Next on News 7 at FIve-
Two people are dead after an apparent murder suicide in Carroll County-
Virginia's largest health care insurer drops three hospitals fromits network.
Nala, the lion on the loose for 2 days in Florida- is re-captured.
A weak cold front slips by today leaving another sunny forecast through
How will a rift between Trigon and several local hospitals affect patient
And how could a Japanese cartoon make hundreds of children sick?
These stories tonight on health check.
(Jean ad lib)
It's a waiting game as jurors deliberate the fate of Terry Nichols.
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Good Evening. I'm Jean Jadhon.
The jury in the second Oklahoma Bombing Trial asked to see the witness list-
as they began deliberating for their first full day.
Dave Fehling has more from Denver.
SUPER=01-Jannie Coverdale/Victim's Grandmother;
SUPER=01-Scott Robinson/Legal Commentator;
SUPER=01-Andrew Cohen/Legal Commentator;
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((Mirrored windows concealed the faces of the seven women and five
men who will decide what role Terry Nichols played in the Oklahoma City
JANNIE COVERDALE, GRANDMOTHER OF VICTIMS: I'M GONNA BE VERY UPSET IF TERRY'S
NOT CONVICTED BUT I DONT THINK THAT'S GOING TO HAPPEN.
SCOTT ROBINSON, LEGAL COMMENTATOR:
INDEED THIS JURY IS GOING TO BE GRAPPLING VERY HARD WITH THE CONCEPTS OF
CONSPIRACY AND COMPLICITY. BECAUSE IT ALL COMES DOWN TO WHAT DID TERRY NICHOLS
REALLY DO AND WHAT DID HE REALLY KNOW.
Nichols is accused of helping Tim Mcveigh build the bomb.
but unlike the jury in Mcveigh's trial who found him guilty of
first degree murder and sentenced him to death, this jury has the option of
considering lesser charges of second degree murder or
manslaughter...charges that do not carry the death penalty.
it was an option granted by the judge, Richard Matsch.
ANDREW COHEN/LEGAL COMMENTATOR:
THEN THAT'S A REFLECTION THAT HE THINKS ITS A POSSIBILITY THAT THEY COULD
FIND THAT AND THAT MEANS HE DOESN'T THINK THIS CASE IS AS STRONG AS THE
Jurors seemed to be methodically sorting through the evidence, at
one point asking the judge to provide a list of the nearly 200 witnesses. Dave
Fehling, CBS News, Denver.))
Virginia's largest health-care insurer is dropping three area hospitals from
its network of preferred providers.
Trigon Blue Cross, Blue Shield says it could not resolve a contract dispute
with the hospitals' management.
Double Boxes=Jean and Scott/Newsroom
Scott Goldberg joins us from the newsroom.
Scott, do we know what caused the dispute?
Jean, all we know is Trigon and Columbia/H-C-A reached an impasse..
Trigon said three of the Columbia-owned hospitals in Southwest Virginia made
new demands regarding their contract with the insurer.
Those alleged demands have been a sticking point since August.
Now Trigon has decided it will not come to terms with the hospitals.
Starting February 1st, Montgomery Regional Hospital, along with Lewis-Gale
Medical Center and Pulaski Community hospital...are no longer part of Trigon's
Trigon estimates close to 35-thousand subscribers used those hospitals as
If they continue to use the Columbia hospitals, patients will have to pay
So it's expected that most of those 35-thousand subscribers will take their
business to Carilion-owned hospitals like Roanoke Memorial and Community.
Carilion says it's ready for the influx of new patients.
IN Q=We're not
((DON LORTON/CARILION HEALTH SYSTEMS: WE'RE NOT GOING TO BUILD AN ADDITION ON
THE BUILDING OR GO OUT AND BUILD A LOT OF NEW LAB EQUIPMENT OF SOMETHING LIKE
THAT TO ACCOMMODATE THESE ADDITIONAL PATIENTS.))
SUPER=01-Don Lorton/Carilion Health Systems;
Again, Trigon will not say why it dumped the Columbia hospitals.
