Coming up next on News 7, Governor Gilmore convenes his tobacco summit in Richmond.
We'll have a live report.
And it was a cat's dream, but a farmer's nightmare-- as two-thousand gallons of milk spill onto a Montgomery County roadway.
A bubble of warm, humid air is coming our way. And isolated but storng thunderstorms rumble through the night. The forecast details just ahead.
A new surgery scalpel that doctors say is a cut above the rest is working in operating rooms across the area.
And engineers say it can only lead to bigger and better things as they unveil a prostetic hand with moveable fingers.
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((THIS CONFERENCE HERE TODAY IS ABOUT WORKING PEOPLE.))
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It is the Tobacco Unity Summit.
It highlights the jobs behind one of the nation's most controversial products.
A local broadcast pioneer has died.
Lee Hartman was the founder and President of Lee Hartman and Sons, the electronics store he started in 1956.
Hartman had one of the first F-M radio licenses.
In fact, W-L-R-J was named for his sons, Robert, Lee and Jack. It's now K-92.
Lee Hartman, Senior, was born in October, 1900 in Medley... a neighborhood just over the city line at Peters Creek and Cove Roads.
HIS parents owned a general store there.
One of the last living members of The Roanoke 1900 Club, Hartman died this morning at age 97.
Clean up crews had reason to cry over spilled milk in Montgomery County this morning.
A tractor trailer carrying almost two- thousand gallons wrecked around nine thirty on Camp Carysbrook Road near Riner.
A portion of the milk spilled into a nearby creek.
Authorities began cleaning the spill almost immediately out of concern that the milk could spoil and possibly kill fish swimming in the stream.
The driver, Nathan Gilmer, was charged with failure to maintain control of his vehicle.
In just two hours, more auto workers are expected to walk off their jobs in Flint, Michigan.
The strike at the General Motors plant will be the second in the city in less than one week.
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((DOES IT SEEM AT THIS POINT THERE'S DEFINITELY GONNA BE A STRIKE? YEAH IT DOES. IT'S GONNA HAPPEN. THERE'S GONNA BE A STRIKE NO DOUBT ABOUT IT.))
[OUT Q=NO DOUBT ABOUT IT.]
The plant makes dashboard instruments and other parts for nearly every G-M vehicle built in North America.
The second shutdown could cripple operations at G-M- which is already relling from a week long strike at a metal stamping plant nearby.
In the largest sexual harrassment case ever- Mitsubishi will pay a record 34 million dollars-
Female assembly line workers said they were groped and subjected to lewd jokes and behavior- while working at the company's Normal, Illinois plant.
((I HOPE THE MESSAGE SENT TODAY WILL ENCOURAGE OTHER COMPANIES TO EXAMINE THEIR OWN SITUATION TO SEE IF SEXUAL HARRASSMENT IS A PROBLEM FOR THEIR EMPLOYEES.))
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[OUT Q=their employees.]
The agreement covers women who have worked at the plant since 1987. It also
requires Mitsubishi to provide mandatory sexual harassment training to
employees, and investigate allegations of harassment within three weeks.
Prosecutors in Luke Woodham's second trial have wrapped up their case-
Now it is the defense's turn.
17 year old Woodham smiled as he walked into the courthouse.
Woodham's lawyers say their client admits to shooting his classmates, but they say he was legally insane at the time of the attack- and was being influenced by an older teen.
Woodham is charged with the murders of two classmates.
He was already convicted last week in the stabbing death of his mother-
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More unionized General Motors workers are set to walk off the job in just a few hours.
That story is still ahead on News-7 at Five.
And it may have been a cat's dream, but emergency workers say this milk-truck accident may be bad news for fish.
On health check-- it could be a breakthrough in bionic limbs.
We'll look at a new creation by some Rutgers University students.
There's lots more on News-7 at Five right after this break.
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About four percent of Virginia jobs are directly or indirectly related to tobacco.
Today, those workers spoke.
But they may have been preaching to the choir-- NOT to Congress.
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Ellen Qualls is in our Richmond newsroom tonight with coverage of Governor Jim Gilmore's Tobacco Unity Summit.
Jean, Jim Gilmore says debate in Washington over tobacco should do one thing: stop youth smoking.
That, he says, can be done through law enforcement.
Any other punitive measures to tobacco companies or cigarette tax increases mean pain for Virginia workers.
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[SUPER=07-Sonny Luellen; :18]
[SUPER=01-Anne Donley/Smokin Opponent;]
[SUPER=01-Barbara Herndon/Danville Leaf Worker; 1:00]
[OUT Q=thank you (clapping)]
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((GOV. GILMORE: WE ALSO URGE THE PRESIDENT AND THE CONGRESS TO REMEMBER THAT YOU WILL NOT PROTECT OUR CHILDREN BY PUTTING THEIR PARENTS OUT OF WORK.))
