Next on News 7-
Another attempt at Peace. The U-N Secretary General arrives in Iraq.
A fatal accident in Northwest Roanoke this afternoon.
Plus we'll tell you why these Roanoke High school students are protesting.
The weekend forecast is shaping up nicely with readings in the 50's and more sun than we've seen in a while.[medical
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On health check, the President declares a health care "Bill of Rights" for people enrolled in federal health insurance programs.
And one area hospital is giving special computers to students with special needs.
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One last effort for a peaceful solution-
U-N Secretary General Kofi Annan is in Baghdad-
Good Evening. I'm Jean Jadhon.
Annan is hoping to stave off a military conflict between the United States and Iraq.
He calls his diplomatic mission a sacred duty-
Annan will meet with Iraq's deputy prime minister tomorrow and later with President Saddam Hussein.
Byron Pitts is covering the story and has the latest.
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[SUPER=01-Tariq Aziz/Iraq Deputy Prime Minister;]
'WE HAVE NO QUARREL WITH THE IRAQI PEOPLE.."
With time for talking running out.. President Clinton recorded this
video tape message for distribution to Arab and Muslim nations . in hopes
word of his speech might reach the streets of Iraq. where people are preparing
'IF FORCE PROVES NEESSARY TO RESOLVE THIS CRISIS, WE WILL DO EVERYTHING WE CAN
TO PREVENT INNOCENT PEOPLE FROM GETTING HURT. BUT MAKE NO MISTAKE ABOUT IT.
SADDAM MUST BEAR FULL RESPONSIBILITY FOR EVERY CASUALTY THAT RESULTS."
It's that grim forecast that makes UN Secretary General Kofi
Annan's diplomatic trip to Iraq so urgent. Despite the smiles and friendly
handshakes at the Baghdad airport . The Secretary General faces a tall order
in short time. Meet with Saddam Hussein on Sunday. be back in New York by
Tuesday. deal or no deal.
SOT/KOFI ANNAN, UNITED NATIONS SECRETARY GENERAL
'I AM HERE IN SEARCH OF A PEACEFUL SOLTION. I HOPE THAT TALKS IN THE NEXT FEW
DAYS WILL FIND A WAY OF THIS CRISIS."
SOT/TARIQ AZIZ, IRAQ DEPUTY PRIME MINISTER
'WHAT IRAQ WANTS IS A BALANCED AND FAIR SOLUTION TO THIS PROBLEM THAT PRSEVES
THE SOVERIGNTY, DIGNITY AND NATIONAL SECURITY OF IRAQ."
Meantime as more US troops arrive in Kuwait.. An advisory from
Secretary of State Madeline Albright. encouraging families of US government
workers to leave Kuwait and Israel.
Overseas citizens are preparing for war. here at home more and more
groups are protesting it.
UN Ambassador Bill Richardson was shouted down during a speech in
Minneapolis. Still most Polls show the majority of Americans support a
military strike against Iraq if Saddam Hussein refuses to comply with UN
sanction.President Clinton believes in what the polls show.
'EITHER SADDAM ACTS OR WE WILL ACT."
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One man is dead after a traffic accident in Roanoke this afternoon.
It happened around three at the intersection of 19th and Hanover Streets.
Officers say it appears one car ran a stop sign then smashed into the other car-
The driver the red car died shortly after the accident-- two people in the silver car were injured and taken to Roanoke Memorial Hospital.
Police are not releasing the names of those involved-- The investigation continues.
Traffic along Route 29 in Lynchburg was slowed for several hours after a tractor trailer slammed into a passenger car this morning.
This truck carrying a load of feed corn was headed south on 29 when the brakes failed near the entrance to Wal- Mart.
The driver tried to swerve, but could not avoid an Escort in the intersection.
Three people in the car were treated for minor injuries.
The truck driver-- 44-year old Ronnie Olinger of Saltville-- was charged with reckless driving.
