In just a moment on News 7 at 5, the Martinsville woman accused of murdering her eight month old daughter was already facing charges of felony child neglect.
and Roanoke decides on its new school board members and one incumbent is not returning.[Wx-Heads]
Another day filled with clouds and spotty showers. Seems likely you will see the same thing tomorrow.[medical-head]
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Tonight on Health Check -- more support for the Clinton Administrations call to clean up imported fruits and vegetables.
And a creative approach to beating springtime allergies.
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((IT APPEARS THE CHILD WAS STABBED WHILE THE CHILD WAS INSIDE A CRIB IN A BEDROOM OF THE RESIDENCE.))
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A mother charged with killing her infant daughter on Mother's Day was already facing child abuse charges.
Sharon Denise Alley is in jail for allegedly killing her infant daughter with her nine-year-old son in the next room.
The 29-year old woman and her two children lived in her parents' trailer home in Martinsville.
Sheriff's deputies say that's where Alley stabbed her eight month old daughter with a kitchen knife -- after the baby woke up crying in her crib.
She apparently started driving to the hospital with both children, but stopped at a used car lot with engine trouble.
Someone called 9-1-1 but the baby could not be revived.
Alley was also arrested in October on charges of felony child neglect.
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((LT. KIMMY NESTER/HENRY CO. SHERIFF'S DEPT: THERE WAS AN ACCUSATION THAT THIS CHILD HAD BEEN THROWN FROM HER ARMS ONTO THE FLOOR OF THE RESIDENCE INSIDE A ROOM OF THE RESIDENCE.))
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Investigators say Alley and her husband are separated.
A juvenile court judge returned custody of the two children to Alley while she was out waiting for her first trial.
Now she is in jail on one million dollars bond -- until her trial on July 7th.
Members of Roanoke City Council took up two controversial issues this afternoon. They dealt with one and delayed the other.
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Joe Dashiell reports from the Municipal Building this afternoon, with more on today's school board appointments and pension debate.
Jean, Harry Davis is out as a member of the Roanoke School Board when his current term expires. He's been at the center of recent school board controversies, and today he did not have the votes to win reappointment. The winners were current board member Melinda Payne and newcomer Ruth Willson.
The issue that attracted the most attention today was a pension increase for city employees.
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[SUPER=01-Linda Wyatt/Roanoke City Council; :22]
[SUPER=01-Carroll Swain/Roanoke City Council; :41]
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((The city's pension fund has benefitted from the dramatic rise in the stock market, and city employees say they should be rewarded for the lean years when they have had to forego increases in pay and benefits.
But opponents say an increase in the salary multiplier is a risky decision that could have costly consequences down the road... and the issue has divided members of council.
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[OUT Q=year after year after year.]
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[OUT Q=can our taxpayers get.]
This debate isn't over. Council has decided to study the issue until Finance Director Jim Grisso has a chance to study an actuarial report that will be available this summer.
Members of the Firefighters Association have lead the fight for this pension change. Jean, they say they're confident the numbers will back them up.
Three underground nuclear tests in India today- may prompt sanctions by the United States.
The U-S is asking the nation to stop the testing.
((THE PRESIDENT IS DEEPLY DISTRESSED BY THE ANNOUNCEMENT OF THE THREE NUCLEAR TESTS HE HAS AUTHORIZED FORMAL PRESENTATION OF OUR DISPLEASURE TO BE MADE TO T HE GOVERNMENT IN NEW DELHI.))
[SUPER=01-Mike McCurry/White House Spokesman;]
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The U-S believes India is going against an international campaign to outlaw such tests.
The testing could mean India will be denied U-S credits and guarantees.
It's possible more formal sanctions may be considered.
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Still to come on News 7 at 5, we'll meet a heavy metal artist. But he doesn't have anything to do with music.
and it's going to cost you more money to mail a letter. The Post Office is raising stamp prices again.
On Health Check, are imported foods causing a health problem? A new report says they could.
And Patrick Evans is cooking up a light version of Sunday Brunch.
A second man accused of bilking the Ericsson Corporation in Lynchburg out of more than a million dollars has pleaded guilty to the crime.
45-year old George Calvin Kelly was scheduled to stand trial this week on conspiracy and wire fraud charges.
Prosecutors say Kelly and his accomplice, Robert Sager, billed Ericsson for more than one million dollars of schematic drawings that were never done.
Kelly pleaded guilty to the conspiracy charge last week.. the other count will be dismissed when he's sentenced this summer.
Get ready to shell out more for a first class postage stamp.
The Independent Postal commission has approved a one cent increase that will bring the price of a stamp to 33 cents.
