Straight ahead on News 7 at Five:
People in Jonesboro, Arkansas try to deal with yesterday's shooting.
Violence at a Texas high school leaves three teachers and a student hurt.
And we'll hear A-E-P's side of the powerline story.
Passing clouds tonight will be replaced quickly by sunshine tomorrow and temperatures a full 20 degree warmer than t
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In medical news --
New hope for couples trying to conceive.
And relieving the stress of the day is only a waltz a way.
((THEY SAY YOU CAN GET OVER THIS BUT YOU DON'T THERE'S NO WAY.))
[OUT Q=there's no way.]
The grief and fear set in one day after a school shooting in Jonesboro Arkansas.
Good Evening. I'm Jean Jadhon.
A court hearing is set this afternoon for two boys-- 11-year old Andrew Golden and 13-year old Mitchell Johnson-- accused in the deadly shooting.
Today the school principal says she did not know of any threats in recent days from either of the boys.
((KAREN CURTNER/SCHOOL PRINCIPAL: THE ALLEGED STUDENTS WERE ABSENT FROM FIRST PERIOD CLASS OF THE DAY. TO MY KNOWLEDGE THERE WERE NO PRIOR DISCIPLINARY PROBLEMS INVOLVING THE TWO YOUNG MEN WHO WERE DETAINED BY POLICE OFFICERS.))
[SUPER=01-Karen Curnter/School Principal;]
[OUT Q=detained by officers.]
Prosecutors say they'll charge the two boys with five counts of capital murder in juvenile court.
((WE ARE LOOKING AT ALL AVENUES AVAILABLE TO US BUT I'M NOT AWARE OF US BUT I'M NOT AWARE OF ANY AVENUE UNDER UNDER ARKANSAS LAW THAT WOULD ALLOW US TO REQUEST TO TRY ANYONE UNDER FOURTEEN AS AN ADULT.))
[OUT Q=as an adult."]
Four students and one teacher were killed by gunfire- eleven others were injured.
Arkansas state law says children under 14 can not be tried as an adult-
Even if the kids are found guitly they must be released when they turn 18.
More violence in school-
Today at a Texas High school-
A freshmen allegedly slashed three teachers with a razor blade-
The teachers were trying to stop the 15 year old from cutting himself.
A local minister says the boy has had a history of emotional problems- including depression.
Almost ten years ago, a 29 year-old Danville store owner- William McCauley was stabbed to death and robbed.
Today, his former employee is scheduled to die by lethal injection for the crimes.
[Double Boxes=Jean and Ellen/Starlink]
Ellen Qualls is at Greensville Correctional Center, where Ronald Watkins awaits execution.
Jean, Ronald Watkins and his supporters would like you to think of him as a reformed Christian-- much like Karla Faye Tucker, put to death last month down in Texas.
But the courts have found Watkins to be the man who slashed his former boss's throat and stabbed him seven times in the back.
[IN Q=Ronald Watkins]
[SUPER=03-Danville/May 1988; :00]
[OUT Q=face down.]
(( Ronald Watkins knew where the money was kept in the store at the Sherwood Shopping Center in May 1988.
Trial evidence shows he told his girlfriend he'd had to kill William McCauley because McCauley knew him and could identify him.
Forensics tests showed all of McCauley's injuries were inflicted while he was either kneeling or lying face down. ))
Ronald Watkins confessed to police.
His recent appeals have alleged racial bias in the Danville jury that sentenced him to death.
[DOUBLE BOX=Ellen and Jean/STARLINK]
Today, the U-S Supreme Court is still considering a request for a stay and the Governor is weighing clemency.
(Question: And the victim's family has planned to witness the execution?)
That's right Jean.
McCauley's father has publicly called Watkins' religious beliefs "a deathbed conversion." He says he and two other family members will be here tonight.
Montgomery County's sheriff's office has made an arrest in connection with a homicide this past weekend.
42- year- old Robert Lee Crook- Senior of Montgomery County, has been charged with the shooting death of Michael Durham.
Durham was shot in the chest and arm five times with a 38- caliber handgun.
Police say Crook made a confession when he was arrested, and then admitted why he shot Durham.
[IN Q=MR COOK KNEW]
((DOUG MARRS/MONTGOMERY CO. SHERIFF; MR CROOK KNEW THE MAN AND WAS AFRAID OF THE MAN.))
