Tonight on News 7 at 5, the coldest weather of the season has arrived.
Local service agencies expect a busy night.
And some areas see the first snow cover of the season.
Now that winter has really arrived, what's next? Some snow showers tonight but real travel problems by Saturday morning.
In medical news --
A new cavity prevention means dental patient won't have to bristle at the thought of fillings.
Plus we'll hear from the mother of the Houston octuplets.
And doctors have found a use for the food borne bacteria salmonella.
News 7 at 5 is next.
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((WILLIAM CONKLIN/SALVATION ARMY LOT MGR.; WE GIVE THEM BED, BLANKETS, A HOT MEAL AND TRY TO MAKE THEM AS COMFORTABLE AS POSSIBLE.))
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The coldest weather of the season brings winter's bite to the region, and local service agencies get ready.
Good afternoon, I'm Keith Humphry. Jean Jadhon has the day off.
Southwest Virginians are getting their first real taste of Ol' Man Winter.
Despite the sunshine, people in downtown Roanoke were bundled up to protect themselves from the frigid temperatures.
Places like the Salvation Army's "Red Shield Lodge for Homeless Men" are doing the same, preparing for an overflow of homeless and others seeking shelter.
The beds are made and there are additional mattresses in case they exceed their capacity.
Volunteers are getting the dining areas set for guests to come in out of the cold.
Officials say their capacity is about 55, but they'll accommodate anyone who wants to keep warm and has nowhere else to go.
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((WILLIAM CONKLIN/LOT MANAGER; RATHER THAN TURN PEOPLE AWAY, I'D RATHER HAVE THEM COME IN AND GET WARM. THEY CAN AT LEAST HAVE A WARM BED AND WARM CLOTHING. WE CAN GIVE THEM A CUP OF HOT COFFEE, A WARM MEAL AND A PLACE TO SLEEP FOR THE NIGHT. THAT'S JUST FOR GUYS.))
((CAPT. CONNIE LONG/SALVATION ARMY; THEN ALSO WE HAVE OUR SHELTER WHICH IS NEXT DOOR FOR OUR HOMELESS AND BATTERED WOMEN AND CHILDREN. WE ALSO OPEN THAT UP FOR WOMEN AND CHILDREN IF NEED BE.))
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In the event of a power outage, gas heat and this fire place will used.
So the guests may be left in the dark but not out in the cold.
In Pulaski County-- some folks awoke not only to cold temperatures but snow.
About an inch of snow was on the ground.
The wind made it BITTERLY cold.
At around four o'clock this morning, the wind was blowing at 35 miles an hour---which made for wind chills of five t
o ten degrees below zero.
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We told you yesterday about the new Virginia State Police Sex Offender Registry.
You can search on the Internet and find convicted sex offenders who may live near you, and in most cases, see their pictures.
Since the website was made public yesterday afternoon, it has gotten more than 63-thousand "hits."
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Ellen Qualls is in our Richmond newsroom to put that in perspective.
Keith, each "hit" is a person logging onto the State Police home page.
NOT all are getting onto the sex offender registry.
If you get there, you can do as many searches as they want... under name, zip code, city, or whatever.
So far, the site has run an average of three searches per visitor.
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(( So State Police computer technicians were scrambling today to try to increase the capacity of the server.
Only 48 users can be on at one time.
At three p-m, it had been visited by almost 59-thousand users.
((COL. WAYNE HUGGINS/VIRGINIA STATE POLICE: PERSONALLY, I WAS THINKING FOUR TO FIVE THOUSAND. WE HAD DISCUSSED THIS WITH OURSELVES AND WITH OUR CONSULTANTS AND I THINK THE HIGHEST EXPECTATION I HEARD ANY OF OUR FOLKS VOICE WAS ABOUT 75-HUNDRED. I'D BEEN LESS THAN HONEST THAN TO TELL YOU THAT I THINK ALL OF US ARE JUST ABSOLUTELY AMAZED THAT THERE HAS BEEN THIS MUCH INTEREST.))
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Obviously once the initial curiosity stage is past, it will calm down.
Remember, you can get there from our website at WDBJ-7-dot-COM, through our Web Watch page.
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Keith, at SIX, we'll have more on the accuracy of the web site and some concerns that raises about innocent people getting hurt by a system that's aimed at protecting public safety.
