Coming up on News 7, traffic is slowed down as an accident blocks Interstate 81,
And underage Radford University students could get into trouble at home if they violate the school's drug and alcohol policy.
Bumpy Thunderstorms in our weekend forecast. Temperatures should reach the mid 70s for highs.[medical-head]
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In medical news --
Local Health Department officials are being alerted to watch for E-coli reports from contaminated beef.
And a young man facing death agrees to an innovative and risky heart surgery.
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((THERE ARE NO SIMPLE ANSWERS, THIS IS A COMPLEX PROBLEM AND IT'S ONE, AS YOU SAY, THE WHOLE NATION IS DEALING WITH BUT THIS IS ONE THING WE THINK MAY HELP. ))
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Radford University beefs up its alcohol policy by getting parents involved.
Good evening. I'm Jean Jadhon.
The new, tougher policy will go into effect this fall as one way to discourage freshman drinking.
Teresa Hamilton joins us from our Blacksburg newsroom with details.
Jean, the policy grew out of a forum held in December in which students were asked what would cause them to think twice about drinking...
As you might imagine-- parents were at the top of the list.
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((I, AS A PARENT, WANT TO KNOW WHAT IS GOING ON WITH MY CHILD AND WHEN THEY'RE AWAY FROM HOME, YOU DON'T HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY FOR THAT AND I THINK IT WOULD PROBABLY HELP CUT DOWN ON SOME OF WHAT IS GOING ON, ON THE CAMPUS. ))
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Bruce Burslie is one of several parents we talked with who support the school's new alcohol policy.
It's NOT designed to impact the entire campus population-- rather freshmen, who're under age 21, and financially dependent on their parents.
Those who fall into the above category, and violate the school's alcohol policy twice or drug policy just once, their parents will be notified by the university.
Student reaction was mixed-- although most we talked with were in favor of the policy.
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((ROBERT COLLINS/RU STUDENT:I AGREE WITH IT, IT SOUNDS GOOD, MAYBE IT WILL STOP THEM FROM DRINKING SO MUCH AND BEING STUPID IN PUBLIC.
RYAN MORROW/RU STUDENT: I GUESS FOR THE MOST PART I'M FOR IT....BASICALLY IF THEIR KIDS NEED, YOU KNOW, HELP. ))
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Those who were against it-- feel it's a violation of the students rights-- that they should be able to handle their own problems when they're away at school.
(When will the policy be outlined for students?)[5-Northwest Fires]
Roanoke police are looking for two men who may be responsible for setting fires in Northwest neighborhoods.
Investigators confirm they have issued warrants for the arrests of the two men, on arson charges.
Among the fires was one last month in a vacant house on Harrison Avenue.
The fire spread next door and left a 103-year old woman, Gertrude Jumper, homeless.
Police won't release the identities of the men they're looking for, until they're arrested.
Police and fire officials have been investigating several suspicious fires in vacant homes over the last few weeks.
Police say a woman was trying to get away from her husband
when he fatally shot her in a Buffalo grammar school.
The man is a Buffalo sheriff's deputy.
He apparently followed his wife into the school office- killing her and wounding another woman.
((I SEEN THE LADY GET OUT OF THE CAR LIKE RUNNING TOWARD THE BUILDING, RUN INTO THE BUILDING AND THE MAN RAN HE JUMPED OUT OF THE CAR AND RAN AFTER HER TOO. ))
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An eight-year old who hid under a desk says students were screaming when the man opened fire.
Police are holding the slain woman's husband-- 37 year old Juan Roman.
The father of four joined the police force in 1987.
In Florida a string of shootings- police are describing as a killing spree.
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Four separate shootings all this week- are connected to a group of high school students.
Nine people have been shot- two are dead.
The latest happened last night- the suspects knocked on a motel door and shot the man who answered.
((THE LITTLE TEN YEAR OLD WAS LAYING ON THE BED THEY WALKED OVER AND SHOT HER IN THE HEAD AND THE MOUTH.))
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The girl and man survived- They were vacationing from Georgia.
But two people died in three other shootings.
Police say two 16 year olds and a 17 year old are responsible. All are charged with murder.
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Still to come on the newscast, Lynchburg sends the railroad a bill for last month's derailment,
and the former leader of the Black Panthers passes away in California
On Health Check, doctors perform a delicate operation in Texas as they rebuild a man's cancer damaged heart.
and we'll get the good word from Patrick Evans as he checks in on a local read-a-thon
The final numbers are still being checked, but Lynchburg says a March 31st train derailment cost the city nearly 650-thousand dollars.
Two Norfolk-Southern trains collided and caught fire near the city's public works department.
Lynchburg's new salt storage facility, 16 snow plows and 16 salt spreaders were destroyed in the fire.
The city also paid for about eighty thousand dollars in emergency and personnel costs.
The bill will be sent off to Norfolk-Southern next week.
The railroad already has agreed to compensate the city and other businesses for losses incurred during the derailment.
Tobacco workers rallied in Richmond to save their jobs today.
About 150 tobacco workers and union members met in front of the Philip Morris plant to protest the proposed tobacco settlement.
