Next on News 7 at Five-
Day one of the General Assembly is NOT off to smooth start.
Audio tapes are released from the night TWA flight 800 went down.
With Winter Storm Warnings now in effect, we expect sleet and freezing rain
to cause travel problems later tonight and Thursday.
On Health Check--
Democrats including the President are trying to pass a bill of rights for
Plus a new strain of the flu has made its way from down under.
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IN Q=So help
((SO HELP ME GOD. SO HELP ME GOD. MEMBERS BE SEATED.))
OUT Q=members be seated,
Two separate oaths of office do NOT a united legislature make.
Day one at the 1998 General Assembly is off to a rocky start.
GRAPHIC=news-7 at five
Good evening, I'm Jean Jadhon...
For the first time in history, Virginia Republicans are one delegate away
from sharing power in the House.
So at noon today, when the legislature convened, both sides refused to
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Ellen Qualls is at the State Capitol.
Do we have a Speaker of the House yet?
We do not, and we may not today Jean.
Because at this hour, we don't even have a full house.
SOT **ROLLED FROM TRUCK**
IN Q=Three elections
SUPER=01-Del. John Rust/(R) Fairfax; :18
OUT Q=comfortable with that.
Three elections yesterday all went Republican -- but those freshman have NOT
been certified by the State Board of Elections and allowed to take their seats.
No problem -- a Republican notary swore them in in their own little
Then on the floor -- their names were not called -- they were not counted in
the preparations for the vote on the all-powerful Speaker.
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((DEL. JOHN RUST/R-FAIRFAX: WHAT WE DO HERE TODAY-- THIS IS GOING TO SET THE
TENOR FOR TWO YEARS. IT'S GOING TO SET THE TENOR WHICH CAN BE VERY DAMAGING TO
THIS INSTITUTION, AND WHICH CAN BE VERY DAMAGING TO THE COMMONWEALTH OF
((DEL. LACEY PUTNEY/I-BEDFORD: I FEEL THAT THE THREE PERSONS WHO WERE ELECTED
ON THE 13TH...THE PEOPLE OF VIRGINIA.))
Even as the sole independent in the House, Putney's no longer completely
impartial -- the GOP's promised him 49 votes for SPeaker if he'll be the 50th.
One Democrat remembers how NO one cared when his special election was not
certified for six days.
((BARNIE DAY: THE CONSTITUTION HAS TO BE FOLLOWED, THE COURTS HAVE TO BE
FOLLOWED... I FEEL COMFORTABLE WITH THAT.))
So the current status is a Republican filibuster that they hope to stretch
to Friday, when their three delegates may take their seats...and NO rules or
Remember two years ago when Governor Allen had to give the State of the
Commonwealth from his office?
The indictment of a Giles County supervisor remains somewhat of a mystery
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Eric Earnhart is in our New River Valley newsroom with an update.
Jean the special prosecutor in the Case, Floyd County's Gino Williams,
ordered that the indictments remained sealed until everyone charged was
So far one person has NOT been served... Giles County Supervisor Bobby
IN Q=So far three people
SUPER=01-Larry Falls/Giles Co. Sheriff; :42
OUT Q=on the warrants
(( Warrants have already been served on people in connection with the alleged
taping of a phone conversation about an extra-marital affair.
Derrick Gavin Ratcliffe and Giles County Realtor Kim Lavinder Frazier--
bonded out yesterday but were not available for comment today.
Herman Dent would not talk on camera today, but off camera, he showed us
his copy of his indictment...
It says he's charged, not with recording a conversation, but with listening
to a recorded conversation and relaying the information to another person.
Dent says he doesn't understand what he did was wrong.
Meanwhile, the final person named in the indictment, Supervisor Bobby
Williams is still hospitalized after cutting his wrists in an apparent suicide
IN Q=the status on Mr. Williams
((LARRY FALLS/GILES COUNTY SHERIFF; THE STATUS ON MR. WILLIAMS IS THAT, HASN'T
ANYTHING BEEN ISSUED, HASN'T ANYTHING BEEN SERVED AS FAR AS THE WARRANT, BUT I
GUESS WHEN HE'S ABLE THE STATE POLICE INVESTIGATOR WILL CONTACT HIM AND MAKE
SERVICE ON THE WARRANTS. ))
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Also a bit of a mystery tonight, where is Bobby Williams?
