Coming up next on News 7, the first American to travel in space has died.
and the entertainment world says goodbye to one of television's early models of fatherhood.
Tonight on health check --
Water tests of Smith Mountain Lake fail to detect human waste.
And a camp for diabetic children gets a visit from a local celebrity.
[SUPER=#4063; Headline Banner]
((SEN. JOHN GLENN: IT'S A LOSS. I'VE LOST A FRIEND AND THE COUNTRY'S LOST A GREAT PATRIOT.))
[OUT Q=A GREAT PATRIOT.]
Senator John Glenn remembers one of the nations first astronauts.
Alan Shepard has died after suffering from Leukemia.
Good Evening. I'm Jean Jadhon
Shepard was an American space pioneer- a courageous adventurer who blazed a trail into space.
Tonight Drew Levinson takes a look back at Shepard's life.
[SUPER=01-Sen. John Glenn/Former Mercury Astronaut; 50]
[SUPER=01-Drew Levinson/Reporting;1:10 ]
[OUT Q=CBS News, Washington."]
((Alan Shepard's 1961 space adventure lasted only 15 minutes-but those 15 minutes are etched in the cosmos forever. Sitting inside his freedom 7 spaceship-- the former navy test pilot flew into history as he became the first american in space.
ALRIGHT LIFTOFF AND THE CLOCK HAS STARTED
After reaching a speed of more than five-thousand miles an hour, his short journey ended in the atlantic ocean.
Just three weeks later president kennedy set a goal for the
fledgling space program.
MAY 25, 1961/ PRESIDENT JOHN F.KENNEDY:
Man should go to the moon and back to earth
Shepard was one of NASA's original seven mercury astronauts. Another one of those seven-john glenn, the first man to orbit the earth
remembered his friend.
SEN. JOHN GLENN, FORMER MERCURY ASTRONAUT:
NO ONE WAS MORE DEDICATED...THAT REGARD"
Shepard was also one of only 12 people to walk on the moon.
The year was 1971...and he used the opportunity to practice his golf
Shepard was a self made millionaire....and even won the medal of honor.
DREW LEVINSON, CBS NEWS, WASHINGTON.))
Speed MAY have played a role in a single car accident this afternoon on Interstate 81.
It happened around four o'clock near Christiansburg.
State police say the driver apparently lost control, hit a rock embankment and overturned several times.
Witnesses told police the driver appeared to be speeding.
It was also raining at the time.
The victim, who's name has NOT been released, was taken to Montgomery Regional Hospital.
Her condition is NOT known.
No one else was injured.
Federal authorities now believe cocaine trafficker and government informant Javier Cruz fled to Colombia rather than face sentencing in the United States.
And today, they questioned the wisdom of his decision.
It was no surprise when Cruz failed to show for a hearing in federal court. His attorney hasn't heard from him since June.
Federal authorities say they've searched for Cruz in Florida, and now are confident that he is in Colombia.
[IN Q=I think his cooperation in the United States]
((JOE MOTT/ASST. U.S. ATTORNEY: I THINK HIS COOPERATION IN THE UNITED STATES, WHEN KNOWN IN COLOMBIA WILL EXPOSE HIM TO CONSIDERABLE DANGER DOWN THERE.))
((BILL CLEAVELAND/CRUZ'S ATTORNEY: WHEN I STOP AND THINK ABOUT THE POTENTIAL DANGER THAT HE AND HIS FAMILY ARE IN AS A RESULT OF THIS, AND WHAT I UNDERSTAND THE GOVERNMENT MAY DO IN TERMS OF TURNING OVER INFORMATION TO THE COLOMBIAN AUTHORITIES, I MEAN IT EVEN GOES BEYOND FOOLISH.))
[SUPER=01-Joe Mott/Asst. U.S. Attorney; :00]
[SUPER=01-Bill Cleaveland/Cruz's Attorney; :07]
[OUT Q=goes beyond foolish.]
Today, Cleaveland criticized the Roanoke Times for a series of articles on the Cruz investigation. Without offering specific examples, he said the coverage was unfair and innaccurate and contributed to Cruz's loss of confidence in the criminal justice system.
