Coming up next on News 7 at 5, two people are injured after shooting erupts at a Richmond High School. We'll have a live report.
and Pittsylvania County is offering a reward to find out who's poisoning dogs in the area.
In medical news -- some local groups are concerned insurance companies covering Viagra and not birth control pills are being unfair.
And a popular drug used to treat AIDS patients is producing some bizarre side effects.
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Two people are injured following another school shooting, and this time it's much closer to home.
A 14 year old high school student is in custody tonight after a school shooting in the capital city that wounded a teacher and an elderly volunteer aid.
Ellen Qualls is at Armstrong High School in Richmond's east end.
Ellen, what happened today?
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Auto workers are on strike in Flint, Michigan but it's effecting workers much farther away.
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The horns beep to support striking workers-
but the strike is idling employees at more than 75 other plants.
More than 56 thousand workers have been sent home in the U-S, Mexico and Canada.
Picketing workers say the company isn't being felexible.
((DAN THETFORD/UNITED AUTO WORKERS: WE COULD PROBABLY MAKE MUCH MORE PROGRESS IF THE COMPANY WOULD BE WILLING TO TALK ABOUT ALL OUR ISSUES. TO THIS THEY HAVEN'T DONE THAT WE BELIEVE IT WOULD SPEED UP THE PROCESS IF THEY WOULD DO THAT. ))
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Talks between G-M and the union are continuing.
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It's moving day for a local Sheriff's department. We'll check out Bedford County's new facility in a moment.
But first, the pilots involved in last year's fatal cable car crash in Italy could be facing court martial.
On health check, we'll see why doctors are encouraged about a new breast cancer treatment.
and in Sports, Chicago is celebrating with the running of the Bulls.
Two marine pilots could be court martialed for a cable car accident that killed 20 people in Italy.
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At hearings today- a commander says the officers were told about altitude restrictions more than a month before the accident.
The pilots low flying jet sliced a cable sending the cable car plunging to the ground.
The commander says Marine rules prohibit flights below one thousand feet-
The severed cable was 370 feet above the ground.
For the first time in more than thirty years, the Bedford County sheriff's department is now actually located IN Bedford County.
Today was moving day as sheriff's employees- with some help from a few jail inmates- began moving boxes, computers and file cabinets.
The department will now occupy a new two-million dollar building just south of the Bedford city limits.
Sheriff Mike Brown says moving to a bigger and better facility has already helped improve employee morale.
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((SHERIFF MIKE BROWN/BEDFORD CO.: I SAY WE'VE ALREADY SEEN THE BOOST IN MORALE WITH THE GUYS AND THE GALS GOING DOWN THERE. SOME OF THEM, IT'S LIKE THEY'VE BUILT IT AND IT'S THEIR HOME THEY'RE GOING IN, TAKING A LOT OF TIME, DECORATING AND THEY'RE VERY PROTECTIVE OF IT.))
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The old sheriff's department will be renovated and turned over to the Blue Ridge Regional Jail system.
About 15 months from now, Downtown Roanoke will have yet another tourist attraction.
Ground was broken today- as city officials announced plans for a Railside Linear Walk.
The railwalk will run along the Norfolk-Southern train tracks on Norfolk Avenue from Jefferson Street to the Virginia Museum of Transportation.
It'll link the city's historical past to the railroad.
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((DAVID BOWERS/ROANOKE CITY MAYOR; TOURISM HAS BEEN A GREAT THEME FOR OUR COMMUNITY OVER THE LAST SEVERAL YEARS. WE'VE CONTINUED TO INVEST IN TOURISM DEVELOPMENT SUCH AS THE HOTEL ROANOKE, IMPROVEMENTS TO THE MARKET AND THE VIRGINIA MUSEUM OF TRANSPORTATION. AND NOW THIS RAILWALK THAT WILL BE A LINK BETWEEN THE CITY MARKET AND THE TRANSPORTATION MUSEUM. IT'S A GREAT INVESTMENT FOR THE FUTURE OF ROANOKE AND IT WILL BE A GREAT TOURIST DRAW ALSO.))
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The nearly two million dollar project has been on the drawing board for four years.
Construction will begin next week.
Opera Roanoke is in the middle of its latest production.
And the stories of two comedic clowns are taking center stage.
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Opera Roanoke is at it again.
This time the opera is joining forces with the Roanoke Ballet Theatre.
Andrew Freiden is live in Salem with a preview.
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There's promising news for women who are living with Metastatic breast cancer.
A new drug is showing promising results in treating the type of cancer that continues to spread throughout the body.
Xeloda (ZUH-LOW-DUH) has only been on the market for three weeks.
It is only the third form of chemotherapy approved for this type of cancer and it is the only one in pill form.
Doctors have high hopes for the drug.
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Doctors call Xeloda a third line defense, meaning they will use it on tumors that have not responded to other treatments.
There's hope the drug will prove useful in treating other cancers
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Research into additional uses for Xeloda is still pending.
A popular medication to treat AIDS patients is causing what health officials say are some strange side effects.
The drugs known as protease inhibitors have been a life saver for
many aids patients.
There have been several reports of patients developing large humps on
their necks and other body parts.
They've also experienced a rapid loss of fat and muscle in the face
and limbs -- as well as unusually high cholesterol levels.
Health officials are not sure what's causing the symptoms.
But they say the benefits of protease inhibitors still outweigh the
The controversy over some insurance companies picking up the tab for the impotence pill for men, but refusing to cover birth control for women has some groups crying inequality.