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The Sheriff's department says he was transfered from Giles Memorial to
Montgomery Regional Hospital yesterday... Montgomery Regional says they've
never had a patient by that name... Jean?
As Robin said-- we're under a winter storm warning for significant icing.
If you've seen the pictures of the ice in the Northeast, what they're dealing
with isn't pretty.
American Electric Power says you can take a few precautions to protect
IN Q=if you
((TERRY MCMAHAN/AMERICAN ELECTRIC POWER: IF YOU HAVE CAMPING EQUIPMENT, CAMPING
EQUIPMENT COULD BE USED FOR PREPARATION OF MEALS. SLEEPING BAGS, THINGS OF
THAT NATURE COULD BE HELPFUL IF YOU LOST POWER FOR AN EXTENDED AMOUNT OF
SUPER=01-Terry McMahan/American Electric Power;
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It's also a good idea to keep flashlights, radios and batteries handy in case
the power goes out.
HARD MUSIC UNDER
A body found in Delaware could be that of a former Lynchburg man-- that
story's coming up...
Opening statements got underway in the case of an alleged crime family
accused of setting fires to take control of the convenience store trade in the
On Health Check-- a study finds you can NOT reverse the effects of second
Patrick is striking up the band at Northside High School.
The marching band is on the way to Governor-elect Gilmore's inauguration.
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Air traffic control tapes were released from the night TWA flight 800
The tapes reveal pilots of other planes radioing the tower-
((AT MY NINE OCLOCK POSITION WE JUST HAD IT LOOKS LIKE AN EXPLOSION OUT THERE
ABOUT FIVE MILES AWAY, SIX MILES AWAY.
TOWER: AN EXPLOSION SIX MILES AT YOUR NINE OCLOCK POSITION. THANK YOU VERY MUCH
SIR. CONTACT NY APPROACH 1257.))
OUT Q=APPROACH 1257.
SUPER=04-July 17, 1996;
The tower tries to radio TWA Flight 800 with no response- Then a call goes
out to other pilots-
((TOWER: WELL I JUST WANT TO CONFIRM YOU SAW THE SPLASH IN THE WATER
APPROXIMATELY 20 SOUTHWEST OF HAMPTON IS THAT RIGHT?
PILOT: YES, SIR. IT BLEW UP IN THE AIR AND THEN WE SAW TWO FIRE BALLS GO DOWN
IN THE WATER.))
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The Paris bound 747 exploded off Long Island all 230 people aboard died.
Authorities in Delaware are waiting for a medical examiner to identify a
partially decomposed body that washed up on a beach.
SUPER=03-Lewes, DE/December 1997;
Police won't discuss a possible identity-- but acknowledge the body was
found where a former Lynchburg man disappeared November 29th.
Twenty-two year-old Mark Domaleski had been staying at Camp Arrowhead on
Rehoboth Bay when he disappeared.
The Coast Guard searched the waters around the camp but could not find
The body was found yesterday morning.
The jury got an outline today of the case against the Abed family.
In his opening statement, the government prosecutor says these are not
sophisticated white collar crimes, but "garden variety arsons" that eventually
gave rise to increasingly more violent crimes... including robbery and murder.
Seven of the nine defendants are members of the same Arabic family.
The remaining two were business associates of the Abeds.
"This was NOT an organized crime family," said one defense attorney today.
"It's a very DISorganized family.
Some members may have committed crimes," he concedes.
The first witness will take the stand tomorrow.
Charlottesville's Rutherford Institute is claiming victory over President
They've dropped their efforts against the politically conservative institute
that's helping finance Paula Jones' legal defense.
Today the Institute planned to ask a federal judge to open up records of
subpoenas issued by Clinton's lawyers.
The subpoenas seek records and testimony about Rutherford's
Jones alleges in her lawsuit that Clinton exposed himself to her
in a hotel room in May 1991 when he was governor of Arkansas.
A Roanoke County High School's marching band is tuning up and heading to the
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STOCKS BUMP NEXT
The Commonwealth inaugurates a new Governor this weekend, and some students
will experience the pagentry first-hand.
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Patrick Evans is at Northside High School--
Tonight he tells us how the Marching Vikings will not only attend the
festivities, but will participate.
