Next on News 7-
A Presidential visit to a torando ravaged region.
Some farmers in Franklin County say they're in trouble.
Plus look who's back in the USA to help out at tonight's grammys.
As advertised, it was much warmer today for most of the region. Looks like
more of the same for Thursday.medical-head
Tonight on Health Check --
A new study suggests anti-depressants are safe for expectant mothers.
And -- if you're interested in seeing tomorrow's partial solar eclipse --
doctors recommend some creative methods for a safer view.
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((ALL OVER THIS COUNTRY YOUR FELLOW AMERICANS ARE PRAYING FOR YOU AND PULLING
OUT Q=and pulling for you.
President Clinton has comforting words for Floridians who lost everything in
The President got a first hand look at the damage done by Monday's
He viewed the destruction at first from up above- riding in a heliopter over
That was followed by a walking tour- where the president climbed over
rubble and talked to residents.
((I'M GLAD YOU'RE OK. WOMAN: THANK YOU. PRESIDENT: YOU KEEP YOUR CHIN UP.))
OUT Q=keep your chin up.
This woman will be alright but 39 people died in the tornadoes.
President Clinton says he'll do whatever he can to help Floridians rebuild.
((WE WANT TO SEE YOU DO THAT BRICK BY BRICK, HOME BY HOME STREET BY STREET. YOU
CAN DO IT AND WE WANT TO BE THERE TO HELP.))
OUT Q=be there to help."
The president spoke at a campground where nine people lost their lives.
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This is what weeks of rain have done in Southern California.
A retaining wall has started to crumble- people in the area have been
warned it could collapse altogether.
The wet weather has cracked pavement-
And left ocean front property in danger.
((NAT SOUND WAVES.. ))
OUT Q=NAT SOUND WAVES.
This restaurant that used to have a good ocean view is now Part of the ocean.
While the sun is shining today- forecasts preduct another storm may be just a
Black farmers in Franklin County say they don't have enough money to have
a successful season.
Double Boxes=Jean and Tina/Newsroom
Tina Tenret attended their protest march today and joins us from the
Jean, black farmers say the Farm Service Agency will not grant them loans.
And now, 30 days from planting season, they say black farmers are in a state
(Rollcue: are in a state of emergency)
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SUPER=03-Franklin Co.; :00
SUPER=01-Sherman Witcher/National Black Farmers Assoc.; :22
SUPER=01-Irwin Ward/Farmer; :51
OUT Q=an opportunity
IN Q=nat sound rally
((nat sound rally))
Black farmers demand justice from the Farm Service Agency -- marching
around a mule called Struggle.
They say their loan applications are consistently rejected, part of a
conspiracy to destroy small farms and those owned by blacks.
Not one of these farmers applied for a Farm Service Agency loan this
IN Q=They said the black farmers
((SHERMAN WITCHER/NATIONAL BLACK FARMERS ASSOC.: THEY SAID THE BLACK FARMERS
WERE A BUNCH OF POOR FARMERS WHO COULDN'T PAY THE BILLS AND WANTED THE
GOVERNMENT TO GIVE THEM A HANDOUT. AND I WAS APPALLED BY THAT. I'M STILL
SHAKING FROM THAT ISSUE. IT'S NOT THE CASE. WE WERE DENIED, DISCRIMINATED
AGAINST, SET ASIDE AND OSTRACIZED.))
Irwin Ward was not at the rally -- he did get a loan this year and is
expanding his dairy and tobacco farm.
But he says only about four or five full-time black farmers are left in
IN Q=Not enough money
((IRWIN WARD/FARMER: NOT ENOUGH MONEY ON THE FARM TO KEEP EM THERE. ALL
DEPENDS ON WHAT THEY'RE TRYING TO DO. MAYBE NOT GETTING ENOUGH LOANS TO DO
THAT OR NOT MAKING ENOUGH MONEY ON THE FARM TO STAY THERE.))
OUT Q=to stay there
By the time the rally ended -- farmers were turning toward the Farm
Service Agency to sign up for a loan.
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IN Q=I know there
((I KNOW THERE ARE SOME OTHER PEOPLE INTERESTED. I WANT TO GIVE THEM ALL AN
Don Davis of the Farm Service Agency says the farmer's concerns may not be
unfounded-- he says he'd like to talk to farmers one-on-one.
He says there's more than 2 million dollars in loans still available.
Double Boxes=Jean and Tina/Newsroom
But farmers also say local legislators are ignoring them -- they say they
invited several to a press conference earlier today -- and only the county
administrator showed up.
The father of a teenager who died after a 14-month stay at Western State
Hospital is suing the institution for a total of 10 million dollars.
