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An area lawmaker apparently attempts to kill himself just after he was
And NFL football is coming back to CBS.
Clouds on the increase tomorrow and temperatures a full 20 degrees colder.
Details coming up.
A local doctor refutes a study's findings
that drinking red wine could lower the risk of an aged-related blindness.
Plus-- some Virginia Lawmakers are fighting for the rights of mentally
disabled citizens. We've got it all on Health Check.
(Jean ad lib)
A Giles County Supervisor apparently attempts suicide this afternoon just
hours after he was indicted by a Grand Jury.
GRAPHIC=news-7 at five
Good Evening, I'm Jean Jadhon.
Details surrounding the state police investigation of Bobby Williams are
still coming in-
But they apparently involve the illegal taping of a cellular phone
DOUBLE BOXES JEAN/TERESA
Teresa Hamilton has been looking into the allegations... and joins us from
our Blacksburg newsroom.
Jean, we don't much right now about the allegation itself because the
indictment is still sealed.
This is what we know...
Authorities had seen and spoken with Williams earlier today about the
allegation- and were under the assumption he was planning to turn himself in.
But when that didn't happen-- Sheriff's deputies went to his Ripplemead home
That's when they discovered-- Williams had apparently tried to hurt himself
by slashing his wrist.
Williams was immediately taken to a local hospital.
Sources say Williams is going to recover--
Family members have asked that NO information on his condition be made
double boxes Jean/Teresa
(question:Teresa, are others involved in the indictment? )
(How long has Williams been a supervisor?)
GRAPHIC=va supreme court
Polls are open for three special elections in the Commonwealth today.
Results from these House of Delegates elections could determine control of
The Board of Elections has to certify the ballots in Prince William,
Chesterfield, and Chesapeake House districts.
The Virginia Supreme Court is deciding at this hour if it should force the
Board to certify those ballots tonight and tomorrow so winning candidates can
take office as soon as the General Assembly convenes tomorrow.
The Board wants to wait until Friday to ensure accuracy.
Governor-elect Jim Gilmore says he's honoring the debt to America's founders
with his "no car tax" pledge.
Gilmore's latest stop in a week of pre-inaugural activities was Colonial
Williamsburg's Raliegh Tavern-- where he hob-nobbed with actors portraying
Patrick Henry and Thomas Jefferson.
SOT 01:58:25 TAPE ONE
((GOV.-ELECT JIM GILMORE: VIRGINIANS ARE A GENEROUS PEOPLE, AND OVER THE NEXT
FOUR YEARS, 40 BILLIONS....WE REJECT BEING A PEOPLE FOR THE GOVERNMENT.))
OUT Q=the government.
Gilmore says he's underestimated the cost of the car tax cut-- but may NOT
release new projections until next week.
A special prosecutor has been appointed to handle a controversial Giles
County rape case.
SUPER=03-Giles Co./File Tape;
Giles County Prosecutor Garland Spangler asked for a special prosecutor after
months of publicity surrounding a case involving Cory Kast.
Today a judge appointed Floyd County Commonwealth's Attorney Gino Williams
to handle the charges against Kast.
He's accused of several crimes, including robbery and abduction against rape
victim Renee Trump.
At one time a rape charge against Kast was dropped after Spangler failed to
prosecute the case in a timely manner.
After that, Kast was indicted on the other charges.
Total Action Against Poverty has run into another problem in it's efforts
to fund the Transitional Living Center.
A recent grant application to fund the center was rejected after five pages
were accidently left out.
But TAP says there's a bigger problem.
The Department of Housing and Urban Development has rejected the document
that addresses the Roanoke Region's homeless problem, called the Continuium of
TAP officials say it's the same document HUD accepted for the past nine
They believe growing homeless problems in Northern Virginia pushed Roanoke
out of the running for grant money.
IN Q=we all have to
((ELLEN BROWN/TOTALL ACTION AGAINST POVERTY; WE ALL HAVE TO PULL TOGETHER AND
MAKE SURE THAT QUALITY PROGRAMS FOR HOMELESS PERSONS ARE SUPPORTED FINANCIALLY
AND IN KIND AND IN VOLUNTEERISM FROM OUT COMMUNITY BECAUSE WE CAN'T COUNT ON
THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT TO WORK WITH US.))
