Next on News 7 at 5, It's back to school today in Jonesboro, Arkansas
Attorneys for an executed murderer blast the way the state handled his case.
And Power Line opponents argue their case in Christiansburg. [Wx-Heads]
Right on time, the warm air airrves. Tomorrow Roanoke will set a record high if readings hit the low 80's. Details
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Tonight on Health check --
Consumer groups are angry with a government decision that may put children's safety at risk.
And it looks, cooks and tastes like ordinary fat -- but this oil is really 100-percent fat-free.
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((WE ALL KNOW IF WE GRIEVE TOGETHER EVERYTHING WILL TURN OUT FINE.))
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The words of one student as classes begin again in Jonesboro, Arkansas.
Good Evening. I'm Jean Jadhon.
The students arrived today- most of them afraid-
They were greeted by several dozen counselers-
Meanwhile a sheriffs deputy says the 11 year old suspect was seen crying in his cell asking for his mother-
The 13 year old asked for scriptural readings.
Dave Fehling has the latest from Jonesboro.
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((The horror of Tuesday's school shooting was relived on the 9-1-1
tapes just released by police.
As students returned to class, some worried what would happen if
the fire alarm went off again...the same alarm allegedly tripped by the
shooters to lure students outside to make them easy targets.
KAREN CURTNER, PRINCIPAL:
FIRST THING I HAD THEM TO IS DISCONNECT THE SYSTEM.
Two young boys are in jail...charged with killing four of their
classmates, one of their teachers and wounding ten others.
Classmates say they saw 11 year old Andrew Golden trip the fire
Police believe he then ran to a wooded area to join his cousin 13
year old Mitchell Johnson in what became a bloody ambush.
BRANDY GEORGE, STUDENT:
MITCHELL WAS A BULLY AND ANDREW TRIED TO FOLLOW IN HIS STEPS.
Students say johnson had vowed revenge after a girlfriend dumped
him. A friend says Johnson once threatened suicide over a similar
incident when he lived in Minnesota.
Andrew Golden is described as a sometimes hyperactive but typical
kid who often wore camouflage clothing and loved guns. His grandfather says he
was taught to respect firearms.
DOUG GOLDEN/SUSPECT'S GRANDFATHER:
THE BOY WAS TAUGHT NOT EVEN TO POINT A WEAPON AT ANOTHER PERSON.
DAVE FEHLING/CBS NEWS:
IN CLASS TODAY, NO SCHOOL WORK. INSTEAD, COUNSELORS ENCOURAGED THE KIDS TO TALK ABOUT WHAT HAPPENED. ON FRIDAY AND SATURDAY, SOME OF THEM WILL BE
ATTENDING THE FUNERALS OF THEIR MURDERED CLASSMATES. DAVE FEHLING, CBS NEWS JONESBORO- NOW BACK TO YOU.))
Danville killer Ronald Watkins was put to death last night by lethal injection.
One of his legal advisors is still fuming over the way the Virginia Department of Corrections handled Watkins' final requests.
Bill Geimer heads up the Virginia Capital Case Clearinghouse at Washington and Lee.
Geimer told reporters this morning he was shocked when the mother of Watkins' son was denied visitation yesterday because she arrived 45 minutes late.
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((BILL GEIMER/W&L LAW PROFESSOR: MY GRIEF IS TEMPERED BY ANGER.))
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Geimer says he and Watkins' legal team learned the Governor had denied clemency through media reports.
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((GOV. JIM GILMORE: IN FACT, MY STAFF WAS--SHOULD HAVE SPOKEN TO MR. GEIMER. AND I READ HIS PETITION PERSONALLY. I READ IT SENSITIVELY.))
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Watkins robbed and murdered 29-year old William McCauley in 1988.
Round Two of the power line hearings is underway.
This time it's in Montgomery County, where opposition to a proposed high voltage line has been fierce.
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Scott Goldberg is at the Montgomery County Courthouse-- Scott have you heard anything new today?
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At least one local man says the decision that the Boy Scouts can exclude gays is not fair,
but first new limitations on the man accused of the first degree murder of a Grayson County man.
and does your child's sleepware put him in danger of getting burned?
We'll tell you why some advocates want to see some changes in the way children's clothes are made.
And Patrick Evans will be along with a look at school lunches.
Up next, we'll see what's new with the Lunch Ladies.
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A Grayson County judge warned Emmett Cressell, Junior to adhere to his bond or his parents would risk losing their property.
Cressell was released Friday after agreeing to testify against co-defendant, Louis Ceparano.
