Here's what's next on NEWS-7 at FIVE--
The parental notification law went into effect today....how are clinics in
our area of the state enforcing it?
The Smart Highway was given the green light to officially break ground...
And what kind of punishment did Mike Tyson get today?
Locally heavy downpours and very muggy overnight. The sun breaks out and
heats things up tomorrow.
On Health Check-- women fighting for better medical care.
Efforts around the globe-- and right here at home-- in the name of women's
Stick around, NEWS-7 at FIVE begins right after this break.
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((GOV. GEORGE ALLEN: IT IS THE LAW IN VIRGINIA. THANK GOODNESS IT'S IN EFFECT
OUT Q=effect today.
It's been a roller-coaster ride through the legal system for Virginia's
first change to abortion law in more than two decades.
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Good evening, I'm Connie Stevens.
A three judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals in Richmond is the latest
authority on Virginia's new parental notification law.
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Ellen Qualls is in our Richmond newsroom.
What's the panel deciding and how soon will we hear anything?
Connie, Planned Parenthood has asked the appeals panel to reverse appeals
Judge Michael Luttig's ruling of last night.
That ruling allowed the notification law to take effect today, and overruled
federal Judge James Turk's temporary injunction of yesterday morning.
We talked with the Governor today about the legal ups and downs.
((GOV. GEORGE ALLEN: I KNOW IN THE SIMPLICITY OF TRYING TO EXPLAIN IT, AND
IT'S THE NATURE OF TELEVISION AND RADIO...GONE INTO EFFECT.))
OUT Q=into effect.
LIVE=Ellen full/State Microwave
Nevertheless, the Governor is clearly pleased that the law is in effect.
The appeals panel MAY NOT decide on the injunction until next week.
But either way, the law faces full scrutiny still from Judge Turk who said
yesterday there was substantial likelihood it was UNconstitutional.
So today, abortion clinics had to begin notifying parents.
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For word on how they were handling the situation in SOuthwest Virginia, we
now go to Eric Earnhart who's at Planned Parenthood in Roanoke.
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(roll cue: "...they will obey it.")
SUPER=01-David Nova/Planned Parenthood President;
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The "Smart Highway" has avoided another legal road block.
Today a federal judge cleared the way for the 100- million dollar project.
Preliminary work on the highway has been underway for several weeks.
Opponents had argued that the government failed to consider all of the
environmental impacts-- such as the need for thousands of gallons of water.
In his opinion, Judge Jackson Kiser wrote it's possible that the costs may
outweigh the benefits.
But the judge said that "it's not for him to decide the wisdom of
((DAN BRUGH/VDOT SPOKESMAN:CERTAINLY, WE'RE PLEASED, WE THOUGHT THAT THAT'S THE
WAY IT WOULD GO AND WE'RE GLAD IT DID. ))
SUPER=01-Dan Brugh/Va. Department of Transportation; :00
OUT Q=glad it did.
The six- mile stretch of highway will link Blacksburg with Interstate 81.
An official ground breaking is scheduled for next week.
At least two rock and mud slides have shut down all four lanes of
Interstate 40 at the Tennessee-North Carolina border.
Huge rocks the size of buses slid off this mountain just inside the North
Carolina border this morning.
Five motorists were injured.
A second slide happened about 12:30. It could be several days before the
highway is reopened.
Officials are hoping to have traffic flowing in time for the July Fourth
(toss to robin)
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A toddler playing with a lighter apparently sparks a fire in Montgomery
And Jim Gilmore visits SOuthside tobacco farmers...and talks with them about
the tobacco settlement talks.
New uses for psychiatric medications.
How about prozac for stage fright?
Doctors say some patients are good candidates.
That and more-- still to come on News 7 at FIVE.
A Montgomery County family's home was destroyed by fire this afternoon.
Tina Hamlin was home with her two small children when the fire started in
their trailer at about 2:45 at Oak Forest Mobile Home Park.
Fire officials say her two year old son was apparently playing with a
lighter that ignited the blaze.
Hamlin and the children escaped to a neighbor's home and called for help.
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((SHANE SCOTT/NEIGHBOR: IT WAS ABOUT EIGHT TO TEN MINUTES BEFORE THE FIRE
DEPARTMENT ARRIVED AND DURING THAT TIME IT JUST GRADUALLY GOT MORE INVOLVED
UNTIL IT WAS BURNING OUT THE BACK AND OUT THE TOP OF THE TRAILER. ))
Fire officials say the trailer is a total loss.
The Hamlin's will be staying with family in the area.
A Virginia Beach man is behind bars, charged with robbing a Lynchburg bank
Around one o'clock, the suspect entered this First Federal branch on
Memorial Avenue, displayed a gun and demanded money.
