
Lynchburg and seven other central Virginia localities are spending more than
six million dollars on the project.
Phase Two, the renovation of the OLD juvenile home right next door, should
be completed in March.
Employees at three area Moore's Lumber and Building Supplies stores are at
even though the buildings are closed.
The Moore's on Franklin Road is the only store staying open in this area.
Three others...in Bedford, Salem and on Williamson Road in Roanoke went out
of business Friday.
This came after Moore's was bought out by Hope Lumber, a company based in
Hope said Moore's was losing money and called for a "reallocation of
That reallocation started last week, when 40-employees at the Moore's
distribution center in Roanoke were let go.
That number could double in the next few months, when the three other stores
shut down for good.
Oranments, lights, ribbons... there are many ways to make your Christmas tree
IN Q=in just a few
((ANDREW FREIDEN: IN JUST A FEW MINUTES FIND OUT HOW THE TOOTH FAIRY, AND
SANTA CLAUS ARE JOINING FORCES AT THE FESTIVAL OF TREES. THAT'S COMING UP ON
NEWS 7 AT FIVE. ))
OUT Q=NEWS7 AT FIVE
STOCKS BUMP NEXT
You may think your Christmas tree is the best in town.
But there is one place where you can go to see some of Roanoke's best trees
side-by-side in competition.
Andrew Freiden is checking out this year's Festival of Trees.
SUPER=01-Diane Kelly/Mental Health Association;
OUT Q=Andrew Freiden
SUPER=330-Clear And/Cold/22-24/Sunny And/Milder/55-57;
SUPER=331-Mostly Clear/Light Wind/20-25/Sunny With/Light Winds/55-58;
SUPER=332-Clear And/Cold/16-18/Sunny/And Milder/50-53;
SUPER=333-Clear And/Cold/18-20/Sunny/And Pleasant/50-53;
SUPER=334-Clear And/Cold/10-15/Sunny With/Light Winds/44-46;
health music under
Who are the Light People and why are visitors coming for miles to see them in
South Carolina? We'll tell you, a little later on News 7 at Five.
On HealthCheck, the government says some holiday lights and decorations are
fire and electrocution hazards.
Some southwest Virginia retailers have sold some of the products, which are
now being recalled.
IN Q=The Wednesday
((CATHIE SHELOR/MJ DESIGNS MANAGER:THE WEDNESDAY BEFORE THANKSGIVING WE GOT THE
NEWS FROM OUR HOME OFFICE IN TEXAS THEY CALLED US AND SENT IT OUT AS AN ALERT
TO PULL THEM ALL OFF THE FLOOR))
OUT Q=the floor
There's more News 7 at Five coming up--but first a look at what's ahead on
News 7 at Six.
Where does the money that turns the wheels of politics come from?
You may be surprised how much poured into Virginia from other states this
IN Q=Naturally in
((GOV.-ELECT JIM GILMORE: NATURALLY IN ORDER TO FUND A MAJOR, STATEWIDE
CAMPAIGN IN THE LATE 20TH CENTURY YOU HAVE TO RAISE A LOT OF MONEY. AND WE
DID. WE WERE VERY SUCCESSFUL WITH IT.))
OUT Q=with it.
Boy was he.
Governor- elect Jim Gilmore set a spending record for a Virginia governor's
race -- with a little help from the rest of the country.
Ellen Qualls brings us a little analysis tonight.
That's coming up at the top of the hour on NEWS 7 at SIX.
The United States Consumer Product Safety Commission has recalled several
holiday products...some of them sold in Virginia.
Approximately 1.5 million sets of curtain style, indoor/outdoor holiday
lights are being recalled because electrical wiring can pull out from the
splices of the lights--thus exposing live wires, which could lead to
IN Q=These candleholders...
SUPER=01-Angela Gunther/Health Educator;:00
SUPER=01-Cathie Shelor/M.J. Designs Manager;1:04
OUT Q=replace them
IN Q=These candleholders
((ANGELA GUNTHER/HEALTH EDUCATOR:THESE CANDLEHOLDERS APPARENTLY CAN IGNITE AND
CAUSE A FIRE HAZARD))
OUT Q=fire hazard.
video of signs on M-J door
The Virginia Department of health is warning consumers to stop using the
curtain lights candleholders and return them to the store for a full refund.
Pre-Pro start at 01:58:01 to reach dissolve-
800 train candleholder sets are being recalled--There is a hang tag attached
to the set--labeled Made in Taiwan--Item 76530.
31-thousand circular, tree shaped candleholders contain small glass pots that
can overheat and shatter--Check product number 1731. They were sold nationwide
from October 1996 through December 1996.
IN Q=There have
((ANGELA GUNTHER/HEALTH EDUCATOR:THERE HAVE BEEN NO INJURIES TO DATE FROM THESE
CANDLE HOLDERS BUT THEY ARE RECALLING THEM BECAUSE THERE HAS BEEN ONE INCIDENT
OF THE CANDLEHOLDERS IGNITING AND SETTING A BATHROOM VANITY ON FIRE))
OUT Q=on fire
The popular miniature lights were sold between September 1995 and November
((CATHIE SHELOR/MJ DESIGNS:WE HAD VERY FEW LAST YEAR, THEY SOLD OUT VERY
QUICKLY. THIS YEAR WE KNEW EVERYONE WANTED THEM AND CORPORATE ANTICIPATED AND
WE GOT IN A HUGE AMOUNT AND SOLD QUITE A FEW BEFORE THAT TIME AND THEN
ANTICIPATING SELLING THEM FOR THANKSGIVING WEEKEND AND WE HAD TO PULL THEM OFF
THE SHELVES BEFORE THAT SALE))
OUT Q=that sale
Health officials say everyone who's decorating for the holidays need to
check the quality of the products.
