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It was earlier this week that a local high school football coach said his dismissal hads racial overtones.
Tonight we'll hear from school officials about the firing.
And a fatal bombing at an Alabama abortion clinic.
After a very mild day we have a forecast that features sunshine but temperatures will be down at least 10 degrees.
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Tonight on Health Check --
The government is recommending machines replace humans in checking pap smears.
And the president signs a new law to provide annual screening mammography benefits for Medicare patients.
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Former E-C Glass football coach Bo Henson says his firing had racial overtones.
Today school officials fired back.
The nations First Fatal bombing at an abortion clinic.
The blast rocked a Birmingham, Alabama clinic killing a security guard and critically injuring a nurse-
The explosion blew a crater in the ground and shattered windows blocks away.
((I REALLY DIDN'T SEE ANYTHING. I HEARD A BIG BANG. IT KIND OF RESEMBLED THUNDER.
I WAS IN MY BUILDING AND I JUST HEARD THIS HUGE EXPLOSION AND NEXT THING I KNEW MY BUILDING JUST START SHAKING.))
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So far no one's been arrested in the blast.
No immunity deal for Monica Lewinsky- at least not now.
Lewinsky's attorney says talks with the special prosecutor have broken down- He says he is prepared to defend his client against possible charges of perjury and obstruction of justice.
Without a deal it would seem Lewinsky's options will go back to what they were last week- taking the fifth.
But if facial expressions are any indication, she didn't seem
concerned- Lewinsky smiled as she left her Watergate apartment only a few hours later.
((KENNETH STARR/: I CAN'T COMMENT ABOUT THE GRAND JURY ACTIVITY WHICH IS WHAT I CAN SAY IS WE'RE TRYING TO GET THE FACTS AS QUICKLY AS POSSIBLE. WE'RE OUT TO GET THE TRUTH. WE WANT TO KNOW WHAT THE TRUTH IS WE'RE OUT TO GET THE TRUTH. WE WANT TO KNOW WHAT THE TRUTH IS. WE'RE MOVING AS FAST AS WE POSSIBLY CAN.))
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In the meantime Starr is agressively pursuing other legal avenues.
He's filed a request with a Little Rock judge asking her to halt the Puala Jones lawsuit at least for now.
He says the civil trial is gettting in the way of his criminal investigation.
Meanwhile, the judge in that case says she will not allow any evidence of the President's involvement with Lewinsky to be considered in the lawsuit.
The tide against charter schools has turned in Virginia's General Assembly.
A charter bill sailed out of a Senate committee today on a 12-to-3 vote.
Last year's strongest opponent chided Richmond's school board for opposing the idea THIS year.
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((MELVIN LAWS/RICHMOND SCHOOL BOARD: WE NEED SMALLER CLASSES. GIVE US SMALLER CLASSES AND WE CAN SUCCEED AND WE CAN GET THOSE TEST SCORES UP. THAT'S ALL WE NEED!))
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Roanoke Senator John Edwards was one of just three opponents this year.
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((SEN. JOHN EDWARDS: BUT I STILL HAVE GRAVE CONCERNS. AND MY GRAVE CONCERN HAS TO DO WITH THE QUESTION OF ACCOUNTABILITY.))
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The bill that got the green light today still faces the full Senate and House.
Snow and ice are still forcing schools to close.
Here's the latest list called into our newsroom:
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Which people insured by Trigon can still use Columbia H-C-A hospitals?
We'll sort it out in just a moment on News-7 at Five.
And the federal government ends its investigation of the Halifax County Jail with no charges.
On Health Check, a new treatment is available for people with a severe form of high blood pressure.
Steve Mason has the latest edition of Hometown Hoops weekly.
It's all stil ahead on News-7 at Five.
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Officials with the Lynchburg School System say they value the city's diverse student population.
And today, they disavowed statements made by E. C. Glass Head Football Coach Bo Henson earlier this week.
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Joe Dashiell is in our Lynchburg newsroom with the latest. Joe, what did officials have to say this afternoon?
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Jean, school officials have been fielding complaints and questions of concern since Henson's interviews.
