Coming up next on News 7 at 5, 38 people are dead and many more are injured as a tornado tears its way through Alabama and Georgia.
and from Richmond, the Governor issues a carefully word proclamation on Confederate Heritage, but critics on both sides are still upset.
Winds gusts to nearly 50 mph this afternoon as a cold front sweeps the area. Some damage was reported. More shower
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In medical news --
Health officials suggest keeping a supply of charcoal may save your child.
And Roanoke doctors are on the forefront of a cutting edge new procedure for heart patients.
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Rescue crews are searching through the rubble after a deadly tornado rips through the Southeast.
Welcome to News 7 at 5, I'm Tonya Flory.
At least 38 people are dead and 160 are injured following the tornado that devastated parts of Alabama and Georgia.
Maureen Maher has more.
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(( THE TORNADOES RIPPED THEIR WAY ACROSS GEORGIA, MISSISSIPPI AND ALABAMA.
THE DAMAGE DONE OVERNIGHT...WAS REVEALED AT FIRST LIGHT. THE BIRMINGHAM AREA
WAS HARDEST HIT.
NOW IT'S UP TO RESCUE CREWS TO START THEIR SEARCH FOR THE VICTIMS AND
SURVIVORS OF THE TWISTERS.
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TRY TO IDENTIFY THOSE PEOPLE WE HAVE NOT BEEN ABLE TO FIND. WHEN WE FIND THOSE
PEOPLE GET THEM BACK WITH THEIR FAMILIES AND ASSESS THE DAMAGE. THEN WE WILL
BEGIN DOOR TO DOOR AFTER SEARCH AND RESCUE DOOR TO DOOR ASSESSMENT OF DAMAGE
WE'VE GOT TO ASSESS WHAT THE TOTAL EXTENT OF DAMAGE IS.
AND THAT IS THE HARD PART....HOW CAN YOU PUT A DOLLAR VALUE ON WHAT MEANT SO
MUCH TO SO MANY PEOPLE...WHO LOST NOT ONLY THEIR HOMES BUT LOVED ONES.
BUT THAT IS WHAT HAS TO BE DONE.))
Governor Jim Gilmore has declared April "Confederate History Month" in Virginia.
But his carefully- worded proclamation, released nine days into April, has drawn fire from Confederate supporters themselves.
[IN Q=Governor Gilmore]
((WAYNE BYRD/HERITAGE PRESERVATION ASSOC.: GOVERNOR GILMORE SAYS YOUR PEOPLE ARE HONORABLE AND I RECOGNIZE THAT, BUT-- YOU HAVE SOME SKELETONS IN YOUR CLOSET THAT I NEED TO BRING FORTH AND SHOW TO THE PEOPLE OF VIRGINIA TO MAKE IT ACCEPTABEL. NO SIR, I DON'T LIKE IT.))
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[OUT Q=don't like it.]
Gilmore's proclamation calls the Civil War "a tragic, heroic...struggle for deeply held beliefs," but it also condemns slavery.
[IN Q=I think]
((I THINK IT'S THE RIGHT THING TO DO IN APRIL TO RECOGNIZE CONFEDERATE HISTORY MONTH AND THE HERITAGE THAT WE HAVE AS VIRGINIANS, BUT THE PROCLAMATION IS INCLUSIVE OF EVERYONE, TALKS ABOUT THE ENTIRE HISTORY OF THE CIVIL WAR.))
[OUT Q=Civil War.]
Even with the slavery language, the N-double-ACP is NOT crazy about the proclamation either.
[IN Q=The Governor]
((LINDA BYRD-HARDEN/VA. NAACP: THE GOVERNOR HAD TO LEARN A VERY DIFFICULT LESSON AND THAT'S THAT YOU CAN'T STAND IN THE MIDDLE OF THE ROAD ON RACE RELATIONS.))
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The Heritage Preservation Association calls the proclamation a source of embarrassment and humiliation for southerners.