Students at a Roanoke County high school held a loud rally in defense of their principal this morning.
They say principal Bob Patterson was right to call police on a fellow student last week.
16-year-old Joseph Grissom, kicked a female classmate -- police then charged him with assault and battery and took him to a detention facility in handcuffs.
His parents, and even the girl he kicked, are calling for Patterson's resignation -- but these 70 students say the principal should stay.
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((MICHAEL FISHER/STUDENT: WE WANT TO SUPPORT OUR PRINCIPAL. HE'S A GREAT GUY. WE FEEL THAT RECENTLY ALL THE MEDIA REPORTS HAVE ONLY SHOWN ONE SIDE. AND THE MAJORITY OF STUDENTS AND FACULTY HERE AT BYRD, THEY REALLY SUPPORT HIM. EVERYBODY LOVES HIM.))
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Patterson is out of town-- meanwhile, Joseph Grissom awaits a March hearing.
All sides are re-grouping at the State Capitol today after a scaled-down version of the car tax cut passed the state Senate.
Governor Jim Gilmore says he's "pleased" -- even though the Senate put a conditional 15- thousand dollar per car cap on his plan.
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((GOVERNOR JIM GILMORE: NOW I STILL WANT TO GET THIS, THE MAXIMUM POSSIBLE RELIEF FOR THE PEOPLE OF VIRGINIA. I WANT TO GET IT TO 20- THOUSAND DOLLARS IN A GENUINE AND HONEST WAY AND I'M GONNA KEEP AFTER THAT.))
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Gilmore's hopes of doing that rest now in the House of Delegates.
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((DEL. JERRAULD JONES/D-NORFOLK: IT WOULD BE PREMATURE TO COMMENT ON THAT BECAUSE IT HAS NOT BEEN THROUGH OUR COMMITTEE PROCESS YET. AND THE BILL IS COMING OVER AND WE HAVE THE BICAMERAL LEGISLATURE AS YOU KNOW. BUT I AM PLEASED THAT AT LEAST PEOPLE ARE BEGINNING TO RECOGNIZE THAT IT'S NOT NO CAR TAX AT ANY COST.))
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Democrats are claiming another victory today.
The House Appropriations Commmittee worked language for the car tax, the food tax, AND school construction money into its budget.
That serves as a place marker for the tax committees to revive the Democrats' food tax and school construction plans.
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A federal jury in Roanoke gets closer to resolution in the Abed racketeering case.
That story is still ahead on News-7 at Five.
They are not radiacls.
That's what an attorney says about one of the two men charged with possesing a weapon of mass destruction.
On Health Check, a new way to diagnose and treat embryo's may lower the number of miscarriages.
Mike Stevens checks in on qualifying at Rockingham.
The Two-Minute ticker and much more-- still ahead on News-7 at Five.
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The attorney for one of two men charged with possessing anthrax says his client is a level-headed business guy- not a radical.
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William Leavitt was arrested in Nevada- after FBI agents found the deadly agent Anthrax.
He lives in a remote Nevada town with his wife and three children.
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The other suspect is Larry Harris- a self-styled expert on germ warfare.
The two have a detention hearing on Monday.
A federal jury in Roanoke has begun deciding the fate of Joseph Abbott.
He's accused of heading an alleged crime family, which prosecutors claim used intimidation and violence to eliminate competitors.
Abbott, five family members and three other men are on trial.
The testimony in the case has involved 189 witnesses and more than 400 pieces of evidence.
The jury heard the last of the closing arguments today and began deliberating about 3:30 this afternoon.[5-Monty-Sh
The victim in yesterday's shooting on Route 114 near Christiansburg is out of the hospital and behind bars.
37-year old Jimmy Allen Flinchum was shot once in the head while allegedly chasing another car.
Authorities believe Flinchum was chasing his ex-girlfriend and her fiancee out of jealously.
