Up next on News 7 at 5, jury selection continues in the capital-murder trial of Louis Ceparano.
and comedian Phil Hartman and his wife are found dead in their home.
The heat and humidity return to the region in a big way. The forecast is straight ahead.[medical-head]
Tonight on health check -- preparing to take care of the aging baby boomer population -- we'll tell you what you can do to plan ahead.
And doctors say the sun damage that causes skin cancer, starts in childhood.
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Actor and comedien Phil Hartman is dead- apparently shot to death in his California home.
The actors wife is also dead- apparently of a self inflicted gun shot wound.
Police say they're investigating the case as an apparent murder suicide-
Jennifer Sabih is at the scene in Encino, California- outside of Los Angeles.
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((In what appears to be a murder-suicide, 49 year old comedian Phil Hartman was
shot and killed by his wife, Brynn, who then turned the gun on herself.
Lt. Anthony Alba, LAPD
Mr. Hartman had been dead for a while before Mrs. Hartman killed herself....
In the early morning hours, police, responded to a call reporting a possible
shooting in progess at the Hartman home in Encino.
As they evacuated two young children from the front part of the house,
officers heard a gunshot come from the master bedroom. There they found the
comedian's body in bed. Police say they are sure that 40 year old Brynn
Hartman shot herself.
Saturday Night Live/Courtesy:NBC/Broadway Video
Hartman, who played radio newsman Bill McNeal in the NBC sitcom "News Radio,
spent eight seasons on Saturday Night Live. Seen here with comdian Chris
Farley, another Saturday Night Live player who died last December, Hartman was
known for his comic portrayal of President Clinton.
Though the robbery homicide division has been called in to investigate the
shootings, police think that reason for the deaths will lie with the state of
the Hartman's lives.
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Let's face it, most people don't have perfect lives...we'll be investigating
motive, personal problems, financial problems, etc. ))
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Prosecutors and defense attornies continue to make progress in the Louis Ceparano capital murder trial.
Yesterday, four Grayson County residents were selected to sit on a panel of potential jurors.
Today, seven more were added to the list.
The judge initially said he wanted the defense and prosecution to be able to select from a list of 26-qualified jurors.
But today the judge lowered that number to 24.
Once 24-potential jurors are selected, the list will be narrowed to 12 jurors and 2 alternates.
Most local residents we spoke with said they believe a local jury will be fair to Ceparano.
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Only two of the approxomately 120 potential jurors are black.
One of the two was excused early today.
The other has not been called yet.
He says he thought he was shooting at an intruder.
But the person he shot and killed was his own wife.
Timothy Abbott is on trial for murder in Pittsylvania County.
The 36-year old faces life in prison if he's convicted.
The prosecution says Melissa Abbott's death was NO accident.
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She was found with a single gunshot wound to the chest in the couple's Keeling home in February 1997.
Timothy Abbott's trial is scheduled to end tomorrow.
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A Danville man has been found guilty of shooting another man in the lobby of a hospital emergency room.
Derrick Lee Coles will be sentenced in July for malicious wounding.
Coles fired three shots at Darrell Bradner while he was waiting in the E-R at Danville Regional Medical Center.
It happened last December.
The shooting was apparently in retaliation for a shooting earlier that night where Coles's brother was the victim.
Coles was heard saying someone would pay for wounding his brother.
They said they would do it and today they did. Pakistans leaders ordered nuclear testing-
Several tests were conducted all within a matter of minutes-
((BILL RICHARDSON/U.S. AMBASSADOR TO U.N.: WE THINK PAKISTANS TESTING IS A HUGE MISTAKE. WE DEPLORE ITS ACTION.))
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Today's testing comes in response to testing India conducted earlier ths month- And it fires up the arms race in that region.
The United Nations is caling on both nations to end nuclear testing.
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Some Virginia tobacco companies are taking on Trigon.
That story is still ahead on News-7 at Five.
Today was DARE graduation in Franklin County.
But the future of the anti-drug program may be up in the air.
On health check, a new view inside the womb-- made possible by by an M-R-I.
And afternoon baseball highlights from the major leagues.
All ahead on NEws7 at Five.
Northwest Airlines pilots may walk off the job- and that could leave passengers stuck on the ground.
The pilots voted to authorize a strike.