The N-double-A-C-P says ANY proclamation on the Confederacy is divisive.[5-Grayson-Murder]
Attorneys connected with Grayson County's most notorious murder case won't be talking with the media any time soon.
Teresa Hamilton joins us from our Blacksburg newsroom with the latest developments.
Tonya-- attorneys for both suspects are now working under a self imposed gag order.
Even the judge handling the case-- indicated media coverage has been extensive.
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(( Attorneys for Louis Ceparano aren't big fans of the print and television coverage devoted to their client's case.
Ceparano and Emmett Cressell, Junior are charged with burning and beheading a black man in Elk Creek last summer.
For the most part-- the coverage has focused on Cressell who's attorneys have granted numerous interviews casting a favorable light on their client.
As a result-- Ceparano's attorneys, who've remained almost silent throughout the case-- asked the court to impose a gag order on Cressell's attorneys.
In court today-- Jimmy and Bobby Turk argued that the coverage will prevent Ceparano from receiving a fair trial.
Jeff Dorsey and Mark Claytor were not in court but issued a written response saying they would abide by the motion if all parties involved in the case were also barred from talking to the press.
Jimmy and Bobby Turk agreed to the conditions as did commonwealth's attorney J-D Bolt who's already been working under a self imposed gag order.
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Area convenience stores are stepping up their efforts to keep cigarettes out of the hands of underage smokers. After this break, we'll tell you what they're doing.
but first from Saudi Arabia, over a 150 religious pilgrims are killed during a holy day stampede at Mecca.
and coming up in medical news, we'll tell you what five dollar treatment could save your child's health. It's something doctors say every home should have.
Saudi Arabia officials are still trying to determine how many people were killed when Muslim pilgrims stampeded today during an annual ceremony known as the hajj (HAHJ).
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The Saudi news agency says at least 150 people were killed on a bridge in the desert.
Some people were trampled in the stampede and some elderly and sick pilgrims fell off the bridge.
Police tried to rescue the victims, but couldn't get near to them due to the mass of people.
Today in Georgia, the United States saluted former prisoners of war with the opening of a national museum.
And in western Virginia, a local group unveiled a monument to those who have sacrificed their freedom to protect the nation's.
The Roanoke Valley Chapter of the American Ex- Prisoners of War dedicated the monument this afternoon.
It stands outside of the V-A Medical Center in Salem.
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The group has been working for ten years to honor former P-O-Ws with a monument. The V-A Medical Center has assu
med responsibility for its care and maintenance.[5-We-Card]
Recent figures show thirty percent of Virginia's retailers are still illegally selling tobacco products to underaged consumers.
Officials say part of the problem is store clerks aren't properly trained to identify young buyers and refuse them service.
That's why the Coalition for Responsible Tobacco Retailing is sponsoring training seminars across the country.
The "We Card" program teaches store employees what their responsibilities are when it comes to selling tobacco products.
[IN Q=Even something as]
((BERT DAVID/"WE CARD" TRAINER: EVEN SOMETHING AS SIMPLE AS CHECKING AN I-D CARD, IT SEEMS LIKE A NO- BRAINER, YOU CHECK THE I-D CARD, WELL THERE'S LITERALLY FIVE OR SIX DIFFERENT THINGS YOU'VE GOT TO LOOK FOR IN CHECKING AN I-D AND UNLESS YOU'RE PROPERLY TRAINED IN THAT AND GONE THROUGH A COUPLE OF REHEARSALS OR MOCK ROLE PLAYS, THEN YOU TEND TO GET CAUGHT IF YOU HAVEN'T BEEN PROPERLY TRAINED.))
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[OUT Q=been properly trained.]
David says both an employee and the business can be fined up to a hundred dollars the first time they're caught selling tobacco to minors.
A local restaurant is deliberately letting its service go down hill tonight.
It's letting a bunch of amateurs take over the waiting.