He escaped on foot with an undetermined amount of cash, but was spotted by a
Lynchburg detective just a few minutes later.
IN Q=At that point
((LT. EUGENE WINGFIELD/LYNCHBURG POLICE: AT THAT POINT, THE SAME INVESTIGATOR..
...TO HIS RIGHT KNEE.))
SUPER=01-Lt. Eugene Wingfield/Lynchburg Police; :00
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34- year- old Darryl Delancey is charged with robbery, use of a firearm in
commission of a felony, and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.
He's being held without bond.
Former Attorney General Jim Gilmore says he did NOT sue on behalf of tobacco
farmers because he didn't want Virginia to be tied to an unfavorable agreement.
Jim Gilmore told farmers today instead of suing he "monitored" the
Gilmore says since the settlement, he's written to congressmen and tobacco
companies urging them to protect farmers.
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((JIM GILMORE: WE KNEW THE NEXT MOVE WAS CONGRESS AND WE WANTED TO MOVE
DECISIVELY AND IMMEDIATELY IN ORDER TO NOTIFY THE CONGRESSMEN THAT WE BELIEVE
THE SETTLEMENT WAS DEFICIENT IN PROTECTING OUR FARMERS AND GROWERS.))
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The Republican gubanatorial candidate is touring local farms, saying he
wants to protect growers and their families.
IN Q=I rent
((CLARENCE BRYANT/PRESIDENT, CONCERNED FRIENDS FOR TOBACCO: I RENT FROM TWO
LADIES. THEIR HUSBANDS ARE DECEASED. THEY'VE WORKED ON A FARM ALL THEIR LIFE
AND THEY ARE VERY DEPENDENT ON THE MONEY I PAY THEM, THAT THAT FARM HAS
GENERATED. THAT'S PART OF THEIR RETIREMENT. IF THAT'S TAKEN AWAY, WHAT ARE
THEY GOING TO DO?))
SUPER=01-Clarence Bryant/Concerned Friends for Tobacco; :03
OUT Q=going to do
Only a few Southside farmers showed up today to hear GIlmore's message.
But major tobacco groups in Danville say they support him as their candidate
Investigators are digging deeper in the case of thousands of extended
service contracts not honored by a former appliance chain.
Virginia's Office of Consumer Affairs has sent a letter and questionnaire to
13- hundred Holdren's contract holders who filed complaints.
The situation surfaced last summer when Crenshaws of North Carolina
purchased Holdren's assets, but said it didn't have to assume responsibility
for the extended service contracts.
The questionnaire asks, among other things, if customers were led to believe
the contracts would still be honored.
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Vegetables are now being plucked from crops in gardens throughout our
area...tonight's Growin It focuses on what's ready to be served on your dinner
(patrick ad lib)
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Local vegetables are rolling into the Farmers Market in downtown Roanoke,
and many backyard gardeners are seeing signs of progress in the garden.
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Patrick Evans joins us from Market Square to tell us about the local crop,
along with ways to keep your garden growing for weeks to come.
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In tonight's Two Minute Ticker-- Mike will tell us what kind of price Iron
Mike is paying for Saturday night's biting incidents in Las Vegas.
And on Health Check-- why it's important that you tell your physician,
before you begin any self-prescribed alternative therapy.
Good Evening, I'm Keith Humphry, here's a sneak peek at what else you'll see
tonight on NEWS-7 at SIX.
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((GOV. GEORGE ALLEN: IT'S NOT A CONDITION OF EMPLOYMENT, NOR WERE THERE ANY
THREATS OF FIRING. IT'S JUST SIMPLY A POLICY AND YOU'D LIKE FOLKS TO ADHERE TO
OUT Q=to it.
Governor Allen accepts the resignation of an agency head who says he was
told to donate money to the four Republicans running for attorney general... or
leave the administration.
It's a case of conflicting stories in the usually rock solid Allen
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That's coming up on NEWS 7 at SIX
We'll be watching thanks Keith
Breast cancer affects one out of every nine women.
Early detection is helping them survive the disease.
Currently, a legislative committee is reviewing a bill that would allow women
to stay in the hospital for at least 24 hours after breast-cancer surgery.
One international organization--the General Federation of Women's Clubs is
putting pressure on Congress to insure a similar measure passes nationally.
Local member Linda Waybright says breast cancer impacts everyone.
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((LINDA WAYBRIGHT/GENERAL FEDERATION OF WOMEN'S CLUBS: IT'S SOMETHING THAT IS
VERY IMPORTANT TO ALL OF US..WE'VE HAD FAMILY MEMBERS AND FRIENDS WHO HAD TO GO
THROUGH ALL OF THIS ))
SUPER=01-Linda Waybright/General. Fed. of Women's Clubs; :
OUT Q=all of this
Women around the country including Roanoke have been writing state and
federal lawmakers, urging them to support the initiative.