[SUPER=01-Doug Marrs/Mont. Co. Sheriff;]
[OUT Q=the man.]
Crook has been charged with first degree murder and firearms violations.
He is being held in the Montgomery County jail on 100-thousand dollars bond.
The investigation is continuing.
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Accused murderer Emmett Cressell remains out on bond.
But he'll have to meet some new conditions to stay out of jail until his trial.
Prosecution and defense attorneys want Cressell to avoid talking to witnesses in the G-P Johnson murder case.
Johnson is the man who was set on fire and beheaded last summer.
Cressell was released on bond on Friday. He was seen talking to a prosecution witness soon after he was set free.
A bond hearing is set for tomorrow.
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Some of the opponents of A-E-P's proposed power line had their chance to speak out yesterday.
Coming up on News-7 at five, we'll hear A-E-P's side of the story.
And fire destroys a Botetourt County home.
Officials are still trying to figure out how it happened.
On health check, a new treatment for infertility is offering hope to couples wanting to start a family.
Darrell Waltrip sells his racing team.
Mike Stevens will have more on that in the Two-Minute Ticker.
It's all still ahead on News-7 at Five.
Don't go away.
Comm Break#1 [5-Boty-Fire]
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Crews from four localities responded to a house fire this morning in Blue Ridge.
Flames were pouring out of the roof of 55-60 Davis Road when firefighters arrived shortly before nine.
No one was home.
The owner's mother spotted the blaze and went for help.
[IN Q=I'd just come]
((DOROTHY DAVIS/NEIGHBOR: I'D JUST COME OUT OF MY PORCH AND I JUST HAPPENED TO SEE SOME SMOKE ROLLING UP, STOOD THERE AND LOOKED AND THOUGHT, "OH, MY LORD, HIS HOUSE IS ON FIRE."))
[OUT Q=IS ON FIRE]
The owners of the house, Ed and Linda Davis say they don't know how the fire started.
They say they'd been using baseboard electric heat for the last several nights.
No word yet on the fire's origin, or the extent of damage to the house.
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Just across the county line in ROANOKE County- fire damaged a home on Emerald Lane.
Alice Garrison has lived here in the Carvins Cove area for 50 years caring for foster children.
Firefighters got the call a little before ten this morning.
[IN Q=When units]
((RODNEY FERGUSON/ROANOKE CO. FIRE INVESTIGATOR: WHEN UNITS ARRIVED, THEY HAD FLAMES COMING THROUGH THE BEDROOM WINDOW. ))
[SUPER=01-Rodney Ferguson/Roanoke Co. Fire Investigator]
[OUT Q=bedroom window.]
TWO bedrooms were heavily damaged by smoke and flames, but nobody was hurt.
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American Electric Power got an earful yesterday.
It was the public's first chance to speak on record about a power line A-E-P wants to build.
Power line opponents dominated public hearings in Tazewell County.
A-E-P won't get to formally plead ITS case until this summer.
All along, the power company has said that without building a high-voltage line through Southwest Virginia, the company won't be able to keep up with a growing demand for electricity.
((TODD BURNS/AMERICAN ELECTRIC POWER: WE'VE ANTICIPATED THAT BY THE YEAR 2002, ONE HUNDRED DAYS OUT OF THE YEAR OUR TRANSMISSION SYSTEM IS GOING TO BE AT RISK TO CONDITIONS THAT COULD CAUSE A BLACKOUT. ))
[SUPER=01-Todd Burns/American Electric Power;]
[OUT Q=a blackout]
[map of route]
Burns said a team of experts from Virginia Tech and West Virginia University suggested this route for the power line.
But public opinion could force the line to follow a different path.
[IN Q=this is the route]
((TODD BURNS: THIS IS THE ROUTE THEY HAVE DETERMINED AFTER A YEAR-LONG STUDY WILL BE THE BEST FOR PEOPLE AND THE ENVIRONMENT ALONG THE 132-MILE CORRIDOR. IT'S BY NO MEANS IN CONCRETE.))
[OUT Q=in concrete]
The next round of public hearings is tomorrow in Montgomery County.
Your neighbors in Henry County need your help to rebuild after a tornado Friday wiped out several homes.
