Coming up next on News 7 at 5, Vice President Al Gore tries to bring hope to the area hit by Wednesday's deadly tornado.
and a surprise guilty plea from an accused stalker.[Wx-Heads]
Much drier air is working south its way south this evening. Looks like the next few nights will be rather chilly.[m
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Tonight on health check --
Asthma cases are on the rise among one group of Americans.
And local health department's are providing some services many don't know are available.
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Vice President Al Gore promises quick action as he surveys the damage caused by Wednesday night's deadly tornado.
Good afternoon, I'm Tonya Flory sitting in today for Jean Jadhon.
There's not a lot good this Good Friday for people in parts of Alabama, Georgia and Mississippi.
As they work to clear away the rubble from the storm that has killed 43 people, the vice president brought promises of hope and healing from Washington.
Maureen Maher has the details.
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(((LOCATOR: JEFFERSON COUNTY, ALABAMA)
VICE PRESIDENT AL GORE CAME TO THE STORM RAVAGED AREA TO SEE THE DAMAGE FIRST
PRESIDENT CLINTON DECLARED PARTS OF ALABAMA AND GEORGIA DISASTER AREAS..MAKING
THEM ELIGIBLE FOR FEDERAL AID.
SO MUCH DESTRUCTION WAS CAUSED BY THE TORNADO, THAT THOUSANDS OF LIVES WILL
NEVER BE THE SAME. THE STORM PACKED WINDS OF UP TO 260 MILES AN HOUR..WHAT IS
CALLED AN F-5 TORNADO.
SOT/GARY PETTI, METEROLOGIST, NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE
"AN F-5 IS A VERY RARE EVENT. IF THERE IS ONE OR TWO ACROSS THE UNITED STATES
EACH YEAR THAT IS A LOT. SOME YEARS WE GO WITHOUT SEEING ANY F-5'S. IT IS A
RARE EVENT. ANYWHERE IN THE UNITED STATES..LET ALONE ALABAMA."
MOST OF THE PEOPLE WHO LOST THEIR LIVES WERE FROM THIS AREA WEST OF
BIRMINGHAM. MANY OF THE MISSING HAVE BEEN ACCOUNTED FOR AND ARE SAFE, BECAUSE
THEY LEFT THEIR HOMES TO STAY WITH RELATIVES. STILL OTHERS PUT THEIR FAITH IN
GOD AND PAID ATTENTION TO STORM WARNINGS. PASTOR RICK COOPER OF THE OPEN DOOR
CHURCH LOST HIS CHURCH BUT NOT ITS MEMBERS.
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WE CAME DOWNSTAIRS AND CAME INTO THE HALLWAY AND WE WERE SINGING AND PRAYING
AND REALLY KEEPING EACH OTHER CALM. WE WERE AFRIAD BUT WE REALLY THOUGHT IT
WOULD PASS US BY..AND WITHING 15 MINUTES OR SO THE RONADO HIT AND EVERYTHING
WAS GONE. EXCEPT US. IT WAS MIRACULOUS. GOD GAVE US A MIRACLE.
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Protestants and Catholics in Northern Ireland used Good Friday to make history with a peace agreement today.
It's hoped the agreement will end the nearly 30 years of violence.
The pact would end direct British rule of the country.
Protestants and Catholics would govern in a joint assembly.
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The agreement came after nearly two years of negotiations between eight parties and the Irish and British governments.
A Lynchburg man accused of stalking News 7 Anchor Melanie Moon surprised prosecutors this morning with a guilty plea.
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((MARY BLANEY/ASST. COMMONWEALTH'S ATTORNEY: OBVIOUSLY, I'M VERY HAPPY ABOUT IT. I THINK HE'S ACCEPTING RESPONSIBILITY TO THE EXTENT THAT, YES THIS IS EXACTLY WHAT OCCURRED.))
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David Duff was due in court on a bond revocation hearing, after allegedly writing a letter to another female news anchor, Frances Scott of the Roanoke Fox affiliate, WJPR.
He pled guilty to the stalking charge, a misdemeanor which carries the possibility of a fine and a jail sentence of up to six months.
Moon says she hopes he receives counseling.
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((MELANIE MOON/NEWS 7 ANCHOR: I'M ALWAYS HUMBLED AND GRATEFUL FOR THE WONDERFUL LETTERS I GET, BUT WHEN IT COMES TO A POINT WHERE THEY START GETTING VERY SCARY AND THEY GO PAST THAT AND GET VERY PERSONAL. THAT'S WHEN YOU HAVE TO BE CONCERNED.))