Carl McCloskey says his son John William McCloskey died in February 1996,
after a hospital staff member sodomized him with a broom handle or similar
Hospital director Lynnwood Harding who is named in the suit denies any
wrongdoing by the facility.
The institution maintains that deputies with the Rockbridge County Sheriff's
Department abused McCloskey before he arrived at the hospital.
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IN Q=It's unfortunate that
((ROCKBRIDGE CO. SHERIFF ROY DAY: IT'S UNFORTUNATE THAT MR. MCCLOSKEY DIED BUT
THERE'S NO WAY THAT HE WAS HARMED BY THE DEPUTIES WHEN HE WAS ARRESTED AND
BROUGHT IN HERE FROM ARNOLD'S VALLEY.))
SUPER=01-Sheriff Roy W. Day
OUT Q=from Arnold's Valley.
Deputies arrested McCloskey on December 15, 1994, charging him with
disorderly conduct and exposing himself at a store in Arnold's Valley.
A hearing date for the lawsuit has not been set.
HARD MUSIC UNDER
The Democratic men who've served for many years in Richmond aren't the only
ones feeling the power shift--it's having an impact on female lawmakers as
well, and we'll have that story coming up on News 7 at Six.
Plus another Grammy would be a sweet song for a musician who calls Southwest
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MUSIC UP FULL
It may be the end of NEXT week before the jury in the Abed case returns a
The jury in the arson and racketeering case has been deliberating since
Friday evening without a decision.
This afternoon Judge Sam Wilson called the jurors into the courtroom for a
Asked how long it might take to reach a verdict, the jury foreman said
"ten working days; this is day three."5-Credit-Unions
GRAPHIC=us supreme court
Local credit unions are reacting to a decision by the U-S Supreme Court.
The court voted 5-to-4, saying credit unions can not serve more than one
A membership group is made up of people who have something in common -- like
where they work or go to church.
The president of a local credit union said today's high-court ruling could
make it harder for people to join credit unions in the future.
IN Q=as future
SUPER=01-Donna Harris/FedStar Credit Union;
((DONNA HARRIS/FESTAR CREDIT UNION: AS FUTURE GENERATIONS COME, THOSE PERSONS
WOULD NO LONGER BE ELIGIBLE FOR CREDIT UNION MEMBERSHIP AND THIS IS GOING TO
HURT MILLIONS OF AMERICANS.))
OUT Q=the services
The banking industry was quick to applaud today's ruling.
On its website, the Independent Bankers Association of America said:
"The Supreme Court today confirmed that some credit unions have overstepped
Bankers also urged Congress NOT to rush to judgment.
Congress is considering a bill that would re-write the law that established
That bill would, in effect, overrule today's decision by the court.
The nation's largest producer of hardware to connect computers to the
Internet and to company networks has cut a deal with Virginia.
Cisco Systems of California is donating about one million dollars of
computer equipment to Virginia.
Cisco will then get to run networking academies in all 350 public high
schools in the state, and teach faculty for those academies in all 27 state
IN Q=As I travel
((ROBERT MORGRIDGE/CISCO SYSTEMS: AS I TRAVEL AROUND AND CALL ON OUR
CUSTOMERS, THE BIGGEST PROBLEM THEY HAVE IS QUALIFIED PEOPLE. AND THERE'S NO
QUESTION IN OUR MINDS THAT WE'LL SELL A LOT MORE EQUIPMENT TO A LOT MORE FOLKS
IF WE CAN HELP SOLVE THE PROBLEM OF HUMAN CAPITAL THAT IS TECHNICALLY TRAINED.
THAT KNOWS HOW TO INSTALL, MAINTAIN, AND USE THIS EQUIPMENT. SO IT'S
SELF-SERVING. I DON'T DENY THAT.))
SUPER=01-Robert Morgridge/Cisco Systems;
OUT Q=deny that.
It's projected that Virginia will have 100-thousand un-filled high tech jobs
in the next three to five years.
NASCAR fans are revved up for this weekends race in Las-Vegas.
Patrick Evans is revved up about collectables for the race.
(Patrick ad lib)
STOCKS BUMP NEXT
The Racing Season is in gear and at full speed.
This weekend the cars trek to Vegas, where they'll be making history.
DOUBLE BOX JEAN/PATRICK
Patrick Evans haunts a local racing specialty store today, to see what
goodies you can get to commemorate the Vegas race.
