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Next on News 7 at Five-
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A new police chief for the city of Roanoke-
An accident backs up traffic on I-81.
And in the flavor of Valentines Day, We'll take you to a kissing contest in Danville.
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The weekend is shaping up nicely. Temperatures will warm from the mid 40's to the low 50's by Sunday.

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On Health Check, a replacement for the diet drugs Phen-Fen and Redux is on its way to medicine cabinets.
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And yesterday this bottle of medicine cost ten dollars.
Today it costs more than 300- dollars.
We'll find out what's going on.
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The waiting is over.
Roanoke names its new chief of police.
He'll be the first African-American to hold the position in the city's history.
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5-Police-Chief


ANCHOR=Jean
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Roanoke's search for a new police chief is over.
City manager Bob Herbert has chosen Joe Gaskins, currently serving as the assistant chief of police in Newport News.
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But tonight, Joe Dashiell reports, the selection is not receiving unanimous praise.
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Jean, the selection process raised concerns in some quarters, when the search was re-opened, and later when one of three finalists took another job. Now, Mayor David Bowers is expressing his diappointment that the city manager did not choose from within the department.
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((In a career that has carried him from uniformed officer to assistant chief of police in Newport News, Joe Gaskins has built an impressive resume.
He was selected from more than 100 applicants... and according to city manager Bob Herbert, he's clearly the most qualified for the job.
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The selection process itself has generated controversy, and ultimately the city manager's choice was a disappointment to Roanoke Mayor David Bowers.
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5-Gilmore


ANCHOR=Jean
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Governor Jim Gilmore is back on the campaign trail.
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He kicked off a statewide tour in Roanoke this morning.
He's trying to drum up support for his plan to get rid of the personal property tax on cars --
A plan that has run into strong opposition in Richmond.
The governor insists he is not feeling the heat from Democrats who say a better idea would be to cut the sales tax on food.
He said the purpose of his campaign-style trip is to APPLY the heat to his opponents.
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((GOV. JIM GILMORE: WE HAVE PUT FORWARD A SOUND PLAN. CAREFULLY CRAFTED. THOUGHT THROUGH AND DISCUSSED DURING AN ENTIRE POLITICAL CAMPAIGN.))
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Protesters at the rally said the plan Gilmore presented during his campaign is not the same one he is trying to pass now.
Gilmore has said implementing his plan will cost nearly twice as much as he first predicted.
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5-Car-Tax


ANCHOR=Jean
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TAPE#598-7
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Jim Gilmore, come home.
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That was the message from General Assembly Democrats in Richmond today-- who lampooned the rising cost of the "no car tax" pledge as "no car facts."
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((DEL. DICK CRANWELL: BUT WE'VE GOT A WHOLE NEW WAY OF DOING BUSINESS. WE DON'T ACKNOWLEDGE THAT WE'VE MADE MISTAKES. INSTEAD WE SAY OH THERE IS A GREAT WINDFALL FOR THE TAXPAYERS OF VIRGINIA. BECAUSE I WAS EITHER IGNORING THE TRUTH OR BECAUSE I COULDN'T FIGURE OUT THE REAL NUMBERS. WE'RE GONNA PAY WHATEVER IT IS.))
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The Democrats say they are FOR tax relief-- just NOT the exact plan Gilmore's pushing.
There are even admissions from Republicans now that the bill has some flaws.
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((DEL. PANNY RHODES/R-RICHMOND: I THINK A LOT OF US HAVE CONCERNS ABOUT THE LOGISTICS. BUT LET ME TELL YOU SOMETHING. AND WE ALL KNOW IT. EVERY ONE OF US. THERE'S GONNA BE A CAR TAX BILL.))
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The question for Democrats is do they help shape that bill-- or go for broke to defeat it?
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5-Smart-Road


ANCHOR=Jean
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In a matter of months, researchers will put the Smart Highway to work in hopes of improving night visibility for drivers.
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Virginia Tech and V-DOT are working on the project.
They want to know if ultraviolet headlights and reflective road signs make it easier for drivers to see at night or in rain or fog.
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Controlled testing will be conducted along a one mile section of the smart highway-- VDOT officials say that helped researchers secure a federal grant worth more than two and half million dollars.
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((DAVID GEHR/VIRGINIA TRANSPORTATION COMMISSIONER:IT CERTAINLY WAS AN INTEGRAL PART IN RECEIVING THE AWARD, BECAUSE THERE'S NO OTHER FACILITY LIKE IT IN THE COUNTRY SO HAVING THAT FACILITY AVAILABLE TO DO SOME OF THE TESTING REALLY PROPELLED OUR GRANT APPLICATION RIGHT TO THE TOP. ))
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Additional testing will also be conducted along actual roadways using volunteers in different parts of the state.
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5-Monty-Ax


ANCHOR=Jean
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Traffic was backed up on Interstate 81 for several miles this afternoon after a dump truck crashed into the median.
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It happened near Christiansburg around 12:30.
State police say the driver apparently lost control when the truck blew a tire.
A passenger, David (REX-road) Rexrode, was NOT wearing his seat belt.
He was thrown from the cab and was airlifted to a Roanoke hospital.
The driver, Robert (High-ner) Hiner of Waynesboro, was also injured.
State police say both are expected to recover.
The dump truck was hauling asphalt.
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More U-S troops ship out to the Persian Gulf.
That story is still ahead on News-7 at Five.
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She won America's hearts at the 1968 Winter Olympics.
Now she's fighting cancer.
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Ahead on health check, a 3-thousand- percent increase in the cost of one generic drug has pharmacists and patients worried.
There's plenty more to come. Stay with us.