Roanoke Times Managing Editor Rich Martin says the paper stands by its stories. He says the reporting was both r
esponsible and fair and served to inform citizens about an important public safety issue. [5-Abortion-Bill]
Virginia teens have had to notify a parent --or convince a judge-- to get an abortion since July of last year.
Now a bill is working its way through the U-S Congress that would cut down on one obvious side effect of the parental notification law.
The bill says that whoever knowingly transports a minor across state lines...
"...with the intent that such an individual obtain an abortion, and thereby in fact abridges the right of a parent under a law requiring parental involvement ... shall be fined... or imprisoned..."
Virginia Congressmen Virgil Goode and Bob Goodlatte are co-sponsors.
Planned Parenthood argues they don't realize the burden on rural families.
[IN Q=The majority]
((GRACE SPARKS/PLANNED PARENTHOOD OF VIRGINIA: THE MAJORITY OF COUNTIES IN THIS COUNTRY, ABOUT 85-PERCENT OF THE COUNTIES IN THE COUNTRY DON'T HAVE AN ABORTION PROVIDER. AND PARTICULARLY FOR RURAL WOMEN, THAT MEANS YOU HAVE TO CROSS STATE LINES. ))
[SUPER=01-Grace Sparks/Planned Parenthood of Virginia;]
[OUT Q=state lines.]
The bill does say that anyone charged under the statute could defend themselves in court by saying they thought the parent had been informed of the abortion decision.
[(toss to R)]
(toss to Robin)
[HARD MUSIC UNDER]
One of television's best loved fathers has passed away. We'll have the story next,
and from Los Angeles we'll hear what the locals have to say about last night's premiere of "Saving Private Ryan."
One of America's favorite TV fathers is dead.
Actor Robert Young is probably best known for his role as Jim Anderson in the show "Father Knows Best."
((RELAX PRINCESS YOU'LL LOOK FINE.))
[OUT Q=YOU'LL LOOK FINE.]
Young won two emmy's for Father knows best and one for Marcus Welby MD-
In real life Young had a history of alcoholism and depression.
He died of respiratory failure at his California home last night.
Robert Young was 91.
Hollywood's attempts to make realistic war movies have fallen short in the eyes of many veterans.
All too often the films glamorize the conflict and diminish death.
But following last night's premiere of "Saving Private Ryan", a group of local vets agrees this time, Hollywood got it right.
Keith Humphry has more from Los Angeles.
[In-Q=Nat snd :05]
[super=03-Los Angeles, CA/Last Night; :00]
[super=04-Paramount Pictures; :39]
[super=01-Tom Sizemore/"Sargeant Horvath"; :47]
[super=01-Bob Slaughter/Roanoke D-Day Veteran; 1:21]
[HARD MUSIC UNDER]
There's a talent scout in town for tonight's Salem Avalanche game-- but he's not watching the baseball players.
Andrew Freiden is here to tell us how your child can be a star.
[TAKE ANDREW LIVE Microwave]
[OUT Q=News 7 at 5.]
[MUSIC UP FULL]
The Oscar Meyer Wiener song is one of America's most successful commercial jingles.
And now the company is looking for new commercial talent.
Andrew Freiden joins us live from Salem Memorial Stadium to check out the Oscar Meyer Wienermobile.
[SUPER=01-Pam Gillingham/Hot Dogger ;]
[SUPER=01-Jen Iacovelli/Hot Dogger;]
( ad lib)
[SUPER=#560; Bent Mountain]
[SUPER=330-Evening Storms/Muggy/70-74/Partly Sunny/Hot & Humid/90-94;]
[SUPER=331-Evening Storms/& Muggy/73-76/Hot & Humid/Afternoon Storms/92-96;]
[SUPER=332-Partly Cloudy/Storms Ending/62-65/Showers & Storms/Partly Cloudy/86-90;]
[SUPER=333-Evening Storms/Muggy/66-70/Partly Cloudy/Scattered Storms/85-88;]
[SUPER=334-Storms Ending/Partly Cloudy/64-68/Partly Cloudy/Scattered Storms/80-85;]
[health music under]
Coming up in Sports, the Chicago Bulls are about to name a new coach.
