Coming up on News 7 at 5, Kroger is selling its big distribution warehouse, and workers wonder what it means for their
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And you'll see why it's so hard to overcome long-time hatreds to reach a lasting peace in the Middle East.
On Healthcheck tonight, Gerber is pulling some of its products off store shelves...but is there any danger to children?
And we'll show you a new procedure that would be very welcome news for many breast cancer patients.
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Kroger sells its distribution warehouse. We know who's buying it, but workers still have plenty of unanswered questions.
Two years ago, Kroger announced plans to expand its distribution center in Roanoke County. Now, they're getting rid of it.
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Eric Earnhart is live at the center in Glenvar and has details.
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(Rollcue: "...good bit of uncertainly.")
[IN Q=Busines in business..]
[SUPER=01-Jimmy Campbell/Kroger Employee; :00]
[SUPER=01-Brian Calloway/Kroger Employee; :09]
[SUPER=01-Tim Thomas/Kroger Employee; :24]
[OUT Q="...anything like that."]
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[Double Boxes=Jean & Eric/Microwave][5-Legislative-Pay]
What if Virginia General Assembly members got a 44-percent raise?
That's exactly what a citizen advisory commission headed by two former governors is proposing.
The group's asking lawmakers to increase their own salaries from 18-thousand to 26-thousand dollars a year.
[IN Q=26 was the]
((WILLIAM WOOD/INST. FOR POLITICAL LEADERSHIP: 26 WAS THE BUMP IN INFLATION SINCE THE LAST TIME THERE WAS A RAISE TEN YEARS AGO. AND THAT WAS JUST THE METHOD THAT THE GROUP THOUGHT WAS MOST PALATABLE. IT DIDN'T WANT TO GO WITH SOME OTHER FACTOR THAT WASN'T RECOGNIZABLE TO THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY ITSELF, WHICH WILL HAVE TO VOTE IT IN.))
[SUPER=01-William Wood/Inst. for Political Leadership;]
[OUT Q=vote it in.]
The group also wants to double the office expense budget, and increase out-of-session daily pay from 100 to 160-dollars a day.
The pay increase lawmakers voted themselves last year is being challenged in court because it might have taken effect too soon.
A Pittsylvania County jury deliberated into the early morning hours, before deciding the fate of a man accused of murder and malicious wounding.
David Barry (Vaughn-Eye-Me) Von Eime was convicted of manslaughter and malicious wounding, but not guilty of the firearms charges.
(Vaughn Eye-me) shot Franklin Gardner to death and injured another man last April in Keeling.
Gardner was shot in the chest and died at the scene.
The jury recommended a 24-month prison term.
Von Eime will be formally sentenced next month.[5-L'burg-Schools]
If the Lynchburg city school system discriminates against black students and teachers, state educators want to know about it.
A Department of Education review team will visit the Hill City next week to talk with parents, students and teachers.
They'll be looking into allegations that black students are more likely to be suspended, and black teachers are LESS likely to be hired or promoted.
[IN Q=There may be]
((JIM MCCORMICK/LYNCHBURG SCHOOL SUPERINTENDENT: THERE MAY BE AN UNKNOWING OCCURRENCE OR INCIDENT THAT OCCURS IN A CLASSROOM OR HALLWAY OR ON A PLAYGROUND, BUT WHEN THE D-O-E DOES VISIT, I INTEND TO TAKE TO HEART EVERYTHING THEY SAY TO US, THEIR COMMENDATIONS, RECOMMENDATIONS OR SUGGESTIONS.))
[SUPER=01-Jim McCormick/Lynchburg School Superintendent; :00]
[OUT Q=or suggestions.]
McCormick says his office requested the review after meetings with a minority citizens committee did little to ease the concerns.
[GRAPHIC=Va Tech Football]
Tickets to the upcoming Music City Bowl game went on sale at the Tech ticket office, this morning.
The university ordered 12-thousand tickets to the Nashville game.
The Hokie's will be playing there against an S-E-C team December 29th.
Fans were lined up outside the ticket office door this morning and they're continuing to stream in.