SUPER=01-Ellen Brown/Total Action Against Poverty
OUT Q=work with us
TAP will apply for another grant next year,
Brown says the only way to make sure the Transitional Living Center keeps
operating is to support it with local funding.
As if a thick layer of ice wasn't enough for people in the Northeast-
Mother nature today added wind- the bone chilling kind.
120 thousand people in Northern New York State are without power-
Now Utility workers are pouring in from all around the country-
((I'VE BEEN IN THE BUSINESS FOR 32 YEARS. I'VE NEVER SEEN A STORM LIKE THIS.))
((WE LIVE IN AN AREA WHERE YOU DON'T HAVE TO WORRY ABOUT TORNADOS,
EARTHQUEAKES, FLOODS. SO WE ALWAYS FELT PRETTY PROTECTED.))
OUT Q=felt pretty protected."
Not even protection from price gougers- who are apparenty taking advantage.
Officials are looking into reports of generators that normally cost
500 dollars being sold off of trucks for as much as three-thousand.
New York law prohibits inflating prices on necessities in emergencies.
HARD MUSIC UNDER
The Hill City is beefing up its arsenal to combat drugs...
A little later on NEWS-7 at FIVE...Books are heading to Africa-- it's a gift
to one of Roanoke's Sister Cities.
Tonight on Health Check--red wine and your eyesight...not everyone's
agreeing with the latest study...
Also coming up--scientific questions could be answered thanks to the lunar
Details ahead and the Two Minute Ticker-- when we come back.
Iraq said it would-- and today IT DID block a United Nations inspections
team from doing its work.
Iraq claims the team leader American, Scott Ritter is a spy- but today the
head of weapons inspections says that's just not true.
((RICHARD BUTLER/WEAPONS INSPECTIONS CHIEF: HE'S NOT A SPY. HE'S A U.N.
OFFICIAL. THE THINGS THAT HAVE BEEN SAID ABOUT HIM SIMPLY ARE NOT TRUE. THEY'RE
SUPER=01-Richard Butler/Weapons Inspections Chief;
OUT Q=they're not respectable."
U-N Security council members met for two hours today- to discuss a possible
Antoher meeting is planned. It's expected to produce a statement denoucing
Lynchburg's police force is adding a little more muscle to its war on drugs.
The department has received a 90- thousand dollar state grant to create a
Drug Interdiction Team.
The narcotics team will target areas where large amounts of drugs are coming
into Lynchburg-- including the bus station, airport and major highways.
IN Q=Clearly what's
((COL. CHARLES BENNETT/LYNCHBURG POLICE CHIEF: CLEARLY WHAT'S GOING TO HAPPEN,
WITH MORE RESOURCES WE'RE GOING TO BE ABLE TO PUT MORE TIME, MORE ENERGY, MORE
INVESTIGATORY RESOURCES BEHIND THIS ASPECT OF OUR EFFORTS TO CONTROL ILLEGAL
DRUGS AND THAT'S GOING TO BE A BIG HELP.))
SUPER=01-Col. Charles Bennett/Lynchburg Police Chief; :00
OUT Q=a big help.
Lynchburg will need to pick up nine percent of the tab for the two new
City council will vote on the issue at tonight's meeting.
The Lunar prospector is successfully in place- in orbit 63 miles from the
Scientists say the Propector is functioning just as planned-
((ALAN BINDER/LUNAR PROSPECTOR INVESTIGATOR: WE WILL FIND WATER IF IT IS THERE
IN A FEW WEEKS TO A MONTH AND HALF.))
SUPER=01-Alan Binder/Lunar Prospector Investigator;
OUT Q=TO A MONTH AND A HALF."
The spacecraft was launched January 6th-
It's primary mission is to find information on the Moon's surface.
One key question if there is water on the moon in the form of ice.
It may be the dead of winter, but the growing season is right around the
Growers are looking for ways to make their jobs a little easier.
