Today on news 7 at 5, Attorney General Mark Earley says the pay raise legislators passed a few months ago is unconstitutional.
and Capitol Hill Police office Jacob Chestnut is laid to rest in Arlington National Cemetery.
Light Rain and Drizzle for the Roanoke Valley will end shortly. The weekend is dry and the temperatures are down a full 10 degrees.
In medical news --
A new breast cancer treatment uses electrical charges on the skin to
find cancerous cells.
And a group of Roanoke eye doctors take their fight to build a surgery center to Richmond.
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A final farewell to U-S Capitol officer Jacob Chestnut.
It was one week ago that Officer Chestnut was gunned down inside the Capitol buidling.
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Today under a gray morning drizzle, an honor guard presented the colors to hundreds of mourners.
Police officers from districts all around the nation joined family to mourn a fallen officer.
((IT WAS NOT THE WAY HE DIED THAT MADE HIM A HERO. IT WAS THE WAY THAT HE LIVED..... CLAPPING.))
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((BUT DADDY WILL ALWAYS BE ALIVE IN OUR HEARTS AND I LOVE YOU ALL AND MY PEACE AND LOVE BE UNTO YOU LIKE IT WAS UNTO DADDY ADN THANK YOU FOR LETTING ME SHARE MY DAD WITH YOU.))
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[Super=02-Karen Chestnut/Victim's Daughter; 09]
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The tribute ended at Arlington National Cemetery- where officer Chestnut was laid to rest.
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Virginia's attorney general says he will fight pay raises for the General Assembly in state Supreme Court.
Attorney General Mark Earley finally took a stand today -- saying it is unconstitutional to raise per diem and office allowances for legislators.
Pay increases were supposed to go into effect on July first but Earley blocked them.
Today he asked that
"both the per diem and office expenses remain frozen at their previous levels for the remainder of this legislature's tenure."
Delegate Dick Cranwell agrees the per diem pay increase is unconstitutional.
He says legislators should just not take the raise.
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((QUITE FRANKLY I PERSONALLY FEEL IT'S NOT NECESSARY TO INCREASE THE PER DIEM OR THE OFFICE ALLOWANCE NOW AND I DON'T THINK WE SHOULD BE WASTING A LOT OF MONEY LITIGATING THE ISSUE.))
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Cranwell says he was one of about 30 legislators who originally refused the pay raise.
Because Attorney General Earley served in the state Senate for eight years of other pay raises... he's suggesting the state pay another lawyer to defend the law, since he may have a conflict of interest.
The man who rose to the top of the drug distribution cell that funneled cocaine by the kilo through Roanoke was sentenced today to serve almost 16 years in prison.
J-R Castellanos (cas-tuh-YAWN-oh) got more time -15 years, eight months- -than any one else except for Javier Cruz... and Cruz fled the country before he was sentenced.
Castellanos returned to Roanoke for trial after he was released on bond- -to the surprise of everyone but the judge.
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((THAT WAS RAISED AS A POINT, THAT HE DID COME BACK AFTER BEING ADMITTED TO BOND ON THE OFFENSE.[RUNS=:05] Why was it w
idely believed that he would bolt, that he would leave the country? HE HAD NO SIGNIFICANT TIES TO THIS COUNTRY. HE WAS SEPARATED FROM HIS WIFE AT THE TIME AND HAD TRAVELED TO COLUMBIA ON AN INTERMITTENT BASIS BETWEEN 1991 AND 1997.))
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Castellanos claims he continued distributing drugs, because he was in debt, suffering from alcoholism and feared for his life.
Central Virginia girls between the ages of twelve and fourteen are having more babies than ever before.
That's a statistic social workers would like to see decline over the next several years.
Family Services Incorporated just received a 160-thousand dollar federal grant to implement a new abstinence-only after-school program.
140 seventh graders from around central Virginia will be taught how abstaining from sex until marriage can boost their self- esteem.
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((JOAN FOSTER/FAMILY SERVICES OF CENTRAL VIRGINIA: WAYS IN WHICH THEY CAN RESIST, WAYS IN WHICH THEY CAN SAY `NO', WAYS IN WHICH THEY CAN RESIST OTHER PEER PRESSURES TO ALCOHOL, DRUGS. IT TEACHES SELF- ASSURANCE, IT FOCUSES ON BEING THE BEST YOU CAN BE IN FUTURE ENDEAVORS AND DEVELOPING A VISION FOR YOURSELF.))
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Lynchburg is one of just six Virginia localities chosen to receive the federal grant money.
President Clinton is talking about the economy today-
He says even though there's economic growth- America must not give in to excess spending-
((FISCAL DISCIPLINE HELPED TO BUILD A STORNG ECONOMY FISCAL RECKLESSNESS COULD UNDERMINE IT DRAMATICALLY.))
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The President says the Asian Financial crisis is affecting our economy- He endorsed the new Japanese leaders committment to improving that nations economy.
Reporters did not let the President get away without asking him about the Monica Lewinsky case- only this time the President answered.
