Social Services in Henry County says it did all it could in the case of a mother accused of killing her baby.
A bank on Melrose Avenue in Roanoke is hit during a morning robbery.
and President Clinton says India could face sanctions for nuclear testing.[Wx-Heads]
There was some sunshine today-- but it was just in the New River Valley
Look for the sun to shine on everyone tomorrow.[medical-head]
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In medical news -- Virginia health officials say NO to medicaid coverage of Viagra.
And senior citizens in Lynchburg are getting health advise on a variety of issues all in one place.
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Henry County Social Services says there was nothing it could do to prevent the Mother's Day murder of an eight-month old baby.
The accused killer is the little girl's mother-- who is also charged with abusing her daughter last year.
[Double Boxes=Jean and Christy/Microwave]
Christy Hubley talked with social services and joins us from our Danville Bureau.
Sharon Alley remains held in the Henry County Jail tonight on one-million dollars bond.
She's accused of killing her baby daughter Brooke-- the same little girl she allegedly abused last October.
Henry County Social Services-- which handles complaints of child abuse and neglect-- says its social workers are in shock over the death.
[IN Q=Patsy Cole and Joyce Martin]
[SUPER=01-Joyce Martin/Director of Social Services;]
[SUPER=01-Patsy Cole/Service Supervisor;]
[OUT Q=remaining in the home or not.]
Patsy Cole and Joyce Martin work for the Department of Social Services in Henry County.
Their agency works to keep troubled families together.
Sharon Alley-- who faces charges of murdering and abusing of her daughter-- was one of their clients.
These women say there was NO indication of problems this big.
[IN Q=There was not anything]
((JOYCE MARTIN: THERE WAS NOT ANYTHING MORE THAT WE COULD HAVE DONE. THERE WAS NO WAY WE COULD HAVE KNOWN THIS WAS GOING TO HAPPEN AND IF WE HAD HAD ANY INKLING, WE WOULD HAVE DONE EVERYTHING WE COULD HAVE TO PREVENT THIS FROM HAPPENING.))
[OUT Q=prevent this from occurring.]
Sheriff's Deputies say the murder happened Mother's Day-- in the home of Sharon Alley's parents.
The baby suffered a single stab wound to the heart while she laid in her crib.
The infant girl had recently been returned to the care of her mother-- after she was removed from the home by a court order.
Child protection workers act as a liaison between the courts and the family... but say the ultimate decision about a child's custody belongs to a judge.
[IN Q=There may be a need for counselling ]
((PATSY COLE: THERE MAY BE A NEED FOR COUNSELLING OR PARENTING SERVICES AND WE ENSURE THOSE ARE OCCURRING AND GIVE THAT INFORMATION BACK TO THE COURT FOR THE COURT TO MAKE A DETERMINATION REGARDING THE CHILD REMAINING IN THE HOME OR NOT.))
[OUT Q=in the home or not.]
We tried to reach the judge who released Brooke back into the care of her mother-- but our phone call this afternoon has not been returned.
[Double Boxes=Jean and Christy/Microwave]
Jean, next for Sharon Alley is a preliminary hearing which is set for July.
Police are searching for a bank robber who got away this morning.
The theft occured at the NationsBank branch on Melrose Avenue in Roanoke around 10:30 this morning.
Three tellers, a manager and a workman were in the bank but no one was injured.
Police are looking for a black man in his twenties, about five foot seven and 170 pounds.
[IN Q=He came in]
((SGT. STAN SMITH/ROANOKE POLICE: HE CAME IN THROUGH THE BACK DOOR,JUMPED UP ON THE COUNTER AND MADE DEMANDS FOR EVERYONE TO GET DOWN AND WENT BEHIND THE COUNTER, TOOK A DRAWER FROM ONE OF THE TELLERS, THEN WENT OUT THE SAME DOOR HE CAME IN.))
[SUPER=01-Sgt. Stan Smith/Roanoke Police;]
[OUT Q=he came in]
Police say the man was NOT carrying a gun.
Virginia's first privately-run prison opened its doors two months ago.
Today, members of the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees' told reporters private prisons are a bad idea.
