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If you're one of those people with a Holdrens extended warranty- you'll want
to stay tuned- you may get some cash back.
A plane crashes into an apartment building.
Plus they may look cute but find out why you may NOT want a chiququa.
Clouds hang tough tonight and snow showers are likely with light
accumulations in the western mountains. More on that just ahead.medical-head
In medical news --
Doctors are discovering new health benefits to walking.
Recent weather patterns are sending patients to the allergist earlier than
And a new study finds a link between getting pregnant and drinking a certain
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If you shopped here, and you bought an extended warranty, you may get a
little money back.
The Attorney General's office in Richmond says it's a deal.
Attorney General Mark Early announced a one-point-seven million-dollar
judgment against the now-defunct chain of Holdren's electronics stores.
But the deal may not be as good as it sounds.
Double Boxes=Jean and Scott/Newsroom
Scott Goldberg is in the newsroom tonight.
Scott does this mean former Holdren's customers will get refunds?
This is supposed to help the thousands of customers who bought extended
service contracts at Holdren's --- contracts that were not honored after the
store was sold in 19-96.
The problem is: today's judgment for one-point-seven million dollars is a
judgment against a bankrupt company that has NO assets.
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(Rollcue: no assets. )
IN Q=the one
SUPER=03-Roanoke/File Tape; :13
IN Q=THE ONE-POINT
((ATTORNEY GENERAL MARK EARLY: THE ONE POINT SEVEN MILLION IS A JUDGMENT
AGAINST THE COMPANY WHICH POTENTIALLY WE COULD COLLECT ON IN THE FUTURE,
HOWEVER THE CHANCES OF THAT ARE FAIRLY DIM BECAUSE THE COMPANY IS OUT OF
OUT Q=OUT OF BUSINESS
Way out of business.
Holdren's was bought by North-Carolina-based Crenshaw's in June of 19-96.
Crenshaw's did NOT honor Holdren's extended service contracts because
Crenshaw's said it bought Holdren's ASSETS -- not its liabilities.
Crenshaw's said it therefore had no obligation to honor those contracts.
After that, thousands of miffed customers complained it wasn't fair they
bought these warranties for hundreds of dollars -- and nobody would honor them.
Today's judgment is against Holdren's and not Crenshaws--and the old
Holdren's is bankrupt and has no money left to honor the contracts.
But Holdrens DID come up with 100-thousand dollars that it paid to the
Attorney General's office.
That 100-thousand dollars is what the Attorney General says will go to
customers holding warranties that have not been honored.
Customers looking to claim that money should call area code 8-0-4, 7-8-6,
( ad lib)
One last caveat: this deal still needs to be approved by
Double Boxes=Jean and Scott/Newsroom
a Roanoke City Circuit court judge.
The Roanoke Boxing Association has lost it's state funding, after a city
audit found financial problems.
The gym at Victory Stadium is locked up, a sign on the door says it will
reopen when it gets the proper insurance.
But the city has suspended the Association's rental agreement.
The audit found several hundred dollars unaccounted for.
IN Q=There's about
((WIL DIBLING/CITY ATTORNEY; THERE'S ABOUT 22HUNDRED DOLLARS IN QUESTIONS
EXPENDITURES, THERE ARE ABOUT 440 DOLLARS OF REIMBURSEMENT FOR UNAUTHORIZED
SUPER=01-Wil Dibling/City Attorney;
Brad Minter trained at the Gym, he says he worries about the kids who worked
out there after school.
IN Q=It was a free
((BRAD MINTER/BOXER; IT WAS A FREE PLACE TO TRAIN, IT WAS GOOD FOR THE KIDS AND
A LOT OF THEM KIDS THEY CAN'T AFFORD THAT STUFF AND THEY CAME DOWN THERE TO
LEARN AND WORK OUT, AND NOW THEY AINT GOT A PLACE FOR THAT.))
OUT Q=place for that
Rick Hawkins, the executive director of the association could not be reached
for comment today.
The Commonweath's Attorney's office is investigating the discrepancies in
the group's finances.
Don Caldwell says he hasn't decided if charges are warranted in the case.
A parent's group in Covington is breathing easier today-- now that a
convicted sexual offender has moved.
Parents became concerned in January after discovering that Randall Akers was
living near the Edgemont Primary School playground.
