Straight ahead on News 7 at Five:
at least four are dead after a shooting at an Arkansas middle school.
Powerline opponents speak out on a proposed A-E-P project.
And the last charge is dropped against a Giles County man accused of rape--
critics say a prosecutor's mistakes were costly.
Clouds roll back in tomorrow and temperatures will be a bit below normal. But big changes on the way for Thursday.[medical-head]
Tonight on health check --
There's progress to report for multiple sclerosis patients---
And today the world re-committed to the fight against a disease that kills more people than malaria and AIDS combined.
Another school shooting-
This time in Arkansas where two children apparently ambushed their classmates during a fire drill.
Good Evening. I'm Jean Jadhon.
The latest information is that four girls are dead- all were students at the school.
The shooting happened at a middle school in Jonesboro Arkansas-
Apparently two students ages 11 and 13 dressed in camoflauge waited in the woods while someone else pulled a fire alarm.
When the students and teachers walked outside- the two apparently opened fire with rifles.
The boys are in custody.
Again, four students are dead- and as many as 11 others may be injured.
Some residents of Tazewell County said they were shocked last year when American Electric Power announced plans to build a high voltage power line through their community. Those residents are speaking out today.
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Scott Goldberg is in Tazewell County at the first of several public hearings on the power line.
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[SUPER=03-Tazewell Co.; :11]
[SUPER=01-James Dudley/Attorney; :18]
[SUPER=01-Ken Schrad/State Corporation Commission; :38]
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Corey Kast will NOT be prosecuted in Giles County for allegedly beating and raping a woman.
Last year, the 29- year- old was cleared after prosecutor Garland Spangler missed the speedy trial deadline on the actual rape charge.
Spangler sought to revive the case by indicting Kast on five new charges related to the same incident.
Last month-- all but ONE of the charges were dropped.
Today Kast was also cleared of robbery after the special prosecutor assigned to the case decided it wasn't strong enough.
((GINO WILLIAMS/SPECIAL PROSECUTOR: HOPEFULLY THE VICTIM, AT SOME POINT, CAN TRY TO GET SOME RESOLUTION OF THAT, THAT'S ULTIMATELY WHAT IT IS, I KNOW JUST TALKING PEOPLE AROUND HERE THAT SHE'S HAVING A ROUGH TIME AND OBVIOUSLY IT'S SOMETHING THAT, IT'S JUST TOUGH TO DEAL WITH, SOMEBODY IS GOING TO WALK OUT OF HERE WITHOUT THAT CHARGE BEING HEARD. ))
[SUPER=01-Gino Williams/Special Prosecutor; :00]
[OUT Q=being heard.]
Kast will remain in prison until age 60- on unrelated convictions.
People who drive drunk with their children in the car now face a stiffer mix of charges.
34-year old Patricia Long stands convicted not only of driving under the influence-- but also of risking her children's lives.
The second charge is a felony and could land Long in prison for six years.
Long drove off Route 614 into a tree near Arcadia last October, with four children in the back seat.
Her blood alcohol content was twice the legal limit.
Long's friend Peggy Dalton was also in the car, along with Dalton's child.
Long's husband says Dalton should also be punished.
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((DEWAYNE LONG/DEFENDANT'S HUSBAND: I JUST CANNOT UNDERSTAND WHY THIS LADY IS GETTING REWARDED BY THE INSURANCE COMPANY WHEN SHE SHOULD BE CHARGED ALSO. SHE WAS THE MOTHER. SHE ASSUMED LIABILITY FOR HER CHILD WHEN SHE LET HER CHILD IN THAT CAR.))
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But the commonwealth's attorney says there was not enough evidence to charge Dalton.
Patricia Long's sentencing is set for June.
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What was in mysterious packages delivered to Senator John Glenn and another senator? We will have that story coming up on News 7 at Five.
And as he continues his tour of Africa President Clinton receives a warm welcome from some Ugandan schoolchildren.
In medical news, it's not a cure but a new drug is offering great hope for multiple sclerosis patients.
What do you need to do to be ready for a tornado?
This is Tornado Awareness Day in Virginia and Patrick Evans will be along with some safety tips.
Comm Break#1 [5-Clinton-Africa]
Dancing and drums were part of the day for the President-
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President Clinton got into the beat of the drums as he took part in one traditional African dance.
The President and first lady visited a school as part of their Ugandan tour.
Then he visited an African seamstress- and talked about small scale credit programs.
((PEOPLE SHOULD NOT BE WRITTEN OFF JUST BEACUSE THEY HAPPEN TO GROW UP IN A POOR AREA. ))
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The President stopped in a small village where a woman named her two day old baby Bill Clinton.
