Coming up on News 7, leaders across the country react to the violent death of gay man from Wyoming.
and three more Virginia Tech fraternity members are arrested and charged with abduction in connection with a party that allegedly went too far.
The Hugh Finn right to die case is sparking concern over whether or not to make a living will.
Plus a pill to treat shyness is helping people overcome the social phobia.
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A gay student attacked last week- dies today- bringing calls for swift justice.
22 year old Matthew Shepard was a student at the University of Wyoming.
His death allegedly at the hands of two other men- has brought outrage-across the nation.
Manuel Gallegus has more.
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((Amidst cries of outrage and despite community prayer vigils, Matthew
Shepard a political sciene major at the University of Wyoming died while
on life support at a Colorado hospital. The 21-year old had been robbed
and beaten with a gun, tethered to a split rail fence and left to die in
near freezing temperatures outside Laramie, Wyoming. The victim of a
hate crime because he was openly gay.
The lead investigator says the two men charged for the attack 21-year
old Russell Arthur Henderson and 22-year old James McKinney now face
first degree murder--the suspects two girlfriends are also charged as
Civil rightsd groups across the country are pushing for the strongest
possible punishment. President Clinton is horrified by the attack
Attorney General Janet Reno said the death of Matthew Shepard is a tragedy.
Janet Reno, Attorney General
"The federal government will be working with state and local authorities
to make sure tat justice is done."
Wyoming's Governor Jim Gheringer (GEHR'-in-jur) is also calling for
renewed discussions about hate crimes legislation.
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"So I'm telling everyone to kind of take an arm's length view of this.
That this is not just focused on gay rights of sexual orientation or
anything such as that. This is a call to return to consicience to
evaluate people on their own merit."
Matthew Shepard had been in a coma since he was found Wednesday by a
passing bicyclist. According to published reports, Shepard was targeted
by his two assailants for making passes at one of them at a campus bar.
Manuel Gallegus, CBS News, Los Angeles))
The impact if Shepard's death is being felt across the country, particularly on college campuses.
[DOUBLE BOXES-Jean/Eric Newsroom] Eric Earnhart was in Blacksburg today.
Jean, ironically, yesterday was National Coming out day for gays and lesbians, it was Coming Out Day TODAY at tech...
But for members of the campus Lesbian and Gay Alliance, it was not a day for celebration.
[SUPER=01-Will Simpkins/Alliance President;]
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Alliance members were out manning tables and giving out literature, but the mood was subdued as they learned about the death of Mathew Shepard.
His murder, in a university community hundreds of miles away, hits close to home because students feel it could happen again anywhere.
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((WILL SIMPKINS/ALLIANCE PRESIDENT; IT MADE ME THINK ABOUT WHAT I DO ON CAMPUS, AND DO I NEED TO CHANGE SOME OF MY BEHAVIOR SO THAT SOMETHING LIKE THIS CAN'T HAPPEN HERE. EVEN THOUGH IT'S THOUSANDS OF MILES AWAY, IT STILL AFFECTS ALL OF US, AND I DON'T THINK IT'S JUST THE GAY COMMUNITY THAT'S AFFECTED, IT'S EVERYBODY.))
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Simpkins says when he's out after dark now, he wonders if it's safe to walk alone... wonders where the emergency telephones are, and wonders which way he should run if he has to
[IN Q=But as far as]
((WILL SIMPKINS/ALLIANCE PRESIDENT; BUT AS FAR AS CHANGING ANYTHING, I DON'T THINK I WILL, SIMPLY BECAUSE I DON'T WANT TO HAVE TO FEEL LIKE I'M NOT SAFE, AND IF I LET THAT INTO MYSELF ADN I START SHOWING PEOPLE THAT I'M SCARED, WHAT DOES THAT SAY TO PEOPLE?))
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Simpkins and other alliance members say they're ecouraged by the outpouring support after the attack occurred...
One student says he hopes things change because of Mathew Shepards murder, because no one wants to die for nothing... Jean.
Virginia Tech police today closed in on THREE more suspects for their alleged role in a fraternity party involving an exotic dancer.
Authorities this morning arrested 21- year old Mark Patrick Brensy (bren-see) and fellow fraternity member Brian Eugene McLaughlin (mic-lawf-lin).
A third suspect, 19- year old Seth Marshall, was arrested a short time later.
ALL three are accused of holding an exotic dancer against her will.
19- year old Michelle Russell told police the men refused to let her leave the Phi Kappa Sigma fraternity house last month because she wouldn't do a striptease.
Russell performs in lingerie.
Virginia Tech police are expected to make more arrests.