The director of a home for troubled boys is being sued for sexual harassment by a former employee.
Sandy Gregory runs the Patrick Henry Boys and Girls Plantation in Brookneal.
A suit filed last week in Campbell County alleges Gregory exposed himself to and committed sexual battery on former choir director Laura Simmons.
Simmons left her job in December of 1997 after complaining about Gregory's conduct.
She's seeking 100- thousand dollars in damages.
It's the law. A woman cannot legally accuse her boss for sexual harrassment, if the company is small enough.
Allegheny County Judge Duncan Byrd will not hear Vicki Lynn Mitchem's claim.
She sued her former boss Durwood Counts at State Farm Insurance, saying he fired her for refusing to have sex with him.
But the judge threw out her case -- ruling federal and state laws do NOT apply to companies with fewer than five employees.
Her lawyer wants to take the case to the Virginia supreme court.
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Defense attorney Bruce Steen says he's pleased by the judge's ruling.
Lawmakers say human rights laws do not apply to small companies, because they could not afford the cost of defending a lawsuit.
It's consistently one of the highest rated programs on cable.
It has meant big bucks for the Roanoke Civic Center.
And it made cash registers ring this holiday season.
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Wrestling is back in a big way.
Between pay-per-view cable revenues, live wrestling events and merchandise sales, it's a Billion-dollar industry.
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(( IT'S TREMENDOUSLY POPULAR...
I HAVE KIDS COMING IN, I HAVE 40-YEAR OLD LADIES COMING IN ... LOOKING FOR WRESTLING STUFF ))
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Now that Monday night football is over, local bars expect their business to come from people watching "Monday Nitro" -- one of pro wrestling's marquee events.
We'll hear from wrestling fans -- and more from the
people who are cashing in on this craze -- tonight at six.
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As President Clinton leaves for a vacation, a new call for a full senate trial. The latest is just ahead on News 7.
And a grand jury hands down a new indictment in the Oklahoma City bombing. But the court isn't saying who's named.
And on Healthcheck ... salmonella is a deadly bacteria, but it could be used to saved lives, if the dose is right.
That's all coming up when the news continues.
An grand jury looking into claims of conspiracy --
surrounding the Oklahoma City bombing -- returned one indictment today.
And it called on the state to bring more charges against Timothy McVeigh and Terry Nichols.
Emory Bryan has the latest from Oklahoma.
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no new light was shed on DATE: 1995
the 1995 bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal building in Oklahoma
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"We cannot affirmatively state that absolutely nobody else was involved
in the bombing of the Alfred P. Murray federal building. However, we
have not been presented with or uncovered information sufficient to
indict any co-conspirators."
District Judge Bill Burkett read the 21 page report detailing the
bombing. It covered much of the same information presented in the trials
of Timothy McVeigh and Terry Nichols. Both men were convicted in federal
court of the bombing that killed 168 people and injured more than 500.
McVeigh received a death sentence, Nichols life in prison.
The grand jury rejected numerous conspiracy theories.
"We can state with assurance that we do not believe the federal
government had prior knowledge this horrible terrorist attack was going
to happen. We also do not believe this was a sting operation that went
to far or a terrorist attack conceived or financed by individuals
outside the country. This was an attack perpetrated by Americans on
A leading proponent of the grand jury investigation still believes the
report is incomplete and that key evidence has yet to be revealed.
"You can't put 1,034 fingerprints to rest. They should have been run
three and a half years ago. And they should have been brought out in
the trials that have already occurred. And they should have been brought
before this grand jury. It's an outrage that hasn't happened. It's an
outrage that we don't see the videotapes and the satellite surveillance
and many other things. It's an outrage.
A survivor of the bombing though-- believes the grand jury report is
"Let's put it to rest. It's time for us to move on."
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Iraq is claiming it shot down a western plane today, but U-S and British officials say that's nonsense.
Military officials say American warplanes DID fire missiles and laser-guided bombs at an Iraqi defense site, after it fired at least six missiles at British planes.
Senate leaders are hoping to complete their plans shortly, for President Clinton's impeachment trial. It could begin as soon as a week from tomorrow.
President Clinton and his family are in Hilton Head South Carolina, something they do every new year's eve. They left the White House earlier today.
As they did, another senator came out against calls for a censure instead of a trial.
