Coming up next on News 7, the future of affirmative action and Virginia's historically black public universities-- t
ouchy subjects for the new head of the State Council on Higher Education.
And we'll hear from one of the survivors of yesterday's avalanche on Mount Rainier.
More rain than sun again today but the chances for a pleasant weekend look good. Details up next.
Tough ethical questions face families dealing with Alzheimer's disease.
The local chapter of the Alzheimer's Association has some answers.
And do you know what to do if you're bitten by a snake?
Some experts say most people don't.
[SOT TAPE TWO 13:22:26]
[IN Q=I'm not]
((BILL ALLEN/STATE COUNCIL FOR HIGHER ED.: I'M NOT ABOUT TO SADDLE VIRGINIA WITH ANY PARTICULAR POLICY WITHIN A FEW MINUTES OF HAVING BEEN APPOINTED DIRECTOR OF SCHEV.))
[OUT Q=of SCHEV.]
Virginia's newest higher ed policy maker arrives amidst heavy speculation about his motives.
A black conservative-- a man who's an outspoken critic of affirmative action is Virginia's new director of its State Council of Higher Education.
[DOUBLE BOXES=Jean/Ellen via State Microwave]
Ellen Qualls is in our Richmond newsroom.
How did Bill Allen's first public appearance in Virginia go?
Keith, first a bit of context.
With the car tax cut out of the way, Governor Jim Gilmore's promised to take a close look at spending on state colleges and universities.
So those in the higher ed community are understandably anxious.
In this environment, an 11 member higher ed council appointed by former Governor George Allen chose Bill Allen.
[IN Q=He's a former]
[SUPER=01-Bill Allen/State Council for Higher Ed.; :14]
[SUPER=01-Sen. Louise Lucas/(D) Portsmouth; :29]
[SUPER=01-Doug Wilder/VA Union Univ. President-Elect; 1:00 ]
[OUT Q=I couldn't go]
(( He's a former dean at Michigan State University.
He headed up the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights until George Bush decided his anti- affirmative action stance was too radical.
It was question one for Allen in Virginia.
[SOT TAPE TWO 13:24:25]
((BILL ALLEN/STATE COUNCIL FOR HIGHER ED.: LET ME BE VERY VERY CLEAR ABOUT THIS. WE DID NOT DISCUSS THE ISSUE OF AFFIRMATIVE ACTION FOR VIRGINIA AT ANY POINT IN THE INTERVIEW PROCESS. COUNCIL MEMBERS DID QUESTION ME ABOUT MY PAST WRITINGS.))
[SOT TAPE ONE 13:20:03:]
((SEN. LOUISE LUCAS/D-PORTSMOUTH: A LOT OF US KNOW THAT BUT FOR SOME OF THOSE KINDS OF POLICIES, A LOT OF STUDENTS WOULD NEVER HAVE HAD AN OPPORTUNITY TO RECEIVE A QUALITY EDUCATION IN INSTITUTES OF HIGHER LEARNING. AND SO THAT'S WHERE MANY OF US WILL DIFFER WITH HIM.))
[SOT TAPE ONE 13:08:22]
((BILL ALLEN/STATE COUNCIL OF HIGHER ED.: BUT I ACCEPT THE CHALLENGE TO CARRY ON THIS WORK IN THIS ENVIRONMENT. NO MATTER HOW ARDUOUS IT MAY BECOME.))
He also told a reporter state continuing support for its historically black colleges should be evaluated.
The state's newest college president is worried.
((DOUG WILDER: THE PROBLEM COMES WHEN YOU HAVE THIS MINDSET. AND YOU GO IN AND SAY I'M GONNA KILL THIS AND CUT THIS AND DO THIS TO SOMETHING ELSE. I'M A LIVING EXAMPLE OF WHAT HAPPENS WITH HISTORICALLY BLACK COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES. I COULDN'T GO.))
So Bill Allen's tenure will surely be lively.
He replaces a 20 year veteran whose support of increased funding for higher education flew in the face of prevailing political winds.
(QUESTION: And his hiring comes just as Governor Gilmore's about to name a commission to study higher education?)
Emmett Cressell will have just one trial after all.
Cressell, accused in the burning and beheading of a former Marine,
will stand trial on charges of robbery and capital murder in late August.
