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For days we've heard the stories of child abuse and tortue allegedly at the
hands of this man- Tonight a verdict is in.
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And you're looking at a live picture of the Roanoke River- we'll check on
flooding throughout the area.
Most of the rain has moved through and all flood watches have expired but it
was quite a soaker for many locations. Rain totals coming up.
Tonight on Health Check--
A citizens group is urging the government to stop the use of certain surgical
gloves in hospitals.
And men are making strides when it comes to living longer.
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A verdict in the highly publicized murder and child abuse case in the death
of four year old Annie Leftwich.
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Good Evening, I'm Jean Jadhon.
A Montgomery County jury believed 35- year old Kenneth Jessie beat and bound
his step-daughter to a urine soaked bed in such a way it could have killed her.
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Teresa Hamilton joins us from the Montgomery County Courthouse where jurors
returned with the verdict about an hour ago.
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The Roanoke Valley's only longterm housing for the homeless could close--
because of a clerical slip-up.
The Transitional Living Center provides shelter for about 65 people.
The facility offers food and helps take care of children while their
parents try to find a job.
But when it came time to apply for housing and urban development funds,
--the shelter's parent organization- Total Action Against Poverty, did not mail
six pages of the form.
The shelter was immediately disqualified for 300-thousand dollars.
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POINTS FOR THAT.))
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The future of the shelter is uncertain-- the money equalled about two
thirds of the shelter's budget.
Brown says the Transitional Living Center now needs the community's help to
keep the facility open.
One local lawmaker plans to revive an effort to ban partial-birth abortions
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The measure was defeated by a single vote in a Senate committee last year.
But a key Democrat has reversed her position.
Portsmouth senator Louise Lucas is joining with Lynchburg Republican Steve
Newman to co-sponsor the same bill this year.
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((SEN. STEVE NEWMAN/R- LYNCHBURG: THIS IS A BILL THAT A LOT OF PRO- CHOICERS
AND PRO- LIFERS AGREE ON, THAT THIS IS MORE AKIN TO INFANTICIDE THAN IT IS TO
ABORTION. AND SO I'M GOING TO MOVE CLOSER TO THE INFANTICIDE AREA AND AWAY FROM
ABORTION SO THE RHETORIC DOESN'T ENTANGLE IT.))
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Newman says with help from Lucas, the bill stands a good chance in this
year's General Assembly.
The two senators also worked together last year to retire "Carry Me Back to
Old Virginny" as the state song.
Some roads remain blocked, some homes flooded tonight following heavy rains
and high water, but widespread problems have not developed.
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Joe Dashiell reports tonight from Roanoke, where city officials are
Jean, the picture has improved dramatically in the last few hours.
Since we were here at noon, the Roanoke river has crested, and the water
level has fallen... and the threat of severe flooding has apparently passed.
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The same storm is causing trouble from Mississippi to Quebec.
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At least six people are dead from flooding- four bodies were found in
One rescue worker was dragged under in swift current but he survived even
though his safety line snapped.
People in Greensboro, Georgia are cleaning up from wind storms that ripped
off roofs and blew out windows.
((ANDREW BOSWELL/MAYOR: I FELT LIKE JUST SITTING DOWN AND CRYING TO BE HONEST
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In parts of the Northeast and Canada, the problem is ice.
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The ice storm left downed trees and power lines- More than 200 thousand are
now without electricity.
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The case of the Virginia Tech official who sued the college newspaper over
an unflattering job title prompted some interesting discussion today in
Virginia's Supreme Court.
Coming up on NEWS-7 at FIVE-- the Grand Old Lady has some flaws- prompting a
Those mall walkers may be right-- research shows daily walks reduces the death
rate in elderly men--we have a report tonight on Health Check.
Did you know the Town of Vinton has its own museum?
We'll take a look at its history when we come back.
Unabomber suspect Theodore Kaczynski tried to kill himself this morning.
Authorities report the unabomber suspect tried to hang himself in his jail
cell this morning, using his underwear.
Today in court--
Kaczynski agreed to psychological testing to prove he's competent to be his own
Kaczynski vehemently opposes his lawyers efforts to use a mental illness as a
The judge has ordered both sides to come up with a list of Sacramento area
psychiatrists to examine Kaczynski.
The testing could delay the trial for weeks.
Virginia Tech administrator Sharon Yeagle was so offended by the school
newspaper she's taken her lawsuit against it to the Virginia Supreme Court.