Patrick Evans is standing by to tell us it's all for a good cause.
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"The food is good, but the service may be a little slow," that might be one of the comments you'll hear tonight at Big Lick Publick House.
Especially if Patrick Evans is your waiter!
And Patrick, just what are you doing waiting tables tonight?
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In tonight's health check report --
The latest in high tech heart surgery is being offered right here in Roanoke.
[IN Q=It means]
((DR. JOSEPH BAKER/CARDIOTHORASIC SURGEON:IT MEANS THAT WE CAN OFFER MINIMALLY INVASIVE, SMALL INCISION OPERATIONS TO A WIDER GROUP OF PATIENTS THAN WE WERE PREVIOUSLY ABLE TO.))
[SUPER=01-Dr. Joseph Baker/Cardiothorasic Surgeon]
[OUT Q=able to]
[IN Q=But my]
((WILLIAM CARTER/HEART PORT PATIENT:BUT MY INCISION IS RIGHT HERE BETWEEN MY TWO FINGERS, RUNNING IN THIS THAT DIRECTION, I GOT MY FINGER ON IT RIGHT NOW AND THAT'S ALL THERE IS TO IT.))
[OUT Q=to it.]
It's the latest trend in surgery -- minimally invasive procedures are taking the medical community by storm in everything from gall bladder surgery to heart surgery.
A surgical team at Roanoke Memorial Hospital is now performing the operations that allow patients like 61-year old William Carter to recover in half the time.
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[SUPER=01-Janice Carter/Patient's Wife; :44]
[OUT Q=his old self]
[IN Q=Midnight Friday]
((WILLIAM CARTER/HEART PORT PATIENT:MIDNIGHT FRIDAY NIGHT THEY HAD ME ON THE SIDE OF THE BED, HAD ME ON MY FEET SATURDAY, I WALKED THE HALLS SATURDAY AND SUNDAY AND I WENT HOME ON MONDAY. I'M STILL WALKING AND GOING AND OFF OF PAIN MEDICINE, I FEEL WONDERFUL.))
[OUT Q=I feel wonderful.]
Less than two weeks after his operation Carter is picking up some thank you cards for the doctor and nurses who helped him through this innovative procedure.
So far, about a dozen port-access surgeries have been performed at Roanoke Memorial.
All have been successful.
[IN Q=Because the incision]
((DR. JOSEPH BAKER/CARDIOTHORASIC SURGEON:BECAUSE THE INCISION IS SMALLER AND BECAUSE WE DON'T SPLIT THE BREASTBONE, PATIENTS CAN GET BACK TO FULL ACTIVITY IN A VERY SHORT PERIOD OF TIME.))
[OUT Q=of time.]
But it's still a new technique and Janice Carter had reservations about her husband being one of the pioneer patients.
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[IN Q=Yes I did]
((JANICE CARTER/PATIENT'S WIFE:YES I DID AT THE BEGINNING, BUT AFTER HE MADE UP HIS MIND I WAS WILLING TO GO ALONG WITH WHAT HE DECIDED TO DO.))
[OUT Q=to do.]
One advantage over open heart surgery is the decreased risk of serious infection because the size of the incision is so small.
Which is also a cosmetic benefit.
[IN Q=There's no question]
((DR. JOSEPH BAKER/CARDIOTHORASIC SURGEON:THERE'S NO QUESTION THAT THE PATIENTS LIKE THE INCISIONS BETTER IN WOMEN IT'S ALMOST COMPLETELY HIDDEN AND IN MEN IT'S A COSMETICALLY VERY ACCEPTABLE INCISION.))
[OUT Q=acceptable incision.]
[IN Q=I've got a]
((WILLIAM CARTER/HEART PORT PATIENT:I'VE GOT A SMALL INCISION RIGHT HERE ABOUT FOUR INCHES LONG RUNNING THIS WAY AND A COUPLE OF LITTLE HOLES WHERE THEY HAD DRAIN TUBES IN ME AND THEY'VE HEALED OVER.))