The dispute ended at Stu's Corner Mart where authorities charged Jimmy Monroe Stanley with shooting Flinchum.
Flinchum now also faces charged-- two counts of attempted malicious wounding and reckless driving.
A warning tonight for banks and business owners.
The Halifax County Sherriff's office says someone stole more than 22-thousand dollars in payrolls checks from Debbie's Staffing Service last night.
And now the thief may try to cash those checks.
There were three lots of checks in sequential order... 114 checks in all.
You can see the check numbers there on your screen.
The checks are all made payable to employees of Debbie's Staffing Service.
If you come across any of these stolen checks, contact the Halifax County Sheriff's Office.
The weather seems to be getting a little warmer, and if you're ready to take a break from hibernating, Patrick Evans has just the thing.
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Looking for a good excuse to take a mid-winter vacation?
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Qualifying from Rockingham is still ahead here on News-7 at Five.
And on Health Check, a surprisingly high number of pregnancies end in miscarriage.
But a new way to diagnose and treat the problem may lower that number.
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Good afternoon I'm Keith Humphry.
Sex education is now an option for local school boards -- NOT parents.
But is that what Virginia voters want?
Jim Gilmore seems to think so.
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((GOV. JIM GILMORE: I RAN ON THE PROPOSITION THAT LOCAL DECISIONS ON THIS, LOCAL CONTROL ON THIS IS BEST.))
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But our latest poll on the ISSUES facing the General Assembly paints a different picture.
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That's coming up at the top of the hour in NEWS 7 at SIX.
President Clinton is giving Medicare and Medicaid recipients, soldiers and federal workers a health care "Bill of Rights."
The rights include the ability to appeal if coverage is denied, access to specialists and the right to check the backgrounds of doctors and hospitals.
President Clinton wants Congress to adopt a similar program for private health plans.
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((I KNOW THERE WILL BE VOICES OF OPPOSITION IN CONGRESS AND IN THE HEALTH CARE INDUSTRY, BUT EVERY AMERICAN DESERVES THE PROTECTION OF A PATIENT'S BILL OF RIGHTS.))
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The White House estimates the President's order will apply to one third of all Americans.
Officials admit most federal health plans already contain similar protections.
More couples may be able to start families, thanks to a new technique to help prevent miscarriages.
Fifteen to twenty percent of pregnancies end in miscarriage-- most of the time because of a problem with the embryo.
But two Boston doctors found another cause-- called Embryo Toxicity.
It's an abnormal reaction where a woman's body attacks the embryo.
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((DR. DEBORAH ANDERSON/BRIGHAM AND WOMEN'S HOSPITAL; IT'S A SIMILAR KIND OF REACTION TO WHAT THE MOTHER COULD HAVE AGAINST AN INFECTION. WE SEE THE SAME KIND OF PRODUCTS IN THE BLOOD AND IT SUGGESTS TO US THAT WE NEED TO SUPPRESS THIS IMMUNE RESPONSE TO HELP THE MOTHER HAVE THE BABY.))
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((DR. JOE HILL/BRIGHAM AND WOMEN'S HOSPITAL; MY PERSONAL OPINION IS AFTER TWO CONSECUTIVE LOSSES ONE SHOULD HAVE AN EVALUATION BECAUSE IT IS POSSIBLE TO DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT TO IMPROVE PREGNANCY SUCCESS THAT NEXT TIME OUT. ))
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Embryo Toxicity can be diagnosed through a blood test.
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It's a hospital-school partnership that will help special education students learn important motor skills.
The Danville Regional Medical Center is donating a dozen computers to the Danville and Pittsylvania County public schools.
These are old hospital computers that have been upgraded with CD-ROM's, speakers, and remote controls.
As a therapist demonstrates, the computer programs are a fun way for special needs children to get the attention they need.
