News-7 at FIVE is straight ahead...
Murder suspect Earl Bramblett is on his way to Vinton tonight.
The FBI says there was no foreign involvement in the bombing in Olympic
And it's time to shear the tree.
The rain has moved out for the moment but may return later tomorrow and
Saturday. It gets warmer in the extended forecast as well.
Safety and airbags. The government wants to reduce the number of children
killed from the device.
Plus Group B Strep. It's an infection babies can catch from their mothers
during delivery. Now prevention is in the works.
((LOUIS FREEH/FBI DIRECTOR: WE HAVE NOT FOUND ANY EVIDENCE FOR INSTANCE OF ANY
INTERNATIONAL TERRORIST GROUP OR A SOPHISTICATED GROUP TARGETING THE OLYMPICS
OUT Q=THE OLYMPICS IN GENERAL."
FBI Director Louis Freeh says there is no sign of a foreign hand in the
Olympic Park Bombing.
GRAPHIC=news-7 at five
Good Evening this is NEWS-7 at Five, I'm Jean Jadhon.
Freeh told a Senate committee- there are hundreds of investigators working
on the case.
Meanwhile the FBI is searching a cabin where security guard Richard
Jewell lived before moving to Atlanta.
Yesterday agents spent hours combing through Jewell's apartment-
But the FBI says he is one of several possible suspects.
((LOUIS FREEH/FBI DIRECTOR: THERE ARE A NUMBER OF GOOD LEADS THAT THEY HAVE.
THERE ARE A NUMBER OF SUSPECTS THEY'RE LOOKING AT. ))
SUPER=01-Louis Freeh/FBI Director; 00-03! QUICK
OUT Q=THEY'RE LOOKING AT."
Freeh says sometimes suspects are brought forward and let go-
He says it's all part of the investigative process.
GRAPHIC=plane crash inv.
High seas off New York
SUPER=03-Off Long Island, NY;
are again keeping divers from searching for the remains of T-W-A Flight 800.
Investigators are also frustrated in the lab-
A source close to the probe says testing has turned up no evidence of bomb
residue on any wreckage so far.
Earl Bramblett is on his way back to Virginia tonight.
The 54-year old capital murder suspect was apprehended in South Carolina
just two days ago.
At first he indicated he intended to fight extradition to Virginia for the
murder of the Hodges family in Vinton two years ago.
Extradition proceedings could have lasted a couple of months.
This afternoon, however, Bramblett decided to go quietly, and he's expected
back in the Roanoke Valley sometime this evening.
Bramblett faces the death penalty if convicted as charged.
Opening day for the Old Belt tobacco market got off to a bittersweet start
in Danville this morning.
Teresa Hamilton was there and joins us now from our Danville newsroom.
Jean, Southside tobacco farmers have been expecting news like this for
Congressman L- F Payne told farmers this morning he expects the Food and
Drug Administration to make a move between now and the end of the year aimed at
IN Q=**Nat sound**
SUPER=01-Clarence Bryant/"Concerned Citizens for Tobacco"; :25
OUT Q=out of business.
Farmers appeared pleased with the price paid for the golden leaf but the
threat posed by the Food and Drug Administration placed a damper on spirits.
In an attempt to cut down on underage smoking, the FDA has indicated it
plans to impose restrictions on cigarette advertising.
The agency may also try to prohibit the sale of cigarettes in vending
IN Q=I can
((CLARENCE BRYANT/"CONCERNED FRIENDS FOR TOBACCO":I CAN ACCEPT IF SMOKERS OR
PEOPLE WHO USE TOBACCO SAY OK THIS IS A PRODUCT WE'RE NOT GOING TO USE ANYMORE,
IF THAT'S THE REASON I GO OUT OF BUSINESS, I CAN ACCEPT IT, BUT I CAN'T ACCEPT
THE GOVERNMENT TRYING TO REGULATE ME AND TO PUT ME OUT OF BUSINESS. ))
OUT Q=out of business.
If the FDA's regulations do make it through, don't expect any changes in the
Sources predict the FDA and tobacco companies will be battling it out in
court for some time.
double boxes jean/teresa
(So what was the price on tobacco today?)
Yokohama Tire has followed through with last week's announcement about
cutbacks at its Salem plant.
Today the company said it will lay off 44 people over the next few weeks to
adjust inventory and production levels.
The plant also began a one-week shutdown today.
This marks the first cuts at Yokohama since it acquired the Salem facility
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Straight ahead-- As the 1997 political season takes shape, Virginia
politicians are stumbling over each other to promote the environment.
