Coming up next on News 7 at 5,
Big Tobacco is bailing out of settlement negotiations with Congress.
Also an admitted killer denies he went after the Montgomery County prosecutor who helped put him away.
And residents in Northwest Roanoke are fearful after a series of fires--including one that destroyed two homes last night.
The stage is set for some rocky weather this evening. Severe Storms with Hail are a possibility.[medical-head]
In health news --
Studies report women hurt more than men and in more places, but cope better with the pain.
and there's been concern Ritalin is being prescribed too often for children with behavioral problems, but a new study says that's not the case.
((THE EXTENSIVE SETTLEMENT REACHED JUNE 20TH OF LAST YEAR THAT COULD HAVE SET THE NATION ON A DRAMATIC NEW AND CONSTRUCTIVE DIRECTION IS DEAD.))
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The tobacco deal goes up in smoke- R-J Reynolds calls it off.
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Good Evening. I'm Jean Jadhon.
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The head of RJ Reynolds parent company says Congress took a workable deal and broke it beyond repair.
Steven Goldstone blasted lawmakers and the President for demanding tougher terms than the company agreed to.
((STEVEN GOLDSTONE/R.J. REYNOLDS CEO: THE COMPREHENSIVE SETTLEMENT FAILED BECAUSE THE ADMINISTRATION WHILE PUBLICALLY PRAISING THE CONCEPT, PRIVATELY DISMANTLED IT PIECE BY PIECE.))
[SUPER=01-Steven Goldstone/RJR Nabisco CEO;]
[OUT Q=piece by piece.]
The settlement gives the industry less civil liability proection than the agreement reached last June- but still requires advertising and marketing concessions.
More tobacco companies are calling off cooperation with Congress.
Philip Morris, Lorrilard and Brown and Williamson also oppose the bill.
The blaze that burned two houses in Northwest Roanoke last night is the latest in a series of suspicous fires in that area.
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Eric Earnhart joins us from the latest fire scene with more.
Jean, so far the fires have only been set in abandoned houses.
but in a neighborhood like this, with houses crowded close together, residents say everyone's in danger.
[IN Q=The fire on]
[SUPER=01-Gertrude Jumper/Fire Victim; :12]
[SUPER=01-Marlan Morris/Assistant Fire Marshal;:51]
[OUT Q=refuge that way.]
((The fire on Harrison Avenue flared up so fast and hot, it didn't take long to jump the gap from the abandoned house to the house where 103 year old Gertrude Jumper and her daughter lived.
[IN Q=we've been lucky]
((GERTRUDE JUMPER/FIRE VICTIM; WE'VE BEEN LUCKY SO FAR THANK THE GOOD LORD THAT NONE OF US WASN'T HURT AND THE RED CROSS OR BLUE CROSS OR SOMETHING PUT US UP LAST NIGHT.))
[OUT Q=up last night]
Suspicious fires have hit several abandoned houses in the area...
Paul Henry says he warned Jumper the empty house next door was a target.
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((PAUL HENRY/NEIGHBOR; I ALWAYS THOUGHT THAT THE CITY SHOULD HAVE TORE IT DOWN AFTER THEY FOUND OUT IT COULDN'T BE FIXED.))
[OUT Q=be fixed]
Investigators are also concerned about the pattern.
They don't know if it's the work of an arsonist, or the result of other problems in the neighborhood.
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((MARLAN MORRIS/ASSISTANT FIRE MARSHAL; WE HAVE REASON TO EXPECT THERE ARE A CERTAIN AMOUNT OF DRUG USE, VAGRANCY, FOLKS TRYING TO GET OUT OF THE ELEMENTS, USING VACANT HOUSES TO SEEK SOME KIND OF REFUGE THAT WAY. ))
[OUT Q=refuge that way]))
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He's spent 24 years in jail-- but he has unfinished business in Montgomery County.
Frank DeWease has five more weeks at a halfway house in D-C.
Then he's a free man.
DeWease went to prison in 1973 for setting a bomb that took the hands of Patrick Graybeal-- the man who who prosecuted DeWease when he murdered his wife.
DeWease now admits to his wife's murder -- but still denies setting a bomb for Graybeal.
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((FRANK DEWEASE: HOPEFULLY, MAY THE 17TH I WILL MOVE OUT TO BELTVILLE, MARYLAND FOR NEXT THREE MONTHS. THEN I'M GOING BACK TO MONTGOMERY COUNTY. Why? WHY? BECAUSE I HAVE NO REASON TO STAY AWAY FROM MONTGOMERY COUNTY.))
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Special prosecutor John (SPY-erz) Spiers tried DeWease's bombing case.
[IN Q=I said]
((JOHN SPIERS JR./FORMER COMMONWEALTH'S ATTY.:I SAID I WASN'T CONCERNED BUT I AM CONCERNED, I AM NOT AFRAID BECAUSE I DON'T THINK HE WOULD HAVE ANYTHING IN FOR ME, I CAN'T THINK WHY HE WOULD EXCEPT I JUST PROSECUTED HIM AND THAT WAS ENOUGH, MAYBE, IN ONE CASE.))
