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The death of a Henry County baby raises many questions.
Henry County social services talks about the murder today.
How well do small pick up trucks fare in crash testing?
Plus if insurance pays for Viagra- why not birth control?
And a moose was on the loose in Maine.
NEws 7 is next.
Could the death of an 8-month old been prevented?
Henry County social services says it could not have stopped the murder.
The baby's mother is charged with the death.
If some insurance companies are willing to pay for the impotence drug Viagra- is that discrimination against women?
[IN Q=coverage of]
((COVERAGE OF VIAGRA HAS MADE IT TO THE FRONT PAGE SO QUICKLY--INTEREST
AROUND VIAGRA HAS....THAT LEAVES THE OTHER HALF OF THE ISSUE. WHAT ABOUT
WOMEN? WHAT ABOUT CONTRACEPTION.))
[OUT Q=about contraception]
And we'll look at alternatives to a high voltage power line.
Join us for News 7 at Eleven.
The stabbing death of a Henry County baby has brought up many questions.
Today Henry Henry County Social Services says it could NOT have prevented the murder.
The little girl's mother-- Sharon Alley-- is charged with stabbing her daughter to death in her crib.
Sheriff's deputies say the murder happened Mother's Day in the home of Sharon Alley's parents in Figsboro.
Alley was a client of Henry County Social Services-- an agency which rehabilitates troubled families.
The agency's director says the baby's death is a shock.
((JOYCE MARTIN: IT HAS AFFECTED US EMOTIONALLY GREATLY AND SO WE HAVE GOT TO BE SUPPORTIVE AND TAKE CARE OF OURSELVES SO WE CAN CONTINUE TO BE CAREGIVERS TO THE REST OF THE COMMUNITY AND THE OTHER CHILDREN.))
[SUPER=01-Joyce Martin/Director of Social Services;]
[OUT Q=the other children.]
Sharon Alley lost custody of her daughter last year because of alleged abuse, but recently regained it.
Social Services says it makes recommendations about custody to the courts, but the ultimate decision about who cares for a child is made by a judge.
Small pickup trucks don't fare well in crashes-
That's the finding of The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety after testing several pickups.
None of the trucks tested at 40 miles per hour earned a good rating.
The top performer was the Toyota Tacoma which received an acceptable rating.
While the Dodge Dakota received a poor rating.
The vehicles were measured for how well the vehicle protects peopel inside in serious crashes.
The Institute evaluates vehicle structure, occupant restraints and injury risk.
The maze of possible routes for the proposed Interstate 73 project has been narrowed down to a select few.
Residents at a public hearing tonight carefully studied maps that show how close the routes come to their homes and property.
[IN Q=we really need]
((MARY METZ; WE REALLY NEED IT DOWN THAT WAY, BUT I HOPE IT COMES THROUGH ON THE WEST SIDE OF 220, BECAUSE THEY CAN'T BOTHER 220.))
[OUT Q=can't bother 220]
Some at the meeting picked "none of the above", saying a new Interstate isn't needed.
V-DOT says now is the time for residents to share their concerns and problems.
[IN Q=if it runs]
((FRED ALTIZER/VDOT DISTRICT ADMINISTRATOR; IF THERE'S A HISTORIC DISTRICT OR A CEMETERY, OR A PROPOSED INDUSTRIAL PARK WE WANT TO KNOW WHAT ARE THE ISSUES, WHAT ARE THE CONDITIONS AROUND EACH OF THESE ALIGNMENTS.))
[SUPER=01-Fred Altizer/VDOT District Administrator;]
[OUT Q=these alignments]
Altizer says it'll take another year to evaluate the cost and impact of each route, and pick the best one.
The rest of the world may disapprove but India is CELEBRATING yesterday's nuclear testing.
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A New Delhi newspaper says the testing puts an end to what it calls India's "pushover status."
But the U-S is denouncing the three underground tests.
((THE UNITED STATES STRONGLY OPPOSES ANY NEW NUCLEAR TESTING.))
[OUT Q=NEW NUCLEAR TESTING.]
And other nations also disapprove-
((ALEXANDER DOWNER/AUSTRALIAN FOREIGN MINISTER: THIS IS AN ACT WHICH IS IN DEFIANCE OF THE WHOLE TREND OF INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY.))
[SUPER=01-Alexander Downer/Australian Foreign Minister;]
[OUT Q=INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY.]
India's testing may force a nuclear weapons race with neighbor Pakistan- which has already tested a delivery device.