SUPER=01-Danny Galyen/Band Director;
SUPER=01-Susanna Bailey/Northside Senior;
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OUT Q=MUSIC DOWN
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SUPER=331-Storm Warning/Freezing Rain/28-30/Freezing Rain/And Rain/32-34;
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SUPER=333-Storm Warning/Freezing Rain/27-29/Freezing Rain/Likely/30-33;
SUPER=334-Storm Watch/Sleet Likely/26-28/Freezing Rain/Likely/30-35;
health music under
A goalie for the Roanoke Express is heading to the big leagues... an
employment report in the Two Minute Ticker.
Next on Health Check--
Doctors say it could cure wrinkles--even
genetic disorders like muscular dystrophy- by taking dying cells and making
them young and healthy again.
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((WOODRING WRIGHT/UT-SOUTHWESTERN CELL BIOLOGIST:IT OPENS UP A TOY CHEST FOR
THERAPEUTIC AND MEDICAL AND BIOTECHNICAL APPLICATIONS FOR THINGS THAT WE CAN
NOW DO WITH HUMAN CELLS THAT WE WERE NOT ABLE TO DO BEFORE))
OUT Q=to do before
President Clinton urged Congress this afternoon to pass a bill this year to
protect insured Americans.
Clinton says it's in the public's best interest to have a patient's bill of
The president points to dramatic changes in America's healthcare system for
the need to beef up protection.
IN Q=Everybody knows that
((PRESIDENT CLINTON:EVERYBODY KNOWS THAT THIS IS A PUBLIC INTEREST ISSUE THAT
THE PEOPLE WHO ARE IN THESE PLANS CANNOT PROTECT THEIR OWN INTEREST UNLESS THEY
BAN TOGETHER AS CITIZENS AND THEIR ELECTED REPRESENTATIVES CREATE A FRAMEWORK
IN WHICH THEY CAN GET THE HEALTHCARE THEY DESERVE AND THEY'RE PAYING FOR.))
OUT Q=paying for.
The president admits the legislation isn't perfect, but it is a step in
the right direction.
If you've had a flu shot, and still got the flu you could have suffered
from Type A Sydney a new strain from Australia.
The outbreak is causing an emergency at some hospitals throughout the
VO-NAT 10 feed TC: 10:28:00
The Centers for Disease control have issued a report that the second strain
of type A influenza has been found in 40-percent of the cases tested.
That means even people who got a flu shot are still vunerable.
The C-D-C reports 15 states including Virginia are reporting widespread
Some states are seeing a late season peak in flu cases.
IN Q=By the end
((DR. EMILY SENAY/CBS MEDICAL CORRESPONDENT:BY THE END OF FEBRUARY WE USUALLY
THINK THE FLU SEASON IS OVER. THIS YEAR IT MIGHT BE A LITTLE DIFFERENT. IT
MIGHT GO A LITTLE LONGER THAN NORMAL.))
SUPER=01-Dr. Emily Senay/CBS Medical Correspondent;
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Doctors say wash your hands if you come in contact with someone who is sick,
drink plenty of fluids, rest up and if you develop symptoms, see your doctor.
GRAPHIC=second hand smoke
The latest smoking research indicates something new and disturbing. A
study in today's Journal of the American Medical Association shows that
cigarette smoking accerleates harding of the arteries by 50-percent.
The bigger surprise is the impact of environmental tobacco smoke, also known
as second hand smoke.
Researchers measured the walls of the carotid artery of 11-thousand people.
They found that direct or second hand smoke damaged the artery's lining,
making it easier for platelets, cholesterol and fat to clog and harden them.
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((FROM MY POINT OF VIEW...BE ELIMINATED. ))
SUPER=01-Dr. George Howard/Wake Forest Univ. School of Med.; :00
OUT Q=BE ELIMINATED.
Many states are watching what California is doing--
January First, the state made a bold move by banning smoking in all public
places including bars.
The fountain of youth may have been discovered in Texas--
Researchers are experimenting with an enzyme that causes human cells to stop
the process of aging and cell death.
SUPER=03-Dallas; 10:00 Feed --TC: 11:31:56
Researchers at the University of Texas-Southwestern link age to genetic
material that acts like fuel to make cells divide.
When the material...called telomeres (tel-omer-ace) runs low-- cells stop
growing and begin aging.
But when researchers add the gene telomerase...they apparently add more
fuel...and the cells grow again.
