Coming up on news 7 at Five, Roanoke Mayor David Bowers seems to be considering moving up in the political world.
and we'll hear from the father of one of the boys accused of a killing spree at an Arkansas school.
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((AS HARD AS IT IS FOR ME TO SAY THAT. MY SON IS GUILTY. ))
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As the temperatures go up, the records tumble. How warm did it get? The answer just ahead.[medical-head]
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In medical news --
A new, more convenient AIDS test is helping people get results faster -- but they may not be correct.
And every minute at least one person is diagnosed with diabetes -- find out tonight if you're at risk.
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Is Roanoke Mayor David Bowers considering running for the U-S House of Representative?
Sources tell News 7, yes.
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((DAVID BOWERS/ROANOKE MAYOR: I'D JUST SAY, JUST IMAGINE IT. THAT WOULD BE AN INTERESTING RACE, WOULDN'T IT.))
[OUT Q=interesting race, wouldn't it.]
David Bowers isn't exactly confirming it, but Roanoke Democratic officials say he's considering a campaign for the Sixth District Seat in Congress.
This afternoon, Bowers was taking part in a city-wide clean-up program.
He would not say whether he's decided to run for the seat that Republican Bob Goodlatte has held for six years.
But he has received encouragement from suporters, and he hinted at his interest today.
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((DAVID BOWERS/ROANOKE MAYOR: I'VE ALWAYS THOUGHT BEING THE STANDARD BEARER IN VIRGINIA OF THE PARTY OF THOMAS JEFFERSON IS ALWAYS A GREAT HONOR.))
[OUT Q=a great honor.]
City Democratic Chairman Vern Danielsen says he's not aware of any other Democrats who have decided to seek the Sixth District nomination.
He describes Bowers as the leading candidate. [5-Arkansas-Shooting]
Final Goodbyes were said today to the young victims in the Jonesboro School Yard shooting.
Also today the father of one suspects spoke to reporters.
Dave Fehling has more.
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[SUPER=01-Scott Johnson/Suspect's Father; 31]
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((On this previously scheduled day off for Westside middle school students, they are doing what children should never have to do... paying their last respects to murdered friends: 12-year old paige herring...and 12-year old natalie
Last night-- at the wake-- those students inevitably relived those horrifying
moments in the schoolyard when Mitchell Johnson and Drew Golden-- dressed in
camouflage --allegedly opened fire, killing four children and a teacher.
13-year old Mitchell Johnson's father says there is no denying what his son
SCOTT JOHNSON/MITCHELL JOHNSON'S FATHER : NO-NO. HE'S GUILTY. AS HARD AS IT IS FOR ME TO SAY THAT-- MY SON IS GUILTY. I DON'T BELIEVE THERE SHOULD BE ANY PLEA BARGAINING WITH THE OTHER CHILD TO TESTIFY AGAINST MY SON-- AND VICE VERSA FOR THE OTHER. THIS IS A HORRIFIC,
HORRIFIC TRAGEDY THAT NO ONE COULD HAVE PREDICTED.
Johnson says there is no easy answer as to why his son and a friend allegedly
stole guns and shot their classmates. his son-- he says-- may be beginning to realize the pain he's caused...
JOHNSON: HE SAID HE WAS SORRY. HE WISHED HE COULD TAKE IT BACK-- IF HE COULD-- HE WOULD. AT THE TIME THAT THE KIDS WERE DOING THE SHOOTING-- I DON'T BELIEVE THEY GAVE IT ANY FORETHOUGHT.))
A tornado last week wiped out much of their town.
Now the people of Stoneville, North Carolina are rebuilding.
And they're doing it with the help of donations coming from all over.
[Double Boxes=Jean and Christy/Danville Microwave]
Christy Hubley went along today on one particular donation delivery.
Christy, who is the generous person?
Well, there are a lot of generous people who are pitching in to help the tornado victims in Stoneville.
This story has drawn so much attention-- people are opening their hearts, their cupboards, and their wallets.
The latest donor drove a truckload of goods to Stoneville this morning from Henry County, Virginia.
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[SUPER=03-Henry Co.; :07]
[SUPER=01-Jay Moore/Bassett Furniture Industries; :17]
[SUPER=01-Capt. Andrew Wiley/Salvation Army; :43]
[OUT Q=that were blown out.]
