Next on News 7-
Another accident on I-81 backs up traffic at this hour-
And a school shooting in the Netherlands- the first in Dutch history.
Heading back to the mild weather story. Temperatures well into the 60s Wednesday. Details ahead.
In medical news, both federal and state authorities
say it is time for the government to step in after a report reveals thousands of people are killed each year by medical mistakes.
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A broken up school superintendent talks about yesterday's shooting in Fort Gibson Oklahoma- as students head back to class.
While classes did go on today in Fort Gibson- only about half of the students showed up.
Today authorities said the gun the 13-year old suspect used was purchased by his father.
Teresa Estacio has the latest.
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((Some smiles and laughter filled the air as kids flooded out of their
classes and into the brisk December afternoon a strikingly different
scene from the one just a day before when a student reportedly opened
fire on his classmates as they waited for the opening bell.
TEKA STEPHENS, PARENT:
In total, five received minor injuries.
The alleged shooter identified as Seth Trickey.
Authorities say the 13 year old fired off at least 15 rounds from a 9mm
handgun and seemed prepared to inflict more pain. People here still want
to know why.
RICHARD SLADER, POLICE CHIEF:
He had more ammunition on him. The emptied clip was found.
This tightly knit community formed protective arms around distraught
students and parents providing prayer sessions like this one last
night.. as well as plan a special town hall meeting this evening.
Back at school, the superintendent consumed with emotions at times
during a briefing, spoke about counseling services offered as how
students are coping.
Dr. Steve Wilmoth/Schools Superintendent:
The kids seem to be in fairly good spirits.
TERESA ESTACIO: While his classmates attempt to move on and enjoy the upcoming
holidays, 13 year old Seth Trickey will return to court to find out what charges he will face in connection to this crime. Teresa Estacio, CBS News, Fort Gibson, Oklahoma.))
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Gunfire rang out at another school today- but this one was in the Netherlands-- the first school shooting in Dutch history.
Police say a teenage student opened fire with a handgun today at a high school-- wounding a teacher and four classmates. Two of the students are in critical condition.
Police say the 17- year- old suspect fired more than ten times before surrendering to police.
School mates tell Dutch TV the suspect was upset about his sister's romance with another student and may have been trying to avenge her honor.
A tractor-trailer has overturned on interstate 81 in Botetourt County.
The accident happened about 40 minutes ago just north of Exit 168 past Buchanan.
State police say the truck ran off the road into a guardrail, so the northbound lanes are not blocked.
But traffic is moving slowly.
No word on whether anyone's been hurt.
Administrators at a Botetourt County adult home deny taking residents' money.
Richwood Acres serves 23 handicapped and elderly adults, who sign their monthly spending checks over to the home's owner.
But state licensing agents say in October, 12-hundred dollars was missing from residents' accounts.
Their money was not in the accounts for the month of November either.
After hearing from current and past employees, sheriff's deputies seized almost 50 documents from Richwood Acres.
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((TINA TENRET/NEWS7: THE PAST EMPLOYEE SAID SOMETIMES DEDUCTIONS ARE MADE FOR CIGARETTES AND THEY NEVER GET THEIR CIGARETTES OR HYGIENE PRODUCTS OR HAIRCUTS. LINDA HOUSMAN/CO-OWNER: I DON'T KNOW WHEN THAT WOULD BE. WHEN YOU HAVE A SMOKER YOU KNOW THEY'RE GOING TO GET THEIR CIGARETTES. LAUGHS.))
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Housman blames the problem on sloppy bookkeeping -- but the bookkeeper would not say where the money is.
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((TERESA ELLIS/BOOKKEEPER: I'M GOING TO HAVE TO ASK YOU TO LEAVE BECAUSE THE RESIDENTS, WE CAN'T HAVE THE RESIDENTS UPSET. WE'VE GOT SOME OLDER PEOPLE IN HERE AND I'M GOING TO HAVE TO ASK YOU TO LEAVE, FOR THE RESIDENTS' SAKE.))
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Detectives say they'll decide whether to file criminal charges within a couple weeks.
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Coming up next on the newscast, a man convicted of running a crime family in the Valley dies in prison,
and a former teller who embezzled money from a local bank learns today if she is going to prison.
The man they called Roanoke's Godfather of crime has died.
Joe Abbott was serving a 10-year sentence for racketeering.
He had pancreatic cancer and had been moved from the federal penitentiary in Petersburg to a hospital in Hopewell. He died Saturday at a prison hospital in Springfield, Missouri.
Joe Abbott was believed to be 61.
A teller who embezzled 83-thousand dollars from the Bank of Floyd will spend the next three years and four months in prison.
Karen Villarini (vil-uh-ree-nee) was sentenced today for embezzlement and money laundering.
Judge James Turk said if he'd been on the jury, he would NOT have voted to convict her of money laundering.
But the judge settled on a sentence in the MIDDLE of the guideline range, rather than the minimum.
