Coming up on News 7-
The house where a Vinton family was killed- comes tumbling down.
The queen of talk is in court in Texas where BEEF is King.
Plus a teacher begins training to go into space.
It's going to be cold tonight, under clear skies...Then the clouds arrive in
advance of some light snow tomorrow night.
In tonight's health check report--
Some researchers say stuttering may run in the family...
And health care providers who defaulted on their student loans are being
posted on the information superhighway.
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IN Q=NOT THAT
((DON HODGES/MURDER VICTIM'S BROTHER: NOT THAT WE'D WANT TO FORGET THEM BY ANY
MEANS. BUT HAVING TO LOOK AT THE HOUSE WHERE IT HAPPENED EVERYDAY IS A TOUGH
OUT Q=TOUGH TASK.
That won't be the case anymore-- today a demolition crew tore down the Hodges
house in Vinton.
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Good Evening, I'm Jean Jadhon.
For more than three years the burned out house on East Virginia Avenue has
been a painful reminder.
The family wanted to get rid of it, ever since Teresa and Blaine Hodges and
their children were murdered in 1994.
Though the killer also set fire to the house- in a failed attempt to
destroy the evidence -the house remained a visible symbol of the crime.
IN Q=Everywhere we go
((EVERYWHERE WE GO PEOPLE WANT TO KNOW WHAT ARE THEY GOING TO DO WITH THE
HOUSE. YOU KNOW I THINK IT'S A REMINDER FOR EVERYBODY. ))
SUPER=01-Rick Foutz/Vinton Police Chief
OUT Q=for everybody.
A demolition crew from Joe Bandy and Son finished the job in a matter of
Don Bandy said they did it for NOTHING, because, he said: I know these
boys, and I think everybody would just like to see it gone.
It cost the company between six and eight thousand dollars to knock down
the house and cart off the debris.
America's favorite talk show host is about to go head to head with one of
America's favorite foods- beef.
Oprah Winfrey arrived in Amarillo, Texas- shrugging her shoulders as she
walked into court.
She's being sued for millions by Cattle Farmers upset by comments made
during a 1996 show.
A guest said Americans could be at risk of being exposed to mad cow disease
if they ate beef from cattle that had been fed ground up animal parts- a
practice that has since been banned.
((STOP ME COLD FROM EATING ANOTHER BURGER.))
SUPER=04-The Oprah Winfrey Show/1996; 00-03!
OUT Q= another burger."
In the following days, already depressed beef prices sank to a ten year low.
Cattle ranchers claim Winfrey's free speech cost them millions.
Outside court, a throng of suporters on both sides of the case.
Both the defense and the prosecution agree Theodore Kaczynski is mentally
competent to stand trial-
SUPER=03-Helena, MT/File Tape;
The two sides came to the conclusion after reading a 47 page report by
psychiatrist Sally Johnson.
Now it's up to a judge- who says he'll decide Thursday morning whether the
suspected Unabomber will represent himself.
Kacyznski wants to be his own lawyer- but his timing may have cost him that
If he made the request BEFORE jury selection, there would have been no
question he had the right, but now that the trial has started it may be too
A suspect was arrested in yesterday's fatal shooting at a Martin Luther King
Day parade in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
SUPER=03-Baton Rouge, LA;
19-year old Brandon Lionel Johnson of Baton Rouge was brought into the police
by family members.
One man was killed and three children were injured.
A seven-year old girl is still in critical condition.
The Baton Rouge police chief says the man who was killed was Johnson's
Police believe the violence resulted from a dispute that began days before
A weekend shooting in Lynchburg has resulted in the city's first murder of
22-year old Vincent Johnson died this morning, two days after he was shot at
the intersection of 10th and Fillmore Streets.
Police arrested 32-year old Aubrey Hughes yesterday and charged him with
Hughes now faces a murder charge.
He remains held without bond in the Lynchburg city jail.
Police found a weapon in Hughes' home, and will also search his car which
they recovered yesterday.
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The proposed Interstate 73 is getting attention in Henry County tonight--
We'll have a live report next on NEWS-7 at FIVE...