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DOUBLE BOX PATRICK/ROBIN
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SUPER=331-Clear And/Chilly/30-35/Mostly Sunny/And Mild/62-65;
SUPER=332-Clear With/Light Winds/28-32/Partly Sunny/And Milder/60-62;
SUPER=333-Clear/And Breezy/26-30/Increasing Clouds/Late/55-60;
SUPER=334-Clear With/Northwest Winds/27-29/Partly Cloudy/Much Warmer/60-63;
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It's Wednesday and that means basketball on the 2-minute ticker.
Steve Mason will have this week's edition of Hometown Hoops weekly.
Coming up next on Health Check --
Tomorrow's solar eclipse is expected to cover a good portion of the sun.
But watching the partial eclipse could cause permanent damage to your eyes,
unless you use precautions.
IN Q=If you get
((DR. SCOTT MANN/OPTOMETRIST:IF YOU GET A BURN TO THE RETNA SOMETIMES IT CAN BE
TEMPORARY, BUT THE MORE SERIOUS ONES ARE PERMANENT AND THEY WOULD AFFECT YOUR
CENTRAL VISION LEAVING YOUR PERIPHERAL VISION IN TACT, BUT THEY CAN DESTROY
YOUR CENTRAL VISION FOR PROLONGED STARING AT THE SUN.))
OUT Q=at the sun.
Coming up tonight on News 7 at Six, we'll talk with a Franklin County
musician who is vying for a grammy award.
Dan Tyminski is a member of the popular bluegrass group, Alison Krauss and
Winning a grammy is gratifying, but Tyminski says he finds more
satisfaction in the music.
IN Q=When we work on an album
((DAN TYMINSKI/ALISON KRAUSS AND UNION STATION: WHEN WE WORK ON AN ALBUM IF WE
MAKE SOMETHING THAT PLEASES US, WE'RE HAPPY. WE FEEL LIKE WE'VE DONE OUR JOB.))
SUPER=01-Dan Tyminski/Alison Krauss and Union Station
OUT Q=we've done our job.
Joe Dashiell will conclude his bluegrass spotlight with Dan Tyminski...
Double Box=Keith & Jean
Tonight at Six, Jean...5-Grammys
A golden smile will light up tonight's grammy's-
SUPER=03-New York, NY;
Gold medal figure skater Tara Lipinski will present an award.
Lipinski arrived at Kennedy Airport today- ending her stay in Nagano Japan.
So is the Olympic champion nervous about tonight?
((TARA LIPINSKI/GOLD MEDAL FIGURE SKATER: UHM, NOT NEARLY AS NERVOUS AS I WAS
WHEN I WAS IN JAPAN.))
SUPER=01-Tara Lipinski/Olypmic Gold Medalist; quick!
OUT Q=in Japan.
After the Grammys Lipinski will return to her home town in Texas-
((WHERE HAVE ALL THE COWBOYS GONE? ))
OUT Q=the cowboys gone?
Paula Cole is up for 7 grammies- so is Sean Puff Daddy Combs.
You can catch the 40th annual grammy awards live from New York tonight on
your hometown station.
A quarter of a million women become pregnant while taking anti-depressants.
And doctors have worried about possible side effects.
Now a study says anti-depressants like Prozac and Zoe-loft are okay for
The study found they caused NO increase in birth defects or miscarriage.
IN Q=THERE'S ALWAYS A WORRY
((LAURA MONACHINO/NEW MOTHER; THERE'S ALWAYS A WORRY BUT I KNEW THAT I WAS
GOING TO BE NO GOOD TO MY CHILD IF I WAS DEPRESSED. AND SO I THOUGHT THAT ANY
POSSIBLE RISKS WERE OUTWEIGHED BY THE BENEFITS I WAS GAINING BY BEING ON THE
SUPER=01-Laura Monachino/New Mother;
OUT Q=ON THE MEDICATION
Seriously depressed mothers may not eat or sleep and have more pregnancy
So doctors say it is important to get some kind of help.
GRAPHIC=health check bug
If you share make-up, you may also be sharing germs.
All those colorful make-up displays are invitations to sample new brands.
And while many cosemtics have preservatives that kill bacteria, they can be
overwhelmed by communal use.
Of 18 samples tested, a third came back with some bacterial contamination--
mostly in eye-shadow testers and all of it from drug-store displays.
IN Q=IF YOU USE
((JOHN BAILEY/FOOD AND DRUG ADMINISTRATION; IF YOU USE A LIPSTICK AND, FOR
EXAMPLE, SOMEONE HAS A COLD SORE, YOU CAN BE INFECTED FROM SHARING THAT SHARED
SUPER=01-John Bailey/Food and Drug Administration;
OUT Q=SHARED USE PRODUCT
The F-D-A tested three thousand cosmetic testers a few years ago and half of
the eye, lip and facial make-up had germs.
