Coming up on News 7 at 5, at least four people are injured as gunfire erupts in the U-S Capitol. We'll have a live report.
and drug trafficker and fugitive Javier Cruz is sentenced to life in prison.
In medical news -- a new discovery about the irreversible damage done by marijuana.
And a recent report indicates many cancer patients suffer needless pain.
We'll tell you how local health providers deal with the problem.
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Breaking news from Washington- Shots are fired inside the capitol building.
Shots rang out inside the Capitol building just before four this afteroon.
Four people were hurt including two police officers, a female civilian and the gunmen-
The shooting happened on the first floor of the Capital buidling- at a time when the house was in session.
For the very latest let's go live to Drew Levinson in Washington.
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Javier Cruz was sentenced- in his absence today- to life in prison.
The mid-level cocaine importer and distributor skipped the country in May.
Cruz feared the government would not live up to its promise to ask the judge to take into account his "substantial assistance" in trying to help track down major drug kingpins.
The life sentence is meaningless, of course, unless Columbia signs an extradition treaty with the United States.
((IF EXTRADITION DOES BECOME AVAILABLE, I THINK IT WOULD BE EASIER TO EXTRADITE HIM. HE WOULD PROBABLY BE MORE LIKELY TO BE EXPELLED FROM COLUMBIA UNDER SOME THEORY THAN WOULD A CITIZEN THAT HAS NOT BEEN CONVICTED IN A U.S. COURT, I THINK.))
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Cruz actually pled guilty in 1991 and spent the next five years working for the government as an informant, maintaining a flamboyant life-style in Roanoke County.
Mott told the judge that sentencing guidelines call for TWO life sentences, but Judge James Turk said: "I think one is enough."
After 14 months of prodding by the news media, the state has revealed the truth about its mental hospitals.
And the truth, as told by an independent consultant, is a frightening one.
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Ellen Qualls is in our Richmond newsroom.
What is the consultant saying?
From a monetary standpoint, a large percentage of the patients in our state's mental facilities could be treated better as outpatients.
But from a safety standpoint, Massachusetts mental health expert Dr. Jeffrey Geller warns of across the board overuse of drugs, restraints, and solitary confinement to control patients in a severely understaffed situation.
Today, Governor Jim Gilmore did his best to turn a negative into a positive.
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((GILMORE: NO EXCUSE FOR OUR MOST VULNERABLE CITIZENS RECEIVING LESS THAN THE BEST CARE AVAILABLE. AND WE'RE GONNA WORK TO SEE THAT THEY GET THE BEST. TO BACK THAT UP, SECRETARY ALLEN HAS PERSONALLY VISITED ALL 15 FACILITIES.))
Gilmore says he too will fulfill a campaign promise, and do surprise visits to all 15 facilities.
Mental health advocates say it's a breath of fresh air in a dangerous system.
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((VAL MARSH/VIRGINIA ALLIANCE FOR MENTALLY ILL: NOT ENOUGH STAFF, POORLY TRAINED STAFF, LEADS TO NEEDING TO TIE PEOPLE DOWN INSTEAD OF PROVIDING ACTIVE TREATMENT.))
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((EARLEY: WE WANT THE PEOPLE OF VIRGINIA TO KNOW THAT WE ARE SERIOUS ABOUT ADDRESSING THE NEEDS OF OUR MENTAL HEALTH SYSTEM. AND WE WANT THEM TO HAVE ACCESS TO THE SAME INFORMATION WE ARE USING.))
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The Governor today appointed a commission to get an immediate action plan to clean up the worst problems.
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He will soon appoint an Inspector General to oversee the system.
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President Clinton may be about to testify before the Grand Jury. We'll have the details next.
and we'll head to Lynchburg where local veterans are getting their first look at Steven Spielberg's new movie "Saving Private Ryan."
In Health Check, we'll hear how nursing homes are helping their patients deal with chronic pain.
We'll have much more News 7 at 5. Stay with us.
Gunfire broke out at the U-S Capitol this afternoon.
Four people were wounded in the shooting-- their conditions are not known at this time.
One of the wounded was the suspect-- the others were two captiol police officers and a female civilian.
Capitol Police say the shooting happened inside a main entrance to the building, near an area where visitors pass through metal detectors.
Emmett Cressell, Junior's jury trial will NOT begin in Grayson County next month-- as originally scheduled.
Cressell's attorneys filed a motion asking for a continuance to give their client's psychologist more time to prepare a report.
Cressell is accused of burning and beheading a former black marine at a drinking party in Elk Creek, last summer.
Cressell's trial is now set to begin October 28th.
Co-defendant Louis Ceparano has already been sentenced to life in prison for his role in the crime.
An accident has closed Interstate 40 in both directions in Burke County, North Carolina.
A tanker truck crashed into a highway overpass this afternoon causing the overpass to collapse- the tanker then caught fire.
CBS affiliate WBTV reports two people are dead in the crash.
