Coming up on News 7, the man who's life sparked a right to die debate has passed away.
and Virginia Tech announces a record breaking year of fundraising. But a celebration of that has sparked some controversy with students.
Clouds still rolling through but the weekend looks sunny and pleasant. The details straight ahead.
A Lewis-Gale doctor says taking out less is more when it comes to operating on cancer patients.
And why are cardiologists perscribing Vitamin E for heart patients?
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No more fights over whether Hugh Finn should be kept alive.
The former TV anchorman died today at a nursing home.
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Hugh Finn became the focus of a right to die debate-
It began after Finn's wife requested unhooking his feeding tube- saying that's what her husband would have wanted.
[SUPER=04-1995] Finn had been in a vegetative state since a car crash three years ago.
The Governor and at least one Virginia lawmaker filed motions in court to try and keep Finn alive.
But the courts upheld Virginia law which says it legal to withhold food and water from someone in a persistant "vegetative state."
Finn died today- eight days after the feeding tube was removed. He was 44.
It was a record-breaking year for the Virginia Tech money machine.
Led by President Paul Torgerson, the university raised 337-MILLION dollars.
That is the most successful fund-raising campaign in the school's history.
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((PAUL TORGERSON: IT'S GOING TO BE A BETTER UNIVERSITY. I MENTIONED I THINK, EVEN MORE IMPORTANT IS THAT WE'VE NOW RAMPED UP OUR EXPECTATIONS FOR GIVING ON AN ANNUAL BASIS.))
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Torgerson said the money will help Tech build new laboratories, pay more money to teachers and offer more scholarships to students.
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((LEY RICHARDSON: VIRGINIA TECH IS BECOMING MUCH MORE SELECTIVE AND MUCH MORE TECHNOLOGICALLY SOUND, AND THAT'S BECAUSE WE HAVE BETTER FACILITIES AND OBVIOUSLY THIS CAMPAIGN VIRGINIA TECH HAS HELPED THAT OUT TREMENDOUSLY.))
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Tech beat its fund-raising goal by 35 percent.
Tech is celebrating its fund raising success tonight with a dinner for 600 of its contributors.
Alcohol will be offered to the guests- and that isn't sitting well with some students.
The dinner, complete with an open bar, is being held on Tech's drill field.
Some students question whether it's right to offer alcohol considering the university is trying to find new ways to crack down on binge and underage drinking.
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((BRIAN THOMPSON/FRESHMAN:EVERYDAY ON THE DRILL FIELD WE PASS THIS TENT THAT'S GOING TO BE SERVING ALCOHOL WHICH IS ALMOST HYPOCRITICAL WHEN YOU SIT THERE AND SAY, OH WE DON'T WANT OUR STUDENTS DRINKING ALCOHOL, BUT YET ON A FRIDAY NIGHT WHEN MOST OF THIS HAPPENS THEY'RE GOING TO BE PASSING, WATCHING ADULTS, PEOPLE THAT ARE SUPPOSED TO BE THEIR ROLE MODELS DRINKING UNDER A TENT. ))
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University officials say the students are missing the point, that there's a difference between moderate and binge drinking which is what the university is trying to tackle.
The university chose to hold tonight's event on the drill field because there wasn't a large enough place anywhere else on campus.
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Next on news 7, Congress tries to make it more difficult for people to declare bankruptcy,
And we'll see how this year's lack of rain has charities scrambling to find enough food to feed the hungry.
On Health Check, a Roanoke doctor is leading the way in developing a less invasive to detect cancer.
and Patrick Evans will have a live report from the Rising Star convention.
It may not be as easy to file bankruptcy and forget your debts.
The House of Representatives today approved Bankruptcy reform legislation.
It would force bankrupt consumers into repayment plans instead of total liquidations.
The bill goes on to the Senate- where it's expected to face strong opposition from Democrats.
Last year the number of Americans filing for personal bankrupties jumped to nearly one point four million.
Drought- like conditions have taken their toll on area farmers, including orchard owners who normally would be enjoying a bumper crop of apples this time of year.
Instead, what's on the trees is much smaller and less flavorful than the usual variety.
