Coming up next on news 7 at 5, the General Assembly is back in session. We'll have a live report.
and a teenager pleads guilty to killing her newborn baby.
Light rain wraping around a storm system this evening will keep things rather grey through tomorrow. Warming up with
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On Health Check, two church members make a big sacrifice to come to the aid of a local teenager
and we'll tell you why the buyer needs to beware when buying prescriptions over the Internet.
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Governor Jim Gilmore's having a good day as state lawmakers are back at work for their annual veto override session.
Good Evening. I'm Jean Jadhon.
So far, the Governor's batting a thousand.
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Ellen Qualls is at the State Capitol.
What issues have been put to rest so far?
Jean, lawmakers have only mustered the two-thirds vote necessary to override a veto on one bill-- at the Governor's request, since he decided he mistakenly vetoed it.
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The Governor's veto will stand though on a bill that would raise the fee to renew your driver's license-- from two to four dollars.
The money would go to local volunteer rescue squads.
The Governor and some Republicans called it a tax increase.
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((DEL. JACK ROLLISON/R-WOODBRIDGE: WE'RE GONNA SPEND ALMOST 500-MILLION DOLLARS TO ELIMINATE A TAX ON CARS AND TRUCKS.
BUT YET WITH THIS LEGISLATION WE'RE ASKING OUR CITIZENS TO INCREASE THE TAX ON OUR AUTOMOBILES AND TRUCKS.))
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((DEL. WARD ARMSTRONG/D-MARTINSVILLE: LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, THE WORLD DOESN'T START AND THE WORLD DOESN'T END WITH THE CAR TAX. THERE'S A FEW OTHER THINGS WE HAVE TO DO AROUND HERE BESIDES DEAL WITH THAT ISSUE.))
Several rural Democrats fought for the rescue squads.
((DEL. BARNIE DAY/D-PATRICK CO.: TO THE 35-THOUSAND VOLUNTEER FIREMEN AND RESCUE SQUAD MEMBERS ACROSS THE COMMONWEALTH, WHAT I WOULD ASK YOU TO DO SIMPLY IS NOT LISTEN TO THE RHETORIC ON THIS BUT WATCH WHAT WE DO.))
So the rescue squads lost that one.
The Governor won.
He also won on sex ed and guidance counselors.
Lawmakers couldn't come up with the votes to make either one a mandate on local school boards any longer.
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A possible link between a Roanoke Times reporter and an advocacy group raises questions about coverage of one of the area's most sensitive issues.
Ron Nixon, shown here at a forum last week at Virginia Tech, reports on the controversial power line issue for the newspaper.
He's also listed on the internet as a founding board member and current treasurer of the North Carolina group "Democracy South".
The non-partisan organization researches issues and sends its findings to numerous organizations and news outlets.
Democracy South's work focuses on political campaign finance as well as social and environmental issues.
Virginia Tech law and ethics professor Wat Hopkins says its questionable for reporters to belong to such organizations.
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((WAT HOPKINS/VT LAW AND ETHICS PROFESSOR: EVEN THE PERCEPTION OF BIAS IS DANGEROUS FOR A NEWS ORGANIZATION, JOURNALISTS, TYPICALLY, THEREFORE, SHOULD NOT JOIN ORGANIZATION, PARTICULARLY ADVOCACY ORGANIZATION AND SHOULD MAINTAIN THAT DEGREE OF OBJECTIVITY. ))
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Ron Nixon is on assignment and could NOT be reached for comment.
Roanoke Times Managing Editor Rich Martin says the newspaper was under the assumption Nixon was NO longer actively i
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The plan to condemn land for a new high school in Roanoke County drew mixed reaction at a public hearing, and a delay for the controversial vote.
School Board members have settled on the 70-acre tract as their best alternative among a dozen possibilities. County residents who appeared at last night's hearing were divided on the issue.
Today, board members said they will weigh all of the comments before deciding whether to move forward with condemnation, but Chairman Bill Irvin said he still favors the site.
[IN Q=With the opposition and the proponents]
((BILL IRVIN/SCHOOL BOARD CHAIRMAN: WITH THE OPPOSITION AND THE PROPONENTS BEING ABOUT EQUAL AT THIS POINT, I THINK WE'D WANT TO GO AHEAD WITH THAT SITE AND THEN TRY TO TAKE CARE OF ANY CONCERNS THE OPPOSITION MIGHT HAVE.))
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Tonight at Six, we'll hear more from school board members and from county residents who oppose construction of t
he high school on the Farmington Drive site. [5-Grossberg]
Amy Grossberg pleaded guilty today to manslaughter in the death of her newborn.
