Thursday's pile-up on Interstate 81 did more damage than officials first thought...
It will probably take days to finish emergency repairs.
One lane was reopened yesterday morning, and traffic is now moving- in that area.
Crews spent the day replacing damaged sections of guard rail along a half mile stretch of the interstate.
Others worked to contain the estimated 800 to 1000 gallons of diesel fuel that spilled in the accident.
When the cars and trucks piled up Thursday morning, several caught fire. The heat damaged the concrete surface of the bridge and it will have to be replaced.
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[IN Q=Give yourself a little extra time]
((GIVE YOURSELF A LITTLE EXTRA TIME AND BE REAL CAREFUL. WE'RE GOING TO LOWER THE SPEED LIMIT TO 25 MILES AN HOUR GOING ACROSS THE BRIDGE. SO THAT CHANGE IN SPEED IS SOMETIMES A DIFFICULT THING, SO WE'RE ASKING THEM TO PLEASE BE CAREFUL WHEN THEY GO THROUGH THAT AREA.))
[SUPER=01-Jim White/VDOT Resident Engineer;]
[OUT Q=through that area.]
One lane of traffic will remain open while repairs are made, but V-DOT is encouraging drivers to consider using a detour onto route 11 at exit 195.
Virginia's Attorney General says he is looking for ways to make Interstate 81 safer...
Last night Mark Earley met voters at the Patrick Henry Hotel in Roanoke.
Earley says trucks are the main problem on the interstate.
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[IN Q=we're also looking]
((MARK EARLEY: WE'RE ALSO LOOKING FOR WAYS TO GET THEM OFF 81 TO REROUTE THEM OR CARRY MORE OF THE PRODUCTS BY RAIL AND POTENTIALLY LOOK AT A RAIL LINE UP ALONG SIDE 81.))
[OUT Q=along side 81.]
The Attorney General is seeking the Republican nomination for Governor.
A Blacksburg Police officer is fine after crashing her cruiser into a house. Authorities say 26-year-old Officer Terri Johnson was responding to an assault call when she ran off the road, hit two telephone poles, and then crashed into a brick wall of a house.
The two residents of the house were upstairs at the time, and were not hurt.
Damage to the house is an estimated ten-thousand-dollars, the car is a total loss.
Virginia's budget battle will continue into next month.
Governor Gilmore has decided to call a special session in March to end an impasse between the Senate and the House over the state budget and the issue of the car tax.
Senate negotiators are proposing a 55 percent car tax cut this year... but the House and Gilmore are insisting on 70 percent.
Gilmore made the decision during a discussion at the governor's mansion with members of the House.
[TAPE#=Time Off #3]
Two days a week some Giles County students switch roles and become teachers.
In this week's Time Off Shannon Young takes us to the Giles County Historical Museum where the past is becoming personal.
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[SUPER=01-Melissa Sharp/Narrows Elem.-Middle School; :01 -HOT CHANGE-]
[SUPER=01-Frances Breedlove/Narrows Elem.-Middle School; :29]
[SUPER=01-Alex Witten/Museum Volunteer; 45:]
[SUPER=01-Jessica Hare/Narrows Elem.-Middle School; 1:01]
[SUPER=01-Eddie Lucas/Narrows Elem.-Middle School; 1:13]
[SUPER=01-Richard Scott/Narrows Elem.-Middle School; 1:24]
[OUT Q=N7, Harrisburg]
[IN Q=This stuff, the pictures..]
((((This stuff, the pictures and purple hearts from my Dad's side of the family. It's from our grandfather. He was in World War II.))
[OUT Q=was in World War II.]
Students at Giles County Elementary schools are showing and telling, but they're not standing in front of the class.
Instead, they've brought family heirlooms to the Giles County Historical Museum where you can sit in on the presentation.
[IN Q=Well, the idea actually...]
((Well, the idea actually came from our Mr. Witten. He'd been wanting to do something with the museum and schools together to get students more interested in visiting the museum... people from the county get to see what a nice museum we had.))
[OUT Q=what a nice museum we had.]
[IN Q=What pleases us is...]
((What pleases us is their enthusiasm. They've just really taken to it.))
[OUT Q=really taken to it.]
And learned alot in the process.
Jessica found this blanket while cleaning out her house.
[IN Q=It was used by...]
((It was used by my great-great-grandmother to cover her.. and it was the only thing she had to get warm by.))
[OUT Q=to get warm by.]
Each weekend for the length of the program you'll find about a dozen students waiting to greet you at the museum's door with a smile and a story.
[IN Q=Over here's some stuff...]
((Over here's some stuff from my Great-grandmother Lucy Patton...))
[OUT Q=great grandmother Lucy Patton.]
[IN Q=I think it's very interesting...]
((I think it's very interesting 'cause everybody can see part of our nation's history and especially our town around here.))
[OUT Q=town around here.]
[IN Q=The "School Days Program" runs...]
((The "School Days Program" runs for three months and features three schools. Narrows Elementary in February. Macy McLarity in March. And Eastern Elementary in April.))
[OUT Q=Eastern Elementary in April.]
But students say their research will continue...