They want nine percent pay increases with another 5 percent hike annually- Pilots also want job security provisions and a boost in retirement benefits.
((HAL MYERS/NORTHWEST PILOT: THE PILOTS AND THE OTHER EMPLOYEES HELPED SAVE THIS COMPANY AND HAVE BEEN WORKING AT 110 PERCENT THROUGH THE YEARS TO GENERATE THE PROFITS THAT NORTHWEST AIRLINES HAS SEEN. WE JUST FEEL IT'S TIME FOR THAT TO BE REPAID.))
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We could know as early as Saturday whether Northwest Pilots will actually walk off the job-
Virginia's largest health insurance company has locked horns with the marketers of its biggest cash crop.
Trigon has finally joined Blue Cross Blue Shield in 44 other states in filing suit against the tobacco companies.
Now, tobacco workers are trying to organize a boycott.
Philip Morris union workers in Richmond today labelled Trigon "the enemy," and urged Philip Morris to cancel its insurance contract.
Other tobacco interests, like Dimon Incorporated in Danville are considering the boycott.
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((DIMON IS CERTAINLY VERY DISAPPOINTED IN THE ACTION THAT TRIGON HAS CHOSEN TO TAKE. AND OVER THE COURSE OF THE NEXT FEW WEEKS, WE'LL BE EXAMINING THEIR DECISION AND EXAMINING OUR OWN OPTIONS FOR THE FUTURE.))
((BROOKE TAYLOR/TRIGON: WE REALIZE WE ARE IN A UNIQUE POSITION AS A VIRGINIA COMPANY. AND THAT'S ONE REASON THAT WE DELIBERATED CAREFULLY AND LONG BEFORE WE MADE THIS DECISION.))
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Trigon says the Minnesota settlement strengthens the case against the tobacco companies -- and filing the suit is th
e best thing to do for Trigon shareholders.
The future of a drug awareness program in Franklin County is uncertain.
Today was a celebration for more than five hundred fifth graders -- all graduates of the DARE program.
Deputies met with them all year, to earn their trust and help them resist drugs.
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((WE LEARNED MANY WAYS TO SAY NO TO EM AND ONE WAS LIKE THE BROKEN RECORD, WHERE YOU JUST KEEP ON SAYING NO OVER AND OVER AGAIN.
DEP. HARRY CLINGENPEEL/DARE: THEY MAY TELL US ABOUT THEIR PARENTS USING DRUGS OR SOMEONE IN THEIR FAMILY USING DRUGS AND THAT'S ALMOST ON A WEEKLY BASIS THAT WE DO HAVE SOMEONE COMING TO US.))
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But in order to save money next year, the county may not pay for DARE deputies -- leaving it up to the state instead.
The sheriff says each deputy gets paid about 25-thousand-dollars.
But parents and teachers say it's worth the money to see these children succeed.
Franklin County supervisors are supposed to move next week on DARE program funding.
It's Thursday and that means Patrick Evans is Growin It.
Herb gardens are a great way to introduce new flavors to your cooking, and new plants to your garden.
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Patrick Evans joins us from the City Market in Roanoke, where you can find any number of fresh herbs to buy and plant in your yard.
Patrick, what are some of the more unusal herbs you've discovered?
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(Rollcue:Rosalin Walter from Walter's Greenhouse showed us some examples.)
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The NCAA Division Three baseball tournament wrapped up last night in Salem.
But will it stay in Salem after next year?
In tonight's health check report -- taking care of family members can take it's toll on the caregiver's health.
At a Roanoke Valley Mental Health Association conference today participants are learning to lean on others in similar situations for support and understanding.
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((GINNY BARTON/CAREGIVER:I AM A GRANDMOTHER RAISING THREE GRANDCHILDREN OF MY OWN I HAVE CUSTODY OF TWIN BOYS WHO ARE FOUR YEARS OLD AND A LITTLE GIRL WHO IS TWO AND I RECENTLY FORMED A SUPPORT GROUP FOR GRANDPARENTS WHO ARE RAISING THEIR GRANDCHILDREN.))
Here's one of the stories were working on for News 7 at Six.
A new partnership between Longwood College and law enforcement officials will send students through the Central Virginia Criminal Justice Academy.
The Virginia Department of Criminal Justice approved the plan which will benefit students desiring to enter law enforcement.
