An employee of a California Hospital has reportedly CONFESSED to killing as many as 50 patients.
Respiratory care worker, Efren Saldivar, considered himself to be an angel of death--mercifully killing those who were suffering.
His brother says these allegations are ruining the family.
[IN Q=This guy]
[OUT Q=There's no evidence]
Officials say Efren Saldivar says he caused deaths from 1989 to 1997.
An emergency room doctor found bleeding and burning yesterday morning in Danville says he stuck nails into his own body and then set himself on fire.
Danville authorities say Clark told police and emergency physicians that he caused his own injuries.
Clark also had a noose around his neck and nails stuck into his chest and thigh.
He was found with his clothes on fire on the off-ramp of a city bridge about a mile from his home
He was spotted about 4 a-m in the grass median strip by some fire department workers.
Clark suffered second degree burns to the face, chest and abdomen. He was in critical condition last night at the University of North Carolina Hospital's burn unit.
[TAPE#=98-21 TC 10:48]
The fall campaign could bring a contest between Congressman Bob Goodlatte and Roanoke Mayor David Bowers.
Local Democratic leaders say Bowers is considering a campaign for the Sixth District seat.
Bowers took part in a city-wide clean-up program yesterday.
He would not confirm that he's lining up support, but he has received encouragement from supporters.
And he said a match-up with the Republican incumbent would be an interesting race.
[IN Q=I've always thought]
((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.]
Goodlatte was first elected to Congress in 19-92. In a statement yesterday afternoon, he said he will launch his r
e-election campaign in the near future. [11-Bassett-Tornado]
[TAPE#98-22 TC 13:01]
People in Stoneville, North Carolina are getting help from across the state-line as they rebuild after last week's tornado.
When the folks at Bassett Furniture Industries saw the devastation in that community, 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 seven-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.))
[SUPER=01-Jay Moore/Bassett Furniture;]
[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 Army is especially thankful for the building materials-- something Stoneville can't seem to get enough of.
If you saw the movie Amistad, you know the role John Quincy Adams played in the struggle.
But for almost a year and a half, the Adams Historic Site in Quincy, Massachussetts was without some priceless books from Adams' library-- they'd been stolen.
But as Alisa Becerra (be-SERR-a) explains-- the books are back.
[Thursday Newspath 3:17:22]
[IN Q=(nat) I will return]
[SUPER=03-Boston, MA; :00]
[SUPER=01-Abby Brown/Adams' Descendant; :14 QUICK]
[SUPER=01-Nancy Adams/Adams' Descendant; :28 QUICK]
[SUPER=01-Alisa Becerra/Reporting; :54]
[OUT Q=they'd ever return]
Governor Jim Gilmore hasn't even signed it.
But a bill banning so-called partial birth abortions in Virginia may be headed for court.
The American Civil Liberties Union says a court challenge is "inevitable."
The group says the bill is vaguely worded -- and NO other states' efforts to ban the procedure have withstood court challenge.
The bill's authors say they got the wording straight from the American Medical Association.[11-Bedford-judges]
[TAPE#98-26 TC 13:36]
"He's what a judge ought to be."
More than one person made that observation yesterday, referring to Bedford Circuit Judge Bill Sweeney.
He officially retires April 1st- after 33 years on the bench.
They put on a big send-off in the Circuit Courtroom for him yesterday, as his successor was sworn in.
[IN Q=And it is wonderful]
[SUPER=01-Judge William Sweeney/Bedford Co. Circuit Court]
[OUT Q=out of bed.]
Sweeney administered the oath of office to Jim Updike as his successor.
Updike promised to work hard to do the very best job he can.
The 44-year old former Commonwealth's Attorney swore in HIS replacement: Harold Black as the next General District judge.
[TAPE#=98-33 TC 1:43]
Imagine losing all the weight you want by relying on your faith in God.
A group of women are doing just that as participants in the Weigh Down Workshop.
Stacey Martin has the story.
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[SUPER=03-Hardy; :05 QUICK!]
[SUPER=01-Mary Thurmon/Workshop Participant; :17 QUICK!]
[SUPER=@Stacey2; :43 QUICK!]
[OUT Q=SM, News 7.]
[SOT 07.12.50 - 07.13.57 tape #1]
[IN Q=(woman jingling her pants)]
You'd be doing this too if you lost 25 pounds by simply relying on your faith in God.
It's a story of success shared again and again by members of the "Weigh Down Workshop"--including Mary Thurmon who is one dress size smaller.
