Coming up next on News 7 at 5,
two trains collide and burn in Lynchburg...disrupting schools and forcing the evacuation of some homes.
A pioneer in the feminist movement passes away.
And is it too early to put out your annual flowers? We'll have the answer in just a few.[Wx-Heads]
This stretch of quiet, warm weather is about to end. The details of a forecast with a few showers in a moment.[medic
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In Health check, Researchers claim a major breakthrough in the fight against AIDS.
Doctors say increased doses of a common medicine can make a huge difference in treating heart failure.
and can a chewing gum make you smarter and improve your memory. At least one doctor says it can.
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((GAYNELLE HART/PUBLIC WORKS EMPLOYEE: THERE WAS NO EXPLOSION, IT WAS JUST MORE LIKE THERE WAS A LOT OF FIRE, YOU KNOW HOW A FIRE WILL ROAR, IT WAS LIKE A ROARING SOUND.))
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A runaway freight train derails and catches fire in downtown Lynchburg..
Good Evening. I'm Jean Jadhon.
Onlookers watched in shock as a Norfolk-Southern freight train struck another train in Lynchburg today, sending box cars flying and sparking a massive fire.
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Steve Smallshaw joins us live from the Fifth Street bridge where the wreck happened around 9:30.
Steve, what's the situation there now?
Jean, it's a much calmer scene here now than it was even just a few hours ago..
This is what happens when 65 railcars become uncoupled and smash into another train on the tracks.
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[SUPER=01-George Springer/Lynchburg City Schools; :39 ]
[SUPER=01-Susan Terpay/Norfolk Southern; :55]
[OUT Q=to another car.]
(( The collision sparked a massive fire that raged for hours.
Diesel fuel and thousands of gallons of acetone were burning, destroying several box cars and a nearby storage building.
It's been a long morning for the city's emergency crews.
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((BRAD FERGUSON/DEPUTY FIRE CHIEF: THE ACCESS IS A PROBLEM.. UNDER THE WRECKAGE.))
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Billowing smoke forced police to evacuate residents in a 5 by 10 block radius around the scene.
Students at nearby Dearington Elementary School were moved to E.C. Glass as a precaution.
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((GEORGE SPRINGER/WE COULD SEE THE SMOKE.. AT THE SCHOOL, NO.))
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Once the fire was contained, emergency teams conducted air sampling in the area and determined there is NO toxic threat to the area.
Norfolk Southern says cleanup will begin right away.
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((SUSAN TERPAY/NORFOLK SOUTHERN: OUR FIRST ORDER OF BUSINESS.. .. TO ANOTHER CAR.))
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Authorities say the amazing thing is no one was killed or injured in this crash.. one resident who'd been downwind of the smoke was taken to the hospital with breathing problems..
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Fifth Street, one of the city's main arteries will be blocked at least until morning..
(Q&A: What is acetone and why is it so dangerous?))[5-DEQ-Conflict]
Environmental groups are already raising a red flag on one of Governor Jim Gilmore's latest appointments.
Dennis Treacy (TRACY) became acting director of the Department of Environmental Quality last week.
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That agency regulates waste hauler Browning-Ferris Industries.
Treacy's just spent two years as a lobbyist for the company.
But Treacy says he's appointed a senior aide to handle B-F-I.
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((DENNIS TREACY/ACTING DEQ DIRECTOR: AND I'VE DELEGATED EVERYTHING TO HIM. AND MADE IT CLEAR THAT I'M NOT TO BE INFORMED, NOR PARTICIPATE IN ANY DECISION RELATED TO BFI.))
((JIM SHARP/CAMPAIGN VIRGINIA: THEY DON'T SEEM TO BE TERRIBLY CONCERNED ABOUT ALL THE OUT OF STATE GARBAGE THAT WE'RE TAKING. WE WONDER HOW THAT'S EVER GOING TO GET BETTER IF TREACY'S IN THE ROLE THAT HE'S IN.))
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Virginia's the number two importer of out-of-state trash in the nation.
A former Miss America has come forward claiming she had sex with President Clinton when he was Governor of Arkansas.
Elizabeth Ward Gracen told the New York Daily news the sex was consensual.
Gracen had previously denied any encounter took place.
She told the newspaper she was coming forward to rebut allegations that Clinton forced himself on her.
Paula Jones' lawyers are trying to get Gracen to testify in their
sexual harrassment lawsuit against the President.
Jones alleges she was put in a dead-end Arkansas government position
after refusing to have sex with Clinton in 1991.
She was one of the early leaders of the feminist movement- in the 70's.
Bella Abzug died today at the age of 77.
The Former New York Congresswoman was recognizable for her wide brim hats- and her outspoken voice for women's rights.