Coming up next on health check --residents on Smith Moutain Lake continue to worry about their water quality after more human waste is found in the man-made lake,
And some diabetic children in Radford got some advice today from Miss Virginia.
[SOT ub 13 16 09]
[IN Q=I live]
((NICOLE JOHNSON/MISS VIRGINIA:I LIVE WHAT THEY LIVE EVERYDAY, SO I CAN GIVE THEM THE REAL DEAL.))
[OUT Q=real deal]
Feces have been found in Smith Mountain Lake that did NOT show up on health department tests.
The Bradleys spotted the muck floating on top of the lake behind their house.
The health department took samples of the water.
Even though the tests came back negative, officials say it was human waste -- dumped from a boat.
[IN Q=There are very]
((DR. ELIZABETH ROYCROFT/HEALTH DEPT: THERE ARE VERY FEW POSSIBILITIES IN THIS EVENT AND WE ARE MOST SUSPICIOUS THAT THIS WOULD BE A BOAT.))
[SUPER=01-Dr. Elizabeth Roycroft/Health Dept;]
[OUT Q=be a boat]
A busy marina is just across the cove, and more docks may be built next door.
Hilde Hussa of the policy advisory board says the lake needs a full-time professional to test the water.
But tourism officials say Ferrum College volunteers have proven the lake is clean.
[IN Q=We've got]
((WE'VE GOT ONE OF THE CLEANEST LAKES IN THE MID-ATLANTIC AND ALL THE TESTS SHOW THAT.))
[SUPER=01-Bill Berry/Tourism Committee;]
[OUT Q=tests show that]
Meanwhile the health department says from now on, it will speed up the testing of samples, before the bacteria can die.
Parents seem to be getting the word about putting their babies to sleep on their backs.
Today's Journal of the American Medical Association says more parents know not to let their infants sleep on their stomach.
Experts say babies that sleep that way are at a much higher risk of suffering Sudden Infant Death Syndrome.
Doctors believe SIDS occurs when babies continue to breathe air that has become trapped in soft bedding.
While the news is encouraging, there is room for improvement.
The study reports that 43 percent of the parents in low income inner city neighborhoods are still putting their inf
ants to sleep face down.[5-Diabetes-Camp]
There are two types of diabetes -- adult on-set and childhood.
Camp Too Sweet at Radford University is teaching children how to manage high blood sugar or hyperglycemia with the help of a special guest.
Even tough Miss Virginia Nicole Johnson wasn't diagnosed with diabetes until she was 19 -- she still knows how to relate to the campers.
[SOT 13 17 30]
[IN Q=One of the]
[SUPER=01-Nicole Johnson/Miss Virginia; :06 ]
[SUPER=01-J.C. Chauncey/Diabetic; :28 ]
[SUPER=01-Amanda Thompson/Diabetic; :35]
[OUT Q=free food]
[SOT 13 17 30]
[IN Q=One of the tools]
((NICOLE JOHNSON/MISS VIRGINIA: ONE OF THE TOOLS THAT I'LL BE USING TODAY WITH THE YOUNG KIDS IS A BEAR, A DIABETES BEAR AND READ A BOOK THAT TALKS ABOUT MANAGEMENT AND SELF MANAGEMENT AND HOW THIS LITTLE BOY AND HIS BEAR FOUND OUT THAT THEY HAD DIABETES AND THAT WILL BRING IT DOWN TO THEIR LEVEL SO THEY CAN UNDERSTAND.))
[OUT Q=can understand]
The stuffed animal can also be used to teach the children how to give themselves a shot.
Unless they wear an insulin pump to manage diabetes like Miss Virginia.
[SOT ub 13 25 14]
[IN Q=I have the insulin]
((J.C.CHAUNCY/DIABETIC: I HAVE THE INSULIN PUMP AND THAT HELPS A WHOLE BUNCH AND WHEN I'M HERE I HAVE MORE ACTIVITIES THAN USUAL.))
[OUT Q=than usual]
[SOT ub 13 26 26]
[IN Q=We learn if]
((AMANDA THOMPSON/DIABETIC: WE LEARN IF OUR BLOOD SUGAR IS LOW THEN WE NEED TO TELL A GROWN UP OR TREAT IT AND IF IT'S HIGH WE NEED TO HAVE A FREE FOOD.))