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Duff remains free on bond. He will be sentenced in May.[(toss to R)]
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Welfare reform is taking new forms in Central Virginia. We'll have that story next.
and a local church is setting up a very realistic display for Good Friday.
and coming up in medical news, we'll explain why that Easter pet could cause health problems for your child.
Little remains of a rental truck that crashed on Interstate 81 this morning near the Dixie Caverns exit.
The crash demolished the back portion of the Penske Rental truck which was filled with household goods.
Fire fighters had to remove the cab to get to the driver who was trapped for about fifteen minutes.
State police say he fell asleep while driving.
The father and son were traveling from New Jersey to California.
Authorities say both are expected to recover from their injuries.
Neither was wearing a seat belt.
A re-enactment involving one of the most powerful images from the Bible is taking place outside a Montgomery County church.
Seneca Baptist Church in Elliston is holding a mock crucifixion until later tonight in honor of Good Friday.
Volunteers portraying Christ and the two thieves took their post early this morning.
The scene is so realistic a Sheriff's Deputy showed up at the church after a caller expressed concern someone was really nailed to the cross.
For the volunteers-- it's been an act of love.
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((JON HIGHSMITH/CHURCH MEMBER:THE LORD, I MEAN, HE DIED FOR US IN THAT WAY AND IT MAKES ME FEEL GOOD TO BE ABLE TO GET UP THERE AND SHOW THE PEOPLE THAT.
ROBERT HURT/CHURCH MEMBER:THIS IS IMPORT TO EVERY BORN AGAIN BELIEVER IN CHRIST TO SEE THIS BUT I THINK THE BIGGEST REASON WE'RE DOING THIS IS BECAUSE WE WANT PEOPLE WHO DON'T KNOW CHRIST AS THEIR SAVIOR TO SEE WHAT HE DID DO FOR US. ))
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There's still time to witness the mock crucifixion.
The volunteers will remain in place until seven this evening.
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Welfare reform is getting thousands of people OFF the public dole and INTO new jobs, but finding transportation to those jobs can be a problem.
That's where a new program in Lynchburg is helping out.
Qualified central Virginia residents can now apply for a loan of up to 25- hundred dollars to buy a reliable used car to get them to work.
Officials say that can make a world of difference.
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((RON CARL/FAMILY SERVICES DIRECTOR: IN THE BIGGER CITIES, YOU'VE GOT MASS TRANSIT. OUTSIDE THE CENTER PART OF LYNCHBURG, YOU'VE GOT RIDES, THUMBING, WALKING, CATCHING EVERY WAY YOU CAN. WE'RE TALKING ABOUT APPOMATTOX, CAMPBELL COUNTY, BEDFORD COUNTY, AMHERST COUNTY, WE'RE SERVING ALL THOSE AREAS WHERE TRANSPORTATION'S A CRITICAL NEED, BECAUSE JOBS ARE NOT CLOSE BY.))
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Borrowers have two years to pay back the loan with "no" interest.
15 loans have been approved so far.
The program is funded through unspent welfare money from social service agencies around central Virginia.
It might be the next best thing to being in Pamplona.
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But the more than eighty bullriders at the Salem Civic Center aren't running with the bulls-- they're riding them.
Riders by trade try to hang on for eight seconds, while a bull weighing around two thousand pounds tries to buck them off.
Although rodeos have more events, George Marshall says a lot of people go JUST to see bull riding.
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((GEORGE MARSHALL/SUPERBULL TOUR: IT'S BULLS ONLY. THAT'S THE NAME OF THE GAME. THERE'S NO BARRELL RACING, NO CALF-ROPING, NO CALF ROPING, NO STEER WRESTLING, WE JUST BROUGHT HTE BIG TIGER-STRIPED BULLS FROM TEXAS AND ALABAMA UP HERE AND YOU'RE GONNA SEE BULL RIDING TO START IT, BULL RIDING TO END IT AND BULL RIDING IN THE MIDDLE.))
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The SuperBull Tour is making its first stop in Virginia tonight and tomorrow night.
A local musician is on the verge of hitting the big time. And Patrick Evans has ventured into the "Belly of the Beast" to speak with Phil Norman about his new C-D.
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Phil Norman doesn't want to be a rock star, but with the release of his new CD, that may be unavoidable.
Patrick Evans spoke with Phil Norman today about his upcoming album debut.
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Coming up next on health check --
Preventing your child from getting sick from the Easter bunny.
And the public health department isn't what it used to be --
Today's programs offer services for the entire community.