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It appears Michael Fortier will receive a tougher sentence for his role in the Oklahoma City Bombing.
A federal judge says he's planning
on a longer sentence than prosecutors recommended.
The judge set a guideline of 14 to 17 and a-half years.
Fortier knew about the bombing but did not tell anyone. He'll be sentenced May 27th-
A new study in this week's New England Journal of Medicine shows Viagra may not be effective for about 30-percent of the hundreds and thousands of men seeking treatment.
Still for many, it's a quality of life issue and they're willing to take the risk -- but in Virginia -- it's at their own expense.
Virginia is one of twelve states so far that will NOT let Medicaid cover the cost for the treatment.
Eleven states and the nation's capitol have opted to cover Viagra under Medicaid.
Health officials say the decision could change in Virginia, but not until recommended by impotence experts.
Nearly half of all men taking Viagra are being reimbursed-- at least in part.
But only a fraction of private insurance plans cover contraceptives.
Some doctors say it's discrimination against women.
John Roberts has more.
[SUPER=01-Sen. Olympia Snowe/(R) Maine; :32]
[SUPER=01-John Roberts/Reporting; 39]
[OUT Q=CBS News, New York."]
((The American college of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, meeting this
week in New Orleans has fought for years to have contraceptives paid for by all insurance plans...
Currently-- medicaid pays for contraceptives-- as do-- 93% of HMO's
but- only half of other private plans reimburse for contraceptives,
making them an option that employers can choose not to cover.
Pending in congress is a bill that would require all insurance
companies to cover contraceptives. Senator Olympia Snowe is its sponsor.
SEN. OLYMPIA SNOWE/R-MAINE: IF THEY'RE GOING TO PROVIDE COVERAGE FOR AN INSTANCE SUCH AS VIAGRA,
THEN CERTAINLY THEY SHOULD PROVIDE FOR PRESCRIPTION CONTRACEPTIVES.
JOHN ROBERTS/CBS NEWS: A HANDFUL OF STATES ALREADY HAVE SIMILAR LAWS, BUT EVEN THOSE
DON'T COVER ALL HEALTH INSURANCE PLANS. SO THAT'S WHY SUPPORTERS OF SEN.
SNOWE'S BILL--CLAIMING THAT AN UNWANTED PREGNANCY IS NO LESS A MEDICAL
CONDITION THAN IMPOTENCE--SAY STRONG FEDERAL LEGISLATION IS NEEDED TO GIVE
WOMEN THE SAME ACCESS TO PRESCRIPTION DRUGS AS MEN. JOHN ROBERTS CBS NEWS, NEW YORK.))
Jean tosses to Robin in the Chromakey
Digging through a Roanoke County neighbor's trash might soon land you in jail.
future winters could mean more ski trails at Snowshoe.
We'll look at the resort's plans coming up.
It is now against the law to go through someone's trash in Roanoke County.
The county has adopted an ordinance which makes it a criminal offense for anyone to scavenge through another person's garbage.
After receiving a number of phone calls from residents complaining about people sorting through their trash, officials decided to follow the lead set by Roanoke City about 20-years ago.
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((PAUL MAHONEY/ROANOKE CO. ATTORNEY; ROANOKE CITY HAD AN ORDINANCE THAT ADDRESSES A SIMILAR KIND OF PROBLEM. SO WE HAVE LOOKED AT THEIR ORDINANCE. WE FELT THAT THAT MIGHT BE THE BETTER APPROACH TO FOLLOW SINCE THAT WAS SOMETHING THAT PEOPLE WERE USED TO DEALING WITH, AT LEAST IN ROANOKE VALLEY.))
[SUPER=01-Paul Mahoney/Roanoke Co. Attorney;]
[OUT Q=ROANOKE VALLEY.]
A person convicted of violating the code could receive a maximum 25-hundred dollar fine and up to 12-months in jail.
Critics of a proposed high voltage power line say it's all about money -- just a way to boost American Electric Power's bottom line.
For its part, the power company insists it is the best way to protect against future power outages.
[TAKE FULL SCREEN "POWER STRUGGLE" ]
Scott Goldberg looks at power-line alternatives in part two of our series, "Power Struggle."
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[SUPER=01-Bernie Pasternack/American Electric Power; 52]
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(([shot of John talking to Scott as they're walking along pond]
Even the most vocal critics of American Electric Power don't question the need to have reliable electricity.
What they want to know is:
Why does the power company insist a 765-thousand volt line is the best way to guarantee electricity STAYS reliable?
