Next on News 7 at Five-
The internet leads police to a suspected drug dealer.
AEP is going big- but will that mean bigger electric bills for customers?
And a train derailment and explosion in Kansas City.
We stayed just a bit too warm for much ice to appear, and I don't think
anybody was too disappointed. Warmer weather on tap for tomorrow, and a soggy
Christmas Eve, Rudolph better get ready.
Stick around for Health Check-- Advanced medicine allows women to get an
abortion just days after conception.
And a new baldness pill gets the government's stamp of approval.
(Jean ad lib)
IN Q=His targets were
((LT. KENT ROBEY/BEDFORD CO. SHERIFF'S DEPT.: HIS TARGETS WERE MOSTLY FEMALES,
ANYWAY THAT WE HAD HEARD..))
OUT Q=we had heard.
Bedford County authorities go on- line to nab a suspected drug dealer.
GRAPHIC=news-7 at five
Good Evening, I'm Jean Jadhon.
Bedford authorities say it's the first case of its kind that they know of.
A Vinton man is in jail, charged with attempting to sell drugs including
"date rape" medicine over the Internet. (----------------)
After a month and a half of exchanging e-mail messages, a Bedford County
deputy posing as a woman set up a meeting with 52-year old Kirby Lee Adams.
Authorities say Adams had arranged to sell marijuana and prescription drugs
to an undercover person.
But instead of the young woman he was expecting, a SWAT team burst in on
Adams in his home late Saturday night.
IN Q=And Friday night
((LT. KENT ROBEY/BEDFORD CO. SHERIFF'S DEPT.: AND FRIDAY NIGHT WENT DOWN THERE
AND EXECUTED THE SEARCH WARRANT WITH OUR DRUG RESPONSE TEAM AND RECOVERED SOME
PRESCRIPTION MEDICINE THAT BELONGED TO SOMEBODY ELSE, PRIMARILY THE "DATE RAPE"
TYPE PRESCRIPTION IS WHAT WE WERE LOOKING FOR, AND RECOVERED A SMALL AMOUNT OF
MARIJUANA, SOME SCALES AND SOME PACKAGING MATERIAL FOR MARIJUANA.))
SUPER=01-Lt. Kent Robey/Bedford Co. Sheriff's Dept.; :00
OUT Q=material for marijuana.
Robey says the sheriff's department will step up its efforts to monitor
on-line drug sales.
Union workers at Pulaski County's Hoover Color are about to enter their
second week on the picket line.
The 28-striking employees are at odds with the company over a number of
Workers say the contract offered does NOT include a retirement plan and
would increase their insurance costs.
They're also upset with the company's proposed absentee policy.
The employees work 56-hour weeks but say the contract offered does NOT allow
IN Q=We were
((EUGENE GRAVELY/UNION MEMBER:WE WERE ALLOWED 5 DAYS, NOT CHARGED TO US, WE
COULD USE THEM FOR PERSONAL BUSINESS OR ANYTHING WE NEEDED, EMERGENCIES OR
SOMETHING LIKE THAT BUT NOW THEY'RE WANTING TO DO AWAY WITH IT. ))
SUPER=01-Eugene Gravely/Union Member; :00
OUT Q=with it.
The plant makes the color used in Crayola Crayons.
Company officials would NOT comment, but verified they ARE searching for
American Electric Power says it's ready to become a utility giant.
The company that supplies electricity to most of Southwest Virginia is
merging with a utility based in Texas.
DOUBLE BOXES JEAN/SCOTT
Scott Goldberg joins us from the A-E-P service center in Roanoke County.
Scott, what will the merger mean in this area?
Jean the biggest concern is that Southwest Virginia's electricity rates --
already among the lowest in the nation, could go up.
A-E-P says that won't happen.
Its merger with Central and South West, a utility based in Dallas, is a
A-E-P says the merger will make the utility even more competitive, bracing
for the day when deregulation laws give consumers their choice of electric
IN Q=i think
((TOM AYERS/AMERICAN ELECTRIC POWER: I THINK EVERY UTILITY IN THE COUNTRY IS
NOT ONLY STRUCTURING ITSELF INTERNALLY BUT ALSO LOOKING FOR COMBINATIONS,
PARTNERSHIPS AND WHAT-NOT THAT GIVE IT AN EDGE IN THE FUTURE BECAUSE I THINK
EVERYONE REALIZES AT SOME POINT IN TIME WE WILL BE GOING TO A COMPETITIVE
MARKET FOR ELECTRIC REGENERATION. ))
SUPER=01-Tom Ayers/American Electric Power;
Map pre pro
A-E-P currently is the third-biggest utility in the country.
It supplies electricity to nearly three-million customers in seven states.