[SOT 02.42.00 - 02.42.06]
[IN Q=You ask him]
((MARY THURMON/YOU ASK HIM TO LET YOU KNOW WHAT YOU WANT AND WHEN YOU'RE HUNGRY AND HOW MUCH TO EAT AND WHEN TO QUIT.))
[OUT Q=when to quit.]
There's no calorie-counting or exercising and nothing is off limits; not even this decadent vanilla parfait topped with homemade blueberry sauce.
[SOT 02.45.35 - 02.45.45]
[IN Q=I don't like]
((MARY THURMON: I DON'T LIKE FAT-FREE DRESSING. I DON'T LIKE DIET DRINKS. I LIKE MY CHOCOLATE CANDY AND I DON'T HAVE TO GIVE IT UP WITH THIS.))
[OUT Q=up with this.]
The only rules are to eat and live by the word of God--avoiding overindulgence and relying on a bag full of Bible verses to boost your will power.
[SOT 02.49.54 - 02.50.02]
[IN Q=God will show]
((MARY THURMON: GOD WILL SHOW YOU WHICH ONE TO PULL OUT. AND THIS ONE JUST HAPPENS TO BE CONSECRATE YOURSELLVES AND BE HOLY BECAUSE I AM THE LORD YOUR GOD.))
[OUT Q=Lord your God.]
The program is run through local churches in Hardy, Lexington and Roanoke.
It comes with a workbook and video to explain its simple message--
ask and you shall receive.
[SOT 07.34.34 - 07.34.36]
[IN Q=Oh, I like]
((OH, I LIKE IT.))
[OUT Q=I like it.]
Stacey Martin, News 7. ))[Sports-Plays]
[TAPE# sports plays]
There's more than just basketball going in the world of sports.
How about a little tennis?
[SUPER=03-Key Biscayne, FL;]
A top ranking is at stake in the Finals of the Lipton Tennis Championship.
American Andre Agassi earned a spot yesterday by beating Spain's Alex Corretja (COR-ray-chah) 6-4, 6-2.
Agassi seeded 29th at this event faces Chile's Marcelo Rios in the finals for a 4-point-6 million dollar purse.
The Washington Wizards couldn't keep out the Suns last night.
Washington is still tied with Orlando and New Jersey for the final Eastern Conference playoff spot.
Despite the 89-to-85 loss to the Phoenix Suns.
So you have a little puck at home put him of the ice at the Edmonton.
The Oilers needed the help but didn't get it.
Buffalo notched the only score of the night of the night on a power play in the first period and it's one-nothing.
The Sabres even win the fight but more importantly, take home the shut-out win.
(Toss to Andrew for Weekend Diner)
Love is again in the air-- for two weeks in a row we head out to a place where a wedding is in the future.
This week Bob Lee and Cindy Ramsauer cook us a romantic dinner.
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[OUT Q=thank you, thanks!]
[Dissolve to Chyron 7153]
If you drop us a self-addressed, stamped envelope, we'll send you this recipe.
You can see the address there on the screen. You can also check out our web site under the weekend mornings section.
And, don't forget if you'd like to be on the weekend diner, send us a note with your recipe, name, address and phone number.
[ANCHOR=Denise 2 shot]
Here's a look at today's top stories.
A doctor found burning on a Danville highway yesterday said he was responsible for his own injuries.
Doctor Carl Clark told police and emergency doctors that he stuck nails into his chest, wrapped a noose around his neck and set himself on fire.
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A hospital worker in California has reportedly confessed to killing as many as 50 patients over an eight-year period.
Efren Saldivar believed he was helping patients by mercifully killing those who were suffering.
Roanoke Democrats say Congressman Bob Goodlatte could be challenged by Mayor David Bowers in the fall.
Bowers has not made an official announcement, but he said yesterday that a run against Goodlatte would make for an interesting race.
[ANCHOR=Denise 2 SHOT]
And that's what's making news on this Saturday March 28th.
We'll be back in just a minute.
The mother of one of the suspects in the Jonesboro, Arkansas school shooting is speaking out.
Gretchen Woodard says there were no warning signs her 13 year old son Mitchell Johnson was about to explode.
[IN Q=i can't imagine]
((GRETCHEN WOODARD/MITCHELL'S MOTHER: I CAN'T IMAGINE MY SON HAS DONE THIS TRAGEDY AND BROUGHT THIS TO THE COMMUNITY AND BACK ON MY FAMILY. MITCHELL KNOWS RIGHT FROM WRONG. MITCHELL WILL PAY FOR THE REST OF HIS LIFE AND HAVE TO LIVE THE REST OF HIS LIFE KNOWING WHAT HE'S DONE.))
