Coming up next on News 7 at 5, Governor Gilmore signs a controversial abortion bill into law.
and Valley Metro riders come to the assistance of the 103 year old woman burned out of her home last week.
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In medical news --
Richmond paramedics try something new to save the lives of heart attack patients,
And stop snoring in ten minutes, researchers say it's possible with a new treatment.
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((PAT ROBERTSON/CHRISTIAN BROADCASTING NETWORK: IT'S THE BEGINNINGS OF AN ACKNOWLEDGEMENT IN AMERICA THAT THE SLAUGHTER OF THE INNOCENT HAS GOT TO STOP.))
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The superstars of America's religious conservatives turned out to sign a new abortion restriction into law in Virginia.
Good afternoon, I'm Jean Jadhon..
Barring court action, a ban on what opponents call a "partial birth" abortion will take effect July first in Virginia.
Governor Jim Gilmore signed the bill into law today.
The State Capitol ceremony drew such conservative luminaries as Pat Robertson and Jerry Falwell.
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((THIS PROCEDURE KNOWN AS PARTIAL BIRTH ABORTION IS PARTICULARLY REPULSIVE AND IS NEVER MEDICALLY NECESSARY.))
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Lynchburg Senator Steve Newman co-sponsored the bill.
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((SEN. STEVE NEWMAN/R-LYNCHBURG: THE LANGUAGE THAT HAS BEEN TOPPLED IN THE COURTS OF COURSE IS MOSTLY BASED ON THE OHIO LAW, WHICH WAS VAGUE. I THINK EVERYONE UP HERE AGREES THAT IT WAS VAGUE. THIS LAW OF COURSE IS BASED ON THE AMA'S LANGUAGE.))
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((KENT WILLIS/VA. ACLU: THIS IS BASICALLY A COOKIE CUTTER LAW. 22 STATES HAVE ADOPTED LAWS. ALL OF THEM LOOK JUST ABOUT THE SAME. AND ALL OF THEM LOOK JUST SO SLIGHTLY DIFFERENT. THIS DOES NOT SEEM TO BE SUBSTANTIALLY DIFFERENT FROM 12 OTHER STATES WHO ADOPTED PARTIAL BIRTH ABORTION BANS AND HAD THE STRUCK DOWN BY THE COURTS AS UNCONSTITUTIONAL.))
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Planned Parenthood of Virginia says the law's vague language could actually prohibit first and second trimester abortions.
A Pittsylvania County man is on trial today for the murder of his wife last fall.
The prosecution finished presenting its case against Mark Dana Turner this afternoon.
Turner is accused of killing his wife Kimberly at the couple's trailer in the Axton area last October.
He admitted he pointed a gun at her to scare her and says it went off by accident.
Prosecutors say Turner was angry at his wife because he thought she was having an affair.
Both sides have rested, and the case is almost in the hands of the jury.
Danville spree killer Percy Walton got his day before Virginia's highest court today -- where his attorney met some skeptical justices.
Walton was given the death sentence for the Thanksgiving week of 1996 murders of Jesse and Elizabeth Kendrick, and nearby neighbor Archie Moore.
Today, Walton's attorney argued other cases with more brutal elements have gotten lighter sentences.
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((OUR POINT IS THAT THE FACTS OF THIS CASE, NO MATTER HOW UNPLEASANT THEY ARE, ARE NOT NEARLY AS EGREGIOUS AS THE FACTS IN THESE SAMPLE CASES.))
((JUSTICE LEROY HASSELL: THE FACTS ARE PRETTY EGREGIOUS FACTS TO ME. YOU HAVE A FELLOW WHO COMMITS MULTIPLE MURDERS. HE KILLS...HIS OR HER SPOUSE.))
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The court's decision is expected in several weeks.
A federal judge will decide whether to throw a lawsuit out against the town of Blacksburg.
The suit was filed by the family of Maurice Taylor.
Taylor was shot 18 times when he allegedly pulled a B-B gun as officers tried to serve a warrant on him in a Blacksburg drug store.
At today's hearing, Judge Sam Wilson asked the plaintiff's attorney if he could prove Taylor was shot AFTER he fell to the floor.