Republican and Democrat.
Labor leaders and a traditionally anti-union GOP.
They all signed a pledge to protect Virginia tobacco jobs.
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((SONNY LUELLEN/BAKERY & CONFECTIONARY WORKERS UNION: I AM ONE OF THE FORTUNATE ONES. I CAN RETIRE. I'M OKAY BUT I HAVE BROTHERS AND SISTERS WHO WILL NEED JOBS FOR MANY YEARS TO COME.))
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((GOV. JIM GILMORE: WHAT IS NOT BEING DISCUSSED IN THE NATIONAL DEBATE IS WHAT WE ARE INJECTING HERE TODAY. IS WHAT WE ARE ARGUING AND ILLUMINATING HERE TODAY. WHICH IS THE CONSEQUENCES AND IMPACT ON HUMAN BEINGS.))
Health organizations, like the American Cancer Society, were NOT asked to be a part of this group.
The Governor says their voices ARE being heard in Washington.
But they were here to watch.
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((ANNE DONLEY/GROUP TO ALLEVIATE SMOKING IN PUBLIC: THE COMPANIES IF THEY WERE REALLY CONCERNED ABOUT THEIR WORKERS WOULD BE LOOKING AT ALTERNATIVES. EITHER GETTING OUT OF THE TOBACCO BUSINESS OR USING TOBACCO AS A PROTEIN FOR THE THIRD WORLD COUNTRIES, WHICH THERE'S BEEN RESEARCH ON THAT.))
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((BARBARA HERNDON/DANVILLE LEAF WORKER: WE WOULD URGE CONGRESS TO GET ON WITH IT BUT LIVE IN THE REAL WORLD AND BE AWARE OF HOW MUCH DAMAGE YOU CAN DO TO PEOPLE LIKE ME. THANK YOU. clap))
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Virginia AFL-CIO leader Danny LeBlanc praised Governor Gilmore and Democratic Senator Chuck Robb especially for their pro- union stances.
Robb was NOT in Richmond.
He and his Senate colleagues are still arguing over this bill.
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They'll only know what they see on TV or read in the papers.
(Question: Who paid for this summit?)[5-Quayle]
Former Vice President Dan Quayle is in Blacksburg at this hour, lending support to fellow Republican Joe Barta.
The Radford opthamologist is hoping to oust ninth district Congressman Rick Boucher later this year.
Doctor Barta recently secured the GOP nomination by defeating fellow Republican Patrick Muldoon.
Muldoon was defeated in the last election by incumbent Rick Boucher.
Since then, Barta has been working to get his name out, realizing going up against the long time Democrat won't be easy. Indeed Republicans feel Dan Quayle is exactly the boost Barta's campaign needs--not only in term of name recognition but also fund raising.
Approximately 200 people turned out for today's reception.
What's old is new again, especially when it comes to dance. Swing is back and it's bigger than ever.
Julie Chen shows us what it takes to make all the right moves
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Still ahead on the newscast, Steve Mason will check in on the Central Virginia Invitational Tennis Tournament in Lynchburg.
Next on health check --
Area hospitals are now using an advanced ultrasonic device in the operating room.
The harmonic scalpel has advantages for the doctor and the patients.
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((DR. DAVID STOECKLE/SURGEON:THE PATIENTS WHEN YOU OPERATE...SOMETIMES LESS.))
[OUT Q=sometimes less]
Good afternoon I'm Keith Humphry here's one of the stories were working on for News 7 at Six.
Seniors from two Roanoke high schools graduated today.
But the ceremony didn't include one thing--a prayer.
That comes after after a recent decision by Congress to not allow prayer in school.
For the first time many students are speaking out on how they feel about the subject.
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((KIM KAYS/PATRICK HENRY STUDENT; CONGRESS MAY HAVE TAKE IT OUT OF SCHOOL BUT THEY CAN'T TAKE IT OUT OF YOU HEART OR WHEREVER YOU GO. ))
[SUPER=01-Kim Kays/Patrick Henry Student]
[OUT Q= wherever you go.]
That story and much more tongiht on News 7 at Six. That's in about 40 minutes.
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A Blacksburg doctor says the future is now with videoscopic surgery using an instrument called the harmonic scalpel.
It's a safer and more precise way of operating and doctors say it's a cut above the rest.
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[SUPER=01-Geoff Beecher/Ethicon Endo-Surgery; ]
[SUPER=01-Dr. James Weston/OBGYN; ]
[SUPER=01-Dr. David Stoeckle/Surgeon; ]
[OUT Q=the patient.]
[IN Q=And you]
((AND YOU SEE IT'S CUTTING WITHOUT ANY BURNING OR CHARRING.))