[IN Q=Any problems]
((LILLIAN ABRAMS/VA. AFSCME: ANY PROBLEMS WE'VE HAD IN THE PAST WITH OUR PRISONS, AND THEY'RE FEW AND FAR BETWEEN, WE'VE NOT HAD OUR PEOPLE ON THE CARPET FOR NOT BEHAVING OR HANDLING THE SITUATION PROPERLY. OUR MEN AND WOMEN ARE TRAINED VERY WELL.))
[SUPER=01-Lillian Abrams/Va. AFSCME;]
[OUT Q=very well.]
The union members showed a tape of violent incidents at other private prisons in other states-- and predicted a similar fate for Virginia.
[IN Q=I think]
((RON ANGELONE/VA. CORRECTIONS DIRECTOR: I THINK THE STATE NEEDS TO DO ITS OWN LITMUS TEST. AND WE ARE WITH THE TWO INSTITUTIONS THAT WE'LL HAVE UP AND RUNNING COMPARED TO THE NUMEROUS OTHER ONES THAT WE HAVE, STATE-RUN.))
[SUPER=01-Ron Angelone/Va. Corrections Director;]
Union officials today cited a General Accounting Office report saying private prisons across the nation don't neccessarily save taxpayers money.
Virginia corrections officials cite more recent statistics from Louisiana that show double digit percentage savings
with private prisons.[5-Clinton-India]
India is drawing criticism from around the globe today for conducting a series of nuclear tests.
The United States has brought its Ambassador to India home- in protest of yesterday's nuclear testing.
And the White House says economic sanctions against India will mostly likely happen.
((I AM DEEPLY DISTURBED BY THE NUCLEAR TESTING WHICH INDIA HAS CONDUCTED AND I DO NOT BELIEVE IT CONTRIBUTES TO BUILDING A SAFER 21ST CENTURY.))
[OUT Q=21st century.]
President Clinton is urging India's neighbors not to conduct their own nuclear testing.
There is fear India's neighbor and rival Pakistan will feel pressured to step up its own nuclear program.
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Still to come on News 7 at 5, just how safe are the new small trucks? Crash testing produces some surprising results.
and we'll tell you why this millionaire is driving a tank down times square.
On Health Check, as Virginia's medicaid system says no to Viagra, some groups say other insurance companies are sexist FOR paying for the drug.
There's more News 7 at 5, stay with us.
Small pickup trucks don't rate well in crash tests. That's the finding of The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.
None of the small pickup trucks tested at 40 miles an 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 "crash- worthiness"- How well the vehicle protects the occupants in serious crashes.
The Institute evaluates vehicle structure, occupant restraints and injury risk.
The Alleghany Highlands Housing Alliance is almost finished remodeling the Alleghany Building in downtown Clifton Forge,
But now the group is faced with the task of re-building its board of directors-- half the board members have resigned.
Eric Earnhart has more.
[IN Q=These apartments]
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[SUPER=01-Marilew Barnes/Chairman; :12-quick]
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[SUPER=01-Charles Rusmisel/Former Board Member; :33]
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(( 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.))
The past one hundred years have been good ones for the lively arts in Roanoke Valley. Patrick Evans will relive some of the better moments as captured by the photographers of the Roanoke Times.
[IN Q=From Lena]
((PATRICK EVANS: FROM LENA HORNE TO LEGENDS OF ROCK-N-ROLL, ART AND CULTURE ON DISPLAY AT A LOCAL LAW FIRM. THAT STORY COMING UP NEXT ON NEWS 7AT FIVE.))
[OUT Q=on News 7 at Five;]
Art and culture as seen through the eyes of Roanoke Times photographers--that's the subject of a new photography exhibit, sponsored by the Arts Council of the Blue Ridge.
As Patrick Evans reports, the photos are hanging in a very interesting place.
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Coming up a little later, we'll see who wants to be a general in the renewed Cola Wars.
In Healthcheck, Virginia's Medicaid system says it will NOT pay for a popular impotence drug,
and can men inherit high blood pressure? New research suggests they can.
