Coming up on News 7-
The latest on the scandal surrounding the President.
A firefighter is killed while battling a blaze-
Plus the Unabomber suspect reportedly pleads guilty.
A rather cold rain moves in followed by heavier downpours overnight. The
forecast details are just ahead.
Tonight on Health Check --
The dizziness caused by vertigo could be a thing of the past.
And only one hospital in the country is using computer connections to assess
heart patients -- and it's here in Southwest Virginia.
(Jean ad lib)
((MS. LEWINSKY TOLD ME IN NO UNCERTAIN TEMRS THAT SHE DID NOT HAVE A SEXUAL
RELATIONSHIP WITH THE PREISDENT.))
OUT Q=WITH THE PRESIDENT.
Those the words of Clintons friend- Vernon Jordan who also claims he did not
tell Monica Lewinsky to lie.
The statment comes after allegations that Lewinsky had an affair with the
President when she was a college intern.
Drew Levinson is following the case-
and has more from Washington.
Live= Drew Full/Newspath
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SUPER=01-Vernon Jordan/Presidential Advisor;
SUPER=01-Kenneth Starr/Independent Counsel;
FOR A SECOND DAY..THIS TIME WITH AN INTERNATIONAL LEADER AT HIS SIDE.PRESIDENT
CLINTON DENIED A SEXUAL RELATIONSHIP WITH THEN 21- YEAR OLD WHITE HOUSE
INTERN MONICA LEWINSKY AND THAT HE ASKED HER TO LIE ABOUT IT.
"Now, there are a lot of other questions that I think are very legitimate.
You have a right to ask them. You and the American people have a right to get
BUT THE ANSWERS HE'S BEEN GIVING FOR THE PAST SIX YEARS ABOUT AN AFFAIR WITH
GENNIFER FLOWERS ARE SEEMINGLY WRONG. INFORMATION LEAKED FROM HIS SATURDAY
DEPOSTION IN THE PAULA JONES CASE SHOWS HE ADMITS TO THE AFFAIR. THIS ADDING
TO THE FIRESTORM THAT SURROUNDS SECRETLY RECORDED CONVERSATIONS WITH
LEWINSKY.SEEN HERE AT HER COLLEGE GRADUATION---SHE IS QUOTED AS SAYING SHE
HAD AN AFFAIR WITH THE PRESIDENT. AND LATER HE AND PRESIDENTIAL CONFIDANT
VERNON JORDAN ASKED HER TO LIE ABOUT IT.
(SOT VERNON JORDAN)
s/VERNON JORDAN/PRESIDENTIAL ADVISOR
"I want to say you absolutely and unequivocally that Ms. Lewinsky
told me in no uncertain terms that she did not have a sexual relationship with
the president. At no time did I ever say, suggest or intimate to her that she
JORDAN'S COMMENTS BACK WHAT LEWINSKY HAS SWORN IN AN AFFIDAVIT. BUT IN A
DEPOSITION SCHEDULED FOR FRIDAY IN THE JONES SEXUAL HARRASSMENT CASE HER
ATTORNEY SAYS SHE'LL TAKE THE FIFTH. HER ALLEGATIONS GROW OUT INDEPENDENT
PROSECUTOR KENNETH STARR'S INVESTIGATION INTO THE JONES CASE AGAINST THE
PRESIDENT. SPEAKING PUBLICLY FOR THE FIRST TIME ABOUT THIS LATEST
INVESTIGATION-STARR PROMISED TO MOVE SWIFTLY.
(SOT KENNETH STARR)
"What I do want to assure each of you is that we are going about work, our
activity, in a very prompt manner and professional manner."
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The Unabomber trial is apparently over-- before it even began.
Theodore Kaczynski's lawyers have confirmed he has pleaded guilty.
In return Kaczynski will go to prison for life without parole, rather than
face the death sentence.
The deal is expected to be formally agreed to at a hearing later today.
Word of the agreement came after the judge in Sacramento turned down
Kaczynski's request that he be allowed to represent himself.
The indictment involving a Giles County supervisor was released today-- one
week after a judge ordered the paperwork sealed.
According to court documents-- Bobby Williams is charged with playing an
illegally taped phone conversation in front of someone else.
Three others are also charged in connection with the alleged crime.
SUPER=03-Giles Co./Last Week;
You may remember-- Williams attempted suicide last week after the grand jury
returned the indictments.