((I AM LOOKING FOWARD TO THE OPPORTUNITY IN THE NEXT FEW DAYS OF TESTIFYING. I WILL DO SO COMLETELY AND TRUTHFULLY. I AM ANXIOUS TO DO IT. BUT I HOPE YOU CAN UNDERSTAND WHY IN THE INTERIM I CAN AND SHOUL DHAVE NO FURTHER COMMENT ON THESE MATTERS.))
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President Clinton will voluntarily testify on videotape at the White House.
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Investigators are releasing more information about yesterday's apartment fire in Salem.
That story is still ahead on News-7 at Five.
And more than 800 graduates of Roanoke's Lucy Addison school return to the star city.
More on that in a few minutes.
On Health Check, a new, less-invasive way to test breast lumps will soon be in use in Europe.
And Steve Mason will be here with second round qualifying from the brickyard.
Stay with us.
A fire that broke out yesterday morning at a Salem apartment complex has attracted the suspicion of investigators.
The fire was the second this week at the Willow River Apartment Complex.
The cause of the blaze has not been determined, but investigators say it is suspicious.
Nobody was home when the fire broke out.
Firefighters contained the fire to one bedroom-- the rest of the apartment suffered smoke damage.
Fire officials have not come up with a cause of Tuesday's blaze either, though they say the two are probably NOT c
Danville and Pittsylvania County leaders hope to team-up on economic development and social service programs.
City council members and county supervisors are meeting this weekend at the Wintergreen Resort.
This is the second year for their city-county retreat.
Leaders will discuss combining resources on future projects like regional waste management, tourism, and youth recreation.
Danville's Vice Mayor says moving toward regionalization is in the best interest of everyone.
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((PETE CASTIGLIONE/DANVILLE VICE-MAYOR: WHEN YOU GET TO SHARE IN A RELAXED ATMOSPHERE EACH OTHER'S NEEDS, CONCERNS, ONE-ON-ONE. WE'LL ROOM CITY, COUNTY, CITY, COUNTY. THAT WILL GIVE US AN OPPORTUNITY INFORMALLY TO TALK. A LOT CAN HAPPEN WHEN YOU'RE TALKING IN THAT TYPE OF ATMOSPHERE.))
[SUPER=01-Pete Castiglione/Danville Vice-Mayor;]
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Danville and Pittyslvania County are already working together on a regional workforce training center and a legislative plan.
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An impressive gathering of Lucy Addison alumni-- Joe Dashiell has more.
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Lucy Addison High School graduated its last class twenty five years ago, but this weekend hundreds of former students are gathering in Roanoke.
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Joe Dashiell caught up with the early arrivals this morning, and joins us tonight from the school.
Jean, Lucy Addison School is closed for this school year. Now a magnet middle school, the building is in the midst of a major renovation.
Most of the reunion activities are being held at the Roanoke Civic Center, but this place was one of the first stops for former students.
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[SUPER=01-Ruth Stewart Hilton/Class of '38; :17]
[SUPER=01-Susan Preston/Class of '70; :38]
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((Construction kept graduates from touring their old school building, but it provided a reminder of their years here. The former students on a midday tour were given glass blocks removed during renovations. There is little doubt the school holds a special place in their hearts.
IN Q=We just had a lovely time
OUT Q=won't let me.
Every three years, the Lucy Addison High School Reunion brings together all of the school's graduating classes... from 1929 to 1973... This year organizers are expecting more than 800 people from all across the country.
[IN Q=Every class has its history]
[OUT Q=reunion of families.]))
This is the eighth Lucy Addison Reunion... and the former students have a full weekend of activities including a banquet tomorrow night and a picnic in Eureka Park on Sunday.
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Robin... they're also looking forward to the day when the renovations at Lucy Addison will be complete and the
y can walk the halls of their old school once again.[tease#3]
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Still ahead on the Two Minute Ticker, Steve Mason checks in with Dell Curry and qualifying for the Brickyard 400.
Coming up next on health check --
Researchers in Britain say a new device that distinguishes between
benign and malignant tumors could reduce the number of biopsies needed
to detect breast cancer.
And doctors warn patients on certain types of medication to stay out of the sun.
I'm Keith Humphry. Here's one of the stories we're working on for News 7 at Six.
A recent state-commissioned report on Virginia's mental health facilities revealed some shocking news.
It recommended shutting down Danville's Southern Virginia Mental Health Institute.
The facility's director conceeds it needs improvement, but she says closing the facility goes too far.
She's been trying to put fears to rest since the report came out.
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((CONNIE FLETCHER/SVMHI DIRECTOR: WE'RE TALKING ABOUT A LENGTHY PROCESS HERE AND THAT'S ONE OF THE THINGS I HAVE BEEN DISCUSSING WITH A VERY ANXIOUS STAFF. THAT THIS IS NOT A TOMORROW KIND OF THING. THIS WILL BE A PLANFUL KIND OF PROCESS.))
[SUPER=01-Connie Fletcher/SVMHI Director;]
[OUT Q=kind of process.]