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[IN Q=They kept]
(( "THEY KEPT ASKING ME, DID MY FATHER HAVE HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE, DID ANYONE IN MY
FAMILY HAVE HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE. WHICH MY FATHER DID, HE DIED OF A HEART
ATTACK AT 40."
[OUT Q=attack at 40]
The Congressional Black Caucus says AIDS is devastating the African American community-
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so much, it wants to declare a medical state of emergency.
AIDS is currently the leading killer of blacks between the ages of 25 and 44.
The Caucus is demanding more money to fight the disease.
New research suggests high blood pressure in men may be inherited.
Its long been known that being overweight and living an unhealthy lifestyle could contribute to high blood pressure.
Now there's new evidence a specific gene can dramatically increase the risk, especially in men.
Researchers found one gene reponsible for increasing the odds of high blood pressure by 60 percent in men, but not in women.
[SOT 7:26:26 CBS]
[IN Q=It is consistent]
((DR. ERIC BOERWINKLE, UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS HEALTH SCIENCE CENTER
"IT IS CONSISTENT WITH THE IDEA THAT MEN AND WOMEN GET HYPERTENSION FOR SUBTLY
[SUPER=01-Dr. Eric Boerwinkle/Lead Researcher;]
[OUT Q=for different reasons.]
The findings could make it easier for doctors to prescribe exactly the right drugs instead of resorting to trial and error. It could even help with predicting high blood pressure.
[IN Q=We'll be able ]
((DR. ERIC BOERWINKLE, UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS HEALTH SCIENCE CENTER:
"WE'L BE ABLE TO IDENTIFY INDIVIDUALS EARLY IN LIFE WHO ARE AT INCREASED RISK
SO THEY'LL BE ABLE TO SEEK HEALTHIER LIFESTYLES."
BECAUSE WHILE HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE CAN BE DEADLY, IT CAN ALSO BE
CONTROLLED WITH DRUGS, DIET, AND EXERCISE.))
[OUT Q=diet and exercise.]
More research is needed to determine if a single gene can cause high blood pressure in women.
Senior citizens from across central Virginia got a chance to expand their horizons today during the 17th annual "Life Awareness Fair" in Lynchburg.
More than 70 exhibitors were on hand to display their services and products at River Ridge Mall.
Residents 55 years and up could also receive free screenings for things like blood pressure and glaucoma.
It's information, organizers say, they might not get otherwise.
[IN Q=It's an encouragement]
((LYNN FOX/HEALTH FAIR ORGANIZER: IT'S AN ENCOURAGEMENT FOR THEM TO GO AHEAD AND HAVE THESE TESTINGS DONE. A LOT OF THEM EITHER MAY NOT WANT TO TAKE THE TIME, OR THE COST MAY BE PROHIBITIVE, SO THEY COME OUT HERE AND THEY'RE ABLE TO GET SOME TESTING DONE FOR FREE WHICH IS GREAT. IT'S AWFULLY DIFFICULT FOR THEM TO GATHER THE INFORMATION THEY MIGHT NEED LATER IN LIFE FOR SENIOR ADVICE, SO THIS GIVES THEM THE OPPORTUNITY TO COME TO ONE LOCATION AND GET A VARIETY OF DIFFERENT INFORMATION.))
[SUPER=01-Lynn Fox/Health Fair Organizer; :00]
[OUT Q=of different information.]
The fair also offered information on entertainment and exercise programs that help enhance the quality of life for senior citizens.
Meanwhile many couples are saying the new impotence pill is improving the quality of their lives.
Even so, state officials say Medicaid isn't going to pick up the tab for low-income Virginians who want to try Viagra.
When Viagra was approved in March -- each state was left to decide whether its Medicaid program would cover the cost.
So far -- eleven states and Washington, D-C have decided to pay for the pill.
Twelve other states, including Virginia refuse.
Health Insurance Coordinators say Medicaid money would be better spent funding procedures that save lives.