And this may not be the Dream Team, but Mark Warner is having a ball trying
to make his quest for Senate in November a reality.
Plus airbags may soon have warning labels to help reduce child deaths and
injuries. The story tonight on Health Check. We'll be right back.
The Senate is expected to give the final Ok to welfare reform sometime
today- then it's on to President Clinton who says he will sign the bill.
But several dozen people protested the bill outside the White House.
((VETO NOW. VETO NOW. VETO NOW))
OUT Q=veto now (third time)
The National Organization for Women put on the rally-
Protestors say the bill is not welfare reform.
((WE'RE GONNA SPEND OUR TIME HERE BETWEEN NOW AND THE TIME HE ACTS ON THE BILL
TO TRY TO SPREAD THE TRUTH AND THE TRUTH IS THIS IS A BUDGET CUTTING BILL, NOT
A WELFARE REFORM BILL, CHEERS.))
SUPER=01-Patricia Ireland/NOW President;
OUT Q=REFORM BILL, CHEERS."
Some protestors plan to fast outside the White House gates tonight to
fight the measure.
Virginia politicians are going green.
Two major commissions on Virginia's environment have kicked off their work
in the last two days.
The Governor's Commission on Environmental Stewardship convened Tuesday,
less than a week after George Allen led a river clean-up effort down the James.
Today, the broad-ranging Commission on the Future of Virginia's Environment
began its work.
IN Q=I think
((SCOTT LEAKE/VA. GOP CAUCUS: I THINK SOMETIMES WE'VE CREATED TOO MANY OF
THEM. THEY'RE HARD TO KEEP TRACK OF. I DON'T THINK CITIZENS HAVE A LOT OF
OPPORTUNITY TO KNOW WHAT THEIR STATE GOVERNMENT'S DOING AFTER THE LEGISLATURE
LEAVES TOWN IN FEBRUARY OR MARCH.))
((PATTI JACKSON/JAMES RIVER ASSOCIATION: I HOPE THAT WE'RE GOING TO END UP
WITH SOMETHING VERY POSITIVE ABOUT THIS AND IT'S NOT GOING TO BE JUST A LOT OF
POLITICAL RHETORIC. BUT THAT REMAINS TO BE SEEN. ))
SUPER=01-Scott Leake/Va. GOP Caucus; :00
SUPER=01-Patti Jackson/James River Association; :15
OUT Q=be seen.
The Governor's Commission is chaired by the likely GOP candidate for
Governor next year, Jim Gilmore.
The legislative commission is led by Democratic Speaker of the House Tom
Mark Warner says despite his low numbers in a recent poll he won't resort to
negative ads to win more votes.
He was visiting teens and seniors at the Brambleton Center in Roanoke County
Earlier this week in a News-7 Mason Dixon poll less than 30 percent of
Virginians responded they would vote for the OTHER Warner.
SOT 15.03.09 - 15.03.14
IN Q=I think Virginians
((MARK WARNER/SENATORIAL CANDIDATE: I THINK VIRGINIANS WANT TO HAVE A REASON
TO HIRE SOMEBODY MORE THAN TO HEAR ABOUT REASONS WHY THEY SHOULD FIRE THE OTHER
SUPER=01-Mark Warner/Senatorial Candidate;
OUT Q=the other guy
Earlier in the day Warner made an appearance in Radford and got the
endorsement of the National Education Association.
While campaigning in the area, Warner showed that he isn't just politics.
He took a time-out from touring the center for a quick game of basketball.
groovy music under
Today is only the first day of August, so who wants to think about a
Up next, Patrick Evans takes us to a tree farm, where tree shearing is big
business. Stay tuned for Growin It.
stocks bump next
You're probably not thinking about Christmas Trees right now, but the
people who grow them are, and that's today's topic on Growin' It.
Patrick Evans has the story of "tree-shearing", which takes place during
the hottest months of the year.
IN Q=Today we're
SUPER=21-Patrick Evans; :00
SUPER=03-Bedford Co.; :10
SUPER=01-Bob Kennedy/Christmas Tree Farmer; :30
OUT Q=I'm Patrick Evans
SUPER=330-Partly Cloudy/Light Winds/60-64/Partly/Sunny/82-84;
SUPER=332-Clear Skies/Patchy Fog/52-55/Partly/Sunny/77-80;
health music under
Stick around for more NEWS-7 at FIVE--qualifying speeds and a Roanoke Rush
Preview-- that's coming up in tonight's ticker.