The Former Art student could get up to two and half years in prison-
Lee Cowan has more from Wilmington, Delaware.
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[SUPER=01-Paul Wallace/Delaware Assistant Atty. General;]
[SUPER=01-Lee Cowan/CBS News;]
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IT WAS AN EMOTIONAL, BUT PREDICTABLE END TO WHAT WOULD HAVE
SURELY BEEN AN EXPLOSIVE TRIAL.
A NEW JERSEY TEEN, AMY GROSSBERG, ACCUSED OF MURDERING HER
NEWBORN SON, WAS FACING LIFE IN PRISON.
THE STAR WITNESS AGAINST HER? BRIAN PETERSON, GROSSBERG'S HIGH
SCHOOL BOYFRIEND WHO DELIVERED THE BABY IN SECRET IN A DELEWARE MOTEL, AND
THEN THREW IT INTO A GARBAGE BIN, WRAPPED IN PLASTIC.
WHAT HE AGREED TO SAY ON THE STAND AS PART OF HIS GUILTY PLEA,
MAY HAVE PUT GROSSBERG BEHIND THE 8-BALL.
AFTER WEEKS OF INTENSE NEGOTIATIONS WITH HER ATTORNIES, AND HER
FAMILY, A TEARFUL AMY GROSSBERG STOOD BEFORE A JUDGE AND DID THE SAME THING
HER BOYRFRIEND DID: ADMITTED TO CAUSING THE DEATH OF HER 6 POUND BABY BOY.
(( ROBERT TANENBAUM//GROSSBERG'S ATTORNEY (( SOT ))
BOTH FROM WELL TO DO FAMILIES, THEIR CASE BECAME THE CENTER OF A
ESPECIALLY AFTER PROSECUTORS INITIALLY SAID THEY WOULD SEEK THE
PETERSON CRACKED FIRST, BUT GROSSBERG HELD OFFWAITING UNTIL JUST 2 WEEKS
BEFORE HER MURDER TRIAL WAS SET TO BEGIN BEFORE AGREEING TO DO THE SAME.
(( PAUL WALLACE/DELAWARE ASSISTANT ATTY. GEN. ))
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ALL ALONG, BOTH MAINTAINED THEY THOUGHT THE BABY WAS DEAD AT
PETERSON HAS SAID HE ONLY DISPOSED OF THE BABY BECAUSE GROSSBERG
"TOLD HIM TO."
BUT HER ATTORNIES TOLD THE JUDGE SHE NEVER PLANNED ANYTHINGIN
THEIR WORDS IT WAS "SPONTNANEOUS."
WITH BOTH TEENS HAVING PLED GUILTY TO MANSLAUGHTER THE SENTENCE
NOW RESTS WITH THE JUDGE.
WHAT COULD HAVE BEEN A LIFE SENTENCE FOR BOTH, NOW LOOKS MORE
LIKE 2 AND A HALF YEARS.
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"Grossberg will likely spend her prison term at Deleware's only all women
facility, just a few miles south of where she would have been finishing up her
Sentencing is still months away, scheduled for July 9th. Lee
Cowan, CBS News, Wilmington Deleware.
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Today's Earth Day and when we return we'll see how President Clinton celebrated today on the Appalachian Trail.
and we'll see how a group of local students proved to be a Big Help today to the Roanoke Rescue Mission.
The President hit the trail today- The Appalachian Trail that is- to celebrate Earth Day.
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Clinton and Vice President Al Gore hiked a portion of the trial- They also got down and dirty- planting flowers along the way.
The President used his appearance to criticize Congress for failing to embrace his environmental priorities.
((SO I URGE CONGRESS TODAY ON EARTH DAY. LET'S MAKE OUR NATIONAL FORESTS A COMMON GROUND, NOT A POLITICAL BATTLEGROUND.))
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There's congressional opposition from both republicans and some democrats to some of the President's environmental initiatives.
With two weeks left to campaign, Lynchburg's city council candidates are looking for issues that will hit home with the voters.
Independent Bert Dodson announced today he wants to improve the city's recreational facilities.
Dodson vowed to find the money to build more athletic fields and hiking trails.
[IN Q=I will be]
((BERT DODSON/I- LYNCHBURG COUNCIL CANDIDATE: I WILL BE AN ADVOCATE ON CITY COUNCIL FOR A NEW APPROACH TO THIS ISSUE. WE MUST WORK TOGETHER MORE VIGOROUSLY TO EXPLORE FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES.))
[SUPER=01-Bert Dodson/(I) Lynchburg Council Candidate; :00]
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Republicans meanwhile say they want to cut Lynchburg's real estate tax rate.
