Coming up next on News 7 at 5, a suprise development in the Paula Jones suit against the President.
and from Lynchburg the wreckage of yesterday's train wreck is cleared. But now investigators have to search for some answers.
A splash of rain here with severe weather along the coast. A breezy forecast is coming up.[medical-head]
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On Health Check, a new sweetner is hitting the market. It's made from sugar, but has no calories,
and a new study offers hope for short term users of the diet drug Redux.
News 7 at 5 is next.[open]
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Breaking news out of Washington.
Just moments ago, a judge threw out Paula Jones sexual harassment lawsuit against the President.
Good Evening. I'm Jean Jadhon.
The judge in Little Rock Arkansas made the ruling this afternoon--
saying Jones' allegations fall far short of the standards needed to establish a legal claim.
Byron Pitts has been following the developments and has more.
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Railroad and motor vehicle traffic is back to normal today in Lynchburg, one day after a runaway freight train derailed and caught fire.
[double boxes=Jean and Steve/Starlink]
Steve Smallshaw joins us live.. Steve, do they know yet why this accident happened?
Jean, investigators from the National Transportation Safety Board have been called in to determine exactly what happened here yesterday.
But a final report could take several months to complete.
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[IN Q=Cleanup crews]
[SUPER=01-Fred Mills/Lynchburg Fire Chief; :21]
[SUPER=01-Susan Terpay/Norfolk Southern; :40]
[SUPER=01-Russell Goper/NTSB Investigator; :48]
[OUT Q=in a test.]
(( Cleanup crews finished removing the last of the flammable liquid acetone from its tanker car this morning.
About half of the 20- thousand gallons in the tank spilled and caught fire when 65 freight cars rammed a Norfolk Southern train yesterday morning.
The tank never ruptured, but authorities are wondering whether a safety valve inside failed to shut itself off on impact.
[IN Q=We did have]
((FRED MILLS/LYNCHBURG FIRE CHIEF: WE DID HAVE A HIGH RATE OF FLOW OF ACETONE EARLY ON, BUT WHEN THEY INSPECTED THE VALVE, IT WAS CLOSED.))
[OUT Q=it was closed.]
Norfolk Southern officials say the cars were being switched at another station when they broke loose.
They would "not" speculate whether the crew of the stationary train that was hit was given any advance warning of what was coming.
[IN Q=That is all]
((SUSAN TERPAY/NORFOLK SOUTHERN: THAT IS ALL PART OF THE INVESTIGATION, AND I DON'T THINK WE'RE RELEASING A LOT OF THAT INFORMATION YET. WE NEED TO KEEP SOME OF THAT WITHIN THE INVESTIGATION RIGHT NOW.))
[OUT Q=right now.]
[IN Q=We do know]
((RUSSELL GOPER/NTSB INVESTIGATOR: WE DO KNOW THAT THE BRAKES ON THE CARS THAT ROLLED AWAY, HAD THEY BEEN APPLIED, WOULD HAVE FUNCTIONED PROPERLY. THEY DID WORK OKAY IN A TEST.))
[OUT Q=in a test.]))
But Russell Goper says for the brakes to work, they need to be connected to a locomotive.. so the question is whether they should have been set BEFORE the cars broke away and rolled down the track.
[double boxes=Jean and Steve/Starlink]
Again, a final report on the cause and any recommended changes will take about six months to complete.. Jean?[5-Moor
A deadly fire roared through a North Carolina home- killing a grandfather and four of his grandchildren.
Fire officials say the blaze broke out in a heater- and smouldered for hours before engulfing the home.
A neighbor crawled through the window to try and save the children but it was too late.
((LIKE MY FAMILY REAL CLOSE NOTHING YOU CAN DO TO SAVE THEM. I WISH COULD.))
[OUT Q=I wish I could.]
Firefighers say combustible material left too close to the heater sparked the fire.
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Still to come on News 7 at 5, the people who lost their apartments to a Thanksgiving Day fire file suit,
and we'll tell you what Republicans want to do to reform the Social Security System.
The people who were burned out of their homes in a giant apartment fire in Danville are suing for restitution.
The lawsuit against the owners of the Cabin Lake Apartments was filed just within the last hour.