[OUT Q=free food.]
Camp counselors are equipped with sacks full of insulin injections and children keep track of there blood sugar by testing it several times a day.
All of the activities and games at Camp Too Sweet are geared towards teaching children how to treat their diabetes.
In Sports, the N-B-A champions are set to get a new coach,
With that and more, here's Mike Stevens[S5-Bulls]
Welcome everybody to the midweek ticker that begins with a coaching change
that surely signals the end of an era.
The Chicago Bulls are set to introduce Tim Floyd as their new head coach tomorrow.
[SUPER=03-Ames, Iowa; :00]
Floyd resigned today as head coach of at Iowa State, and then boarded a private plane for Chicago where upon his arrival he was whisked away to the United Center, the Bulls' home.
His team at Iowa State last season was just 12 & 18.
His hiring should accelerate Michael Jordan's retirement and the breakup of the Bulls.
Dennis Rodman calls Floyd's hiring a joke, and it's unlikely Scottie Pippen, who is a free agent will hang around without his pals.
The San Francisco 49ers lost one of their top players today, and he's a guy who has never suited up for a game.
[SUPER=03-San Francisco, CA; :00]
Team president Carman Policy on the right of your screen resigned today reportedly to pursue a job with the expansion Cleveland Browns.
[IN Q="The time...]
[SUPER=01-Carman Policy/Resigns as 49ers President; :00]
[OUT Q=...the community."]
The professional women's bowling association's stop in Danville is nearing the end of its run as the field will be chopped down to just five bowlers by the end of tonight.
55 pros began the week at Country Club Lanes competing for over $10 thousand bucks and a chance to compete on national cable TV.
And this week spectators at the lanes are seeing a sport that is clearly on the rise.
[IN Q="The youth...]
[SUPER=01-Marianne DiRupo/7 Year Veteran Bowler; :00]
[OUT Q=...try it."]
The finals take place tomorrow night in Danville at seven. The cost to get in is $20 dollars.
Steve Pardon will have more on the tour on News 7 Mornin tomorrow at six.
Coming up at 6pm tonight, we'll get an update on the Roanoke Stars sports and adventure camp out on 220 that is nearing completion.
Plus, we'll take a peek at the Avalanche baseball camp and check on round two of the women's city-county golf tournament.
See you in a little bit everybody.
[take a break]
Two Lynchburg magicians are suing over a national T-V show they say has ruined the art of magic.
Kevin Spencer and his wife Cindy are suing FOX Television, its local affiliate WJPR- WFXR and Leonard Montano (mon-TAN-oh), a-k-a "The Masked Magician".
The Spencers say Montano revealed dozens of magic's best-kept secrets on three recent FOX television specials.
Two of them were tricks the Spencers use in their show.
[IN Q=But what it]
((KEVIN SPENCER/ILLUSIONIST: BUT WHAT IT IS IT'S A LOSS OF USE. WE'VE INVESTED MONEY IN THE ILLUSIONS, WE CAN NO LONGER USE THOSE ILLUSIONS, WE CAN'T SELL THOSE ILLUSIONS TO ANOTHER MAGICIAN BECAUSE THEY DON'T WANT 'EM EITHER, SO WE'VE GOT A SUBSTANTIAL INVESTMENT IN TWO PROPS THAT ARE OF ABSOLUTELY NO VALUE TO US ANYMORE.))
[SUPER=01-Kevin Spencer/Illusionist; :00]
[OUT Q=to us anymore.]
The Spencers are seeking 20 million dollars in damages.
They expect more lawsuits to follow.
And finally today, only in America can you take a weekend chore and turn it into a competitve sport.
There was some serious racing last night at the Charlotte Motor Speedway.
While it was exciting, it definitely was NOT a cut above the track's standard fair.
The United States Lawn Mower Racing Association made its way to Charlotte's quarter mile oval Tuesday.
Twenty of the nation's best mowers sped around the track at speeds in excess of 65 miles an hour.
With names like SODzilla, the Turfinator, and Shake, Rattle,and, MOW- competition was tight, but its a sure bet no one was suprised if he was cut off in the corner.
Three time national champion Chuck Miller came all the way from Ohio to mow down the competition for the win.