That removes a potential legal obstacle for prosecutors in seeking the death penalty against Cressell.
Originally Cressell was to be tried separately on the two charges, and that would have meant prosecutors would have to obtain convictions in two trials before they could ask a jury to sentence Cressell to death.
Last month, his co-defendant, Louis Ceparano, entered an Alford plea to capital murder and robbery. Ceparano was sentenced to two life terms and will testify against Cressell.
A judge has ordered a psychiatric evaluation for a Roanoke man accused of killing his girlfriend two months ago.
David Lee Mason is charged with the April 15th murder of Michelle Saunders.
She was shot in the head outside of her apartment at Lee-Hi Manor.
Today, Mason's attorney also asked the judge to limit cameras in the courtroom to the beginning and end of the trial.
But Judge Clifford Weckstein denied the motion.
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How could new carry-on bag regulations affect your summer travel?
That story is still ahead on News-7 at Five.
And salt water has been slowly destroying this piece of history.
But now the propeller of the Monitor is above water and in a Virignia museum.
On health check, a lot of those common cures for snakebites may actually do more harm than good.
And qualifying from Michigan-- all still ahead on News-7 at Five.
Injured climbers have been released from the hospital following yesterday's fatal avalanche on Mount Rainier.
[SUPER=03-Mt. Rainier, WA]
One man was killed and at least five injured when heavy, wet snow swept down the majestic mountain in Washington state.
One of the survivors said he first knew of a problem while hiking yesterday at 11-thousand feet..."someone above him yelled: "slide."
[IN Q=So we]
((SO WE JUST STARTED RUNNING. AND BEFORE WE KNEW IT THE SLIDE TOOK OUT TWO ROPE TEAMS AND A SECURED HAND LINE.))
[OUT Q=hand line.]
Swanson says it was the "hand line"- - designed as a guide across a mountain path- -that saved people's lives.
One man died after spending several hours dangling from a rope off
an icy cliff. A woman suffered a severe case of hypothermia.
Other injuries involved broken arms and legs.
The space shuttle Discovery touched down at the Kennedy Space Center about three hours ago...
[SUPER=03-Cape Canaveral, FL]
bringing NASA's final Mir resident back to Earth after 141 days in space.
The spaceplane made a breezy touchdown to close out a four-million-mile voyage spanning 154 complete orbits since blastoff June 2nd.
Touchdown marked the end of an odyssey for Australian-born astronaut
Andrew Thomas, who spent 130 days aboard the Mir space station as NASA's
seventh and final long-duration resident.
Frequent fliers might want to practice packing light.
The House Aviation Sub-Committee may limit airline passengers to only one carry-on bag.
Proponents of the measure say it will cut down on crowding and make flights safer.
[IN Q=Well as I only]
((FRANKL CORRADO/FLIGHT PASSENGER: WELL AS I ONLY HAVE ONE RIGHT NOW I THINK THAT'S AN APPROPRIATE WAY FOR PEOPLE TO TRAVEL, SO THE PLANES AND AREAS ABOVE THE CARGO SPACE ARE LESS CROWDED.
RON RENDQUIST/FLIGHT PASSENGER: I'D BE FAIRLY UPSET. WHEN I TRAVEL I LIKE TO MAKE IT AS CONVENIENT AS POSSIBLE. THEREFORE I DON'T CHECK BAGGAGE BECAUSE I'VE HAD PROBLEMS WITH BAGGAGE BEING LOST. SO WHAT I LIKE TO DO IS ALWAYS CARRY MY BAGGAGE ON.))
[SUPER=01-Frank Corrado/Airline Passenger;]
[SUPER=01-Ron Rendquist/Airline Passenger;:10]
[OUT Q=my baggage on]
Most airlines now draw the line at two pieces of carry-on luggage.
Airlines say they want one rule for all companies and all flights.
The house sub-committee still has not voted on the bill.
Growin' It was washed out yesterday.
But Patrick Evans is giving it another try today.
(Patrick ad lib live tease)
Hosta and daylillies are both popular perennials, but you may not realize the wealth of varieties each has to offer.
[Double Boxes=Keith and Patrick/Microwave]
Today on Growin' It, Patrick Evans and Bob Lyons introduce us to some new & different versions of these old favorites.
