Tens of thousands of people are out of their homes because of rising waters
along the Ohio River.
And educators at schools in Bedford County and Vinton combat a dysentery
Stay with us News 7 at Noon is next.
Health officials are trying to contain an outbreak of dysentery.
With more than 14 cases reported-- a Vinton daycare center, and a Bedford
County elementary school are trying to give youngsters a crash course in
SUPER=03-Bedford Co.; :
Dysentery is a (FEE-kal) fecal oral infection often caused by poor
Symptoms include severe stomach upset and high fever.
At Stewartsville Elementary School, children are cautioned to be extra
careful washing their hands after using the restroom.
And school supplies are no longer being shared.
IN Q=We're zealously
((JOHN HICKS/PRINCIPAL: WE'RE ZEALOUSLY CLEANING ALL RESTROOM FACILITIES,
FIXTURES, LIGHT SWITCHES, DOOR KNOBS, ANYTHING THAT MORE THAN ONE STUDENT MAY
HAVE TOUCHED. WE'RE CLEANING IT AS OFTEN AS WE POSSIBLY CAN WITH ANTIBACTERIAL
SUPER=01-John Hicks/Stewartsville Elementary Principal; :
Health officials say that's about all they can do.
Once a few days go by, with no new cases reported, they'll consider the
outbreak to be over.
The flooded Ohio River continues to devastate communities in four states
this afternoon, with more rain on the way and the river still rising.
Byron Harlan reports from Cincinnati.
SUPER=01-Byron Harlan/Reporting; 1:16
Cincinnati saw the river crest at over 64 feet early today. that's almost as
high as the water rose in 1964 when it hit the 66 foot mark. synergy stadium,
formerly riverfront stadium, is now part of the river.
And it's raining again in some parts of the region, prompting fears that the
worst may be yet to come. sandbagging is underway in kentucky communities
where the river won't crest until tomorrow or friday. the town of west point,
for example, is almost completely under water.
These pictures from covington this morning are typical-- vehicles and
businesses immersed in record flood waters.
Vice President Gore tours the area today, to get a first hand assessment of
the many counties that have been declared federal disaster areas.
That declaration will help people get back on their feet once the cleanup
begins in earnest.
But for the next couple of days, simple survival will be everyone's
main concern, as thousands of people in four states reflect on their losses.
Byron Harlan CBS News, Cincinnati.))
President Clinton is again urging Congress to ban so-called "Cop- Killer
bullets,--" bullets that can pierce body armor.
At a White House ceremony this morning, he also called for a law that would
bar non-immigrant foreigners from purchasing guns.
SUPER=03-New York, NY/February 25;
Mr. Clinton's action is in response to the Empire State Building shooting.
Last month a Palestinian teacher, who had entered the U-S on a tourist visa,
shot seven people on the observation deck.
IN Q=I call on Congress to pass....
OUT Q=In the United States
The President also signed a directive mandating child-safety locks on
A single car accident on Interstate 81 yesterday killed a Roanoke man.
State Troopers say Mark Steven Landau was traveling at the speed limit in
the right lane when he lost control of his car and slid into the median.
IN Q=the car ran
((JEFF ROSE/STATE TROOPER: THE CAR RAN OFF INTO THE MEDIAN STRIP FOR A
CONSIDERABLE DISTANCE, AND STRUCK THE GUARDRAIL. A 43 YEAR OLD MAN WAS KILLED
SUPER=01-Jeff Rose/Virginia State Police;
The car slid sideways for more than 100 yards until the driver's side of the
car rammed into the end of the guardrail.
State police say no other vehicles were involved.
Seventy-five employees may find themselves out of work if a Roanoke company
When asked about a possible shutdown, a spokesman for Shorewood Packaging
said "it's something we're looking at."
But Howard Liebman, reached at the company's New York headquarters, declined
to give any details.
Shorewood makes covers for compact disks.
It has a distribution facility in the Statesman Industrial Park off route
That's in northeast Roanoke.
The company is publicly traded on NASDAQ.
Financial reports on Shorewood have high praise for the company.
The President of Switzerland has announced plans to set up a five BILLION
dollar fund for Holocaust victims.
His suggestion today is being seen as a victory for international groups who
have long said Swiss banks still hold money belonging to murdered Jews.
Several investigations are under way to try to find the missing money and to
re-examine Switzerland's role in World War Two.
The board of a Covington battered women's shelter is investigating
accusations of sexual harrassment within the organization.
Eric Earnhart has more.
IN Q=It was created as a
SUPER=01-Melanie White/Former Shelter Director; :18
OUT Q=E.E., News 7
(( The location of Covington's safehome shelter is a secret. It was created
as a place of safety and protection...
But former shelter director Melanie White says no one protected her, when
she accused a member of the shelter's board of directors of sexual harassment.
IN Q=I noticed I
((MELANIE WHITE/FORMER SHELTER DIRECTOR; I NOTICED I WAS GETTING CALLS FROM A
PERSON ON THE BOARD AND THEY WERE IN A SEXUAL NATURE AND THAT DISTURBED ME.))