IN Q=So a cell
((WOODRING WRIGHT/UT-SOUTHWESTERN CELL BIOLOGIST:SO A CELL THAT HAS THE ENZYME
TELOMERASE DOESN'T LOSE DNA FROM ITS CHROMOSOMES...IT'S CHROMOSOMES DON'T
SHORTEN AND THAT CELL DOESN'T AGE))
SUPER=01-Woodring Wright/UT-Southwestern Cell Biologist;
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***Tonya on cart***
The discovery raises new questions and challenges about the aging process.
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((JERRY SHAY/UT-SOUTHWESTERN CELL BIOLOGIST:IT'S CERTAINLY NOT GONNA EXPLAIN
ALL COMPONENTS OF AGING, WHICH IS A VERY COMPLEX SERIES OF DISORDERS...BUT OUR
LONG TERM GOAL HAS BEEN TO TRY TO
UNDERSTAND THE MOLECULAR MECHANISMS OF AGING))
SUPER=01-Jerry Shay/UT-Southwestern Cell Biologist;
OUT Q=of aging.
UT-Southwestern researchers doubt this discovery will make an 80- year old
But it may help solve mysteries that cause deadly genetic disease.
In Sports the Lady Hokies are hoping last night's win is just the beginning
of a streak.
Steve Mason has that and details on an Express Goalie who has a new job.
Good afternoon everyone, lets begin our midweek ticker on the ice.
The Express might have won a share of the division lead last night; but in
the process; the team lost goalie Daniel Berthiaume.
The veteran goalie was called up by Roanoke AHL affiliate Saint John today.
Bert could start for the Flames tonight against Rochester. Saint John has lost
two goalies over the last week. Berthiaume is schedule to play one game for the
Flames and then rejoin the Express.
Berthiaume had 35 saves last night in Roanoke's 5-3 win over Wheeling. He
is second in the ECHL in goals against with 2.48 a a game.
SUPER=03-Roanoke/Eagles vs. Patriots;
On to basketball; where number one ranked G.W. danville topped Patrick Henry
93-67 last night on the Patriots home floor. Charles Stephens had the hot hand
in the first half for the Eagles.
SUPER=03-Roanoke/Hilltoppers vs. Colonels;
Across town; William Fleming topped E.C. Glass 68-47 in another non
district game. Colonel senior William Hankins led his team with 18 points and
had some pretty assists as Fleming improves to 8 and 3 on the season.
SUPER=03-Salem/Royals vs. Maroons;
and in college basketball; Roanoke fell to Eastern Mennonite in a crucial
ODAC game in Salem. Former parry McCluer star Mike McElroy chipped in 11 for
the Royals who improve to 4 and 2 in the conference. Roanoke falls to 2 and 3
in the ODAC.
This has been a roller-coaster year for the Lady Hokies, but last night's
conference win over LaSalle was definitely a confidence builder.
The Explorers had dominated Tech in their last four meetings.
But last night the Hokies grabbed an early lead and never looked back.
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((BONNIE HENRICKSON/VA TECH HEAD COACH: DEFENSIVELY WE MADE MADE A STATEMENT.
WE TOOK THEM OUT OF THEIR OFFENSIVE SCHEME. THEY COULD BE DANGEROUS IF YOU
ALLOW THEM TO RUN THEIR PATTERNS. I THOUGHT LISA WITHERSPOON DID A TREMENDOUS
JOB ON THE BALL AND FORCING THEM TO THE SIDE.))
SUPER=01-Bonnie Henrickson/Virginia Tech Head Coach;
OUT Q=TO THE SIDE
Former Lord Botetourt star Sarah Hicks was three for three from three point
The win brings the Hokies up to 9 and 6 on the year and 3 and 2 in the A-10.
They travel to D.C. to take on George Washington, Saturday.
coming up at 6, Mike Stevens visits with Dale Jarrett on the NASCAR media
tour. See ya in a half hour.
Here's a winter safety tip- never pick a snowball fight with a U-S Marine
SUPER=03-Little Cottonwood Canyon, NV;
That's what some motorists did when they were stuck in traffic.
An avalanche closed the road to the ski resort-
So some bored skiiers decided to throw a few snowballs at the marines-
((NAT MARINES RUNNING AND SHOUTING ))
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Of course the marines attacked back- an all out assault began- all in good
That's NEWS-7 at FIVE this Wednesday night.
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Well be back later...goodnight.