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Officials say the program will put quality officers on the street and save tax payer dollars.
We'll have that story and much more in about 40-minutes.
More people are caring for extended family members, be it grandchildren or parents or in some cases both.
Family caregiving is a major mental health issue as baby boomers age.
The Mental Health Association of the Roanoke Valley hosted a conference today to help caregivers find resources and build support systems.
Experts say caregivers need to recognize their own needs or they'll burn out.
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((DIANE KELLY/MENTAL HEALTH ASSOC.:A HUSBAND WHO'S CARING FOR A WIFE WITH ALZHEIMER'S DISEASE MIGHT DO WONDERFULLY WITH HER PERSONAL CARE AND THEN BEAT HIMSELF UP BECAUSE THE HOUSE DOESN'T LOOK LIKE IT DID WHEN SHE WAS DOING EVERYTHING. INSTEAD OF FOCUSING ON THE NEGATIVES FOCUS ON THE POSITIVES ABOUT THE WAYS IN WHICH PEOPLE DO EXCEL AS CAREGIVERS.))
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Ginny Barton is raising her grandchildren while attending Virginia Western Community college full time, but she says she's not alone.
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((GINNY BARTON/CAREGIVER:A LOT OF PEOPLE DON'T KNOW ABOUT SERVICES SUCH AS CHIP FOR THE MEDICAL NEEDS OF THEIR GRANDCHILDREN THEY DON'T KNOW TO GO TO SOCIAL SERVICES AND APPLY FOR ANY KIND OF HELP I TELL THEM TO ACCESS CHURCHES, ANYTHING THAT BE OF HELP TO THEM.))
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Barton also learned about guardianship issues for her mother.
Contact the Child Abuse Prevention Council for more information on Barton's support group.
Doctors are getting a clearer look inside the womb.
A new study suggests M-R-I's are safe for unborn children.
Ultrasounds can get remarkable pictures but sometimes they're just not clear enough.
Doctors at a Chicago hospital are now using M-R-I's to get a sharper picture of the fetus than ever before.
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((DR. JOHN ANASTOS/LUTHERAN GENERAL HOSPITAL; THESE ARE THE TWO FETAL EYES AND THIS IS THE FETAL BRAIN.. THAT'S
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Only recently have studies found that the magnetic field of an M-R-I is safe for a developing fetus.
And recent improvements in M-R-I technology have made them fast enough to stop the motion of a kicking fetus.
They won't replace ultrasounds, though.
M-R-I's are used only in cases where the fetus is at risk or it's over 13 weeks old.
Some matinee action in the major leagues.
Here's Mike Stevens with the 2 Minute Ticker.
Welcome folks to a Thursday ticker packed full of baseball.
In the big leagues this afternoon the Phillies beat the Cubs 8 to 7.
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And in St. Louis, manager Tony Larussa watched his Cardinals win a game without the benefit of Mark McGwire homer.
John Mabry broke open a one run game in the 6th with
an RBI double to left.
The Cardinals get 2 in the inning to win it 4-to-1 over the Rockies.
The City of Salem wrapped up another non-stop NCAA championship month of May as it crowned a new division three baseball champion last night.
Eastern Connecticut State dominated Montclair State 16-to-1 to capture the crown.
The tournament will be back in Salem next season, but its status after that is technically up in the air.
The NCAA will vote in July on whether to extend the city's contract for another three years.
To date Salem has done everything possible to please the NCAA, with the exception of putting a lot of fans in the stands.
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The event has also been a major positive for the Old Dominion Athletic Conference.
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Coming up tonight at six, the Martinsville Speedway gets some national pub in National Geographic, and Steve Mason tells us about an unbeaten area soccer team getting ready for state play tomorrow.
Have a good night everybody.
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You might say these buffalo just wanted to roam.
Three buffalo escaped from a Colorado breeding park on Sunday when someone forgot to lock the gate.
They've roamed some 70 miles so far and don't seem too excited about heading back to the ranch.
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((RON LEWIS/BUFFALO OWNER; THEY'VE GOT A VERY EVEN TEMPREMENT. IT'S ALWAYS BAD.))
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Just when the owners thought they had the bulls cornered, they figured out how to escape-- by crashing their 15-hundred pound bodies through some fences.
And the chase is on again.