Coming up next on News 7-
A child is dead and a police officer and the suspect injured after a standoff in Salem.
An attempted bank Robbery near Seattle turn into a hostage situation.
And how would you react in a disaster?
Snow showers are on the way and the cold weather retains its grip this week. More on the forecast just ahead.[medica
In tonight's health check report --
Researchers have found a link between ethnicity and Alzheimer's disease.
And a New York nursing home is trying some creative ways to make living with the memory loss easier.
A standoff in Salem ends, but not before a child is killed and two other people are wounded.
Police have charged a Roanoke man with shootin a police officer. They say 38 year old Kelvin Vaughn may have also killed his 3-year old son
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Tina Tenret is at the Salem Apartment complex where the domestic dispute started.
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A bank robber is holding five people hostage at a bank near Seattle.
The man apparently walked in and tried to rob the bank- but when that did not go as planned- he took six people hostage.
One woman has been released- a bank teller who says says at one point the man held a gun to her head.
Police have taken up positions outside the bank and are trying to negotiate with the man.
Federal officials are getting a first hand look at flood damge in Elba Alabama.
It's the second time in eight years the town has flooded- after breaks in a levee.
One Alabama senator is talking about strengthening the levees so this doesn't happen again.
((THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT CAN DO A LOT FOR THESE LEVEES WE PAY MONEY ALL OVER TH WORLD WE PAY A LOT OF MONEY. LET'S HLEP OUR OWN SELF. LET'S HELP OUR PEOPLE THAT NEED HELP HERE.))
[SUPER=01-Sen. Richard Shelby/(R) Alabama; ]
[OUT Q=that need help here.]
The levee failed on Sunday sending muddy water into town.
About half of the city's four thosuand residents had to be evacuated.
In the Carolinas, it is frigid temperatures worrying farmers-
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and threatening the strawberry crop.
In York County, South Carolina farmers are using irrigation
systems- They're coating blossoms with a protective coat of ice.
Because of the early warm temperatures fruit trees and berry bushes across the south started to bloom.
Now, those blossoms are in danger.
If tempreratures dip into the mid twenties, it could ruin Georgia's 35 million dollar peach industry.
The full extent of the damage will not be known until next week.
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What would you do in a disaster?
That's what a Danville plant wanted to find and coming up on News-7 at Five we'll see how they did it.
And a 20-year old Radford business goes up in flames.
In medical news --
The Roanoke Valley receives some national recognition for fighting cancer.
The Spiders and the Highlanders are getting ready for the Big Dance.
Mike Stevens will be here with the 2-minute ticker.
Stay with us.
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Fire destroyed a Radford convenience store that's been part of the community for 20-years.
Nearly everying was damaged inside Cedar Valley General Store on Tyler Avenue.
The building caught fire around 12-forty five this afternoon.
The store's owner believes it was sparked by a faulty fluorescent light.
[IN Q=I've seen]
((NANCY MCDANIEL/CEDAR VALLEY GENERAL STORE OWNER: I'VE SEEN BALLAST FIRES BEFORE AND USUALLY YOU KNOW YOU CAN CONTAIN THEM PRETTY QUICKLY BUT THIS ONE JUST WENT CRAZY. ))
[SUPER=01-Nancy McDaniel/Cedar Valley Gen. Store Owner; :00]
[OUT Q=went crazy.]
McDaniel tried to put the blaze out herself-- with fire extinguishers.
She does hope to rebuild.
No one was hurt.
Could you handle the pressure in an emergency?
Stay calm? Think on your toes?
A chemical company in Pittsylvania County says practice makes perfect.
That's why employees worked with emergency response crews today to create and control a mock disaster.
Christy Hubley was there and tells us how they did.
Jean, things went very smoothly.
Hickson Dan Chem Corporation in Pittsylvania County conducts these drills yearly... to see just how prepared its workers are for a real disaster.
Today, they jumped at the challenge
when the warning alarm sounded.
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[IN Q=(alarm) Attention we have]
((ALARM. ATTENTION. WE HAVE A PLANT EMERGENCY SITUATION.))
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Fire trucks. Sheriff's deputies. Even the hazardous materials response unit.
This looks like a real emergency.
But it's not.
It's a drill conducted by Hickson Dan Chem.
And it's designed to train company workers and emergency personnel how to think on their toes.
Here's the disaster scenerio.
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((STURKS TAYLOR/HICKSON DAN CHEM: WE HAD A GUY UNLOADING A TANK TRUCK OF AN ORGANIC CHEMICAL COMPOUND. THE TRUCK SPRUNG A LEAK. THE GUY GOT SPRAYED WITH IT.))