That's also bad news for the Gleaning Project.. a Bedford County charity that gathers up fallen apples to bring to area food banks.
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((NANCY TEW/THE GLEANING PROJECT: THE DROUGHT AND THEN THE HEAT IN SEPTEMBER HAS DETRIMENTALLY AFFECTED ALL THE ORCHARDS, THEIR YIELDS ARE DOWN, THE APPLE'S NOT THE QUALITY AND ALSO WE HAD SO MANY APPLES FALL OF THE TREES WITH THE HEAT IN SEPTEMBER, THEY ROTTED BEFORE WE COULD GET TO GLEAN THEM.))
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One orchard owner estimates he's lost 75 percent of his crop.
Food bank officials say they're having to BUY produce for the first time to make up for the shortfall.
Feathers went flying in Henry County when a truck carrying turkeys rolled over on the highway.
The accident happened around six this morning on Route-220 near Bassett Forks.
The north-bound lane was down to one-lane well into the afternoon as workers cleaned up the mess.
There were 12-hundred turkeys on the truck-- many of them died as a result of the accident
The turkeys were on their way to a Wampler Foods processing plant in Harrisonburg.
Franklin County adults can now learn computer skills alongside their children -- for free.
Thanks to a 225-thousand-dollar grant, Franklin County is buying 126 lightweight computers for community centers throughout the county.
They hope to make it easier for adults to learn Internet and keyboard skills.
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((LEONARD GEREAU/FRANKLIN CO. SCHOOL SUPERINTENDENT: WE THINK THAT WILL EVENTUALLY HELP THEM WITH THEIR WORKLEVEL SKILLS AND HOPEFULLY BRING IN A HIGH-TECH INDUSTRY TO FRANKLIN COUNTY.))
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After training, adults can even borrow the computers and hop on the Internet at home using a phone line.
They can register at any county school.
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Fans of the old Buck Rogers television series need to stay tuned.
Up next our very own space cadet Patrick Evans will join us with Wilma Deering herself, Erin Gray.
Rising Star, a long running Science Fiction convention, convenes tonight at Glenvar High school to pay homage to favorite shows like Star Trek, and Buck Rogers.
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We've beamed Patrick Evans to the site, where he's expecting to catch up with Erin Grey, former star of Buck Rogers, the TV series.
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In Sports, Mike Stevens will have the early Winston Cup qualifying from Talladega.
Coming up next on health check - more proof Vitamin E is good for your heart, and
a new procedure is helping a Blacksburg man cope with cancer.
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((HOWARD FEIERTAG/PATIENT: IT WAS VERY SCARY. AS SOON AS I HEARD MELANOMA, IT STARTED TO GET SCARY AND OF COURSE THE STRESS LEVEL WAS HIGH.))
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A Blacksburg man has undergone a revolutionary cancer surgery at Lewis-Gale.
Old procedures had side effects causing terrible pain and long hospital stays, but Howard Feiertag was back at work the day after his operation using sentinel node biopsy -- a new technique that saved his life.
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((HOWARD FEIERTAG/PATIENT: I HAD NO IDEA TO BEGIN WITH THAT I HAD ANY KIND OF A SIGN OF MELANOMA BECAUSE IT WAS ON MY BACK. WHO LOOKS AT THE BACK. YOU DON'T LOOK IN THE MIRROR AND SAY HEY, WHAT A NICE BACK I GOT, SO A FRIEND OF MINE WHEN I WAS OUT IN THE YARD ONE DAY SAID HEY YOU'VE GOT SOMETHING ON YOUR BACK, YOU BETTER GO SEE A DERMATOLOGIST.))
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Feiertag had a biopsy for the lesion on his back, and discovered it was melanoma.
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((DR. ERIC DESMAN/PLASTIC SURGEON: IN THE PAST FOR MR. FEIERTAG IF HE'D COME TO SEE ME TWO MONTHS BEFORE, MY RECOMMENDATION AND THEN JUST WATCH AND WAIT))
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But instead a new technique was used on Feirertag, sentinel node biopsy.
The procedure allows the surgeon to identify and remove only the lymph nodes affected by cancer.