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((LARRY HINCKER/VIRGINIA TECH SPOKESMAN: THEY HAVE INDICATED THAT THERE'S A POSSIBILITY OF ADDITIONAL CHARGES, YET, OVER AND ABOVE THE ABDUCTION CHARGES, AND THAT IS THEY WISH TO FURTHER PURSUE THE CHARGES OF ASSAULT BY THE EXOTIC DANCER.))
[SUPER=01-Larry Hincker/Virginia Tech Spokesman; :00]
[OUT Q=exotic dancer.]
All three of those arrested today are charged with felony abduction.
Another student, Ryan Worch, was arrested by Virginia Tech police last week-- also on abduction charges.
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Roanoke County knows how it would like to spend any increase in federal money for education. We'll have that story next.
And in St. Louis, it's a firefighter's nightmare as a highrise building full of elderly people catches fire.
On Health Check, a local health authority says don't let current AIDS statistics fool you.
We'll have that and more. Stay tuned.
A St. Louis Fire Chief says it's his worst nightmare-
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A major fire broke out at a high rise apartment building for seniors and the disabled.
The fire quickly spread through the upper floors- flames poured out of windows- and residents were seen looking out for help-
(( IT'S THE WORST SCENARIO WE CAN COME UP AGAINST. IT'S DIFFICULT TO GET PEOPLE TO SAFETY. IT'S DIFFICULT FOR THEM TO MOVE THEMSELVES TO SAFETY.))
[SUPER=01-Dwayne Greer/St. Louis Fire Dept.]
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At least one resident and several firefighters suffered smoke inhalation.
A fire captain is among the injured- hospitalized in critical but stable condition.
Officials arent' sure what caused the blaze, but suspect it began as a mattress fire that quickly spread.
U-S Envoy Richard Holbrooke is briefing NATO on his effort to avert airstrikes in Yugoslavia.
One source says Yugoslavian president Slobadan Milosovic has agreed to allow international observors to monitor compliance with UN demands.
[super=03-Brussels, Belgium] Despite that a NATO official says the 16 member group may move ahead with plans fo
r airstrikes to keep the pressure on.
They may actually approve an activation order later today.
Meanwhile, NATO readied its warplanes in case a strike is ordered.
U-S naval ships are also in place in Southern Italy.
And foreign embassy workers in Belgrade are evacuating leaving only vital personnel behind.
Congress is still debating the federal budget.
One sticking point is money for building new schools and fixing old ones.
It's money President Clinton wants in the budget.
And, it's money local school districts say they could use.
Roanoke County has already planned to spend 120-million dollars on school construction.
So if the federal government sent some money this way, Schools Superintendent Deanna Gordon said she would know how to spend it.
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((DEANNA GORDON/RKE. CO. SCHOOLS SUPERINTENDENT: WE NEED A HIGH SCHOOL IN SOUTH COUNTY. WE NEED A MIDDLE SCHOOL IN WEST COUNTY. WE NEED THIS SCHOOL THAT'S GOING UP BEHINDS US, AS WELL AS A NUMBER OF MAJOR RENOVATIONS.))
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Burlington Elementary School is already undergoing two-million dollar's worth of renovations.
Both teachers and students say when the construction is finished, their school will be a better place to learn.
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((LELIA SULLENDER: WE'RE LOOKING FORWARD TO IT. WE NEED MORE ROOM. AND WE'RE GOING TO BE GETTING A LOT OF NICE THINGS FROM THIS CONSTRUCTION. WE'RE GOING TO BE MORE MODERN. AND I THINK IT'S JUST GOING TO BE A GOOD CHANGE FOR US.))
[SUPER=01-Lelia Sullender/First-Grade Teacher;]
[OUT Q=change for us]
Congress should vote on the education spending in the next two days.
October and November are busy in the housing inspection office.
As the cold sneaks in, residents notice the heat's broken and other repairs must be made.
When landlords fail to fix problems, housing inspectors can take them to court.
Inspectors looked at these Patton Avenue apartments, where residents can barely shut their doors.
The paneling's peeling, and open crawlspaces let wild cats inside.
The city gave owner Elizabeth Burford and former landlord Bill Bratton a month to make repairs, or they must go to court.
[IN Q=We knew]
((BILL BRATTON/FORMER LANDLORD: WE KNEW THE SIDING IS OFF AND THAT'S ONE OF THE THINGS WE INTEND TO FIX BUT THE OTHER THINGS WE WERE NOT AWARE OF.))
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Housing inspectors urge residents to get their repair requests in writing.
But landlords have options too -- they can ask for a free inspection anytime, to prove the building was in good shape and tenants caused the problems.
Owners are required by law to get a building inspected before new tenants move in.
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If you're looking for something that's both nutrious and delicious for dinner, Patrick Evans will have some suggestions coming up a little later in the newscast.
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In sports, a successful professional golfer makes her way back to the Roanoke Valley. Mike will have more in today's sportsticker.