OUT Q=that disturbed me
White says she rejected the advances, but they continued, and escalated.
IN Q=He came to my new apartment
((MELANIE WHITE/FORMER SHELTER DIRECTOR; HE CAME TO MY NEW APARTMENT, HADN'T
BEEN THERE MORE THAN A WEEK, INTOXICATED, AND FORCED ME ON MY COUCH, AND IT
TOOK ALL MY STRENGTH TO FIGHT HIM OFF.))
OUT Q=fight him off
She says she went to the chairman of the board, who referred her to another
board member, who referred her to the man's supervisor, who told her it would
be taken care of.
White says nothing was done, and the harassment continued.
While this was going on, White says she noticed another board member making
frequent visits to a woman who was staying at the shelter.
IN Q=he would come
((MELANIE WHITE/FORMER SHELTER DIRECTOR; HE WOULD COME OVER TO THE SHELTER WHEN
I WASN'T THERE, OR COME TO THE SHELTER WHEN I WAS THERE AND SAY HE WAS THERE
FOR BUSINESS OR SOMETHING ELSE.))
OUT Q=something else
The resident talked to a shelter employee about those visits.
The employee, who no longer works there, asked that we conceal her identity
to protect her current job.
IN Q=this resident
((FORMER SHELTER EMPLOYEE; THIS RESIDENT CAME TO US STATING THAT HE WAS MAKING
THE MOVE ON HER, AND I MEAN THERE WAS SUPPOSEDLY KISSING INVOLVED, AND BOTH
PEOPLE WERE MARRIED.))
OUT Q=people were married
We talked to the woman by phone ... she told us the advances made her very
uncomfortable saying "I've been through so much, it really scared me and I
didn't know what to make of it."
White says the board was told about the incidents, but never took action.
Neither of the men accused is on the shelter board now.
One resigned last year, and another says he left the board when his term
We've spoken with both men by phone about the allegations, both say none of
it is true.
An attorney for the shelter board told us the board is now conducting an
internal investigation into the accusations.
Eric Earnhart, News 7.))
A Clifton Forge nursing home passed a state inspection.
It had previously lost its Medicaid certification.
SUPER=03-Clifton Forge/November 1996
The state told officials at Shenandoah Manor that it IS in compliance with
state standards for Medicaid funding.
The home lost its government funding last December after failing an
That forced some residents to move.
Shenandoah Manor hopes to begin accepting Medicaid patients again within
The Roanoke chapter of the N- Double-A-C-P is urging its members to support
a national boycott of ten major hotel chains.
At a news conference this morning, local leaders said they support the
And chapter president Martin Jeffrey said the group hopes to open a
dialogue with local hotel operators in an effort to improve employment and
IN Q=Because it's all about economics
((MARTIN JEFFREY/ROANOKE NAACP PRESIDENT: BECAUSE IT'S ALL ABOUT ECONOMICS ANY
MORE. THAT'S THE BOTTOM LINE ANY MORE. IF WE BEGIN FLEXING OUR SUBSTANTIAL
ECONOMIC MUSCLE, THINGS WILL MOVE AND THINGS WILL CHANGE.))
SUPER=01-Martin Jeffrey/Roanoke NAACP President;
OUT Q=things will change.
Locally, attention has been focused on the Hotel Roanoke, a Doubletree
Hotel that defends its record of minority hiring.
But the N-double-A-C-P boycott also targets other chains including Choice,
Holiday Inn, Best Western, Renaissance and Radisson Hotels.
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Republican Delegate Robert Nelms won't be running unopposed.
The previously obscure lawmaker from Suffolk made headlines statewide last
year after NEWS 7 revealed he'd been arrested for exposing himself in a
Chesapeake schoolteacher Michelle Degnan is seeking the Democratic
nomination for his seat.
Nelms could also face a challenge from within his own party.
He is now banned from visiting Richmond parks.
A clerk at Roanoke Circuit Court is now facing the law herself.
Tierney Anita Monroe was charged in a two-count indictment with possession
of cocaine and marijuana.
The charges are the result of a drug raid three weeks ago in search of
Monroe's son, Shannon Brown.
An informant had told police he bought drugs in the house on Chapman Avenue.
Inside police report they found drugs and drug paraphernalia, along with a
Monroe has been put on notice that she'll be suspended... and could be
The 35- year- old deputy clerk is still on the city payroll, while she
considers whether to answer the charges in writing before her case comes up for
TAPE#net (edit of 97-10)
Teachers in Roanoke are looking at a raise next year.
The City School Board approved Superintendent Wayne Harris's 86 million
dollar budget last night.
The budget gives teachers an average raise of more than four percent.
IN Q=WE'RE PLEASED
((WE'RE PLEASED ABOUT THAT, AND I'M LOOKING FORWARD TO THE SCHOOL BOARD
CONTINUING TO HONOR THEIR COMMITMENT, I DO INDEED BELIEVE THEY ARE SINCERE
SUPER=01-Esther Cirasunda/Roanoke Education Association;
OUT Q=ABOUT THAT
(Sear-a-sun-da) Cirasunda says teachers in Roanoke have lagged behind other
localities on the pay scale for ten years, and are still below the national
average, but she's happy the school board is working with them.