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[IN Q=The medicaid]
((SHANNON ABELL/LEAGUE OF OLDER AMERICANS:THE MEDICAID PROGRAM IS OF COURSE ALWAYS, THE FUNDING IS STRETCHED TIGHT SO I CAN UNDERSTAND THAT THERE WOULD BE A HESITANCY TO SPEND SEVEN TO TEN DOLLARS FOR ONE PILL. YOU GOT TO LOOK AT DO WE WANT TO PAY FOR DIABETES MEDICATION, HEALTH MEDICATION FOR THE HEART OR CANCER MEDICATION.))
[SUPER=01-Shannon Abell/League of Older Americans; ]
[OUT Q=cancer medication.]
But critics say impotence is a quality of life issue and that Medicaid should pay for Viagra IF it's medically necessary.
Meantime The American College Of Obstetricians and Gynecologists say they're upset that insurance plans cover Viagra, but don't cover women's birth control.
They argue pregnancy is a medical condition, just like impotence.
In Sports, Larry Bird sets the pace for the coaches in the N-B-A.
With that and news of a great opportunity for a local golfer, here's Mike Stevens.[S5-Bird]
The Tuesday ticker begins with an award ceremony involving one of the NBA's greatest players
who is now also one of the league's best coaches.
Larry Bird, the Pacers' rookie head coach was named the NBA's coach of the year this afternoon.
He has the Pacers one win away from the Eastern conference championship series.
[IN Q="Well, I'm no...]
[SUPER=01-Larry Bird/NBA Coach of the Year;:00]
[OUT Q=...to do it."]
The Pacers-Knicks series resumes tomorrow night while the other three playoff series resume this evening.[S5-Hollida
A Franklin County High School Student is on his way to Roanoke College with the help of The Roanoke Valley Golf Hall of Fame.
The 1998 Don Holliday Scholarship winner is Brandon Shively.
He's lettered in golf all four years of his high school career and participated in academic clubs as well.
[IN Q=they said]
((BRANDON SHIVELY/DON HOLLIDAY SCHOLARSHIP: THEY SAID I WAS THE RIGHT ONE. THAT I NEEDED IT THE MOST, THAT I SHOWED AN INTEREST IN GOLF.))
((JASON PERDUE/DON HOLLIDAY SCHOLARSHIP COMMITTEE: WHEN WE GIVE THIS SCHOLARSHIP OUT WE DO SO TO SOMEONE WHO WE THINK IS GOING TO TURN AROUND AND IN FIVE OR TEN YEARS GIVE SOMETHING BACK TO THE COMMUNITY.))
[SUPER=01-Brandon Shively/Don Holliday Scholarship Winner; :00]
[SUPER=01-Jason Perdue/Scholarship Committee; :12]
[OUT Q=to the community]
Shively will use the 10-thousand dollars to attend Roanoke College next fall. He wants to be an Anesthesiologist.
The Don Holliday Golf Tournament is June 20th at the Hanging Rock Golf Club.
The Hammerin' Hokies baseball team ran into more rain this morning in Philadelphia. But their 11 o'clock Atlantic 10 tournament game with U-Mass is well underway.
Right now Tech leads the Minutemen 7-to-2 in the 6th inning.
The championship game is still set for later tonight at Veteran's Stadium with Tech playing the winner of the George Washington-Fordham game.
Coming up at six, we'll talk with area golf phenom Brandon Lacroix and PGA Tour star Davis Love Third about their recent round together in South Carolina.
See you then.
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The cola wars are flaring up again, but this time Coke and Pepsi have a new competitor.
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Millionaire buisnessman Richard Branson launched his Virgin Cola in America today by crashing a tank through a wall of Coke Cans.
The cola has been available in Europe since 1994 where it sells 150 million cans a year.
Branson says its time for Coke to have some serious competition.
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[IN Q=Dinosaurs don't]
((RICHARD BRANSON/VIRGIN COLA "DINOSAURS DO NOT LIVE FOREVER AND OUR FEELING IS THAT, AT SOME STAGE, COKE
SHOULD MEET ITS MAKER AND MAYBE VIRGIN COLA WILL BE IT - WE'LL SEE."))
[SUPER=01-Richard Branson/Virgin Cola;]
[OUT Q=we'll see]
In prepared statements, both Coke and Pepsi said they welcome the competition.
But Pepsi added the U-S soft drink market is not Virgin