She was Christa McAuliffe's backup for the Challenger flight-- now the third
grade teacher is training for her own mission to space.
The federal government is warning deadbeat doctors to pay back student loans
or be barred from medicare.
That story ahead on health check.
Also coming up-- Mike has hoop highlights from VMI--
And Patrick is observing Black History Month a little early-- stick around.
The Virginia Department of Transportation wants your help to decide exactly
where the new Interstate-73 should go.
Tonight, the first of three public meetings is set to gather input.
double boxes Jean/Christy
Christy Hubley is in Martinsville.
Christy, are there many people showing up for the meeting?
People are stopping by to check out the I-73 proposal.
Tonight's public meeting runs until seven at the Dutch Inn here in
It's an open-house.. a chance to offer your ideas.
And that's exactly what people are doing.
SUPER=01-W.F. Franck/Martinsville Resident; :00
SUPER=01-Clyde Williams/Martinsville Resident; :06
OUT Q=be unhappy.
VDOT has already designated a seven mile wide corridor for I-73 in
It roughly follows Route-460 from West Virginia through Giles and
Montgomery counties.. eventually down to Route-220 south to North Carolina.
Based on feedback, VDOT engineers will draft several I-73 alternatives.
And then there will be more public meetings to narrow down those
There are two more public meetings.
Tomorrow in Rocky Mount at the Center for Applied Technology and Continuing
double boxes Christy/Jean
And Thursday in Roanoke at the Clarion Hotel.
Both meetings are from 3-until-7.
(question: What's the timeline for I-73)
Governor Jim Gilmore says the car tax cut promise should be the measure of
But local treasurers and commissioners of the revenue from around Virginia
say they'd like more input on the plan.
IN Q=There has
((WILLIAM ORNDORFF/FREDERICK CO. TREASURER: THERE HAS BEEN A GROUP OF
COMMISSIONERS AND TREASURERS WORKING WITH GILMORE'S TRANSITIONAL TEAM, AND WE
HAVE TRIED TO GIVE THEM OUR EXPERTISE IN THE FIELD.))
SUPER=01-William Orndorff/Frederick Co. Treasurer;
OUT Q=in the field.
Last night, the Governor said he'll propose a voucher system for citizens to
use to pay their car tax bills.
The treasurers say vouchers may NOT work so well.
Also on the tax front, Montgomery County Senator Madison Marye says he's got
a better tax cut.
IN Q=I feel strongly
((SEN. MADISON MARYE/D-SHAWSVILLE: I FEEL STRONGLY THAT IF MINE HAD BEEN A
OPTION, THAT MOST PEOPLE WOULD GO FOR TAKING THE TAX OFF FOOD. THAT CAN'T BE
DONE LOCALLY. ONE OF THE GOOD THINGS ABOUT THE BILL IS THAT IT DOESN'T AFFECT
OUT Q=local governments.
Marye says cutting three-and a half cents of the four-and a half cent sales
tax on groceries would save the average family 180 dollars each year.
Members of Roanoke City Council are planning to hit the street this spring
in search of neighborhood concerns.
This afternoon, council endorsed a proposal from Nelson Harris.
He's hoping that members will go door-to door in a regular schedule of
IN Q=One of the things
SUPER=01-Nelson Harris/Roanoke City Council;
OUT Q=that's positive and productive.
This afternoon, council also approved an increase in fines for parking
In most cases, the fees will double.
Downtown merchants hope the higher fines will increase turnover, and free
up more parking spaces for shoppers.
An African-American presence throughout history in the New River Valley can
be discovered at Radford University.
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Black History month is February...
And there are a number of education opportunities throughout our region.
Once exhibit resides at Radford University, and chronicles the history of
African-American families in the New River Valley.
Patrick Evans has details.
SUPER=01-Anna Fariello/Radford University Galleries Director;
SUPER=01-Cary McTeer/Executive Assist. to the President;
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The superbowl may be just be five days away, but it is another quarterback is
stealing the show today... Mike has the story in tonight's Two Minute Ticker.