[Double Boxes=Jean/Christy Danville Microwave]
Christy Hubley joins us from the Danville Bureau with the details.
Jean... There are 98-plantiffs listed in this lawsuit.
All of them victims of the Thanksgiving Day fire that destroyed the Cabin Lake Apartments in Danville.
Lawyers representing the fire victims filed the lawsuit in Danville circuit court this afternoon.
Their clients are seeking a lot of money... a total of 10-and-a-half million dollars... to compensate them for their losses.
Named as defendants in the lawsuit are the companies that owned and maintained the Cabin Lake apartments.
This is what those apartments looked like on Thanksgiving Day last year.
Engulfed in flames.
Tenants lost practically everything they owned.
Fire investigators recently ruled the fire UNDETERMINED.
But the counsel for the plantiffs says that keep does NOT them from proving otherwise.
[IN Q=That's not unusual in a fire]
((DEBRA CORCORAN/ATTORNEY: THAT'S NOT UNUSUAL IN A FIRE THEY CAN RULE THAT IT'S UNDETERMINED. THAT DOESN'T MEAN THAT THERE WASN'T A LEGITIMATE CAUSE. IT JUST MEANS THAT THEY COULDN'T FIND IT. BUT THE EVIDENCE IS THERE AND WE'LL BE ABLE TO SUPPORT IT.))
[OUT Q=able to support that.]
What evidence is she talking about?
Well, the lawsuit claims the electrical wiring was improperly and illegally installed through the heating and air conditioning ducts.
That coupled with structural problems in the fire walls gives these plantiffs reason to sue according to their lawye
Are you worried social security won't be there when you need it?
Today republicans are launching plans to overhaul the system-
They suggest using the federal budget surplus to crate private retirement accounts- called social security plus.
((NEWT GINGRICH/R- HOUSE SPEAKER: MAYBE WE SHOULD RETURN THIS AS A BONUS TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE IN A SOCIAL SECURITY PLUS ACCOUNT WHERE THEY AHVE THE MONEY SO THEY CAN PROTEC THE SURPLUS BECAUE IT'S UNDER THEIR CONTROL.))
[SUPER=01-Rep. Newt Gingrich/(R) House Speaker;]
[OUT Q=under their control.]
Gingrich says the Social
Security Plus would supplement the existing system- not replace it.
((SO WE CAN LOOK EVERY SRNIOR CITIZEN IN THE EYE AND SAY WE ARE NOT GOING TO TOUCH YOUR SEOCIAL SECURITY IT IS TOTALLY GUARATNEED BUT WE ARE EXPLORING WAYS TO GIVE YOUR CHILDREN AND GRANDCHILDREN A BETTER RETURN THAT IS SAFER THAT IS IN YOUR CONTROL.))
[OUT Q=in your control]
Gingrich wants your input.
He wants ideas made available over the internet so Americnas can decide which work best for them.[5-Roanoke-Scam]
The Roanoke Valley is known for being a generous community.
But county police believe someone is taking ADVANTAGE of that generosity.
[IN Q=We've been receiving]
((TOM KINCAID/ROANOKE CO. POLICE: WE'VE BEEN RECEIVING COMPLAINTS FROM SEVERAL NEIGHBORHOODS IN NORTH ROANOKE COUNTY THAT THERE IS AN INDIVIDUAL WHO IS COMING DOOR TO DOOR AT LATE WEE HOURS OF THE MORNING, INDICATING THAT THEY NEED MONEY FOR FOOD, OR NEED MONEY FOR MEDICINES AND WE BELIEVE THAT THOSE THINGS ARE PROBABLY NOT TRUE, THAT THE MONEY'S BEING USED FOR OTHER PURPOSES.))
[SUPER=01-Tom Kincaid/Roanoke Co. Police;]
[OUT Q=for other purposes]
48-year old Dreama Whisman (WISS-man) was convicted of a SIMILAR scam two years ago.
Police have NOT yet charged anyone in THIS case.
But Whisman's former pastor says she used his church's name recently to get money.
[IN Q=I wasn't aware]
((REV. TROY WEBB/GLAD TIDINGS ASSEMBLY OF GOD: I WASN'T AWARE THAT SHE WAS BACK INTO DOING WHAT SHE WAS DOING, MIS- REPRESENTING THE TRUTH AND TRYING TO OBTAIN MONEY FROM PEOPLE. I DIDN'T KNOW THAT UNTIL PROBABLY THREE OR FOUR MONTHS AGO.))