Authorities now think they know who sent mysterious packages to the offices of two senators.
One package arrived at Senator John Glennn's office in Ohio- another was sent to the Burlington, Vermont office of Senator James Jeffords.
No one was hurt in Vermont- but three workers in Ohio were injured when the package was opened and the substance spilled.
The workers hands became numb and turned purple.
Authorities are now questioning a Vermont man whose address appears on one of the pacakges.
The boxes apparently contained gun powder and long letters filled with racist rhetoric- and threats against Former president Ronald Reagan.
A Virginia death row inmate now has the support of a former First Lady and a local college professor in his campaign to save his life.
Rosalynn Carter is asking Governor Jim Gilmore to intervene on behalf of Ronald Watkins, who is scheduled to die tomorrow for the 1988 murder of William McCauley of Danville.
Watkins killed McCauley during a robbery of McCauley's business. Watkins was on parole at the time.
William Geimer, a Washington and Lee University law professor, has filed a clemency petition to Gilmore.
He notes Watkins has accepted responsibility for his crime and has become a born again Christian.
But the victim's father says Watkins' punishment is appropriate.
A lack of daytime rescue squad volunteers is forcing Bedford County to become more aggressive in recruiting new members.
Twelve students began their emergency medical technician training this morning- the first DAYTIME class ever offered in this area.
Ideally, officials would like these students to graduate, then volunteer with their local rescue squad.
But even if they don't, the county will still benefit.
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((DAVE NICHOLS/PUBLIC SAFETY DIRECTOR: THAT'S THE WHOLE GOAL, THAT WHATEVER WE DO THROUGH THIS PROGRAM, IT'S BETTER THAN WHAT WE'VE GOT NOW. AND AGAIN, IF THEY'RE COMING HOME OR TRAVELING AND THEY SEE AN ACCIDENT, THEY MAY BE ABLE TO HELP, OR HELP SOMEONE IN THEIR COMMUNITY, SOMEONE IN THEIR HOME, THEIR FAMILY. SO WHATEVER INFORMATION THEY GAIN FROM HERE WILL BE A BETTERMENT FOR THE COMMUNITY AS A WHOLE.))
[SUPER=01-Dave Nichols/Public Safety Director; :00]
[OUT Q=as a whole.]
The program is being funded by a three-year grant from a local foundation.
Stay with us, there's more News 7 at Five straight ahead.
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He thought he was chasing down a drunk driver.. instead, Bedford County deputy Irv Pagan (puh-GAHN) was about to save a man's life.
Last month, Pagan stopped James Ransom for erratic driving.
It turned out Ransom was choking on an antacid tablet and was trying to get the rescue squad.
Pagan immediately performed the Heimlich maneuver on Ransom and dislodged the tablet.
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((JAMES RANSOM/CHOKING VICTIM: I DIDN'T KNOW HOW MUCH TIME I HAD, THEY SAY YOU ONLY HAVE WHAT.. THREE, FOUR, FIVE MINUTES MAYBE FOR CHOKING, SO I DIDN'T WANT TO WASTE AS MUCH TIME AS POSSIBLE, SO I LET HIM KNOW AND MOTIONED FOR HIM TO COME OVER AND HE GOT OVER THERE AND HE ACTED REAL QUICK, SO YOU KNOW, HE DONE REAL WELL.))
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[OUT Q=done real well.]
Pagan was awarded the department's Lifesaving Ribbon during a ceremony today in Bedford.
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Where will Virginia high school standout Ronald Curry play his college ball---and what sport will he choose? Mike St
evens has the story in the Two Minute Ticker.
Coming up next on Health Check --
Why are we seeing a rise worldwide in the number of tuberculosis cases?
Experts say poorly managed T-B programs have allowed new strains of the highly contagious bacteria to develop, strains which resist medications.
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((DR. JODY HERSHEY/NEW RIVER HEALTH DISTRICT DIRECTOR:IN THE 1970 AND 80 WE SAW A RESURGENCE OF TB IN THE UNITED STATES AND CONTINUE TO CLIMB INTO THE 1990'S, OF COURSE THE HIV EPIDEMIC WAS PART OF IT. BUT WORLDWIDE T-B DEFINITELY IS AN EPIDEMIC.))
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Tuberculosis kills more people than any other infectious disease in the world.
The World Health Organization says the number of T-B cases is on the rise.
The airborne disease is spread when an infected person coughs, sneezes or even talks and someone else inhales the T-B germs into their lungs.
Factors that contribute to the continued spread of T-B include the number of people traveling on airplanes and increased immigration levels.