Next on Health Check-- Is stuttering hereditary?
Two leading research groups including one at Hollins College are trying to
prove it is -- and find a cure.
IN Q=I've seen results...
((I'VE SEEN RESULTS, WE'RE NOT UP TO THE NORMAL SPEED OF OUR SPEECH YET, BUT
FROM WHAT HAS HAPPENED SO FAR, I'M REALLY POSITIVE.))
OUT Q=really positive.
Good Afternoon-- I'm Keith Humprhy-- Coming up at six o'clock-- reptiles are
stalking the halls of the State Capitol.
Just looking for a little recognition.
A Campbell County man's fighting to make the eastern box turtle the official
He's even got a bill sponsor.
IN Q=Above all
((DEL. GEORGE GRAYSON/D-WILLIAMSBURG: ABOVE ALL BECAUSE CONSTITUENTS ASKED FOR
IT AND I HAD A NUMBER OF SCHOOL CHILDREN AS WELL AS THE WILLIAMSBURG TURTLE AND
TORTOISE RESCUE SOCIETY ASKED ME TO PUT IT IN.))
SUPER=01-Del. George Grayson/(D) Williamsburg;
OUT Q=put it in.
It's the business of lawmaking that the legislature's getting down to.
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We'll have the story at the top of the hour on NEWS 7 at SIX.
Reptiles on the loose thanks Keith.
The government is cracking down on doctors who haven't repaid their student
loans... and wants everyone to know about it.
The Department of Health and Human Services has posted a list of doctors in
default on it's web page.
The list includes chiropracters, dentists, podiatrists and optometrists, but
no MEDICAL DOCTORS.
There are about 14 hundred in all, owing a total of 107 million dollars.
A Roanoke Chiropracter is included on the list.
According to the website, Dr. David Kilmer still owes the government 51
He didn't return our phone calls today.
The government says it will with-hold medicare and medicaid payments until
the doctors pay up.
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To check out the list-- the link is on our Webwatch page at
Stuttering occurs in about one percent of the world's population.
The National Institutes of Health Stuttering Family Research Project is among
the first in the nation to study the genetic link to the problem.
It's an issue the Hollins Communications Research Institute has been looking
at for decades.
Researchers at Hollins College have helped thousand of stutterers from all
over the world attain normal speech.
IN Q=We are...
SUPER=07-Neil Henderson; :05
SUPER=01-Ronald Webster/Communications Research Inst. Dir.; :50
OUT Q=to cure it.
IN Q=We are
((NEIL HENDERSON/:WE ARE SHOWN HOW TO TAKE WHAT WE'VE LEARNED AND PUT IT INTO
PRACTICE IN THE REAL WORLD, MAKING PHONE CALLS, VISITING SHOPS, JUST GETTING IT
ALL MOVED FROM THE LEARNING ENVIRONMENT TO HOW WE'RE GOING TO HAVE TO USE IT.))
OUT Q=use it.
Students like Neil Henderson spend eight hours a day in class for 19 days...
It is a constant battle, but 90-percent are able to control their stuttering.
((NEIL HENDERSON:I'M NOW JOINING MY FATHER'S BUSINESS SO THERE WILL BE PHONE
CALLS, THERE WILL BE BOARD MEETINGS, AND IT WILL BE NICE TO KNOW THAT IF I'M ON
TARGET, I WILL BE REALLY ON TARGET.))
OUT Q=on target
The N-I-H is teaming up with the Hollins Communications Research Institute to
study the genes of a stutterer.
IN Q=The genetic linkage...
((RONALD WEBSTER/COMMUNICATIONS RESEARCH INSTITUTE DIRECTOR:THE GENETIC LINKAGE
STUDY WILL INVOLVE OUR FINDING A PERSON WHO STUTTERS AND THEN A RELATIVE WHO
STUTTERS, IT CAN'T BE A FIRST DEGREE RELATIVE LIKE A PARENT, BUT IT COULD BE AN
UNCLE OR A SISTER OR BROTHER.))
Hollins College will study D-N-A samples from 300 family members of
stutterers and N-I-H will do the genetic analysis.