The post office has enjoyed three years of profits in the billions but the commission still reluctantly agreed to raise the price of a stamp.
((WE DON'T BELIEVE THAT THE POSTAL SERVICE NEEDS TO RAISE ANY RATES UNTIL AT LEAST NEXT YEAR. I THINK I SAID JANUARY OF 1999 AT THE EARLIEST. WE DON'T BELIEVE THEY SHOULD RAISE RATES UNTIL THEY NEED THE MONEY.))
[SUPER=01-Ed Gleiman/Postal Rate Commission Chairman;]
[OUT Q=NEED THE MONEY.]
The current 32-cent price for a first-class stamp took effect in January of 1995.
The commission did reject a request to raise the price of a post card by a penny. That will stay at 20 cents.
They say one mans trash is another mans treasure. In the case of a Rideway man, its his art. Steve Pardon explains.
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[SUPER=01-Ron "Fish" Clifton/Metal Artist; 1:20]
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(( Have you seen this creature? How about this one? If so there's a good chance you've driven past artist Ron Clifton's house in Ridgeway. "Fish" as his friends call him is into heavy metal. Scrap yards are his art store, a welder his brush. His works have been called everything from brilliant to junk.
(00:25:46) (Ron "Fish" Clifton/Metal Artist)IT DOESN'T BOTHER ME WHAT THEY SAY ABOUT IT, YOU KNOW I DO IT FOR THE LOVE
OF IT AND I DON'T CARE WHAT ANYONE SAYS ABOUT IT. A LOT OF PEOPLE MAY NOT LIKE IT BUT THEY'LL LOOK AT IT SO I'M GETTING MY POINT ACROSS IF THEY LOOK AT IT. THAT'S WHAT ART IS...YOU LOOK AT IT.
Plenty of people have looked. Fish's work has been displayed in galleries up and down the East Coast. His creations have sold for as much as 35 hundred dollars. But money isn't the reason Clifton believes in the power of making something old into something new.
(00:25:00) BECAUSE THEY'VE LIVED A LIFE BEFORE AND THEY WAS PUT HERE FOR ANOTHER PURPOSE. AND THE PEOPLE THAT WORKED O
N THEM PUT ALL OF THEIR ENERGY INTO EM THEN I TOOK EM AND PUT MORE ENERGY INTO EM TO MAKE A PIECE OF ART. AND ART IS ENERGY.
His favorite piece in the collection has plenty of energy. This stainless steel covered seat, complete with leather trim from his wife's old coat rides atop a customized Harley. The work is time consuming but after 20 years of creation Clifton doesn't plan to let his talents get rusty as he rides into the next century.
(00:25:27) I'LL NEVER STOP AND I GET SATISFACTION, THIS IS WHAT I DO. I DON'T HUNT, I DON'T FISH, I RIDE MOTORCYCLES A
ND MAKE ART, THATS MY HOBBIES.
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Patrick Evans is standing by. He's slaving over a hot stove to bring us an expanded menu that won't expand your waistline.
Sunday brunch is a time honored tradition, but it carries the fat and calories of both breakfast AND lunch.
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Patrick Evans has some tasty ideas for your springtime brunch menu that keep your guests happy without fattening them up.
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The Saturn Bike race is returning to Roanoke. Mike Stevens will have the details in Sports.
and in Health Check, Dr. Art Ulene will have advice on ways to beat those springtime allergies,
and the government warns that imported produce could pose a health risk.
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Good afternoon I'm Keith Humphry coming up in a few minutes on news 7 at 6...
It's the high-voltage controversy that stirs passion whenever you mention it.
American Electric Power wants to build a new power line.
The company says it's vital to protect Southwest Virginia from future power outages.
But opponents from all over this part of the state have banded together to fight the line.
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((JOHN MCLEOD: WESTERN VIRGINIA NEEDS A RELIABLE SOURCE OF POWER WHICH DOESN'T REQUIRE US TO DESTROY OUR NATIONAL FOREST RECREATIONAL AREAS, OUR PRIVATE PROPERTY, OUR HOMES...))
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Do we really need a 765-thousand volt line?
Scott Goldberg looks at the debate from both sides when we begin our series, "Power Struggle," tonight at Six.
That and the rest of the day's news is about 40 minutes away.
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We've always been told that fresh fruits and vegetables are good for us, but now comes a word of warning from the F-D-A.
It says as more vegetables are imported from other countries, there's little the U-S can do to protect consumers against foodborne illnesses like salmonella.
Jennifer Sabih reports.