((THE RAPES, THE DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AND WE ESPECIALLY ARE SERIOUSLY CONCERNED THAT CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS ARE BEING TAKEN FROM THEM AND THE WHOLE AREA OF REPRODUCTIVE RIGHTS.))
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Abzug was first elected to congress with the slogan THIS woman's place is in the house.
Abzug died of complications after heart surgery.
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Still to come on News 7 at 5, are you thinking about planting your annuals? Be sure to stick around, we have some advice for you in just a moment.
and then a little later, we'll see how Sea World pulled off a whale of a feat today as it gave J-J her first taste of freedom.
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Spring is the prime time of year for brush and forest fires.
With the warm weather, low humidity, and bare trees... a single spark can cause serious problems.
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Christy Hubley is here to tell us how the Virginia Department of Forestry keeps an eye out for potential danger.
When the weather is nice like it is today, people head outside to clean up their yards.
Many folks BURN debris that has collected over the winter months.
But did you know burning debris and trash is the number one cause of brush and forest fires?
The Virginia Department of Forestry says the best way it can scout out potential fire hazards is to take a bird's eye view.
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The Virginia Department of Forestry sends planes up in the air anytime there is a high risk for fires.
The warmer the weather and the dryer the brush, the greater the potential for disaster.
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((CHRIS THOMSEN/VA DEPT. OF FORESTRY: WE HAVE TWO SPOTTER PLANES THAT FLY. ONE FLIES UP THE BLUE RIDGE MOUNTAINS. THE OTHER FLIES THE PIEDMONT. AND THESE PLANES ARE NOT ONLY LOOKING FOR ESCAPED FIRES BUT THEY'RE ALSO LOOKING FOR PEOPLE BURNING BEFORE FOUR O'CLOCK VIOLATING THE BURN LAW.))
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We went up in a spotter plane but did not see any smoke.
If the spotter DOES see smoke, the pilot moves in and circles the area.
The team in the sky will radio a ground crew with the location of the fire, and the ground crew will go check it out.
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Tommie Gibbs has been flying for more than 30-years and says putting his piloting skills to work for the forestry department is satisfying work.
[IN Q=It sure is. It sure is.]
((TOMMIE GIBBS/PILOT: IT SURE IS. IT SURE IS. I LIKE TO BE ABLE TO HELP WHATEVER WAY I CAN AND THAT SEEMS TO BE ONE WAY I CAN HELP.))
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Foresters say if you're cleaning up the debris on your property, wait until it gets a little greener outside before you burn it.
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And Jean, if you must burn now, do it after 4:00pm or be prepared to face up to a 500-dollar fine.
It's the law.[5-Spring-Planting]
The warm temperatures outside make it tempting to dig into that flower bed.
But is it too early to reach for the gloves and shovel?
Teresa Hamilton joins us from outside our Blacksburg newsroom with some helpful gardening tips.
Jean-- the unseasonably warm temperatures make it seem like the perfect time to plant that popular group of flowers known as "annuals".
But one expert we talked with earlier today says don't dig into your wallet or flower bed, just yet.
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[IN Q=It's very]
((BOB LYONS/VT HORTICULTURE PROFESSOR:IT'S VERY TRICKY, THIS WHOLE MONTH, ANYTHING CAN HAPPEN, YOU COULD JUST ASK YOUR WEATHER STAFF THERE, WE COULD GET SOME DANGEROUSLY COLD WEATHER THAT COULD TAKE OUT IMPATIENTS OVERNIGHT AND WE'D LOOSE THOSE THINGS, SO IT'S JUST NOT GOOD TO RISK THAT. ))
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The "annual" beds at the Virginia Tech Horticulture gardens are virtually empty, which suits professor Bob Lyons, just fine.
He's waiting until, at least, May first, before planting impatients, zinnias and petunias.
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((MAY FIRST TO MAY 15TH, SOMEWHERE AROUND THERE IS GOOD, YOU MIGHT SEE SOME PEOPLE SAY A LITTLE EARLIER, BUT, I LIKE TO PLAY IT REALLY SAFE BECAUSE LET'S FACE IT, AFTER YOU BUY IT, PUT IT IN THE GROUND AND YOU LOOSE IT, YOU GOT TO GO GET SOME MORE, SO I'D ONLY RATHER DO THAT ONCE. ))
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Lyons also recommends waiting at least another month-- to give the soil time to warm.
