Up next on News 7 at eleven-
More of this is on the way. Winter weather advisories in effect for
Last minute meetings are under way- But in less than an hour much of the
Government could shut down-
Plus a suspected nationwide serial killer is chased down in Kentucky.
News 7 at eleven is next.
Winter weather advisories are in effect for Western Virginia for tomorrow.
Robin Reed says expect SNOW west of Roanoke.
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A suspected serial killer is in custody.
Glen Rogers ended his alleged killing spree with a high speed chase in
Police linked him to five murders from California to Florida.
The President just moments ago vetoed a spending bill.
Now he is meeting with Congressional leaders.
Much of the government could shut down at midnight.
Join us for News 7 at eleven.
Toss to Robin
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DOPPLER/FULL CLOSE UP ROANOKE
LIVELINE/FULL VIRGINIA TEMPS
TOSS WITH JEAN
The winter weather has already caused some school systems to close for
Take School Watch
Schools in the Alleghany Highlands will be CLOSED tomorrow.
Bath County schools will be CLOSED tomorrow.
As will the Jackson River Technical Center.
In less than one hour, much of the government will shut down- out of money-
because of conflict in Washington.
Regina Blakely reports what's going on right now in Washington and what
it'll mean when the clock strikes twelve.
SUPER=01-Rep. Newt Gingrich/(R) House Speaker;
SUPER=01-Sen. Pete Domenici/(R) New Mexico;
SUPER=01-Regina Blakley/CBS News;
OUT Q=Standard Outcue."
((The hours before the deadline were filled with last minute maneuvering.
before President Clinton could veto the temporary spending bill he summoned
congressional leaders from both parties to the white house..to talk about
breaking the stalemate.
REP. NEWT GINGRICH/HOUSE SPEAKER: THE KEY IS THEY DROPPED ALL THEIR PRE
CONDITIONS, SAID LET'S SIT DOWN AND TALK.
It was a day filled with huddled meetings... talk of options..
and anxious anticipation not only on both ends of Pennsylvania Avenue but
among hundreds of thousands of federal employees affected.
The president set the tone early in the day when he vetoed the debt limit
extension making it clear he was ready to issue another veto if there were no
changes. But Republicans also had a message that what was happening with the
temporary bill was simply a prelude to the bigger budget battles.
SEN PETE DOMENICI/R-NEW MEXICO:
REGINA BLAKELY/CBS NEWS.))
What will a government shutdown mean here in Southwest Virginia?
For starters it means confusion for area seniors and veterans.
They're afraid that their government checks will stop coming.
IN Q=It's the only
((GEORGE BALDWIN/VETERAN: IT'S THE ONLY INCOME I HAVE AT THIS TIME AND I'M VERY
DEPENDENT ON IT. ))
IN Q=Anything that
((HUDSON CLINE/SENIOR CITIZEN: ANYTHING THAT AFFECTS SENIOR CITIZENS, I'M
CONCERNED ABOUT. ))
OUT Q=concerned about
SUPER=01-Hudson Cline/Senior Citizen;:07
But Federal officials say all government checks will be delivered.
IN Q=The checks to
((FRED AYSCUE/ROANOKE SOCIAL SECURITY DIRECTOR: THE CHECKS TO THE BENEFICIARIES
THEMSELVES WILL NOT BE AFFECTED BY THIS SHUTDOWN. ))
SUPER=01-Fred Ayscue/Roanoke Social Security;
OUT Q=this shutdown
Ayscue (Askew) did say anyone who wants to apply for new benefits would have
to wait until after the shutdown was over.
Meanwhile, for the majority of government employees, they'll be off the job.
That means they won't get paid for a while.
Government workers have been told to report to work in the morning.
That's when they'll be told whether to stay or go home.
A man suspected of five killings in five states is in custody tonight-
after a high speed chase-
((BULLETS FIRING AT CAR))
SUPER=03-Madison Co, KY;
OUT Q=nat sound."
This is how the chase ended- in central Kentucky.
Police caught Glen Rogers in the White Ford that may have belonged to one
of his victims.
((REPORTER: DID YOU KILL WOMEN? GLEN ROGERS: YOU HEAR ME. REPORTER: DID YOU
KILL THESE WOMEN GLEN? ROGERS: NO.))
OUT Q= THESE WOMEN? NO."
Police say Rogers is the man who picked up victims from California to
They linked Rogers to four killings in Florida, Mississippi, Louisiana
and California, as well as a fifth murder of a Kentucky man with whom Rogers
Police say it was an anonymous tip led that them to Rogers.
Officials in Saudi Arabia are trying to find out who set off a bomb this
SUPER=03-Riyadh, Saudi Arabia;
The blast happened in Riyadh (Ree-odd) killing six people- five of them
Two groups have claimed responsibility, but the claims are viewed with
((NICHOLAS BURNS/STATE DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN: ONE IS CALLED THE TIGERS OF THE
GULF. THE OTHER IS CALLED THE ISLAMIC MOVEMENT FOR CHANGE.))