The county's "Disaster Recovery Task Force" is asking for monetary donations as well as gifts of services, equipment, and supplies.
The damage in Henry County is estimated at two-hundred-thousand dollars.
But that is NOT enough to qualify tornado victims for state or federal aid.
Donations are being coordinated through the "Disaster Recovery Task Force" which was set up in 1996 in the wake of Hurricane Fran.
[IN Q=It's already in place]
((STEVE EANES/DEPT. OF PUBLIC SAFETY: IT'S ALREADY IN PLACE. WE HAVE CRITERIA WHERE WE MONITOR THE NEED AND PRIORITIZE THAT AND HAVE CONTACT WITH THE STATE DISTRICT RECOVERY TASK FORCE PEOPLE TO ASSIST US IN THAT.))
[SUPER=01-Steve Eanes/Dept. of Public Safety;]
[OUT Q=assist us in that.]
Volunteers are gathering at the Axton Middle School on Saturday to help people clean up their property.
The Pied Piper is coming to town and Patrick has been following him.
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Friday Football Extra's Scholar Athlete of the Year makes his college choice.
Mike Stevens will be here with the Two-Minute Ticker.
Just ahead on health check --
Doing the two step into tranquility --
Some local residents found out today what dancing can do for your mental health.
[IN Q=One of the gentlemen]
((RODNEY LEE WILLIAMS/INSTRUCTOR: ONE OF THE GENTLEMEN SAID YOU KNOW, THIS IS THE BEST FUN I'VE HAD ON A WEDNESDAY MORNING. THAT COULD BE EVERY MORNING. GET UP WITH A SONG AND A DANCE IN YOUR HEART AND JUST DO IT.))
[SUPER=01-Rodney Lee Williams/Instructor;]
[OUT Q=just do it.]
Good afternoon I'm Keith Humphry here's one of the stories were working on for News 7 at Six.
You'd think the economy couldn't be better, the stock market's booming, interest rates, unemployment and inflation are all down...
So why are Roanoke City officials concerned about next year's budget?
[IN Q=quite frankly]
((JIM GRISSO/FINANCE DIRECTOR; QUITE FRANKLY, THERE WILL BE NO GROWTH IN SALES TAX, THE ESTIMATE WE SET UP FOR 1998 IS GOING TO BE THE SAME WE SET UP FOR 1999))
[SUPER=01-Jim Grisso/Finance Director;]
[OUT Q=for 1999]
Tonight on News 7 at six, we'll tell you why the Roanoke sales tax isn't making the money it used to.
That's about 40-minutes from now.
[Double Boxes=Jean and Keith/Newsroom]
One way to get your stress level down is by GETTIN' down.
Energy and laughter vibrated through the gym at Ferrum College, as students and staff DANCED their way through a stress reduction seminar.
First trick is to let go and enjoy -- the instructor used steps and kicks simple enough to re-create.
Second lesson is to meet people you otherwise would not -- taking a second to greet people during the day.
Most important -- smile.
[IN Q=My goodness]
((RODNEY LEE WILLIAMS/INSTRUCTOR: MY GOODNESS, FOR AN HOUR, I WAS LAUGHING AND HAVING A GOOD TIME AND MY GOODNESS, I NEED MORE TIME LIKE THAT IN MY DAY. AND IF YOU WANT TO HAVE MORE TIME LIKE THAT IN YOUR DAY YOU NEED TO OPEN YOURSELF FIRST UP TO THOSE KINDS OF OPPORTUNITIES -- FOR A SMILE OR A LAUGH OR A JOKE OR HAPINESS TO JUST SNEAK IN THERE, AND BEFORE YOU KNOW, IT HAS JUST TAKEN OVER, YOU KNOW.))
[SUPER=01-Rodney Lee Williams/Instructor;]
[OUT Q=you know]
Several students said the rhythm helped them beat their blues.
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It's part of the American dream--get married and start a family.
But for six million couples in this country, fertility problems
get in the way.
Modern medical treatments can take care of some
of the problems, but the technique we're about to show you is
like no other.
[SUPER=03-San Diego, CA]
42 year old Stephanie and her husband Richard are expecting twins, and they credit cytoplasmic transfer.
It's a delicate procedure and there is currently only one medical center in the country--located in San Diego--which is testing it.
