Next on News 7- Congress continues to debate the future of health care in America. We'll have an update.
and two people are seriously injured when a gas pump explodes at a local gas station.
One more sunny effort and then clouds and showers by late Saturday. The full weather details in a few moments.
An event to build relationships between faith and health is coming to Roanoke.
And a tremendous settlement is awarded in a lawsuit against the makers of the diet drug Fen phen.
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An employee at a Wythe County truck stop suffered severe burns this morning when a gas pump he was working on exploded.
It happened at the Flying J- Truck stop, near Fort Chiswell around nine-thirty.
Authorities say the employee was changing a filter on a gas pump-- and that it apparently exploded when a camper pulled in somehow igniting the fumes.
Sheriff's officials have not yet released the victim's name but say he suffered second and third degree burns over 50- percent of his body.
Another man who tried to help the victim was also injured.
His son is wanted for the killing of a North Carolina family. Today a plea from father to son- to come home- and turn himself in.
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((TIM LIPPARD/SUSPECT'S FATHER: I DO KNOW THAT RUNNING AWAY IS NOT THE ANSWER TO THIS. IT'S ONLY GONNA RESULT IN YOU OR SOMEONE ELSE GETTING HURT. IF YOU'RE WORRIED ABOUT COMING IN SAFE, CALL ME. SOME OF THESE PEOPLE ARE GOOD PEOPLE. I'LL COME WITH THEM AND PICK YOU UP.))
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Chris Lippard is wanted in connection with the murder of five members of the Earl Phillips family
Lippard has been a fugitive since the murders last week.
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Still to come on the newscast, Lynchburg residents are asked to rebuild city stadium brick by brick,
Also the 60 million dollar donation of a Hungarian immigrant means the Smithsonian Institute can build a new Air and Space museum.
On Health Check, former users of a controversial diet drug could get a nearly four BILLION dollar settlement from its maker.
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and the Presidential race could have a new runner. Stay with us.
Time is running out to raise money for renovating Lynchburg's dilapidated minor league baseball stadium.
Organizers have about 3- point- 3 million dollars on hand.. three million of that came from city coffers.
But their goal is five million- which would pay for a complete makeover with luxury boxes and more seating.
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((PAUL SUNWALL/HILLCATS GENERAL MANAGER: FOR THE PAST SIXTY YEARS IT HAS SERVED US WELL, BUT THE TIME HAS COME FOR CHANGES. THE RENOVATED FACILITY WILL PROVIDE THE NECESSARY AMENITIES FOR THE FANS AND THE PLAYERS ALONG WITH OUR STAFF AND THE HANDICAPPED AND OTHERS THAT MAYBE HAVE A TOUGH TIME GETTING OUT HERE.))
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Officials need to raise another one and a half million dollars by December 31st to meet their goal.
They're hoping a corporate sponsor will step forward and make a large donation in exchange for having the new ballpark named after them.
A hundred bucks will buy you your own engraved brick for the new walkway outside the stadium.
Talk about big donations- a 60-million dollar gift is lifting the spirits at the Smithsonian Institute.
The Institute's largest individual gift is to build a new National Air and Space Museum.
Lee Cowan has more.
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((AMERICA'S HISTORY OF FLIGHT IS ABOUT TO GET AN
IMPRESSIVE NEW HOME, THANKS TO THE GENEROSITY OF SOME VERY RICH PEOPLE,
INCLUDING A HUNGARIAN IMMIGRANT WHO TODAY MADE A HUGE DONATION. LEE
COWAN WAS THERE.
Just outside suburban Washington, America's aviation history is
in a tail spin.
Planes sit in antiquated hangers with no humidity controls, no
air conditioning, and only a few of the buildings are heated.
But that is all about to change.
"Thank you Mr. Hazy." (applause)
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At the Smithsonian's Air and Space Museum - a Hungarian immigrant
surprised even the museum's top benefactors -- announcing he would
donate some $60 million dollars, to give history a place to land.
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"I've had a life long love and passion for aviation, and I've been
successful at it.//12:24:51
"This is a small way of giving back to America what I've been able to
It is the single largest donation in the Smithsonian's 153 year
history - made by a man who has amassed an 18 billion dollar fortune by
leasing planes he owns, to major airlines.
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The donation will pay for nearly half the cost of building a new
museum, one so large it could even have it's own weather.
It will house some 180 planes - including the SR-71 blackbird,
the fastest and highest flying plane ever built.
There will even be enough room for the Shuttle Enterprise - now sitting
where no on can see it.