Only that the negotiations were, and remain, confidential.
Double Boxes=Jean and Scott/Newsroom
Jean, we tried getting in touch with Columbia hospitals.
But no one returned our calls.
Tonya Flory will be along with how this might affect patient care later in
A Carroll County couple involved in an apparent murder-suicide last night
did NOT have a record of domestic violence.
Sheriff's officials say 51-year old Fredrick Ray Edwards apparently shot his
live in girlfriend before turning the gun on himself.
Edwards and 35-year old Mary Ruth Hiatt were found in the front yard of
their Cana home.
According to police-- a couple of Hiatt's friends had been visiting when an
argument broke out and Edwards asked them to leave.
IN Q=That scared
((WARREN MANNING/CARROLL CO. SHERIFF:THAT SCARED THEM AND THEY DID LEAVE AND
WHEN THEY WAS PULLING OUT OF THE DRIVEWAY THEY HEARD A SHOT AND INITIALLY RAN
TO THE NEIGHBORS HOUSE AND TRIED TO CALL US. ))
SUPER=01-Warren Manning/Carroll Co. Sheriff; :00
OUT Q=call us.
Family members say Edwards had been depressed and drinking a lot.
But just a couple of days ago seemed to be in good spirits.
HARD MUSIC UNDER
The latest on the fire that killed a woman in Bedford County is coming up
next on NEWS-7 at FIVE--
And a little later-- a tranquilizer finally stops a 450-pound lion that had
escaped from a roadside zoo near Walt Disney World.
In tonight's health check report--
More on Trigon's decision to drop Columbia Healthcare Hospitals--and how it
could impact the 30-thousand policyholders?
Also coming up-- Patrick is checking out Mill Mountain Theater's latest
And its just in time for Christmas-- stay close.
Iraq's Prime minister claims his country is not hiding weapons of mass
But Tariq Aziz says Iraq will not allow weapons inspectors access to Saddam
Husseins 40 presidential palaces.
((TARIQ AZIZ/IRAQI DEPUTY PRIME MINISTER: THIS HAS BEEN USED BY THE AMERICANS
AS A PRETEXT TO DRAMATIZE THE SITUATION TO CREATE A MYSTERIOUS DRAMA ABOUT
THOSE SITES AND TO USE THE DRAMA TO PREPARE THE GROUNDS FOR MILITARY
SUPER=01-Tariq Aziz/Iraqi Deputy Prime Minister;
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Iraq wants international sanctions lifted- It says sanctions are denying
people food and medicine.
Today a crowd, including many handicapped children, demonstrated in Baghdad.
Bedford County authorities still aren't sure what caused yesterday's fire
that killed an elderly woman in Forest.
73-year old Barbara (STIH-glitz) Stieglitz died when her home in the Lake
Vista subdivision caught fire around 3 in the morning.
Investigators believe Stieglitz may have been trying to open the deadbolt on
her front door when she was overcome by smoke.
Authorities say Stieglitz had burned a log in the fireplace the night
before, but they don't know whether that may have sparked the blaze.
The fire is NOT considered suspicious.
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Newly elected Roanoke County officials pledged their services into the year
Board of supervisors chairman Bob Johnson and Vinton representative Harry
Nickens took the oath of office, along with newcomer Joseph McNamara.
McNamara replaces Lee Eddy in the Windsor Hills district.
He asked former Roanoke City Mayor Noel Taylor to hold the Bible as he was
IN Q=this is the turning
((JOSEPH MCNAMARA/WINDSOR HILLS SUPERVISOR; THIS IS THE TURNING POINT IN THE
CENTURY, SO IT IS APPROPRIATE THAT OVER THE NEXT FEW YEARS, WE CHANNEL OUR
ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT, OUR INVESTMENT, IN THINGS THAT ARE GOING TO BE MEANINGFUL
GOING FORWARD INTO THE 21ST CENTURY.))