(( When the folks at Bassett Furniture Industries saw what Friday's tornado did to the town of Stoneville, they decided to take action.
They loaded a flat bed truck with fiberboard to send down there to help people rebuild.
You're looking at 16-thousand square-feet of fiberboard... a donation worth 7-thousand dollars.
[IN Q=Whereas we use ]
((JAY MOORE/BASSETT FURNITURE INDUSTRIES: WHEREAS WE USE FIBERBOARD IN OUR FURNITURE, THEY'LL USE IT IN THEIR FLOORING, IN THEIR ROOFS. IT'LL BE JUST USED TO HELP THEM ALONG WITH CONSTRUCTING THEIR HOMES.))
[OUT Q=constructing their homes.]
The fiberboard was delivered to a warehouse being used by the Salvation Army as a distribution center.
The goods were unloaded there among other donations... of canned foods, clothing, and furniture.
But the Salvation Amry is especially thankful for the building materials.
[IN Q=Building supplies we can't]
((CAPT. ANDREW WILEY/SALVATION ARMY: BUILDING SUPPLIES WE CAN'T SEEM TO GET ENOUGH OF. PEOPLE ARE TRYING TO GET ROOFS BACK ON, BOARD UP WINDOWS AND DOORS THAT WERE BLOWN OUT.))
[OUT Q=were blown out.))]
The Salvation Army says it doesn't not need any more donated clothing.
What the people in Stoneville need now are baby care items, cleaning supplies, and even more building materials.
[Double Boxes=Jean and Christy/Microwave]
And Jean, the Salvation Army says it can always use monetary donations.[(toss to R)]
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Are college students' grades reflecting their quality of education.
Some say "NO." We'll hear about Grade Inflation in a moment.
and President Clinton stops in South Africa to meet with Nelson Mandela.
and in Health Check, the Centers for Disease Control recommends a new H-I-V test. It produces instant results, but there is a downside. It's not as accurate.
And Virginia's Junior Misses return to town.
Patrick Evans is standing by at the Roanoke Civic Center where they're preparing for tonight's competition.
Comm Break#1 [5-Clinton-Mandela]
A day of talks for President Clinton and South African President Nelson Mandela.
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The two discussed a plan for a trade partnership with Africa
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((IT IS IN OUR PROFOUND INTEREST TO SUPPORT THE POSITIVE CHANGES IN AFRICA'S LIFE. NOWHERE IS THIS MORE EVIDENT THAN IN THE MIRACLE OF SOUTH AFRICA. ))
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Clinton said the successful partnership between the U-S and Africa would not have happened without Mandela-
Mandela is scheduled to retire early next year.
Your son or daughter CLAIMS to be working hard at college, but are they really?
Some people wonder whether the grades today's college students receive are an accurate reflection of academic achievement.
At the University of Virginia, grade inflation has become a topic of concern.
[IN Q=I have some]
((MELVIN LEFFLER/DEAN OF ARTS AND SCIENCES: I HAVE SOME VERY SERIOUS CONCERNS ABOUT WHETHER SUTDENTS ARE RECEIVING SUFFICIENT INTELLECTUAL OPPORTUNITIES, CHALLENGES AND OBLIGATIONS AT UNIVERSITIES TODAY.))
[SUPER=01-Melvin Leffler/UVA Dean of Arts and Sciences; :00]
[OUT Q=at universities today.]
One student claimed the inconsistent grading system hurts the more serious students.
[IN Q=Grade point]
((SHELLEY CAVALIERI/UVA STUDENT: GRADE POINT AVERAGES AND CLASS RANK ARE MEANINGLESS AT THIS POINT AT THE UNIVERSITY OF VIRGINIA. THEY MEAN NOTHING BECAUSE OF HOW DIFFERENT GRADES ARE ASSIGNED. YOU CANNOT COMPARE THE GRADE POINT AVERAGE AND CLASS RANK OF A PHYSICS STUDENT WITH THAT OF AN ENGLISH STUDENT.))
[SUPER=01-Shelley Cavalieri/UVA Student; :00]
[OUT Q=an English student.]
Cavalieri (cav-uh-LEER-ee) says students are picking easier courses in order to keep their Grade Point Averages up.