And on Health Check-- the threat of group "B" strep. It's a bacterial
infection babies can catch from their mothers during delivery.
health bump next
Topping tonight's Health Check-- the government wants to make air bags
safer for kids.
It wants car makers to post new warning labels inside vehicles and to have the
option of installing on-off switches for passenger side air bags.
The safety devices are blamed for the deaths of 22 children who've been
caught in the bag's p[ath while it snaps into place at speeds of up to 200
miles an hour.
Playskool is recalling thousands of infant carriers because children may
fall out of them.
The product is called the Fold N' Travel Carrier.
Playskool says it's received reports of infants tumbling out of the
carriers, including seven cases of babies who suffered serious head injuries.
The Fold 'N' Travel carriers can be adjusted for use as a rocker, feeder or
sleeper, and they fold up for storage.
If you have one, return it to Playskool or the store for a refund.
It's a common and serious infection that babies can catch from their mothers
It's called group B strep and it can cause mental retardation and even
death in babies.
Preventing babies from catching the
disease in the first place is the goal of new recommendations from the
American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.
Dr. Emily Senay Reports.
IN Q=It would be
SUPER=03-New York; :15
SUPER=01-Dr. Ian Holzman/Newborn Specialist; :21
SUPER=01-Dr. Joanne Stone/High-Risk Obstetrician; :48
SUPER=01-Dr. Emily Senay/Reporting; 1:49
OUT Q=Dr.E.S. CBS News, New York.
It would be a new mother's worst nightmare...having a perfectly
healthy baby that catches a disease during delivery and becomes sick. Not
many parents are aware of the threat of group b strep, a bacterial infection
that produces no symptoms in the mother but can be passed to the baby during
delivery with sometimes devastating consequences.
DR. IAN HOLZMAN/ NEWBORN SPECIALIST: MT. SINAI MEDICAL CENTER, NEW YORK CITY:
THIS IS AN INFECTION THAT BABIES CAN DIE FROM, UNFORTUNATELY.
IF NOT THEY CAN GET MENINGITIS AND GET BETTER AND THEY ARE AT RISK FOR LONG
TERM NERVOUS SYSTEM DAMAGE, HEARING DAMAGE AND MENTAL RETARDATION.
Close to 8 thousand newborns will get sick with group b strep and over
300 will die.
Between 10 and 30 percent of pregnant women carry the bacteria
which poses no threat to her health.
DR. JOANNE STONE, HIGH RISK OBSTETRICIAN: MT. SINAI MEDICAL CENTER, NEW YORK
CITY: IT'S AN ORGANISM THAT IS COMMONLY FOUND IN THE GI TRACT AND CAN
COLONIZE THE VAGINA AND STAY IN THE RECTUM.
Mother's with preterm labor, fever during labor or membranes that are
ruptured for longer than 18 hours are at higher risk of passing the infection
along. That risk can be greatly reduced if mother's are treated during labor.
But treating all pregnant women would mean 4 million mothers getting
antibiotics...most unnecessarily and this has been controversial.
DR. JOANNE STONE, HIGH RISK OBSTETRICIAN: MT. SINAI MEDICAL CENTER:
THERE ARE TWO DOWNSIDES TO TREATING EVERYBODY ARE IS THAT RESISTANT BACTERIA
CAN GROW AND SO THAT THE TREATMENT WON'T BE EFFECTIVE
ANYMORE. THE OTHER DOWNSIDE IS THAT WHILE IT'S UNCOMMON, WOMEN CAN HAVE A BAD
ALLERGIC REACTION TO THE TREATMENT.
The Center's for Disease Control and the American College of
Gynecology hope new guidelines will clarify which mother's should get
treated. And that this in turn will reduce the number of infants getting the
There are two options under the guidelines. The first is to treat all high
risk mother's. the second is to test all mother's late in pregnancy and treat
only those who actually have the bacteria.
DR. JOANNE STONE, HIGH RISK OBSTETRICIAN, MT. SINAI MEDICAL CENTER: SOME WOMEN
MAY ASK TO HAVE A CULTURE TAKEN EARLY IN PREGNANCY TO SEE
IF THEIR POSITIVE FOR THE BACTERIA AND ASK TO BE TREATED TO PREVENT THE
INFECTION. THE PROBLEM WITH THAT IS THAT IF YOU TREAT EARLY IN THE PREGNANCY IT
CAN COME BACK LATER ON.
Under the guidelines either option for preventing the infection is
acceptable so women can discuss with their doctors which option they are
In the future doctors hope a vaccine may be developed which would prevent
the disease entirely.
Dr. Emily Senay, for CBS News, New York.))
The diaper giant is changing its own product.