He alleged that when they decided not to renew his contract as football coach, officials told him they were concerned about players fathering children, the need for more white players, and for more white spectators.
But this afternoon school officials said those statements are untrue.
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With close to 30 years experience in the system, Bo Henson has a long list of accomplishments, including state championships and coach of the year honors.
Morrison says officials the time had come to bring new leadership to the football program... But Henson remains on teh school's staff as a social studies teacher.
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Jean, we'll have more on today's news conference and reaction to it ahead at six.
At the end of the week, people who get their health care through Trigon's preferred provider network will notice a big change.
They'll have to pay more money to use three area hospitals owned by Columbia H-C-A.
But state employees are getting a break.
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Scott Goldberg is in the newsroom tonight.
Scott, can you sort through this for us?
Jean, the way it works, people who do not work for the state -- but subscribe to Trigon's preferred provider plan -- will either pay more money or start using Carilion hospitals.
Three Columbia-owned Hospitals -- Montgomery Regional in Blacksburg,
Pulaski Community in Pulaski County,
And Lewis-Gale Medical Center in Salem are out of the network.
BUT state employees can keep using those three Columbia hospitals until June 30th this year.
And they can use Montgomery Regional and Pulaski Community through June of 19-99 ... without paying extra out-of-pocket costs.
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It's a complicated arrangement -- one that area lawmakers would like to avoid in the future.
((DEL. MORGAN GRIFFITH/R - SALEM: UNFORTUNATELY WHAT'S HAPPENED IS YOU HAVE, YOU KNOW, TWO FAIRLY LARGE CORPORATIONS THAT HAVE GOTTEN INTO A FIGHT, OR INTO A LITTLE SPAT AND CONSUMERS IN OUR PART OF THE STATE, I THINK, ARE LOSING.))
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Delegate Griffith is one of two area lawmakers introducing bills to let consumers pick which hospitals they use.
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But he and Blacksburg Delegate Jim Shuler both admit chances are slim the bills will pass the General Assembly.
Attorneys for one of the men charged with the brutal murder of a black man in Grayson County are ironing out some last minute details.
The trial for Emmett Cressell Junior is set to begin next month.
He's charged with burning and later beheading Garnett "G-P" Johnson at a summer drinking party.
Witnesses have said race was the motive.
This morning-- his attorneys asked the judge to limit the number of photographs.
They say many of those photos are gruesome.
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((MARK CLAYTOR/CRESSELL'S ATTORNEY:AS WE SAY IN THE LEGAL PARLANCE, THE PREJUDICIAL VALUE OUTWEIGHS IT'S PROBATIVE VALUE, SO WE DON'T WANT THE JURY UNDULY PREJUDICED AGAINST OUR MAN.))
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Because of immense publicity-- the judge says he expects to call anywhere from 40 to 80 potential jurors.
An April trial date has been set for Cressell's co-defendant-- (Lew-EE) Louis Ceparano.
No federal charges will be filed against three Halifax County jailers accused of abusing inmates.
Sheriff Jeff Oakes received a letter from the U-S Department of Justice stating the case should be closed.
Last July, three jailers resigned after female inmates accused them of physical and sexual abuse.
With no federal charges pending, the Commonwealth's Attorney must now decide if any local charges should be filed.
He does voices, he does faces, and he tells jokes all over the nation, and we're NOT talking about Patrick Evans...
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Based out of the famous Los Angeles "Improvisation" comedy club, Pablo Francisco spends much of his time traveling across the country-
Patrick Evans caught up with the touring comedian as he traveled through Roanoke.
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Still ahead on the newscast, Steve Mason will have lots of local hardwood action with Hometown Hoops weekly.
Coming up next on health Check --
Medicare now covers breast cancer screenings for a younger age group of women.
Prior to January 1st a woman had to pay the Medicare deductible and 20-percent coinsurance for both screenings and diagnostic mammograms.