((THE U.S. IS OUTRAGED BY THIS COWARDLY ACT OF TERRORISM AND WE CONDEMN IT IN
THE STRONGEST POSSIBLE TERMS.))
SUPER=01-Nicholas Burns/State Department Spokesman;
OUT Q=STRONGEST POSSIBLE TERMS."
No one is sure who the bombers were trying to kill.
Fire destroyed a Southeast Roanoke home shortly before six tonight-
Tonight it broke out again- just about a half an hour ago.
No one was injured but the blaze gutted this house at 663 Highland Avenue.
Fire was burning throughout the home when firefighters go there.
Officials say the blaze caused extensive damage to the home making it
Investigators still haven't determined how it started, but will keep
HARD MUSIC UNDER
When News 7 returns, Virginia Democrats look for ways to control the State
and we'll see if the Golden Leaf really means gold to Virginia farmers in part
one of our series "Tobacco Under Fire."
No WX TEASE
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Tobacco has provided Virginians a way to make a living for more than a
But with tobacco's medical risks no longer a secret, one of the largest
industries in our area is in for some big changes, if not outright extinction.
This week we bring you a series called "Tobacco...Under Fire".
Tonight, Len Besthoff takes an in-depth look at tobacco's economic impact.
IN Q=Nat Sot
SUPER=01-Tom Bundy/Southwest Tobacco Warehouse; :35
SUPER=01-David Reed/Extension Agronomist; 1:12
SUPER=01-Gerald Coulthard/Saltville Tobacco Farmer; 1:44
OUT Q=Len Besthoff News 7
Nat Sot from warehouse?
The estimates vary, but a 1990 study says that one in every 25 people in
Virginia are directly or indirectly employed by the tobacco industry.
Nat Sot from warehouse
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IN Q=Most people
((Most people when they think of the tobacco industry think of the farms where
the tobacco's grown and then cured in barns like the ones you see here behind
me. But in the typical tobacco community, there are lots of people involved in
the businesses providing everything from farm equipment to financing. ))
OUT Q=to financing.
Nat Sot from warehouse
Then there are the companies that handle the tobacco after its grown, the
warehouses, the processors, and the cigarette makers.
SOT TAPE TWO 03:49:02
IN Q=We depend
((TOM BUNDY/SOUTHWEST TOBACCO WAREHOUSE: WE DEPEND ON A GREAT DEAL ON THE
WAREHOUSE FOR OUR ANNUAL INCOME. AND OF COURSE IT GOES ON TO, ALL THE WAY DOWN
TO CONVENIENCE STORE OWNERS AND OPERATORS AND THE PEOPLE THAT WORK FOR THEM.))
OUT Q=work for them.
Virginia is the nations' fifth largest tobacco producer, ranking only behind
North Carolina, Kentucky, Tennessee, and South Carolina.
It's the state's NUMBER ONE cash crop.
Soybeans, peanuts, corn, and wheat don't even come close in total sales.
Nat Sot from Danville auction file
About 75-percent of Virginia's tobacco crop is the flue-cured variety.
It's dried using artificial heat.
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((DAVID REED/EXTENSION AGRONOMIST SOUTHERN PIEDMONT AGRICULTURAL EXPERIMENT
STATION IN BLACKSTONE:
THE FLUE-CURED TOBACCO IS PRODUCED IN SOUTHSIDE VIRGINIA, THE COUNTIES IN THE
SOUTHERN PIEDMONT REGION OF THE STATE. PARTICULARLY THOSE BORDERING NORTH
OUT Q=bordering North Carolina.
Nat Sot of warehouse?
Burley tobacco grown in Southwest Virginia accounts for 20 percent of the
It's air cured under natural weather conditions.
The five largest tobacco producing counties in Virginia are Pittsylvania,
Halifax, Mecklenburg, Washington, and Lunenburg.
And there's no doubt how profitable the crop is.
The average tobacco farmer has gross sales of four-thousand-dollars an acre.
SOT TAPE THREE 04:03:16 please cover 2nd half of sot from "...it's just"
IN Q=Tobacco raises
((GERALD COULTHARD/TOBACCO FARMER: TOBACCO RAISES MORE PER ACRE THAN ANY OTHER
PRODUCT THAT YOU CAN RAISE. AND IT'S JUST...IT'S A LIFESTYLE OF THIS AREA OF
OUT Q=Southwest Virginia.
A lot of small farming communities will be hurt if there's a severe decline
in the tobacco industry.
But while tobacco is the state's number one cash crop, it ISN'T the state's
top agricultural commodity.
Chickens, beef-and-dairy-cattle, and turkey sales are all greater.
Len Besthoff, News-7.))
Tomorrow on News-7, Danville bureau chief Teresa Hamilton with speak with
some Southside tobacco growers.
They will explain what makes tobacco so profitable and why other crops have
Virginia's Democratic state senators say they'll find ways to work together
-- and WITH Lieutenant Governor Don Beyer -- to control the upper chamber.
They're also hiring constitutional expert A-E Dick Howard of U-V-a's law
school to help them interpret what powers Beyer has.
15 of the 20 newly elected Senate Democrats met with Beyer in a private
unity meeting today at a Charlottesville hotel.
