Ahead on NEWS 7 at six...
It's beautiful to look at--
But today's snow also brought with it a few headaches...
Coming up-- a live report from Roanoke Regional Airport.
Plus, funeral services are held today for one of the victims of this week's shooting at the Appalachian School of Law.
In sports, Mike Stevens catches up with Jeff Gordon on NASCAR's media tour plus scores and highlights from college hoops.
And Michael Jordan returned to Chicago today for the first time since returning to the N-B-A.
A winter storm dominated the mid-Atlantic for our entire Saturday dumping plenty of snow during the day while now we are dealing with both rain and freezing rain... we'll tell you what more we can expect tonight... coming up.
[IN Q=Nothing is coming out...]
((CHARLES LATTIMER: NOTHING IS COMING OUT OF HERE TODAY. NOTHING. I THOUGHT WE WERE GOING TO GET OUT OF HERE BUT FUEL LEAKS AND THIS AND THAT SO I'M GOING TO GO HOME AND TRY TO DO IT TOMORROW.))
[OUT Q=do it tomorrow]
Today's storm causes problems for air travelers and motorists across our region.
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Good evening, I'm Teresa Hamilton.
It's the MOST snow many of us have seen so far this winter.
And while the storm didn't last long, it was here just long enough to create trouble and disrupt many weekend plans.
There was plenty of both at the Roanoke Regional Airport.
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That's where we find Justin McLeod tonight. Justin, are there still delays and cancellations at this hour?
((ROLLCUE: ALTOGETHER IT MADE FOR A DAY FULL OF PROBLEMS ON THE ROAD AND IN THE AIR...))
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[IN Q=Nat sound on highway]
[SUPER=01-Charles Lattimer/Motorist; :37]
[SUPER=01-Robert Bengston/Director of Public Works; 1:01]
[SUPER=01-Rick Simmons/Air Traveler; 1:14]
[OUT Q=FLIP OVER INTO THE SNOW]
((((NAT SOUND OF CARS DRIVING))
The storm arrived here in Roanoke just before daybreak.
Within an hour, more than an inch of snow had covered the roads.
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[IN Q=It looks pretty ]
((NOREEN HARTKERN: IT LOOKS PRETTY BUT IT'S BEEN TREACHROUS DRIVING.))
((BUTCH TURNER: JUST A LOT OF CARS GOING SLOW, A LOT OF THEM GET IN THE HAMMER LANE AND JUST KEEP ROLLING PASS YOU SEE COVER YOU UP WITH SNOW WHEN THEY PASS YOU.))
[OUT Q=they pass you]
((NAT SOUND OF V-DOT CREW; 56:19))
V-DOT crews spent most of the morning trying to remove that snow from the highways.
But when you're dealing with a wintry mix, it's almost impossible to keep people from sliding into problems.(SHOT OF ACCIDENT ON 581)
[IN Q=I saw about]
((CHARLES LATTIMER: I SAW ABOUT A 1/2 DOZEN CARS IN THE DITCHES AND STUFF. EVERYTHING WAS PROBABLY MOVING 30 MILES An HOUR.))
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((NAT SOUND OF ROANOKE CITY TRUCK))
It was also slow going for the 50 or so Roanoke City plows.
By mid-afternoon, some secondary roads still remained covered with snow. (SHOT OF CAR SLIPPING; 1:07:11)
But an even bigger problem arrived when the temperature began to drop.
[IN Q=Ice, obviously snow]
((ROBERT BENGTSON/DIRECTOR OF PUBLIC WORKS: ICE, OBVIOUSLY SNOW CAN BE SOMETHING WE CAN WORK THROUGH BUT ICE CAN ALWAYS BE TRICKY.))
[OUT Q=always be tricky]
((SHOT OF DEICING PLANE))
The ice and snow also made for a tricky situation at the Roanoke Regional Airport.
By noon, more than half of the flights in and out of here were canceled.
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[IN Q=They put on a]
((RICK SIMMONS/AIR PASSENGER: THEY PUT ME ON A DELTA FLIGHT. IT LOOK IT WAS GOING TO GET OUT BEFORE I GOT OFF, IT RE-ROUTED TO ANOTHER TOWN.))