However, the phones seemed to be the most popular way of securing tickets.
[IN Q=We're ordering]
((JACOB QUESINBERRY/HOKIE FAN: WE'RE ORDERING A BUNCH OF TICKETS AND WE TRIED CALLING THE ORDER IN AND COULDN'T GET THROUGH SO-- WE'VE GONE TO ALL THE BOWL GAMES THAT TECH'S BEEN IN THE PAST HOWEVER MANY, I GUESS SIX YEARS, SO WE WANTED TO COME OUT AND GET TICKETS TO THIS ONE. ))
[SUPER=01-Jacob Quesinberry/Hokie Fan; :00]
[OUT Q=to this one.]
Tickets are 35-dollars each.
About half of the 12-thousand had sold by mid-afternoon.
Tech's ticket office manager says if things continue the way they're going...
He may end up ordering even more.[(toss to R)]
(toss to Robin)
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Still to come on News 7, Dr. Sam Sheppard has been dead for years, but it's never too late to get a new trial.
And a former member of the Clinton cabinet hears the verdict. We'll tell you what a jury tells Mike Espy.
A jury has found former Agriculture Secretary Mike Espy innocent of corruption.
[SUPER=03-Tazewell Co./August, 1994;]
Espy was accused of accepting sports tickets and travel accommodations from companies that did business with his department.
The acquittal followed a seven week trail that focused on Espy's attendance at parties and sporting events.
Espy always maintained he did nothing wrong by accepting favors from chicken producer Tyson Foods and other companies.
Some secret memos are going to be a LESS secret- as the probe into President Clinton moves into campaign fundraising.
A judge today ruled one republican and one democrat will be able to read some Justice Department memos.
((REP. ASA HUNTCHINSON/R- ARIZONA: I WOULDN'T BE DISAPPOINTED IF THERE WAS NOTHING THAT WAS OBTAINED AS FAR AS INCRIMINATING INFORMATION FROM THIS INFORMATION BUT WE HAVE A RESPONSIBILTY TO PURSUE REASONABLE LEADS.))
[SUPER=01-Rep. Asa Hutchinson/(R) Arizona;]
[OUT Q=REASONABLE LEADS.]
The memos lay out evidence of alleged irregularities in campaign fundraising.
An attack on an Israeli soldier caught on tape today demonstrates the difficulties in reaching a lasting Middle East peace.
[SUPER=03-Ramallah, West Bank]
About 150 Palestinians surrounded a car carrying an Israeli soldier through a West Bank city and started throwing rocks.
The driver ran away, but a solider inside was dragged out, kicked, then stoned before escaping.
The violence followed the stabbing death in Jerusalem which police said may have been carried out by an Israeli extremist.
Sam Reese Sheppard says his goal is to restore his fathers good name.
The Ohio Supreme Court is allowing him to go ahead with a wrongful imprisonment suit on behalf of his late father.
Dr. Sam Shepard was convicted for the murder of his wife in 1954 and served ten years before the verdict was overturned.
Dr. Shepard claimed all along he was innocent. His case inspired the Fugitive television series.
A mother whose son has AIDS took the stand against the boy's father today-
Brian Stewart is on trial for allegedly injecting his son with HIV-tainted blood.
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Prosecutors say back in 1992 Stewart gave the injection to his son while the boy was in the hospital.
The child's mother who is identified only as Jennifer- told the court that Stewart threatened her several times.
((JENNIFER/BOY'S MOTHER: HE MADE THREATS THE HE COULD TAKE STUFF FROM THE LAB WHERE HE WORKED AND HE COULD INFECT PEOPLE WITH IT AND THEY WOULD NEVER KNOW WHAT THEY HAD OR WHERET HEY GOT IT FROM.))
[OUT Q=THEY GOT IT FROM.]
Stewart could face life in prison if convicted-
If the boy dies, prosecutors could upgrade the charge to first degree murder and that could carry a death sentence.
Farm safety may not sound like very funny business, but Patrick Evans will be with us a little later with a farmer you can laugh very "safely" at.
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Hometown Hoops weekly is just ahead. Steve Mason looks at the state basketball semi-finals.