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((BILL CRUEY/PAINTIFF'S ATTORNEY; IT'S SOMETIMES HARD TO DETERMINE WHAT THEY'RE GOING TO DO. IT CERTAINLY SEEMS LIKE HE'S NOT LOOKING AT IT FAVORABLY, BUT OF COURSE THE COURT'S GOING TO CONSIDER ALL THE ISSUES AND I'M SURE WILL ISSUE THE DECISION HE FEELS IS RIGHT UNDER THE CIRCUMSTANCES AFTER CONSIDERING THE BRIEFS FILED BY EACH SIDE. ))
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Cruey (CREW-ee) told the judge he felt the 18 shots fired represented excessive force in the case.
Judge Wilson says he'll consider the case and make a ruling later.
Gertrude Jumper and her daughter, Emma Jones escaped their burning home last week with just the shirts on their backs.
And so far, the community's response has been amazing.
Valley Metro driver Wendell Poff began collecting donations for the two last week.
Today, he presented Jumper with what he came up with-- almost four-hundred and fifty dollars.
He says he was just doing what he thought was right.
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((WENDELL POFF/BUS DRIVER: 103 YEARS OLD AND THEN SOMETHING TRAGIC HAPPENS TO HER, IT JUST HURT ME AWFUL BAD, I KNOW IT HURT HER, AND I WANTED TO DO SOMETHING TO LET HER KNOW THAT THE WHOLE WORLD'S NOT BAD.))
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Jumper has been riding the city bus system for years.
She says the money will help her pay the bills once she finds a new home.
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Several people are injured following a passenger train crash in Pennsylvania. We'll have that story after this break.
and a bank with branches in our area is about to change its name. Scott Goldberg will join us with news of one of the largest mergers ever.
In Health check, if your good night's sleep is ruined by snoring, stay tuned, we'll have news that offers some hope.
Stay with us.
President Clinton hasn't decided whether he'll visit Northern Irleand again soon.
He says he's willing to return to the region- but he doesnt' want to undermine the Irish peace deal reached last week.
((I THINK WHAT WE SHOULD ALL BE FOCUSING ON NOW IS GETTING FACTS OF AGREEMENT OUT TO IRISH PUBLICS AND LETTING PEOPLE IN THE NORTH AND IN THE PUBLICIST VOTE THEIR CONVICTION AND THEN AND SEE WHERE WE ARE.))
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Former Senator George Mitchell was appointed by the President to help bring about the agreement. He met with the President today to brief him on the outcome.
((I DON'T THINK THERE WOULD HAVE BEEN AN AGREEMETN WITHOUT PRESIDENT CLINTON'S INVOLVEMENT NOT BEGINNING THIS PAST WEEK BUT BEGINNING SEVERAL YEARS AGO.))
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The last time the president visited the area was 1995.
Some scary moments for passengers of an Amtrak train-
The train crashed into cars from a freight train that had derailed on an adjacent track near Pittsburgh.
19 passengers and one crew member were taken to the hospital.
A paramedic says most of the injuries were head, neck and back
pain, along with cuts and bruises.
The train was carrying 140 people and was headed from Chicago to
The Salad Days of summer are just around the corner.
In a few minutes, Patrick will dash out of the weather center into the kitchen to learn about some nutrious and delicious summer salads.
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There's more News 7 to come. A little later, we'll see how things were really on a roll at the White House today.
And on Healthcheck, paramedics in Richmond are trying something new that could save the lives of some heart patients.
and doctors are testing a new procedure that can make a lot of people rest easier. Early results show it reduces snoring by 85 percent.
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Good afternoon I'm Keith Humphry.
I've got a character I want you to meet.
Fred Leffel is a back woods bear hunter who goes to the Mardi Gras in New Orleans about every year.
He lives about as far off the beaten path as you can get in this part of the world.
Nothing seems to bother him much.
But there's something eating at him these days... something that goes back a while.
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((MY MOM WAS BORN AND RAISED HERE IN 1903, AND SHE CAN REMEMBER THE BUILDING WHEN SHE WAS GROWING UP. SHE'S 95, NOW.))
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It's a building that's fast disappearing... and that's what bothers Fred Leffel.
The family of folks that's tearing is down- -piece by piece insists they're recycling.
On NEWS 7 at SIX tonight, we'll explain what that's all about.
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I think you'll enjoy this one, Jean.
State officials are trying to change the public's attitude about Virginia's mental health system.
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The decision comes in the wake of recent charges that some state hospitals are negligent when it comes to patient care.