Patrick, I understand you are something of a Hosta expert?
[SUPER=01-Bob Lyons/Horticulture Garden Director;]
(Rollcue: same thing apply to daylillies?)
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[SUPER=331-Partly Cloudy/Light Winds/64-66/Partly Sunny/And Warm/82-85;]
[SUPER=332-Patchy Fog/Possible/62-64/Cloudy With/Showers Possible/78-80;]
[SUPER=333-Partly/Cloudy/64-66/Partly Sunny/And Pleasant/78-82;]
[SUPER=334-Isolated Showers/Ending/60-64/Mostly Cloudy/With Showers/74-78;]
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Steve Mason checks in on the Hall of Fame Golf Tournament at the Roanoke Country Club.
That story is ahead in the Two-Minute Ticker.
On Health Check, scientists may have a new lead in the search for a Tuberculosis vaccine.
And as suburbs expand into the country, more and more people are coming in contact with poisonous snakes.
What to do and what NOT to do in case of a snakebite.
[IN Q=It swelled up]
((IT SWELLED UP TO THE ARMPIT AND THAT'S WHEN THEY DECIDED TO GIVE ME THE ANTIVENOM SYRUM. ))
[OUT Q=the antivenom syrum]
Here's one of the stories were working on for News 7 at Six.
Some central Virginia college students are learning to "dig" history this summer.
At Sweet Briar College in Amherst County, participants in an archaeology school hope to uncover some of the history of the property.
[IN Q=Taking all the]
((DR. AMBER MONCURE/ARCHAEOLOGY PROFESSOR: TAKING ALL THE SOURCE DOCUMENTS, ORAL HISTORIES FROM THE COMMUNITY AND THE ARCHAEOLOGY WE CAN REALLY RECONSTRUCT THE PLANTATION CULTURE AS IT WAS.))
[SUPER=01-Dr. Amber Moncure/Archaeology Professor; :00]
[OUT Q=as it was.]
Students have already turned up evidence of a blacksmith's shop and other outbuildings.
We'll tell you more about their project on News7 at Six.
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People with alzheimers disease suffer from a wide range of symptoms---one of those being memory loss. That leaves the
ir doctor and families making important life decisions for them.
Today, the local chapter of the Alzheimer's Association hosted a conference on ethical issues---to teach those caring
for alzheimers patients how to make the right choice.
The panel discussed the options that are available when its time to make a decision for a loved one.
[IN Q= WE really would]
((LOUISE CHAGNON/ ALZHEIMER'S ASSOCIATION: WE REALLY WOULD LIKE TO CONTACT FAMILIES AT AN EARLIER POINT IN THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE ILLNESS SO THAT WE CAN SUPPORT THEM IN GIVING THEM INFORMATION IF THEY NEED IN ORDER TO MAKE A CARE PLAN AND TO DO THE APPROPRIATE PLANNING THAT IS SUITABLE FOR THEIR BELIEFS AND THEIR VALUES.IN FORTY YEARS THERE WILL BE TWO KINDS OF PEOPLE IN AMERICA. PEOPLE WITH ALZHEIMERS DISEASE AND PEOPLE TAKING CARE OF PEOPLE WITH ALZHEIMERS DISEASE. THOSE ARE THE DEMOGRAPHICS.))
[SUPER=01-Louise Chagnon/Alzheimer's Association; :00]
[SUPER=01-Dr. Stephen Post/Ethics Advisory Panel Member; :17]
[OUT Q=the demographics]
A few things that families have to deal with-- medications, nursing homes, even whether or not to tell the person that they have the illness.
Right now there is no cure.
But treatment is available that can help with some of the symptoms.
Scientists say they've cracked the puzzling genetic code to Tuberculosis.
Researchers in France and Great Britain believe they've unraveled the genetic code of a bacterium that causes the disease.
It could help them develop new drugs and eventually a vaccine to fight the infectious lung disease.
T-B kills more people worldwide than malaria and AIDS combined.
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What would you do if you were bitten by a snake?
Experts say many of the first aid treatments you would think of are myths -- and can actually make matters worse.
Snake bites often occur when people reach behind wood or rocks where snakes can't be easily seen.
