Today on News 7 at Five, senators decide whether Monica Lewinsky should testify in person.
And a hunter who killed his nephew faces the judge.
Quite a weather day which featured ice pellets, 40 mph winds, blowing rain and sun...all at the same time. Details ahead.
On healthcheck --
A Roanoke health program aimed at teenagers is honored for it's preventative approach to care.
Plus a nationally known psychotherapist is educating teens in Lynchburg about the dangers of diets.
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Hundreds of millions of dollars are headed for Virginia's tobacco growers. But when will they see the money?
Good afternoon, I'm Jean Jadhon.
The tobacco-growing states reached a deal today on how to divide a five-billion dollar fund intended to help farmers.
Christy Hubley joins us live in our Danville newsroom to tell us who's getting what and what Southside growers think about their share.
First of all, the five-billion dollar fund we're talking about was created last month as part of the landmark national tobacco settlement.
The cigarette companies-- including giants Philip Morris and R-J Reynolds-- will pay into the fund over 12-years.
Here's how the money will be split among the tobacco-growing states.
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North Carolina will get the most-- more than 38-percent of the money.
Kentucky is next with nearly 30-percent.
Tennessee and South Carolina will each get more than 7-percent of the fund.
Virginia will get 6-point-65 percent.
And Georgia-- nearly 6-percent.
The deal uses the 1998 basic quota set by the U-S Department of Agriculture as it's ruler for splitting up the money.
Most tobacco experts in Southside Virginia agree it's the fairest way to divvy up the fund, because it's based on each state's tobacco production.
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((C.D. BRYANT/CONCERNED FRIENDS OF TOBACCO: AND I WANT THE GROWERS TO UNDERSTAND THAT GOING BACK AND PICKING UP ADDITIONAL YEARS AND TAKING AN AVERAGE WOULDN'T REALLY MEAN A WHOLE LOT AT THIS PARTICULAR INSTANCE. NOW THE MONEY THAT YOU'RE GOING TO BE PAID ON AFTER IT COMES TO VIRGINIA, IT DOES MAKE A DIFFERENCE IF YOU GO BACK AND PICK UP THE YEARS THAT WE'VE LOST THE QUOTA ON.))
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The tobacco-growing states could start receiving payments from the fund as early as April.
But Bryant, with the Concerned Friends of Tobacco, says it will be months before Virginia's state leaders figure out how to dole out the cash to individual growers.
A Franklin County hunter who killed his nephew left court with reduced charges today.
37-year-old Hubert Wayne Hodges says he thought he was aiming at a deer last November.
But instead he shot his 24-year-old nephew, Toby Gearheart.
The victim was NOT wearing blaze orange.
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((SGT. RON HENRY/GAME WARDEN: UPON BEING ASKED, MR. HODGES SAID HE'D HAD NO DIFFERENCES WITH THE VICTIM AND THE VICTIM HAD RESIDED WITH HIM ON CERTAIN OCCASIONS AND THEY WERE THE BEST OF FRIENDS. UPON INVESTIGATION LATER I DID NOT FIND ANYTHING CONTRARY TO THAT.))
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Judge B-A Davis reduced a felony manslaughter charge to a misdemeanor -- reckless handling of a firearm.
Hodges had a previous unlawful wounding charge so he was also convicted of owning a firearm as a felon.
Tonight on News7 at six, we'll hear from Hodges.
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Virginia is set to execute a Chesterfield County man tonight at 9.
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23-year old Tony Leslie Fry is set to die by lethal injection for the 1994 slaying of an auto salesman in suburban Richmond.
Fry shot the salesman 11 times while out on a test drive of a Ford Explorer.
He then dragged his victim behind the vehicle by his necktie-- while the man was probably still alive.
Fry is NOT even bothering to ask for clemency from the Governor.
Later tonight, "48 Hours" profiles a program in Texas where the families of murder victims meet their killers, face-to-face, on death row.
Some say it brings more healing and closure than the execution itself.
Eric Earnhart has a preview of the broadcast on News 7 at 6, along with reaction from a noted author, and the wife of a slain Virginia State trooper.
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Faith Hill and Shania Twain could take home plenty of awards this year.
Still ahead, the nominees are announced for some big country music awards.
On Healthcheck, new reasons to quit smoking if you have a baby on the way.
And Patrick Evans joins us from a movie theater that's also a restaurant.
Americans will not see Monica Lewinsky testify-
Senators voted late this afternoon NOT to allow Lewinsky to testify before the senate and the world.
Lee Cowan reports.
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((REP. BILL MCCOLLUM/IMPEACHMENT MANAGER "_.there is new information, there is something new_"
IT WAS THE PLEA SOME SENATORS HAD FEARED - A REQUEST FROM
HOUSE MANGERS TO BRING MONICA LEWINSKY BACK TO WASHINGTON AND INTO THE
REP. ED BRYANT//R-TN
BUT IT DIDN'T HAPPEN.