She may NOT have counted on the extra attention the lawsuit would draw to
the offensive phrase itself.
((JAMES CREEKMORE/COLLEGIATE TIMES' ATTORNEY: THERE IS NO CRIME SPECIFIED
CALLED BUTTLICKING -- OF WHICH SOMEONE CAN BE A DIRECTOR. IT'S SIMPLY TOO
FIGURATIVE AND FANCIFUL. APPELLATE TRIES TO DISTINGUISH THE CASE OF SAGAN V.
APPLE COMPUTER, WHICH IS A CENTRAL DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA CASE FROM 1994, IN
WHICH COMPUTER MANUFACTURERS IN CERTAIN LITERATURE REFER TO CARL SAGAN, A NOTED
ASTRONOMER, AS A BUTTHEAD ASTRONOMER. NOW GRANTED, I DON'T KNOW ANYMORE WHAT
BUTTHEAD MEANS THAN DIRECTOR OF BUTTLICKING MEANS.))
((LEISA CIAFFONE/YEAGLE'S ATTORNEY: I WOULD SUGGEST THAT EVERYBODY IN THIS
ROOM KNOWS WHAT A BUTTLICKER IS. WE'VE ALL KNOWN 'EM. WE'VE ALL MET 'EM. WE
DEAL WITH THEM AT WORK OR AT SCHOOL OR WHATEVER THE CASE MAY BE. WE'VE KNOWN
THEM AND WE DON'T LIKE THEM.))
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SUPER=01-Leisa Ciaffone/Yeagle's Attorney; :28
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The Collegiate Times apologized the day after the erroneous title ran in
Yeagle's asking the Supreme Court to reinstate her 850-thousand dollar
Something looks like it's not quite right at the Hotel Roanoke and Conference
In November, hotel staff noticed the conference center's walls had started to
The hotel says it's not serious damage -- it just looks bad.
Bad enough for hotel management to sue the building's contractors for almost
((GARY WALTON/HOTEL ROANOKE: INITIALLY OUR THOUGHTS WERE IT MUST BE SOME
SETTLING OF THE BUILDING. IT'S STILL RELATIVELY A VERY NEW AND YOUNG BUILDING
... BUT WE SAW IT KEPT POPPING UP IN DIFFERENT AREAS OF THE BUILDING AND
THOUGHT THIS BETTER BE LOOKED AT. ))
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The lawsuit says bad soil in the building's foundation is causing the damage.
J-M Turner-- A Roanoke contracting firm named in the suit said hotel lawyers
are going after the wrong people.
Jay Turner says an independent company picked the soil used in the hotel's
The hotel's lawyer said it is possible other defendants will be added to the
suit as the case goes forward.
There's more to Vinton than its popular Dogwood Festival... and you can
check out its history.
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Exploring the region's history can be time consuming.
But it's the small, localized museums that often have unique insights into
some corners of the area.
Patrick Evans has details on the museum run by the Vinton Historical
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SUPER=01-Jackie Sheaff/Vinton Historical Society; 1:09
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VMI is searching for a new athletic director-- Mike has more on Davis Babb's
Tonight on Health Check--
A public citizens' group is demanding the government
put a ban on unsafe surgical gloves that are causing dangerous allergic
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((DR. SIDNEY WOLFE/PUBLIC CITIZEN'S HEALTH RESEARCH GROUP: SO WE'RE TALKING
ABOUT TENS OF THOUSANDS OF HEALTH CARE WORKERS, PHYSICIANS, NURSES, MEDICAL
TECHNICIANS ALLERGIC TO LATEX AND MILLIONS OF PEOPLE IN THE GENERAL POPULATION
ALLERGIC TO IT ))
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It's estimated that eight percent of health care workers are allergic to
latex surgical gloves--
The Public Citizen's Health Research Group is filing a petition with the Food
and Drug Administration to ban latex gloves powdered with cornstarch.
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Cornstarch can inflame wounds and promote infections.
The powder-induced adhesions can also produce intestinal obstructions,
pelvic pain and infertility.
The F-D-A says it is a serious problem and pledges to quickly minimize the
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(DR. SIDNEY WOLFE/PUBLIC CITIZEN'S HEALTH RESEARCH GROUP:NOT BELIEVING THAT
THIS IS A SERIOUS, LIFE-THREATENING PROBLEM IS LIKE BEING A MEMBER OF THE FLAT
EARTH SOCIETY. THERE'S NO QUESTION. IT'S UNEQUIVOCAL EVIDENCE THAT THERE'S A
PROBLEM AND WE KNOW WHAT THE SOLUTION IS.AND NOT TO ACT ON THE PART OF THE
FDA, THE INDUSTRY, THE HOSPITALS IS JUST COMPLETELY RECKLESS AND
SUPER=01-Dr. Sidney Wolfe/Public Citizen's Health Research Grp.;
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Powdered latex gloves, designed to be easier to put on, make up the majority
of U-S surgical gloves on the market.
