Coming up on News 7, Hurricane Mitch prepares to hit Central America with 155 mile per hour winds.
and it looks like things are a "go" for John Glenn's return to space this Thursday.
Meantime the weather story close to home is much the same with partly cloudy skies and temperatures that are warmer than normal.
Researchers are looking at a possible treatment to help paralyzed spinal cord injury patients walk again.
And some dentists say bottled water is nothing to smile about.
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Hurricane Mitch is now pounding the coast of Honduras with heavy rain and powerful winds.
Mitch is churning up waves and intense rain along the Honduras coast.
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Already streets are flooded.
The Honduran military has sent planes to evacuate residents from flooded coastal communities.
Mitch is now a Cateogry Four storm- it's eye is north of Honduras moving slowy toward Mexico.
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On Mexicos' Yucatan Peninsula- people are preapring for Mitch- stocking up on canned food and other staples.
Forecasters believe the 350-mile wide storm is headed for the Mexican resorts of Cancun and Cozumel.
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Where is Mitch right now? For the latest let's head to the Weather center and Robin Reed.
A reward is now offered in the case of a mising Virginia Tech Grad student.
The family of 24-year old Robert Kovack is now offering money for information leading to his whereabouts.
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Kovack has been missing now for more than a month.
He was last seen in Blacksburg preparing to leave for a college football game in West Virginia.
Kovack's car was discovered a few days later near the New River Gorge Bridge in Fayette County.
Kovack's family is NOT saying how much they're planning to offer.
Virginia's Department of Environmenal Quality gives its stamp of approval to the clean-up of an old Danville manufacturing plant.
The D-E-Q says contaminant levels at the former Disston plant no longer pose an "unacceptable risk" to human health or the environment.
The clean-up began in 1995 with the removal of wastewater lagoons.
The hazardous materials-- mostly industrial solvents-- were left at the site by the previous owner, Sandvik Incorporated.
Sandvik is now attempting to market the property for industrial or commercial use.
A new group has pledged to police water quality at Smith Mountain Lake.
The Water Quality Task Force met for the first time today.
It includes experts from the health, business and boating communities.
They want to pinpoint water quality threats, then find ways to avoid them.
Past reports of e-coli at the lake have alarmed the public and cost lakeside businesses money.
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((PAUL CALHOUN/SMITH MOUNTAIN LAKE CHAMBER PARTNERSHIP: IF THERE'S A LEGITIMATE PROBLEM ... OVER SOMETHING THAT'S REALLY A NON-ISSUE.))
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So, the task force hopes to tie together test results from Ferrum College volunteers, the D-E-Q and health departments.
They also hope to protect the lake from construction projects upstream, like the Roanoke city sewer lines.
The group meets again on November 16th.
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The subject of pay raises for state legislators is in the news again. We'll have more on that in a moment.
But first we'll have an update as Senator John Glenn is just two days away from his return to space.
On health check, doctors say a new treatment could eventually offer hope to people with spinal cord injuries.
and Patrick Evans will take us to a different kind of auction
The threat of bad weather has eased for Thursday's space Shuttle launch.
Everything appears to be " A GO" for John Glenn's historic return to space.
Lee Cowan has a mission update.
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((AS DISCOVERY'S ASTRONAUTS MADE SOME LAST MINUTE SUIT CHECKS,
THE THREAT OF BAD WEATHER LOOMED OVERHEAD.
THE LAST TIME JOHN GLENN WAS DENIED SPACE TRAVEL, IT WAS BECAUSE
SOMEONE THOUGHT HE WAS TOO MUCH OF A HERO TO RISK LOSING.
THIS TIME, MOTHER NATURE THREATENED TO DO THE SAME, BUT NOT FOR
ED PRISELAC/SHUTTLE WEATHER OFFICER:
GOOD NEWS, GOOD NEWS, GOOD NEWS.
NASA FORCASTERS SAY THE THREAT OF BAD WEATHER HAD PASSED. WHETHER IT'S
MOTHER NATURE, OR THE PRESIDENT -- FEW IT SEEMS
CAN TELL A HERO `NO'.
APRIL 1998, CLINTON:
I FRANKLY WAS HEARTSICK WHEN HE SAID HE WASN'T GOING TO RUN AGAIN FOR THE SENATE. HE SAID, WELL I'M TOO OLD. THEN HE SAID, OH BY THE WAY, CAN YOU GET ME INTO SPACE?"
THIS TIME AROUND THINGS WILL BE A LITTLE DIFFERENT - BIGGER,
HIGHER, MORE COMPLICATED, SAFER.