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5-Pennington


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For the second time in three years, Frank Pennington is waiting for the jury to return.
A week of testimony in his second trial for murder ended today in Roanoke County circuit court.
The jury has had the case since noon. No verdict yet.
Pennington is accused of the fatal shooting of Bonnie Sue Mullens of Mount Pleasant.
Pennington was convicted once before, but won a new trial on appeal.

5-Iraq


ANCHOR=Jean
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If Iraq doesn't comply with United Nations resolutions, Russia wants to walk away-
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but the United States says no.
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((I DON'T THINK YOU CAN HAVE A UNITED NATIONS SET OF RESOLUTONS ABOUT SOMETHING THIS IMPORTANT TO THE FUTURE OF THE WORLD AND SIMPLY WALK AWAY IF DIPLOMACY FAILS. BUT WE'RE GOING TO KEEP WORKIGN WITH THE RUSSAINS AND EVERYONE ELSE WE'RE TRYING TO FIND A DIPLOMATIC SOLUTION.))
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More troops are heading to the Persian Gulf-
25 members of a combat communications group left Robins Air Force Base in Georgia today.
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5-Fleming


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On this Olympic Week, an update on Olympian Peggy Flemming.
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The Gold medal winning figure skater is recovering from surgery for Breast Cancer in California.
Fleming who won gold at the 1968 Winter games- underwent surgery Tuesday.
She was diagnosed just two weeks ago.
Doctors say her chances for a full recovery are excellent.
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Sophisticated Ellington is headed to Roanoke this weekend.
And sophisticated Patrick Evans will have more in just a few minutes.

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Duke Ellington's brand of music was stylish, sophisticated, and fun to hear.
And thanks to his grand-daughter, Mercedes Ellington, it still is.
Patrick Evans has an exclusive interview with Ms. Ellington about the upcoming concerts with Roanoke's Symphony Orchestra this weekend.
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The two-minute ticker is still ahead on News-7 at Five.
Mike Stevens will have more Nascar news from Daytona.
In Health Check, a new treatment for people suffering from chronic pain.
Plus a new diet drug is on the way.
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Meridia is on its way to a pharmacy shelf near you.
It could be a big help for medically obese patients.
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((THE DRUG HAS DIMINISHED THE TRIGGER FOR COMPULSIVE EATING ))
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ANCHOR=Jean
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Here's one of the stories we're working on for News 7 at six.
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Finding a lifelong mate can be difficult. Maintaining a lasting marriage is even more of a challenge.
Jason and Bonnie Gillespie took the plunge a week ago.
In keeping with the times, the two met on the Internet.
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((BONNIE GILLESPIE: WE TALKED ABOUT SOME COMMON INTERESTS, YOU KNOW, TALKED ABOUT OUR CATS, TALKED ABOUT SCHOOL, TALKED ABOUT TRAVEL, AND I DON'T REMEMBER WHAT ELSE-- I THINK WE TALKED ABOUT CHINESE FOOD. ))
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We'll hear from them, ALSO from this Salem couple who just celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary--
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And they say they've NEVER even had a fight. That'll conclude our series, "In Search Of..." tonight on News 7 at 6.

5-Generic-Drugs


ANCHOR=Jean
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If you thought buying generic prescription drugs was the cheaper way to go, you may want to listen up.
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One local pharmacist says the cost of one generic drug just jumped more than three THOUSAND percent in one day.
Steve Smallshaw is in our Lynchburg newsroom to tell us more.. Steve?
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Jean, word is starting to spread among pharmacists about a dramatic increase in the cost of certain generic nerve drugs.
One local druggist says at least one generic drug company is apparently trying to corner the market.
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(( It was yesterday when Paul Bisbee first realized what was going on.
Bisbee was ordering another supply of the drug Clorazepate, when he discovered that this bottle of 500 tablets which cost ten dollars yesterday, now sells for 343 dollars and 25 cents.
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((PAUL BISBEE/PHARMACIST: WHEN WE GOT ON THE PHONE TO INQUIRE WHY, WE WERE TOLD THAT A GENERIC COMPANY HAD BOUGHT UP ALL THE RAW MATERIALS ON PROBABLY TEN DIFFERENT DRUGS AND THESE WERE GOING TO BE THE NEW PRICES.))
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Bisbee says the drugs involved are all generic equivalents of drugs like Valium, Xanax, Ativan and Lasix. He's worried patients won't be the only ones affected.
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((BISBEE: AND WE'RE JUST CONCERNED ABOUT WHAT IT'S GOING TO DO TO CONSUMERS AND EVEN HOW IT'S GOING TO AFFECT THE BUDGET OF MEDICAID WHEN THEY TRY TO REIMBURSE PRODUCTS THAT HAVE JUMPED THAT MUCH AT ONE TIME.))
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You might wonder how something like this could happen.
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Bisbee has put a call in to the Federal Trade Commission to complain.. the F-T-C told US while they can't confirm or deny an investigation is underway.. this DOES sound like something they'd want to get involved in. Jean?
(Question: Steve, how will this affect what insurers have to pay?)