Authorities have closed Interstate 40 in both directions, and will
not reopen it until bridge debris is cleared from the highway.
The buzz in Washington today is that President Clinton may testify in the Monica Lewinsky case.
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The President's personal attorney David Kendall has been in contact with special prosecutor Ken Starr.
It's apparently to make sure the grand jury gets the information it needs- but does it mean the President will testify?
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((MIKE MCCURRY/WHITE HOUSE SPOKESMAN: IF THAT WHAT THE SOURCE OF THE INFORMATION THEY NEED THEN MR. STARR IS TRYING TO WORK WITH MR. KENDALL TO FIGURE OUT A WAY THEY CAN DO THAT.))
[SUPER=01-Mike McCurry/White House Spokesman]
[OUT Q=can do that.]
McCurry said he does NOT know if these latest meetings mean the President will testify.
A warning tonight for people who fish in some parts of the Roanoke River.
The Virginia Department of Health says fish taken from the 50- mile stretch of the Roanoke River that runs through Campbell, Charlotte, Halifax and Pittsylvania Counties may be contaminated.
Striped bass, white bass, and carp may contain P-C-B's.
Eating the contaminated fish may increase the risk of cancer in humans.
The Health Department says people should eat no more than two eight-ounce servings a month of these fish.
Warning signs will soon be posted in these fishing areas.
Health officials say they don't know yet where the contamination came from.
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The summer months are some of the most critical when it comes to the blood supply. Up next well hear what a local mall is doing to help bring more donors into the ranks.
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Towers Shopping Center is hosting a big weekend event that combines many aspects of "The Good Life", but the most important thing is how YOU can impact other's lives.
With me is Lynda McNutt with McNutt & Associates to tell us more about Tower's Good Life Festival, and the blood drive coming up tomorrow.
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Coming up in Sports, we'll see what 11-hundred athletes are doing inside Radford univerity's Dedmon Center.
A new study found cancer patients in nursing homes are suffering.
Burrell Nursing Home director Doctor Aubrey Knight says the study validates what he's suspected all along.
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((DR. AUBREY KNIGHT/BURRELL MEDICAL DIRECTOR: CANCER PATIENTS IN GENERAL AND EVEN MORE FREQUENTLY ELDERLY CANCER PATIENTS BOTH AT HOME AND IN NURSING HOME SETTINGS ARE NOT GETTING ADEQUATE AMOUNTS OF PAIN MEDICATIONS.))
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A Northern California doctor says he has proof that marijuana damages the brain.
Dr. Daniel Amen is best known for his studies of Attention Deficit Disorder.
Now he's turned his attention to what drug use does to the mind.
For the past eight years he's studied hundreds of patients and found that marijuana caused irreparable damage to th
e brain. (/////SOT/////)
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Michael O'Grady says he just recently stopped smoking pot, but just before he did, he was smoking 20 joints a day.
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Doctor Amen says his research shows young users are even more likely to suffer brain damage.
Scientists are issuing a strong warning to lung cancer patients undergoing radiation therapy.
Traditionally lung cancer patients receive doses of radiation after surgery to kill any remaining cancer cells.
But an international team of researchers found that the treatments actually ended the lives of some of the patients it was supposed to save.
Patients treated with radiation therapy had a 21 percent greater chance of dying than whose who had the surgery alone.
Doctors say patients in the early stages of lung cancer seem to be the most at risk.
A study in the Journal of the American Medical Association reports many cancer patients in nursing homes are suffering pain even though painkillers are available.
The research looked at more than 13-thousand-500 patients.
It found up to 40 percent were in pain every day.
And a quarter of them received no painkiller at all.
Cancer Pain Specialists in Roanoke believe a communication gap may be to blame.
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[SUPER=01-Debbie Kent/Cancer Pain Manager; :19]
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((DR. AUBREY KNIGHT/BURRELL MEDICAL DIRECTOR: SOMETIMES PATIENTS IN FACT THINK THAT PAIN IS A NORMAL PART OF AGING OR THEIR DISEASE PROCESS, SO THEY DON'T SAY ANYTHING ABOUT THEIR PAIN.))
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other times elderly patients are not able to communicate, so health care providers must look for non-verbal clues, through the body language of the patient.
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((DEBBIE KENT/CANCER PAIN MANAGER: DO THEY GRIMACE? ARE THEY IN FETAL POSITION AND NOT WANT TO MOVE, DO THEY MOAN WHEN YOU MOVE THEM. ARE THEY RELUCTANT TO GET UP AND WALK AND I THINK IT'S UP TO US TO QUESTION PATIENTS TO AND EDUCATE PATIENTS THAT THEY DON'T NEED TO BE IN PAIN.))
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((DR. AUBREY KNIGHT/BURRELL MEDICAL DIRECTOR: WE HAVE A CHAPLAIN WHO IS HERE ALL THE TIME WHO IS REALLY ATTUNED TO THOSE NON-VERBAL TYPES OF THINGS AND HAS ON NUMEROUS OCCASIONS COME TO ME AND SAID TALK TO THIS PARTICULAR PATIENT, I THINK THERE'S MORE PAIN THAN SHE'S LETTING ANYONE BE AWARE OF.))