One patient died in restraints at Central State Hospital in Petersburg in June 1996, and two died at Western State Hospital in Staunton in the past two years.
The Justice Department and legislative commissions are looking into new ways of protecting patient rights.
The Richmond Ambulance Authority is taking a revolutionary step to save more lives.
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It's using the first drug proven to reduce 'out of hospital' heart attack deaths.
Paramedics are administering the drug amniodrone in the field to help patients who may not make it to the hospital in time.
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((JERRY OVERTON/RICHMOND AMBULANCE AUTHORITY:THIS IS A VERY QUICK ACTING DRUG THAT ALLOWS THE ELECTRICAL ACTIVITY TO BE MAINTAINED IN THE HEART TO GIVE US THE CHANCE TO ORGANIZE THAT ELECTRICAL ACTIVITY TO GET IT INTO WHAT WE CALL A RYTHM, THAT'S GOING TO GET THAT PATIENTS HEART BEATING AGAIN.))
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Right now the drug is only administered in hospitals.
Amniodrone cannot be used on a patient whose heart has completely shut down.
The Authority hopes to have all of its ambulances stocked and ready to go by April 15th.
Doctors in Chicago are testing a new treatment for snoring.
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Snoring is caused when the muscles in the throat become loose and vibrate like the reed in a musical instrument.
The muscles can be tightened surgically, but the procedure is difficult.
Laser treatments are often used, but that can be painful and sometime can make the problem worse because scar tissue can make the airway more narrow. But a new device may cure the problem in just 10 minutes.
After a local painkiller, prongs are put in the patient's pallate and heated with radio waves.
The outside of the throat is undamaged, but the inside shrinks and tightens.
The procedure is currently being tested.
So far every patient has decreased snoring by 85-percent and brainwave patterns show they're getting a deeper sleep.
In sports, former Ferrum and Seattle Seahawk star Chris Warren has a new place to hang his hat.
And here's Mike Stevens with the two minute Sports ticker to tell us where that is.[S5-Jobs]
Welcome everybody to another brand new work week.
School is out in most localities this week, but the pros are hardly taking a holiday.
The Dallas Cowboys officially signed for Ferrum great Chris Warren to a multi-year deal.
Warren was released by the Seahawks last season despite being the franchise's all-time leading rusher and pro bowl performer.
He became expendable when Seattle signed Ricky Watters.
Warren's three year deal with the Cowboys will make him mainly a backup behind Emmitt Smith.
And Rick Barnes officially signed with the University of Texas today to be the school's next head basketball coach.
He leaves Clemson for a new 7 year contract worth nearly three-quarters of a million dollars.
The Express leads the second round Kelly Cup playoff series with Hampton Roads 2 games to none. Game three doesn'face off until Wednesday; but Steve Mason says the heated battle has hardly cooled thanks to an article in a Norfolk paper.
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((An article in the Norfolk based Virginian Pilot newspaper tates that Express coach Frank Anzalone gestured at Admirals head coach John Brophy "as if to challenge him to a fight."
Monday morning; Anzalone vehemtly denied the report written by sportswriter harry Minium; saying he was not even trying to communicate with brophy but was in fact joking with the lineman after Dave Stewart was handed a 10 minute penalty.))
Anzalone said his comments were directed at the newspaper in Norfolk. His team remains focussed on game three on the Admirals ice; a place the Express expects to be hostile; considering Hampton Roads is at home and on the brink of elimination.
Don't forget the Avalanche is back home tonight at Salem Memorial still looking for it's first win of the season. Tonight's opponent is Winston Salem.
the Lynchburg Hillcats are off tonight.
as are the danville 97's. we will see ya back here tonight at 6.[5-COOKING]
The spring and summer months are great for eating light and healthy, especially as fresh fruits and vegetables come on the market.
Patrick Evans says salads can be a complete and satisfying meal when prepared properly.
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The White House put on its Easter best today.
The day after the holiday means it's time for the traditional White House Easter egg roll.
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President Clinton kicked off the festivities as children from across the country gathered to roll more than seven thousand hard boiled eggs.
A young child says the event is pretty simple, you just take an egg and roll it with a spoon.
There was something new this year. Kids who couldn't make it to the White House got to participate by way of the internet.
Proposed condos in Daleville are creating controversy.
The story at 11.
What do today's bank mergers mean for consumers?
Coming up at 11...