There's new hope today for many breast cancer patients. On today's "Healthcheck", a new procedure that could reduce the cases of disfiguring surgery.
And there's another new procedure, one that could stop the tremors in many Parkinson's patients.
[IN Q="For a long time..."]
(( "For a long time, we were almost housebound, and the only time we went
anywhere was to a doctor or whatever. Now, our social life is beginning
to start again."))
[OUT Q="...to start again."]
Gerber Products is asking stores to pull its soft vinyl baby products ... because of a controversial chemical in them.
It is a voluntary move involving teethers, pacifiers and bottle nipples. All contain suspected cancer-causing agents called (thay-lates) phthalates.
The Consumer Product Safety Commission is asking toy-makers to stop using the chemicals. At the same time, the agency says small children chewing on the toys do NOT ingest enough of the chemical to come close to a harmful level.
THERE'S NEW HOPE FOR PEOPLE SUFFERING FROM PARKINSON'S
DISEASE, AND THE DEBILITATING TREMORS THAT ACCOMPANY IT.
SHOWS US A RELATIVELY NEW TREATMENT THAT STOPS THE TREMORS, ALMOST WITH
THE FLICK OF A SWITCH.
[SUPER=03-Ann Arbor, MI; :00]
[SUPER=01-Drew Levinson/CBS News; :28]
[SUPER=01-Dr. Oren Sagher/ Neurosurgeon; :56]
[OUT Q="...Ann Arbor, Michigan."]
(LOCATOR: ANN ARBOR, MI)
Nat Sot "There we go."
GEORGE HILL IS BACK IN HIS WORKSHOP AGAIN.
"It's a miracle, really."
IT'S A PLACE HE AVOIDED FOR YEARS. THE RETIRED UTILITY COMPANY WORKER
HAS PARKINSON'S DISEASE - A NEUROLOGICAL DISORDER THAT CAUSES SEVERE
TREMORS AMONG OTHER SYMPTOMS.
THE DISEASE ROBBED HILL OF A NORMAL LIFE - HIS HANDS SHOOK SO VIOLENTLY
HE COULDN'T FEED OR DRESS HIMSELF. HE COULDN'T BUILD THE INTRICATE MODEL
AIRPLANES THAT WERE HIS FAVORITE HOBBY.
S/U Drew Levinson Reporting
"George Hill's life changed, dramatically and for the better, when he
came here to the University of Michigan Hospital. He became the first
patient in the state to undergo a cutting-edge surgical procedure that
took away the tremors and gave him hope."
Nat Sot of drilling from Surgery Tape
IT'S CALLED DEEP BRAIN STIMULATION. NEUROSURGEONS'S INSERT AN ELECTRODE
INTO THE THALMUS, A PART OF THE BRAIN THAT CONTROLS MOVEMENT. A DEVICE
MUCH LIKE A HEART PACEMAKER DELIVERS A MILD ELECTRICAL CHARGE -
ESSENTIALLY SHORTING OUT THE NEURONS THAT CAUSE THE TREMORS.
Sot - Dr. Oren Sagher - Neurosurgeon Tape
"It's almost as if they're dead when the stimulation is on. It doesn't
cause them any damage, but that the stimulation is they are completely
Nat Sot "I want you to take this from me (cup in shaking hand.)"
THE PATIENT STAYS AWAKE DURING THE SURGERY. THE PROBE IS MOVED LITTLE
BY LITTLE AND THE VOLTAGE IS VARIED UNTIL THEY FIND THE MOST EFFECTIVE
"Hold your hand out for me.." (show hand not shaking much.)
THE NEW SURGERY, WHICH ALLOWS PATIENTS TO TURN THE DEVICE ON AND OFF,
IS AN ALTERNATIVE TO A PROCEDURE CALLED A THALAMOTOMY THAT PERMANENTLY
DESTROYS PART OF THE BRAIN.
(CHECK TIME HERE, CAN KILL BITE)
"Thalamotomies are forever. In other words, if there are any side
effects, or if you are not entirely happy with the results of it, you
really have no recourse. You've already done it."