Tonight at Six, you'll hear more about who be hurt if the mental health facility in Danville is shut down.
We'll have that story and a lot of other good things too.
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Coming up in about 40-minutes Jean.
A British study could prove to be a major breakthrough in the treatment of breast cancer.
A new non-invasive test will soon be available in Europe that allows doctors to tell whether breast lumps are benign or malignant.
Kimberly Dozier reports from London.
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[SUPER=01-Dr. Ian Fetiman/ Imperial Cancer Research Fund; :56]
[SUPER=01-Kimberly Dozier/Reporting; 1:12]
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A legislative committee looking at how the state approves big expenses by health care providers got an earful on eye care today.
Vistar eye center still has an application pending before state regulators for a "certificate of public need" to build a surgery center.
But in an unusual move, one Vistar doctor was allowed to speak to lawmakers today about the law that governs the certificates.
He even brought a patient.
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((LAVALETTE ANTHONY/CATARACT SURGERY PATIENT: LADIES AND GENTLEMAN OF THE STATE LEGISLATURE, I IMPLORE YOU TO RECONSIDER YOUR DECISION, AND ALLOW DOCTORS TO BUILD PLACES TO PERFORM THEIR EYE SURGERY AT A COST THAT WE CAN AFFORD. WE NEED TO SEE BETTER.))
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But with further questioning, lawmakers learned Vistar could perform the surgeries at its offices now -- just without charging an extra fee on top of the doctor's fee.
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((DR. FRANK COTTER/VISTAR EYE CENTER: WHY DON'T WE DO IT IN THE OFFICE? WE'D GO OUT OF BUSINESS IF WE DID NOT HAVE THE FEE FOR PROVIDING THAT SERVICE.))
[SUPER=01-Dr. Frank Cotter/Vistar Eye Center;]
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Vistar says it needs to charge the extra "facilities" fee the certificate would allow to make up for the shrinking amount Medicare will reimburse for the surgery.
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Skin cancer and sunburn aren't the only health hazards to spending time outdoors- certain medications are photosensitive causing a severe sunburn after just a few minutes of sun exposure.
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Many antibiotics make skin hypersensitive to the sun-- and as a result, can cause a bad sunburn or an extremely itchy rash with just a few minutes of sun exposure.
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Dozens of common medications can be photosensitizers such as:
antibiotics like sulfa and tetracycline.
arthritis pills and medications which relieve inflammation may also
High Blood Pressure medications including Diuretics and Ace Inhibitors.
Also on the list: Drugs to lower cholesterol and certain antidepressant medications.
Some medications can predispose patients to sunstroke- mainly by making skin harder for the body to rid itself of excess heat.
The list includes: Allergy Pills and Antihistamines,
Tranquilizers and Antidepressants including diuretics and beta blockers.
Second-round qualifying from the Brickyard tops today's sports news.
Here's Steve Mason with the Two Minute Ticker[S5-Qualify]
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Good Afternoon everybody, let's start the two minute ticker on the track.
Yesterday Ernie Irvan set a track record in qualifying for the Brickyard 400 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Today all drivers stood on their times.
But their was some drama on the track this afternoon as Gary Bradbury cracked up his number 78 Ford.
It happened as Bradbury entered the first corner in the short shoot.
He lost control of the car, slammed into the wall and remarkably walked away from the accident without any serious injuries.
Here's how the second round qualifying wrapped up.
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[SUPER=0107-26. Steve Grissom/175.778/27. Ricky Rudd//28. Dale Earnhardt//29. Michael Waltrip//30. Ward Burton//;]
[SUPER=0107-31. Rich Bickle//32. Dave Marcis//33. Kyle Petty//34. Jeff Burton//35. Chad Little//;]
[SUPER=0107-36. Morgan Shepherd//37. Bill Elliott//38. Ted Musgrave//39. Johnny Benson Jr.//40. Brett Bodine//;]
[SUPER=0107-41. Jerry Nadeau//42. Rick Mast//43. Darrell Waltrip//;]
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Pro-basketball players say they should be paid during the lockout.
The NBA failed to get a court order blocking the arbitrator from holding a hearing to decide the matter.
The players union filed a grievance with the arbitrator earlier this month saying that some of the players with guaranteed contracts should be paid during the lockout.
The lockout was on the minds of the campers at Roanoke College's summer basketball camp.
They asked Hornets' Guard, Dell Curry, how long it would last.
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[SUPER=01-Dell Curry/Charlotte Hornets Guard;]
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NBA lawyers failed to show up for the arbitrators hearing on the players' pay dispute.
The NBA exhibition season is supposed to start in October.
Curry is hoping for a resolution by then.
that's it for 5, have a great weekend.[5-Flamingos]
After a bit of a late start, there are five new additions to the San Diego Zoo.
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Five fluffy, white flamingos have just hatched, more than two months later than those in past years.
Zookeepers say the delay is a mystery.
The latest chicks bring the zoo's flamingo population to 64-- and a few more are expected to hatch in the next couple of days.
This is the third year of successful breeding after a 14-year lull.