[IN Q=I HEARD THE RATTLE]
((MARY LOU GREELEY I WENT OUT TO THE PRAIRIE BY MY BIRD FEEDER TO PICK UP SOME SUNFLOWER SEEDS IN THE GARDEN AND WHEN I BENT DOWN I HEARD THE RATTLE AND FELT THE BITE, IT WAS THAT QUICK. I NEVER EVEN SAW HIM.))
[SUPER=01-Mary Lou Greeley/Snake Bite Victim]
[OUT Q=NEVER EVEN SAW HIM]
Fortunately most people survive snake bites, but it is important you know the do's and don'ts.
Things you SHOULD NOT DO when a bite occurs include cutting the bite with a knife, sucking out the venom with your mouth, applying a tourniquet, and applying ice.
On the list of things you SHOULD DO if bitten by a snake -- call 911, remove any jewelry in case of swelling and avoid using the part of the body that was bitten.
Remember snakes DO NOT have to be coiled to strike and even some baby snakes have poisonous venom.
Snakes often bite repeatedly, so move away quickly when a strike occurs.
It's Friday folks and you know what that means, Bud Pole qualifying.
Winston Cup drivers are at the two mile Michigan Speedway making the transition from the short track at Richmond. Ward Burton won the pole for Sunday's Miller Lite 400 with a speed of 181.561 miles per hour, here's the top 25.
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[SUPER=0107-1. Ward Burton/181.561 mph/2.Dale Jarrett //3. Rusty Wallace//4. Jeff Gordon//5. Kevin Lepage//;]
[SUPER=0107-6. Bill Elliott//7. Mark Martin//8. Wally Dallenbach//9. Ricky Rudd//10. Jeff Burton//;]
[SUPER=0107-11. Terry Labonte//12. Darrell waltrip//13. Lake Speed//14. Kenny Irwin//15.Jeremy Mayfield//;]
[SUPER=0107-16. Joe Nemechek//17. Bobby Labonte//18. Rich Bickle//19. Bobby Hamilton//20. Jeff Bodine//;]
[SUPER=0107-21. Johnny Benson //22. Ted Musgrave//23. Kenny Wallace//24. Michael Waltrip//25. Dale Earnhardt//;]
[OUT Q=....LAST DRIVER."]
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The local golfers are playing the first round of the 25-th Hall of Fame golf tournament at the Roanoke Country Club.
A steady rain soaked the fairways and greens this morning as the golfers teed it up for the tournament's first round.
Defending champion Ryan Ketron avoided the morning rain with an afternoon tee off time. Ketron has spent most of the spring in North Carolina and his game may be a little rusty.
[IN Q="Yes, yes...]
[SUPER=01-Ryan Ketron/Defending Champion; :00]
[OUT Q=.....to it."]
[GRAPHIC=Hall of Fame]
Some of the golfers are still on the course we'll have scores plus Roy Stanley's report from the tournament's first round.
The Chicago Bulls can wrap up their sixth championship in the last eight years tonght with a win over the the Utah Jazz in game five of the NBA Finals. And there would be no place like home to do it.
[IN Q=our mood]
[SUPER=01-Scottie Pippen/Scored 28 Points in Game Four; :00]
[SUPER=01-Phil Jackson/Bulls Head Coach; :15]
[OUT Q=...home court"]
Coming up at six, we will recap the washington captials collapse aginst the Red Wings in the Stanley Cup finals and the Salem Avalanche talks about tonights game against prince William. Have a great weekend.
The assimilation of women at Virginia Military Institute was in the spotlight today in Washington.
Today the Superintendent of the Lexington school, Major General Josiah Bunting looked back on the decision to admit women and his own comments to the Corps of Cadets.
[IN Q=That I opposed]
[SUPER=01-Maj. Gen. Josiah Bunting/VMI Superintendent;]
[OUT Q=for our students.]
Bunting made his remarks this afternoon in an address to the National Press Club.
It's been underwater for 135-years.
But this morning the piece of Civil War history was back on dry land.
The 11-foot propeller and part of the drive shaft of the ironclad Monitor was unveiled this morning at the Mariner's Museum in Newport News.
The pieces were recovered by divers salvaging the wreck site off Cape Hatteras.
The recovery effort is part of a 22-million dollar project to bring up major parts of the ship and conserve them.
The wreck was first discovered in 19-73.