Today on News 7 at 5, the governments crackdown on the tobacco industry is handed a crippling setback.
and state officials say a Smith Mountain Lake water company is overcharging its customers.
Looks like a weekend of clouds with showers tossed in. The four day outlook is coming up.
In the aftermath of a scathing consultant's report on Virginia's mental health facilities, the dollars are adding up for solutions.
And don't put the salt back on the table until you hear the latest study on sodium and high blood pressure.
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A big victory for BIG tobacco- and a blow to the federal governments effort to regulate tobacco.
Good Evening. I'm Jean Jadhon.
A federal appeals court voted two to one that the Food and Drug Administration has no authority over tobacco products.
While the court concedes tobacco is 'an inherently unsafe" product, the court says the government went too far classifying cigarettes as a drug or device subject to FDA regulation.
The LOWER court ruling upheld the government's crackdown on tobacco sales to minors. That included a requirment that stores require photo ID's from people in their 20's.
Today's appelate court ruling in Richmond throws out those regulations.
State officials say the owner of a Smith Mountain Lake water company is charging too much.
And his customers say he also shuts off their water without notice.
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Tina Tenret joins us from the newsroom.
Officials in Richmond have told Robert Winney repeatedly he can charge ONLY 67 dollars 50 cents every three months.
But Winney still demands up to 240-dollars.
And some people have paid, not knowing they were being overcharged.
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[SUPER=01-John Stevens/State Corporation Commission;]
[OUT Q=and hung up.]
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((FRANK ARRINGTON/RESIDENT: ONE OF THE BILLS ... $100 A MONTH FOR WATER.))
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Robert Winney's company, WaterWorks, supplies water to 50 people in three lake subdivisions -- Overlook, Lakemount and Starwood.
He's cut off service before.
((BOB CROCKER/RESIDENT: IMAGINE BEING ALL SOAPED UP ... THIS HAS HAPPENED TWICE.))
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In April, the State Corporation Commission forbid Winney to charge too much or cut off service.
But last week -- residents again had no water.
Winney told Richmond officials that the majority shareholder cut it off when customers did not pay their bills.
Residents say they never received the most recent bill, and the S-C-C says there is no majority shareholder.
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((DAVID TALBOTT/RESIDENT: HE TOLD THE COMMISSION THAT HE WOULD HAVE TO TRESPASS ON PROPERTY OWNED BY THE MYSTERIOUS MAJORITY SHAREHOLDER TO TURN THE WATER BACK ON. HE MUST TAKE US FOR A PACK OF IDIOTS.))
State officials dismissed Winney's latest application for rate increase -- saying he disobeys the commission and confuses customers.
So why hasn't the Commission taken action against Winney?
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((JOHN STEVENS/STATE CORPORATION COMMISSION: IT WOULDN'T BE PRACTICAL FOR THE COMMISSION TO ORDER THE COMPANY TO STOP PROVIDING SERVICE TO ITS CUSTOMERS BECAUSE WE DON'T FEEL THEY WOULD BE ANY BETTER OFF WITH NO WATER SERVICE AT ALL. THE COMMISSION DOES HAVE A GOOD AMOUNT OF JURISDICTION OVER THE COMPANY'S OPERATIONS DESPITE THE FACT THE COMPANY DOES NOT HAVE ITS CERTIFICATE.))
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We tried twice to reach Winney but he was not home. When we called, he said only "no information" and hung up.
In a letter to commission officials -- Winney writes we are not getting fair treatment by the S-C-C and its legal staff.
We feel SCC staff and the legal department's sole purpose is to intimidate and defeat our request so that we will just go away and suffer the embarrassment in silence.
The Giles County Board of Supervisors has scheduled a special meeting to try and restore funding to the county's Department of Social Services.
The Supervisors last week failed to approve the department's appropriation for August.
As a result-- the department has NOT been able to pay its bills.
Today-- the department's employees did NOT receive their paychecks.
The lack of funding is also affecting the county's foster parents, such as Bill Walters who's raising FOUR foster children.