(patrick ad lib)
STOCKS BUMP NEXT
Horticulturists throughout the region have gathered in Roanoke to plan for
the coming season.
DOUBLE BOX JEAN/PATRICK
Patrick Evans is at the Hotel Roanoke, where exhibitors from around the
country have come to display their wares.
Patrick, what are the hot new items.
SUPER=01-Libby Whitley/Horticulture Conference;
SUPER=01-Jean Brook/Dillman Farm;
DOUBLE BOX PATRICK/ROBIN
SUPER=330-Clear &/Colder/22-26/Increasing Clouds/& Cool/40-43;
SUPER=331-Clear/& Colder/24-28/Increasing Clouds/& Cool/41-45;
SUPER=332-Clear &/Colder/21-24/Clouds with/Rain Possible/40-43;
SUPER=333-Clear/& Colder/20-24/Increasing Clouds/Cooler/38-42;
SUPER=334-Clear &/Colder/16-22/Rain or/Freezing Rain/37-41;
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In tonight's Ticker-- A look back to last night's Tech-UVA game as well as a
look ahead at the new home for AFC football--
Next on health check--the Roanoke Valley mental health association
says Virginia's system of providing publicly funded services is severely
IN Q=The committee
((DIANE KELLY/ROANOKE MENTAL HEALTH ASSOC. DIR.:THE COMMITTEE MEMBERS DURING
THE COURSE OF THEIR TWO YEAR STUDY HAVE IDENTIFIED 300-MILLION DOLLARS WORTH OF
UNMET NEED EXISTING RIGHT NOW IN THIS STATE.))
OUT Q=this state.
Good afternoon, I'm Keith Humphry.
Here's a preview of one of the stories we're working on for News-7 at Six:
It's been a rough couple of weeks for Asian stock markets.
Some American companies doing business overseas have seen their profits fall.
But there's one business here in Roanoke that has been able to survive the
so-called Asian Flu.
Optical Cable's C-E-O has some surprising thoughts about the situation in the
IN Q=we see
((BOB KOPSTEIN/OPTICAL CABLE: WE SEE HUGE POTENTIAL, PARTICULARLY WITH JAPAN.
SUPER=01-Bob Kopstein/CEO, Optical Cable;
OUT Q=with japan
Kopstein says there is plenty of business to be found in those foreign
markets ... if you know where to look.
We'll also hear what a local analyst has to say about this Asian crisis.
double boxes Jean/Keith
That story's at the top of the hour...
A recent study reports drinking moderate amounts of red wine may lower the
risk of a blinding disease-- but at least one local doctor is skeptical.
The report found that wine drinking was associated with lower rates of
macular degeneration--the most common cause of decreased vision in people over
the age of 65.
Macular degernation cannot be corrected by removing cataracts or changing
Researchers examined more than three-thousand participants in a federal study
back in the 1970s..
A specialist says the study never found a direct link between drinking wine
and a lower risk of macular degeneration.
IN Q=I wouldn't start
((DR. JOHN HINES/OPTOMETRIST:I WOULDN'T START DRINKING RED WINE IF I WASN'T
DOING IT ALREADY IF I WAS DRINKING RED WINE LOOKING FOR FURTHER JUSTIFICATION
IT MIGHT GIVE ME SOME IMPULSE TO CONTINUE TO DO SO BUT I DON'T THINK THAT
TAKING UP ALCOHOL IS A GOOD IDEA.))
SUPER=01-Dr. John Hines/Optometrist;
OUT Q=good idea.
Doctor Hines says there is no proven cure for macular degeneration--except
Eat your fruits and veggies to beat cancer.
That's the advice from a United Nations health agency.
The World Health Organization is urging everyone to reach for fresh fruit
and veggies instead of pills.
The agency says beta-carotene pills do not contain fiber or other elements--
able to fight cancer like food does.
In fact, it says, the pills may even -increase- the risk of lung cancer and
heart disease among smokers.
The recommendations come after scientists looked at all the published data on
the health effects of beta-carotene and similar compounds.
Beta-carotene is the vegetable form of vitamin A.
GRAPHIC=mental health assoc.
Virginia lawmakers are facing a public health problem: the condition of
mental health hospitals in the state.