Nat Sot George Hill - (glass in refrigerator.) "..before my operation,
I would never try that"
(tight of magnet on chest)
WHEN GEORGE TURNS HIS IMPLANT OFF, THE DIFFERENCE IS APPARENT, AND
(shot of two hands, one shaking, one not.)
THE SURGERY DOESN'T CURE THE DISEASE - IT'S CURRENTLY APPROVED ONLY TO
TREAT THE TREMBLING. STILL FOR PEOPLE LIKE GEORGE HILL
IT HELPS RESTORE SOME OF WHAT PARKINSON'S TOOK AWAY. DREW LEVINSON, CBS,
NEWS ANN ARBOR, MI.))[5-Laser]
A promising new technique could spare breast cancer patients the trauma of disfiguring surgery.
With the help of magnetic resonance imaging, or "M-R-I", doctors at the University of Arkansas are now able to insert a needle directly into the breast tumor.
A fiber optic wire attached to the needle then delivers laser heat, literally burning the tumor away.
As we said, the procedure offers promise, but it is not yet in widespread use.
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Wednesday means Hometown Hoops Weekly. here's Steve mason with a final four girls state basketball preview.
[IN Q=first audio]
[SUPER=01-Richard Thrasher/William Byrd Head Coach; :31]
[SUPER=03-Bristol/1997 Group 2A State Champ.; :37]
[SUPER=03-Vinton/Group 2A Quarterfinals; :43]
[SUPER=01-Andrea Gay/William Byrd Point Guard; :49(QUICK!!)]
[SUPER=04-1997 Group 2A Quarterfinals; :55]
[SUPER=03-Bassett/Last Night; 1:02]
[SUPER=01-Lisa Black/Bassett Head Coach; 1:10(QUICK!!)]
[SUPER=01-Heather Miller/Bassett Senior; 1:17]
[SUPER=01-Jim Robinson/Northside Head Coach; 1:33]
[OUT Q=...Hometown Hoops Weekly"]
Byrd is looking for it's third straight win over Turner Ashby, after beating the lady Knights in last year's state championship. The lady Terriers final four warm up came in the form of a down to the wire 54-48 win over Grundy last night.
Like Turner Ashby, Bassett's season ended at the hands of Byrd in a 66-50 loss in the quarterfinals last year. This year, the 26 and 1 Lady Bengals not only have the awesome Heather Miller, but an improved supporting cast that expects teams to key on their top player.
Northside coach Jim Robinson runs marathon's in his spare time. He's watched his Lady Vikings go on an incredible run, earning a state tournament berth before falling to Bassett.
The double A bracket pits 24 and OH Prince Edward County against the Lady Bengals Friday night at 7. Then at 8:30, Byrd battles Turner Ashby.
In single A25 and 2 Northwood is back. The Lady panthers lost to Glenvar is the state championship a season ago.
They will play George Mason at 3:30 Friday, just after the first semi final of the tourney between Sussex Central and J.J. Kelly at 2pm.
Farm Safety isn't often the first line of comedy, but when Jerry Carroll is in town, it ranks right up there.
Patrick Evans is with Carroll, who is a farmer-turned-comedian, in town for the Farm Bureau Convention.
[OQ="...news 7 at five."][5-Opera]
A Franklin County student will perform in an orchestra and opera company in Italy.
International judges chose 17-year old Josh Grisetti for a program called Operafestival di Roma.
He will study music with leading artists in Rome next summer and perform in Mozart's operas.
[IN Q=Of course]
((OF COURSE I'VE NEVER TRIED OPERA ... SOMETHING I CAN TRY.))
[SUPER=01-Josh Grisetti/Operafestival Participant;]
[OUT Q=can try]
Grisetti will also learn Italian as part of the month-long program.
But he says he needs donations in order to attend.
It costs 45-hundred-dollars.
[IN Q=He loves to act]
((HE LOVES TO ACT ... LOVES DOING IT.))
[SUPER=01-Kathy Carter/High School Choral Director;]
[OUT Q=loves doing it]
Grisetti hopes to attend college at the prestigious Juilliard School.