A study from the University of Virginia School of Medicine finds a daily
stroll can add years to older men's lives.
Researchers say it's powerful medicine for males in their 60s, 70s and 80s,
who walk as little as two miles a day.
The 12 year study looked at causes of death such as heart disease and cancer
in 707 men between the ages of 61 and 81...it reduced the mortality rate in men
The study also found that the further they walked the better their health.
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((DR. EMILY SENAY/CBS MEDICAL CORRESPONDENT:IT DOESN'T HAVE TO DO WITH SPEED IT
HAS TO DO WITH CONSISTENCY AND DISTANCE. TWO MILES IS A VERY DOABLE THING FOR
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The Honolulu Heart Program assisted in the study-- the research is published
in the New England Journal of Medicine.
A flash flood warning turned into a local state of emergency in Rockbridge
County today--evacuating several people from their homes.
In the aftermath of floods--public health officials warn about waterborne
dissolve to pinnacle
Symptoms range from fever to gastro-intestinal symptoms like stomach aches
caused by typhoid, infectious hepatitis, dysentery, cholera and other diseases.
There are safety precautions you can take:
For private wells--flush out contaminated flood water--disinfect the casing
of wells and reflush well systems before allowing the water to be used for
They weren't even expecting to win, but the Liberty Flames burned the
Virginia Cavaliers last night.
Plus a surprise at VMI-- as its athletic director quits-- here's Mike.
The two minute ticker is loaded with local news tonight and we begin down on
the post at
VMI, where the school unexpectedly lost its athletic director today.
Davis Babb, the popular, efficient and likeable administrator tendered his
resignation today making it effective immediatly.
Babb has been at VMI for 13 years, and he has held the AD position since
His departure has nothing to do with controversy or scandal, but more to do
with fatigue and the need for a change.
Mike Bozeman, the current head track and cross country coach at VMI takes
over as athletic director on an interim basis.
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Speaking of interim - Liberty University interim head hoop coach Randy Dunton
was the man last night as his senior guard Larry Jackson stroked this jumper in
closing seconds to seal the Flames amazing 69-to-64 win over UVa.
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((CURTIS STAPLES/ZERO FIELD GOALS LAST NIGHT:))
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Much more on the LU shocker coming up for you tonight at six.
So Far this season the, "Can-Do" man for the Roanoke Express has been rookie
The right-winger has been selected to play in the upcoming ECHL All-Star
Cantu leads the team in scoring with 19 goals and 12 assists for 31 points.
And to date, the rookie has two hat-tricks.
The all-star assignment comes as an early birthday present for the Michigan
native who turns 22 next Monday.
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((KRIS CANTU/ECHL ALL STAR: I'M HERE TO PLAY FOR THE ROANOKE EXPRESS. THIS IS
JUST ONE GAME. I'M GOING TO DO MY BEST THERE AND PLAY FOR MY TEAM CAUSE I'M
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The all star game is set for January 20th.
Cantu is the second first year Roanoke player to be honored as an all-star.
Tim Christian was selected as a rookie, as well, in 1996.
This is big weekend for the Express as the team has two games on tap at the
Roundhouse. On Friday night Roanoke hosts the Raleigh Icecaps in a 7:30
Then on Saturday night, the Northeast division leading Richmond Renegades
skate into town for a key game.
Roanoke is currently in third place, five points behind the first place
More on the Express and their current state as they attempt to rebound from
their rough road swing coming up tonight at six.
Have a great night everybody.
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It was 20 years ago that Debby Boone hit the music charts-
((YOU LIGHT UP MY LIFE.))
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Now Boone is writing about another light- nightlights.
It's her latest children's book- illustrated by her husband.
Her first book was snow angel- to help children dream.
((DEBBY BOONE/AUTHOR: BECAUSE I REALLY THINK CHILDREN GROW UP TODAY WITH SO
ELEMENTS THAT CAUSE THEM TO THINK THAT THERE'S NOT MUCH OF A FUTURE TO HOPE
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Boone says she bounced ideas off her four children and that helps her write
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