[IN Q=I wanna know what she...]
((I wanna know what she looked like and how did she react to making this and how long it took her and stuff like that.))
[OUT Q=stuff like that.]))
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If you'd like more information about the "School Days Program" you can log onto our website at wdbj7-dot-com and click on the Time Off suitcase.
Accusations are swirling that Hugh Rodham was paid for doing months of work to commute a prison sentence- and received a "success fee" for helping with a pardon.
Teri Okita is following the case and has the latest.
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[OUT Q=CBS News, Washignton.]
((IT WAS A PRESIDENTIAL PARDON THAT HIT WAY TOO CLOSE TO HOME...SO CLOSE
FORMER PRESIDENT BILL CLINTON IS ALREADY TRYING TO DISTANCE HIMSELF FROM IT.
HUGH RODHAM -- BROTHER OF -- HILLARY CLINTON-- APPARENTLY RECEIVED HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS FOR LOBBYING TO GET PRESIDENTIAL PARDONS FOR TWO MEN.
ALMON GLENN BRASWELL WAS CONVICTED OF FRAUD, PERJURY AND TAX EVASION IN
THE EARLY '80S FOR MAKING FALSE CLAIMS ABOUT THE EFFECTIVENESS OF A
TREATMENT FOR BALDNESS. CARLOS VIGNALI -- WAS A CONVICTED DRUG DEALER.
HUGH RODHAM SUCCEEDED ON BOTH ACCOUNTS.
ACCORDING TO FRIENDS-- HE HAS ALWAYS BEEN VERY CLOSE TO HIS SISTER-- STANDING JUST BEHIND HER--AT HER SWEARING IN TO THE SENATE LAST MONTH.
SHE IS SAID BE FURIOUS....AND DENIES KNOWING ANYTHING.
THE CLINTONS TOGETHER ISSUED THIS STATEMENT:
"I BECAME AWARE THAT HUGH RODHAM RECEIVED A CONTINGENCY FEE IN CONNECTION WITH THE PARDON APPLICATION OF GLEN BRASWELL AND A FEE FOR WORK ON CARLOS VIGNALI'S COMMUTATION APPLICATION. NEITHER HILLARY NOR I HAD ANY KNOWLEDGE OF SUCH PAYMENTS. WE ARE DEEPLY DISTURBED BY THESE REPORTS AND HAVE INSISTED THAT HUGH RETURN ANY MONIES RECEIVED."
RODHAM'S ATTORNEY SAYS HE RETURNED THE MONEY.
REGARDLESS-- THE RED FLAG HAS AGAIN BEEN RAISED .... ABOUT THE LAST-MINUTE PARDONS.
FORMER PRESIDENT JIMMY CARTER HAS EVEN WEIGHED IN WITH HIS OPINION.
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"I think that President Clinton has really, ah, made one of his most serious mistakes the way he handled the pardon situation during the last few hours he was in office. There were a number of them that were quit
questionable. I think about 40 had not been recommended by the Justice Dept."
ONE OF THE TWO CONGRESSIONAL COMMITTEES --ALREADY LOOKING INTO THE
PARDONS....SAYS IT IS ADDING THIS LATEST INCIDENT -- TO THE THINGS IT WILL BE INVESTIGATING.
TERI OKITA, CBS NEWS, WASHINGTON.))
U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell has arrived in Egypt for today's meeting with Russia's Foreign Prime Minister.
He wants to hear Russia's views on missile defense.
The Kremlin has shown a willingness to talk about missile defenses and floated preliminary ideas about a missile shield for Europe.
Powell is also hoping to convince Arab and European countries to support efforts aimed at forcing Iraq to abandon its weapons programs.
During his four-day trip, Powell will visit six countries in the Middle East, the Persian Gulf and Europe.
You usually see them cruising on water.. but this weekend they're at the Roanoke Civic Center just waiting to be sold.
It's the annual Southwest Virginia Boat Show and Jacey Birch stopped by to find out why this is a show you don't want to miss.
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[super=01-Greg Ballangee/Smith Mountain Yacht Club; :19]
[OUT-Q=I'm Jacey Birch]
[take FULL SCREEN BOARD]
The boat show runs from 10 to 9 today, and from 10 to 6 tomorrow.
[WIPE INTO WEEKEND CALENDAR BOARD!!! -- WIPE WIPE WIPE]
In this weeks Weekend Diner we're turning to the sea for a delightful treat... where we add clams to a nice bowl of pasta...
[OUT Q=stop animation]
[WIPE WIPE WIPE WIPE WIPE]
The future of Southside and Southwest's share of Virginia's tobacco settlement money is clouded.
The Senate Finance Committee met briefly to reject the bill to "securitize" the money in one lump sum payment up front.
That was Governor Jim Gilmore's latest effort to control the 50-percent of the state settlement earmarked for "tobacco dependent communities."
Without legislation, the settlement will be paid out in a potentially larger sum over 20 years.
He's been a familiar face around the Danville Courthouse for years.
But now you must address him as your honor.
Joseph Walton (My-lum) Milam Junior was sworn in yesterday as a judge for the twenty-second Judicial Circuit.