Both are charged with burning and beheading a man.
One condition of Cressell's bond is that he avoid the commonwealth's witnesses.
But last week someone spotted Cressell talking with Christy Harden-- who's been subpoenaed by both the prosecution and the defense.
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((JEFF DORSEY/CRESSELL'S ATTORNEY:I CERTAINLY WOULD NEVER DARE ENSURE THE ACTIONS OF ANY PERSON ON THIS PLANET, INCLUDING MR. CRESSELL OR ANYBODY ELSE, BUT I THINK HIS BEHAVIOUR UP TO THIS POINT, HAS BEEN COOPERATIVE AND RESPONSIBLE. ))
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Cressell will be allowed to remain free on bond.
President Clinton is praising South Africa-
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for its peaceful change from apartheid to a free and democratic country.
((LET US WORK WITH EACH OTHER LET US LEARN FROM EACH OTHER TO TURN THE HOPE WE NOW SHARE INTO A HISTORY THAT ALL OF US CAN BE PROUD OF.))
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The President spoke to parliament saying African-Americans on the trip left the continent as slaves and returned as leaders.
A recent court decision in California says the Boy Scouts can legally exclude homosexuals, atheists, and agnostics from their ranks.
But is that in the best interest of the boys? Some disagree.
Tina Tenret reports.
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[SUPER=01-Robert Morrow/Gay Community Advocate; :38]
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(( Most of these boys are too young to know what "homosexual" means -- probably do not even know the word atheist.
And they certainly will not learn it in the Boy Scouts.
Boys who are gay or who do NOT believe in God are not allowed to join the club.
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((BRUCE TUPEN/BOY SCOUTS COUNCIL: WE'RE ASKING BOYS TO BE MORALLY STRAIGHT AND WE BELIEVE THAT YOUNG MEN NEED POSITIVE ROLE MODELS AND HOMOSEXUALS CANNOT PROVIDE THAT.))
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Not so, according to one former Cub Scout who is gay.
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((TO BLANKETLY SAY THAT EVERY PERSON WHO IS A HOMOSEXUAL IS MORALLY BEREFT IS NOT RIGHT. I'M A CHRISTIAN. I'M GAY. AND I BELIEVE I HAVE MORALS. AND I BELIEVE THERE IS A GOD WHO LOVES ME AND EVERYTHING THAT MANY CHRISTIANS DO.))
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The Boy Scouts are careful to say they are NOT judging people -- but as a California Supreme Court ruled earlier this week -- they are a private organization and can set their own rules.
Morrow says it's the group's loss -- on the other hand, he says many boys WILL be left out, and left without valuable leadership and teamwork skills.
Tina Tenret News7))
The days of mystery meat are no more. Coming up next, Patrick Evans takes a look at the improving world of school lunches.
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School food isn't what it used to: It's BETTER.
If you don't believe me, ask Patrick Evans--he's been eating it all day!
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After last year's Gator Bowl, many Virginia Tech fans thought Nick Sorenson should be the starting quarterback.
He's not...and in today's sports we'll tell you why he's happily defensive about it.
Coming up next on Health Check --
The product label on some new fat free potato chips warns they could cause digestive problems.
But a Johns Hopkins study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association reports that's not a concern anymore.
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((DR. GREG ALLGOOD/SCIENTIST:ONE STUDY GAVE PEOPLE A LARGE 13 OUNCE BAG OF POTATO CHIPS, A FAMILY SIZE BAG. PEOPLE COULD EAT AS MUCH AS THEY WANTED AND THERE WAS NO DIFFERENCE IN DIGESTIVE EFFECTS BETWEEN EATING THE OLEAN SNACKS AND FULL FAT SNACKS.))
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Good afternoon I'm Keith Humphry here's one of the stories we're working on for News 7 at Six.
Got a federal tax problem? Why not ask someone at the IRS.
The agency is making an effort to be more consumer-friendly, and the Virginia/West Virginia District Chapter has set up Problem Solving Days, to help taxpayers who need help.
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((ROGER BURGESS/ IRS DISTRICT DIRECTOR- OUR PROBLEM SOLVING MECHANISM WASN'T VERY WELL KNOWN TO THE PUBLIC))
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Problem solving day is an opportunity for taxpayers to meet face to face with IRS representatives to resolve their problem.
We'll have that story and more tonight at Six.
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Olean is the brand name for Olestra, a new, fat-free cooking oil made from soybeans.
The cooking oil is processed so it reduces calories in half and fat to zero in products like potato chips.