They are launching a new program called "Save Our Jobs -- Save Our Community."
They contend tobacco companies will lose money, then jobs, if Congress approves the settlement.
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((DANNY LABLANC/AFL-CIO: TO THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES AND TO THE MEMBERS OF CONGRESS, WHEN YOU START TINKERING AROUND AND DOING POLITICAL THINGS AND TRYING TO RESTRUCTURE SOCIETY, DON'T FORGET THE WORKERS.))
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They say job losses would devastate small communities.
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((SUSAN GREGOREK/GILES CO. CELCO PLANT: THERE'S ANOTHER 260 WORKERS AT OUR PLANT THAT ARE LAID OFF AND THAT'S DUE TO THE NAFTA AND THE FILAMENT PROBLEMS IN THE UNITED STATES WITH THE TEXTILE INDUSTRY. AS FAR AS THE TOBACCO LEGISLATION IT CAN PRETTY MUCH CLOSE DOWN THE REST OF THE PLANT.))
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Health advocates say the bill would curb youth smoking.
The fiery leader of the black Panthers has died.
Eldridge Cleaver died this morning at a California hospital.
Cleaver was one of the original members of the Black Panthers- which was formed in Oakland in 1966.
Group members wore black berets and leather jackets.
They promoted militant revolutionary and survivalist
tactics- but later became a national organization that ran food
programs and schools for underprivileged youth.
Cleaver wrote the book "Soul on Ice."
When it was published in 1968 it became one of the leading works of the Black Power Movement.
Eldridge Cleaver was 62.
Two separate accidents are causing problems on I-81 near Salem this afternoon.
It all started around two o'clock.
State police say a woman lost control of her car near the 139 milemarker and overturned. She was injured and taken to Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital.
As traffic slowed down for that accident, a horse trailer being pulled by another vehicle jacknifed. A horse was injured; no word how seriously.
Clearing that accident has traffic backed up for about five miles in the southbound lanes of the interstate.
Coming up next, if spring showers send you indoors- you may want to curl up with a good book. That's what some of Patrick Evans' friends are doing.
Forest Elementary is making sure students are hitting the books by sponsoring a Read-a-thon today that promises to keep the kids busy well into the evening.
Patrick Evans joins us via Starlink from Forest with details on what the kids are reading this evening.
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In a few moments in Sports, the N-F-L's Ronde and Tiki Barber are back in the Valley to give something back to underpriveledged children.
On Healthcheck, Cuba defends its controversial, but seemingly effective treatment of the AIDS epidemic.
and doctors in Texas rebuild and a man's heart in a rare operation.
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Houston surgeons say they have removed a human heart from a living patient, repaired it and reimplanted it.
The rare "autotransplant" was performed Monday on a 20-year old college student.
The doctors removed a tumor the size of a lemon from inside Gary Altman's heart.
The tumor was blocking the blood flow into his lungs.
Doctors knew the tumor would not respond to chemotherapy or radiation.
So they removed it and rebuilt the heart using parts from a cow and a pig.
Doctors used the rare procedure to avoid the problems of heart transplants.
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Altman is already out of intensive care.
The hospital says he is doing very well and could go home to Louisana by the end of next week.
If all goes well he'll be back in school next fall.
Just south of the U-S border an impending health risk is growing.
But despite the rapid spread of AIDS in the world, the fatal disease has been beaten down in Cuba.
While the government's methods are controversial, Cuba say its success is stunning.
Lee Cowen reports.
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GEOGRAPHICALLY SPEAKING, CUBA IS ONLY 90 MILES SOUTH OF FLORIDA.
POLITICALLY AND ECONOMICALY HOWEVER, IT IS A WORLD AWAY.
BUT THERE IS ONE THING CUBA SEEMS TO BE DOING BETTER THAN
JUST ABOUT ANYONE, INCLUDING THE U-S.
HALTING THE SPREAD OF AIDS.
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"Is this an effective way you think to cut down on the spread of HIV by
keeping those that aren't as responsible here?
IT WAS A CONTROVERSIAL MOVE: TEST EVERYONE, AND WITH NO QUESTIONS
ASKED, LOCK UP ANYONE WHO TESTED HIV POSITIVE IN CONVERTED MENTAL ASYLUMS.
IT WAS A PUBLIC RELATIONS DISASTER. HUMAN RIGHTS ORGANIZATIONS
WORLDWIDE CONDEMNED THE SYSTEM. BUT STATISTICALY IT WORKED.
ACCORDING TO THE WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION IN 1993 THE US SAW
276 NEW CASES OF AIDS PER MILLION PEOPLE.
BY COMPARISON, PEURTO RICO HAD 654 NEW CASES. CUBA HAD ONLY 7.
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"In a country with a population of more than 11 million people, the number of
Aids cases hovers around 2-thousand. But just like everywhere else, it is on
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IT'S EASY TO SEE WHY. THE DECLIING ECONOMY HAS PRODUCED A
GROWING PROSTITUTION BUSINESS, DESPITE GOVERNMENT CRACKDOWNS.