Law enforcement officials found Williams inside his home.
They say he cut his wrists with a box cutter.
He was taken to a hospital-- but his whereabouts remain a mystery.
Williams' fellow supervisors had actually asked for his resignation BEFORE
last week's indictment.
Teresa Hamilton will have more on that-- tonight on NEWS 7 at six.
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Coming up on News-7 at Five, we'll see how area pro and anti- abortion
acitivists are marking the day.
And a fire in Greenbrier County, West Virginia takes the life of a volunteer
On tonight's health check report --
Doctors have discovered a new way to treat the dizziness caused by vertigo.
The Express gets ready to take on the Pee- Dee Pride one last time.
And the Tech men's hoops team is in action tonight -- looking for their
second win on the road.
Investigators in West Virginia are still searching for the cause of a blaze
that killed a volunteer fireman yesterday.
Double Boxes=Jean and Joe/Starlink
Joe Dashiell reports from Fairlea, West Virginia where the community is
mourning the death of 24 year old Greg Carter.
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(Rollcue: hit this community hard)
SOT **Tape Rolled from StarLink**
IN Q=Carter went into the
SUPER=03-Fairlea, WV; :00
SUPER=01-Roger York/Ass't State Fire Marshall; :22
OUT Q=exact cause of this fire is
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Double Boxes=Jean and Joe/Starlink
(Jean question--Is there any indication this was an accidental fire?)
Local abortion activists on both sides are heading to Washington today to
mark the 25th anniversary of the Roe verses Wade decision.
Abortion rights activists gathered outside of the Capitol and the Supreme
Court to get Washington to support their side.
Abortion supporters also formed their own rally today in Washington.
They're urging anti-abortionists to join them in trying to prevent the need
for abortions rather than completely eliminating the option.
IN Q=The Right
((THE RIGHT TO LIFE...EVEN IF YOU COME OUT DEFORMED OR CRIPPLED IS A BASIC
RIGHT, HUMAN RIGHT THAT EVEN THE FOUNDERS OF THIS COUNTRY RECOGNIZE.))
SUPER=01-Luke Patrick/ "Life Chain" Organizer
OUT Q=country recognize
IN Q=The best
((THE BEST THING THAT WE AS A SOCIETY CAN DO IS TO BE MORE DELIBERATE IN MAKING
SURE PEOPLE REALIZE THAT SEXUALITY AND SEX HAS CONSEQUENCES.))
SUPER=01-David Nova/ Planned Parenthood
OUT Q=has consequences
The Supreme Court legalized abortions in 1973.
Anti-abortion activists used today's anniversary to claim American opinion
is turning AGAINST abortion.
At Liberty University, protesters laid out one and a half million printed
roses.. representing the number of abortions performed in the U.S. each year.
Reverend Jerry Falwell says recent polls indicate most Americans do NOT
favor the practice.
IN Q=So I think
((REV. JERRY FALWELL/LIBERTY U. CHANCELLOR: SO I THINK THE TEACHING, THE
PREACHING, THE CONTINUING EDUCATION IS HAVING AN IMPACT. THERE WERE 300-
THOUSAND FEWER ABORTIONS IN 1996, THE LAST YEAR WE HAVE RECORDS, THE MOST
RECENT YEAR, THAN FIVE YEARS AGO. THE NUMBER OF ABORTIONS IS GOING DOWN.))
SUPER=01-Rev. Jerry Falwell/Liberty U. Chancellor; :00
OUT Q=is going down.
Falwell also suggested there may be a connection between President Clinton's
problems and his support of abortion rights.
Good news for people who suffer from vertigo.
There's more about a new treatment ahead on News-7 at Five
And daily life skids to a halt across much of Europe as strong winds and
heavy snow hit the area.
Gale force winds and several feet of snow are bringing parts of Europe to a
Strong winds knocked down power lines in Croatia, leaving most of the
eastern part of the country without power.
Three feet of snow on the ground is not helping the situation, either.
And in Vienna Austria, heavy overnight snow stranded some 200 cars.
The army has been called out to dig out stranded cars.