COWAN ON CAM:
"Aviation history certainly needs a place to spread its wings. Out of
the hundreds of exhibits already on display at the National Air and
Space Museum, it still represents a mere 10 percent of the Smithsonian's
The rest remains here waiting for a new home. Construction on the
new facility will begin next Spring on a plot of land near Dulles
International Airport and is expected to be finished by 2003 - the 100th
anniversary of the Wright Brother's first flight.
Another mile stone in aviation, made possible by a little history
on the ground. Lee Cowan, CBS News, Washington.))
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Many people complain about it the high cost of health insurance the high number of uninsured and the power that health insurance companies wield over patient care and even sometimes doctors wishes.
Tonight the house passes the Patients Bill of Rights.
Lisa Hughes has more.
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[SUPER=01 Rep. Dennis Hastert/(R) House Speaker;]
[SUPER=01 Rep. Bill Thomas/(R) California;]
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((The issue before the House is liability what recourse should a
patient have if an HMO or insurance company denies medical care strictly
because of cost.
REP. PATRICK KENNEDY D RI
WE'RE HAVING PEOPLE WITH NO MEDICAL EDUCATION WHATSOEVER, NEVER WENT TO MEDICAL SCHOOL, THEY'RE THE ONES MAKING MEDICAL DECISIONS, AND THAT'S CRIMINAL.
All four plans debated would allow doctors to discuss treatments with patients more freely.
allow patients to go to an emergency room without prior approval. and
And set up a review process for patients who think they've been wrongly denied treatment.
REP. DENNIS HASTERT/HOUSE SPEAKER:
THE DIFFERENCE IN THESE BILLS IS HOW FAR YOU GO.
Specifically whether patients should be allowed to sue for damages. President Clinton calls it a question of accountability.
CLINTON, THE ISSUE IS WHETHER WE'RE GOING TO GIVE THE AMERICAN
PEOPLE ADEQUATE PROTECTIONS.
And at what cost. The leading bi partisan proposal supported by the
White House would allow patients to sue HMOs and insurance companies
in federal AND state court. But opponents warn courtroom costs could
also drive up the cost of health care.
REP. BILL THOMAS/R CALIFORNIA
IF YOU WANT TO FIND A TRIAL LAWYER, FOLLOW AN AMBULANCE
REP. THOMAS BLILEY/R VIRGINIA WE NEED CARE, NOT COURTS))
This weekend is a big one for horse lovers in the region. Patrick Evans has all the details.
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Horse lovers from around the state will be gathering for a special event this Sunday in Forest, Virginia.
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And that's just where we find Patrick Evans, who says this event is about more than watching the horses.
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Coming up in Sports, another major league manager gets the ax. Roy Stanley will let us know who it is in today's Ticker.
On Health Check, the makers of a once popular diet drug offer a multi-BILLION settlement
And an upcoming health symposium in Roanoke is generating interest in the community.
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((DR. PAUL DALLAS/CONGREGATIONAL NURSING PROGRAM: PEOPLE ARE INTERESTED IN THESE THINGS, THEY WANT MORE THAN JUST BEING ABLE TO GO TO THE DOCTOR, TAKE A PILL OR GET A BLOOD TEST DONE.))
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The maker of the diet drug Fenphen agreed today to pay 3-point-75 BILLION dollars to settle thousands of lawsuits filed by patients who used the drug.
About eight thousand people filed 41 hundred suits against American Home Products.
They blame the drug for health problems including leaking heart valves.
The settlement will go to people who say they were injured and for future medical monitoring for those who are still healthy.
If approved by a judge, payments could begin later this year.
Many medically underserved people in Southwest Virginia are finding care with the help of a program that joins church and hospital.
Congregational nursing through Carilion brings nurses into church communities throughout the region.
It's just one program that does so, and will be featured next week at the first Faith-Health symposium at Roanoke College.
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((DR. PAUL DALLAS/CONGREGATIONAL NURSING PROGRAM: MEDICINE IS SPIRITUAL, MEDICINE IS PSYCHOLOGICAL, MEDICINE IS SOCIAL AND MEDICINE IS PHYSICAL, SO IF YOU CAN WELD OR MARRY ALL THOSE THINGS TOGETHER, YOU APPROACH THE PERSON IN A VERY HOLISTIC WAY.))
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That's the mission of congregational nursing.
Doctor Dallas says at first the logistics of how a nurse in church would work was questioned, but now nurses, like Mararget Ursprung are well received.
Ursprung says medical attention is needed universally, whether it be in the middle class neighborhood of Grandin Court's Rosalind Hills Baptist Church where she targets families who children have special needs.
