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Three new delegates will be elected tomorrow.. but if they'll take their
seats in the House in time to help it organize is anybody's guess.
And federal help arrives to the Ice ravaged Northeast.
Rainy days and Mondays fit the pattern today but drier and colder weather
Tonight on Health Check--
The latest figures on reported AIDS cases in Virginia.
And-- Using computer technology to pinpoint tumors in prostate cancer
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IN Q=Well as soon
((BILL HURD/DEPUTY ATTORNEY GENERAL: WELL AS SOON AS POSSIBLE MEANS AS SOON AS
POSSIBLE. IT DOESN'T MEAN WAITING UNTIL THE MOST IMPORTANT VOTE OF THE ENTIRE
SESSION HAS PASSED.))
SUPER=01-Bill Hurd/Deputy Attorney General;
OUT Q=has passed.
Virginia Republicans may be thwarted by one of their own-- in the last power
struggle left in state government.
GRAPHIC=NEWS-7 AT FIVE
Good Evening, I'm Jean Jadhon.
Three special elections around the Commonwealth tomorrow will decide how
close Republicans come to equal numbers in the House of Delegates.
But two of Governor George Allen's own appointees to the State Board of
Elections aren't playing ball -- and today THEY beat the Governor in court.
Ellen Qualls is in our Richmond newsroom.
What's the argument about?
The Board of Elections has to certify the ballots voters will cast tomorrow
in Prince William, Chesterfield, and Chesapeake House districts.
But the Board of Elections says it won't do that before Friday -- meaning
the three newly- elected delegates won't be there Wednesday when the 1998
General Assembly kicks off, and votes on who will be the Speaker of the House.
IN Q=The Governor
SUPER=01-John Gibney/Meadows' Attorney; :24
OUT Q=taken care of.
The Governor cites state law as saying certification must happen "as soon as
((GOV. GEORGE ALLEN: TOMORROW EVENING, WHEN YOU'RE ALL REPORTING THIS, IT'S IN
THE PAPERS THE NEXT DAY, YOU'LL SAY WHY IS IT TAKING SO LONG FOR THESE
BUREAUCRATS TO GET DOING THEIR JOB. THE LAW SAYS THEY'RE TO WORK AS SOON AS
But his own appointee, Board Secretary Bruce Meadows, beat the boss in court
by saying his Board --
((JOHN GIBNEY: HAS ALLOWED TIME FOR ANY ERRORS OR INCONSISTENCIES IN THE
RESULTS TO BE TAKEN CARE OF.))
LIVE=Ellen full/State Microwave
Now, of course, the Governor is appealing to a three judge panel of the
state Supreme Court -- which may act tomorrow.
Meanwhile, the Virginia Democratic party is at this hour arguing a somewhat
related suit in federal court.
DOUBLE BOX=Ellen and Jean/State Microwave
Jean, if you're confused, it will only get worse this week before it gets
The whole court battle only matters if Republicans win all three seats
That's right, because if they did, they'd have 49 seats out of 100... and
might get Bedford Independent Lacey Putney to help them force power-sharing.
A slow start today to what promises to be the longest criminal trial yet
-in federal court in Roanoke.
The racketeering and conspiracy case began against nine men of
middle-eastern descent- today jury selection began.
Seven of the nine defendants are members of the same family- what the
government says is a CRIME family -a tight-knit syndicate of criminal
According to government agents, the Abed family controlled the convenience
store trade in the Roanoke Valley with threats and intimidation... arson, in
The prosecutor is expected to start putting on evidence by the middle of
Layoffs at Roanoke-based Innotech.
The "Johnson-and Johnson owned" company won't say how many workers are out of
But an Innotech spokesman says the cuts include employees in sales,
marketing, operations and manufacturing departments.
Just last March, the maker of high-tech eyeglass lenses said it would double
the size of its plant and quadruple its work force.
Today, Johnson and Johnson wouldn't say why it's firing people, except that
Fortune 500 company is making room on the payroll to hire new workers in the
future at Innotech.
Thousands of residents are still without heat in Northern New York state-
where temperatures dropped to zero overnight.
But today federal help began arriving.
((GEORGE PATAKI/NEW YORK GOVERNOR: EVERYTHING FROM GENERATORS TO BLANKETS TO
DIAPERS TO ASSISTANCE WTIH TELEPHONE POLES.))
SUPER=01-George Pataki/New York Governor;
OUT Q=with telephone poles."
About 120 thousand people are without power- nine thousand are in shelters.
((BUT THIS IS NOT A CRISIS OF A DAY OR A WEEK THIS IS A CRISIS OF WEEKS OR EVEN
OUT Q=weeks or even longer.
The Director of Federal management arrived in New York to tour the area with
Governor George Pataki.
They'll check out Plattsburg, Massena and Lake Placid.
Several counties have already been declared federal disaster areas.
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Winter is also wrecking havoc thousands of miles away- in the NorthWEST.
From Olympia to Federal Way, a snowstorm is to blame for accidents across
SUPER=03-Federal Way, WA;
The icy conditions made many roads impassible.