If the merger with Central and South West goes through, A-E-P will pick up
customers in four states AND some business overseas.
That means A-E-P will bring power to more than eight million customers.
As with any merger, some jobs will be eliminated.
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A-E-P says it will cut 13-hundred jobs from its work force but that will come
at the corporate level, not in local operations like A-E-P in Roanoke.
Virginia Beach televangelist Pat Robertson gave 50-thousand dollars to Jim
Gilmore's winning campaign for governor in April.
After that popped up in Don Beyer ads -- he was NOT heard from again until
But in filings with the Federal Election Commission more than two weeks
after the election, a 200-thousand dollar donation shows up that Robertson made
to the Republican National Committee, just one week before the election.
The Republican National Committee, you'll remember, gave Gilmore about ONE
million dollars in the final few weeks of his campaign.
The R-N-C says the money was NOT designated for any particular candidate.
But only Virginia and New Jersey had major elections this year.
It's all legal.
It's called "soft money."
When you see the flames at the site of a Kansas City train derailment-
SUPER=03-Kansas City, KS;
it's amazing to find no one was hurt.
Six cars of the Santa Fe derailed- touching off a huge blaze.
The fire did force nearby residents out of their homes- and blocked several
The drailment happened in the Argentine District- in a mostly residential
One car was carrying petroleum- Antoher was hauling propane.
A hazardous materials unit is now investigating.
HARD MUSIC UNDER
The President visits the U-S troops in Bosnia-- that story next on NEWS-7 at
And a little later-- Botetourt County is hoping to link an historic
landmark with future industry at Greenfield.
In tonight's health check report--
There's officially hope now for men who are losing their hair.
Also coming up-- a milestone for one NFL great--
And a look ahead to Virginia Tech's New Years date with North Carolina. Stay
President Clinton gave a first hand Thank you to American Troops in Bosnia-
He was in Tuzla today- where he spoke to U-S troops stationed there.
((BOSNIA IS NO LONGER THE POWDER KEG OF THE HEART OF EUROPE BECAUE OF YOU AND I
CAN NOT THANK YOU ENOUGH. YOUR CHILDREN ADN YOUR GRANDCHILDREN WILL LOOK BACK
AT THIS MOMENT AND KNOW YOU HAVE DONE SOMETHING NOT ONLY OF SURPASSING
IMPORTANCE BUT SOMETHING IS PROFOUNDLY GOOD.))
OUT Q=that is profoundly good."
It was just last week that President Clinton announced the troops would stay
past June when they were scheduled to come home.
Jury deliberations continue in the Terry Nichols trial.
The jury took the weekend off after deliberating over four days last week.
They must decide of Nichols helped plan the Oklahoma City Bombing.
Jury deliberations are keeping many victims relatives in Denver during this
Governor George Allen's record-breaking 39-point-9 Billion dollar budget may
NOT ring true with his campaign to make government smaller.
But today, he made good on his promise to cut government regulation.
With a wheelbarrow as a prop, the Governor announced his administration has
called for the elimination of 30- percent of state regulations, and the
amendment of another 41- percent.
He used truckers' hazardous waste regulations as an example.
IN Q=You can imagine
((GOV. GEORGE ALLEN: YOU CAN IMAGINE SOMEONE TRYING TO DRIVE DOWN A ROAD
READING THESE REQUIREMENTS. WELL THIS BOOK HAS BEEN PUT INTO ONE SHEET OF
OUT Q=the safety.
The Governor says any regulation that was changed or scrapped, first had to
be proven NOT crucial to safety or welfare.
Botetourt County wants to win a special spot on the national historic
The county plans to carve Greenfield Plantation into several industrial
sites-- but not before it sets aside 28 acres for protection.
Greenfield includes a log cabin and the crumbling foundation of an 1800's
An historic designation would protect these from demolition.
County leaders hope to fill the plantation's other eight-hundred acres with
hi-tech computer and robotics industries.
IN Q=We're taking
((NED MCELWAINE/DEPUTY COUNTY ADMINISTRATOR: WE'RE TAKING EXTREME PAINS BECAUSE
WE KNOW THE ROLE GREENFIELD PLAYED IN THE PAST AND WE'RE TRYING TO PRESERVE AS
MUCH OPEN SPACE, TREES AND BUILDING WITH THE LAND IN AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE SO THE
DEVELOPMENT WILL FIT INTO THE EXISTING TOPOGRAPHY AND CREATE A VERY NICE
SUPER=01-Ned McElwaine/Deputy Botetourt Co. Administrator;
OUT Q=very nice match
Botetourt County won't know if it's been awarded the national honor until
go to break
The cold rainy weather may not put you in the holiday spirit--but take a look
at what they are dealing with in Central Texas.