[SOT TAPE 2 AT 10 48 02]
[IN Q=THERE ARE]
((JOHN MCLEOD/VIRGINIA TECH RESEARCHER: THERE ARE MANY ALTERNATIVES WHICH COULD BETTER MEET THE NEEDS OF OUR AREA WHICH ARE MUCH LESS ENVIRONMENTALLY DAMAGING.))
[OUT Q=ENVIRONMENTALLY DAMAGING]
[Boucher shots from tape 1]
Congressman Rick Boucher agrees.
[Boucher pre pro]
He came up with a list of alternatives -- like giving people incentives to use less electricity, building a less powerful line, or building a new power generating plant.
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[IN Q=THE PLANT ITSELF]
((THE PLANT ITSELF WOULD EXPAND THE TAX BASE OF WHATEVER LOCAL GOVERNMENT HAPPENS TO HOST THE PLANT AND THERE WOULD BE ADDITIONAL JOBS FOR PEOPLE IN THE ENERGY PRODUCING SECTOR.))
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[nat sound here of buzzing lines?]
A-E-P says it considered all of the options.
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((BERNIE PASTERNACK/AMERICAN ELECTRIC POWER: WE'RE STILL CONVINCED THAT THE 765 kV LINE IS THE BEST ALTERNATIVE AS COMPARED TO ANY INDIVIDUAL ALTERNATIVE OR ANY GROUP OF ALTERNATIVES.))
[OUT Q=GROUP OF ALTERNATIVES]
But the power company's opponents are convinced the line is just a way for A-E-P to make money.
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It would be part of a huge transmission network, which Congressman Boucher said would help A-E-P sell power to utilities on the East Coast.
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[IN Q=this line]
((REP. RICK BOUCHER/(D) VIRGINIA: THIS LINE UNDOUBTEDLY AND UNDENIABLY WOULD SERVE AS A CONDUIT TO LINK ITS PLANTS IN THE OHIO RIVER VALLEY WITH THE HIGH-COST MARKETS IN THE EAST.))
[OUT Q=IN THE EAST]
That's something for the Virginia State Corporation Commission to decide.
After public hearings end this summer, the agency will answer the question at the heart of this power struggle:
Is it A-E-P, or Southwest Virginia, that needs a new power line?
For its part, A-E-P doesn't deny the line would help the company make money.
But its reason for building the line has always been: This is the best way to keep electricity reliable in Southwest Virginia.
Scott Goldberg, News-7.))
Hundreds of elderly residents from across central Virginia turned out for the 17th annual "Life Awareness Fair" in Lynchburg.
More than 70 exhibitors were displaying their services and products at River Ridge Mall.
The fair also gave senior citizens a chance to have some free health screenings. Dozens lined up to have their blood pressure checked and their vision tested.
Organizers say many elderly residents don't have time or can't afford to have these tests done on their own.
Festivities also included a fashion show and live entertainment.
Resignations have led the Alleghany Highlands Housing Alliance to concentrate on rebuilding its board of directors.
Eric Earnhart has the story.
[IN Q=These apartments]
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[SUPER=01-Marilew Barnes/Chairman; :12-quick]
[SUPER=03-Clifton Forge/April 10; :17]
[SUPER=01-Charles Rusmisel/Former Board Member; :33]
[SUPER=01-Debbie Loope/Executive Director; 1:29]
[OUT Q=EE, News 7]
(( These apartments for the elderly are finally begining to take shape in the upper floors of the Alleghany building, A source of pride for Housing Alliance board chairman Marilew Barnes.
[IN Q=It's really been]
((MARILEW BARNES/CHAIRMAN; IT'S REALLY BEEN A COMMUNITY-WIDE EVENT TO TO BRING THIS LOVELY OLD LADY BACK TO HER FORMER SELF. ))
[OUT Q=former self]
But it's also part of a controversy that split the organization's board of directors... Five resigned and walked out of the last board meeting.
Four of them say they didn't like they way they were treated when they questioned asbestos removal in the building, and the Alliance's finances.
[IN Q=some questions]
((CHARLES RUSMISEL/FORMER BOARD MEMBER; SOME QUESTIONS REMAIN UNANSWERED ABOUT HOW MONEY WAS PROCESSED THROUGH ACCOUNTS AND THE BOOKKEEPING WASN'T UP TO SNUFF, WE NEEDED SOMETHING A LITTLE BIT BETTER THAN WHAT WE WERE GETTING, BUT ONCE AGAIN WHEN REQUESTS WERE MADE ON THOSE SUBJECTS IN BOARD MEETINGS THEY WERE SHOT DOWN PRETTY QUICKLY.))