Or Loudon Avenue Christian Church designated as medically underserved where she focuses on individual financial medical concerns.
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((MARGARET URSPRUNG/CONGREGATIONAL NURSE: ONE PARTICULAR WOMAN HAD NOT GONE TO THE DOCTOR IN YEARS BECAUSE SHE COULD NOT AFFORD HER MEDICARE DEDUCTIBLE, SO I MADE AN APPOINTMENT WITH HER WITH ROANOKE SALEM CLINIC, SHE GOT HER PRESCRIPTIONS.))
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And there are hundreds of others whose health is improving with programs that integrate religion into conventional medicine.
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((MARGARET URSPRUNG/CONGREGATIONAL NURSE: I CAN GIVE YOU NUMBERS AND STATISTICS AND PROGRAMS THAT WE DO, BUT THE REAL SATISFACTION AND THE REAL SUCCESS OF THE PROGRAM IS TAKING ONE INDIVIDUAL AND SAYING THIS IS HOW WE HELPED THAT PERSON.))
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The symposium, Faith, Health and Community Life takes place October 12th and 13th in Olin Hall on the Roanoke College campus.
The event is open to the public and now free due to some additional grant money just received, but reservations are still required.
Pilots on a medical mercy mission say the weather will have to improve before they can land at the South Pole.
They're trying to pick up Doctor Jerri Nielsen from a polar research station so she can be brought back to the U-S for breast cancer treatments.
Nielsen is the station's only doctor and has been treating herself with chemotherapy since July.
Her condition has apparently worsened, but it could be two weeks before the brutal artic weather will clear enough for the rescue mission to land.
In addition to ice, snow, and strong winds, the cold temperature is a big factor.
Today in Sports, the Baltimore Orioles make a change at the top.
With that here's Roy Stanley.[S5-Miller]
Thank you ladies and good afternoon everybody and welcome to the two minute ticker.
We start today in Baltimore where the Orioles are making some changes.
Orioles owner Peter Angelos said today that manager Ray Miller has been fired.
It's not really a surprise considering the fact that the Orioles have the highest payrolls in baseball and wound up their second straight sub 500 season under Miller.
Baltimore finished the season at 78 and 84. And the Orioles decided not to exercise the third year option on his contract.
Meantime, The Major League Baseball playoffs continued last night.
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The fireworks exploded in Cleveland last night as the Indians hosted the Boston Redsox.
Cleveland would win the game 3 to 2 when Travis Fryman hit a bases loaded single in the bottom of the ninth. The Indians take a one games to none lead in the playoff series.
Atlanta evened its series with Houston and one game each. Kevin Millwood pitched a complete game one hitter and struck out 8 as the Braves beat the Astros 5 to 1.
And in Phoenix the Diamondbacks beat the Mets 7 to 1 and that series is also tied at 1.
The Virginia Cavaliers host winless Duke this Saturday in a one o'clock kick off at Scott Stadium in Charlottesville.
Former UVa quarterback Aaron Brooks was roaming the sidelines during this past weekends Tech/UVa game. Brooks watched his first cousin Michael Vick pass for over 200 yards and a touchdown. The pair held a brief family reunion after the game. Brooks is trying to pass on his football knowledge to Vick while
[SUPER=03-San Francisco, CA/January 3, 1999;]Green Bay Packer quarterback Brett Favre is doing the same thing for Brook
s in his rookie season with the Pack.
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Florida State will play Saturday without two of its top receivers more on that at six and Jean will be back in a moment.
A Danville elementary school teacher THOUGHT she was going to a school assembly ... but the event turned out to be a scream when she got a big surprise.
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Tomeka Campbell ... a third grade teacher at Park Avenue School ... got 25-thousand dollars and some ear-piercing support from her students.
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Campbell is one of eight teachers in the state being surprised with awards for excellence in education this week.
She was selected by the Milken Family Foundation to receive the award ... out of 250 other contenders.
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((TOMEKA CAMPBELL: I JUST WANT TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN CHILDREN'S LIVES. THAT'S WHY I STARTED TEACHING AND THAT'S WHAT I'LL CONTINUE TO DO AND I REALLY APPRECIATE THIS. ))
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Campbell says she doesn't know what she'll do with the money.
She had the rest of the day to think about it ... the school found her a substitute teacher.
A late entry could trump the other presidential contenders.
Tycoon Donald Trump is considering a run at the White House.
He said today he has a could chance of winning not only the Reform Party nomination, but the presidency as well.
The real estate magnate is meeting tonight with Minnesota Governor Jesse Ventura who is the party's leading elected
Trump says he will decide if he will seek the nomination by January or February.