HIS LAST TRIP LASTED 4 HOURS, 55 MINTES, 23 SECONDS - JUST 3
ORBITS AND IT WAS ALL OVER FOR THE NEXT 36 YEARS.
THIS MISSION WILL LAST MORE THAN 8 DAYS --- NEARLY 150 ORBITS,
SPANNING SOME 3 AND A HALF MILLION MILES.
BILL HARWOOD/CBS NEWS CONSULTANT: EVERY MINUTE OF HIS DAY IS CAREFULLY SCRIPTED. HE'LL BE WORKING LONG 12
HOUR DAYS AS A RESEARCH SUBJECT HIMSELF, AS WELL AS A RESEARCH OPERATOR,
RUNNING EXPERIMENTS, AND THAT'S A LONG DAY BY ANY STANDARD.
BUT THE EXPERTS INSITS GLENN IS UP TO THE JOB. AND HE INSISTS
IT'S FOR A GOOD REASON.
OCT. 9, SEN. JOHN GLENN/SHUTTLE ASTRONAUT:
THIS PROGRAM AND WHAT WE'RE ABOUT ON THIS, MOST OF THEM, ARE DESIGNED TO BENEFIT PEOPLE RIGHT BACK HOME.
LEE COWAN//CBS NEWS: ESPECIALLY OLDER PEOPLE. THE LAST TIME HE WENT UP THERE WERE 17 MILLION
PEOPLE OVER AGE 65. TODAY THERE ARE TWICE AS MANY. IT COULD JUST BE THE
FOUNTAIN OF YOUTH IS OUT OF THIS WORLD. LEE COWAN, CBS NEWS, KENNEDY
The Supreme Court has yet to decide if Virginia lawmakers broke the law when they voted their most recent pay raises.
But that's mostly a technical issue of WHEN the raises take effect.
So a citizens' advisory commission, headed by two former governors, took up the meatier question today: how much is a part-time legislator worth?
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((SEN. MADISON MARYE/D-SHAWSVILLE: MOST OF MY WORK IN THE OFFICE...AWFUL LOT OF TIME IN DOING.))
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Madison Marye is one of the voices for an increase in the 18- thousand dollar annual salary.
THAT part of the compensation package has NOT been increased since 1988.
Delegate Vance Wilkins is against a pay raise.
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((DEL. VANCE WILKINS/R-AMHERST: I THINK IT'S DANGEROUS IF WE GET THE SALARY TO THE POINT WHERE A PERSON WANTS TO BE ELECTED BECAUSE IT IS A REASONABLE SALARY.))
[OUT Q=reasonable salary.]
The new commission will make a recommendation in December.
There's something special cooking in Roanoke tonight. It's an unusual auction to raise money to help prevent birth defects.
Patrick Evans will tell us more.
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You can buy, sell, or trade just about anything but tonight at the Marriott in Roanoke, you can bid on CHEFS!
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Patrick Evans has more on a March of Dimes event that features--what else? --great food and some terrific prizes that will be auctioned off this evening all to raise money for the prevention of birth defects.
Patrick, I understand you have some official capacity this evening other than just eating?
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Coming up in Sports, we'll see how a former walk-on player is making a name for himself with the Virginia Tech Hokies.
On Health Check, we'll tell you why a doctor's messy handwriting can have serious complications.
and we'll tell you why researchers are cautiously optimistic about a new treatment for spinal cord injuries.
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Scientists at Vanderbilt University may have discovered something to help people recover from paralyzing injuries.
They've given mice with spinal cord injuries a substance known as C-M-1-0-1.
Afterwards the mice regained their ability to walk.
The substance is a toxin produced by streptococcus bacteria.
It minimizes inflammation and scarring and leads to a quick regeneration of spinal cord function.
The doctors hope to begin clinical trials in humans by 1999.
However the National Spinal Cord Injury Association cautions the research is promising, but what works in mice doesn't always work in humans.
Many people with concerns about what's in their drinking water have switched to bottled water instead.
However there is something important in tap water that children need.
Unlike water from municipal sources, bottled water does not have fluoride and dentists say that could lead to 50 percent more cavities.
The Centers for Disease Control is expected to begin gathering data on the effects of bottled water on tooth decay next year.
Even without hard numbers, dentists say they are seeing more cavities than in recent years.
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((DR. FRED MORE/DENTIST: SOME DENTISTS ARE OBSERVING THEY ARE SEEING MORE DECAY IN CHILDREN WHO HAVE BEEN RAISED IN FAMILIES WHO ONLY DRINK BOTTLED WATER.))
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[OUT Q=drink bottled water]
Doctor More says there is some fluoride in foods processed with tap water, but that is not enough.