[SUPER=01-Rev. Troy Webb/Glad Tidings Assmbly of God;]
[OUT Q=MONTHS AGO]
Meanwhile, News-7 interviewed Whisman OFF-camera.
Whisman says she's paid back money that she's borrowed, and is currently undergoing counseling.
Lawn care is at the top of many people's lists as the recent warm spring weather means mowing early this season.
Patrick Evans has enlisted some professional help to make sure we don't do more harm than good to our lawns this spring.
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There's still more News 7 at 5.
There's a new fad in Japan. What once was considered sushi is now a household pet.
and in Health check, a sixth grader's science project takes on the practioneers of "touch therapy" and now a national medical journal is taking notice.
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(("SINCE THEY FELT MY HAND, MY ENERGY FIELD, LESS THAN HALF THE TIME, I
DON'T THINK THEY HAVE ANY SPECIAL ABILITY. ))
[OUT Q=Special ability]
Good afternoon I'm Keith Humphry and here's a preview of tonight's News 7 at 6.
Cockroaches have made it to the World Wide Web!
This entomology class is one of the couses offered in Virginia Tech's online summer school.
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[IN Q=IT'S GREAT]
((CINDY SHEARER/DISTANCE LEARNING STUDENT; IT'S GREAT, IT'S SO CONVENIENT, I CAN USE MY COMPUTER TO ACCESS ALL THE INFORMATION THAT I NEED, I CAN STUDY IN LARGE BLOCKS OF TIME, AT 3AM OR AT SIX IN THE MORNING, WHATEVER... ))
[SUPER=01-Cindy Shearer/Distance Learning Student;]
And we'll let you in on a secret, you don't have to be a Tech student to take advantage of the classes...
[Double Boxes=Jean and Keith/Newsroom]
A new study may ease the minds of people who briefly used the diet pill Redux.
A large study at Georgetown University has found no sign that using Redux for two or three months caused dangerous leaky heart valves.
Redux and fenfluramine were taken off the market in September after the government found hundreds of cases of damaged heart valves in people taking the medications.
The new study doesn't rule out the possibility that taking Redux for longer periods could cause harm.
The Food and Drug Administration has approved a new artificial sweetener.
Sucralose is actually made from sugar, but it has no-calories, because it isn't absorbed by the body.
Instead, it's altered so it passes straight through.
The F-D-A says it is safe for use in nearly every kind of processed food.
Products using the new sweetner should hit the shelves later this year.[5-tOUCH]
A sixth grade student in Colorado is taking on the practice of theraputic touch.
Her school science project on the controversial healing practice has even drawn the attention of some national medical Journals.
John Roberts has more.
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((NARR: THIS PRECOCIOUS SCIENTIST IS A SIXTH GRADE STUDENT FROM LOVELAND
COLORADO WHOSE SCIENCE FAIR PROJECT PASSED THE RIGOROUS SCRUTINY OF ONE OF THE
NATION'S MOST PRESTIGIOUS MEDICAL JOURNALS.
SOT 133515: emily: "I was just curious if they could really feel the human
energy field. can they really do that.
NARR: (NURSES VIDEO) THE ENERGY FIELD EMILY ROSA IS TALKING ABOUT IS THE ONE
PRACTITIONERS OF THERAPUETIC TOUCH CLAIM SURROUNDS THE BODY, AND CAN BE
MANIPULATED..TO TREAT DISEASE.
NARR: TO DETERMINE WHETHER THERAPEUTIC TOUCH IS REAL, EMILY DESIGNED A TEST TO
SEE IF THE HEALER BEHIND THE CARDBOARD SCREEN COULD DETECT THE PRESENCE OF HER
HAND OVER THEIRS.
SOT: "you were right twice"
NARR: AN AVERAGE OF SIX TIMES OUT OF TEN, THEY WERE WRONG...