City leaders and other workers are "swarming" the streets of Roanoke--
You may have spotted Mayor Bowers or Commonwealth's Attorney Don Caldwell collecting trash today.
They're among at least 100 or so volunteers taking part in the second annual "Operation Urban Swarm".
It's a spring cleaning of sorts for city neighborhoods.
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((ERIC BRANSCOM/ASST. COMMONWEALTH'S ATTY.: WE WANTED TO DO SOMETHING TO FOLLOW UP ON OUR VERY SUCCESSFUL TIRE PICK- UP LAST YEAR. IT'S PART OF OUR ON- GOING PROGRAM TO TRY TO WORK TO BEAUTIFY THE CITY.))
[SUPER=01-Eric Branscom/Asst. Commonwealth's Atty.]
[OUT Q=beautify the city]
Members of Roanoke's Inmate Community Service Program also helped with the clean-up.
City officials are hoping "Operation Urban Swarm" will make all Roanoke residents take more pride in their neighborhoods.
The event is in conjunction with tomorrow's Clean Valley Day.
Tonight's the beginning of a busy weekend at the Roanoke Civic Center. Patrick Evans is there preparing for the Junior Miss.
(Patrick ad lib)
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Virginia's Junior Miss is in town, and whatever you do, DON'T call it a pageant.
As Patrick Evans explains, scholarships are on the line, and scoring is weighted by many things, including talent, and academic performance.
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NASCAR Qualifying is underway in Bristol
In Sports, Mike Stevens will let us know where your favorites are.
In tonight's health check report --
Diagnosing millions of Americans who are unaware they may have a serious disease.
The local medical community is joining in the 10th Annual Diabetes Alert to wake up millions more who are at risk.
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[IN Q=The American]
((SUZANNE ALEXANDER/REGISTERED NURSE:THE AMERICAN DIABETES ASSOCIATION CLAIMS THAT THERE ARE ABOUT 5 MILLION PEOPLE WITH UNDIAGNOSED DIABETES RIGHT NOW AND OUR EFFORT IS TO GTE OUT THERE AND FIND THOSE PEOPLE AND GET THEM MEDICAL HELP.))
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There's more News 7 at 5, but coming up on News 7 at Six.
Charlie Woods is part historian, part detective.
Tonight at Six, we'll introduce you to a hobby that celebrates the agricultural heritage of western Virginia.
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(( CRUMPACKER'S ORCHARD. THEY'RE OUT OF BUSINESS. BIG SUBDIVISION THERE. BONSONS FROM CHILHOWIE, THEY'RE OUT OF BUSINESS, BUT THEIR LABELS ARE STILL UNIQUE.))
[SUPER=01-Charlie Woods/Label Collector;]
[OUT Q=still unique.]
We'll have that story tonight at Six.[5-HIV]
A new H-I-V test will produce results while you wait.
The government is recommending the new test since nearly 700 thousand people a year never return to clinics to find out their status.
That's about a third of all people tested each year.
Those who are infected then go untreated.
The new test would make a return trip unneccessary, but there is a drawback.
It's not as accurate.
The Center for Disease Control says about 80-thousand people would be incorrectly diagnosed with the virus that causes AIDS.
C-D-C officials say people should always get followup tests to verify the results, so the overall benefits out weigh its drawbacks.
The Food and Drug Administration has approved the first pill to treat impotance.
Viagra (vy-AG-ruh) is the first nonsurgical treatment.
Unlike earlier treatments it doesn't cause erections unless the man is sexually stimulated.
Researchers say Viagra helped over 70 percent of men who took it.
The F-D-A says the drug causes few side effects.
Headaches and upset stomachs were the main ones, but in rare cases it left some men unable to distinguish between the colors blue and green.
Free blood sugar screenings for diabetes are being offered until 7 o'clock tonight at the Valley View Mall .
The screenings are administered by Roanoke Memorial Hospital's Diabetes Self Management Center.
The event is part of the American Diabetes Association's March for Diabetes Alert.
Participants receive a risk assessment and a read out of their blood sugar counts and directions on what to do if their blood sugar is high.
Everyone is encouraged to be tested, but there are those at higher risk.