A team of surgeons use a gamma probe and blue dye. The dye is injected into the melanoma and the gamma probe detects where the radioactive dye has drained -- in Feiretag's case it was his right armpit.
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((DR. ERIC DESMAN/PLASTIC SURGEON: A MELANOMA ON YOUR RIGHT CHEEK MAY SPREAD TO THE RIGHT SIDE OF YOUR NECK WHEREAS ON ME IT MAY SPREAD TO THE LEFT SIDE, SO THAT'S WHY IT'S VERY IMPORTANT TO HAVE THIS ROAD MAP AS TO WHERE TO EXAMINE.))
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((DR. BOB WILLIAMS/GENERAL SURGEON: IF I WERE TO SEND A PATHOLOGIST TO LOOK FOR A NEEDLE IN A HAYSTACK, THEY MAY OR MAY NOT BE ABLE TO FIND IT, IF I GAVE THEM A METAL DETECTOR AND TOLD THEM TO FOCUS ON A SPECIFIC PART OF THE HAYSTACK, THERE IS A HIGH LIKELYHOOD THEY COULD FIND THAT NEEDLE.))
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Back for a check up Feiretag's insicion is well healed after only about a month and the scar is virtually invisible.
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((HOWARD FEIERTAG/PATIENT: YOU THINK AFTER THE SURGERY YOU'RE GOING TO HAVE A LOT OF PAIN AND A LOT OF WORRY, I WAS IN THE RECOVERY ROOM AND UPON AWAKENING THERE WAS NO PAIN AND THE DAY I SPENT THERE WAS NO PAIN, I WENT HOME THERE WAS NO PAIN, I'M WAITING FOR IT TO HURT.))
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Studies are now being done for sentinel node biopsy as standard care for breast and colon cancer.
A new study reinforces the notion that Vitamin E is good for the heart.
Previous studies have found Vitamin E has lowered some patients odds of having a heart attack by as much as 77 percent.
Now for the first time scientists have found out how it works.
In tests on mice, heart vessels saw a 40 percent decrease in blocks.
The results are so promising, this doctor prescribes Vitamin E with all heart prescriptions.
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THE SAME WAY WE THINK ABOUT MEDICATIONS."
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[OUT Q=think about medications.]
Dr. Berndston says the best dose is 400 I-U's a day.
He also recommends Natural Vitamin E. He says it's stronger than synthetics.
In Sports, the Winston Cup Series is qualifying at this hour in Talladega.
With that and the Friday Football Extra Lineup, here's Mike Stevens.[S5-Qualify]
Welcome everybody to your weekend.
The Winston Cup cars are in Talladega this weekend for the Winston 500.
Qualifying is going on at the 2 and half mile track at this hour.
Jeff Gordon was on the pole for a while, as was Mike Skinner
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but right now Terry Labonte is the man to beat.
He was one of the fastest drivers in practice and he kept that speed in time trials by posting a lap at 194 point 733 miles an hour.
Labonte, who is 10th in the points, has not won a pole this season. Only about half the field has qualified at this hour.
Week number 7 of the high school football season is ready to roll tonight, and so are the Friday Football Extra crews.
17 games are on tap for tonight.
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We do not have the Redskins-Eagles game this weekend.
Sunday the two one time NFC east powers meet, and amazingly both will be looking for win number one this season.
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The Skins have been giving up 175 yards a game on the ground this season.
Finally today, we have something you definitely don't want to try at home.
A swimming coach in the Northern Territory of Australia is going to some rather extreme measures to get his team to swim faster.
Mark Davies gives his students a few seconds head start then he releases a small crocodile into the pool.
Davies admits it's risky, but insists the fear is motivating his students to record times.
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((THERE WAS A LOT OF WHITE WATER WHICH MEANS
THEY'RE GOING FAST. SO WE JUST HAVE TO WORK ON THEIR TECHNIQUE THEY JUST
GOT IN FAST AND THEY GOT OUT FAST SO YEAH WE'LL JUST KEEP GOING AND
GOING HOPEFULY THEY'LL LET US USE IT IN THE COMPETITION.))
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Davies says his new technique will only help build Austrailia's reputation for training the world's best swimmers.
There's no word on what the children's parents think of the coach's methods.