5-Diet-Drug


ANCHOR=Jean
NEWSCAST=5
WRITER=dse
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GRAPHIC=Diet Drugs


Just months after the diet drugs Phen-Fen and Redux were pulled off the market, a new prescription diet drug is on the way.
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The drug Meridia can help people lose weight by making them less hungry.
It's not for everyone though.
Meridia is only recommended for people medically overweight, not those looking to drop a couple of pounds.
The average person taking Meridia will lose about six-percent of their body weight.
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((DR. HAROLD SOLOMON/BROOKLINE HOSPITAL; WELL, IF YOU WEIGH 200 POUNDS, SIX PERCENT IS 12 POUNDS. SO IT'S NOT THE CURE FOR OBEISITY.))
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Some side-effects were reported during Meridia's testing.
But those side-effects were not nearly as serious as the heart and lung damage found in some Phen-Fen and Redux users.
The first shipments of Meridia are on their way to pharmacies.
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5-Obesity


ANCHOR=Jean
NEWSCAST=5
WRITER=dse
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Obesity in the United States is reaching epidemic proportions.
That's what government experts are saying.
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Researchers meeting in Washington are urging the government to spend public health dollars to fight the problem.
Many of those researchers say obese people have a much higher risk of heart disease, diabetes and even cancer.
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5-Chronic-Pain


ANCHOR=Jean
NEWSCAST=5
WRITER=dse
TAPE#=598-
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It looks like a painful operation, but for chronic pain sufferers, it can make a world of difference.
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It's called radio-frequency lesioning.
The tips of these needles touch nerves inside the patient's body.
The tips then heat up and cauterize the ends of the pain-causing nerves.
For people living with chronic pain, it can mean a new lease on life.
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((MARIE MERZON/PATIENT; I COULDN'T STAND ON MY FEET WITHOUT BEING IN SO MUCH PAIN. SLEEPING WAS IMPOSSIBLE AND WHEN YOU DON'T SLEEP PROPERLY, YOU GET DEPRESSED.))
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Most patients need only one or two treatments to stop the pain.
The treatment doesn't eliminate the problem, though, just the symptoms.
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5-Lyme-Disease


ANCHOR=Jean
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WRITER=dse
TAPE#=598-
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A major outbreak of Lyme Disease may be on the way, thanks to a big acorn crop.
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Researchers in New York say mice will eat the acorns, so the mouse population will increase.
And more mice mean more ticks which could translate to an increase in Lyme Disease.
Scientists say there is no practical way to break that cycle.
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S5-Daytona


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NEWSCAST=5pm
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Time to turn to switch gears- and turn to sports.
Mike Stevens has tonight's Two Minute Sports Ticker- on racing with a little football flavor.
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5-Kissing-Contest


ANCHOR=Jean
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GRAPHIC=valentine's day


If you plan to pucker up to your sweetheart this Valentine's Day, wait until you see this.
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These couples competed in a kissing contest today at the Piedmont Mall in Danville.
The only rule.. your lips must stay locked or you're out.
One couple came prepared with pillows and a walkman.
And this woman.. a bit shorter than her partner.. brought a step-stool.
It took a little coaxing to get some of the contestants to compete.
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((LAURA CHANDLER/KISSING CONTESTANT: HE ASKED ME ABOUT IT AND I CONTEMPLATED FOR A WHILE AND I WAS LIKE OH WHAT THE HECK. WE HAVE THE TIME. WE DON'T HAVE ANYTHING REALLY TO DO. SO LET'S DO IT. WE CAN DO IT.))
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Good thing she went for it.
Laura Chandler and her husband Carlo won.. and it's no wonder.
Carlo just got home after four months in Korea.
They walked away with two-thousand dollars in prizes.
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ANCHOR=Jean


The couple kissed for more than six hours to win. Bye
ANCHOR=Jean


That does it for News-7 at Five. Dissolve to Pinnacle
Dont' forget to join Denise Allen and Andrew Freiden for News-7 Saturday Morning and News-7 Sunday Morning.
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