((SHELBY HAMLETT/GENERAL FEDERATION OF WOMEN'S CLUBS: COLLECTIVELY WE CAN DO SO
MUCH MORE THAN WE CAN SINGLEHANDEDLY AND WOMEN'S HEALTH IS A VERY IMPORTANT
ISSUE NOT ONLY FOR US BUT ALL OF OUR POPULATION ))
SUPER=01-Shelby Hamlett/General Fed. of Women's Clubs; :
OUT Q= all of our population
The General Federation of Women's Clubs also focuses on other issues
affecting women's health such as osteoporis, cervical cancer and cardiovascular
The uses-- and some might say abuses-- of psychiatry medications continue
Now some doctors are using Prozac and similar medications to treat stage
Though these drugs are not approved by the F-D-A for this use, many
doctors find they can help people who suffer from stage fright and other
problems like social anxiety.
Doctors who use the drugs say they should be considered only when public
speaking causes great distress, if the phobia interfers with relationships or
a person's ability to do a job.
A recent CBS-New York Times poll finds that 24 percent of Americans have
tried alternative medicine.
Another 30-percent are receptive to trying it.
But the subject rarely comes up when patients visit their doctors.
A new report is urging doctors to discuss alternative treatments as part of
routine health care.
The reason: patient safety.
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((DR. EISENBERG: IF A PATIENT IS TAKING HANDFULS OF HERBS AND VITAMINS AND
SUPPLEMENTS WHILE THEY'RE ALSO TAKING PRESCRIPTION MEDICINES, THEY MAY
UNINTENTIONALLY BE CAUSING THEMSELVES HARM.))
SUPER=01-Dr. David Eisenberg/Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital
OUT Q=themselves harm.
***CONNIE AUDIO ON CART***
Many physicians are still skeptical about the benefits of certain
alternative treatments because there's not a lot of scientific data available.
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((DR. EISENBERG: PATIENTS DON'T WANT TO DO THIS ALONE, OR SECRETLY AND I THINK
THAT HAVING AN HONEST, OPEN DISCUSSION WITH THEIR DOCTORS, THEY CAN PURSUE
THESE THERAPIES TOGETHER. THE PATIENT HAS A RIGHT TO ASK FOR GOOD COUNSEL AND
ADVICE AS TO WHAT TO USE OR AVOID.))
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This new report also offers physicians guidelines for discussing
Time now for sports-- today was round one of the penalty phase for Mike
Tyson-- here's our Mike Stevens with details.
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Welcome folks to the Tuesday Ticker and the day of reckoning for Iron Mike
The Nevada athletic commission met this afternoon to discuss what if any
punishment should be taken Tyson for his biting exhibition Saturday night.
SUPER=03-Las Vegas, NV; :00
The Commission decided to temporarily suspend Tyson from boxing in the state,
plus they have frozen the nearly $30 million dollars he was to receive from the
The Commission will meet again next week to determine its final disciplinary
SUPER=03-Tallahassee, FL; :00
No discipline, but a lot of smiles and money in Tallahassee today as Roanoke
native Steve Robinson was named the new head basketball coach at Florida State
He leave Tulsa for a five year deal worth $500 thousand a season.
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((STEVE ROBINSON/NEW FLORIDA STATE COACH:))
SUPER=01-Steve Robinson/New Florida State Coach;:00
OUT Q=...BETTER THAN THIS."
On a day like today swimming isn't exactly on the top of most folks list of
things to do,
But for one area man swimming is always on his mind.
Dan Phillips is a Michigan native, who grew up outside of Detroit, went to
college in South Carolina,
and now coaches youth swimmers in the valley.
Phillips also had a shot at making the 1996 Olympic team.
Tonight at six we'll talk to him about how swimming teaches kids a lot more
than just how to keep their heads above water.
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((DAN PHILLIPS/OLYMPIC PARK SWIM COACH:))
SUPER=01-Dan Phillips/Olympic Park Swim Coach;:00
OUT Q=...what you're doing."
Also, as of right now the Avalanche game with Durham is still on for tonight
at Salem Memorial.
As is the Hillcats game with Prince William tonight at City Stadium.
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Have a safe night everybody.
Connie will more News 7 at five right after this.
take a break
Finally tonight, on the lighter side-- bagging groceries can be a tedious
check out the state competition for grocery baggers in Michigan.
Two dozen contestants aging from 14 to 20, worked against the clock.
They were given a variety of goods to neatly pack-- including bread, eggs and
The participants were judged on technique, weight distribution and style.
The winning time-- 38-seconds...
One catch-- they didn't get to request paper or plastic bags.
That's it for us--
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Thanks for watching NEWS-7 at FIVE...have a good evening.