Ohio Senator Mike DeWine says short-circuiting the trial would weaken the presidency, because President Clinton would never have the chance to win acquittal.
Taming wild animals may not be easy, but it can be done. That story is still ahead on News 7.
And J-93 reacts to the departure of "Slam Duncan", the D-J perhaps bes-known for "Bikes or Bust"
J-93 Radio says D-J Slam Duncan was NOT forced out of the station.
Duncan was the driving force behind the annual Bikes or Bust campaign. He announced his departure yesterday, but wouldn't comment on the circumstances.
Today General Manager Joe Conway said DUNCAN made the decision, after they couldn't agree on a new contract.
Conway commended Duncan for his work in the community and said he was sorry to see him go.
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What would you do if the power went out, or your bank account dissappeared at the end of 1999?
Computer consultant Donna Clephas expects problems, perhaps SERIOUS problems when the Y-2-K bug hits at the end of next year.
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Tonight we'll tell you how you can prepare as well... without building a survival bunker in the woods.
Details on News 7 at Six when "Battling the Bug" continues.
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The Cavs get ready for the Peach Bowl. Just ahead, Steve Mason is ready with a live report from Atlanta.
Today on health check --
we'll explain the benefits of salmonella.
And the mother of the Texas octuplets is home tonight after being released from the hospital this morning.
Doctors say her babies won't be long to follow her.
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We've seen her picture, now for the first time we get to hear from her. Tonya has the latest on the mother of the octuplets.
The mother of the octuplets says she feels blessed by the birth of her babies.
She went home today, leaving behind her seven surviving infants. They're all still in critical condition. She promises to visit them daily.
Lee Cowan reports.
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For a mother who spent three months in this hospital and given birth to
history, appearing before a media horde seemed alsmost simple. What put
her here is what she had asked for. She had been praying for a big
family...and she got it all at once.
SOT: Nkem Chukwu, Octuplets Mother
It wasn't easy, but I did it for the love I have for them 4:18 from
wheelchair to mike
Twenty seven year old Nkem Chukwu had worn the ordeal well. It had been
and continues to be touch and go. The smallest of the eight already
lost her battle with lung and heart trouble on Sunday. But for the
surviving seven there is guarded optomism.
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We're really feeling better and better....discharge 7 babies. 10:07
SOT: Nkem Chukwu,Mother
When I saw them for the first time...blessed me with. 6minutes in
Blessed, but not without help. Fertility drugs had worked, some doctors
would say too well. Something neither parent wanted to talk about.
SOT: Iyke Louis Udobi, Octuplets Father
Were giving glory to God, and we'll leave it at that.
But the position they're in now is not an enviable one. The babies are
expected to remain here for atleast another two to three months. Once
released, the family will need another home, another car and that's just
the beginning. As blessed as they insist they are, they in need of
help too and weren't ashamed to ask for it
SOT: Nkem Chukwu, Mother
I'm using this opportunity to ....they can do it. (8minutes)
Standup;: Some help has come in....
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Researchers in Europe may have found a new way to prevent bacteria from causing tooth decay.
They say they've created a synthetic protein that binds to teeth .. virtually blocking out the bacteria that cause cavities.
But the technique still needs more study--
and in the meantime, there's always the dentist's chair.
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Bacteria associated with food-born illnesses may someday be put to good use ... in the fight against cancer.
Researchers at Yale University say a genetically altered form of salmonella shrunk cancer tumors in mice.
By developing this new strain, scientists hope cancer patients will be able to undergo salmonella therapy .. without experiencing potentially
The Peach Bowl is now just a day away and the Virginia Cavaliers have made final preparations for their big matchup with the Georgia Bulldogs.
Steve Mason and the traveling News 7 sports crew now join us from Atlanta.
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A couple in the East Indian state of Bengal has disproven the experts.
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They've shown that tender loving care can tame the wildest of creatures.
Sukhra and Silvina Oraon run a wildlife rescue center.
They regularly adopt abandoned leopard cubs.
The couple feeds the cubs rice, tend to them when they are sick, play with them and even let them sleep on their bed.
When the cubs get older and become too big for the house, they are moved into cages at the rescue center.
The forest range provides leopards with the ideal habitat to give birth.
After giving birth, however, the leopards leave... taking with them only the strongest cubs of the litter, leaving the sick and weak ones to die.
Whenever the Oraons find abandoned cubs, they take them home.