AN OVERWELMING MAJORITY VOTING THERE WAS NO NEED TO HEAR FROM HER
IT WAS PART OF A THREE PRONGED MOTION REPUBLICANS PUT FORWARD ON
HOW TO DEAL WITH THIS WEEK'S DEPOSITIONS OF LEWINSKY, VERNON JORDAN, AND
LEWINSKY WAS THE ONLY WITNESS MANAGERS WANTED TO SEE LIVE -- THEY
WOULD SETTLE FOR VIDEOTAPED CLIPS OF THE OTHER TWO - BUT WANTED THE
COMPLETE TAPES AND TRANSCRIPTS ENTERED INTO EVIDENCE.
AND TAT THEY GOT.
FOR THE WHITE HOUSE ITS OBJECTIONS TO SEEING OR HEARING ANY
WITNESSES WERE BASED CLEARLY ON AN EFFORT AT DAMAGE CONTROL AND
BOLSTERED BY THE THREAT OF THE TRIAL BECOMING A RUNAWAY TRAIN.
GREGORY CRAIG//WHITE HOUSE COUNSEL "It will only postpone - nobody wants any longer."
IT HAD CLEARLY BEEN AN UPHILL FIGHT - EVEN THE MANAGERS
THEMSELVES ADMITTED THE QUESTIONING HAD PRODUCED FAR LESS THAN EXPECTED.
REP. LINDSEY GRAHAM//IMPEACHMENT MANAGER
"We didn't get everything we wanted, but who does in life?"
LEE COWAN//CBS NEWS ))
Both Virginia senators, Democrat Chuck Robb and Republican John Warner voted against calling Lewinsky as a witness.
It was a year ago this week that a military jet sliced a cable in Italy- sending a ski gondola to the ground- and 20 people to their deaths.
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Today a military judge began seating a jury for the court martial of Marine Pilot Richard Ashby.
The 31 year old was piloting the low flying jet when it sheared the cable.
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The gondola plunged nearly 4-hundred feet killing everyone aboard.
Ashby says the lift cables were not shown on military maps he used to plot out the training mission.
He could face 200 years in prison if convicted of involuntary manslaughter.
Jordan's King Hussein is expected to return home after undergoing cancer treatments at the Mayo Clinic in Rochest
Hussein's doctor said the King is in critical condition and expected to be back in Jordan by Friday.
The doctor said the 63-year-old monarch's condition ``has become
critical due to the failure of the function of internal organs.''
Hussein is being treated for non-Hodgkin's lymphoma.
You probably know her for the song "This Kiss"
Singer Faith Hill is the top nominee for the TNN- Country Music Awards with seven nominations.
Hill's album Faith is up for best album against Alan Jackson, George Strait the Dixie Chicks and Shania Twain.
((YOU'RE STILL THE ONE I RUN TO. THE ONLY ONE I DREAM OF.))
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Twain who wooed the crowd here in Roanoke last November is also up for best female artist.
Martina McBride who comes to Roanoke next weekend is also a contender for best female artist-
George Strait and Alan Jackson are also top nominees up for five awards each.
Food that appeals to your appetite, and films that appeal to the Academy. That's the idea, anyway.
Once upon a time, dinner and a movie meant going to TWO different places, but no longer.
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Patrick Evans reports on a new spot that offers up both food AND film all in one convenient locaiton.
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NASCAR's top drivers are ready for their first race this weekend. Mike Stevens has the starting lineup in a few minutes.
Today on health check -- can a pill help lower your cholesterol?
And a Roanoke teen program is rewarded for it's effort to improve health care.
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((CYRUS NASSERI/RAHP DIRECTOR: WE'VE BEEN ABLE TO SEE A DECREASE IN TEEN PREGNANCY IN ROANOKE CITY OF ABOUT 26-PERCENT SINCE THE START OF THE PROGRAM. ))
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If you're dieting, you have an eating disorder.
It sounds surprising, but that's the claim of a local psychotherapist who wrote the book on bulimia and anorexia.
She took her message to some area high school students today.
Steve Smallshaw reports.
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It's lunch-time in your average high school cafeteria.
Looks normal, but studies show within minutes of finishing, some of these students.. most likely girls.. will head to the bathroom and purge themselves of their entire meal.. all in the name of fashion.
16- year- old Hope Walters has been there.
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((HOPE WALTERS/FORMER BULIMIC-ANOREXIC: YOU GO GET A MAGAZINE AND YOU SEE ALL THE MODELS AND THAT'S JUST WHAT YOU WANT TO BE, LIKE THAT'S THE APPEARANCE, AND IT BECOMES REALLY OBSESSIVE ALL THE TIME. I'D CRY JUST BECAUSE I DIDN'T HAVE THE PERFECT BODY.))
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Hope is not alone.
Nationally-known psychotherapist Dr. Marlene Boskind-White says an epidemic of bulimia and anorexia is sweeping across the country.