Intern reporter Aleesha Chaney explains.
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Viagra has created quite a craze since it first hit the market just three months ago. Now this little blue pill is finding itself in the middle of a big controversy with some women's organizations.
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((DAVID NOVA/PRESIDENT-PLANNED PARENTHOOD; THE FACT THAT INSURANCE COMPANIES ARE COVERING VIAGRA POINTS OUT THE DISCREPANCY BETWEEN AND THE DOUBLE STANDARD BETWEEN MEN AND WOMEN OVER THE ISSUE OVER SEXUALITY. MEN ARE ABLE TO GET COVERAGE FOR VIAGRA. WOMEN ARE NOT ABLE TO GET COVERAGE FOR BIRTH CONTROL PILLS.))
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Planned Parenthood is lobbying congress to end what it calls gender bias on the part of some insurance companies.
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((DAVID NOVA/PRESIDENT-PLANNED PARENTHOOD; VIAGRA MEANS THAT MORE COUPLES ARE ABLE TO HAVE SEX AND THAT MEANS THAT THERE IS A GREATER NEED FOR EFFECTIVE BIRTH CONTROL.))
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Some insurance companies are arguing that birth control pills are not as medically necessary as viagra and therefore does not need the same coverage. But some health professionals are disputing that.
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((DR.GEOFF HARTER/PRESIDENT ROANOKE ACADEMY OF MEDICINE: THEY ALLOW US AS PHYSCIANS TO COMLETLEY CARE FOR OUR PATIENTS AND I THINK ITS DIFFICULT ESPECIALLY FOR THIRD PARTY PAIRS TO MAKE VALUED JUDGMENTS ABOUT VARIOUS TYPES OF MEDICATIONS.))
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Most insurance companies cover prescription drugs but only about one third cover prescription contraceptives such as birth control pills.
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((DR. GEOFF HARTER/ PRESIDENT ROANOKE ACADEMY OF MEDICINE: THEY HAVE TO MAKE THEIR DECISIONS TO CUT OR RESTRICT EXPENDITURE IN PARTICULAR AREAS AND THEY FEEL THAT THIS IS ONE OF THE ARES THAT THEY FEEL THEY CAN CUT BACK ON OR NOT SUPPORT.))
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Insurance companies--such as Trigon Blue Cross are required by law to include contraceptive coverage in at least one health plan. But insurance companies are saying that the plan is simply not popular with employers. Aleesha Chaney, News 7.
In Sports, the Roanoke Express needs a new coach.
With more on that, here's Steve Mason with the 2-Minute Ticker.[S5-Anzalone]
Good afternoon everyone, lets start our 120 seconds of sports on the ice.
Roanoke Express head coach frank Anzalone is leaving Roanoke to take a head coaching position with the Lowell Massachusetts Lock Monsters.
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Anzalone's new team competes in the American Hockey League and is the primary affiliate of the NHL's New York Islanders.
The Star City is losing arguably the most successful part of the Express. In his five seasons, Anzalone lead Roanoke to the playoffs each year, won a Northeast Division title, and won a franchise record 42 games this past season.
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The NBA team of the decade was crowned again last night.
The Chicago Bulls won their sixth championship of the 90's and third in a row against Utah.
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Michael Jordan scored 45 points including the game winner in the Bulls 87-86 win over the Jazz.
Now the speculation is whether Jordan will retire and what other players will return to Chicago next year.
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There's more News 7 at Five coming up after this.
Imagine singing in front of thousands of people-- one ten year old girl has tried it and she wants to do it more.
Jamie Lynn Bence would like to get into the Guinness Book of World Records as the youngest person to sing the National Anthem at every major league ballpark.
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Jamie has been taking singing lessons since she was 5.
Her most recent performance was at the Atlanta Braves game on Sunday.
So far Jamie has sung at 17 ballparks and she plans to complete all 30 this season.
Why would someone poison nearly a dozen dogs on a Pittsylvania County farm?
Authorities hope a cash reward will generate some clues.
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Christy Hubley is live in our Danville Bureau with the story.
Jean-- The farm where these bird dogs lived is not easily accessible.
Someone would have had to go out of his or her way to hurt the dogs.
And the man who owns the farm and the dog kennels says he's baffled by the deaths of his hunting companions.
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(( Ben Davenport says he gets an eerie feeling every time he walks by the quiet kennels on his farm.
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((BEN DAVENPORT: I DON'T HAVE A WAY OF UNDERSTANDING. HOW SOMEBODY COULD THINK OR HOW SOMEBODY COULD DO SOMETHING LIKE THIS.))
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There used to be 11-bird dogs living here on Davenport's farm in Markham.
One day in mid-May, those dogs seemed a bit sluggish.
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The dogs were rushed to a veterinarian who confirmed they were poisoned-- apparently from ingesting antifreeze.
Davenport believes someone put the antifreeze in their food.. which is kept in these blue bins.
Over the next week, nine of the dogs died-- two survived.
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((BEN DAVENPORT: THE VETERINARIAN THOUGHT SHE WAS GOING TO LOSE BOTH OF THEM AND THEN MIRACULOUSLY THEY MADE A TURN.))
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The two surviving dogs are now being boarded in North Carolina.
Davenport says the antifreeze caused serious kidney problems, and they will have to be feed special diets for the rest of their lives.
(Question: Christy, you mentioned a reward?)
rest and conviction in this case. The Pittsylvania County Sheriff's Office is offering at 25-hundred dollar reward for information that leads to an ar