The storm that hammered portions of North Carolina yesterday, gave parts of western Virginia a break.
But not everyone.
While the pavement is dry this morning in the Roanoke Valley, several inches of snow are on the ground in other areas.
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Joe Dashiell has been checking conditions in southside, and is live this morning with an update.
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The controversy over expanded alcohol sales at the Roanoke Civic Center is brewing once again.
The Civic Center received its new license last summer but now several months later it has had to make some unexpected changes.
Justin McLeod tells us why.
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[SUPER=01-Robyn Schon/Civic Center Spokesperson; :36]
[SUPER=01-Susan Smiley/Lexington Resident; 1:13]
[OUT Q=JM, News 7]
((((NAT SOUND OF BUYING BEER))
The next time you go to a concert at the Roanoke Civic Center, you'll most likely have to buy and drink alcohol in a beer garden.
You won't be able to consume it in the arena where the event is being held.
That doesn't sit well with people like Kari Horsley.
[IN Q=We're adults]
((KARI HORSLEY/ROANOKE RESIDENT: WE'RE ADULTS. YOU'RE LEGAL AND IT'S OUR GIVEN RIGHT LEGALLY.))
[OUT Q=GIVEN RIGHT LEGALLY]
But the Civic Center has no choice.
Recently, an ABC agent gave the Civic Center a written warning after attending an event where the lights went down.
He told city officials it is impossible to watch people when it goes dark and that could create problems.
[SOT 31:45 (ALAN JACKSON TAPE)]
[IN Q=We've always been]
((ROBYN SCHON/CIVIC CENTER SPOKESPERSON: WE'VE ALWAYS BEEN VERY AWARE OF HOW EASY IT IS TO LOSE YOUR ALCOHOL LICENSE AND IT TOOK A LONG TIME TO GET THAT LICENSE. WE CERTAINLY DON'T WANT TO JEOPARDIZE THAT IN ANYWAY.))
[OUT Q=that in anyway]
So the Civic Center has decided to set up a beer garden next door in the exhibit hall.
The same rules apply, you will to show an id, get a bracelet, and be limited to three alcohol beverages.
The beer garden will potentially be used for every event where the lights go down.
[SOT 35:44; 31:55]
[IN Q=I think it is]
((RICK GLADU/ROANOKE RESIDENT: I THINK IT IS TOO CONTROLLING.))
((BO LAND/ROANOKE RESIDENT: YOU'RE THERE TO SEE THE SHOW. YOU DON'T WANT TO GET WILD AND CRAZY UP THERE.))
[OUT Q=CRAZY UP THERE]
Some also see a beer garden as sort of a compromise that could be a win win for everyone.
[IN Q=You can come down]
((SUSAN SMILEY/LEXINGTON RESIDENT: YOU CAN COME DOWN HERE AND ENJOY YOUR POSITION IF YOU WANT TO DRINK AND THEN YOU DON'T HAVE TO INVOLVE CHILDREN IN IT EITHER.))
[OUT Q=INVOLVE CHILDREN IN IT EITHER]
[IN Q=It is that family atmosphere]
((JUSTIN McLEOD/REPORTING: IT IS THAT FAMILY ATMOSPHERE THAT HAS SOME AREA CHURCHES FIGHTING THE EXPANDED ALCOHOL LICENSE IN COURT. MEANTIME, THE CIVIC CENTER SAYS IT COULD LOSE MORE THAN HALF ITS PROFITS IN ALCOHOL SALES AS A RESULT OF THE NEW RESTRICTIONS. JUSTIN McLEOD, NEWS 7.))))
The House of Delegates and state Senate have approved competing versions of a new state budget that are radically different.
The Senate plan would substantially boost funding for public education, transportation and the environment.
House Republicans also muscled through a measure that provides nearly 9 billion dollars for public schools but strips millions from transportation and freezes the money used for local police agencies.
That has some area emergency personnel worried.
Firefighters, cops and E-M-T's gathered at Lynchburg's Miller Park yesterday to protest the move.
They say the House's two-year budget version would freeze more than 150 million dollars in money for local fire, rescue and police agencies.