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((THE STUDIES SHOW THAT THE MORE WEIGHT YOU LOSE, THE MORE DISSATISFIED YOU BECOME WITH YOUR BODY, IT'S NOT THE OTHER WAY AROUND.))
Boskind-White was in Lynchburg, holding a seminar for local counselors and talking with students at Virginia Episcopal School about the dangers of eating disorders.
((MARLENE BOSKIND-WHITE/EATING DISORDERS EXPERT: I HOPE I SCARED SOME OF THEM AND I HOPE THAT THOSE OF THEM THAT KNOW SOMEONE WITH AN EATING DISORDER WILL REACH OUT AND TAKE IT SERIOUSLY AND NOT JUST KIND OF TURN THE OTHER WAY AND PARTICIPATE IN THIS KIND OF INDIFFERENCE.))
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Boskind-White says there's a need for an in-your-face kind of activist who can focus national attention on the bulimia problem.
((BOSKIND-WHITE: WE WILL SPEND TIME SAVING THE WHALES AND THE SPOTTED OWL AND THE TREES, AND WHO'S TAKING RESPONSIBILITY FOR OUR DYING GIRLS, OUR STARVING, DYING GIRLS?))
[OUT Q=dying girls?]
Steve Smallshaw, News7, Lynchburg.[5-Teen-Center]
The teen health centers program in Roanoke beat out almost 300 health care organization for a national award.
The school-based centers won 20-thousand dollars from the Premier Cares Award.
The money will go to fund new equipment for the facilities that offer free preventative health care to over 10-thousand teens in the city.
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((CYRUS NASSERI/TEEN HEALTH CENTER DIRECTOR: OUR MICROSCOPES HERE AT HURT PARK AND AT PATRICK HENRY ARE OVER TEN YEARS OLD AND SO I SUSPECT THE BOARD WILL APPROPRIATE FUNDS FOR SOME NEW EQUIPMENT. FROM A SERVICE PERSPECTIVE WE WOULD LIKE TO INCREASE THE AMOUNT OF MENTAL HEALTH COUNSELING THAT WE ARE ABLE TO OFFER.))
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Right now the program employs one part time counselor who rotates through all three centers.
The teen health centers are located at Patrick Henry High School, William Rufner Middle school and Hurt Park.
A controversial medication to help lower cholesterol may be taken off the market.
Researchers say Cholestin has been shown to reduce cholesterol levels by 22-percent.
And unlike similar medications, this one's affordable.
But Cholestin is not getting rave reviews from the Food and Drug Administration.
The agency is fighting to have it classified as a drug.
A warning out today for pregnant women who smoke -- kick the habit, or risk losing your unborn child.
A study in today's New England Journal of Medicine found tobacco smokers were about twice as likely to miscarry as nonsmokers.
The rate of miscarriages among cocaine users was also high.
Welcome folks to the Thursday ticker and the start of 10 days worth of excitement at Daytona.
The Speedweeks excitement began off the track today as the 14 drivers who are eligible for Sunday's Bud Shootout all-star race drew starting positions for the 25 lap dash for cash.
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Since Budweiser is the sponsor, the drivers not so surprisingly picked Frogs off of a log and then peeled up the frog's tongue to discover their starting spot.
The race's defending champ Rusty Wallace will start on the pole.
Here's the starting grid.
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The winner of the preliminary Bud qualifying race will get that 15th spot in the main event - Bud Shootout, which you can watch Sunday at Noon right here on WDBJ-7.
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Also, keep in mind News 7 sports will have a half hour preseason NASCAR special coming your way Saturday at Noon. Join us for "Back to the Beach" and then stay with us for LIVE qualifying from Daytona.
With the emphasis on in-state recruits, Virginia Tech just completed a banner year in recruiting.
The Hokies signed 23 student athletes including 14 from the state. And for the first time ever, several national recruiting experts have listed the Hokies' recent class among the top 25 in the nation.
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And today is national women in sports day and the celebration is actually continuing through the weekend.
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Sunday at two you are invited to join the Tech women's team at home as it hosts LaSalle at Cassell Coliseum.
The game gets started at two, and afterwards you will have a chance to meet the players and talk with head coach Bonnie Henrickson.
Plus, all girls 18 and under get in for FREE!!
An update on the RU men's team tonight at six.
See you then everybody.
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A standoff between a man with a gun and Roanoke County police has ended...with the suspect in custody.
It all started just before 5, in the North Lakes subdivision.
Joe Dashiell is near the scene of the incident, on Lamplighter Drive. We'll have details on News 7 at 6.
A week ago, he was the owner of a small bait shop. Now he's a multi-millionaire.
Jim Sheets returned to his home in Harrison Tennessee today, 33 million, 277 thousand, 860 dollars richer, before taxes. He picked up his check in Atlanta Wednesday.
Sheets had the one winning ticket in last Saturday's Big Game.
It's the largest payout since the "Big Game" started five and a half years ago.