Tomorrow, a legislative committee is expected to release the findings and
recommendations of a two year study that evaluated the future of publicly
funded mental health, retardation and substance abuse services.
Director of the Roanoke Valley Mental Health Association Diane Kelly says
Virginia's system is understaffed and underfunded.
Kelly says prevention is the key.
And that when mental health needs are not addressed, people end up in the
criminal justice system or rely heavily on social services.
IN Q=I don't
((DIANE KELLY/ROANOKE MENTAL HEALTH ASSOC. DIR.: I DON'T THINK THEY'VE SPENT
ENOUGH TIME AND ENOUGH EMPHASIS ON CHILDREN AND ADOLESCENTS ISSUES IN AND THE
WHOLE CONCEPT OF PREVENTION.))
SUPER=01-Diane Kelly/Roanoke Mental Health Assoc. Dir.;
OUT Q=of prevention.
One aspect of the committee's restructuring plan includes an independent
agency to monitor patient care statewide.
Let's turn now to sports--where the Hokies won bragging rights on the
hardwood last night...
Here's Steve Mason with the highlights and the latest from the Roanoke
Good afternoon everyone, welcome to your 2 minute ticker. Lets start on the
A win over Wheeling tonight and the Express can move into a tie for first
place with Richmond in the Northeast Division.
SUPER=03-Roanoke/This Morning; :00
While the team's practice this morning was lite; the Express seemed
focussed; but not on leading the division.
IN Q="We're not
((DUANE HARMER/EXPRESS CAPTAIN:))
((FRANK ANZALONE/EXPRESS HEAD COACH:))
SUPER=01-Duane Harmer/Express Captain; :00
SUPER=01-Frank Anzalone/Express Head Coach; :09
OUT Q=...off screens"
In football; CBS held a news conference today to officially announce the
return of AFC football to the network. CBS has a 8 year 4 billion dollar deal
with the NFL to televise games.
IN Q="I don't
((SEAN MCMANUS/PRESIDENT OF CBS SPORTS:))
SUPER=01-Sean McManus/CBS Sports President; :00
OUT Q=...ring to it"
One racing note. Coming up at six; Mike Stevens will preview the NASCAR media
tour with stops at various Winston Cup shops in the Carolinas.
On to basketball. Two of the last three meetings between Virginia and
Virginia Tech were decided by only one point.
But last night at the Roanoke Civic Center the Cavaliers beat the Hokies by
14, 69 to 55.
SUPER=03-Roanoke/Hokies vs Cavaliers; :
Both teams entered the contest right at the 500 mark.
Virginia got off to a good start on the shoulders of forward Norman Nolan
who scored the Cavaliers first 7 points.
The Hokies shot just about 25-per cent in the first half but cut the lead
to four 22 to 18 when Brendan Dunlop hit the old fashion three point play.
Virginia led by 11 at the half and SUPER=33-Virginia/69/Virginia
Tech/55/;the Cavaliers pulled away in the second half to beat the Hokies 69 to
55 Norman Nolan scored 20 and Colin Ducharme a Career high 16.
IN Q="I'm pretty
((ROLAN ROBERTS/9 POINTS 4 REBOUNDS: ))
((COLIN DUCHARME/16 POINTS 9 REBOUNDS: ))
SUPER=01-Rolan Roberts/9 Points 4 Rebounds for Tech; :
SUPER=01-Norman Nolan/20 Points 11 Rebounds for UVa; :
OUT Q=.......OF A MOVE."
Coming up at six, More from Charlotte and the Express; but there is still
more news 7 at 5 headed your way.
Donations of "Books for Africa" left Roanoke today heading to schools in the
Star City's sister city in Kenya.
The Roanoke Valley Sister City organization and local businesses joined
together a year and a half ago to form "Books for Africa".
The volunteer organization has been collecting books from various sources.
It then sorts the reading material to send to schools in Kisumu
Kissumo Kenya, where the library's shelves are mostly bare.
"Books for Africa" sent its first donation of 38-thousand books to Kenya
It hopes to ship two more shipments in the spring.
That's it for us on NEWS-7 at Five--
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