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IN Q=Our intention never
((DAVID KIDD/EDGEMONT PARENTS TAKING ACTION:EVERYBODY HAS A RIGHT TO LIVE IN A
COMMUNITY WHERE IT'S A GREAT PLACE TO LIVE-- IN THE ALLEGHANY HIGHLANDS. WE'RE
NOT GOING TO RUN YOU OUT OF HERE BUT WE WOULD, BEING A TWO-TIME SEX OFFENDER WE
FEEL THERE'S A RIGHT PLACE TO LIVE AND A WRONG PLACE TO LIVE AND THE FIRST TIME
HE DEFINITELY PICKED THE WRONG PLACE BEING RIGHT NEXT DOOR TO AN ELEMENTARY
SUPER=01-David Kidd/Edgemont Parents Taking Action
OUT Q=where we felt safe.
Kidd founded Edgemont Parents Taking Action and led a letter-writing
campaign urging state legislatures to toughen laws about sexual offenders who
live close to schools.
The group is also holding a Stranger-Awareness Self-Defense Class at
Covington High School tomorrow night.
A house explosion today shook a Massachusetts neighborhood.
The blast was so strong it leveled a two story home- blew out windows in a
home next door and shook buildings blocks away-
Two people are dead- and seven others are hurt.
One witness says at lest six peole fell into the resulting crater and others
tried to pull them out.
Officials say a public works crew had been digging in the area.
Its' believed the blast happened when a backhoe hit a natural gas pipe.
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Rescue crews are at the scene of a plane crash in New Jersey this afternoon-
These are the pictures from the air.
The small plane crashed into an apartment complex in Hillsborough-
The pilot was killed in the crash.
Amazingly no one in the building was hurt- although the video shows the
extent of damage.
Authorities say the plane was a twin engine- with just the pilot aboard.
Inspectors say a Lynchburg building where a wall collapsed yesterday appears
to be in "no" danger of further collapse.
No one was hurt, but seven cars were crushed when the brick veneer at 11-15
Main Street came crashing to the ground.
Crews were back today, removing loose brick and mortar from the top of the
Inspectors say the structure does "not" pose any additional threat to
pedestrians or motorists.
IN Q=I don't see
((EARL TAYLOR/LYNCHBURG CITY INSPECTOR: I DON'T SEE ANY IMMINENT DANGER AS THEY
EXPLAINED TO US LAST NIGHT, THE STRUCTURAL ENGINEER DID, AND GOING THROUGH THE
INSIDE OF THE BUILDING I SEE NO SEPARATION OF WALLS, NO INDICATION OF HEAVY
MOISTURE IN THE WALLS OR ANYTHING, SO IT LOOKS PRETTY SOUND.))
SUPER=01-Earl Taylor/Lynchburg City Inspector; :00
OUT Q=looks pretty sound.
Officials still aren't sure what caused the brick wall to collapse.
The turn-of-the century building has been empty for several years.
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It's only been done once in the General Assembly in the last 50-years.
And coming up on New-7 at Five, we'll find out why schools stand to gain.
And Senators vote on a national standard for drunk drivers.
((I HOPE HAPPY HOUR IS OVER FOR DRUnK DRIVERS.))
OUT Q=for drunk drivers.
On health check, El Nino has sent buckets of rain our way, now it may be
sending an early allergy season.
The Atlantic-10 Conference men's tournament is underway and the Hokies are
already headed home.
Those stories and Hometown Hoops Weekly all still ahead on News-7 at Five.
Comm Break#1 5-Drunk-Driving
Happy Hour could be over for drunk drivers.
Those the words of some U-S Senators- as the Senate approved a measure for a
national standard for drunk driving.
A blood alcohol level of Point-oh-eight would be considered legally drungk.
((SEN. FRANK LAUTENBERG/D- NEW JERSEY: DRUNK DRIVING IS A CRIME. A CRIME LIKE
SHOOTING AT SOMEONE, LIKE MURDER.))
SUPER=01-Sen. Frank Lautenberg/(D) New Jersey;
OUT Q=crime like murder.
States that did not agree to the new limit by the year 2001 would lose
Only 15 states already enforce the Point- oh-eight blood-alcohol level.
Virginia is one of those states.