[SUPER=01-John Spiers, Jr./Former Commonwealth's Attorney;]
[OUT Q=in one case.]
DeWease says he'll work to have the bombing case re-opened to clear his name.
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Time to check in with Andrew Freiden in the Weather Center.[tease#1]
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One of the Big Three automakers is installing side air bags in its new models. We will have that story coming up on News 7 at Five.
and it's the issue of the day for President Clinton--the need for school repair and construction.
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((THIS IS NOT ROCKET SCIENCE. THIS IS TAKING CARE OF OUR CHILDREN.))
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In Health news, the Senior Olympics prove you're never too old to compete--and
a new study aims to prevent diabetes in those that are at risk for the disease.
There's a new box office champ--also coming up Patrick Evans compares and contrasts "Lost in Space" and "Titanic." Stay with us.
Three former football players at Lord Botetourt High School were in court today on drug charges.
Richard Gluth, Nathan Beasley, and Robert Erickson face felony charges of moving the drug Ecstacy between Botetourt County and James Madison University.
J-M-U student (KI) Kai Safran was also charged with distribution.
All four waived their rights to preliminary hearings.
Prosecutors say the three admitted to selling the drug for about twenty dollars a pill -- but lab results show the pills were really only cough medicine.
Now they can be charged with distributing imitation drugs -- a trial date will be set in June.[5-Clinton-Educa
President Clinton toured a school-
checking out cracked ceilings and falling plaster-
This old building was recently closed-
The president visited its replacement- in Chicago.
He's pushing a plan to use tax credits to build schools across the nation.
((IF WE CAN BE SPENDING FEDERAL MONEY AS WE ARE TO TRY AND CONNECT EVERY CLASSROOM AND LIBRAY IN THE COUNTRY TO THE INTERNET BY THE YEAR 2-THOUSAND, DONT' WE WANT OUR CLASSROOMS FIT TO GO TO SCHOOL IN AND DOWN'T WE WANT THERE TO BE ENOGUTH TO HAVE SMALL CLASS SIZES WHERE WE NEED THEM?))
[OUT Q=where we need them"]
The President's plan would build five thousand schools nationwide and repair others.
"Titanic" was NOT the number one movie in America last weekend, gettting knocked off by the up-start "Lost in Space", based on the 1960's CBS TV series.
Patrick Evans, a long time fan of the original series, went to find out more about the movie's success, and just how it sank "Titanic" at the box office.
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One lucky couple from our area has won big in the state lottery--we'll meet them, a little later on News 7 at Five.
Tonight on health check -- his and her pain --
Are men grouchy because they're suffering or is it a case of the moody blues?
New research shows women recover quicker and are not as apt to
let pain control their lives.
And predicting diabetes--some patients with a family history of the disease are taking part in a national study, to see if they are at risk of developing the disease.
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(( I SEE WHAT THEY GO THROUGH. THE PILLS, THE LIFESTYLE CHANGES-- THE PROBLEMS
THEY HAVE PHYSICALLY. I DON'T WANT TO HAVE TO GO THROUGH ALL THAT.))
[OUT Q=through all that]
Good afternoon, I'm Keith Humphry here's one of the stories we're working on for News 7 at Six.
Over the past few weeks, Roanoke City School leaders have been preparing students and parents for a new drug -sniffing dog program.
The dogs are supposed to discourage students from bringing drugs to school.
Today, the plan was put into motion.
[IN Q=TODAY AT]
((ANNIE HARMON/STUDENT SERVICES-ALTERNATIVE PROGRAMS DIRECTOR; TODAY AT 1:15, WE DID A RANDOM UNANNOUNCED DRUG DOG SEARCH ON THE CAMPUS OF PATRICK HENRY HIGH SCHOOL IN ROANOKE, VIRGINIA.))
[SUPER=01-Annie Harmon/Roanoke City Schools;]
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We'll find out what, if anything, was found tonight on News 7 at Six.
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The American Medical Association says there's no need to get hyper over Ritalin.
The A-M-A reports there's no evidence that doctors are over prescribing that drug and others for treating children diagnosed as hyperactive.
Some critics worry that children are being given the drugs
simply to control unwanted behavior in the classroom.
But the A-M-A looked at two decades of Ritalin studies and found little evidence to back the concerns.
A nationwide study is underway. Its aim: to stop diabetes before it develops.
More than 16 million Americans have the disease--it can be devastating, attacking the heart and kidneys. It's also the leading cause of blindness and leg amputations.
Elizabeth Garcia is worried-- worried that one day she will develop diabetes.
It runs in her family.... affecting her mother, grandmother
and a number of aunts.
A blood test showed pre-diabetes or what's called
impaired glucose tolerance.... meaning her own insulin is starting to not work as well as it should.
[IN Q=One of the problems]
[SUPER=01-Dr. Ned Calonge/University of Colorado]
[OUT Q=have any symptoms (**2nd reference**)]
Elizabeth is taking part in a study where she is eating healthier, losing weight and taking pills to make her insulin work better.