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((DR. JOEL SHAPIRO/BEDFORD MEMORIAL HOSPITAL RADIOLOGIST:THERE WERE WOMEN WHO HAD TROUBLE COMING UP WITH THAT. AS OF JANUARY 1ST WITH THE NEW LAW THE DEDUCTIBLE IS WAIVED.))
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Good evening, I'm Keith Humphry. Here's a look at one of the things you'll see tonight on News7 at Six.
It's not all smooth sailing on Smith Mountain Lake --
where wintertime peace and quiet will soon be replaced by speedboats.
Residents are trying to force boats to slow down when they hit this cove -- local marina managers predict this could slow business at the lake to a crawl.
The battle gets even more heated -- with hopes for new lake housing -- and more boats -- on the horizon.
That story and more tonight on News7 at Six. Jean?
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Doctors have been advising women to get annual mammograms for years, now the government is making it cheaper.
Prior to this year -- Medicare paid for women ages 50 to 64 and high risk patients age 40 to 49.
The new law expands coverage to pay for annual screenings for all females age 40 and over.
This makes coverage consistent with the recommendations of most major breast cancer authorities.
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((DR. JOEL SHAPIRO/RADIOLOGIST:THE AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY IS RECOMMENDING EVERY YEAR AND THIS IS BECAUSE BREAST CANCER TENDS TO GROW A LITTLE BIT FASTER IN YOUNGER WOMEN THAN IN DOES IN OLDER WOMEN AND IF YOUR LOOKING FOR SOMETHING THAT GROWS FASTER IT MAKES SENSE TO LOOK FOR IT MORE OFTEN RATHER THAN LESS OFTEN.))
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The new law also waives the medicare deductible.
But patients like Eva Massie say she doesn't mind paying to ensure her health.
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((EVA MASSIE/PATIENT:IN FACT WHEN IT WAS ONLY PAID FOR EVERY OTHER YEAR I CONTINUED TO GET MY YEARLY MAMMOGRAM.))
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Doctors say it's still important for all women to have mammograms every year before it's too late.
There is no prevention for breast cancer but early diagnosis is still the best cure.
Machines may soon replace humans in checking pap smears.
Advisors to the Food and Drug administration recommend that NeoPath Incorporated's AutoPap machine be approved as a primary reader of Pap Smears.
They say AutoPap worked well enough to replace humans in diagnosing some, but not all, of the tests.
NeoPath says AutoPap is more effective than labs.
Labs misdiagnose five- to 25-percent of pap smears, depending on the lab.
New hope for those with a rare and often fatal type of high blood pressure.
A drug called Prostacyclin appears to relieve primary pulmonary hypertension.
It works by relaxing blood vessels and is dispensed through a premanently implanted catheter and a battery-powered pump.
Prostacyclin has already been approved by the Food and Drug Administration for short-term treatment.
Primary Pulmonary hypertension affects one or two people in a million, mostly women in their 30's and 40's.
Multiple Sclerosis may cause more damage to nerves in the brain than once believed.
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New research shows the disease severs nerve fibers in the brain, causing irreversible damage.
It was earlier thought that M-S stripped the protective covering on nerve fibers, interfering with their ability to transmit signals.
Researchers say patients should be treated earlier to reduce irreversible damage.
Mother nature has forced the rescheduling of many high school basketball games.
Steve Mason restarts Hometown Hoops Weekly' checking in with Danville, P-H, Fleming, Liberty, Salem and William Byrd.
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A tribute to women's education today at Averett College in Danville.
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The college is celebrating Founders' Day.
For its first 112-years, Averett was an institution for women only.
It's co-ed now-- but today's convocation ceremony focused on remembering the college's roots.
Averett Alumni say things sure have changed.
[IN Q=The rules and regulations]
((MARY JO DAVIS/ALUMNI RELATIONS: THE RULES AND REGULATIONS FOR A CO-EDUCATIONAL INSTITUTION ARE QUITE DIFFERENT THAT THEY WERE AS A WOMEN'S COLLEGE. WOMEN HAD TO BE IN THEIR ROOMS AT 7:30 AT NIGHT AND IN BED BY TEN. SO THE TIMES HAVE CHANGED.))
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