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[IN Q=If the House]
((ART LIPSCOMB/LYNCHBURG FIREFIGHTERS ASSOCIATION: IF THE HOUSE OF DELEGATES PASS THEIR BUDGET, FUNDING FOR THE LOCAL POLICE DEPARTMENTS WILL BE FROZEN. LYNCHBURG AND BEDFORD ALONE WILL LOSE OVER 600-THOUSAND DOLLARS. IF THE HOUSE OF DELEGATES PASS THEIR BUDGET, OUR OVER-CROWDED JAILS WILL RECEIVE NO RELIEF. IF THE HOUSE OF DELEGATES PASS THEIR BUDGET, THE SALARIES OF OUR TROOPERS AND DEPUTIES WILL REMAIN DISGRACEFULLY LOW.))
[SUPER=01-Art Lipscomb/Lynchburg Firefighters Association]
[OUT Q=remain disgracefully low.]
Lipscomb says public safety agencies are already having trouble meeting new regulations and high demands for service with the funding they have.
After taking control of half the country, rebels say
they're ready to attack the capital city if Haiti's president doesn't step down.
As the situation grows more uncertain, the U-S is questioning
whether President Arisitide can effectively lead the country.
Aleen Sirgany reports.
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[SUPER=03-Port-au-Prince, Haiti; :00]
[SUPER=01-Guy Philippe/Haitian Rebel Leader; :12]
[SUPER=01-Colin Powell/U. S. Secretary of State; 1:08]
[SUPER=01-Aleen Sirgany/CBS News; 1:19]
[OUT Q=Sirgany, CBS News, Washington.]
BURNING TIRES MARK THE ROADS LEADING TO THE HEART OF THE HAITIAN CAPITAL
CITY. SUPPORTERS OF EMBATTLED PRESIDENT JEAN BERTRAND ARISTEDE HAVE SET
UP THE BARRICADES TO SLOW DOWN THE ADVANCING REBELS.
(Guy Philippe, Haitian Rebel Leader)
PHILIPPE SOT: We gave the order to surround Port-au-Prince and our guys
are there waiting for the order to attack.
THE REBELS HAVENT SAID EXACTLY WHEN THE ORDER WILL COME.. BUT THEY HAVE
PROMISED TO MOVE IN AND ARREST ARISTEDE IF HE REFUSES TO RESIGN.
(NAT MARINE- I need everyone to move over there)
U-S MARINES ARMED WITH M16S STEPPED-IN TO HELP EVACUATE U-N WORKERS AND
OTHER FOREIGNERS TRYING TO GET OUT OF THE COUNTRY. LONG LINES AND
CANCELLED FLIGHTS MET THE PEOPLE WHO MADE IT TO THE AIRPORT.
(NAT- Aristede supporters)
THOSE STILL LOYAL TO ARISTEDE HAVE FORTIFIED HIS PRESIDENTIAL PALACE. HE
IS VOWING NOT TO LEAVE AND ASKING FOR A SMALL GROUP OF FOREIGN
PEACEKEEPERS TO MAKE THE REBELS TO STAND DOWN.
HAITIS CARIBBEAN NEIGHBORS URGED THE U-N SECURITY COUNCIL TO
IMMEDIATELY SEND HELP. AFTER FRANCE AND THE U-S WEIGHED-IN, THE COUNCIL
AGREED TROOPS WOULD NOT GO UNTIL A POLITICAL SETTLEMENT COULD BE
REACHED. NOW THE HAITIAN PRESIDENT FACES MOUNTING SCRUTINY.
(Colin Powell, US Secretary of State)
POWELL SOT: i hope mr aristede will examine his position carefully and
that judgments will be made as to what is best for the people of haiti
at this most difficult time.
STAND-UP CLOSE: WHILE THE U-S IS QUESTIONING WHETHER ARISTEDE CAN BE AN
EFFECTIVE LEADER, FRANCE HAS ALREADY CALLED FOR HIS RESIGNATION. TODAY
THE FRENCH FOREIGN MINISTER IS SUPPOSED TO HOST A MEETING WITH
REPRESENTATIVES OF THE HAITIAN GOVERNMENT AS WELL AS THE OPPOSITION.
ALEEN SIRGANY, CBS NEWS, WASHINGTON.
Today California's attorney general will ask the state supreme court whether the city of San Francisco is breaking the law by issuing marriage licenses to gay couples.
[SUPER=03-San Francisco, CA;]
Yesterday, San Francisco gave former talk show host Rosie O'Donnell and her girlfriend a marriage license.
The two traveled across the country from New York to wed at City Hall.
California law designates marriage as only between a man and a woman.
Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger directed the attorney general to take the matter to the state's highest court.
A malfunctioning space suit cut short a spacewalk.