[IN Q=Cytoplasmic transfer]
[SUPER=01-Dr. Samuel Wood/Reproductive Endocrinologist;]
[OUT Q=older woman]
Doctor Wood says the procedure is a breakthrough because it allows older women to conceive using their own genetic material, instead of a donated egg.
A new study confirms that children who watch more television are fatter than those who watch less.
But researchers are unable to say if T-V makes them fat or if being heavier makes them watch more.
A team at Johns Hopkins University found that kids who watch four hours of T-V a day are significantly heavier than those who watch less than two hours a day.
The study found that 26-percent of children averaged more than four hours a day of television watching.
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An international exchange program brought a group of Japanese tourists to Radford today.
They're professionals with health-care backgrounds.
They wanted to see a state-of-the art health-care facility.
So they walked around the mass of steel and concrete that will soon be Radford Community Hospital.
The hospital won't be ready for patients until this fall.
Some late breaking sports news out of Blacksburg today.
The Hokies are losing one of their basketball stars.
Here's Mike Stevens with the Two-Minute Ticker.[S5-Basham]
Welcome everybody to the midweek ticker that begins this afternoon with news out of Blacksburg that freshman star guard Jenis Grindstaff is leaving the Hokies and transferring.
At this time he has not picked another school, but he would like to end up in the ACC. Coach Bobby Hussey calls this a big disappointment.
Now, to Rocky Mount
where Friday Football Extra's scholar-athlete of the year in 1997 announced where he plans to continue his education and his football career this afternoon.
[SUPER=03-Rocky Mount; :00]
All-Roanoke Valley District quarterback and current class salutatorian Bobby Basham held a newsconference at Franklin County high school to say that he picked the University of Richmond over Dartmouth and Davidson.
[IN Q="I really like...]
((BOBBY BASHAM/SIGNS WITH RICHMOND SPIDERS:))
((JERRY LITTLE/FRANKLIN CO. HEAD COACH:))
[SUPER=01-Bobby Basham/Signs with Richmond Spiders; :02]
[SUPER=01-Jerry Little/Franklin Co. Head Coach; :08]
[OUT Q=...humble young man"]
Basham currently ranks second in his class academically. Besides playing football for the Spiders he also plans to walk-on the UR baseball team.
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We have had a number of calls already this week from folks planing their Final Four parties for this coming Saturday night.
Originally, we were told that the UNC would be first,
but the first game of the night this Saturday here on Your Hometown Station will pit Kentucky against Stanford.
That game will get underway just after 5:30.
Then just before eight, the Tarheels of North Carolina will take on Utah for the right to play for the national championship on Monday night.
The Winston Cup stars will be in Bristol Friday for qualifying for Sunday's Food City 500.
And Darrell Waltrip will be there, as well.
[SUPER=03-Daytona Beach, FL; :00]
Waltrip announced last week that he was selling his racing operation and that his future was up in the air as a driver.
Today the three-time Winston Cup champ said he has sold his team and he will remain the driver of the number 17 Chevrolet this weekend in Bristol.
No word at this time on just who the buyer is.
Coming up at six tonight we'll head back out to the Roundhouse and pay tribute to the newly crowned Northeast divisional champs, the Roanoke Express.
Steve Mason will have that story and we'll much more sports as well coming up in just about a half hour.
Jean will be back with more News 7 at Five right after this short break. Take Care folks.
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The Pied Piper is coming to town, and he's leading local children on a Magical Journey.
Luckily, this journey only happens in the happy confines of Mill Mountain Theater, and today we have two main characters from the play with us.
[SUPER=01-Taylor Ruckle/Pied Piper;]
[SUPER=01-Lionel Ruland/Mayor Hamelin;]
[TOSS TO JEAN]
Imagine you want to go for a midnight snack without waking the family?
[SOT 15:17:41 Tuesday]
((NAT SOUND TALKING REFRIGERATOR))
[OUT Q=nat sound talking refrigerator.]
That scenario culd be tough with this new talking refrigerator.
But the voice is NOT intended to catch midnight snackers.
The built in microcomptuer analyzes the operating conditions of the refrigerator and gives you advice.
For instance, it'll tell you the refrigerator is not closed- It'll warn you not to overload it with too much food when the temperature inside begins to rise.
The new product debuts in Tokyo and will hit the market in May.