GRAPHIC=health check bug
A dangerous infection could be getting worse.
A study is warning of a drug resistant staph infection.
It's usually found in hospitals but now it's turning up in children who have
never been treated in a hospital.
Doctors at the University of Chicago say that means the deadly organism is
They also say less use of antibiotics for common illnesses could help the
A partial eclipse will cover about a quarter of the sun in Southwest
Virginia tomorrow afternoon and while looking at it can be a spectacular sight,
it can also be a dangerous one.
There are safe and unsafe methods for watching a solar eclipse.
Doctors say the only safe methods of looking at the sun directly are through
special mylar filter glasses or number-14 welders goggles.
Any other way will cause irreversible damage to the eyes.
IN Q=If you stare
((DR. SCOTT MANN/OPTOMETRIST:IF YOU STARE AT THE SUN DIRECTLY FOR A PROLONGS
PERIOD OF TIME YOU GET A BURN TO THE RETNA WHICH IS THE DELICATE INNER LINING
AT THE BACK OF THE EYE AND THAT CAN RESULT IN A PERMANENT LOSS OF CENTRAL
VISION. THE SCARY PART IS IT'S PAINLESS AND IT DOESN'T IMMEDIATELY HAPPEN SO
SOMETIMES IT TAKES A FEW DAYS BEFORE THE RESULTS OF THE BURN ARE EVIDENT.))
SUPER=01-Dr. Scott Mann/Optometrist;
OUT Q=are evident.
Doctor Mann says looking at the sun through C-D's, layers of film, or
stacking sun glasses together will not protect the eyes.
But you can also try indirect techniques like making a shadow box by cutting
a hole in one end, taping a piece of paper over it, and putting a pinhole in
it, which makes a lens.
IN Q=If you're careful
((DR. SCOTT MANN/OPTOMETRIST:IF YOU'RE CAREFUL YOU CAN TAKE BINOCULARS AND
NEVER USE THEM DIRECTLY, BUT YOU CAN AIM THEM AT THE SUN AND FOCUS THEM BACK ON
A PIECE OF PAPER AND YOU CAN ACTUALLY SEE TWO ECLIPSES.))
SUPER=01-Dr. Scott Mann/Optometrist;
OUT Q=see two eclipses.
Special mylar filtered glasses are available at the Science Museum in
The partial eclipse is expected to start about 12:15 in our area and peak at
It's time for our two minute sports ticker and Wednesday means basketball.
The post season is in full swing and Steve Mason is here with a regional
edition of Hometown Hoops Weekly.
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SUPER=03-Roanoke Co./Northwest Region Quarterfinals; :22
SUPER=03-Danville/Colonels vs. Eagles; :32
SUPER=01-Billy Hicks/Cave Spring Head Coach; :42
SUPER=04-Girls NW Region First Round; :55
SUPER=01-Linda Long/Cave Spring Head Coach; 1:07
SUPER=03-Buena Vista/Region C Quarterfinals; 1:13
SUPER=01-Nelson Fox/Parry McCluer Head Coach; 1:23
SUPER=03-Roanoke Co./Region C Quarterfinal; 1:32
SUPER=01-Art Lawrence/Glenvar Head Coach; 1:43
OUT Q=...check out the scores"
((Eyes and ears listened and watched as Cave Spring advanced to the Northwest
region semifinal and, in the process won 18 games; two school firsts.
tomorrow; a David and Goliath matchup tips off with Danville's awesome
Charles Stephens and Maquis Cunnigham.
The 4 time regional champion Ladies must beat Fleming a fourth time this
season to end a two year Northwest title game absence.
Parry McCluer; which plays John Battle in one Region C semifinal tomorrow;
ended Floyd County's state championship defense with a 81-69 win over the
Glenvar faces Bland in the Highlanders 5th straight trip to the region C
final four. A 4th consecutive visit to state hinges on lessons learned from a
close win over George Wythe.
WIPE TO SCOREBOARD!!!!!!!!!!!
WIPE TO MOTION
SUPER=0098-/UMBC///Winthrop///6:30 Start//Liberty///Coastal Car.///8:30
OUT Q=......last score."
It's not unusual for kids to say school stinks.
But in Spokane (spo-CANE), Missouri, it really does.
The school had some unwanted visitors on Monday.
Two skunks took up residence under the gymnasium floor.
The smell got so bad that teachers sent the kids home early and called in
Critter Control to trap the unwanted guests.
Of course, the kids did not seem too upset about going home early.
But after some airing-out, the school was back in business on Tuesday.