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((PATRICIA DAVIS/DANVILLE PULBIC SCHOOLS: THESE COMPUTERS WILL ALLOW THESE STUDENTS TO HAVE ACCESS TO MANIPULATING, LEARNING TO MANIPULATE THE KEYBOARD AND OTHER ACTIVITIES THAT THE OCCUPATIONAL THERAPIST WILL BE WORKING ON FOR FINE MOTOR CONTROL AND HELPING THE STUDENTS TO BE ABLE TO DEVELOP THOSE SKILLS.))
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The computers will be installed in the schools in the next week-and-a-half.
The Centers for disease control wants amateur wrestlers to ask for professional help in losing weight before matches.
Three college wrestlers recently died, all after going in saunas and wearing rubber suits during strenuous exercise.
The C-D-C wants wrestlers, coaches and other health professionals working with the athletes trained in weight control and nutrition.
The N-C-double-A has already imposed new rules on rapid weight loss.
Qualifying from Rockingham and the Packers lose their star running back.
Here's Mike Stevens with the 2-minute ticker.[S5-Qualify]
Welcome foals to your weekend.
The Winston Cup warriors are back home in the Carolinas for this weekend's Goodwrench 400.
Daytona 500 winner Dale Earnhardt was back in the spotlight at Rockingham this morning and he was joined by his good friend Rick Mast.
But Roy Stanley says the two Winston Cup drivers were doing more than talking racing today.
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It actually been Rick Mast's day all the way around this afternoon he won the pole for Sunday's
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race with a 156 point 361 mile an hour circuit around the Rock.
Mast beat outside pole winner Kenny Wallace by almost a mile an hour.
Here's a look at the top 25.
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[SUPER=X5013-1. Rick Mast/156.361/2. Kenny Wallace//3. David Green//4. Jeff Gordon//5. Jeremy Mayfield;]
[SUPER=107-6. Mark Martin//7. Rusty Wallace//8. Johnny Benson//9. John Andretti//10. Hut Stricklin;]
[SUPER=107-11. Ted Musgrave/12. Jeff Burton//13. Michael Waltrip//14. Ward Burton//15. Dick Trickle;]
[SUPER=107-16. Bill Elliott//17. Joe Nemechek//18. Mike Skinner//19. Steve Park//20. Geoff Bodine;]
[SUPER=107-21. Terry Labonte//22. Ricky Craven//23. Steve Grissom//24. Brett Bodine//25. Kyle Petty;[S5-Football]
In the NFL this afternoon the exodus of players from Green Bay continues as running back Edgar Bennett
signs a four year six million dollar with the Chicago Bears.
The 29 year old Bennett missed all of last season with an Achilles's tendon tear.
He led the Packers in rushing three seasons in Green Bay.
Also, don't forget tonight at 7:30 the Roanoke Express is back on the ice for a Northeast divisional skate against Chesapeake.
Highlights for you tonight at 11.
Have a nice weekend everybody.
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It's not Colorado or the Swiss Alps, but Japan has a thriving ski industry of their own.
By some accounts, the Japanese spend more money on skiing than anyone else and have some of the latest skiing technology.
Even during tough economic times, the country is one of the world's most important markets for the skiing industry.
You might think skiing has the winter games to thank for it's popularity, but it's no recent trend.
Japan would have hosted the Winter Olympics in 1940 but World-War Two intervened.
That does it for News-7 at Five but before we go here's a look ahead to News-7 Saturday Morning.
Connie Stevens returns to W-D-B-J along with her huband Chris Henson.
They'll whip up their refrigerator cleaner fajitas for our Weekend Diner Andrew Freiden.
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((CONNIE STEVENS/WEEKEND DINER; THE RECIPE IS ALWAYS CHANGING. IT'S WHATEVER YOU HAVE LEFTOVER THAT WEEK AND PUTTING IT IN A FLOUR TORTILLA.))
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That and a whole lot more coming your way.
Join Denise Allen and Andrew Freiden tomorrow morning at eight.
We hope to see you back here at Six. Have a great weekend.