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((JENNIE WAERING/PROSECUTOR: I THINK THE COURT HAD THE LINGERING FEELING THAT SHE HAD TRIED TO BLAME THIS ON SOMEONE ELSE, AND THE OVERWHELMING EVIDENCE WAS THAT SHE HAD COMMITTED THE CRIME OF EMBEZZLEMENT.))
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Villarini will have to begin paying 100-dollars a month in restitution when she gets out of prison.
Judge Turk gave her until January to report to prison.
They have coke and they're smiling at the Norfolk-Southern shops in Roanoke.
The railroad is rebuilding 725-coal cars -- turning them into "high top" COKE cars.
Coke is actually a byproduct of coal ... used in making steel.
It takes bigger rail cars to transport it.
N-S says there's a growing demand for coke in the United States.
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((ANTHONY WADE/NORFOLK SOUTHERN: THIS IS A PROMISING EVENT ON THE DOMESTIC SIDE OF THE COAL BUSINESS. THE INTERNATIONAL SIDE IS ANOTHER STORY. BUT STEELMAKING IS STILL GOING ON IN AMERICA AND WE WANT A FLEET TO SUPPORT THAT EFFORT.))
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International demand for coal has been slumping ever since last year's global economic crisis.
N-S laid off 110 people who made coal cars in April.
The railroad says those workers will not be recalled to work on the coke cars.
Patrick Evans has spent at least part of today spinning his wheels and driving around in circles. But he's not wasting any time. He's checking out a new go cart track.
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NASCAR mania has manifested itself in many ways, but the Go Cart craze is booming in Roanoke thanks to racing's popularity.
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A new indoor/outdoor track just opened, and Patrick Evans decided to take a spin inside what used to be a home improvement store.
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Coming up today in Sports, the man who replaced Ray Evernham as Jeff Gordon's crew chief finds there is no pot of gold at the end of the rainbow,
and on Health Check, a new device just approved for diabetics can take the sting out of gluclose monitoring.
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Last week, the National Academy of Sciences reported that 98 thousand Americans die unneccessarily each year from medical mistakes made by doctors.
Today, Virginia and federal authorities went after the most obvious offenders.
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Ellen Qualls is in our Richmond newsroom.
Jean, doctors who have lost their licenses seem like an obvious group to keep from seeing patients.
Today, the U-S Attorney's office in Richmond and the Virginia Attorney General announced "Operations Gatekeeper," aimed at just those folks-- who, amazingly, have treated patients in Virginia.
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(( Operation Gatekeeper is a multi-jurisdictional task force with the sole task of investigating and prosecuting medical practitioners who engage in fraud to get licenses or jobs in Virginia.
The gross example is a New York anesthesiologist, nabbed this summer in Richmond.
((ATTORNEY GENERAL MARK EARLEY: DR. LIPSIUS CAME IN AN PROVIDED INCORRECT INFORMATION ABOUT HIS BACKGROUND TO PRIVATE HEALTH CARE PROVIDERS IN VIRGINIA. HE WAS COMING FROM ANOTHER STATE. AND AS A RESULT, A NUMBER OF PATIENTS IN VIRGINIA WERE POTENTIALLY PUT IN DANGER BY HIS ACTIONS. HE HAD A DRUG ABUSE PROBLEM AND IT WAS OCCURING WITHIN THE MEDICAL SETTING.))
According to the federal indictment, Lipsius got his job at a Richmond anesthesiology practice after advertising himself on the Internet.
None of his convictions or indictments in New York were discovered.
So it wasn't until he served as supervising anesthesiologist for several patients over about a three week period that a nurse one day noticed he appeared "glassy-eyed, unstable, and weaving as he walked."
Turns out, he'd been found in New York by a security guard, passed out with a needle sticking out fo his arm.
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So now, he faces 15 federal counts, essentially fraud related for misrepresenting himself.
On the federal level President Clinton said after last week's report, it was time for the federal government to step in.
Lisa Hughes has the details from Washington.
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((Juanita DeButts wants someone to pay for what she calls a deadly
mistake. Two years ago-in a nursing home mix-up, her brother Fred was
given tranquilizers AGAINST doctors orders. He died, untreated, two
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In a new independent report, The Institute of Medicine estimates 44-to
98-thousand Americans are killed every year because of medical errors.
President Clinton has now ordered a federal task force to analyze the
report and come up with life-saving recommendations in the next 60 days.
Mr. Clintons also authorized 25-million dollars for research to improve
care and reduce mistakes.
(President Clinton: WE HAVE THE FINEST HEALTH CARE SYSTEM IN THE WORLD,
THE BEST PROFESSIONALS TO DELIVER THAT CARE. BUT TOO MANY FAMILIES HAVE
BEEN VICTIMS OF MEDICAL ERRORS THAT ARE AVOIDABLE; MISTAKES THAT ARE
(Lisa Hughes/ Washington, DC)
THE HOSPITAL INDUSTRY IS LAUNCHING ITS OWN EFFORT TO CUT DOWN THE NUMBER
OF MISTAKES-SENDING EVERY HOSPITAL IN THE COUNTRY INFORMATION ON
MEDICATIONHOW TO MAKE SURE PATIENTS GET ONLY WHAT THEY NEED AND HOW TO
AVOID POTENTIAL MIXUPS.)