[OUT Q=sprayed with it.]
[IN Q=The material was draining]
((THE MATERIAL WAS DRAINING FROM THE TANKER AND HAD TO BE CONTAINED BEFORE WE COULD GET HIM OUT.))
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The man is fine. Remember, this is just a fake disaster.
But three years ago, Hickson Dan Chem had a real emergency.
21-barrels containing chemicals used to manufacture paint exploded.
Hundreds of neighbors were evacuated as a precaution.
The chemcials were NOT toxic and caused no serious problems.
But the company and local emergency crews want to be ready for anything.
That's why they say it's so important to have training sessions like this one.
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((JAMES DAVIS/PITTSYLVANIA CO. EMERGENCY SERVICES: YOU HAVE TO EXERCISE AND YOU HAVE TO TEST AND TRAIN. OTHERWISE YOU DON'T KNOW WHAT TO IMPROVE IF ANYTHING OR YOU DON'T KNOW HOW WELL YOUR PLAN IS.))
[OUT Q=your plan is.]))
After the mock disaster, everyone involved had a roundtable discussion.
What went well.. what went wrong.
Overall, Jean, they say the exercise was a success.
Within one week of a Roanoke woman turning to Jack Kevorkian to end her life, Virginia's General Assembly has acted to ban the practice.
The state senate voted 34 to 6 to enact the bill it first passed last year banning assisted suicide.
It's already passed the House.
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((SEN. EMILY COURIC/D-CHARLOTTESVILLE: I RECOGNIZE THAT THERE ARE SOME CIRCUMSTANCES THAT ARE SO TROUBLING...OUTLAW THIS PRACTICE.))
((SEN. DICK SASLAW/D-SPRINGFIELD: YOU MAY HAVE NOTICED THE OTHER DAY THAT A WOMAN IN ROANOKE DECIDED TO END HER LIFE. DR. KEVORKIAN DIDN'T COME INTO VIRGINIA WHICH IS WHAT THIS BILL IS DESIGNED TO PREVENT. GUESS WHAT SHE DID? SHE GOT ON A PLANE AND FLEW TO DETROIT AND HAD DR. KEVORKIAN END HER LIFE THERE. THIS BILL ONLY APPLIES TO VIRGINIA. IT'S NOT GONNA STOP KEVORKIAN.))
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[SUPER=01-Sen. Dick Saslaw/(D) Springfield; :23]
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61- year old Patricia Graham's body was delivered to a Michigan emergency room last Friday.
The Roanoke woman had rheumatoid arthritis.
Some hot cars are heating up fundraising for the Muscular Dystrophy Association.
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The Muscular Dystrophy Association is sponsoring its annual Car Show, It's complete with a Nascar Memorabilia auction, and a look back at drag racing right here in the Roanoke Valley.
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Patrick Evans is getting a first hand look at some of the cars involved this weekend, and has more from a very cold parking lot.
Patrick, a cold day, but some hot cars, right.
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The N-C-A-A Men's Tournament is set to tip-off tomorrow.
Mike Stevens will have all the preparations in the Two-Minute-Ticker.
Next on Health Check --
The American Cancer Society reports more than 500 Roanoke Valley residents will die from cancer this year.
But the community is doing it's part to find a cure.
And an innovative treatment for Alzheimer's patients is gaining acceptance.
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((IT STARTED OUT IN HOLLAND ABOUT 12 YEARS AGO. IT ROUGHLY TRANSLATED TO SNIFF AND DOSE WHICH CONJURES UP THIS RELAXED LAZY FEELING.))
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New hope for Alzheimer's patients.
A unique, new therapy promises to help elderly people who have the disease function better.
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It's called snooze-a-lin and it uses colorful lights, soothing music and hundreds of tiny bubbles.
The combination is by no means a cure, but the therapy does seem to having a calming effect on patients.
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((DAVID TRUTT/FATHER HAS ALZHEIMER'S:RIGHT NOW THERE'S NO CHANCE IN HIS STAGE OF IMPROVEMENT ANYMORE JUST A QUESTION OF HOW FAST THE DOWNSLIDE IS, THIS I THINK SLOWS DOWN THE DOWNSLIDE.))
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((ONCE IN A WHILE SHE WILL SAY A NAME OR RECOGNIZE A NAME, WHICH SHE NORMALLY DOES NOT SAY MY NAME AT ALL, BUT WHEN SHE'S REAL CALM SHE'LL REFER TO ME AS MICHELLE, WHICH IS SPECIAL.))
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The therapy is mainly used to treat Alzheimer's patients, but is also proving effective on those who have suffered a stroke.