"The Wall Street Journal" reports Procter-and-Gamble plans to overhaul its
With a "breathable'' version of its Pampers, and an upgrade in its Luvs
They apparantly allow more air to get into the diaper without leaking and
reduce diaper rash.
Gone from the shelves will be the gender-specific versions.
P-and-G's diapers own 40 percent of the domestic market, while rival
Kimberly-Clark commands about a third of the market with its Huggies brand
Now it's time for sports-- The Roanoke Riverdawgs are in the playoffs--plus
qualifying results...let's check in with Mike Stevens for a full report.
Good afternoon folks and welcome to the Thursday ticker. This week's
Winston Cup race at Indy in on Saturday and not Sunday so, therefore qualifying
took place today at the Brickyard.
SUPER=03-Indianapolis, IN/ESPN; :00
And despite all of his injuries, Dale Earnhardt strapped himself inside the
Goodwrench Chevy and went out and did a great job qualifying the Goodwrench
Rick Mast, the 1994 pole winner at Indy was fast again qualifying 8th.
Mark Martin had the pole for much of the day as the Valvoline Ford turned a
lap at 175 point 9 miles an hour.
But with just six cars to go Jeff Gordon came out onto the track and blew
everybody away with a track record lap at 176 point 419 miles an hour.
IN Q="I HAD NO CLUE...
((JEFF GORDON/BRICKYARD 400 POLE WINNER:))
SUPER=01-Jeff Gordon/Brickyard 400 Pole Winner; :00
OUT Q=...THAT'S AWESOME."
Dale Jarrett qualified 24th despite hitting the wall in turn four. Now let's
check the entire top 25.
wipe to boards
SUPER=0107-1. Jeff Gordon/176.419/2. Mark Martin/175.922/3. Lake Speed//4. Ken
Schrader//5. Bobby Hillin Jr.;
SUPER=0107-6. Joe Nemechek//7. Bill Elliott//8. Rick Mast//9. Terry
Labonte//10. Greg Sacks;
SUPER=0107-11. Sterling Malin//12. Kyle Petty//13. Dale Earnhardt//14. Johnny
Benson//15. Ernie Irvan;
SUPER=0107-16. Hut Stricklin//17. Rusty Wallace//18. Wally Dallenbach//19.
Jeremy Mayfield//20. Jimmy Spencer;
SUPER=0107-21. Ted Musgrave//22. Brett Bodine//23. Bobby Labonte//24. Dale
Jarrett//25. Dick Trickle;
Stacy Compton was 44th fastest over five miles an hour off the pace at 171
miles an hour.
The Roanoke Rush opens the regular season this Saturday at Victory Stadium
against the Carolina Bobcats at 7pm.
Tomorrow night at 8, the Roanoke Riverdawgs open the first round of the
Premiere League playoffs at Victory Stadium, in their first appearance at the
IN Q=" I think
((MIKE DUNNE/RIVERDAWGS CENTER DEFENDER:))
SUPER=01-Mike Dunne/Riverdawgs Center Defender; :00
OUT Q=...we're a good team"
SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.; :00
Roanoke will play the Nashville Metros, a team the Riverdawgs have
already beaten twice this season.
((NATHAN FAIRCHILD/RIVERDAWGS MIDFIELDER:))
SUPER=01-Nathan Fairchild/Riverdawgs Midfielder; :00
OUT Q=...ready for the game"
That's it for sports, see ya at 6.
The winner of one Olympic race may never make it onto the Wheaties box, but
he may make it into a bath tub.
These athletes are rubber ducks.
Wausau, Wisconsin residents flocked to the river's edge as three-thousand
duck-athletes took to the water.
The ducks fought their way through the rapids, trying to win for their
IN Q=You have to
((DAVID MILLER/PROFESSIONAL DUCK HANDLER:YOU HAVE TO HOLLER HARD FOR YOUR DUCK
AND YOU HAVE TO HAVE A DUCK CALL TO CALL THEM IN. ))
SUPER=01-David Miller/Professional Duck Caller;
OUT Q=call them in
Some ducks were not as motivated as others, while some took the time to get
to know one an other.
But only one duck could bring home the gold.
IN Q=There it is
(toss to robin)
(ROBIN tosses to Jean)
What do Virginians think about the issues in the national spotlight?
The economy and financial future seem to be on the minds of citizens in
the Commonwealth these days.
And just what do we think about Medicare?
The latest numbers from our NEWS-7 Mason Dixon Poll plus more news of the
day, just 30-minutes away at 6.
Thanks for watching good night.