SUPER=01-Joseph McNamara/Windsor Hills Supervisor;
OUT Q=21st century
Roanoke County School Board chairman Michael Stovall, and board members
Jerry Canada and Tom Leggette were also sworn in this morning.
A traditional Christmas tale of believing comes to the stage at Center in
the Square... And you might want to check it out.
(Patrick ad lib)
STOCKS BUMP NEXT
The lion that escaped from a zoo near Orlando has been re-captured.
The lion was found alive in a swamp next to Jungleland-
Florida game officials used a tranquilizer dart to subdue the animal and
carry her out of the woods.
The 450 pound female Lion named (Nah-la) Nala escaped from Jungleland on
Monday- when caretakers were repairing her cage.
Since then she's been on the loose in the area- which includes many tourist
attractions and neighborhoods.
Nala had been de-clawed- but still had deadly teeth and fangs.
Wildlife officers feared she'd become desperate and more aggressive- if not
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health music under
The Roanoke Express will see a change at the top--
This after its General Manager resigns from the hockey team... details in
tonight's Two Minute Ticker.
On Health Check--
Students in Henry County public schools are getting additional health
but in this case the facility comes to you--
IN Q=It is a mobile
((IT IS A MOBILE UNIT BASICALLY A DOCTOR'S OFFICE ON WHEELS THAT WILL PROVIDE
PREVENTIVE CARE TO OUR STUDENTS.))
OUT Q=our students
Tonight at six Virginia lawmakers are closer than ever to saying yes to
charter schools when lawmakers return to Richmond next month.
SOT sot TAPE TWO 12:04:35
IN Q=It's much
((TIFFANI WALLACE/CHARTER SCHOOL STUDENT: IT'S MUCH HARDER AND THERE'S THINGS
I DIDN'T EVEN KNOW WE COULD LEARN IN SCHOOL. Like what? LIKE I'VE NEVER HAD
SUPER=01-Tiffani Wallace/Charter School Student;
OUT Q=writing class.
Tonight at SIX, Ellen Qualls visits a charter school in North Carolina so
you can see first-hand how one works.
It's the first of a two-part series on the grand experiment our neighbors in
North Carolina started this year.
And it's coming up at the top of the hour on NEWS 7 at SIX.
Trigon's decision to drop the three Columbia HCA-Healthcare hospitals in our
area will have a dramatic effect on subscribers enrolled in the Preferred
Provider Organization program--
Montgomery Regional hospital C-E-O David Williams says the change treats
policyholders unfairly--because it limits choice.
Williams says policyholders should call Trigon to express their concerns.
An estimated 30 to 35 thousand policyholders will be affected by the
change, which would go in effect January 31st for most subscribers.
State and local government employees coverage will be honored at Lewis-Gale,
Montgomery Regional and Pulaski Community hospitals through June 30th.
Also policies will be extended to patients who are receiving care from one
of the three hospitals on February First and women in the third trimester of
The change does not effect Trigon's medicare supplemental policy customers.
When it comes to health insurance for chidlren--
Virginia plans to take advantage of a new federal program by providing
comprehensive medical coverage to about 57 thousand kids whose parents work but
are too poor to afford health insurance.
Under the "Kid Care" program, Governor Allen is proposing the Commonwealth
spend 30 million dollars to snare new matching federal money that would pay for
the health coverage.
The federal Health Care Financing Administration is giving out 24 billion
dollars over the next five years as part of President Clinton's effort to
extend health coverage to about ten million children nationwide.
A popular cartoon made more than 700 children physically sick in Japan
A colorful, flashing explosion on the cartoon called "Pocket Monsters"
caused epileptic-like symptoms.
Hundreds of children ended up in emergency rooms suffering from vomiting and
Experts say some children are hypersensitive to strong, rapidly flashing
lights, but shouldn't suffer any lasting damage.
IN Q=no I don't
((DR. MASAKAZU SEINO/EPILEPSY SPECIALIST; NO, I DON'T THINK SO, IF THEY AVOID
THIS ENVIRONMENTAL STIMULI. ))
SUPER=01-Dr. Masakazu Seino/Epilepsy Specialist;
Police and government officials are investigating what happened.