The Walters normally receive about 12- hundred dollars.
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((BILL WALTERS/FOSTER PARENT: I RAISE A GARDEN AND WE KNOW HOW TO SAVE AND WE'LL MAKE IT, IF THE GOOD LORD IS WITH US. ))
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Board Chairman Jay Williams, who voted for the appropriation, says he's embarrassed by the situation and hopes tomorrow's meeting will clear up the situation.
The board consists of five members but one member was out of town last week.
This resulted in a tie when supervisors Larry Blankenship and Bobby Williams voted against releasing the funds.
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The fate of a new Roanoke County High School is now in the hands of the Board of Supervisors. We'll have the details next.
And reports out of Washington say President Clinton is considering changing what he has to say about former intern Monica Lewinsky.
On health Check, different health groups debate the best way to lower blood pressure.
and we'll hear from Patrick Evans who is at the Northeast Regional Horse Show in Lexington.
On Monday the President will take the stand before Kenneth Starr's grand jury-
The Buzz around Washington today is that Bill Clinton will modify his story-
So far he's denied having sexual relations with Monica Lewinsky and he's denied ever asking anybody to lie.
((MIKE MCCURRY/WHITE HOUSE SPOKESMAN: A LOT OF PEOPLE ARE GOING TO SPECULATE GOING INTO THIS WEEKEND ABOUT EVENTS ON MONDAY. YOU DON'T KNOW WHAT THE QUESTIONS ARE. I DON'T KNOW WHAT THE QUESTIONS ARE. YOU DON'T WHAT THE ASNWERS ARE. I DON'T KNOW WHAT THE ANSWERS ARE THAT THE PRESIDENT WILL GIVE.))
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The President will testify via closed circuit television from the White House.
A big school board vote behind them, Roanoke County residents are turning their attention to the Board of Supervisors.
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Last night, the School Board affirmed its support for two south county high schools. Members said they intend to renovate Cave Spring High, build a new school on the Woods End property, and construct a football stadium at a site on Merriman Road.
Now, Barbara Bushnell, and other parents say the ball is in the Supervisors' court.
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((BARBARA BUSHNELL/SUPPORTER OF TWO SCHOOLS: I THINK WE NOW NEED TO GO TO THE COUNTY SUPERVISORS AND GET ON THEM AND GET THEM TO RELEASE THAT MONEY, SO WE CAN GET THIS SCHOOL BUILT AS SOON AS POSSIBLE.))
[SUPER=01-Barbara Bushnell/Supporter of Two Schools]
[OUT Q=as soon as possible.]
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If the supervisors act quickly to release funds for the project, the new high school could open its doors by the end of 2001.
The supervisors are scheduled to meet on Tuesday.
Should the town of Clover remain a town or become part of Halifax County?
Voters there will decide this November.
A referendum to annul Clover's town charter will be on the ballot in the upcoming election.
If voters decide Clover should remain a town, council members say property taxes will go from 13-cents per 100-dollars of assessed value to 41-cents.
And residents will also see their water and sewer rates go up about 100-dollars a month.
While residents may be wary of change, Clover's mayor says people should base their vote on reality not emotion.
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((DEBBIE GRILES/CLOVER MAYOR: WE'VE PROVIDED THE FACTS. THEY CAN DECIDE IF THEY WANT THEIR TAXES MORE THAN TRIPLED AND IF THEY WANT TO PAY THE INCREASED WATER AND SEWER RATES.))
[SUPER=01-Debbie Griles/Clover Mayor;]
[OUT Q=and sewer rates.]
Clover's town council is setting aside time at each monthly meeting to answer residents' questions about the proposed charter annulment.
The next meeting is set for September 8th.
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Some folks call Peruvian Horses the smoothest horse in the World.
Up next, we sent the smoothiest person we had on hand to find out if that's true.
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Peruvian Passo horses are not just special because of their foreign origins.
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Their unique gate and special training makes them a very interesting breed, and Patrick Evans is in Lexington to tell us more about this fascinating animal.