He suggests parents who use bottled water speak with their dentists about fluoride drops.
And of course he recommends fluoride toothpaste for all his patients.
They ease aches and pains, but one thing many doctors can't do is write neatly.
It's been a long running joke that doctors have bad handwriting. But as Doctor Dave Hnida reports, it may not be a laughing matter.
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DOCTORS HANDWRITING IS NOTORIOUSLY BAD- AND ACCORDING TO A STUDY IN THE
BRITISH MEDICAL JOURNAL MAY BE GETTING WORSE.
RESEARCHERS USED A COMPUTER TO ANALYZE HANDWRITING SAMPLES OF A VARIETY
PROFESSIONALS- DOCTORS MADE MORE ERRORS THAN ANY OTHER GROUP-- - BY A
BUT MY COLLEAGUES WANTED TO KNOW- HOW ACCURATE IS A COMPUTER?
SO WE ASKED MRS. AUGER- A SIXTH GRADE TEACHER AT BRADFORD ELEMENTARY
SCHOOL TO GRADE SOME HANDWRITING SAMPLES... THERE WERE 10 IN ALL- 5
FROM DOCTORS AND 5 FROM NON-DOCTORS.
AND FRANKLY- WE DOCTORS STRUCK OUT.
THE NON-DOCTORS AVERAGED A B+. THERE WERE EVEN A COUPLE OF A'S IN THERE.
THE BEST WE DOCTORS COULD DO WAS A C.
TWO OF US GOT "F'"S
"IMPOSSIBLE TO READ"
AND SHE GAVE MY SCRIBBLING A D.
SO LIKE ANY GOOD DOCTOR- I GOT A SECOND OPINION.
"IT LOOKS LIKE A D MINUS"
AND A THIRD
"ITS AWFUL" (SHAKES HEAD)
I GUESS THIS IS WHY I USUALLY PRINT MY PRESCRIPTIONS.
BUT FRANKLY BAD PENMANSHIP IS NO JOKING MATTER- ESPECIALLY WHEN IT COMES
TO PROTECT YOURSELF-
ALWAYS ASK YOUR DOCTOR THE NAME AND DOSE OF A PRESCRIPTION-- AND MAKE
SURE IT MATCHES WHAT YOU GET AND IF IT'S A REFILL MAKE SURE IT LOOKS
LIKE AND IS TAKEN THE SAME WAY AS THE OLD MEDICINE.
THE TYPICAL DOCTOR TAKES MORE THAN 50 HOURS OF CONTINUING MEDICAL
EVERY YEAR- MAYBE SOME OF IT SHOULD IN BASIC PENMANSHIP.
I'M DR. DAVE HNIDA FOR CBS NEWS
It's a busy day in the sports office
Let's get started with Steve Mason and the two-minute ticker..
Welcome folks to the Tuesday ticker that begins on the road in Blacksburg.
West Virginia is set to invade Lane Stadium Saturday for the Big East version on Halloween Havoc.
Mike Stevens has more with a special guest from Blacksburg.
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CBS's original schedule to show the Steelers/Oilers game this Sunday has changed, instead, the Miami/ Buffalo game will be televised at 1pm. Pittsburgh topped Kansas City last night 20-13 in a game filled with Chiefs mistakes.
[IN Q="this is a journey...]
[SUPER=01-Marty Schottenheimer/Chiefs Head Coach; :00]
[OUT Q=...winning some football games"]
former UVa soccer coach Bruce Arena has been named U.S. National team coach.
Arena's DC United team reached the MLS finals this season before losing to these guys, the Chicago Fire, who recently returned to the Windy City with the trophy.
Now at six, Mike Stevens will have the latest on UVa safety Anthony Poindexter's injured left knee. Have a great day.
Scholars from Southern Africa are in Danville today to learn how to bring higher education to rural communities.
A group from the University of Namibia is touring 10-community colleges during a two-week visit to the United States.
Today, the scholors took a look around Danville Community College.
The Namibians are specifically interested in how community colleges spark economic development.
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((HAAVESHE NEKONGO-NIELSON/UNIV. OF NAMIBIA: EDUCATION HASN'T BEEN VERY KNOWN BY THE PEOPLE. PEOPLE THOUGHT UNIVERSITIES WERE ONLY FOR THE RICH AND NOT FOR THE POOR. AND NOW NAMIBIA IS TRYING TO SHOW THAT EVERYBODY IS ENTITLED, HAS A PRIVLEDGE TO BE EDUCATED.))
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[OUT Q=privledge to be educated.]
The information gathered on this visit will be used to help the University of Namibia open a branch campus in a northern rural part of the country.