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((IF THE ROOTS GO INTO COLD SOIL, THEY'RE GOING TO SIT THERE, THAT PLANT, IT'S GOING TO BE ALMOST LIKE THE ROOTS ARE IN THE REFRIGERATOR AND IT'S ABOVE GROUND PARTS ARE OUT IN THE HEAT WAVE, WELL THAT ROOT TEMPERATURE, THAT ROOT ZONE ,IS GOING TO DICTATE A LOT OF HOW THAT PLANT CONTINUES TO GROW. ))
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If you want to see some beautiful art from halfway across the world, you only have to travel to downtown Roanoke.
Patrick Evans is standing by with more on some African art.
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The Art Museum of Western Virginia frequently offers a variety of artists and styles, but one long-running show features art from halfway across the globe.
Patrick Evans focuses on African Art today.
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It's back to the sea for the only gray whale ever raised in captivity. We'll see J-J the whale's release coming up a little later.
and in Health Check, we'll meet the makers of BRAIN GUM. They say their brand of chewing gum can improve your memory.
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((YES THIS DOES WORK. IT DOES IMPROVE YOUR MEMORY, LEARNING, AND CONCENTRATION. IT IS CLINICALLY PROVEN TO REVERSE AGE RELATED MEMORY LOSS. ))
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Researchers may have made a major breakthrough in the fight against AIDS.
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Dr. Robert Gallo says a protein found in the urine of pregnant women appears to suppress the AIDS virus and promotes the growth of bone marrow.
Tests on monkeys and mice infected with AIDS show they kept up their normal weight, grew more immune cells and lowered viral levels when treated with the substance.
Earlier studies indicate the protein also shrinks tumors caused by Karposi's Sarcoma, a cancer that often strikes AIDS patients.
Still Gallo says years of study are needed to see if the treatment will work on humans.
Increasing the dosage of a standard heart medicine could result in a quarter million less heart problems each year.
Researchers say they hope the finding will bring an immediate change in the way doctors prescribe Ace inhibitors to treat heart failure.
Typically doctors prescribe low doses of the medicine thinking its safer than a high dose.
However the new study finds the higher dose is more effective and did NOT produce any additional side effects.
Can chewing gum make you smarter?
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One company says yes.
The creators of "Brain Gum" say trials show that a majority of people regained some memory when using their product.
It replaces (LESSIE P-S) Leci P-S in the brain.
That substance apparently has something to do with memory retention.
It's already in the brain, but levels decline as we get older.
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The company says users are supposed to chew six pieces a day and it takes three to four weeks to see any improvements.
A box of the gum contains 144 pieces and costs 60 dollars.
As the Express gears up for its first playoff game at the Roundhouse, Major League Baseball kicks off its '98 season.
And here with it all is Mike Stevens.[S5-Express]
Good afternoon everyone; welcome to your Tuesday ticker.
lets start on the ice where the Express is getting ready to open the first round of the Kelly Cup playoffs aginst Huntington at the Round House tonight.
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Steve Mason joins us from Roanoke Civic Center with a pre game report. Steve.
Mike, These two teams played 5 times this year and the Express won 3 of those meetings. While Roanoke is the 2nd seed coming in against the 7th seed; Coach Anzalone and his players are hardly taking the Blizzard lightly; after all Huntington won 34 games this season. One guy looking forward to this match up; Pete brearley. You led the Express in scoring against Huntington with five points.
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Frank Anzalone calls Huntington's number one line; one of the best in the ECHL. It is lead by Jim Birmingham who tallied 41 goals this season.
Tim Christian; any new defensive schemes Frank has put in to stop this offense which is avgering about four goals a ggame?
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Face off tonight is at 7:05. Coming up at 6, Anzalone will put his two cents in; plus we will hear from the goalies.
It's opening day in the major leagues and already a couple of games are coming to a close.
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In Chicago, the White Sox erupted this afternoon against the Rangers thanks in part to Robin Ventura, who hit this two run homer in the fifth inning off John Burkett. Albert Belle scores and the Sox are pounding the Rangers 9 to 2 in the 9th.
Traditional opening day festivities in Cincinnati and unfortunately for you Reds fans some sorry play.
Shortstop Pokey Reese has tied the major league record for most mistakes by a shortstop on opening day this afternoon with 4 errors. The Reds lose to the
Padres 10 to 2.
More baseball scores and highlights coming up at six along with Tech-UVa softball.
Take care everybody
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A gray whale named J-J is headed back to sea.
J-J was close to death when she was found on a Los Angeles beach some 14 months ago.
Just days old she was abandoned by her mother and washed up on a beach.
She was taken to Sea World where she became the first baby gray whale to be raised by humans.
J-J's healthy now, but she's grown too big for the park to handle.
So this morning she became the largest animal ever transported as she was shipped out to sea and freedom.
Researchers can track her for a while by satellite.
But they're not going to help her if she runs into trouble.
They say once she is free, she's on her own.