IN Q=Always check
((ANGELA GUNTHER:ALWAYS CHECK THE WIRING OF YOUR HOLIDAY DECORATION, REPLACE
MISSING BULBS, CHECK IF THERE ARE ANY EXPOSED WIRES ESPECIALLY IF YOU'VE HAD
THESE DECORATIONS FOR A FEW YEARS, IT MIGHT BE TIME TO REPLACE THEM))
OUT Q=replace them.))
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Consumers with questions about this recall should call the store where they
bought the products, or contact the Consumer Product Safety Commission toll
free hotline at 800-638-2772.
The government is getting tougher on food growers that want to label their
products as organic.
New rules announced today by Agriculture Secretary Dan Glickman
will replace a haphazard collection of state regulations--those regulations
make it difficult for consumers to be sure they're truly purchasing 100 percent
SOT 13:15:01 CBS 1pm Feed
IN Q=These rules
((DAN GLICKMAN/US AGRICULTURE SECRETARY: THESE RULES ARE NOT ABOUT CREATING A
CATEGORY OF AGRICULTURE
THAT IS SAFER THAN ANY OTHER. WE HAVE ONE HIGH STANDARD FOR FOOD SAFETY IN
THIS COUNTRY, PERIOD. THESE RULES ARE ABOUT GIVING CONSUMERS CHOICES AS TO HOW
THEIR FOOD IS PRODUCED. I WANT THEM TO BE INFORMED CHOICES BUT THEY ARE THE
CONSUMERS TO MAKE.))
SUPER=01-Dan Glickman/US Agriculture Secretary
OUT Q=consumers to make
To receive an Agriculture Department organic seal, the proposed regulation
would require that raw products be 100 percent organic and that processed
foods contain 95 percent organic ingredients.
Processed foods with less than 50 percent organic content will be required to
specify their organic ingredients.
Since 1990, sales of organic foods have increased at an annual average of 20
percent with three and a half billion dollars in annual sales.
GRAPHIC=Kids and Surgery
These days many hospital patients, even children, go home only hours
after their surgery.
There are a few questions parents should be asking to help make their child's
short hospital stay easier.
Even simple procedures like a blood pressure check can be scary for young
At Denver's Childrens Hospital the staff shows young patients some
of the things that will be done leading up to surgery--and let the youngsters
try them first on a doll.
TAKE FULLSCREEN LIVE CHILDREN AND SURGERY
Here are some questions for parents--
What should be done at home before the surgery--such as limiting eating or
drinking for a few hours before coming to the hospital.
What can you expect after the surgery--how much pain will you child be in?
How will the child be prepared for surgery at the hospital? Explaining that
to the youngster can take some of the fear away.
and finally--How long can the parent stay with the child before surgery?
Some parents like to remain with their child all the way up to the time the
anesthesia is first given.
Time for sports--
the 49ers and Broncos face off for Monday Night football.
and the Hokies are gearing up for the Gator Bowl. Here's Mike Stevens with
tonight's Two Minute Ticker.
The two minute sports ticker slips into its Holiday mode today as the
countdown to Christmas and the Hokies New Year's Day date with North Carolina
Virginia Tech held its official Gator Bowl newsconferecne this afternoon to
kick off the start of their postseason party. Steve Mason has more today's
event that was attended by players, coaches and representatives from the Gator
IN Q=FIRST AUDIO
SUPER=01-John Harrison/Gator Bowl Director; :14
SUPER=01-Frank Beamer/Va. Tech Head Coach; :26
SUPER=01-Shawn Scales/Va. Tech Flanker; :49
OUT Q=...NEWS 7 SPORTS."
Tonight's Monday Night NFL game pits two teams that many think may be playing
in this year's Super Bowl.
The San Francisco 49ers host the Broncos, but there is more to this game than
meets the eye.
For starters Joe Montana's jersey is being retired at halftime, and Jerry
Rice is making his comeback from knee surgery.
((ED MCCAFFREY/BRONCOS WIDE RECEIVER:))
((WILLIAM FLOYD/49ERS FULLBACK:))
SUPER=01-Ed McCaffrey/Broncos Wide Receiver; :00
SUPER=01-William Floyd/49ers Fullback; :13
OUT Q=...WHAT HAPPENS."
Much more coming up for you tonight at six, including some sour grapes in
Have a good night everybody.
take a break
Many communities have special displays of holiday lights--
but the one in Pelzer, South Carolina is one of a kind.
That's because of the "Light People"
At first glance they might look like small trees or bushes that have been
strung with lights.
But these are mobile holiday decorations-- they are actually residents who
don a suit of lights, plug in and extend greetings to thousands of visitors.
IN Q=I love to do it
OUT Q=kick out of it
Pelzer has some more traditional holiday displays, but it is the Light
People that draw crowds from miles away each year.
For the third year in a row, the Bikes or Bust campaign wrapped up in a big
When J-93 Disc Jockey Slam Duncan, and WDBJ's Steve Pardon came down from
their perch for the last time, there were 1790 bikes in the parking lot.
That number will grow after they use cash donations to buy even more bikes.
Organizers say they plan to continue the annual event, but won't try to beat
the previous year's total, saying anytime you collect one thousand bikes for
kids, that's a good year.