Coming up next on health check --
The national numbers show AIDS cases are declining,
but local AIDS activists say there is still cause for concern.
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((THE AIDS CRISIS IS OVER, WELL THAT MIGHT BE WELL TRUE, BUT THE HIV CRISIS IS PROBABLY JUST BEGINNING.))
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213 Virginians have died of AIDS in the Roanoke Valley.
Nationally the new statistics show a drop in the number of AIDS deaths, but locally the numbers are still rising.
The Aids Council of Western Virginia covers a 29 county region including Central, Southside and Southwest Virginia.
The programs HIV Coordinator says the government's AIDS numbers can be misleading.
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[IN Q=I get real nervous]
((ROBERT MORROW/HIV PROGRAM MANAGER: THEN I GET REAL NERVOUS WHEN I HEAR, AIDS NUMBERS ARE DOWN AND AIDS DEATH ARE DOWN, BUT THE HIV RATES REMAIN THE SAME, OR REMAIN STABLE AND WHAT THAT MEANS IS THAT PEOPLE ARE TESTING POSITIVE, THEY ARE CONTINUING TO BE EXPOSED TO HIV.))
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[OUT Q=exposed to HIV]
31 states report HIV separately. Virginia is one of 28 states which reports, by name, all HIV cases separately.
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The debate over Hugh Finn's right to die is prompting many people to consider whether they need a "living will".
The living will is part of what's called an "advance directive".
It lets doctors and family members know that you don't want life- prolonging medical help if you're terminally ill or in a persistent vegetative state.
Lawyers say anyone might need it.
[IN Q=You can be]
((PAUL FEINMAN/LIVING WILL ATTORNEY: YOU CAN BE 22 YEARS OLD AND THE PICTURE OF HEALTH AND IT MIGHT BE THE FURTHEST THING FROM YOUR MIND, BUT IF YOU WOULDN'T WANT TO BE KEPT ALIVE, THEN YOU NEED ONE, BECAUSE YOU COULD WALK OUT THE DOOR THIS AFTERNOON AND SOMEBODY COULD COME OVER THE YELLOW LINE AND HIT YOU AND THERE YOU ARE.))
[SUPER=01-Paul Feinman/Living Will Attorney; :00]
[OUT Q=there you are.]
Experts say another option is a durable power of attorney for health care.. where a person you choose makes medical decisions for you.
[IN Q=These things are]
((MICHAEL GILLETTE/MEDICAL ETHICS EXPERT: THESE THINGS ARE ALSO VERY IMPORTANT IF YOU BECOME DISABLED, IF YOU HAVE A STROKE AND CAN'T COMMUNICATE, IF YOU HAVE ALZHEIMER'S AND DEVELOP DEMENTIA.))
[SUPER=01-Michael Gillette/Medical Ethics Expert; :00]
[OUT Q=and develop dementia.]
Experts say the important thing is to discuss your feelings with family and friends BEFORE the situation arises.
People with severe shyness may find help in a pill.
Paxil is already used to treat depression, but a new study shows it could help 55 percent of adults who are extremely shy.
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((Dr. John Zajecka: THEY WERE ABLE TO GO BACK INTO SOCIAL SITUATIONS WITHOUT THE ANXIETY. THEIR FEAR OR ANTICIPATION OF THOSE SITUATIONS WAS REDUCED. ))
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The use of Paxil is not without controversy. Right now the drug is only given to teenagers and adults in the most extreme cases.
Some doctors are questioning if the treatment should be given to children.
In Sports, Donna Andrews helps the Valley Tee Off For Sight,
With that and the latest news from U-V-A here's Mike Stevens.[S5-Andrews]
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Good afternoon. More than 100 area golfers started their workweek off on the links. So that's where we'll start the Two Minute Ticker.
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The venue was the 17th Annual Tee Off For Sight Golf Tournament at Hunting Hills Country Club.
And this year, Lynchburg native Donna Andrews, was the featured attraction.
Andrews is the L-P-G-A's third highest money maker so far this season.
She was in the Roanoke Valley to help raise money for preventative eye care.
Area golfers also were able to pick up a few pointers at a clinic Donna held after the tournament.
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We'll hear more from Andrews and the Tee Off For Sight Golf Tournament tonight at six.
The Virginia Cavaliers found out you don't have to play to experience upward mobility in the national polls.
But, Steve Mason says the Cavs didn't exactly spend the weekend relaxing.
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Coming up at six, some positive news for the VMI football program, as freshman Aaron Mitchell emerges to win a Southern conference weekly honor.
Take care everybody.
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Patrick Evans has slipped out of the weather center, and into our Hometown Kitchen, where he's learning about some alternative foods that you might want to try, too.
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Patrick, be honest, you were making faces about today's menu earlier, weren't you?
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