[OUT Q=down pretty quickly.]
Earlier this year, the Alliance's accounting firm quit, after raising concerns about the way finances were handled.
Barnes says those problems are being addressed.
[IN Q=we have a full]
((MARILEW BARNES/CHAIRMAN; WE HAVE A FULL TIME TREASURER NOW THAT IS INVOLVED ON A DAILY BASIS, AND WHO IS RECTIFYING THOSE ACCOUNTS AND MAKING SURE THINGS ARE GOING... TO MY KNOWLEGE, WE HAVE BEEN ABLE TO UNCOVER NO MISUSE OF FUNDS OR SHUTTLING OF FUNDS OR WHATEVER. ))
[OUT Q=or whatever]
And she says asbestos removal IS in compliance with state regulation.
At one point the former board members came within one vote of firing Alliance Executive Director Debbie Loope over the problems.
[IN Q=my board's]
((DEBBIE LOOPE/EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR; MY BOARD'S BEEN WONDERFUL TO ME, EVEN THE ONES THAT RESIGNED, THEY'VE NEVER BEEN BAD TO ME, I HAVE NOTHING NEGATIVE TO SAY, THERE WAS SOME THINGS THAT NEEDED TO BE CORRECTED AND THEY HAVE BEEN CORRECTED.))
[OUT Q=been corrected]
Loope says not all the problems were her fault... and she's anxious to get back to the business of renovating the building, scheduled for completion by mid summer.
The former board members agree the building is important, but say they're concerned about its future.
Eric Earnhart, News 7.))
A Maine airfield had an unusual visitor today...and had to call out wildlife officials.
it's off to school for a unique student...
[IN Q=I'm happy]
((I'M HAPPY AND I'M SAD. I'LL MISS HIM A LOT, BUT I'LL BE ABLE TO SEE HIM.))
[OUT Q=TO SEE HIM]
We'll have the latest chapter in this familiar service dog's life.
If you can't teach an old dog new tricks, as they say- -just think what you might be able to do with a NEW dog.
Mitzi Tinaglia (tin-AL-lee-yuh) has raised "Jackson" since he was barely two months old.
She's what the Saint Francis Service Dog Foundation calls a "puppy raiser."
She's given him more than food and shelter.
[IN Q=He already]
((HE ALREADY KNOWS HIS BASIC STUFF. NOW IT'S THE FUN TIME, WHERE WE LEARNS THE TASKS. ))
[SUPER=01-Connie Kniseley/Service Dog Trainer]
[OUT Q=the tasks.]
Connie Kniseley (Nicely) takes over now... teaching Jackson the skills he needs to aid someone with a physical handicap.
It's like a parent at graduation. It's hard to let go... even after just eight months.
[IN Q=He likes]
((HE LIKES A CONNIE A LOT. HE'S BEEN THERE. HE KNOWS WHERE HE'S GOING. SO THAT MAKES ME FEEL A LOT BETTER. ))
[SUPER=01-Mitzi Tinaglia/Puppy Raiser]
[OUT Q=a lot better]
At the end of another year- -with Nicely- -Jackson will be ready to go to work.
A West Virginia ski resort is about to expand.
Snowshoe Mountain today announced a 36-million dollar construction project.
It includes a new ski lift, another one and a half miles of trails, and a 400-home development called the Village of Wildcat.
That part of the project will have shops and restaurants, too.
Snowshoe's parent company, Intrawest, has invested almost 100 million dollars in the resort since it took over three years ago.
The improvements are supposed to be ready by November of next year.
Have you ever dreamed of swimming with the sharks?
Diver Dale Poff tries to let people have that experience from the safety of their own home.
Several years ago he started taking still pictures of his travels underwater.
His company has worked with stars such as Ed Beagly, Junior and for networks such as ESPN and the Discovery Channel.
Steve Pardon talks with Poff about his photography under the sea and takes a dive to the bottom of a local pool to tell you more about diving. That's tomorrow on News 7 Mornin'
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Byrd has to work overtime to win the district softball championship, the other Bird, Larry wins coach of the year honors, Salem looks tough on the soccer field tonight, and area golfer Brandon LaCroix hooks up with Davis Love.
But first in tonight's Extra Point - the second leg of horse racing's Triple Crown is in danger of running out horses.