One of the two astronauts from the International Space Station reported that the device that regulates temperatures inside his space suit wasn't working correctly.
The Russian space agency then advised the crew to head back into the station.
It was the first time in its five-year-history that the outpost
has been left empty during a spacewalk.
The pair did manage to leave behind some new experiements, including a European test dummy designed to study the long-term effects of space radiation on the human torso.
The man accused of killing three people at the Appalachian School of Law in Grundy may be negotiating a plea agreement.
If it goes through, Peter Odighizuwa could avoid a possible death sentence.
An attorney who represents the family of one of the victims says Odighizuwa would receive multiple life sentences in exchange for his plea.
A hearing is scheduled today.
The founder of a Japanese doomsday cult has been convicted and sentenced to death for the 19- 95 nerve gas attack on a Tokyo subway that left a dozen people dead.
Bruce Dunning reports.
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[SUPER=03-Tokyo, Japan; :00]
[SUPER=01-Bruce Dunning/CBS News; 1:13]
[OUT Q=Dunning, CBS News, Tokyo.]
From the moment Asahara was taken from his jail.bused under heavy
guard to hear his fate in court, every movement was scrutinized by
Japanese news media. More than 45 hundred people lined up hoping to
grab one of 38 spectator seats in the court room.
As expected, the three judges found him guilty on all 13 counts of
ordering his followers to murder opponents of his doomsday cult and of
ordering the horrendous poison gas attack in the Tokyo subways.
In court today, the downcast cult leader -- his hair cropped, his beard
turned white -- looked far different from
(file photos of Asahara)
the image of Asahara that has haunted Japan ever.
since March 20th, 1995, when cult members unleashed the poison nerve
gas in five subway trains. More than 5 thousand people were
stricken12 died..hundreds still suffer, like Sumiko Kono comatose for
The attack traumatized Japan.just as the Oklahoma City bombing would
traumatize Americans just one month later. The Japanese learned that
their country was no longer safe and free from terror. They learned
that thousands of bright young Japanese had converted to this fanatic
cult that sought to destroy the world they knew.
Asahara is the last of the cult leaders to be convicted.the 12th
sentenced to death. But the appeals will drag on for years so the
story of the cult called Aum Shinrikyo - Supreme Truth - is far from
over. BD CBS News Tokyo
Researchers say four percent of U-S Roman Catholic clergy have been accused of sexual abuse over the past five decades.
During the height of the abuse scandal, Catholic bishops set up a watchdog group called the National Review Board.
The group oversaw this survey, which found 44- hundred out of nearly 110- thousand priests who served since 19-50 had faced allegations of abuse.
Today the review board plans to discuss the findings, as well as a companion report that blames some bishops for allowing the problem to get worse.
Supporters of a primary seat belt law will have to wait another year.
Action on a bill to toughen enforcement of the state seat belt law was postponed until next year.
Senator Tommy Norment said he did not have enough votes to get the bill passed.
Norment says he will use the coming year to educate six new committee members about the benefits of his bill.
And he is confident it will eventually pass.
[IN Q=I can assure you that the federal -government]
[SUPER=01-Sen. Tommy Norment/(R) James City Co.]
[OUT Q=will have that bill enacted in Virginia.]
Norment's bill would allow police to stop and ticket motorists for failing to buckle up.
Current law allows police to ticket seat belt violators only if they are pulled over for another offense.
Also late yesterday, Manassas Delegate Bob Marshall suggested cutting funding to state colleges and universitites that have sexually suggestive programs.
Marshall singled out Virginia Tech for its student "Sex Talk Live Television" show and the current legal troubles of quarterback Marcus Vick.
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Birth control and budget issues took center stage at the General Assembly yesterday.
Richmond Bureau Chief Meghan Muldoon has more.
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[IN Q=NAT SOUND OF CHEERING]
[SUPER=01-Jennifer Woolley/Virginians Aligned Against Sexual Assault;]
[SUPER=01-Del. Bob Marshall/(R) Prince William Co.;]
[OUT Q=MM, News 7, Richmond]
(([NAT SOUND OF CHEERING]
Abortion rights supporters stood up and cheered when a Senate Committee killed legislation that would have stopped state-supported universities from distributing the morning-after pill.
Opponents of the bill say easy access to the pill is especially important for victims of sexual assault.
((Jennifer Woolley/Virginians Aligned Against Sexual Assault: Having to figure out how to prevent a pregnancy how to get off campus to a pharmacy to get emergency contraceptive simply adds enough step and an undue burden on these victims.))