((RECENTLY THEY HAVE SHOWN THAT THEY ARE ONCE AGAIN INTERESTED IN CONCERNS THAT
TEACHERS HAVE, AND SO I'M HAPPY THAT WE WILL MOVE TOWARD IN A MORE POSITIVE
OUT Q=POSITIVE MANNER
Superintendent Harris said he's happy the board was able to fund salaries at
the level he recommended, and that the city is on track to reach the national
GRAPHIC=Smith Mountain Lake
"Waterworld" may have bombed at the box office, but supporters are hoping an
amusement park with the same name will be a big hit.
The park will go up in Franklin County near Smith Mountain Lake... and
portions are slated to open this summer.
When it's completed, it will feature water slides, a go cart track and a
But not everyone is excited about the idea... especially neighbors.
IN Q=I don't
((KATHRYN SHAY/UPSET NEIGHBOR: I DON'T LIKE WATER PARKS. I JUST THINK WE HAVE
TWENTY THOUSAND ACRES OF LAKE AND WHY NOT DO SOMETHING AT THE LAKE. ))
OUT Q=at the lake
But owner Craig Caron is promising to be a good neighbor... and says he will
promote a family atmosphere.
IN Q=We're hoping
((CRAIG CARON/WATERWORLD OWNER: WE'RE HOPING IT GETS FAMILIES AND EVERYONE HERE
CAN GET THE ENTERTAINMENT THEY NEED AND CAN ENJOY AND TOURISTS CAN TAKE
ADVANTAGE OF IT. ))
SUPER=01-Craig Caron/Waterworld Owner;
OUT Q=advantage of it
Caron already has the proper zoning for the project.
The estimated cost to build Waterworld is more than one million dollars.
First they cloned a sheep -- then monkeys.
SUPER=03-La Jolla, CA;
Now Researchers in California say they've transferred quail behavior to a
chick by implanting quail brain cells.
The result, the chick does NOT cluck, it sings.
OUT Q=(NATS OF CHICK SINGING)
Meantime, on Capitol Hill today a House subcommittee is discussing the
biological and ethical implications of cloning.
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Coffee prices are continuing to percolate.
For the first time since October 19-94, coffee futures prices
have soared above two dollars per pound.
And since late December, prices have risen more than 80 percent.
Experts blame the price hikes on dwindling world supplies of
coffee and increased demand.
On the retail level, major coffee makers have already announced
price increases to take effect this month.
TAPE#net (edit of s6-28)
The Roanoke Express opened a four game home stand last night by outscoring
the Dayton Bombers 8-to-5 at the Roundhouse.
SUPER=03-Roanoke/Dayton vs. Roanoke; :
Dayton's Sal Manganaro fires the puck at Dave Gagnon. He rejects the shot,
but the puck ricochets back in and Manganaro gives Dayton a 2-to-0 lead.
But Roanoke would skate right back into it as Ryan Equale takes it all the
way in for the score. The Bombers lead it 2-to-1.
The Express would reel off three more goals to take a 4-to-2 lead. Jeff Loder
slaps the puck to Chris Lipsett, who nails the goal and the Express defuses the
Bombers 8 to 5.
TAPE#net (edit of BB97-3)
The Charlotte Hornets won their 8th game in their last nine with a win over
the Spurs last night.
SUPER=03-Charlotte, NC/Spurs vs. Hornets; :00
It's bombs away with former U-V-a star Cory Alexander throwing in a three
pointer that hits nothing but the floor.
But this was Anthony Mason's night as he gets this assist and a triple double
- 19 points, 13 rebounds and 12 assists. The Hornets win it 105-to-98.
SUPER=03-Indianapolis, IN/Celtics vs. Pacers;
And also in the N-B-A the Pacers beat the Celtics 98 to 95.
But give Boston credit. Down by four with 9 seconds to go, Rick Fox bounces
the ball off Mark Jackson's head and scores.
Off the court yesterday Dennis Rodman was suspended again for yet another
In Monday night's win over the Bucks
watch Rodman deliberately hit Joe Wolf in the groin and then swing his left
elbow right at his head.
It's a little hard to see so, watch one more time. The Wolf is holding the
ball way over his head, and Rodman deliberately hits him.
He is suspended for one game and fined 75- hundred- dollars.
The Washington Redskins missed the playoffs last season, but the team's owner
no doubt likes the progress he is seeing.
SUPER=03-Frostburg, MD/Last Summer;
Yesterday head coach Norv Turner's current contract was extended through the
This despite the fact that his three year record in D-C is 18 wins and 30
Team owner Jack Kent Cooke announced the extension saying he has never met a
more talented coach and motivator of men.
The Australian pianist whose painful comeback from mental illness is
depicted in the movie "Shine," made his American concert debut last night in
OUT Q=(nats of him playing)
David Helfgott performed the works of Mendelssohn, Beethoven and
The packed Symphony hall awarded him with a standing ovation.
The feature film Shine attributes his father's refusal to let him study
music in America and other harsh treatment as the reason for Helfgott's many