AND EVEN WITH THEIR PAST SUCCESSES, PRIVATELY HEALTH OFFICIALS
ARE WORIED ABOUT A POSSIBLE HIV EXPLOSION.
PUBLICALLY THEY REMAIN CONFIDENT IN THE SYSTEM.
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"I don't think it's been a big problem."
JORGE PEREZ IS THE DIRECTOR OF THE LARGEST SANITARIUM IN CUBA.
(( SUPER: JORGE PEREZ//DIRECTOR SANTIAGO DE LAS VEGAS )) (( SOT (6) 12:58:38
"We are more concerned with homosexual transmission right now, more than
IN RESPONSE TO WORLDWIDE CRITICISM THERE HAVE BEEN CHANGES. NOT
ALL PATIENTS ARE FORCED TO LIVE AT THE SANITARIUMS ANYMORE. BUT THERE ARE
STILL STRICT RULES, AND PATIENTS STILL MUST ASK PERMISSION TO LEAVE. SOME ARE
BUT MANY CHOOSE TO STAY. LIVE IS BETTER HERE. THEY GET BETTER
NUTRITION, BETTER HOUSING, EVEN AIR CONDITIONING IN THIS ENERGY STARVED
THIS MAN'S FRIEND HAS BEEN A PATIENT FOR SEVERAL MONTHS.
(( NAT SPANISH (1) 12:24:50 ))
"SINCE THE CONDITIONS HERE ARE SO GOOD," HE SAYS, "MY FRIEND
PRETENDS TO BE SICKER THAN HE IS IN ORDER TO STAY."
EVERY PATIENT HERE GETS PAID A SALARY, WHETHER THEY WORKED
BEFORE THEIR ILLNESS OR NOT.
MANY HAVE FOUND A PURPOSE IN DOING ODD JOBS, OPPORTUNITIES THAT
MAY NOT BE PROVIDED IN SOCIETY AT LARGE.
(( NAT SPANISH (6) 12:38:50 ))
"I DON'T FEEL LIKE A SICK PERSON," THIS MAN SAYS, "I FEEL LIKE A
STILL, MEDICINES ARE HARD TO COME BY, TO SAY THE LEAST. AND THE
PATIENT'S SEXUAL PRACTICES AND PARTNERS ARE AN OPEN BOOK. PRIVACEY IS
NON-EXISTANT, AND ALL THE RESIDENTS ARE BRANDED FOR LIFE.
IN THE END, FOR BETTER OR FOR WORSE, CUBA MAY HAVE BEEN
SUCCESSFUL IN CONTROLLING THE SPREAD OF AIDS. BUT AS ONE PERSON PUT IT, THEY
CONTROL EVERYTHING ELSE TOO. LEE COWAN, CBS NEWS, HAVANA.))
In Sports, Nascar qualifying is under way this hour in California
Here's Roy Stanley with the details.[S5-QUALIFY]
Good afternoon and welcome to the Friday two minute ticker.The Winston Cup Drivers are taking their show to Hollywood this weekend for the California 500 at Fontana, California.
The weekend started today with First round qualifying.
With over half the field left to go Jeff Gordon was on the pole with a speed of 181,772.
Now, here's a look at the top 10.
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[SUPER=0106-6. Terry Labonte//7. Darrell Waltrip//8. Sterling Marlin//9. Ken Schrader//10. Lake Speed//;]
[SUPER=0106-11. David Green//12. Ernie Irvan//13. Ricky Rudd//14. Dave Marcis//15. Dale Earnhardt//;]
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We'll up date the starting line when we come back at six. [S5-Barbers]
The ninth annual Young Life Golf Tournament teed off at Hanging Rock this afternoon.
Steve Mason has more on the charity event that welcomed New York Giant Tiki Barber and Tampa Bay defensive back Ronde Barber to the tourney field. Steve Mason has more.
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((Out of the last 6 Young Life tournaments at hanging Rock; this one produced the first NFL golf team. Former Cave Spring student athletes Tiki and Ronde Barber, who were young life participants in high school, brought their clubs and their game to drive home good morals and values for kids.
The Barbers; along with around 130 other golfers played in the one day; 18 hole-captain's choice shotgun tournament to raise money for the Roanoke based Christian Youth organization.
I addition to golf; the Barbers visited with students at Westside elementary school; having fun and demonstrating the finer points of their number one sport. In Roanoke; Steve Mason, News 7 sports.))
Thanks Steve. Stay tuned folks, there's more News 7 at 5 to come.[5-Livestock-Show]
Lambs and hogs and heffers-- oh my.
This is the 50th year for the Danville Area Junior Livestock Show.
There are 90-young people showing the animals they have raised.
These six, seven, and eight year olds paraded their lambs in front of the judges this afternoon.
Organizers say the kids learn many life lessons.
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((STEVE BRITT: THEY LEARN THAT THEY HAVE AN ANIMAL TO TAKE CARE OF. IT'S THEIR RESPONSIBILITY TO FEED AND WATER IT, TRAIN IT AND GET IT READY FOR THE SHOW. SO THEY LEARN RESPONSIBILITY.))
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People will get a chance to buy these prize winning animals tonight at the livestock sale.