[OUT Q=healed over]
Doctors say port access will never completely replace traditional open heart surgery.
It's only for patients with coronary artery and valvular heart disease.
[IN Q=I'm looking forward]
((WILLIAM CARTER/HEART PORT PATIENT:I'M LOOKING FORWARD TO A LONGER LIFE. I WAS OPERATING OFF OF ONE ARTERY WHEN THEY DID IT AND NOW THEY'VE REPLACED THAT ARTERY.))
[OUT Q=that artery]
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[IN Q=He seems]
((JANICE CARTER/PATIENT'S WIFE:HE SEEMS LIKE HIS OLD SELF AGAIN NOW EXCEPT FOR BEING WEAK, OTHER THAN THAT HE'S HIS OLD SELF.))
[OUT Q=old self]))
There are now about 100 centers in the world offering the surgery,
and doctors say they still have a lot to learn.
Poison control experts are recommending that parents add another product to their arsenal of protection.
It's activated charcoal and in some cases of accidental poisoning, it works better than (ip-i-kack)IPECAC.
Taken in soda or water, the charcoal binds to a poison almost instantly and prevents it from being absorbed.
Some poison control centers recommend charcoal eight times more often than IPECAC.
The problem is parents aren't aware of the product.
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[OUT Q=ask them to use]
Activated Charcoal is a good treatment if your child gets into prescription drugs, over the counter medication, or other household product.
It has recently become available at local pharmacies for about five dollars a bottle.
The Express opens the second round of the Kelly Cup playoffs against Hampton Roads tonight at the Round House. St
eve Mason joins us from the Round House with a pregame report. [S5-Express]
Thank you Tonya. Welcome everyone to your Thursday ticker. on paper; Roanoke fans might be licking their chops; of the 16 ECHL teams that made the playoffs; the Admirals had the worst record. But hampton came on strong at the end and has won 9 of it's last 11 and swept Peoria in the first round to get here.
The Express comes in with perhaps the best goalies and defense in the league. Michael Smith and Mike Peron join me.
Michael Smith; How is the team an hour and a half before face off? are you wrested after the Huntington series?
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Frank Anzalone called Hampton center Victor Jervais a offensive superstar. you have been the defensive specialist for Roanoke your assignment? how do you stop him?
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Offensively; Some of the Express top scorers have been held in check during the playoffs. Chris Lipsett has just one point. But Mike peron has picked up the slack; leading the Express in the post season with 3 goals and 1 assist. You're facing two young goalies tonight in Charpentier and sall. What do you try and do against hampton's defense?
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What's been the key for you so far and can you keep it going?
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Face off tonight is at 7:05. Coming up at 6; we will hear coach Anzalone's thoughts on this series. That's it for the ticker; but don't go anywhere; there is still more news 7 at 5 coming your way.
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Students at Lord Botetourt High School are helping NASA scientists explore the moon.
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((SEVEN SIX FIVE FOUR IGNITE THE FIRST STAGE!))
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24 students are using the Internet to launch their own satellite to the moon -- just like the NASA voyage that began early this year.
NASA will provide them with a set of real data -- to probe for signs of water or heavy metals.
The two-person teams have spent weeks in training.
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((ANNA CASTIGLIONE/STUDENT: YOU HAVE TO COME IN EARLY AND GET ON THE INTERNET AND LOOK THROUGH THE WHOLE MOONLINK ONLINE CHART, AND YOU HAVE TO ANSWER QUESTIONS ABOUT THE MOON -- THE GRAVITATION -- ALL THE THINGS I'D NEVER REALLY LEARNED AND NOW ONCE YOU KNOW IT, WE'RE PREPARED TO DO THE LAUNCH.))
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Many excited mission members say they hope to find something NASA hasn't.
That's News 7 at 5. Thank You for watching