SUPER=330-Heavy Rain/Later Tonight/34-36/Rain Heavy/At Times/42-44;
SUPER=331-Heavy Rain/At Times/37-39/More Heavy/Rain Possible/42-44;
SUPER=332-Freezing Rain/And Rain/31-34/Rain Heavy/At Times/40-42;
SUPER=333-Sleet Early/Then Rain/33-35/Rain Heavy/At Times/40-42;
SUPER=334-Rain May/Be Heavy/33-35/Rain With/Steady Temps/40-42;
health music under
Still to come on the newscast, Mike Stevens will be here as the Express and
Hokies both get ready for games on the road.
Tonight on Health Check--
High tech computer equipment being used at a local hospital is allowing
doctors to diagnose heart patients without leaving home.
The doctor reviews video of the heart on a computer screen that can capture
images with exact detail.
IN Q=Now if
((TROY WILLIAMS/RESPIRATORY THERAPIST:NOW IF YOU NOTICE IT IN FULL TIME YOU'LL
SEE IT, A LITTLE YELLOW SQUIRT RIGHT THERE, THAT'S A LEAK THAT'S WHY I HAVE TO
HAVE HIGH DEFINITION VIDEO QUALITY THAT I HAVE TO HAVE SO HE CAN SEE THAT
LITTLE MINUTE THING.))
OUT Q=minute thing.
Good Evening, I'm Keith Humphry, here's a look at one of the stories you'll
see tonight on News7 at Six.
Many Botetourt County residents say their homes are worth TOO much.
New homes are cropping up all over the place -- and that's driving land
values and property assessments through the roof.
The average increase was 39 percent -- and some properties doubled in value.
IN Q=That means
((DON THOMAS/PROJECT MANAGER: THAT MEANS IF A TRACT OF LAND, 20 ACRES OF LAND
PREVIOUSLY WAS ASSESSED AT $40,000, NOW THE ASSESSMENT MAY BE $80,000.
GERALD BURGESS/COUNTY ADMINISTRATOR: IT'S JUST ... BOTETOURT COUNTY ...
SUPER=01-Gerald Burgess/County Administrator; :08
OUT Q=reflecting that
We'll see how growth in Botetourt compares with the rest of our viewing area
That's coming up a little later on News7 at Six. Jean.
Thanks Keith, we'll see you then
An innovative program at Giles Memorial Hospital is taking computer
technology to heart.
The telecardiology program allows doctors to examine heart patients through a
The hospital performs an ultrasound and put it on V-H-S tape.
The data is transferred into a computer that uses live full motion color
video and CD quality sound.
IN Q=I've taken
SUPER=01-Troy Williams/Respiratory Therapist; :23
SUPER=01-Dr. Scott Cummings/Internist; 1:02
OUT Q=playing outdoors.
IN Q=I've taken
((I'VE TAKEN THE PATIENT I'VE PLACED IT ON THERE, NOW THAT IS AN ACTUAL
IN Q=And then be
((TROY WILLIAMS:AND THEN BE ABLE TO SEND IT FROM THIS COMPUTER OVER A PHONE
LINE TO ANOTHER COMPUTER ANYWHERE I WANT IT TO BE ROANOKE, FLORIDA CALIFORNIA
OUT Q=California, anywhere.
Troy Williams invented the system of transferring the heart pictures called
He selects a series of segments from the ultrasound tape and loads the edited
versions into the computer.
IN Q=Now what
((TROY WILLIAMS/RESPIRATORY THERAPIST:NOW WHAT YOU SEE RIGHT HERE WHEN IT GETS
TO DOCTOR CUMMINGS HOUSE WILL BE A MIRROR IMAGE. SO HE BRINGS UP EXACTLY WHAT
YOU SEE HERE HIS COMPUTER IS IDENTICAL TO MINE THE SOFTWARE IS IDENTICAL TO
MINE. THE ONLY DIFFERENCE IS IT'S AT HIS HOUSE 78 MILES FROM HERE.))
OUT Q=miles from here.
The program also provides faster service to the patient.
IN Q=He called me
((DR. SCOTT CUMMINGS/INTERNIST:HE CALLED ME SUNDAY MORNING SAYING HE HAD A
STUDY THAT HE NEEDED TO SEND TO ME THEN AND NEEDED RESULTS AS SOON AS POSSIBLE
SO BASICALLY CAME BACK FROM CHURCH SUNDAY MORNING AND FLIPPED ON THE COMPUTER,
READ THE STUDY, AND CALLED THE REPORT IN.))
OUT Q=report in.
Before Williams' discovery, the echocardiograms took an hour and a half to be
hand delivered to Cummings' home in Fincastle or he would drop whatever he was
doing to drive to the hospital.