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[IN Q=Those people]
((SUZANNE ALEXANDER/REGISTERED NURSE:THOSE PEOPLE WOULD BE OVER 45 YEARS OLD, ANYONE WHOSE PREGNANT, ANYONE WHO RUNS HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE AND PEOPLE WHO HAVE A FAMILIAL TENDENCY, PEOPLE IN THEIR FAMILY HAVE HAD IT IN THE PAST.))
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[OUT Q=in the past.]
Obesity increases the risk of developing diabetes.
Symptoms include increased thirst, hunger, and frequency of urination.
New guidelines recommend everyone over 45 be tested every three years.
Those in the high risk group should consider begining testing earlier.
A new supplement on the market is claiming success for blocking fat.
Manufacturers say they have found an all natural supplement that helps break down the fat in your body and prevent more fat from being absorbed.
[IN Q=Called Chitosan]
((DR. THOMAS BAADER/CHIROPRACTOR- CALLED CHITOSAN, WHICH IS A PRODUCT THAT ACTUALLY BLOCKS FAT ABSORPTION. WE USE THAT IN CONJUNCTION WITH A NUMBER OF PROGRAMS. WE ACTUALLY TEACH OUR PATIENTS TO TAKE A METABOLIC SITUATION AND MAKE IT WORK FOR THEM.))
[SUPER=01-Dr. Thomas Baader/Chiropractor]
[OUT Q=WORK FOR THEM]
Chitosan is an all natural "cheaters delight" that claims to help users lose weight.
Some users say they've had a lot of success dropping weight and building muscle without steroids.
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((SUSAN JORDAN/SUPPLEMENT USER- I'D SAY I NOTICED IMPROVEMENTS IN, I WANNA SAY IN ABOUT A MONTH))
[SUPER=01-Susan Jordan/Supplement User]
[OUT Q=About a month]
The Food and Drug Administration has not evaluated Chitosan's effectiveness.
Former Winston Cup Champions Dale Earnhardt and Darrell Waltrip are joining forces.
Here is Mike Stevens to tell us when this racing tag team is going to hit the track. [S5-Bristol]
Welcome everybody to the start of the weekend and final Ticker of the week.
Rusty Walllace won the pole for Sunday's Food City 500.
And Steve Mason says he was one of many drivers celebrating this today at the half mile bull ring.
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[SUPER=01-Darrell Waltrip/Takes Over Pennzoil Chevy; :00]
[SUPER=01-T.J. Beverley/Buys Waltrip's Race Team; :20 ]
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[SUPER=107-1. Rusty Wallace/124.275/2. Jeff Gordon//3. Terry Labonte//4. Mike Skinner//5. Jeff Burton;]
[SUPER=107-6. Dale Jarrett//7. Bobby Labonte//8. Johnny Benson//9. Mark Martin//10. Jeremy Mayfield;]
[SUPER=107-11. Greg Sacks//12. Morgan Shepherd//13. Kenny Wallace//14. Ken Schrader//15. Derrike Cope;]
[SUPER=107-16. Todd Bodine//17. Randy Lajoie//18. Geoff Bodine//19. Rick Mast//20. Brett Bodine;]
[SUPER=107-21. John Andretti//22. Jerry Nadeau//23. Kevin Lapage//24. Sterling Marlin//25. Hut Stricklin;]
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Michael Waltrip was 30-th Kyle Petty 31-st, Earnhardt 42-nd and Bill Elliott just 44-th today.[S5-NCAA]
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It's lady's night in Kansas City as the women's final four takes center stage.
In the opening game of the night N.C. State takes on Louisiana Tech, and Tennessee meets Arkansas in the nightcap.
The Lady Vols have been unbeatable so far this season.
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[SUPER=01-Sytia Messer/Arkansas Razorback; :00]
[OUT Q=...team's unbeatable."]
More sports at six including a look back at Curtis Staples' three point clinic.
Have a nice weekend folks.
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Finally today, they weren't the "quicker pucker uppers", but they were the longest.
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Roberta and Mark Griswald of Michigan set the world record for the longest kiss yesterday.
The couple smooched for over 29 hours during a competition at New York's Harley Davidson Cafe.
Their closest competition quit just 22 minutes earlier.
The contest had some strict rules.
The Griswalds could not break contact, could not sit down and couldn't even take a bathroom break.
Their day long liplock paid off handsomely though, the Griswalds won an all expense paid vacation to Paris.