(Dick Davidson/American Hospital Assoc.
11:49:41 THE INSTITUTE OF MEDICINE REPORT MAKES IT VERY CLEAR.WE CAN AND
WE MUST DO BETTER)
Congress seems to agree. Early next year, Senator Edward Kennedy expects
to introduce his own bill--requiring that hospitals notify state
governments about all mistakes that end in serious injury or death.
Lisa Hughes. CBS News. Washington, DC
Advisers for the Food and Drug Administration have approved a device that could allow some of America's 16 million diabetics to test their blood sugar levels painlessly.
The Glucowatch is designed to replace the painful finger prick tests they must currently use to check their glucose levels.
It works by sending tiny electric currents through the skin to measure the blood sugar levels every 20 minutes, even when the patient is asleep.
The Glucowatch sounds an alarm if levels hit a dangerous point.
However, the F-D-A panel says the watch is not perfect. It recommends patients always use a back-up finger prick before taking insulin.
Good evening everybody and welcome to the two minute sports ticker on this Tuesday night.
We begin with some racing news from the Jeff Gordon camp concerning the makeup of his crew. Only this time it's Gordon gaining a key member and not losing one.
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Robbie Loomis, who has spent his entire Winston Cup career with Richard Petty, serving the last nine years as the crew chief of the 43 car, today left Petty Enterprises to become Gordon's new crew chief.
Loomis's arrival means that Virginia Tech graduate and Stuarts Draft native Brian Whitesell will now serve as team manager for the 24 car.
The Virginia Tech men's basketball team improved to 4 and 1 on the season last night, beating VMI 65-46 in Lexington.
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The Hokies got 14 points out of David Whaley, who tallied all but two of his career high in the first half. He was the brightest spot for Tech in the first 20 minutes. The Hokies lead at the half 23-17.
VMI tied a school record for fewest points scored in a half at Cameron and frustrated their coach by shooting 53 percent from the line and 29 percent from the floor.
Tech's Dennis Mims elevated his game in the second half, scoring 13 of his 17 after intermission. Tech improves to 4 and 1 while VMI falls to 5 and 3.
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And coming up this weekend, Your Hometown Station is loaded is loaded with college basketball on Saturday afternoon as Michigan State takes on Arizona at two o'clock.
And then right after that one the Duke Blue Devils hook up with Michigan right here on WDBJ-7.
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And Sunday the NFL action comes right at you at one with the high flying Colts taking on the desperate Patriots at one.
Take care everybody and have a safe night.
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Singer Cliff Richard is sitting atop the British music charts these days, making the 90's the fourth straight decade he's had a number one record.
He did it this time with a new twist on an old song.
Richard Roth reports.
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((NARR: AS NATIONAL INSTITUTIONS GO, HE'S RIGHT UP THERE WITH THE QUEEN,
WHO EVEN GAVE HIM A KNIGHTHOOD FOUR YEARS AGO.
NAT SOT: really old stuff, b&w
NARR: THE FACT IS, CLIFF RICHARD HAS BEEN TURNING OUT HITS FOR
FORTY-ONE YEARS, WITH A NUMBER-ONE SINGLE IN EVERY DECADE SINCE THE
BUT IT WASN'T A COMPLETE SURPRISE WHEN CRITICS PANNED HIS LATEST
RELEASE, AND MOST RADIO STATIONS REFUSED TO PLAY IT.
NAT SOT: our father who art in heaven....
NARR: CALLED "THE MILLENNIUM PRAYER," IT PUTS THE WORDS OF THE LORD'S
PRAYER TO THE TUNE OF AULD LANG SYNE, AN IDEA EVEN RICHARD SAYS AT FIRST
HAD NO APPEAL.
SOT RICHARD: if you were to say auld lang syne to the lord's prayer you
do feel like uhh (gagging gesture), but when you hear it combined, it
isn't like that.
NARR: WHAT IT IS LIKE, HE SAYS, IS AN ANTHEM FOR THE MILLENNIUM. AND
DESPITE THE CRITICS AND THE RADIO BOYCOTT, IT'S BECOME A HUGE SUCCESS --
NO SURPRISE TO THE 59-YEAR OLD SINGER THEY CALL THE PETER PAN OF BRITISH
SOT RICHARD: everyone has always said of me in britain they consider me
bland and predictable and i've defied them over and over again.
NARR: NOW THE TUNE'S SURGED PAST PUFF DADDY AND BOYZONE, TO BECOME
BRITAIN'S LATEST NUMBER ONE.
NAT SOT: he's a legend, he's back, he's sir cliff richard!!!
NARR: AND JUST THINK: THEY SAID HE DIDN'T HAVE A PRAYER.
RICHARD ROTH CBS NEWS LONDON