This morning "Halory Hunter" the horse owned by Boston Celtics' head coach Rick Pitino broke his left front leg during a workout at the PInlico Race course in Baltimore.
The horse, which finished fourth in the Kentucky Derby, had its leg placed in a full cast after the break.
The third place Derby finisher Indian Charlie has also withdrawn from the Preakness.
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[go to break][S-Byrd]
The Lady Terriers needed extra innings to capture the regular season Blue Ridge District softball Championship last night at the Moyer Complex.
Salem had already beaten William Byrd earlier this season.
But the Lady Terriers carried a 1-nothing lead into the bottom of the seventh.
That's until Morgan Cooner's single drives home Jessica Beamer to tie the game at one and send it into extra innings.
In the top of the 13th Byrd Pitcher, Wendy Belcher, rocks a two run shot
over the left field wall and the Lady Terriers win the marathon three to one and take the top spot of the district at the end of the regular season.
[IN Q=It feels great]
[SUPER=01-Wendy Belcher/Hit Game Winning Home Run; :00]
[SUPER=01-Marcee Hufton/William Byrd Head Coach; :14]
[OUT Q=Feel really good]
Last night's victory guarantees the Lady Terriers a spot in the regionals.
The Blue Ridge District Softball tournament action begins today with Byrd hosting BLacksburg at 4:45.
The Blue Ridge District soccer tournament kicked off last night. Salem played host to Rockbridge on the Spartans home turf.
[SUPER=03-Salem/Wildcats vs. Spartans; :00]
Some diehard fans from both sides braved the less than ideal elements to support their team.
The Spartans kept the pressure on early and it would pay off. Salem's Kevin Lucci is right on top of the Rockbridge goalie and he finds the back of the net to make the count 2-nothing Salem.
The Spartans almost get another on this play. The [SUPER=34-Salem/3/Rockbridge/0;]ball is fired through a group of p
layers but is tipped over the cross bar.
Salem would score it's third and final goal at the end of the first half. Spartan midback Rob Raybon with the cross that deflects off a Rockbridge players foot and goes in. Salem advances with the 3-nothing win.
The Utah Jazz got their kicks last night at the expense of the San Antonio Spurs.
[SUPER=03-Salt Lake City, UT/TNT; :00]
Game five of this Western conference semi-final in Utah as the Spurs looked to stay alive.
But the mailman would deliver their summer vacation plans by scoring 24 points and grabbing 13 rebounds.
Utah wins the best of 7 4 games to one.
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The Jazz wins last night's game 87-to-77.
Larry Bird officially picked up his NBA coach of the year award yesterday, and he did so in a very humble fashion.
[IN Q="I'm not...]
[SUPER=01-Larry Bird/NBA Coach of the Year; :00]
[OUT Q=...all year."]
Bird's top assistants are 1984 UVa graduate Rick Carlisle and former Hornets' head coach Dick Harter.
Still to come tonight we'll meet this year's winner of the Don Holliday scholarship
plus, we will explore David Love's connection to junior golf in the Roanoke Valley.
North Cross senior Brandon LaCroix is headed to Duke next season, but recently he had the opportunity to play a round with of UNC's greatest golfers.
Steve Mason has more on his encounter with former Tarheel Davis Love III.(/////SOT/////)
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[SUPER=03-Hilton Head Island, SC/MCI Classic Pro-Am; :09]
[SUPER=01-Brandon LaCroix/Two Time VIC Champion; :22]
[SUPER=01-Liz Holt/North Cross Golf Coach; 1:01]
[SUPER=01-Davis Love, III/1997 PGA Championship Winner; 1:27]
[OUT Q=news 7 sports"]
((Brandon LaCroix is right on par to have an incredible career. One he hopes will lead him to the PGA tour.
In mid April; LaCroix teamed up with 12 time tour winner Davis Love the III at the MCI Classic Pro-am. The day began with butterflies; not birdies.
Love spent the entire round with LaCroix and was extremely complimentary of Brandon's game; However his clubs were a differ net story and a ragged putting grip was only the beginning.
They might be playing on different levels but North Cross coach Liz Holt says his visit with Davis Love further reinforced her belief that the two golfers are a lot in common.
A scratch golfer who has won the VIC twice, the Bob McClelland Metro, the RVGA championship, and the Andrew Haley memorial; Brandon will next try and add a win at the Men's Hall of Fame tournament to his growing list of accomplishments. (--------------------) Steve Mason news 7 sports.))