[SUPER=01-Gretchen Woodard/Mitchell's Mother; :00]
[SUPER=04-ABC News; :08]
[OUT Q=what he's done]
Mitchell and 11 year old Andrew Golden are being held in juvenile lock up and are charged in the shooting deaths of four classmates and one teacher Tuesday afternoon.
[TAPE#=98-34 TC 12:03]
[GRAPHIC=New Jobs 4405]
Roanoke will welcome a new retailer this fall, along with 200 new jobs.
Target Stores plans to open its first local store this October 11th.
Constuction is coming along on their site next to the WalMart superstore.
Target sells upscale discount merchandise.
Officials from the Minneapolis -based company say the store will provide more than 200-thousand dollars to area businesses annually through supplies and services.
The Southwest Virginia Second Harvest Food Bank in Roanoke set out this week to convince you that hunger is a problem in our region.
The group released an extensive study it hopes will shine light on some long-held myths about poverty and hunger.
In this week's Eye on Virginia Kelly Zuber reports on why hunger is such a hard sell.
[SUPER=01-Pam Irvine/Southwest Virginia Food Bank; :38]
[SUPER=01-Pat Dillard/Presbyterian Community Center; 1:55]
[OUT Q=Kelly Zuber, News 7]
((Five-point-two million pounds of food flowed through the Southwest Virginia Second Harvest Food Bank last year.
This distribution center sells food at 14 cents a pound or less to charities and churches in our region that distribute it to needy people.
About one-third of the food comes from national manufacturers while the rest is provided by local food companies, growers and the U-S Dept. of Agriculture.
Despite the volume of traffic through this agency, it's often hard to believe that hunger is an issue in our community.
[IN Q=We have a lot of people that just feel]
((PAM IRVINE/SW VIRGINIA SECOND HARVEST FOOD BANK: WE HAVE A LOT OF PEOPLE THAT JUST FEEL PEOPLE AREN'T HUNGRY AND IF THEY ARE HUNGRY IT'S BECAUSE IT'S A CHOICE OR THEY ARE LAZY AND WE KNEW THAT WAS NOT TRUE.))
[OUT Q=was not true.]
Irvine says the hunger issue isn't as visible here as in some communities.
[IN Q=I think it's a hidden problem because]
((IRVINE: I THINK IT'S A HIDDEN PROBLEM BECAUSE I THINK WE DON'T HAVE, AS IN A LOT OF METROPOLITIAN AREAS, A LOT OF PEOPLE LAYING ON THE STREETS, SLEEPING ON THE STREETS. SO HUNGER IN RURAL AMERICA, AND RURAL SOUTHWEST VIRGINIA IS HIDDEN AND I THINK A LOT OF THE PEOPLE STAY IN HOUSEHOLDS OF FAMILIES BUT STILL IT'S NOT ENOUGH INCOME TO MEET THOSE NEEDS OF THOSE FAMILIES. SO WE PROBABLY DON'T SEE IT AS THEY DO IN LARGER CITIES, BUT IT'S STILL HERE.))
[OUT Q=but it's still here.]
So who are western Virginia's hungry according to the study?
The food bank surveyed hundreds of people who receive food from agencies all over the region and found that an overwhelming number are women. Our regions female numbers are much higher than the national average. A large percentage are white and nearly 3/4 have an annual income less than 10-thousand dollars.
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That statistic doesn't surprise anyone at the Presbyterian Community Center in southeast Roanoke based on the people seeking their services.
The center has been providing bags of food to hungry people for 30 years, some of which is purchased at the Food Bank.
[IN Q=Everyone is at least at the US poverty]
((PAT DILLARD/PRESBYTERIAN COMMUNITY CENTER: EVERYONE IS AT LEAST AT THE U.S. POVERTY GUIDELINES LEVEL OR WAY BELOW, VERY WAY BELOW, SIX TO SEVEN THOUSAND DOLLARS A YEAR INCOME.))
[OUT Q=dollars a year income.]
So why can't people find better, more secure jobs in this booming economy?
The hunger survey cites several barriers. Nearly 60-percent have no car to get to job interviews or work and nearly half have no telephone.
The transportation and communication problems make job hunting tough, especially in rural areas.
Nearly half of the people surveyed don't receive food stamps and agency heads say that number is growing.