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Carilion Oncology Manager Debbie Kent teaches cancer patients how to control their pain before they enter the environment of a nursing home.
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((DEBBIE KENT/CANCER PAIN MANAGER: WE REALLY WANT THEM TO BE EXTREMELY HONEST ABOUT HOW THEY'RE FEELING AND WHAT THEY'RE FEELING SO WE CAN WORK WITH THOSE SYMPTOMS AND GET THEM UNDER CONTROL. AND IT ISN'T NECESSARY TO HURT JUST BECAUSE YOU HAVE CANCER.))
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Doctor Knight says physicians are also reluctant to dole out narcotics because of the possible side effects.
Welcome everybody to your weekend and the final ticker of the week.
We begin tonight with an update on Billy King at the Senior's US Open out near Los Angeles.
King began the day tied for third at one over par.
Right now he's at plsu three for the tournament and two over for the day.
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Raymond Floyd leads at two under.
Amd Jack Nicklaus is just trying to stay onhis feet.
Again today his arthritic left hip is giving him fits, although his putter is as good as always.
The Winston Cup cars are back in action this weekend in the Pocono Mountains.
At this hour they are winding up first round qualifying.
Here's how the top 25 stands with a couple more drivers to go.
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[SUPER=0107-1. Ward Burton/168.805/2. Jeff Gordon//3. Rusty Wallace//4. Bobby Labonte//5. Joe Nemechek//;]
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[SUPER=0107-11. Dale Jarrett//12. Ted Musgrave//13. Ricky Rudd//14. Kenny Irwin//15. Jeff Green//;]
[SUPER=0107-16. Ernie Irvan//17.Ken Schrader//18. John Andretti//19. Jeff Burton//20. Steve Grissom//;]
[SUPER=0107-21. Jimmy Spencer//22. Terry Labonte//23. Chad Little//24. Ricky Craven//25. Dave Marcis//;]
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Radford University is the site of the annual Duane Whitenack City-County swim meet.
Over 11-hundred swimmers of all ages are competing for medals and ribbons at the Dedmon Center Pool today and tomorrow.
The Roanoke Valley Aquatic Association holds smaller meets on Monday nights throughout the summer.
The swimmers then wrapup their season with this humongous City County event.
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[OUT Q=...achieve times."]
Swimming is the true family sport as many parents compete and volunteer their time for the meets. We'll have more on that coming up later at six.
Besides more swimming tonight at six we'll hear from Bill Stewart's attorney Roberts Moore about his client's lawsuit against VMI.
Have a nice weekend everybody.
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There's an update on today's shooting at the U-S Capitol.
Broadcast reports out of Washington now indicate one of the people shot
today in the Capitol building has died. C-N-N reports that it was
one of the police officers who was hit by the gunfire.
We'll have more on this story tonight on the Cbs evening news
The World War Two epic "Saving Private Ryan" invades theaters across the country today, giving movie-goers a realistic glimpse of the 1944 D-Day invasion.
World War Two veterans got a free pass to the first screenings in Lynchburg and Roanoke.
While most had heard good things about the movie's realism, they say a film can't truly capture the horrors of war.
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((BOB SALES/D-DAY VETERAN: IF THEY DO CAPTURE IT, IT'S GOING TO BE BLOODY.. IT'S GOING TO BE BLOODY. THERE'S ONE THING THEY CAN'T PUT ON THAT SCREEN AND THAT'S THE SMELL, THE TERRIBLE SMELL OF WAR. SHELLS EXPLODING, YOU JUST GOT TO BE THERE TO SEE IT, BUT I THINK THIS IS GOING TO BE AS CLOSE AS YOU CAN GET TO IT.))
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Vets also hope "Saving Private Ryan" will spark more interest in the D-Day invasion.. and the memorial under construction in Bedford.
At the premiere of the film in Los Angeles earlier this week,
Tom Hanks, the star of the movie said he's always been fascinated by World War Two.
Though the film is being praised for it's technical accuracy, Hanks is more interested in the human experience of the soldiers- -those who died- -AND the survivors, as well.
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((TO BE IN SOMETHING LIKE THIS THAT SETS OUT FROM THE VERY BEGINNING TO ASPIRE TO A GREAT LEVEL OF AUTHENTICITY AND A GREAT LEVEL OF TRUTH WITHOUT EVER BATTING AN EYE FROM THE REAL HUMAN COST OF WHAT THE ENDEAVOR WAS OF LITERALLY INVADING NORMANDY AND TRYING TO FREE HALF THE WORLD, I'VE GOT TO TELL YOU, WHATEVER KIND OF CREATIVE ARTIST I AM AS AN ACTOR I FEEL VERY PROUD.))
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Hanks says "Saving Private Ryan" is a "grand adventure story," but it's also a very human story.