Straight ahead on News 7 at 5 - mandatory water restrictions are lifted in Roanoke.
And one of America's most beloved comic strips is coming to an end.
Looks a bit drier tomorrow after a good bout of rain last night. Temperature details coming up.
On Health check, a new study says drugs ARE the answer for kids with an attention deficit disorder.
And - making sure your kids' toys are safe - what experts say you need know.
[SUPER=#4063; Headline Banner]
[GRAPHIC=N7 at 5]
(///// SOT /////)
With a signature and a handshake history is made. The Panama Canal is given to Panama.
[waiting on supers]
Former President Jimmy Carter called it the right thing to do-
Today, 22 years after the turnover agreement was made- the canal goes back to Panama.
Teresa Estacio is in Panama City with more.
(///// SOT /////)
[SUPER=03-Panama City, Panama;]
[SUPER=01-Teresa Estacio/CBS News;]
[GRAPHIC=Water Restrictions Lifted]
The city of Roanoke delivered a holiday surprise this morning, officially lifting mandatory water restrictions.
The level at Carvins Cove is still below normal... and voluntary conservation remains in effect, but city officials say the time has come to ease the restrictions.
Joe Dashiell has more on today's announcement.
Jean, the city implemented mandatory restrictions back in July... when the level of the city's main reservoir dropped to record lows.
It's been creeping back up since then... and city officials say residents and businesses deserve much of the credit.
[IN Q=At 17 feet]
[SUPER=03-Carvins Cove; :00]
[SUPER=01-Diane Akers/Acting Assistant City Manager; :18]
[OUT Q=and see how we're doing.]
((At 17 feet below the spillway, Carvins Cove is still slightly below the level that officials would expect in a normal year...
But with the water sharing agreement with Roanoke County, and plans to develop more wells... city officials say they are comfortable lifting the mandatory restrictions at this time.
[IN Q=I just think it's a good time]
((DIANE AKERS/ACTING ASSISTANT CITY MANAGER: I THINK IT'S A GOOD TIME TO RETURN SOMETHING TO THE CITIZENS TO THANK THEM FOR WHAT THEY HAVE DONE. WE'RE CLOSE TO NORMAL FOR THIS TIME OF YEAR, SO CERTAINLY WE'LL MONITOR IT. AND IF WE NEED TO GO BACK ON MANDATORY RESTRICTIONS WE CAN, BUT WE CAN KEEP AN EYE ON IT AND SEE HOW WE'RE DOING.))
[OUT Q=and see how we're doing.]))
The city's goal was to cut consumption by 28 million gallons of water a week... Roanoke exceeded that six times... and twice saved more than 40- million gallons in a week.
The water supplied by Roanoke County, Salem and Vinton was critical in helping the city weather this crisis...
but Jean officials say conservation also played an important role.
A tractor-trailer overturned on Interstate 81 in Botetourt County this afternoon.
The accident near the Troutville exit blocked one southbound lane, and backed up traffic for miles.
State police say the driver was taken to Carilion-Roanoke Memorial Hospital.
No word on his condition, but his injuries are believed to be critical.
Police are looking into how the accident happened.
A ruling out of Maryland today is bad news for Linda Tripp.
A judge determined that she is not immune from prosecution - for the illegal wiretapping that led to the impeachment of President Clinton.
Lee Cowan reports.
(///// SOT /////)
[SUPER=03-Ellicott City, MD]
[(toss to R)]
(toss to Robin)
[SS=NONE]ROBIN IN WX-CENTER
[WXPRO/FULL] WEATHER MAP
FIVE DAY FORECAST
[SS=NONE]ROBIN TOSS BACK[Tease#1]
Still ahead - say goodbye Charlie Brown.
The Peanuts gang is retiring.
We'll have details.
And - sniffing out arsonists... man's best friend is about to help solve crimes in the Roanoke Valley and Southwest Virginia.
Five inmates are holding hostages at a Louisiana jail- near Lafayette.
[SUPER=03-St. Martinville, LA]
The inmates, armed with homemade weapons, captured two deputies and a warden- as they were leaving an exercise area yesterday afternoon.
(///// SOT /////)
[IN Q=What happened]
((SHERIFF CHARLES FUSELIER/ST. MARTIN PARISH JAIL: WHAT HAPPENED WAS THEY TOOK SOME HOSTAGES AND TOOK OVER THE JAIL. WE'VE BEEN NEGOTIATING WITH THEM SINCE.))
[SUPER=01-Sheriff Charles Fuselier/St. Martin Parish Jail;]
[OUT Q=WITH THEM SINCE.]
Negotiators secured the release of one hostage- an 18-year old guard who had been on the job only two weeks.
The Cubans are frustrated with the lack of progress on their cases. Four of the men are being detained by immigration and naturalization service for unknown reasons.
Their leader says he's been held for 13 years.