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[SUPER=01-Gene Pepe/Horse Owner;]
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The Winston Cup Drivers are in Michigan. Mike Stevens will have the qualifying results in today's two minute sports ticker.
Today on health check --
Should people with high blood pressure shake the salt habit?
The American Heart Association says NOT eating fruits and vegetables is the real culprit.
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((ELIZABETH VAIL/SO. VA AMERICAN HEART ASSOC.: ONE REASON THAT THE AMERICAN POPULATION IS HAVING SUCH A GREATER INCIDENTS OF HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE, WE SEE KIDS OUT ON THE CORNER WITH DIET COKES IN THEIR HANDS WAITING FOR THE BUS AND THAT'S BREAKFAST.))
[SUPER=01-Elizabeth Vail/So. VA American Heart Assoc.; ]
[OUT Q=that's breakfast.]
A scathing report on Virginia's mental health system jarred Governor Jim Gilmore to action last month.
One finding of the Geller Report was that Virginia's ten facilities for the mentally ill were needlessly "warehousing" patients who could go home.
One of the worst offenders was Western State Hospital.
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((MARCIA GARRISON/WESTERN STATE HOSPITAL NURSE: WHEN I FIRST STARTED THIS WARD, IF WE PUT ONE PATIENT OUT IN THE COMMUNITY A YEAR WE WERE DOING GOOD. BUT WE HAVE PATIENTS COMING AND GOING. IN FACT, I'M GETTING ONE TODAY, AND TWO WENT OUT TODAY.))
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But sending the mentally ill home requires, for some, 24 hour support services in every community in the state.
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((MARY ANN BERGERON/VIRGINIA ASSOC. OF COMMUNITY SERVICE BOARDS: THIS IS ALL VERY EXPENSIVE. THIS IS ALL VERY EXPENSIVE. YOU'RE PAYING PEOPLE TO DO THIS.))
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((WE HAVE THE MEDICATIONS NOW. AND WE HAVE SOME MONEY. BUT WE PROBABLY NEED ABOUT DOUBLE WHAT WE HAVE.))
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Virginia ranks near the bottom in the nation now for state support of community-based mental health services.
We'll have more of a special report on the mental health crisis on NEWS 7 at SIX.
Doctors are linking a toxic microbe that plagued Virginia's coast with a puzzling brain disorder.
Researchers in Maryland say the Pfiesteria organism is responsible for neurological problems experienced by several fishermen and athletes who use the waterways along the east coast.
The syndrome caused temporary memory loss and learning dysfunctions.
They are still trying to discover how toxic chemicals in the microbes are transferred to the brain.
A new study says a significant number of America's teen are living recklessly.
The Centers for Disease Control surveyed more then a 16- thousand high school students.
It found a large number of them engaged in risky behavior.
More than a third of the students admitted to drinking and driving.
Another 20 percent carries a weapon.
Many also admitted to engaging in unsafe sex.
For years medical researchers have been studying the best way to treat hypertension.
Many cardiologists believe cutting back on salt is the number one way to lower high blood pressure.
But a recent study in the Journal of the American Medical Association reports limiting salt is not nearly as effective as taking certain medications.
And the debate goes on as Public Health Groups-- such as the American Heart Association-- say another way to prevent high blood
pressure is to eat a diet rich in fruits and vegetables, such as the A-H-A's Dietary Approach to Stopping Hypertension-- or "DASH."
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((ELIZABETH VAIL/SO. VA AMERICAN HEART ASSOC.: WHAT WE FOUND OUT WITH THE DASH DIET IS THAT PEOPLE RESTRICTING THEIR SALT INTAKE AS WELL AS GETTING A LOT OF FRUITS AND VEGETABLES AND LOW FAT DAIRY PRODUCTS ARE REALLY HAVING THE GREATEST BENEFIT IN LOWER BLOOD PRESSURE BOTH DIASTOLIC AND SYSTOLIC.))
[SUPER=01-Elizabeth Vail/So. VA American Heart Assoc.; ]
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National nutrition experts say combining all the recommendations including lowering sodium in the diet will help prevent high blood pressure.