((DINA STUMP/AIR PASSENGER: WE'VE BEEN SITTING HERE FOR AWHILE AND WE'RE DRIVING TO WASHINGTON TO GET FLIGHTS OUT FROM THERE.))
[OUT Q=out from there]
But there was no need to head to Washington if all you wanted was to enjoy what mother nature left behind.
((NAT SOUND OF BOOTS; 1:11:01))
What became a major inconvenience for most of us turned into a winter wonderland for area kids.
[IN Q=There's a lot of snow]
((ANDY RANSOM: THERE'S A LOT OF SNOW SO YOU GO REALLY FAST AND WHEN YOU GO TO THE BOTTOM YOU CAN FLIP OVER INTO THE SNOW.))
[OUT Q=into the snow]))
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[TAKE V-DOT PHONE # FS - 4491ESSC]
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Funeral services are held in Buchanan County this afternnon for Angela Dales.
Dales was a student at the Appalachian School of Law in Grundy-
Today's service for Dales was held in Keen Mountain.
Two faculty members at the law school were also shot and killed in Wednesday's attack.
Still ahead, a business that's been in the area for more than 90 years receives some national recognition.
and also, call it a field of dreams... Covington is hoping to score big with a sports complex under construction. We'll have that and more when News 7 at 6 returns.
A Roanoke Valley clothing store that's been around for nearly a century is receiving national attention.
Earlier this month-- the Roanoke County Board of Supervisors recognized Davidson's men's store for a recent achievement.
Esquire Magazine recently named Davidson's one of the top 100- retail stores in the United States.
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[IN Q=WE CERTAINLY]
[SUPER=01-Larry Davidson/Davidson's Inc.; :00]
((WE CERTAINLY LOOK FORWARD TO DURING BUSINESS IN THE ROANOKE VALLEY FOR ALOT MORE YEARS AND ONCE AGAIN I THINK YOU FOR YOUR RECOGNITION AND YOUR KIN PERSONAL COMMENTS.))
[OUT Q=PERSONAL COMMENTS.]
During the same meeting-- the supervisors thanked Fuzzy Minnix for his work as Chairman of the Roanoke County Board of Supervisors last year.
Covington officials hope they can hit a home run with a sports complex being constructed in the city.
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The complex will feature five regulation softball fields, three soccer fields, as well as tennis and basketball courts.
City officials hope the complex will attract additional tourists to the Alleghany Highlands, and bring more money to the area's economy.
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[IN Q=Getting people to visit...]
((ALAN DRESSLER/COVINGTON RECREATION DIRECTOR; GETTING PEOPLE TO VISIT COVINGTON, AND THE HIGHLANDS, SPENDING NIGHTS IN OUR MOTELS, VISITING OUR RESTARAUNTS AND DOWNTOWN AREA AND SHOPPING IN ADDITION TO IMPROVING THE QUALITY OF LIFE FOR OUR CITIZENS HERE THIS WILL HOPEFULLY BE A BOOST TO OUR EXISTING ECONOMY.))
[SUPER=01-Allen Dressler/Covington Recreation Director;]
[OUT Q=boost to our economy.]
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The project could cost about 1-and-a-half million dollars.
Officials hope the complex will be up and running by the spring of next year.
Still ahead, Michael Jordan returns to the United Center for his first game in Chicago since retiring from the Bulls. Roy Stanley will have highlights.
but before that, we'll take a trip to the Danville Science Center, where kids are finding out learning CAN be fun...
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It's an Amtrak station that doubles as a hands-on classroom.
It's designed to get kids interested about the world around them in an entertaining environment.
In this week's Time Off, Shannon Young takes us to the Danville Science Center.
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[IN Q=(nats of electricity) You might be shocked...]
[SUPER=01-Ginny Laubinger/Danville Science Center; :37]
(([SOT 2:07:42-2:07:44 ]
((NATS - ELECTRICITY))
You might be shocked to learn you don't have to travel to the Science Museum of Virginia in Richmond to learn about electricity.