Virginia State Police have two brand new secret weapons.
And they're being assigned to southwest Virginia.
Flame is one of the first two arson dogs ever trained by the State Police.
He graduates Friday and heads to Salem-- where sniffing out accelerants will save a lot of human time.
[IN Q=No it can be]
((MIKE KEEN/VIRGINIA STATE POLICE TROOPER: NO IT CAN BE DONE WITHOUT A DOG. THE DOG'S JUST AN EXTRA TOOL THAT CAN BE USED.))
((DAVID BROOKS/VIRGINIA STATE POLICE K-9 TRAINER: WE EXPECT A LOT OF USE OUT IN SOUTHWEST VIRGINIA TO ASSIST THE ARSON INSPECTORS OUT THERE.))
[SUPER=01-Mike Keen/Virginia State Police Trooper; :00]
[SUPER=01-David Brooks/Virginia State Police K-9 Trainer; :06]
[OUT Q=out there.]
Marko is a Belgian Malinois (mal-i-NOY).
He'll be stationed in Bristol.
There are only four other arson dogs in other parts of Virginia... and they're owned by fire departments and insurance companies.
It's a sad day Charlie Brown.
[14:00:25 or 14:57:16]
The man who created Peanuts - and beloved characters such as Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Linus and Lucy - is retiring.
Charles Schulz's wife announced his decision today.
Earlier this month he was diagnosed with cancer.
For half a century Schulz has brought the comic strip to 355-million readers in 75 countries.
The final Peanuts strip is expected to run on January third, 2000.
Still ahead - are you looking for that perfect holiday gift with a personal touch?
Patrick Evans will have some solutions.
[TAKE PATRICK LIVE]
(ad lib tease)
If you're looking for a unique gift that will help your loved-ones deal with stress through the Holidays and into the New Year, Patrick Evans has a suggestion.
Patrick, I even hear you have some great ideas for the pets out there as well?
[SUPER=01-Bobbi Brogan/Earth Medicine;]
[CK/CHYRON/5 PAGES]REGIONAL FORECASTS
[WALK OVER FOR 3 SHOT]
[SUPER=330-Clear And/Cool/40-42/Mostly Sunny/Wind SW-15/55-60]
[SUPER=331-Clear With/Patchy Fog/38-40/Sunny And/Breezy/55-60]
[SUPER=332-Clear And/Chilly/32-35/Partly Sunny/Wind SW-10/50-55]
[SUPER=333-Clear With/Patchy Fog/30-35/Partly/Sunny/50-55]
[SUPER=334-Mostly Clear/Wind SW-10/35-40/Partly Sunny/And Mild/50-55]
[health music under]
Coming up in Sports, two Cavaliers are in court today. We'll tell you why.
And in Health check - science and art come together to provide a new lease on life for people who've suffered severe facial injuries.
Plus the Safe Kids Coalition releases the latest numbers on toy injuries.
[SOT tc 00:52:44]
[IN Q=The two]
((ELLEN DAVIS/SAFE KIDS: THE TWO MOST COMMON CAUSES OF INJURIES AND DEATHS ARE FALLS AND CHOKING.))
[OUT Q=and choking]
The Holiday shopping season is well underway, but for parents who are still searching for the perfect gifts -- the Safe Kids campaign has some advice.
Safety experts say parents not only need to pay attention to the age-appropriate labels, but also consider the skill levels of their children.
And because of children's natural desire to put things in their mouths, some toys are riskier than others.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT tc 00:54:02]
[IN Q=As far as]
((ELLEN DAVIS/SAFE KIDS COORDINATOR: AS FAR AS CHOKING GOES, THE HIGHEST RISK IS FOUR AND UNDER, BUT WHEN YOU ARE TALKING ABOUT BALLOONS WHICH IS THE NUMBER ONE CHOKING HAZARD, YOU CAN LOOK UP TO TEENAGE YEARS AND WE'RE TALKING ABOUT LATEX BALLOONS.))
[SUPER=01-Ellen Davis/Safe Kids Coordinator; ]
[OUT Q=latex balloons.]
Davis says mylar balloons are the recommended alternative.
A simple choke test can be done on toys: Davis says if they fit through a toilet paper roll, a young child can choke on them.
Or you can order a choke tube- for about 50 cents- Parents can check small parts using the tube. You can order one by calling- 1-310 252-4531.
All tubes meet Consumer Product Safety Commission size requirements for testing toys.
Something else for parents to worry about: three to five percent of school age children are reportedly affected by attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder.
A new study finds that the single best way to treat the disorder is with drugs, instead of behavioral treatment.
But the study found that a combination of drugs and behavioral treatment is most effective.
One child psychiatry professor says the findings have "tremendous implications," and he hopes the study will have a serious impact on treating children with A-D-H-D.
When it comes to delivering emergency medical treatment, saving seconds can mean saving lives.