But the patron of the bill, Delegate Bob Marshall says rape victims who become pregnant have a DUTY to carry the child to term.
((DELEGATE BOB MARSHALL/R-PRINCE WILLIAM CO.:WHAT THE HELL OF A NATION HAVE WE COME TO WHEN YOU CAN'T ASK FOR SACRIFICE WE'RE GOING DOWN IF WE REFUSE TO SACRIFICE. :20))
The emotional debates continued on the floor of the House and Senate as members voted on their respective budgets and debated who should or should not get the state's money.
Senator Brandon Bell wants equal funding for museums in Southwest Virginia.
((SENATOR BRANDON BELL/R-ROANOKE CO: WE HAVE A GREAT DISPARITY IN THE STATE, I HAVE A VERY LARGE DIFFICULTY TELLING THOSE BACK HOME THAT WE ARE RAISING REVENUES BUT THESE INSTITUTIONS ARE NOT GOING TO BE THE RECIPIENT.))
Delegate Ward Armstrong wants more money to promote economic development in Southside Virginia.
((DELEGATE WARD ARMSTRONG/D-HENRY CO: SO ITS MORE IMPORTANT FOR US TO BUILD PARKING GARAGES THAN IT IS TO REVITALIZE A REGION OF THE STATE.))
But regardless of what is decided in the chambers, it is what is negotiated behind closed doors that will ultimately determine where the money goes, and where it comes from.
Meghan Muldoon, News 7, Richmond.))
"Twisted" and "Dirty Dancing, Havana Nights" open in theaters today.
[Take FS Weekend Preview]
Anna Hovind has more in the Weekend Preview.
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[SUPER=04-"Twisted" - Paramount; :05]
[SUPER=04-"Dirty Dancing, Havana Nights" - Lions Gate; :23]
[SUPER=04-"Club Dread" - Fox Searchlights; 1:07]
[OUT Q=I'm Anna Hovind.]
((SOT (TURNS OUT I KNOW BOTH OF THE VICTIMSPEOPLE KEEP DYING AROUND YOU)
IN TWISTED, ASHLEY JUDD IS A POLICE OFFICER, WHO'S PAST LOVERS ARE DYING AT A SURPRISING RATE.
SOT (SHEPARD, I CAN HEAR YOUR HEART BEATINGHE'S WATCHING ME)
TWISTED IR RATED R.
SOT (I CAN TEACH YOU TO DANCE)
DIRTY DANCING, HAVANA NIGHTS, IS SET IN 1958 CUBA. A YOUNG AMERICAN FINDS HERSELF DRAWN NOT ONLY TO A YOUNG MAN, BUT ALSO TO THE MUSIC OF THE ISLAND.
SOT ("DANCE CONTEST)
DIRTY DANCING: HAVANA NIGHTS IS RATED PG-13.
SOT (FESTA TIME, ARE YOU READY TO PARTY)
CLUB DREAD IS A RESORT, PEOPLE ARE JUST DYING TO VISIT.
SOT (TOO WAXY)
CLUB DREAD IS RATED R.
(SOT-"ALL OTHER MEN ARE DEAD)
WITH NOW SHOWING, I'M ANNA HOVIND))
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A Danville non- profit is hoping to expand into Martinsville.
Project Access was recently awarded a planning grant to see how the organization would fare in Martinsville.
The non- profit coordinates free healthcare services and provides discounted prescriptions for the uninsured.
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[IN Q=When we first began]
((KAY CRANE/PROJECT ACCESS DIRECTOR: WHEN WE FIRST BEGAN THE COST OF INDIGENT CARE IN THE EMERGENCY ROOM IN THE DANVILLE AREA WAS OVER 400,000 DOLLARS PER MONTH. WE'VE SEEN IT DROP TO 38,000 DOLLARS JUST IN THE LAST FEW MONTHS.))
[SUPER=01-Kay Crane/Project Access Director;]
[OUT Q=the last few months]
Crane and others will be spending the next few months recruiting doctors who are willing to offer free services.
The move was inspired by a Martinsville Health Fair three months ago.
About a thousand people waited hours to receive services including eye exams and mammograms.
More than 280- thousand dollars worth of dental services were also provided during the two day fair.
A Roanoke bakery is rising to the challenge offered by a global sandwich chain.
Yesterday, Maple Leaf Bakery cut the ribbon on a new production line dedicated to making submarine sandwich rolls for all Quizno's sandwich shops on the east coast.