SOT: EMILY ROSA
133742 "since they felt my hand, my energy field, less than half the time, I
don't think they have any special ability. That's what you'd expect from
STAND-UP: IN THE PAST 20 YEARS THERAPUETIC TOUCH HAS BEEN TAUGHT TO TENS OF
THOUSANDS OF PROFESSIONALS IN 73 COUNTRIES AND WHILE THERE HAS BEEN NO HARD
SCIENTIFIC PROOF THAT IT WORKS, THERE'S BEEN ENOUGH EVIDENCE THAT SOME MAJOR
AMERICAN MEDICAL INSTITUTIONS HAVE BEEN LOOKING INTO IT.
SOT: DR. MEMET OZ
"There may be something to this.."
NARR: FOR MORE THEN A YEAR COLUMBIA-PRESBYTERIAN MEDICAL CENTER HAS BEEN USING
THERAPEUTIC TOUCH TO HELP PREPARE PATIENTS FOR SURGERY. CARDIAC SURGEON MEMET
OZ SAYS THEY'VE SEEN RESULTS.
SOT UP : DR. MEHMET OZ/COLUMBIA-PRESBYTERIAN MEDICAL CENTER
002850 "Like every thing else we know in the field of healing, energy
medicine will work for some people--some of the time. our job is to figure
out who those people are and when it will work for them"
NARR: OZ SAYS IT WOULD BE A SHAME IF AN ENTIRE AREA OF HEALING THAT COULD BE
HELPFUL TO PEOPLE WERE THROWN OUT.
BUT IN HER PEER-REVIEWED STUDY--THIS JUNIOR SCIENTIST CALLS THE CLAIMS OF
THERAPEUTIC TOUCH GROUNDLESS--AND SAYS IT HAS NO PLACE IN MODERN MEDICINE.))
The N-C-Double-A basketball tournament is over for the season.
But things are just getting started for another group.
Here's Mike Stevens with the story of the Hokie Bird's shot at a three-peat.[S5-Stuff]
Welcome folks to the midweek ticker that begins with a former Redskins on the move.
Mark Rypien, the MVP for the Redskins in their last Super Bowl victory is leaving the Rams to take backup role in Atlanta.
His new two year contract with the Falcons
is worth $1 point 8 million. He'll sign it tomorrow.
In the NBA Alonzo Mourning is out of the hospital this afternoon after having surgery to repair his broken left cheek bone.
Mourning suffered the break in last night's game with Boston. No word on how long he will out of the lineup.
And speaking of surgery, Reds owner Marge Schott is in the hospital having a broken hip repaired. She fell in her driveway last night just hours after her team lost its home opener.
In recent years Virginia Tech has been a breeding ground for the National Football League.
And you might not realize it, but one athlete on the campus is going for his third straight national championship.
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The Hokie Bird, is going for a three-peat as the N-C-Double-A Mascot Champion.
The Hokie Bird left for Daytona Beach, Florida today with the rest of the cheerleading and dance squads to compete for the national crown.
And in the past, Tech mascots have used this competition as a springboard to a pro career.
[IN Q=We might be]
[SUPER=01-Danny Monk/Va. Tech Associate AD; :00]
[OUT Q=with our mascots ]
Tech's dance squad, the High Techs, qualified sixth with its video resume.
The cheerleaders are competing against 20 other squads for top honors has well.
You can catch the finals of the N-C-Double-A Cheer and Dance finals here on your hometown station on Sunday, April 19th.
Coming up tonight at six, college baseball highlights from this afternoon's Tech-Radford game at English Field.
Plus, Steve Mason checks in with the Express as they get set for game two of their opening round playoff matchup with Huntington.
Hope to see you at six. Take Care everybody.
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If you're thinking of getting a new pet, you may want to consider the hottest thing from Japan.
They used to be only popular for eating at Sushi Bars, but now Pet stores are having a hard time keeping Jellyfish in stock.
That's in spite of the fact they cost anywhere from five to fifty dollars each.
The main selling point is they're easy to care for.
Jellyfish are never underfoot. They never bark and they don't chew up shoes.
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[IN Q=It's easy to]
((SOT ASAKO TAKAHASHI/PET STORE OWNER (in English): "It's easy to take care of
them...people love it very much." ))
[SUPER=01-Asako Takahashi/Pet Store Owner;]
[OUT Q=love it very much.]
Deluxe models even come with mood lighting.
Owners say you can pet the jellyfish. But don't even think about taking them for a walk.