That's why central Virginia legislators are so excited about today's announcement by Governor Jim Gilmore.
Gilmore is including money in his next budget to buy five new helicopters for the state police.
That means one current police helicopter will be given to Lynchburg for use in medical emergencies.
(///// SOT /////)
[SUPER=01-Sen. Steve Newman/(R) Lynchburg]
[OUT Q=in the budget.]
The Lynchburg - Danville corridor is currently the only area in Virginia not served by its own medieval helicopter.
Doctors in San Antonio, Texas are giving a new outlook to people who have lost parts of their face to injury or disease.
[SUPER=03-San Antonio, TX]
Sergeant Chris Boyce dreaded facing the world, after cancer cost him an eye and part of his jaw.
That's where (MOX-uh-low-facial PROS-tho-dontics) maxillofacial prosthodontics comes into play...
(///// SOT /////)
[IN Q=I thought that]
((I THOUGHT THAT I WAS 31 YEARS OLD AND I WAS GOING TO DIE. AND WHAT
HAD I DONE TO DESERVE THIS. I THOUGH I WAS GOING TO LOOK LIKE A CARNIVAL
SIDESHOW FREAK, OR SOMETHING. LIKE THE BEARDED LADY OR SOMETHING LIKE
[SUPER=01-Sgt. Chris Boyce/Facial Prosthetics Patient]
[OUT Q=something like that.]
Dr. Rick Smith and a team of specialists use silicone and paint to create life-like replacements for patients like Boyce.
And now, tiny magnets are improving the way fake eyes and ears stay on.
The military is especially interested in facial prosthetics, because ten to fifteen percent of all war-time injuries are head and neck wounds that require some kind of reconstruction.
Good afternoon everyone, welcome to your two minute ticker.
Virginia running back Antoine Womack was in a Charlottesville court room today, for his alleged malicious wounding of two UVa students. Today, jury selection was completed by one o'clock. The prosecution began presenting it's case. The prosecution is maintaining that Womack and others were involved in a vicious attack that occurred after a party at Newcomb Hall on UVa grounds.
The defense , to this point, has been questioning the account of events as they are being presented. The trial will continue tomorrow in the Albemarle Circuit court. If convicted, Womack could face up to 20 years in prison.
Womack was in uniform for the Cavaliers this past spring and had a successful spring season in the backfield for the Wahoos. In the spring game he rushed for 143 yards on 22 carries and a 75 yard touchdown run. Womack sat out this past season but remained in school.
The Jacksonville Jaguars are 12 and 1 on the season heading into this weekend's game against the Cleveland Browns.
[SUPER=03-Jacksonville, FL/ABC; :00]
The Jags had to fight to the wire for their 12th win, edging Denver 27-24 last night in Jacksonville. The Jaguars got two touchdowns out of second string running back James Stewart who left the game with a sprained left foot in the third quarter. Fred Taylor, in his first game back from injury, came off the bench, scored a TD and set up the game winning kick with runs of 14 and seven yards.
Broncos quarterback Brian Griese put Denver in position to win with 275 yards passing and two TD's, including a 57 yarder to Byron
Chamberlain with a minute, 43 seconds left in the game.
But Jacksonville's Mile Hollis booted a 23 yard field goal as time expired to send the Jags to their 10th straight win. The loss also eliminated the two time Super Bowl champs from playoff contention.
(///// SOT /////)
[IN Q="I give]
[SUPER=01-Tom Coughlin/Jacksonville Head Coach; :00]
[OUT Q=...fourth quarter"]
[GRAPHIC=SUGAR BOWL MATCHUP]
Success breeds more success and these days success also breeds entrepreneurs.
It seems like everyone is trying to get in the Hokie huddle these days.
And coming up tonight on News 7 at six, Mike Stevens will tell us about a new song honoring the Hokies Sugar Bowl season.
We will hear from the creators and composers of the "Go Hokies Mix."
The song, and details of where you can get a copy of the soon to be retail ready cassettes are coming up tonight at six.
Take care everybody.
[go to break]
Communities across the Commonwealth today marked a historic event in the life of George Washington.
(///// SOT /////)
[NAT SOT GUNS]
A twenty-one gun salute by a National Guard Unit from Martinsville was part of the ceremonies in Roanoke.
It was two hundred years ago today that Washington died at his northern Virginia plantation, Mount Vernon.
The events in Roanoke were sponsored by the Fincastle Resolutions Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution.
Jazz has a new sound in New Orleans.
[SUPER=03-New Orleans, LA]
He may not look like it - but he's a wild-cat - a rare, African Wildcat to be exact.
The kitten named Jazz was born in the Big Easy.
He's the first successful product of an inter-species transfer of a frozen thawed embryo.
Jazz was born to and is being raised by a typical house cat.
Scientists say Jazz's birth means they should be able to use embryo transfer to bolster endangered species.