Even bus drivers were taking extra- precautions.
((JUST MAKING SURE ALL THE BUSES GET CHAINED UP NICE AND TIGHT AND FIX ANY ONES
THAT ARE BROKE AND GET THEM ON THEIR WAY.))
OUT Q=ON THEIR WAY."
In Bellevue, Washingon cars were off the road- even a school bus could not
make it's destination.
Portland is also getting blasted-and more snow and freezing rain are on the
Virginia Power is helping out in the Northeast.
Crews from across the area are on the way to Vermont to help repair the
damage from the ice storm.
Twenty-seven employees and nine bucket trucks are expected to spend a week
in the Northeast.
toss to robin
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Iraq is threatening to block inspections by a U-N team headed by
an American accused of being a spy.
And its that time again, when the outgoing governor is remembered on canvas.
George Allen unveils his portrait a little later on NEWS-7 at FIVE.
Making strides in cancer research, treatment and prevention for men and
Also coming up-- Patrick's recycling and you can too.
All you need is your old Christmas Tree-- stick around.
Iraq is once again objecting to United Nations inspections teams.
This time Iraq says it's against a 16 man team headed by American Scott
Several times Iraq has accused Ritter of spying.
So far the U-N has no plan to halt inpsections.
((KOFI ANNAN/UN SECRETARY GENERAL: NO DECISION HAS BEEN TAKEN TO HALT AND I
HOPE THIS CAN BE WORKED OUT IN AN ACCEPTABLE MANNER.))
SUPER=01-Kofi Annan/U.N. Secretary General;
OUT Q=in an acceptable manner."
Iraq says it will prevent UN teams for inspections begining tomorrow-
U-N special commission chief Richard Butler isn't due in Baghdad for talks
until next week.
In other news-- he says three Danville police officers attacked him after a
routine traffic stop.
Today in federal court Sam (Sock-a-lariss) Sakellaris Junior's case against
those officers got underway.
In February 1994 Sakellaris says he was stopped by Officer L-M Adkins,
unlawfully arrested and assaulted.
The Danville businessman is seeking one-point six million dollars in his
lawsuit against Adkins and two other officers.
All three policemen say Sakellaris started punching them.
This trial is expected to wrap up by the end of the week.
A Roanoke firefighter who has challenged his assignment to ambulance crews
is continuing his fight in court.
Ron Mathews lost a grievance last year, but has returned to Roanoke Circuit
Court with a new action.
A fifteen- year veteran of the fire department, Mathews says the standards
he agreed to when he was hired did not include emergency medical service.
And since the two departments merged, he says all employees have not been
Chief Jim Grigsby says he believes Mathews' grievance is identical to the
one that failed last year.
Grigsby says he's willing to review any allegations that policies have not
been implemented equally.
Getting the most from your Christmas tree-- and you don't have to wait until
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STOCKS BUMP NEXT
You've seen them around, those forgotten decorations left over from the
We're talking about Christmas trees, and Roanoke City is recycling them.
DOUBLE BOX JEAN/PATRICK
Patrick Evans has the scoop on when the trees will be whisked away by city
SUPER=01-Laura Wasko/Roanoke Recycling Coordinator;
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State rivals Tech and U-V-A meet on neutral ground at the Roanoke Civic
Center tonight for a game of hoops-- Roy Stanley has a live report.
In tonight's health check report--
The government is giving the green light to a laser light cancer treatment.
Doctors say it's effective in eliminating the disease in a small number of
lung cancer patients.
Good Afternoon, Keith Humphry here with a look ahead to the top of the hour.
SUPER=03-Near Yeso, NM;
You've seen pictures of Dick Rutan and Dave Melton bailing out of their
Those orange parachutes came from a company right here in Roanoke.
IN Q=I was pretty glad
((MANLEY BUTLER/BUTLER PARACHUTE SYSTEMS; I WAS PRETTY GLAD THAT THE PARACHUTES
ACTUALLY WORKED, WHICH IS THE NORMAL CONDITION BUT IT WOULD HAVE BEEN A VERY
BAD TIME TO HAVE ONE OF THE VERY RARE FAILURES OCCUR.))
SUPER=01-Manley Butler/Butler Parachute Systems;
OUT Q=failures occur
We'll tell you how Butler Parachute Systems became a lifesaving part of last
And hear Dick Rutan's thank you message to the company.
double boxes Jean/Keith
It's quite an amazing story-- 40-minutes from now on News 7 at Six.
Sounds interesting..thanks Keith.
Prevention and education are being credited for a decrease in Virginia's
number of reported AIDS cases.
The Virginia Department of Health reports the figure dropped by nearly
three percent in 1997.
It attributes the slide to better reporting techniques and therapies that
are keeping infected people healthy longer.
The Health Department says this was the second year the number of AIDS cases
Virginia's HIV cases remained fairly level.
New computer software is helping guide doctors and their patients in the
battle against prostate cancer.
The technology allows doctors to zero in on tumors-- and avoid damaging
They use a tool called a radiation planner.