Several inches of rain caused flash floods and led to at least four traffic
related deaths... and dozens of evacuations.
Its beginning to look a lot like Christmas in some parts of Southern
California where rain and snow are making a mark.
This storm will probably be the closest thing to a White Christmas-- and
many residents just east of San Diego took advantage of the white stuff.
toss to patrick
SUPER=330-Evening Drizzle/Partial Clearing/33-36/Partly Sunny/& Warmer/53-56;
SUPER=331-Drizzle Ending/Slow Clearing/33-36/Partly Sunny/& Warmer/54-58;
SUPER=333-Gradual/Clearing/32-35/Partly Sunny/& Warmer/52-55;
SUPER=334-Mostly/Cloudy/34-38/Partly Sunny/Not as Cold/46-50;
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The Tar Heels of North Carolina are getting psyched up for their meeting
with the Hokies on New Year's Day-- Steve Mason has the story in the two
Tonight on Health Check--It's getting darker earlier in the evening-- and with
less sunlight some
people's bodies don't produce enough of chemicals to keep us happy-- and for
some it can make them SAD.
IN Q=They find themselves more
((LYN DAY/PSYCHOLOGIST:THEY FIND THEMSELVES MORE AND MORE DEPRESSED, MORE AND
MORE WITHDRAWN, GOING TO BED EARLIER AT NIGHT RESTLESS SLEEPING MESSING UP
THEIR SLEEP PATTERNS AND THE WHOLE CYCLE OF DEPRESSION BEGINS))
There's more NEWS-7 at Five in a moment-- first a look ahead to NEWS-7 at
Scott Vestal is breaking new ground with the music he makes...
And with the five string banjo he plays.
IN Q=Everybody comes up
((SCOTT VESTAL: EVERYBODY COMES UP. MAN WHAT IS THAT? OR ELSE A LOT OF THE
TRADITIONAL BLUEGRASS PEOPLE WILL BE, WHAT HAPPENED TO YOUR BANJO NECK BOY.
WHAT'S A MATTER WITH THAT THING?))
SUPER=01-Scott Vestal/Banjo Musician;
OUT Q=what's a matter with that thing.
We'll tell you what all the fuss is about...
and bring you the rest of the day's news weather and sports in about 40
A scientific advancement, is expected to intensify the debate concerning
Women can now get abortions just days into their pregnancy.
That's according to Planned Parenthood, which is using a new technique
pioneered by a Texas doctor in 23 of its clinics.
Improved medical tests now enable doctors to detect pregnancy and perform
an abortion within days of conception.
In only two minutes--without the noise and expense of the more invasive
vacuum pump--doctors can end the pregnancy.
The procedure is designed for use just days after conception.
This development is a direct result of better ultrasound imaging
In the past, doctors have been reluctant to perform abortions until at
least six weeks after conception.
((DR. JERRY EDWARDS/HOUSTON PLANNED PARENTHOOD: WOMEN ARE REALLY PLEASED TO
GET THIS OVER WITH. A WOMAN CAN TAKE A PREGNANCY TEST ON TUESDAY. COME INTO THE
CLINIC ON WEDNESDAY AND BY THE END OF THE WEEK, BE BACK TO NORMAL ACTIVITY. ))
SUPER=01-Dr. Jerry Edwards/Houston Planned Parenthood;
OUT Q=normal activity
Anti-abortion activists say the new procedure does not alter their views.
Each year in the U-S, one and a half million women choose abortion.
This new technique has already been used on 24-hundred patients in a handful
of planned parenthood clinics nationwide.
It has failed three times.
The government has officially approved the first pill to fight baldness.
It's a once-a-day tablet called Propecia (proh-PEE'-shuh) that promises to
help men regrow hair and prevent more from falling out.
The Food and Drug Administration approved the pill late Friday.
It'll be available by prescription next month, it costs about 45 dollars
for a month's supply.
Doctors caution Propecia is not a miracle pill.
Hundreds of men tested the drug and none grew a full head of hair.
But it can shrink bald spots.
ANd there are some side effects--
About two percent of men experienced decreased sex drive and impotence.
Depression is considered one of the most treatable mental health disorders--
Between 80 to 90 percent of all depression cases are cured with treatment.
There are several forms of depression--brought on by everything from a
negative life-event to the change of seasons.
For many, the winter solstice triggers what could be the on-set of a seasonal
depression--the winter blues.