[IN Q=Some of them do qualify]
((DILLARD: SOME OF THEM DO QUALIFY FOR FOOD STAMPS BUT THEY'VE BEEN REDUCED. NOW WITH THE NEW WELFARE REFORM, SINGLE PEOPLE WHO HAVE NO DEPENDENT CHILDREN CAN ONLY GET FOOD STAMPS FOR THREE MONTHS OUT OF A THREE YEAR PERIOD NOW. SO IF THEY NEED FOOD ASSISTANCE THEY WILL HAVE TO DEPEND ON CHARITABLE ORGANIZATIONS LIKE OUR TO HELP SUPPLEMENT WHAT THEY CAN'T PURCHASE.))
[OUT Q=what they can't purchase.]
Demand for the Southwest Virginia Food Bank's products are on the rise while supply isn't quite keeping up.
[IN Q=Increase in demand last year was]
((IRVINE: INCREASE IN DEMAND LAST YEAR WAS 18% AND INCREASE IN OUR PRODUCT WAS 17% AND WE'RE CONTINUING TO SEE THAT. WE'RE SEEING MORE CHARITIES COME TO US FOR US TO PROVIDE FOOD FOR THEIR FEEDING PROGRAMS AND OUR CHARITIES ARE SEEING MORE PEOPLE COMING TO THEM ASKING FOR FOOD. AND WE ARE SEEING A DECREASE IN SUPPLY.))
[OUT Q=a decrease in supply.]
Irvine says the amount of food coming from national suppliers is dropping off but fortunately, for now, local donors are making up the difference.
Kelly Zuber, News 7.
V-M-I welcomed back some of its most decorated graduates yesterday.
About 40 Generals returned to the military academy at the first parade, aimed at reuniting and honoring all the generals who attended V-M-I.
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[SOT 10.39.55 - 10.40.06]
[IN Q=General Bunting decided]
((COLONEL LEROY HAMMOND/EXEC. OFC. VMI: GENERAL BUNTING DECIDED HE WANTED TO HAVE A SERIES OF SEMINARS THAT BROUGHT THEM UP TO DATE ON WHAT HAS HAPPENED WITH THE INSTITUTE OVER THE PAST SEVERAL YEARS.))
[SUPER=01-Colonel Leroy Hammond/VMI Executive Officer;]
[OUT Q=the past several years.]
The parade was preceeded by a conference to bring alumni up to date on school issues--including the integration of women.
Alumni in attendance included retired General J.H. Binford Peay (Pay) who led the one hundred first Airborne Division during Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm.
Events will wrap up today.
[TAPE#=98-30 TC 9:13]
Fifty years ago, western Virginia had hundreds of canneries and orchards that sent local agricultural products around the world.
Their numbers have dwindled, but Joe Dashiell reports their names are not forgotten.
[IN Q=Crumpacker's Orchard]
[SUPER=01-Charlie Woods/Label Collector; :04]
[SUPER=01-Roddy Moore/Blue Ridge Institute; :30 ]
[OUT Q=JD News 7]
[IN Q=Crumpacker's orchard]
((CHARLIE WOODS/LABEL COLLECTOR: CRUMPACKER'S ORCHARD, THEY'RE OUT OF BUSINESS, HERE. BIG SUBDIVISION THERE. BONSONS FROM CHILHOWIE, THEY'RE OUT OF BUSINESS, BUT THEIR LABELS ARE STILL UNIQUE.))
[OUT Q=still unique.]
A friend gave Charlie Woods his first fifteen years ago. Since then, he has collected hundreds of labels from ocal orchards and canneries.
The colorful commercial art identified apples, tomatoes and other agricultural products grown locally and distributed across the country and around the world.
[IN Q= We were fortunate that once they]
((RODDY MOORE/BLUE RIDGE INSTITUTE: WE WERE FORTUNATE THAT ONCE THEY LEFT HERE, THEY WERE STILL IDENTIFIED BY THEIR LABELS AND IN BEDFORD WE HAD THE PIEDMONT LABEL COMPANY THAT HAD DESIGNERS AND GRAPHIC ARTISTS THAT REALLY PRODUCED BEAUTIFUL LABELS.))
Woods found some at auction, others at flea markets, but about half came from the families that owned and operated the region's orchards and canneries.
[IN Q=I went to Mr. joe Wertz's house]
((I WENT TO MR. JOE WERTZ'S HOUSE ONE DAY, SAW HIM AND HE SAID, WELL I'VE GOT A LABEL AND COME BACK NEXT WEEK, AND I'LL GIVE IT TO YOU. I WENT BACK IN ABOUT A WEEK AND HIS WIFE GAVE ME FIVE OR SIX.))
[OUT Q=gave me five or six.]
The labels are harder to come by today, but Woods says he continues to search for the colorful emblems of western Virginia's agricultural heritage.