The fight is far from over -- but the General Assembly is on record on
school construction money.
The state has only given money to localities to build or repair schools one
other time in the last 50 years.
It's an issue Governor Jim Gilmore would like to put off for a year.
Senate Republicans want to please voters, but also help the Governor.
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IN Q=It isn't
((SEN. BILL MIMS/R-LOUDOUN CO.: IT ISN'T SOMETHING THAT SHOULD PIT DEMOCRATS
VERSUS REPUBLICANS. LIKEWISE, IT ISN'T SOMETHING THAT SHOULD PIT RURAL AREAS
VERSUS SUBURBAN OR VERSUS URBAN.))
SUPER=01-Sen. Bill Mims/(R) Loudoun Co.;
OUT Q=versus urban.
But House Democrats say the need is too great for the Senate bill to do the
IN Q=The biggest
((DEL. TOM JACKSON/D-HILLSVILLE: THE BIGGEST DIFFERENCE BETWEEN MY BILL AND
THE SENATE BILL RIGHT NOW IS THAT MY BILL PROVIDES FOR 15-PERCENT OF THE
LOTTERY MONEY THIS YEAR, AND 15-PERCENT NEXT YEAR. WHICH TOGETHER WITH THE
UNCLAIMED LOTTERY MONEY'S GONNA BE ABOUT 128- MILLION DOLLARS. THE BILL AS I
UNDERSTAND IT IN THE SENATE DOESN'T DO ANYTHING THE FIRST YEAR. AND IF THEY
APPROPRIATE SOME MONEY, THERE'S NO MANDATE, WOULD HAVE ABOUT 30- MILLION
DOLLARS IN THE SECOND YEAR.))
OUT Q=the second year.
Either plan falls far short of the eight- BILLION dollar wish list in school
Subtract one candidate from the list of city council hopefuls in Lynchburg.
Voter registrar Carol Read says Tim Dirr got just 91 of the necessary 125
signatures of registered voters.
Seven independent candidates are still in the running for three at-large
seats in May.tease#2
They're some of the finest pieces of art in the world, and they're in
Patrick Evans is checking them out.
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(aw-GOOST roe-DAN) Auguste Rodin is known for some of the most famous
sculptures ever introduced to the art world.
Some of his fine work is currently on display at the Art Museum of Western
Virginia, where we find Patrick Evans today.
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The Two Minute Ticker is still ahead and it's full of basketball action.
Just ahead on health check.
Mother nature is fooling allergy sufferers this season.
The rainy winter is causing signs of allergies ahead of schedule this spring.
IN Q=And frankly
((DR. GEOFF HARTER/EAR, NOSE & THROAT:AND FRANKLY A LOT OF PEOPLE HAVE HAD
PROBLEMS WITH FLOODING IN THEIR BASEMENT SO THEY'VE GOT MORE MOLD SITTING DOWN
THERE THAN THEY NORMALLY WOULD.))
OUT Q=normally would.
Here's one of the stories were working on for News 7 at Six.
We'll head to Pulaski where the town's investing 610- thousand dollars to
upgrade its minor league ball park.
Construction is already underway at Calfee Park.
Mayor John Johnston says the 610- thousand dollar face lift has sealed a
four year deal with the Pulaski Rangers.
But some residents feel the town did NOT make a wise decision.
IN Q=I could
((GEORGE ALBRIGHT/PULASKI RESIDENT:I COULD THINK OF BETTER USES FOR THE TAXES--
FOR THE MONEY-- THAN PUTTING IT IN A BALL PARK. ))
SUPER=01-George Albright/Pulaski Resident; :00
OUT Q=in a ball park.
In wake of the ball park decision-- the town has been discussing possible
cuts within the fire and police departments.
We'll hear what Pulaski Police Chief Herb Cooley has to say about the
That's coming up in about one half hour--
In the spring and fall it's the pollen and flowers, in the winter it's
dust and mold.
But this year the El Nino affected winter is changing allergy season.
A relatively mild and wet winter is causing allergy sufferers to experience
the stuffy noses and watery eyes earlier than normal.