The agency's first and only satellite center is near downtown Danville at the historic "Crossing of the Dan".
From physics to biology to optical illusions, interactive displays explain the laws that make the earth go 'round.
[IN Q=As I push the button... ]
((As I push the button you can see the electricity jumping from the small ball to the large ball.))
[OUT Q=jumping from the small ball to the large ball.]
Be amazed by the the Bernoulli Blower.
[IN Q=What happens when I put the ball in place.]
((What happens when I put the ball in place is that the column of air holds the ball. What's interesting is that even if I move the column the stream of air continues to hold the ball in place.))
[OUT Q=continues to hold that ball in place.]
Or take a beat to learn about the cycles of life.
[IN Q=Thsi particular area...]
((This particular area talks about the rythms of live, like the heartbeat and the way the heartbeat changes in response to exercise.))
[OUT Q=in response to exercise.]
Director Ginny Laubinger says teachers help make sure exhibits meet the SOLs.
The fun factor helps complete the short trip between learning and understanding.
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[IN Q=As we move the plane...]
((As we move the plane it's 10 o'clock in New York but your internal clock is set to Paris France where it's 3 o'clock in the morning.))
[OUT Q=where it's 3 o'clock in the morning.]
And don't be surprised if a train rattles by just a few feet away.
Since 1899 the building's served as an Amtrak station although now, passengers board only during the wee hours of the night.
But even those who stay put can take a journey... into the fascinating realm of science.
Shannon Young, News 7, Danville.))
And coming up In sports, Michael Jordan gets a warm welcome in Chicago Kentucky gets a win over Norte Dame in college basketball.
And defending Winston Cup Points champion Jeff Gordon entertains the guys on NASCAR's Media Tour.
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Tonight's stop of the NASCAR Media Tour takes us to the workplace of the reigning Winston Cup champion, Jeff Gordon.
Mike Stevens checks in from Harrisburg, North Carolina.
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[SUPER=01-Jeff Gordon/Four-Time Winston Cup Champ; :26]
[OUT Q=...NEWS 7 SPORTS."]
Michael Jordan returned today and his Washington Wizards pull out a 77 to 69 win over the Chicago Bulls.
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It's Jordan's first trip to Chicago since becoming a Wizard.
Early in the game Jordan pulls up and hits the hoop and the Wizards took the early lead.
Chicago's Ron Mercer takes it to the hoop for the reverse and two of his 14 points.
Then watch Jordan get out on the break and get it to Tyrone Nesby giving the Bulls a 6 point lead.
Jordan and his Carolina buddy Hubert Davis run the floor Davis to Jordan for 2 of his 16 and the Wizards win it 77 to 69.
Kentucky was one of several ranked teams in action today.
Keith Bogans scored 23 as the Wildcats beat Notre Dame 72 to 65.
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Kentucky out to protectt its 12-th place ranking.
Ryan Humphrey takes it in for the Irish scoring 2 of his 14 points but Notre Dame trailed by six.
The Wildcats then take it inside Chuck Hayes with the easy basket to make it 52 to 44 Kentucky.
[SUPER=33-Kentucky#12/72/Notre Dame/65/; :]
Then near the end of the game Bogans gets out on the break for the jam and 2 of his game high 23 and the Wildcats beat the Irish 72 to 65.
Top ranked Duke was back in action this afternoon. the blue Devils beat 14-th ranked Wake Forest this afternoon 103 to 80.
And here's a look at some of this afternoon's other college scores.
[SUPER=0098-j/Duke#1/103//Wake Forest#14/80///j/N.C. State/84//Georgia Tech/71///;]
[SUPER=0098-j/Miami#24/102//Providence/96//Overtime/j/C. Charleston/63//VMI/55//Jason Conley 19-Points/;]
[SUPER=0098-j/Hamp.-Sydney/88//Emory & Henry/82///j/Methodist/76//Ferrum/74///;]
[OUT Q=...last score."]
Before we say goodnight...we thought we'd remind you of the fun side of snow...
He's a 12- foot snowman-- built by a Roanoke family.
We'll see you back here at eleven.
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