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The latest research on Alzheimer's disease shows the risk is greater in African-Americans and Hispanics than in Caucasians.
Scientists say they found that black and hispanic men with a previously-identified gene mutation were just as likely as white men to get the disease.
But black men --without the gene --- were 4-times more likely to develop Alzheimer's, and Hispanic men without the gen
e were twice as likely -- suggesting that other genes or factors contribute to increased risk.
That risk of Alzheimer's disease was not related to age, family history of the disease, or other known risk factors.
[SS=HOLD] The research is reported in the March 11th issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.
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The power of celebraties-- on movie screens, in magazines and on stage.
Many Americans aspire to look and live like they do.
Celebrity can also be a powerful force on the health decisions we make.
Naomi Judd has Hepatitis-C, a blood disease that causes liver failure.
She uses her celebrity to help find a cure.
As spokesperson for the American Liver Foundation, she meets with doctors, raises money and rallies public awareness.
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((NAOMI JUDD/COUNTRY SINGER; THERE WOULD BE PEOPLE LINED UP ALL AROUND OUR BUS THAT HAD ALL SORTS OF ILLNESES AND I WOULD MEET WITH ALL OF THEM, ONE ON ONE, PRAY WITH THEM, GIVE THEM MY BOOKS AND ANY SORT MOTIVATIONAL TAPES THAT OTHER PEOPLE DONE .))
[SUPER=01-Naomi Judd/Country Singer]
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Other celebrities have used their status for a cause.
Elizabeth Taylor raised 83-million dollars for AIDS.
And celebrity action can have lasting effects.
When Nancy Reagan underwent a mastectomy, there was a 25-percent drop in breast conserving surgeries-- a statistic r
esearchers say can only be explained by the publicity surrounding Reagan's decision.[5-Walk-Life]
The Roanoke Valley has earned the top slot in the nation when it comes to charity.
The American Cancer Society reports the Valley's Relay for Life raised more money than any other community in America per capita.
Roanoke ranked fifth in the country in total funds .
Teams walk for 24-hours straight to raise money and awareness for the fight against cancer.
The 1998 relay for life will be June 19th and 20th at Victory Stadium.
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For more information about how to join in the walk call the American Cancer Society at 344-8699.
Well a lot of basketball fans will be holing up for the next few days as tournament time heats up.
Here's Mike Stevens with the 2-Minute Ticker.[S5-Richmond]
Welcome everybody to the midweek ticker. You know most of this week we've been talking about Radford's big
matchup with Duke in the NCAA tournament's opening round on Friday night. The Highlanders are 32 point underdogs.
But the state's other men's entry, the University of Richmond is getting a little more respect.
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The Colonial conference champions take on South Carolina tomorrow afternoon.
It's the Spiders first trip to the NCAAs since 1991 when as a 15th seed the team upset Syracuse.
Are they ready to make some more history tomorrow?
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((DARYL OLIVER/RICHMOND SENIOR GUARD:))
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[SUPER=01-Daryl Oliver/Richmond Senior Guard; :10]
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Radford's date with Duke in the N-C-A-A is getting closer. And the Highlanders are anxious to stop talking and start playing.
Roy Stanley has more.
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[SUPER=01-Kevin Robinson/Radford Senior Forward; :1:03]
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((The Highlanders held a light workout at the Dedmon center this morning without the media frenzy that's surrounded the university since it earned a spot in the N-C-A-A tournament.))
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((The team was as loose as the heroes of W-C-W as they prepared to board the bus for the six hour ride to Kentucky.
A small group of friends, fans and family braved a cold afternoon showing their support for the Highlanders.
An appearance in the N-C-A-A tournament is what its all about and even though the Highlanders are big underdogs they are anxious to take the floor at Rupp arena against the nationally ranked Blue Devils of Duke.))
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((RYAN CHARLES/SOPHOMORE CENTER: ))
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More from the Spiders and HIghlanders coming up at six plus, Denise Allen checks in with a profile of Tech senior Lynette Nolley.
Take Care everybody
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First Tara Lipinski, now Don Henley.
Texans just seem to be cleaning up at winter sporting events.
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Henley is an ice scupltor from Houston.
In his first world competition, he took the bronze medal.
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((DON HENLEY/ICE SCULPTER; THEY WERE SURPRISED. THEY SAID I DIDN'T THINK A TEXAN COULD DO IT. THEY DIDN'T THINK WE HAD ICE DOWN HERE.))
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Each contestant had three days to turn a huge block of ice into a work of art.
Believe it or not, ice sculpting is an Olympic sport.
The gold-medal winner in Nagano also won in Fairbanks.