[TAKE PRE PRO LIVE/DIABETES STUDY AND SYMPTOMS]
26 universities are taking part in the study.
If you are interested you can call 1-888-dpp-join for
Risk factors for diabetes include: being over the age of 40, being overweight, having a family history of the disease, if you had diabetes of pregnancy or delivered a very large baby.... or if you are
African-American, Native-American or Hispanic.
Age makes little difference if FUN is what you're striving for.
Just ask this group of seniors from the New River Valley preparing to take part in the upcoming regional Senior Olympics.
This morning-- they met at the Christiansburg Recreation center to practice for next month's competition.
There are a number of categories to choose from: ranging from basketball to billiards.
[IN Q=I'd recommend]
((CATHERINE MCKENZIE:I'D RECOMMEND IT TO ANYONE REGARDLESS OF WHAT YOU'RE STATUS IS, JUST SO YOU'RE 50 AND UP, CAUSE, I SHOULD KNOW, CAUSE I'M 87, YES, SO I THIN IT'S A GREAT EXPERIENCE, I'VE ENJOYED IT SO MUCH. ))
[SUPER=07-Catherine McKenzie; :00]
[OUT Q=so much.]
ANYONE interested in taking part in the regional competition needs to register by April 20th.
The actual event will take place in May.
Scientists are labeling bacteria with a bar code.
Researchers at Cornell University then use a laser beam to read the bacteria codes.
They combined micro-electronics and biology to detect harmful bacteria in food.
They say it's a faster method of finding potentially deadly
contamination in hamburger and other foods.
New bio-sensors can find microscopic quantities of bacteria in a regular, repeating pattern -- a pattern that's similar to the U-P-C bar code on supermarket items.
The findings are reported in the latest issue of Analytical
A study suggests that while women have a lower threshold for pain, men are more likely to complain about it.
Researchers studying arthritis suggest women handle pain
better than men.
Ohio University Doctor Francis Keefe says when women hurt, they try to relieve the discomfort through "emotional coping.''
That could include keeping busy, venting emotions, looking for comfort from a friend, and even from prayer.
Men use fewer such coping skills and, in the long run, suffer
In sports an update on the condition of veteran golfer Sam Snead.
And the Liberty University Flames have a new head basketball coach. Here's Mike Stevens with more.[S5-Liberty]
Welcome everybody to an eventful midweek two minute sports ticker.
We get things started this afternoon down in Lynchburg where the Liberty Flames nabbed a University of West Virginia assistant to take over the school's men's basketball program.
[SUPER=03-Lynchburg/This Morning; :00]
This morning Mel Hankinson, who has been in charge of recruiting, scouting and game preparation at WVU was introduced to the university community.
He inherits a team that won 11 games and lost 17 last season, and understands what he's up against.
[SUPER=01-Mel Hankinson/New Liberty Head Coach; :00]
[OUT Q=...with everybody."]
Hankinson has experience coaching at a Christian school. He spent some time at the Master's College plus, back in the mid 70's he also coached at Roanoke College.
He replaces interim head coach Randy Dunton, who was denied in his effort to get the head coaching job on a fulltime basis.
Hankinson says he plans for his team to play a unique brand of motion offense that he and two NBA coaches developed.
I'll have more on that tonight at 6.
Also, some signing taking place today in Bath County as a couple of of the schools athletes signed scholarship papers.
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Katie Hardbarger, the three time all-Pioneer district and two-time all-region C performer inked scholarhsip papers today with JMU.
And wrestler Levi Fish picked upa $64 thousand dollar scholarship. He is headed to Wentworth Military academey and then Central Missouri State where he hopes to study law.
We'll talk to both of them tonight at six.
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And there's good news tonight for Hot Springs native Sam Snead.
He was hospitalized yesterday in Augusta, Georgia with stroke liek symptoms.
But he expected to be released from the hospital tonight and docotrs say he can take part in tomorrow's ceremonial Master's opening.
Snead has been a part of the Masters every year since 1937.
Nurses says his problems were caused by fatigue and not any kind of neurological disorder.
Sam Snead is 85 years old. Last Fall he was inducted into the new Bath County athletic hall of fame.
Hope you have a greta night folks. Take care.
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A three dollar investment paid off handsomely for a Pulaski County man whose family is now set for life.
David Allen hit the jackpot yesterday when he bought a "Win for Life" lottery ticket from this Wilco station in Fairlawn.
The scratch off ticket entitles the holder to five THOUSAND dollars a month for life.
But David decided NOT to keep the ticket-- instead he gave it to his wife.
David's health is failing and he thought his wife, Julia, would live longer to provide for their grandchildren.
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((JULIA ALLEN/WINNING TICKET HOLDER:I CAN'T MAKE MYSELF KNOW IT REALLY, WELL, I REALLY HAVE TO PINCH MYSELF TO KNOW THAT I WON IT. ))
[SUPER=01-Julia Allen/Winning Ticket Holder; :00]
[OUT Q=won it.]
After taxes-- the Allens' will get about 34- hundred dollars a month.
By the way-- there are still two more "Win for Life" Virginia lottery tickets out there.