IN Q=We're telling
SUPER=01-Dr. Geoff Harter/Ear, Nose & Throat;
((DR. GEOFF HARTER/EAR, NOSE & THROAT:WE'RE TELLING OUR PATIENTS TO GO AHEAD
AND GET STARTED WITH THEIR THEIR ALLERGY THERAPY FOR EXAMPLE THE ANTIHISTAMINES
THAT THEY'RE TAKING OR THE STEROID NASAL SPRAY, THEY SHOULD PROBABLY START THEM
A LITTLE EARLIER THIS YEAR.))
OUT Q=this year.
Doctor Harter says people who are taking over the counter medications should
be careful of the side effects.
The non-drowsy formulas of antihistamines have risks for people with high
With all the different types of sprays and decongestants on the market,
doctors suggest checking with a pharmacist to make sure you're not taking
Are women who drink tea getting pregnant more often than those who don't?
A new study found that women who drank at least a half-cup of tea a day were
twice as likely to become pregnant.
The study involved 187 women trying to get pregnant.
They kept careful diaries of what they ate and drank.
Why do researchers believe there may be a link?
Previous studies have shown that some of tea's ingredients help an egg and
But there is a simpler explanation-- women who drink tea may be more fertile
because they tend to be more healthy.
Researchers say those questions need to be clarified.
IN Q=I would Say
((I WOULD SAY THAT THEY NEED TO LOOK AT THE STUDY IN DETAIL BEFORE PEOPLE
CONSIDER TEA AS THE PANACEA FOR INFERTILITY.))
OUT Q=PANACEA FOR INFERTILITY
The study needs to be repeated before it's gains widespread acceptance.
But it was published in a major journal so it is being taken seriously.
A walk a day could keep diabetes away.
A University of South Carolina study found walking to be a good way to
Researchers say as little as 30 minutes of walking every day may help the
body improve the use of insulin and ward off diabetes.
They recommend moderate activity like walking briskly, climbing stairs and
The Virginia Tech Hokies' visit to the men's Atlantic 10 tournament has
turned out to be a short one.
This afternoon the Hokies were beaten in the first round by Massachusetts
64 to 58.
Tech finishes the season with 10 wins and 17 losses.S5-Hoops
It's also time for this week's edition of Hometown Hoops Weekly with Steve
Mason. Tonight he's introducing us to a new clock management system that will
be used for tthe high school final four in Norfolk next week.
IN Q=first audio
SUPER=03-Bristol/A & AA Girls State Tour.; :23
SUPER=01-Keith Vanfossen/VHSL Referee; :36
SUPER=01-Bob Walker/Officiated Girls Championship; :56
SUPER=01-Ernie Bradd/Western Va. Head of Officials; 1:22
OUT Q=...Hometown hoops weekly
Using the precision Time System; referees can stop the clock with the blow
of a whistle. The device was a big hit in it's commonwealth debut this past
November at the Girls single and double A state championships.
There are two parts. A pager type transmitter attaches to the referees belt
which is equipped with a microphone programmed to hear only; the Fox 40
classic; a special whistle used by the referee.
The VHSL is promoting Precision Time in the VHSL state tournaments but
schools can have the three belt system set up in their own gym's scoreboard for
38 hundred dollars. The advantage is it eliminates the perception of cheating
because the ref controls the clock; not the scorekeeper.
Colleges and high schools in North Carolina are already on the system.
Defending National champion Arizona is a Precision Time user. No one in
Virginia has purchased the devise at this time but high schools can research
the 1993 invention on the web at www.prececisiontime.com. Steve Mason Hometown
GO TO BREAK5-Taco-Dog
He may be the most famous dog in the country right now.
And millions of Americans are in puppy love.
SUPER=03-St. Louis, MO;
You've probably seen the Taco Bell commercial with the talking Chihuahua.
You may have even thought about picking up one of the pooches.
But the Humane Society says you may want to think twice.
IN Q=AS A GENERAL RULE
((LINDA CAMPBELL/ST. LOUIS HUMANE SOCIETY; AS A GENERAL RULE CHIHUAHUAS TEND
TO BE A LITTLE BIT MORE STUBBORN, NERVOUS, QUICK TO REACT.))
SUPER=01-Linda Campbell/St. Louis Humane Society;
OUT Q=NAT: RUNNING DOG
That's why the humane society is worried about the popularity of this cute
Their word of warning-- real chihuahuas are not as easy to care for as their
famous T-V friend.
That does it for News-7 at Five.
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