He succeeds Judge James Ingram who retired earlier this year.
Milam is a Danville native who spent most of his career in private practice.
The General Assembly approved his appointment earlier this month.
Circuit court judges serve eight year terms.
[GRAPHIC=Earnhardt Crash Invest.]
Findings released yesterday indicate many of the injuries Dale Earnhardt suffered would have been far less severe without equipment malfunction.
Mike Stevens has more from the North Carolina Motor Speedway.
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[SUPER=03-Rockingham, NC; :00]
[SUPER=01-Gary Nelson/NASCAR Competition Director; :16]
[SUPER=01-Mike Helton/NASCAR President; :53]
[SUPER=01-Dr. Steve Bohannon/Trauma Physician; 1:10]
[OUT Q=News 7 Sports]
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It's that time of year again - time for Thin Mints... Caramel DeLites... and Shortbread cookies
The annual Girl Scout cookie drive is officially underway.
And the girls in the Moneta Brownie troop received their cookies last night to deliver and sell.
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((I'm a brownie and I sold three hundred boxes and the more money we get for the troop, the more projects and trips we can go on.))
[IN Q=(2:04) I'm a brownie and I sold]
[SUPER=01-Holly Sheets/Brownie Troop #921]
[OUT Q=(2:17) trips we can go on.]
Fifty-five cents of every three dollar box of cookies goes directly back to local Girl Scout Troops.
This year there are eight different cookies to choose from... including the new Animal Treasures... fudge between shortbread.
Girls Scouts will be selling cookies at the Valley View Mall next Saturday... March third... between ten and six.
[anchor=Denise -- ON RECORD]
[Newscast = Sat AM]
DENISE ON RECORD WITH GUEST:
The death of Dale Earnhardt this week sent shockwaves through the ranks of NASCAR - from the officials - to the drivers - and especially to the fans...
We've seen an outpouring of grief from viewers - joining us this morning to talk about why people are so affected by the death of a sports figure is Licensed Clinical Social Worker John Westervelt.
Thanks for joining us.
Not only are you a social worker with Carilion - you're a NASCAR fan yourself. How were you affected by Sunday's events?
[super=01-John Westervelt/Clinical Social Worker]
We have some video from a memorial service
for Earnhardt at the New River Valley Speedway earlier this week... There was a huge turnout of around 3-thousand people.
Why do you think people took this so personally?
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DENISE ON RECORD
We've also seen a large response...
to our Earnhardt message boards on our website... at WDBJ7-dot-com.
Do you think the Internet has helped people with their grieving process for such a popular person?
AD LIB ANSWER
Jury selection will continue for a fourth day Monday in the capital murder trial of Jeffrey Allen Thomas.
Debates between the judge and defense attorneys over jury questions slowed down the process yesterday.
Judge Colin Gibb denied a motion by the defense to move the trial.
The Defense attorney said selection was proving too difficult.
So far, attorneys have picked 21 of the 28 potential jurors that will be narrowed down to 12 next week.
They will decide whether Thomas is guilty of killing Radford teenager Tara Munsey last year.
[ANCHOR=Leo -- ON RECORD]
[TAPE#=Movie Review #3; TC ]
[2-SHOT LEO and ANNA On-Record]
[SUPER=18-Anna Wentworth; :01]
[SUPER=18-"3000 Miles to Graceland"; ]
[SUPER=18-Warner Brothers; ]
((The trailer for "3000 Miles to Graceland" is
misleading, there is very little about Elvis
impersonators and a lot about killing. There is a
higher body count here than in some wars.
The first half of the movie is spectacularly awful.
Loud music, strange camera angles, speeded up action
and other patently artificial methods ruin what might
have been an interesting concept, a group of really
nasty crooks dress up like Elvis and pass for Elvis
impersonators in order to rob a casino. They do the
job openly, planning, apparently, to kill everyone in
the place. So why they need to be somewhat disguised
seems pointless. After most of the characters have
been killed, the movie starts to actually tell a story
and make a little bit of sense. There is enough
misogynistic attitude to offend almost any woman, and
David Arquette couldn't get killed early enough.
Kevin Costner is Murphy, a brutal killer with no
conscience at all. He and a group of ex-con friends
steal several million dollars from a casino. Murphy
thinks he has killed all of his cohorts, but Mike,
played by Kurt Russell, outsmarts him and the movie
becomes a cat and mouse game with millions of dollars
at stake as well as the lives of a cunning woman,
Cybil, played by Courtney Cox Arquette, and her son,
Jesse, a clever little kid, winningly portrayed by
David Kaye. Mike, Cybil and Jesse go on the lam with
Murphy in pursuit. The only thing that works in the
movie is the relationship between Mike, a reluctant
father figure and Jesse who turns out to be a con-man
It is difficult to decide what the director was trying
to do here. Whatever it was, it didn't work.
"3000 Miles to Graceland" is rated R for violence,
unnecessarily vile language and a generally negative
attitude. It gets a D. We have to wait until the
closing credits to see Kurt Russell do his Elvis
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[SUPER=18-Anna's Grade "C-";]
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