Unlike the traditional electrocautery method.
The harmonic scalpel vibrates 55-thousand times a second -- so fast you can't even see it move.
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((GEOFF BEECHER/ETHICON ENDO-SURGERY:IT'S ACTUALLY SOUNDWAVES...ACTUAL CUTTING))
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just about every hospital in Southwest Virginia is now using the harmonic scalpel and it's growing in popularity among surgeons.
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((DR. JAMES WESTON/OBGYN:THERE'S BEEN A REVOLUTION IN SURGERY WHEREBY WE HAVE CREATED NEW...MORE RAPID RECOVERY.))
[OUT Q=rapid recovery.]
and less scar tissue for a better cosmetic result for the patient.
And it benefits the doctor duringg surgery by becoming many tools in one.
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((DR. DAVID STOECKLE/SURGEON:IT HAS A FLAT SIDE FOR COAGULATING...ON WHAT WE WANT TO DO.))
[OUT Q=want to do.]
but doctors say one of the most important advantages to using the ultrasonic technology over traditional electrocautery is there is no danger of burning the surrounding organs because it works using vibration not electricity.
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((DR. JAMES WESTON/OBGYN:I THINK IT'S THE INSTRUMENT OF CHOICE RIGHT NOW...HIGHEST DEGREE OF SAFETY FOR THE PATIENT.))
[OUT Q=the patient]))
Types of surgery that can be performed with the harmonic scalpel include gallbladder surgery, hyterectomies and endometriosis.
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Engineers have been trying to create a bionic arm for years,
Now they may be a step closer.
Engineers at Rutgers University have built an artificial arm that allows real movement of individual fingers.
A series of pressure sensors read the movement of tendons used to operate the fingers of the hand.
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((ROCHEL ABBOUDI/DOCTORAL CANDIDATE; THE IDEA THAT WE HAVE IS THAT THERE ARE A LOT OF ROBOTIC HANDS OUT THERE THAT ARE VERY HIGH TECH. WE THOUGHT WELL, WHY NOT GIVE AMPUTEES THE CHANCE TO USE THE TECHNOLOGY THAT'S OUT THERE. THE MAIN GOAL OF THIS PROJECT WAS FOR THEM TO CONTROL THE HANDS THAT ARE OUT THERE.))
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[OUT Q=that are out there]
There were some problems at a much-anitcipated demonstration of the hand.
But researchers say this technology could control the movement of artificial wrists, elbows and even shoulders.
The new hand could be ready for large-scale production in a year.
The fat substitute Olestra-- being used in some potato chips may help you lose weight-- but it could also make you sick.
The warning comes from members of a consumer group who cite several cases in which people were hospitalized after eating the fat-free chips.
Potato chips containing Olestra already carry a warning label listing the possible side effects of cramping and diarrhea.
Although the consumer group doesn't feel these warnings go far enough, the makers of Olestra say they are standing by their product.
Sports news from the Tennis and Basketball courts.
Here's Steve Mason with the 2 Minute Ticker.[S5-Bulls]
Good afternoon everyone, we are in court for our two minute ticker.
Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen are the judges as they hand down a tough sentence in game four of the NBA finals.
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The pair combined for 62 points to lead Chicago over Utah 86-82 to take a 3 games to 1 advantage in the series.
Pippen was especially hot offensively, scoring 28 points thanks to some three point marksmanship. His offense in this year's finals , quite different from last year's.
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[SUPER=01-Michael Jordan/Scored 34 Points; :19]
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Game five is tomorrow night at Chicago and the Bulls can capture their 6th championship of the decade with a win.[S5
The granddaddy of tennis tournaments is taking place in Lynchburg.
The 38th annual Central Virginia Invitational Tennis Tournament is underway at the Oakwood Country Club.
The tournament offers up world class play. Entrants from eight states and even some foreign countries are trying their luck on the clay surface.
Organizers are hoping the rain stays away so the competition will heat up.
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[SUPER=01-David Leatherwood/Tournament Dir.;]
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Any proceeds from the tournament help Lynchburg's youngest tennis players.
Play continues tomorrow and into the weekend. And the price is right...Admission is free. that's it for the ticker, coming up at six, Lynchburg's Donna Andrews is tearing up the LPGA Oldsmobile Classic. See ya then.
Many people like to build sand castles, but some sculptors in Green Bay, Wisconsin have taken the hobby to a higher level.
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When complete this 150 tons of sand will be transformed into an artistic representation of the state.
Included in the artwork are the cities of Green Bay and Milwaukee, as well as sculptures of Indians, a riverboat, and the state capitol.
The owner of the Sandscapes Sculpturing company has been in the sand business for 12 years, but says he has never had a request quite like this.
The sculpture is part of the the 150th anniversary celebration of the state.