[IN Q=Our proposal]
((JEFF HELGESON/R- LYNCHBURG COUNCIL CANDIDATE: OUR PROPOSAL, OUR PLAN WILL SLOW THE GROWTH OF THE TAX INCREASE. THERE WILL NOT HAVE TO BE ANY BASIC SERVICES THAT WILL HAVE TO BE CUT.))
[SUPER=01-Jeff Helgeson/(R) Lynchburg Council Candidate; :00]
[OUT Q=have to be cut.]
Nine candidates are seeking three at-large seats on Lynchburg city council.
Cave Spring Elementary students are in the spirit of helping the less fortunate.
More than 560 children collected this "Mountain of Toilet Paper".
It consists of more than 22-hundred rolls.
The students amassed the mountain in less than two weeks.
The work will help the Roaonoke Rescue Mission- Southwest Virginia's crisis intervention center.
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((KATY WHITMORE/CAVE SPRING ELEMENTARY; I THINK IT'S VERY HELPFUL AND IT'S NICE THAT WE CAN HELP PEOPLE.))
((STEPHEN BERRY/CAVE SPRING ELEMENTARY; I THINK BY DOING THIS WE CAN SET AN EXAMPLE TO SHOW OTHERS WHAT THEY COULD DO TO HELP THE COMMUNITY.))
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The students also collected over six-hundred books.
Those will be donated to the Ronald McDonald House as part of a community service project.
Up next on News 7, The area's best artists are vying for bragging rights.
Andrew Freiden will have a preview of the Roanoke Art Show.
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Stay with us, up next on Health Check, we'll have the story of a local teen who received life saving lung transplants from two friends.
and we'll see how some sites on the Internet are selling fake versions of a difficult to find drug.
[timecode 00:16:02 Viagra tape]
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((DR. GEORGE PATTERSON/UROLOGIST; I THINK IT'S MORE TRYING TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF PEOPLE WHO ARE LOOKING FOR SIMPLE SOLUTIONS TO A VERY COMMON PROBLEM AND ARE DESPARATE))
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A Patrick County teenager with Cystic Fibrosis has a new lease on life thanks to two men in his church.
In an unusual operation at the University of Virginia, Jackson is the first recipient in the state of a double lung transplant from living donors.
Tonya Flory reports.
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[SUPER=01-Randy Crawford/Donor; :14]
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If you're looking for the new impotence drug Viagra, make sure you get what you pay for.
The drug's popularity is creating copy-cats.
Eric Earnhart discovered one scam on the World Wide Web.
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[SUPER=01-Dr. George Patterson/Urologist;] 1:10
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((It's a classic example of internet slight of hand... The web address contains the word Viagra, the name "Viagra" flashes on the screen. But the product they're actually selling is VIAGRO.
The website claims Viagro contains the same ingredient as Viagra, Sildenafil, and is manufactured by Pfizer Incorperated. even suggesting people fax in their prescriptions.
And for a 99 dollar consultation fee, they'll give you a "prescription for Viagro", at about 10 dollars a pill.
But when we asked Pfizer, they'd never heard of Viagro...and they don't make it. Viagro is actually an herbal supplement, containing Rehmannia, an oriental herb which is suppose to help cure impotence... available over the counter at your local health food store, sixteen-fifty for a bottle of fifty.
We tried to call the Brooklyn-based company that runs the Viagro website, called Consumer Protection Services, but nobody answered.
Another company, offering telephone prescriptions for the real drug Viagra suddenly stopped this week.
Urologist George Patterson says any prescribing Viagra by phone or online could overlook more serious medical problems that can cause impotence..
((DR. GEORGE PATTERSON/UROLOGIST; SOME OF THE MORE COMMON ONES ARE DIABETES AND PROSTATE CANCER AND THESE TYPES OF PROBLEMS SO JUST BECAUSE YOU'RE IMPOTENT DOESN'T MEAN THAT EVERYTHING ELSE IS OK AND THIS IS JUST AN UNRELATED PROBLEM.))
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Pfizer says the FDA is investigating the copycats.
And less than 24 hours after we discovered it, the Viagro site disappeared.
Eric Earnhart, News 7. ))[S5-VMI]
The two minute ticker is in Lexington where VMI welcomed back an old friend.
Donny White returned to his alma mater to take over as VMI's athletic director this afternoon.
Mike Stevens has more.
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[SUPER=01-Donny White/New VMI Athletic Director; :22]
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Every year artists from across the area submit their best work to the Arts Council of the Blue Ridge.
Andrew Freiden tells us more.
[IN Q=the 19th annual]
[SUPER=01-Susan Jennings/Arts Council of the Blue Ridge]
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