Just ahead... an earthquake registers 3-point-3 on the richter scale in Virginia.
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Colder air and a few sprinkles tonight. The really cold air gets here tomorrow night.
Breast feeding organizations are protesting an episode of Chicago Hope scheduled to air tonight on CBS.
Plus -- local hospitals are running out of the flu vaccine this year, we'll tell you why coming up in health check.
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The worst crime spree in Pittsylvania County history started as the revenge of a jealous lover.
Ronald Lee Fitzgerald will die by lethal injection tonight.
Good afternoon, I'm Jean Jadhon.
Ronald Fitzgerald killed and raped his way through three families and seven separate crime scenes all in a seven hour period.
He says execution is his rightful fate...
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and that is what is scheduled to happen tonight at Greensville Correctional Center.
Ellen Qualls is in Jarratt with the latest.
Jean, there is little suspense here tonight.
Ronald Fitzgerald lost his last appeal to the Supreme Court on Monday... and he did NOT even bother asking Governor Jim Gilmore for clemency.
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[IN Q=The crime spree]
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[OUT Q=his mouth.]
(( The crime spree started before breakfast and was over by lunch.
Fitzgerald began with the rape of a 13 year old relative of his girlfriend.
Then he shot and killed his girlfriend's uncle.
Then he hailed a cab and murdered the 72- year old cab driver and dumped his body in a creek.
Then at a nearby motel, he raped the 18 year old girlfriend of a friend he thought had fathered a child with his own girlfriend.
He then hitched a ride to the courthouse in Chatham to turn himself in.
As the car pulled up, the driver heard a click and saw Fitzgerald sitting with his gun in his mouth.))
The suicide attempt failed -- the gun misfired.
Tonight at 9 P-M, Fitzgerald's death wish will be fulfilled.
He is 29 years old, and the court considers him "borderline retarded" but competent to face this ultimate penalty.
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JEAN: And we're in record territory for executions now?
Houses shook and dishes rattled, but there were "no" reports of significant damage --
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from an earthquake that hit the Farmville area early this morning.
The quake measured a 3-point 3 on the Richter scale and was felt from Amherst to Richmond.
Most people say they woke just before two a-m to a loud rumbling that sounded like an airplane passing overhead.
[IN Q=I got up]
((BILL MOSS/BUCKINGHAM CO. RESIDENT: I GOT UP AND WE LOOKED OUT, IT WAS JUST NOTHING LIKE I HAD EVER HEARD BEFORE, IT WAS JUST REALLY ROUGH. YOU COULD HEAR THE GLASS IN THE HOUSE JUST MOVING AND TO WAKE UP AT TWO O'CLOCK IN THE MORNING TO SOMETHING LIKE THAT, IT WAS KIND OF SCARY.))
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[OUT Q=kind of scary.]
Buckingham authorities say they fielded about 70 calls from worried residents during the earthquake.
No injuries were reported.
A tractor-trailer accident in Botetourt County has brought traffic to a crawl on interstate 81.
It's in the northbound lanes, at mile marker 162, near Buchanan.
Police have managed to get part of one lane open, but it's still slow going.
No word yet on injuries.
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The Israeli's are threatening to walk away from the Mideast Peace Summit in Maryland.
They say it's no idle threat- They've accused Palestinians of failing to live up to their committments to upgrade security.
Palestinians meanwhile have accused Israel of introducing new demands at the last minute.
U-S officials are working to present a plan to the two sides.
It calls for a phased back withdrawal from the West Bank in exhcnage for security measures.
A convenience store shootout is caught on tape in Dothan Alabama-
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Surveillance cameras caught the suspect demanding cash from the register-
Later on you can see the clerk reach in his pocket for a gun. The suspect fires at him and he fires back.
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The store clerk was not injured- Police say there's no evidence the robber was wounded either.
He got away.
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Still to come, lawmakers say they are NOT happy with the BIG budget they just passed.
And experts say the opening of another discount retailer in the Roanoke area will crowd out one of the big boys.
In medical news, you may be out of luck if you're looking to get a flu shot soon.
Details on a vaccine shortage coming up in Health check.
and Patrick Evans checks out some local elementary schoolers who are thinking globally.