For example, chips cooked in Olean have no fat and 75 calories compared to regular chips with 10 grams of fat and 150 calories.
Makers say it's all natural ingredients.
And the chips tastes just like full fat brands.
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((DR. GREG ALLGOOD/SCIENTIST:IF A PERSON CURRENTLY EATS A SMALL ONE OUNCE BAG OF CHIPS EVERYDAY AND SWITCHES FROM FULL FAT ONE OUNCE BAG OF CHIPS TO OLEAN CHIPS OVER THE COURSE OF A YEAR OVER THE COURSE OF A YEAR THEY'LL CUT EIGHT POUNDS OF FAT OUT OF THEIR DIET.))
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Researchers say the information label stating olestra may cause abdominal cramping, loose stools and inhibit vitamin absorption is there because of some extreme studies.
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((DR. GREG ALLGOOD/SCIENTIST: WE REQUIRED PEOPLE TO EAT OLEAN, NOT JUST IN POTATO CHIPS, BUT IN A VARIETY OF FOODS AND PEOPLE WERE REQUIRED TO EAT IT EVERY SINGLE MEAL, BREAKFAST LUNCH AND DINNER FOR 168 CONSECUTIVE MEALS, AND NOBODY EATS POTATO CHIPS LIKE THAT.))
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Frito Lay products are already on the store shelves in Roanoke and fat free Pringles will be here by early this summer.
Other potato chips, crackers and tortilla chips will be made with Olean in the coming months.
Is your child's sleepware flame resistant?
Unless you shop carefully, it may not be.
For the past 25 years kid's pajamas had to be made of flame resistant fabric.
The U-S Consumer Product Safety Commission has changed its regulations.
The sleeper on the left is fire resistant. The material on the right is 100 percent cotton.
While the cotton is more comfortable, it burns quickly and that's why consumer groups want to see the regulation restored.
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(( DR. ABRAHAM BERGMAN/PEDIATRICIAN
IT S BEEN ONE OF THE MARVELOUS PUBLIC HEALTH STORIES OF OUR TIME. SO WHY
TINKER WITH WHAT S SUCCESSFUL? ))
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Maria Leightley (Lightly) was badly burned as a child BEFORE the standard was adopted.
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There is no indication the consumer safety product commision will reconsider its decision.
Spring is in the air, could footballs be far behind.
Here's Mike Stevens with a look at Virginia Tech Spring football.
Welcome everybody to the Thursday ticker that gets revved up on the track.
Tomorrow the race weekend begins in Bristol and what a weekend it will be for folks in the tri-cities area.
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For starters this will be the first race at the half mile oval with the new seating configuration.
The track now has more than 130 thousand seats surrounding the high banked oval. The track is completely bowled in.
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Also, tomorrow morning at 10, dale Earnhardt and Darrell Waltrip are expected to join forces at a news conference to announce that DW will drive the Earnhardt owned Pennzoil car the rest of the year while Steve Park recuperates from his broken leg.
After Virginia Tech's Gator Bowl appearance last December, Tech fans across the state were clamoring for Nick Sorensen to be the team's starting quarterback in 1998.
But Roy Stanley says those folks won't get their wish because Sorensen's play is no longer offensive.
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((Sorensen came to Tech as a quarterback and when Al Clark went down in the Gator Bowl he got his shot to play the position.
But this spring, Sorensen is competing for a starting position in the Hokie secondary as a safety.))
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((Sorensen played defensive back in high school. But its a different position at the college level.
Head coach Frank Beamer says Sorensen's athletic ability makes him a prime candidate for the position.))
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((If Sorensen doesn't make it as a free safety he could wind up at a linebacker position.
But his days at quarterback are over.))
((Sorensen will get a lot of looks because the secondary positions are a major focus in spring practice.
Roy Stanley news sports.))
Much more coming up for you tonight at six o'clock as Steve Mason checks in with Kyle Petty and tells us what he was doing with the police in Wyhteville last night.
Have a great night everybody.
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Now that spring is here, the wedding season is not far behind.
But nothing you will see this year will compare to the sort of monkey business in the following story.
Jiro the groom wore his best monkey suit as he wed his companion (KUH-Nah-me) Kaname.
Jiro is a famous entertainer in his hometown, so naturally the wedding had to be a large affair.
His suit alone cost the equivalent of 180-thousand dollars.
Though like many celebrity weddings, hopes for a lasting marriage are not high.
During the ceremony Jiro repeatedly slugged his new bride.
And when it came time for the two monkeys to exchange bananas instead of rings, Jiro ate both as his indignant mate watched on.