Seasonal Affective Depression, also known as SAD, occurs when there's less
The brain goes through a biochemical change, causing a lack of the
IN Q=The less light
SUPER=01-Lyn Day/Psychologist; :00
OUT Q=winter months
IN Q=The less
((LYN DAY/PSYCHOLOGIST:THE LESS LIGHT THERE IS, THE LESS SEROTONIN PRODUCED AND
THE MORE LIKELY WE ARE TO BECOME DEPRESSED. THAT IS A VERY SERIOUS PROBLEM FOR
A SIGNIFICANT NUMBER OF PEOPLE. WE USED TO BELIEVE THAT THIS DISORDER, SAD WAS
RARE, BUT WE ARE FINDING MORE AND MORE PEOPLE ARE AFFECTED BY A LACK OF
SUNLIGHT DURING THE WINTER MONTHS))
OUT Q=winter months
Fortunately, you don't have to move south of the equator for a cure...
IN Q=The interesting treatment
((LYN DAY/PSYCHOLOGIST:THE INTERESTING TREATMENT FOR THESE PEOPLE IS THE USE OF
A VERY SPECIFIC LIGHT THAT THEY SIT IN FRONT OF TO CREATE THE PRODUCTION OF
SEROTONIN IN THEIR BRAIN, SO THEY WON'T BE DEPRESSED))
The special lamps can be used anywhere, anytime...
IN Q=Make sure
((LYN DAY/PSYCHOLOGIST:MAKE SURE YOU SIT IN FRONT OF A COUPLE TIMES A DAY FOR
THIRTY MINUTES TO AN HOUR AT A TIME AND THAT PROVIDES YOU WITH THE SAME
ULTRAVIOLET RAYS THAT THE SUN WOULD PRODUCE THAT YOU'RE MISSING IN THE WINTER
OUT Q=winter months. ))
Doctor Day says the cold temperatures also help trigger the winter
blues...people tend to stay inside and get less exercise.
She says if untreated, it can be just as serious as any other form of
depression for some ultimately leading to suicidal tendencies.
Time for the Two Minute Ticker-- It was quite a scare for one Detroit Lion
yesterday on the gridiron--
Plus-- what does UNC think about Virginia Tech? Here's Steve with that
GRAPHIC=2 minute ticker
Good afternoon folks; welcome to your Monday 120 seconds of news 7 sports.
Virginia Tech's January first meeting with North Carolina is fast
approaching. The Hokies wrapped up practice today and will take a short break
before returning to Blacksburg on Christmas night.
SUPER=03-Charlottesville/November 29; :00
One present the Hokies hope to drop under the North Carolina Christmas tree
is a tough defensive effort. The Tarheels are well aware of Virginia Tech's
((CHRIS KELDORF/UNC QUARTERBACK:))
SUPER=01-Chris Keldorf/UNC Quarterback; :00
OUT Q=...going in there and win"
SUPER=03-Chapel Hill, NC;
The Tarheels defense comes into the Gator Bowl with some impressive stats
as well. UNC finished the regular season second in the country in total D;
right behind Michigan. Playing tot prove their defense is the best; along with
rewarding the players and fans; has given North Carolina plenty of motivation.
((CARL TORBUSH/UNC HEAD COACH:))
SUPER=01-Carl Torbush/UNC Head Coach; :00
OUT Q=...against virginia tech"
Detroit running back Barry sanders woke up this morning after having
pleasant dream and a nightmare. He became only the third tailback in NFL
history to rush for 2 thousand yards in a season in the Lions win over the
SUPER=03-Pontiac, MI/ESPN; :00
But teammate Reggie Brown suffered a significant spinal injury on this
play. The 23 year old linebacker was schedule for fusion surgery today.
((DR. DAVID COLLON/PHYSICIAN:))
SUPER=01-Dr. David Collon/Physician; :00
The good news is; Brown does have movement and sensation in all of his
Coming up at 6, more from the Tarheels and the Hokies; see ya then.
Authorities in Bath County are searching for three people who may be stuck
in a cave.
The sheriff says the trio was supposed to check in last night, but has not
been heard from.
They were exploring the Crossroads Cave near the Woodland Church on state
route 629 in Bath County.
We'll have more throughout the evening.
No doubt many music fans will want Kenny G's new CD in their stocking this
((NAT MUSIC ))
OUT Q=NAT MUSIC.
Kenny G released a collection of his best work-
((KENNY G: I DON'T THINK ABOUT MY MUSIC AS BEING HITS SO I DON'T MIND THINKING
ABOUT IT AS A COMPLIATION OF MY SONGS SO I CAN FEEL GOOD ABOUT THAT.))
((NAT MUSIC.. FOR SIX SECONDS.))
SUPER=02-Kenny G/Musician; :00
OUT Q=nat sound music."
Kenny G says he saw someone playing the saxophone one day and wanted to do
it. He says he was "just meant" to play the sax.
The new disc is already on store shelves.