White and wheat rolls will be provided to four distribution centers.
Maple Leaf recently expanded but is using only a portion of the additional space for the Quizno's line.
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[IN Q=As you can see we're standing...]
((RICHARD LAN/MAPLE LEAF BAKERY CEO: AS YOU CAN SEE WE'RE STANDING IN AN AREA THAT'S NOT BEING USED. WE'VE RECENTLY COME UP WITH ANOTHER CAPITAL PROJECT, A SIMILAR LINE TO THIS TO PUT IN THIS.))
[SUPER=01-Richard Lan/Maple Leaf Bakery CEO;]
[OUT Q=similar line to this to put in this.]
The new mega-line runs 24-hours a day and can produce just under 5-thousand loaves an hour.
Now here's a look at ski conditions around the region.
"Financial pastor" William Thomas Warren was indicted yesterday by a federal grand jury.
Federal agents moved in on Warren's operation a month ago, just as it appears he was about to skip town.
As they searched his home, agents found notes Warren had written himself about where he might move and about concocting a story to explain why he has no checking account.
He promised a 30 percent return on investors' money, while investing only a small portion of the seven to 20 million dollars the government now estimates he took in.
Agents found Warren himself hiding in a crawl space beneath the house.
As part of the multi-count indictment handed up today, the prosecution seeks to acquire the property by forfeiture proceedings.
US Attorney John Brownlee says Warren conducted seminars at Rainbow Forest Baptist among other places in the Roanoke Valley.
He and many of the victims of his investment scheme were members of that church.
Of the 140 victims identified so far, most are in Washington state where Warren's from. The second largest group of investors is in the Roanoke Valley.
In business news, Stocks closed mixed on Wall Street.
Trish Regan has that story and more in this morning's Marketwatch.
[SUPER=01-Trish Regan/Reporting; :00]
[OUT Q=in New York, I'm Trish Regan.]
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In business news, It was a mixed day on Wall Street.
Stan Case has more in today's business brief.
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[SUPER=01-Stan Case/Reporting; :]
[OUT Q=I'm Stan Case.]
((STOCKS ENDED MIXED ON THURSDAY.
THE DOW CLOSED THE DAY DOWN 21 POINTS...
AND THE NASDAQ GAINED NINE.
J-C PENNY SAYS HOLIDAY SALES HEPED PUSH FORTH QUARTER EARNINGS TO 83-CENTS A SHARE.
THAT'S UP FROM 58-CENTS A HARE--EXCLUDING SPECIAL ITEMS--FROM A YEAR AGO AND BEATS ANALYSTS EXPECTATIONS BY THREE-CENTS.
THE NUMBERS DIDN'T INCLUDE THE COMPANY'S ECKERD UNIT.
J-C PENNY IS IN THE PROCESS OF SELLING THE DRUG STORE CHAIN.
SHARES OF STARBUCKS FELL ALMOST FOUR-PERCENT ON THE DAY AFTER IT ANNOUNCED FEBRUARY SALES NUMBERS.
THE SEATTLE BASED COMPANY REPORTED NET REVENUES OF 380-MILLION-DOLLARS FOR THE MONTH...UP 32-PERCENT FROM A YEAR EARLIER.
STARBUCKS SAYS REDEMPTIONS OF GIFT CARDS HELPED IN REACHING THE BIGGEST SAME-STORE SALES INCREASE SINCE JULY OF 19-95.
HOWEVER, THE COMPANY WARNED INVESTORS THAT THE 13-PERCENT JUMP ISN'T EXPECTED TO CONTINUE MONTH-TO-MONTH.
A SEVEN-PERCENT INCREASE IS A MORE LIKELY EXPECTATION.
LIMITED BRANDS POSTED ADJUSTED EARNINGS OF 74-CENTS A DILUTED SHARE FOR THE FOURTH QUARTER.
THAT'S UP FROM 67-CENTS A YEAR AGO.
THE COMPANY OWNS STORES UNDER THE NAMES VICTORIA'S SECRET, BATH AND BODY WORKS, EXPRESS, AND LIMITED.))
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[WOOD ROGERS SPONSOR BOARD 5185 ESSC]
In business news,
Alexis Christoforous has that story and more in this morning's Marketwatch.
[SUPER=01-Alexis Christoforous/Reporting; :00]
[OUT Q=in New York.]
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[Kim at Desk]
Here's what's making news on this .