The program transforms two-dimensional cat-scan x-rays or c-t slices into
It can accurately pinpoint a tumor, so doctors know where to direct the
radiation and what doses are necessary to kill prostate cancer.
IN Q=That lets us know...
SUPER=00-Michael Davis/Medical Physicist; :09
SUPER=01-Dr. Jeanette Wilcox/Radiation Oncologist; :22
OUT Q=dose escalation.
IN Q=That let's
((MICHAEL DAVIS/MEDICAL PHYSICIST:THAT LETS US KNOW EXACTLY WHAT THE ENTIRE
PROSTATE GLAND IS GETTING BUT IT ALSO LETS US KNOW WHAT THE STRUCTURES WE DON'T
WANT TO HIT-- THE RECTUM, THE BLADDER-- ARE RECEIVING AS WELL. ))
OUT Q=as well.
Doctors say it reduces side effects because vital organs surrounding the tumor
are receiving little or no radiation.
IN Q=What this treatment...
((DR. JEANNETTE WILCOX/RADIATION ONCOLOGIST:WHAT THIS TREATMENT PLANNING SYSTEM
WILL ALLOW US TO DO IS ACTUALLY GO TO HIGHER DOSES AND HOPEFULLY IMPROVE OR
INCREASE OUR NUMBER OF CURES FOR PATIENTS. IN FACT, THERE ARE A LOT OF STUDIES
GOING RIGHT NOW --LOOKING AT WHAT'S CALLED DOSE ESCALATION. ))
OUT Q=dose escalation.
The final results are not completed on those studies yet.
But Doctor Wilcox says the advances are promising for prostate cancer
GRAPHIC=breast cancer prevention
In the war on breast cancer--
A new study indicates a Mediterranean diet-- one that is high in olive oil
can have a protective effect.
Swedish researchers studied the diets of more than 60-thousand women ages 40
to 76--who had no previous history of cancer.
The study found mono-unsaturated fats--found in olive oil--Peanut oil and
Canola oil lower the risk of breast cancer by 45-percent.
Two other surprising findings: animal fats had no effect on breast cancer.
Polyunsaturated fats found in seafood and corn oil were actually associated
with an increased risk up to 70-percent.(----------------)
Patients with lung cancer in its early stages have a new treatment:
It's a drug that kills tumor cells with a blast of laser light.
VO-NAT Stock tape 6:57:14:27 (20 seconds)
The Food and Drug Administration approved Q-L-T Phototherapeutics'
Photofrin, calling it a good option for a small number of lung cancer patients.
Q-L-T studied 102 patients with very early, or microinvasive, non-small cell
lung cancer who were not candidates for surgery or radiation, the only other
One Photofrin treatment wiped out the cancer in 79-percent of patients.
The company hopes eventually to use Photofrin for late-stage lung cancer.
Tech and UVA tip off later tonight at the Roanoke Civic Center.
Steve Mason is on the mend and returns tonight just in time for the Two
Minute Ticker--welcome back.
GRAPHIC=2 minute ticker
Good afternoon everyone, lets start our one hundred and 20 seconds of
sports on the hardwood.
Where basketball fans should venture over to the Roanoke Civic Center
tonight for the annual match up between Virginia Tech and Virginia.
DOUBLE BOXES ROY/STEVE
Roy Stanley is at the Civic Center for the big game and both teams would
appear to have something to prove at this point in the season.
That's right Steve, Both teams are still trying to recover from a couple of
losses to state teams that they normally dominate.
IN Q="Since that
SUPER=01-Myron Guillory/Virginia Tech Guard; :17
SUPER=01-Norman Nolan/Virginia Forward; :49
OUT Q=..........play us so."
double boxes Roy/Steve
Steve we'll have more on the rivalry coming up at six including Roanoke
native Curtis Staples.
Super Bowl 32 is set between the packers and the Broncos. Speaking of
horses; the Colts named Jim Mora their new head coach today.
Mora spent his entire NFL coaching career with the New Orleans Saints from
1986 to 96. He lead the Saints to 4 post season berths. He succeeds Lindy
Also; Baltimore Ravens running back Bam Morris has begun a 120 day jail
sentence. from a Rockwall, Texas courtroom today; Morris admitted violating
terms of his probation for a 1996 Marijuana possession conviction.
Roy Stanley will be back at 6 with more from the Tech/UVa hoops game tonight;
but don't go anywhere; more news 7 at 5 to come.
Virginia's 67th governor is wrapping up business on the third floor of the
-- including today's unveiling of his official portrait.
The artist says he tried to paint themes he saw in Governor Allen.
IN Q=A strong
((CLAIBORNE GREGORY/ARTIST: A STRONG VISION, INTEGRITY, PRINCIPLE,
DETERMINATION, RESOLVE, RESOLVED DETERMINATION I SHOULD SAY, ENERGY, AND A VERY
FIERCE DEVOTION TO FAMILY.))
SUPER=01-Claiborne Gregory/Artist; :05!!!!!
OUT Q=to family.
Allen specifically asked that his wedding ring be featured.