Senators approved a new half trillion dollar spending plan that now goes that now moves on to the President.
But not all Senators are happy about it.
Some say they resent being forced to pass a plan with details they know little or nothing about.
The plan was negotiated between the White House and a few congressional leaders.
Many say the bill is too big and too full of wasteful spending-
Arizona Repubican John McCain says the bill includes 250 thousand dollars to research caffeinated chewing gum and 750 thousand dollars to study grasshoppers in Alaska.
Roanoke's retail industry keeps getting bigger.
And the battle for your shopping dollar keeps getting fiercer.
But one analyst says Roanoke can't possibly sustain all of these stores.
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Scott Goldberg is at Roanoke's newest retail hot spot this afternoon.
Scott, there are three major discount retailers in Roanoke now.
Is there enough business to keep them open?
Good question, Jean.
Business is booming at Target since it opened a few weeks ago...
probably pulling some people away from other big discounters, but also from small specialty stores that tend to be more expensive.
It's a battle for your money, and not every store can win.
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[SUPER=01-Bob Daniels/Target Manager; :13]
[SUPER=01-Heather Austin/Target Customer; :32]
[SUPER=01-Chip Lazarus/Lazarus Fine Fashions; :45]
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[SUPER=01-Ken Gassman/Davenport & Company; 1:19]
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((The newest heavyweight stepping into the ring and fighting for Roanoke's shopping dollars is Target.
A place where they call customers their "guests."
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[IN Q=the target]
((BOB DANIELS/TARGET TEAM LEADER: THE TARGET GUESTS ARE NOTICING THE TREND-FORWARD MERCHANDISE WE HAVE AT THE DISCOUNT PRICE.))
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[NATSOUND 10 55 46 -- WOMAN PICKS UP BAG OF CHIPS]
The strategy is put everything in one store:
[11 00 45] food.
[11 03 47] televisions.
[11 23 20] duct tape.
It's one-stop shopping for the time-starved consumer.
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[IN Q=we always]
((HEATHER AUSTIN/TARGET SHOPPER: WE ALWAYS END UP WITH A LOT OF EXTRA STUFF LIKE CANDY AND THIS SORT OF THING WE DIDN'T COME HERE FOR IN THE FIRST PLACE.))
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[walmart 11 57 49 -- pull out to woman filling up]
Target joins a landscape already dotted with Walmarts .. where they now sell gas.. and Big-Ks;
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the superstores are raiding Roanoke.
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((CHIP LAZARUS/LAZARUS FINE FASHIONS: CERTAINLY THE BIG STORES ARE CAPTURING THE MAJORITY OF THE RETAIL TRADE.))
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Last year Chip Lazarus closed his chain of small women's clothing stores, feeling the squeeze from big discounters.
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((SCOTT GOLDBERG/REPORTER: BUT IT'S NOT JUST SMALL STORES WHO NEED TO WORRY ABOUT GETTING TRAMPLED BY THE BIG GUYS. IT'S THE OTHER BIG GUYS, WHO ARE NOW BATTLING EACH OTHER IN WHAT COULD BECOME A FIGHT TO THE DEATH.))
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[IN Q=WHO WILL]
((KEN GASSMAN/RETAIL ANALYST: WHO WILL SURVIVE AND WHO WON'T SURVIVE?))
[OUT Q=WON'T SURVIVE]
THAT is the question, says retail analyst Ken Gassman.
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[IN Q=when i see]
((KEN GASSMAN/RETAIL ANALYST: WHEN I SEE A TARGET, WALMART AND KMART, I SAY TO MYSELF, SOMEBODY'S GOING TO BE THE LOSER THERE. I DON'T WANNA GUESS WHO IT'S GOING TO BE. BUT I THINK I HAVE A PRETTY GOOD IDEA WHO WILL BE THE ONLY TWO SURVIVORS IN THREE OR FOUR YEARS.))
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In the meantime, Halloween is almost here.
And after that, it's an all-out shopping assault as we head into the holiday season.
So for the next couple of months, retailers are hoping to thrive, not just survive.
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When News 7 at Five returns, Patrick Evans will tell us about local efforts underway to help the victims of Hurricane Georges all the way in Puerto Rico.