In the U-S, one-third of T-B cases are among the foreign-born.
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((KATRINA WATSON/PUBLIC HEALTH NURSE:CERTAINLY HERE WHEN WE THINK ABOUT THE NEW RIVER VALLEY WE ARE A PART OF RADFORD UNIVERSITY AND VIRGINIA TECH AND THEY HAVE HIGH NUMBERS OF FOREIGN BORN POPULATION SO OF COURSE THE GOAL OF ANY TB PROGRAM IS EARLY DETECTION, ISOLATION AND PROMPT TREATEMENT.))
[OUT Q=prompt treatement.]
[**Tonya on cart**]
The epidemic is becoming uncontrollable because new strains of the bacteria have developed.
Drug resistant T-B is more difficult and more expensive to treat -- and more likely to be fatal.
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((KATRINA WATSON/PUBLIC HEALTH NURSE:WITH EVERY TB CASE WE BEGIN A CONTACT INVESTIGATION IMMEDIATELY SO THAT WE CAN IDENTIFY PEOPLE WHO HAVE BEEN CONTACTS OF ACTIVE TB DISEASE SO THAT WE CAN OFFER THERAPY. ONE OF THE MAIN FOCUSES OF THERAPY NOW IS DIRECTLY OBSERVED THERAPY WHERE WE ACTUALLY OBSERVE A PERSON TAKING THERE TB MEDICATIONS.))
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Directly Observed Treatement Short Course or DOTS have been shown to cure up to 95-percent even in impoverished countries.
T-B skin tests are administered at all local health departments.
It's not quite a cure, but a new drug is showing amazing
success fighting Multiple Sclerosis, a debilitating neurological disease that strikes young men and women.
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M-S attacks the nervous system, sometimes leaving its victims too weak to walk.
That's what happened to Debbie Ross--she was using a cane to get around and there was little doctors could do to help her.
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But then, as part of a clinical study six years ago, Debbie began
taking a new drug called co-pax-own (copaxone).
The M-S flareups that would hit her every couple of months virtually disappeared.
Doctor Jerry Wolinsky helped test co-pax-own which the government
approved for sale last year. He notes it is still NOT a cure.
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Still, Doctor Wolinsky calls co-pax-own a major advancement. In a new study just published in the Journal of Neurology, the drug
was found to have not only reduced flare-ups but seemed to help reverse
neurological damage in some patients.
In sports, he's one of the top high school recruits in the nation--so where is Virginia's Ronald Curry heading this fall?
And the Roanoke Express go for the division title tonight at home--here's Mike Stevens with more.[S5-Express]
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Welcome everyone to your Tuesday ticker which starts on the ice. The Express can wrap up a divisional title tonight with a win over Richmond.
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Steve Mason joins us from the Round House with a pre game report Steve.
[STEVE AD LIBS INTO LIVE INTERVIEW WITH TWO PLAYERS.]
Mike, a win for the Express tonight and Roanoke hangs its first division championship banner and clinches home ice through the first and second round of the playoffs. But the Express will have to do it without Kris Cantu. Team officials confirmed today that Roanoke's rookie of the year has left the team to be with his mother in Michigan who has cancer. Duane Harmer and Dave Stewart join me now. Duane let me start with you. You are the team captain; what are your thoughts on losing your third leading scorer the day of perhaps the biggest game of the year?
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Dave Stewart--you have always been the guy with the big slap shot and the big smile.
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The guys have been especially loose against Richmond. You have yet to lose to them this season and they are mathematically out of the playoff race; what about tonight?
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A win tonight an the Express also ties for first place in the Northern Conference with Peoria. The Express is also without Jeff Loder. He is with Saint John; Roanoke's AHL affiliate. Frank Anzalone says he expects Loder back by 10:15 tomorrow morning. More on the 7:05 face off at 6, mike.
The Ronald Curry Sweepstakes winner was announced today and as expected the University of Virginia felt like one of those American Family hopefuls.
At a newsconference this afternoon at the Norfolk Scope, Curry signed football scholarship papers with North Carolina.
He says UVa has been out of the picture for some time.
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[OUT Q=...for me."]
Curry is in Norfolk preparing to play in tomorrow night's McDonald's all-star game. Last night he put on quite a show in the slam dunk contest.
More from Curry coming up at six.
Have a safe night everybody.
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Governor Gillmore has proclaimed today "Tornado Awareness Day" in the Commonwealth, and given recent weather, the proclamation is quite timely.
Patrick Evans visited the National Weather Service, to tell us more about tornadoes and how to prepare for them.
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