T-V Tokyo pulled the program off the air.
Video stores are also taking the cartoon series off their shelves.
Henry County has only one full-time nurse for its 21 public schools.
But a new van is coming to the school system's aid.
The Henry County school board and Memorial Hospital of Martinsville and
Henry County are teaming up to buy a van, thanks to a 193-thousand-dollar grant
from the General Assembly.
The van will be outfitted with two exam rooms and a laboratory where two
full-time nurses and a nurse practitioner can offer everything from physicals
IN Q=We count
((DAVID MARTIN/SCHOOL SUPERINTENDENT: WE COUNT ON OUR STUDENTS COMING TO SCHOOL
HEALTHY AND READY TO LEARN -- AND SOMETIMES THAT'S NOT THE CASE. WITH THE
MOBILE UNIT WE CAN WORK WITH STUDENTS AND THEIR FAMILIES FOR PREVENTIVE CARE.))
SUPER=01-David Martin/School Superintendent;
OUT Q=preventive care
This also means fewer trips to the hospital for Henry County residents.
When schools aren't using the van it will travel countywide offering a
variety of services including blood screenings.
IN Q=Trying to get
((JOSEPH ROACH/HOSPITAL DIRECTOR: TRYING TO GET INTO THE HOSPITAL IS VERY
DIFFICULT. YOU HAVE TO CALL ON FRIENDS AND NEIGHBORS FOR TRANSPORTATION. THIS
WAY WE'LL BRING IT TO YOUR LOCALE -- YOUR LOCAL FIRE STATION, YOUR LOCAL
SUPER=01-Joseph Roach/Memorial Hospital Director;
OUT Q=your local church
The van has not been purchased yet but it is expected to be on the road by
Time for the Two Minute Ticker-- and some personnel changes to talk about on
the hardwoods and the hard WATER.
Here's Roy Stanley with an employment update-- with word the General Manager
of the Roanoke Express is calling it quits.
Good afternoon everyone welcome to your mid week Ticker.
Express general manager Pierre Paiement returned from an out of town trip
to discuss the reasons why this will be his final season as the franchise's
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((PIERRE PAIEMENT/EXPRESS GENERAL MANAGER:))
SUPER=01-Pierre Paiement/Express General Manager;
OUT Q= decided to announce it
SUPER=03-Roanoke/This Morning; :00
Express president Joe Steffan spoke on behalf of the other owners today. A
a search for a new G.M. has begun. While rumors there was tension between some
members of the board of directors and Paiement emerged; Steffan offered his
support for his co owner.
IN Q="the position
((JOE STEFFAN/EXPRESS PRESIDENT:))
SUPER=01-Joe Steffen/Express President; :00
OUT Q=....of the roanoke Express"
Steve Mason will have more on Paiement's resignation at 6.
GRAPHIC=Two Minute ticker
Well, It comes as no surprise Southern California head football coach John
Robinson officially lost his job today.
The university fired Robinson today just two seasons after he led the
Trojans to a Rose bowl victory.
The Trojans finished this season with a 6 and 5 record and they failed to
receive a bowl bid which can ad thousands of dollars if not more to a school's
Today's action ends Robinson's second stint at the school. he was
104-35-and 4 over 12 seasons.
The University replaced Robinson with Kansas City Chiefs offensive
coordinator Paul Hackett.
Hackett was a Robinson assistant at U-C-C from 1976-80.
"Yes Virginia, There is a Santa Claus."
The play is bringing the Christmas spirit to audiences at Mill Mountain
Theater, and Patrick Evans is ready with behind-the-scenes details.
Patrick, who are you talking with today?
TOSS TO PATRICK AT ON RECORD SET
SUPER=01-Jack Rowles/"Dr. Fred Miller";
SUPER=01-Kelly King Simpson/"Colleen Sullivan";
(ROLL OVER INTERVIEW)
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