Local ELEMENTARY school students are leading the charge to collect materials, we'll hear all about it.
The students at Back Creek Elementary have been doing work- not just homework either.
They're collecting school materials to send to Puerto Rico in the wake of damage done by Hurricane Georges earlier this year.
Patrick Evans checks out what they collected.
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Coming up in Sports -- the fight for women's titles is on in this week's Hometown Hoops weekly.
Next on health check --
a shortage of the flu vaccine is causing hospitals to cancel flu shot clinics across Southwest Virignia.
And children at Greenvale Nursery are getting an early education in infection control.
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[IN Q=If we teach them]
((SANDY WILSON/INFECTION CONTROL: IF WE TEACH THEM WHEN THEY ARE LITTLE THEY'LL CARRY IT WITH THEM THROUGH ELEMENTARY SCHOOL, HIGH SCHOOL, AND WE'RE HOPING THAT THEY'LL ALSO TEACH PARENTS, GRANDPARENTS, AUNTS, UNCLES, BROTHERS AND SISTER, HEY STOP -- WASH.))
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Delays in production of the vaccine have caused both Carilion Home Care Services and Lewis-Gale to cancel flu shot clinics.
Carilion flu clinics have been cancelled or postponed at Tanglewood mall and the Roanoke Athletic Club through November 12th.
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Hospital officials say the manufacterers of the serum are having problems filling the orders.
Doctors say you can get the flu shot as late as December, but the Centers for Disease Control recommends shots be given between October and November to be most effective.
Flu shots are available at the Roanoke Alleghany Health Department and New River Health District Departments.
Tonight's episode of Chicago Hope on CBS has raised some concerns by breast feeding advocates, because one of the subplots deals with a breast-feeding baby who dies of dehydration.
Lee Cowan reports on what the experts say about that possibility, and what CBS says about the show.
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[SUPER=04-Chicago Hope-20th Century Fox Television; ]
[SUPER=01-Dr. Michelle Lasker/Neonatologist; ]
[SUPER=01-Mary Kay Smith/Lactation Specialist; ]
[SUPER=01-Lee Cowan/CBS News; ]
[OUT Q=CBS News, New York.]
((NATS: (12:16:12) "the ross child died of heart failure, secondary to
dehydration which would seem to indicate starvation."
IT'S A SHOCKING STORY LINE THAT HAS SOME CONCERNED. THE
LATEST SCRIPT FOR CBS'S CHICAGO HOPE CALLS FOR A BREAST-FED INFANT TO
DIE OF DEHYRATION BECAUSE THE MOTHER DIDN'T PRODUCE ENOUGH BREAST MILK.
A MEDICAL POSSIBILITY? YES...IN REALITY, DOCTORS SAY, NOT VERY
SOT: DR. MICHELLE LASKER/NEONATOLOGIST/MT. SINAI HOSPITAL, NY
"it's extremely rare for any baby to have complications from
breastfeeding. in fact, we recommend that all mothers breastfeed their
infants whenever possible."
THE EPIDOSE BROUGHT CRITICISM FROM BREASTFEEDING ADVOCATES WHO
FEARED IT MIGHT SPREAD MISINFORMATION, AND SCARE NEW MOTHERS
UNNECESSARILY INTO USUING FORMULA INSTEAD.
(SOT, MARY KAY SMITH, LACTATION SPECIALIST, MT. SINAI HOSPITAL, CHICAGO)
ALTHOUGH DOCTORS WARN IT CAN HAPPEN, THE CONDITION, KNOWN AS
LOW MILK SYNDROME, HAS SYMPTOMS THAT ARE EASY FOR ANY NEW MOTHER TO
SOT: LASKER (00:18:57) "the more you breastfeed, the more the milk is
produced so that's key to successful breastfeeding. in addition, we
tell mothers to look for the amount of wet pampers a baby has. a baby
should have at least six wet pampers per day."
STANDUP: LEE COWAN/CBS NEWS
"In a statement, the network says "Chicago Hope" has always been
thorough in it's investigation of medical issues and wondered aloud why
those who ahve raised concerns about this particular episode have not
asked to see a script or a tape of the finished product. Lee Cowan, CBS
News, New York.))