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((DEBBIE SAMS/PUBLIC HEALTH NURSE:THINGS THAT EVERYBODY CAN COME TO, THAT I BRING MY OWN CHILDREN HERE FOR ARE THE VACCINES, WE DO HAVE A A PROGRAM, PHARMACY ONLY FOR PEOPLE WHO HAVE CHRONIC DISEASES AND WHO ARE INCOME ELIGIBLE.))
Good afternoon I'm Keith Humphry.
Members of a Roanoke County church have returned from a missionary trip to the Sudan.
They saw unbelievable beauty and overwhelming horror.
A 40-year civil war in the Sudan has taken a tremendous toll. The scars are everywhere.
The church members were there to help provide food, water and shelter to refugees.
[Live=Keith Full/Newsroom] News 7' s Steve Mason documented the journey and tonight on News 7 at Six he will begin a
We'll have that story and more coming up in about 40 minutes, Tonya.
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A new study in the New England Journal of Medicine says middle age people who watch their weight, exercise and
don't smoke will not only live longer, but they'll have fewer years of declining health.
The survery supports the belief that those with better health habits survive longer.
People with the worst lifestyles were 50 percent more likely to die early and were twice as disabled the last two years of their life.
The number of asthma cases has doubled since 1980.
Nearly 14 million Americans suffer from the disease.
It seems to be hitting poor inner city children at a higher rate.
Doctors say there are a variety of explanations including pollution and stale indoor air.
Droppings from cockroaches can also trigger asthma.
They're cute, fuzzy, and irresistible, but they can also be disease carriers.
If you're considering the purchase of a baby chick or bunny for Easter Sunday -- Health Correspondent Dr. Emily Senay reports there are some potential health risks associated with these pets.
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(( IF COLORED EGGS AREN'T ENOUGH TO SATISFY YOUR EASTER HOLIDAY NEEDS...AND YOU'RE THINKING ABOUT BUYING A BABY CHICK OR BUNNY...THERE ARE SOME IMPORTANT THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW BEFORE BRINGING PETS LIKE THIS INTO YOUR HOME.
KIDS LOVE LITTLE WARM BUNNIES AND SOFT BABY CHICKS AND PARENTS LIKE TO PUT THEM IN EASTER BASKETS AS GIFTS. THEY ARE EASY TO TAKE CARE OF...NEEDING A SMALL AMOUNT OF FOOD AND WATER, SOME EXERCISE AND IF THEY ARE KEPT IN A CAGE IT WILL NEED TO BE CLEANED EVERY DAY. EASY ENOUGH. BUT WHILE THEY ARE CUTE AND CUDDLY THEY CAN CARRY HEALTH RISKS THAT MANY PEOPLE ARE NOT AWARE OF.
HUMANS CAN CATCH RINGWORM FROM BABY RABBITS.
BILL DOUMA IS A FARMER WHO'S FAMILIAR WITH BABY RABBITS.
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"And if you're thinking about bringing home a baby chick...think again. That
cute baby chick might be carrying salmonella...a gastrointestinal illness in
humans. And for people with weak immune systems like those undergoing cancer
therapy or who have aids baby chicks should not be brought into the house."
AND THEN THERE'S THE OTHER ISSUE...BABY CHICKS BECOME CHICKENS AND BECOME WHAT VETERINARIANS CALL 'DISPOSABLE PETS.'
IF YOU'RE DETERMINED TO PUT A CHICK OR A RABBIT IN THOSE EASTER BASKETS WHY DON'T YOU TRY A CANDY ONE...THEY ALSO TASTE BETTER.
DR. EMILY SENAY, CBS NEWS. ))
It's opening day for the Salem Avalance over at Memorial Park.
And that's where Denise Allen is hanging out for today's two minute sportsticker[S5-Avalanche]
Good afternoon. The end of the week ticker focuses on the beginning of the Salem Avalanche baseball season.
This team comes to the plate with a lot of experience.
And fans can get a full dose of baseball as Salem opens up with a seven game home stand.
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Dave Oster joins us now
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An American icon is once again at the center of controversy.
A new Barbie doll is not making friends with credit counselors across the country.
"Cool Shopping Barbie" comes with her own tiny no limit MasterCard.
She even has a full size play copy for her owner...and that's what's bothering credit counselors.
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Mattel and MasterCard don't see what the fuss is all about. The credit card company says it just wants to promote brand awareness among future card holders.
Mattel says it all just pretend, besides there's a message on the the doll's box that reads, "Be a smart credit card shopper. Set a budget and stick to it."