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Cantalopes from honduras, asparagus from peru. if you want raspberries in the
wintertime, chances are they're chilean. indeed, more and more in the u.s.,
when you see farm fresh produce, it's from farms in other countries.
(SOT, SEN. SUSAN COLLINS, R-MAINE, "ABOUT 45% OF THE FRUIT AND VEGETABLES
CONSUMED IN THE UNITED STATES COMES FROM FOREIGN SOURCES. (EDIT) AND IT'S
GROWING BECAUSE MORE AND MORE AS AMERICANS WE WANT THAT YEAR ROUND
AVAILABILITY AND VARIETY IN THE GROCERY STORES.")
(STANDUP BRIDGE, JENNIFER SABIH REPORTING, "BUT A NEW REPORT FROM THE GENERAL
ACCOUNTING OFFICE INDICATES IF YOU TAKE A BITE OUT OF A MANGO FROM MEXICO FOR
EXAMPLE, YOU MAY BE TAKIHNG A CHANCE WITH YOUR HEALTH.")
(SOT, COLLINS, "UNDER THE CURRENT SYSTEM, AS THE GAO BLUNTLY STATES, AND I
QUOTE FRM THE REPORT, 'FEDERAL AGENCIES CANNOT ENSURE THAT THE GROWING VOLUME
OF IMPORTED FOODS ARE SAFE FOR CONSUMERS'".)
Indeed, there's been a number of high profile cases of consumers getting ill
on imported produce in recent years-- tainted mexican strawberries gave
hundreds of students and teachers in michigan last year hepatitus a. and
thousands more had to be vaccinated for the disease.
In 1996 over two-thousand people were infected wityh cyclospora after eating
raspberries imported from guatemala. and alfafa sprouts from the netherlands a
few years ago infected eaters with the e-coli.
(SOT, COLLINS, "THE KEY IS MAKE SURE THAT THE FRUIT AND VEGATABLES ARE GROWN
IN A SANITARY MANNER AND ARE SHIPPED, PACKED AND HANDLED APPROPRIATELY.")
and that opens up a whole new can of worms, so to speak. just how much
authority can and should the u.s. demand over the way fruits and vegetables
are grown and packed in other countries. congressional hearings on ways to
improve the inspection system begin this week. jennifer sabih, for cbs news,
If you think the springtime is nothing to sneeze at, consider yourself lucky.
One out of every five people suffers from allergies, but some people aren't even aware they have them.
The runny nose, sneezing, and watery eyes associated with a cold or flu may in fact be an allergy.
Once diagnosed there are two ways to fight the allergens.
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Former Today show correspondent Dr. Art Ulene is working with Allergy Action, a national campaign of the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America.
The group wants to offer practical tips on ways sufferers can beat allergies.
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The Foundation is offering a free pamphlet "50 Ways to Outsmart Your Allergies. To get a copy, call toll free:(888)272-9791
In Sports, the Saturn Bike race is getting ready to roll Memorial Day weekend.
With that and some hockey news here's Mike Stevens with the two minute sportsticker.[S5-NBA]
Welcome folks to the Monday ticker that for change is a Monday without NBA action.
The playoffs take a break tonight as the Lakers, Bulls and Jazz all head hit the day off with 3 games to one leads in their respective series.
The Jazz was most impressive last night in beating San Antonio on the Spurs home court.
Karl Malone, the reigning MVP had 38 points.
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Roanoke Festival in the park held a news conference this morning to announce the schedule of events for Memorial day weekend.
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The Saturn cup bike races were at the top of the list as sponsors and media gathered at the Patrick Henry Hotel for more information.
A road race, the Roanoke Orthropedic Hill Climb, and the Saturn cup are just a few of the many venues on tap for the holiday weekend. Sponsors, who were recognized at the gathering, join a legion of folks excited about this year's races.
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That's it for the ticker.
Have a great night everybody[5-Festival]
If you need a happy thought to get you through this week's gloomy weather, Roanoke's Festival in the Park is less than two weeks away.
Organizers unveiled the festival schedule at a press conference today.
New events this year include a road race and an antique show.
They're also adding more children's activities, thanks to help from the event's corporate sponsors.
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((WENDI SCHULTZ/EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR; EVEN THOUGH ALOT OF COMPANIES CAN'T AFFORD TO GIVE US FINANCIAL SUPPORT, THEY ACTUALLY GIVE US SUPPLIES TO DO THE CHILDREN'S ACTIVITIES AND I THINK PART OF THAT IS THEIR WAY OF GIVING BACK TO THE COMMUNITY. BECAUSE THEY KNOW WE'RE A COMMUNITY EVENT AND WE TRY TO KEEP EVERYTHING FREE.))
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