This week is national infection control week and the focus is on handwashing.
Nurses from Roanoke Memorial Hospital are teaching Pre-kindergarten classes at Greenvale Nursery how to thoroughly kill the most common thing they share -- germs.
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[IN Q=Can everybody]
[SUPER=01-Sandy Wilson/Infection Control; :13]
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(( ((CAN EVERYBODY REMEMBER THAT, STOP, WASH, RIGHT.))
This group of three year olds is learning the importance of proper hygiene.
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[IN Q=Children's hands]
((SANDY WILSON/INFECTION CONTROL: CHILDREN'S HANDS ARE WALKING BACTERIA AND IF WE TEACH CHILDREN EARLY ON TO WASH THEIR HANDS BEFORE THEY EAT, AFTER THEY EAT, BEFORE THEY GO TO THE REST ROOM, WE CAN CUT DOWN ON THE NUMBER OF COLDS AND VIRUSES THAT ARE SPREAD BY CONTACT.))
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[IN Q=I see bugs]
((ALEXIS HARVEY-MAYO: I SEE BUGS.))
[OUT Q=see bugs]
using a black light and some liquid called glow germ makes bacteria visible to the children.
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[IN Q=Those bugs are]
((THOSE BUGS ARE REAL TINY, YAY, REAL TINY, THIS LIGHT MAKES THEM SHOW UP, THEY WON'T BITE.))
[OUT Q=they won't bite]
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[IN Q=Then we'll have]
((SANDY WILSON/INFECTION CONTROL: THEN WE'LL HAVE THEM GO TO THE BATHROOM, WASH THEIR HANDS THE WAY THEY USUALLY DO, COME BACK LOOK UNDER THE LIGHT, AND SEE UH-OH, WE'VE STILL GOT SOME BUGS, THEN WE'LL GO WITH THEM AND TEACH THEM HOW TO REALLY WASH THEIR HANDS.))
[OUT Q=wash their hands]
[SOT ub 09 23 50][handing washing video]
[IN Q=Most people don't]
((SANDY WILSON/INFECTION CONTROL: MOST PEOPLE DON'T REALLY DON'T DO IT CORRECTLY, 10 TO 15 SECONDS UNDER RUNNING WATER, SCRUBBING, FRICTION IS IMPORTANT, A LOT OF PEOPLE THINK FINGERTIPS UNDER THE WATER, DRY, I WASHED MY HANDS, BUT WE WANT TO TEACH THE CORRECT WAY TO DO IT.))
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Tomorrow the infection control practitioners will be at TAP teaching children there how to properly wash their hands.
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Hometown Hoops Weekly is center court once again for the two minute ticker today. Steve Mason says, while it's hunting season, the sharp shooters are inside.
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[SUPER=01-Tracey Driscoll/Salem Head Coach; :24]
[SUPER=01-Chuck Pound/Lord Botetourt Head Coach; :55]
[SUPER=03-New Castle; 1:15]
[SUPER=01-John Looney/Craig Co. Head Coach; 1:30]
[OUT Q=See ya next time"]
((Blacksburg three point assasin Casey Beamer, whom is making over 30 percent of her three point attempts, is finding her name at the top of most apposing Blue Ridge teams hits lists.
Lord Botetourt has tripled it's number of three point tries from last season. In one game this year, the Lady Cavaliers attempted 14 trifectas and in another contest, made seven.
Parry McCluer's Nicki Barger is near the top of the Pioneer District three point category, making about 36 percent of her attempts.
Craig County is tied with the Lady Fighting Blues for the district lead at 4 and 1, 7 and 5 overall, not so much because the Lady Rockets use the three pointer but because they work on defending it.)) [5-Kicker]
Finally this evening... Gilligan found his way off of the island... and onto the Potomac last night.
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It wasn't the S-S Minnow, but surviving castmembers of the show "Gilligan's Island" boarded a boat to accept the American Icon Award.
On hand were Gilligan, Ginger, Maryanne, and the Professor.
They accepted the award from the organization "Women In Film and Video".
The non-profit organization credits the 34-year old show with promoting the role of women in the entertainment industry.