IN Q=This allows
((DR. SCOTT CUMMINGS/INTERNIST:THIS ALLOWS ME NOT TO SPEND ALL THE TIME ON THE
ROAD BACK AND FORTH TO INTERPRET THE RESULTS AND DO WHAT I ENJOY DOING BEING
WITH FAMILY AND PLAYING OUTDOORS.))
OUT Q=playing outdoors.
Currently it takes about 20 minutes to send echograms via the system.
Giles Memorial is in the process of getting digital phones which will make
the transmission speed five times faster.
Simple things like driving and dialing a phone can cause it, but now there's
new hope for people who suffer from vertigo.
The Johns Hopkins Center for Hearing Imbalance has developed a new way to
treat the disorder.
The feeling of dizziness can be triggered when sound or pressure in the ear
makes a person's eyes jump.
IN Q=ordinarily the balance
((DR. LOYD MINOR/JOHNS HOPKINS HOSPITAL; ORDINARILY THE BALANCE SYSTEM DOESN'T
REPOND TO SOUND, BUT IN KIM AND IN THE OTHER PATIENTS IDENTIFIED WITH THIS
SYNDROME, THERE'S AN OPENING IN THE BONE OVERLYING THIS TOP BALANCE CANAL.))
SUPER=01-Dr. Lloyd Minor/Johns Hopkins Hospital;
OUT Q=TOP BALANCE CANAL
Doctors at Johns Hopkins developed a surgery to plug up the opening.
There is a risk of hearing loss, but doctors say new surgery techniques can
eliminate that risk.
Mike Stevens is up next with the 2-minute ticker.
He has a sneak peek at some of those pricey commercials.
Welcome folks to the Thursday night ticker.
You know the despite the fact that the Super Bowl is never really a very good
game, advertisers shell out large portions of their annual budgets just to be
seen on Super Sunday.
This year 29 minutes worth of advertising has been sold to 30 different
The price is a record $1 point 3 million dollars for just 30 seconds of time.
Among those banking on the bowl are Pepsi, Pizza Hut, Nike, Volvo and Intel,
the Pentium Processor folks.
More than 130 million people are expected to watch the game.
North meets the south tonight in Florence, South Carolina as the Express
takes on the Pee Dee Pride at the City County Civic Center.
Unlike Roanoke's hectic divisional schedule, this is the team's final game
against this improving first year ECHL club.
IN Q="This will..."
((FRANK ANZALONE/EXPRESS HEAD COACH:))
SUPER=01-Frank Anzalone/Express Head Coach; :00
OUT Q=...last twenty games"
The Express is back home for two games this weekend. Friday night they host
Charlotte and then on Saturday night they welcome Northeast divisional rival
Hampton Roads to the Roundhouse.
Both of those games faceoff at 7:30.
The Virginia Tech men's basketball team swings back into action tonight for
another tough Atlantic Ten road game.
The Hokies are in Rhode Island taking on the 23rd ranked Rams under first
year head coach Jim Harrick.
The Hokies are just 6-and-8 overall and 1-and-3 in the A-10.
And Bobby Hussey's young team has certainly shown its youth this year,
winning just one time on the road.
IN Q="Right now...
((BOBBY HUSSEY/VA. TECH HEAD COACH:))
SUPER=01-Bobby Hussey/Va. Tech Head Coach; :00
OUT Q=...OUT OFFENSE."
Highlights of the Hokies-Rams encounter for you tonight at on News 7 at 11.
Also, tonight Liberty is at home playing UMBC we'll have some highlights of
that game, as well. Plus, we stop in and take a look at Lynchburg College as
the Hornets host Eastern Mennonite University.
Hope you have a safe night everybody.
Jean will be back right after this.
go to break
They're old pros, and they play some great jazz.
How old you ask? The Old Pro Jazz Band is celebrating 25 years of musical
harmony, and our old pro Patrick Evans has the story.
SUPER=01-Dean Chiapetto/Old Pro Jazz Band;
OUT Q=news-7 at five
That's it for us on NEWS-7 at Five--
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Saturday morning the weekend diner makes a stop at Robin Reed's house to
sample his chocolate pie.
That's News-7 Saturday Morning and Sunday Morning-- beginning at 8.
We'll be back later for News-7 at Six and Eleven. Hope to see you then.