The results will allow them to not only control the stuttering problem, but
hopefully find a cure.
IN Q=If there is...
((RONALD WEBSTER/COMMUNICATIONS RESEARCH INSTITUTE DIRECTOR:IF THERE IS AN
UNDERLYING PHYSICAL MECHANISM, FOR EXAMPLE THE WAY THE PERSON HEARS THE SOUND
OF HIS VOICE THERE MAY BE A MORE DIRECT AND SIMPLER WAY TO TREAT THE PROBLEM
AND REALLY CURE IT, RIGHT NOW WE CAN TEACH STRONG COMPENSATORY SKILLS, AT SOME
POINT IN THE FUTURE WE MAY BE ABLE TO CURE IT.))
OUT Q=cure it.
The project is expected to take three years.
Hollins College researchers say if the study is successful-- finding an
actual cure could be available by the year 2003.
Time now for sports-- a big named NBA player will be appearing in a court of
Mike has that story along with post-season NFL news.
The two minute ticker begins with football news this afternoon.
The Super hype to Super Bowl 32 is well underway in San Diego, but this
morning a quarterback others than Favre and Elway tried to grab a few headlines
back on the east coast.
SUPER=03-Orchard Park, NY; :00
The much rumored signing of Doug Flutie by the Buffalo Bills was made
official today as the former Boston College hero and Canadian Football League
king, who is now 35, talked about his new two year deal.
IN Q="It's been...
((DOUG FLUTIE/SIGNS WITH BILLS:))
SUPER=01-Doug Flutie/Signs With Bills; :00
OUT Q=...BACK INTO IT."
VMI's date with Southern Conference North Division rival East Tennessee
State this Thursday marks the beginning of a three game road swing for the
SUPER=03-Lexington/Last Night; :00
Last night Bart Bellairs team was upset by the Citadel 67-62.
VMI trailed 29-to-25 at the half, and the Bulldogs were able to hold off
the type of comebacks this VMI team has been accustomed to producing of late.
6'3" forward Aaron Demory, who has averaged 15.3 points a game over his
last four games, registered a team high 21 against the Bulldogs.
Guard Darryl Faulkner chipped in 19 for the Keydets. Bart Bellairs team is
now 4 and 2 in the Southern Conference and 10 and 6 overall.
From the upset to some upsetting news from the NBA concerning Washington
Wizards star Chris Webber.
This morning Webber was pulled over for speeding in Prince George's County.
He was arrested after scuffling with police officers.
He has been charged with assaulting an officer and police also found
marijuana in his sport utility vehicle.
Police also had to use pepper spray to restrain the 6-9 player, who did not
have a driver's license or registration in his possesion at the time of the
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And one reminder for you college basketball fans.
Join Your Hometown Station tonight at eight o'clock as we bring you LIVE
coverage of tonight's ACC battle in Clemson between the Tigers and the Virginia
Have a good evening everybody.
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An Idaho teacher will take flight in space.
Barabara Morgan was Christa McAuliffe's backup for the Challenger flight-
She was selected last week to join the astronaut program
The third grade teacher says this is NOT a renewed "teacher in space"
But something new called astronaut-educator.
((BARBARA MORGAN/TEACHER-ASTRONAUT: JUST LIKE YOU HAVE ASTRONOMERS WHO JOIN
THE CORP, PHYSICIANS WHO JOIN THE CORP WE'RE TALKING ABOUT TEACHERS- EDUCATORS
WHO JOIN THE CORPS.))
OUT Q=who join the corps. TRIPLE OUT!!!
Morgan will train as a mission specialist.
She says she's excited-- because as a full-fledged astronaut she could get
more than one trip to space.
That does it for News-7 at Five.
We invite you to check out our latest addition...News-7 Saturday and Sunday
This weekend, we're cooking with Meteorologist Robin Reed.
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OUT Q= in this pie.
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Robin's the chef in the latest weekend diner.
Join Denise Allen and Andrew Freiden for news, sports and weather...
That's News-7 Saturday and Sunday Morning at eight.
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