In Sports, Ernie Irvan takes revenge on the Michigan racetrack,
and its opponents will face the wrath of Roanoke in soccer playoff action. Here's Mike Stevens.[S5-Wrath]
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Good afternoon ladies, were going to start our end of the week two minute ticker down at Victory Stadium were the star city's professional soccer team is getting ready for the playoffs.
The Roanoke Wrath has beaten the odds and made the Atlantic Division playoffs in its first season in the league.
The Wrath clinched a fourth place finish in the regular season by beating The Northern Virginia Royals two to zero.
Roanoke then traveled to South Carolina and beat the Shamrocks two to nothing to win the home field advantage.
Coach Bob Bigney says that wasn't his team's best performance but tonight should be a different story.
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If the Wrath win tonight, they'll travel to Wilmington. Delaware, and meet the number one seed Wizards.[S5-Pepsi]
The Winston Cup drivers just wrapped up qualifying for Sunday's Pepsi 400 and the two mile oval at Michigan at five o'clock.
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Jeff Gordon, who came into today with six poles already this season was the first go out and sat on the provisional pole for some time.
But Bobby Labonte in a Pontiac would take the top spot away from Gordon and give folks a taste of things to come.
Ernie Irvan, in another Pontiac, the Skittles car, would prove that his pole at Indy two weeks ago was not a fluke as he tops Labonte and hangs on to capture his 21st career pole position.
Dale Earnhardt was the next to last car to go out, but only made it to the end of pit road before an oil pump belt broke and kept him from qualifying.
Here's the top 25.
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[SUPER=0107-1. Ernie Irvan/183.416/2. Bobby Labonte//3. Jeff Gordon//4. Dale Jarrett//5. Mark Martin//;]
[SUPER=0107-6. Joe Nemechek//7. Wally Dallenbach//8. Jeremy Mayfield//9. Ward Burton//10. Ken Schrader//;]
[SUPER=0107-11. Rusty Wallace//12. Rich Bickle//13. Terry Labonte//14. Derrike Cope//15. John Andretti//;]
[SUPER=0107-16. Morgan Shepherd//17. Bill Elliott//18. Kenny Irwin//19. Ricky Rudd//20. Sterling Marlin//;]
[SUPER=0107-21. Steve Park//22. Jerry Nadeau//23. Geoff Bodine//24. Bobby Hamilton//25. Jeff Burton//;]
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More on how the locals came out today at six.
Have a safe weekend everybody.
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The United Way and Roanoke Valley businesses teamed up this week in an effort to enhance their community outreach.
800 participants from more than 60 companies volunteered their time this week to work with the charity and give back to the community.
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((DANIELLE YARBAR/1998 UNITED WAY: WELL THE UNITED WAY HAS HAD A DAY OF CARING FOR A NUMBER OF YEARS NOW, AND THIS YEAR WAS THE FIRST YEAR THEY EXPANDED IT TO A WEEK OF CARING.))
((WENDY O'NEIL/VOLUNTEER: ONE OF THE BEAUTIFUL THINGS ABOUT ROANOKE AND THE NEW RIVER VALLEY IS THE SPIRIT OF CARING AND WE'RE WORKING VERY VERY HARD TO BUILD A CARING COMMUNITY.))
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United Way officials say the "week of caring" program was designed to expand their efforts, by bringing out more workers to current projects.
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((TUTU LEE /VOLUNTEER: BUT IT'S FUN- IT'S A JOB BUT SOMEBODY'S GOT TO CARE.))
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Volunteers did everything from painting to yard work.
Life isn't a bed of Roses, but if you head to the central square in Brussels, Belgium you can at least see a blanket of begonias.
Some 800-thousand Begonia petals were placed on the pavement to form a huge flower carpet.
Eighty people worked to install the piece yesterday.
The floral display is constructed every two years.
This year's theme was inspired by carpets made by the nomads of Turkey, Iraq, and Azerbajan.