Joe Dashiell News 7))[Point-Of-Honor]
While he's probably best known for being Patrick Henry's physician, Doctor George Cabell also left his mark in bricks and mortar.
His home, Point of Honor, is one of central Virginia's most historically and architecturally significant landmarks.
Kimberly McBroom takes us there in this week's "Time Off."
[IN Q=Doctor George Cabell]
[SUPER=01-Tom Ledford/Lynchburg Museum Director; :13]
[OUT Q=News 7, Lynchburg]
(( Doctor George Cabell built Point of Honor back in 18-15.
Perhaps the most eye-catching feature of this mansion overlooking the James River is its octagon- shaped bay facade.
[SOT 10:57:11 ]
((TOM LEDFORD/LYNCHBURG MUSEUM DIRECTOR: IT'S A VERY INNOVATIVE HOME. YOU CAN LOOK AT IT AS AN AVANTE GARDE HOUSE IN 1815. THAT WOULD BE A FAIR WAY TO LOOK AT IT. IT IS DECORATED ACCORDING TO THE TASTE OF THE PERIOD.))
The parlor is covered with a French mural wallpaper that was typical of the time.
Popular foods back then are appetizingly displayed at the family dining table.
And the Cabell's master bedroom includes an authentic English- style bed with protective curtains.
The first phase of the restoration was completed in 1978, the same year museum officials opened Point of Honor to the public.
Research of the Cabell family continues, even though there's not much of a paper trail.
Still, the renovated home's decor is representative of the era.
((TOM LEDFORD/LYNCHBURG MUSEUM DIRECTOR: AND SO, I THINK DR. CABELL WOULD AT LEAST FEEL COMFORTABLE IF HE DIDN'T ACTUALLY RECOGNIZE IT, WERE HE TO RETURN.))
No one's sure exactly WHERE in the house Doctor Cabell performed medicine.
But his final treatment of Patrick Henry remains a crucial event in American history.
[SOT 11:01:37 ]
((TOM LEDFORD/LYNCHBURG MUSEUM DIRECTOR: HENRY WAS SUFFERING FROM AN INFLAMMATION OF THE THROAT AND ACTUALLY CABELL WAS WELL AWARE OF THE TOXIC POTENTIAL OF THE MERCURY, BUT ALSO REALIZED THAT IF ANYTHING WOULD SAVE HIM, THAT THIS MIGHT. IT WAS LONG SHOT, EVERYONE UNDERSTOOD THAT.))
LEGEND, not historical FACT, surrounds the origin of the mansion's name.
Ledford says the term was associated with dueling-- men would duel to settle a "point of honor".
[SOT 11:08:43 ]
((TOM LEDFORD/LYNCHBURG MUSEUM DIRECTOR: THERE IS ANOTHER THEORY TO THE NAME. THERE IS ANOTHER THING THAT CABELL AND JOHN LYNCH, LYNCHBURG'S FOUNDER WERE RIVALS, AND THAT ULTIMATELY HE MOVED OUT OF LYNCHBURG, WHICH IS WHERE HE'D BEEN LIVING, ONTO HIS FARM HERE AND BUILT THIS HOME TO SETTLE A POINT OF HONOR.))
Wherever the name came from, Ledford says Point of Honor offers lessons in Lynchburg history, and an interesting point of reference for modern- day homeowners.
((TOM LEDFORD/LYNCHBURG MUSEUM DIRECTOR: WE HOPE THAT EVERYONE WILL COME AND SHARE THE PLEASURE WE'VE DERIVED FROM RESTORING THE HOUSE AND LEARN A LITLE BIT ABOUT HOW A FAMILY LIKE THE CABELL FAMILY WOULD HAVE COPED WITH LIFE AMOST 200 YEARS AGO.))
You can pay a visit to the Cabell home daily, between the hours of 10 and four.
Kimberly McBroom, News 7, Lynchburg.))
Point of Honor will be the site of a fundraising event for Kids' Haven NEXT Sunday, April fifth.
Kids' Haven is a center that offers support for grieving children.
[GRAPHIC=Did you see]
Finally this morning, Did You See That?
He said he came into the world the same time as the automobile.
Ferdinand (POR-shah) Porsche was born in 1909 and passed away yesterday.
The Austrian born Porsche loved cars- even driving his own small scale model at age ten.
He later worked alongside his father developing the Volkswagon Beetle-
He founded the sports car company that still bears his name after World War Two when his fancy turned to speed and racing,
Ferdinand (POR-shah) Porsche was 88.