The Senators yielded to Beyer as their official spokesman.
IN Q=In a 20-20
((LT. GOV. DON BEYER: IN A 20- 20 SENATE WITH ME AS THE TIE-BREAKER, THERE
ISN'T GOING TO BE MUCH ROOM FOR A LOT OF AIMLESS DEFECTIONS. AND WE'RE GONNA
WORK TOGETHER AS A TEAM. BUT WE'RE GONNA PUT LEADERSHIP ABOVE PARTISANSHIP.
WE SPENT SOME TIME TALKING ABOUT THE NEED TO RESPECT THE MANY DIFFERENT
POLITICAL PHILOSOPHIES THAT WERE REPRESENTED IN THE ROOM. THAT THE PARTY HAS
TO BE BIG ENOUGH FOR VIRGIL GOODE AND JOE GARTLAN AT THE SAME TIME.))
OUT Q=the same time.
Beyer says Senate Democrats have put education at the top of their "to do"
He says they also expressed NO desire for revenge against Governor George
Beyer says he'll work to get rid of any party officials who did what the
Republican Joint Caucus did in the state senate race in Charlottesville.
The Republican Caucus drew fire from its own party for sending out six-
thousand post cards under a PAC called "Dems For Day."
The post cards supported independent candidate Donel (DON-uhl) Day, to peel
liberal support away from Democrat Emily Couric.
Couric lost the race despite the post cards.
Beyer says it would NOT happen in the Democratic party.
IN Q=If someone
((LT. GOV. DON BEYER: NO. IF SOMEONE DELIBERATELY SET OUT TO DECEIVE THE
VOTERS BY PRETENDING TO BE SOMEONE THAT THEY WEREN'T, I DON'T THINK I WOULD
TOLERATE IT, AND I DON'T THINK THAT SHOULD BE TOLERATED WITHIN OUR DEMOCRATIC
PARTY STRUCTURE. THAT'S NOT THE WAY TO WIN ELECTIONS.))
OUT Q=win elections.
Beyer says he thinks the "Dems For Day" stunt may inspire some campaign
reform bills in the next legislative session.
SOFT MUSIC UNDER
Coming up next on our broadcast, Virginia Tech wants an increase in its
and we'll see how a group of Salem students are recycling a little fun.
It appears United Airlines will not try to merge with U-S Air.
United has decided NOT to make a bid for the troubled airline.
It would apparently cost more than United's employee-owners would tolerate.
IN OTHER BUSINESS NEWS- First Union's boss may not be called "Fast Eddie"
Ed Crutchfield says his bank will slow down its merger activity over the
next few years and focus on selling its financial products.
Among First Union's recent conquests: the First Fidelity bank of New Jersey
and Roanoke-based Dominion Bankshares.
Virginia Tech wants the General Assembly to increase its budget by 13
The board of visitors
reviewed the two year spending plan at its quarterly meeting today- The plan
was submitted to the state last Friday.
It includes new outreach programs to enhance statewide economic development
as well as funding for new technology.
((MINNIS RIDENOUR/EXECUTIVE VICE-PRESIDENT: IN TERMS OF THE NEXT BIENNIUM,
WE'RE ASKING FOR NEW INITIATIVES OF 13 MILLION, HAVING TO DO PRIMARILY WITH
CHANGING THE WAY WE TEACH, LEARN AND ADMINISTER THE UNIVERSITY, WITH THOSE
BEING DIRECTED TOWARDS TECHNOLOGY. ))
SUPER=01-Minnis Ridenour/Executive Vice-President;
OUT Q=towards technology.
The board was also briefed on State Council of Higher Education
recommendations which call for six percent faculty pay raises over each of the
next four years.
The General Assembly must approve those recommendations, as well as Tech's
501 million- dollar budget proposal.
Western Virginia is under a Winter bracing itself tonight for a winter storm.
Some areas have already seen signifigant snowfall.. earlier today but the
rest of the region still waits
Kimberly McBroom has been out on snow patrol tonight
Kim, what's it like out there?
SUPER=01-Laura Bullock/VDOT Spokesperson;
SUPER=01-Carol Sweeney/Kroger Manager;:
OUT Q=bring a lot of people in
HOW CAN PEOPLE FIND OUT ABOUT ROAD CONDITIONS TOMORROW Morning?
The Express gets back its number one player who in turn gets his number
Mercury Morris stops by the star city, UVa talks about Tech, and we'll look
at some VMI preseason hoops
SUPER=03-New York, NY/NIT Championship; :00
But first, earlier tonight the Associated Press Top 25 college basketball
poll was released tonight, the 1995 NIT champion Hokies are in the poll for the
first time under Bill Foster.
Let's take a look at the entire preseason top 25.
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take a break
The 1995-96 VMI Keydets basketball squad tuned up for the regular season
last night in an exhibition with BC Benston of Croatia in Lexington.
SUPER=03-Lexington/Keydets vs. BC Benston;
The Keydets exchanged gifts and pleasantries with their foreign visitors
before the game.
The welcome party was short lived as VMI rudely jumped on top. Former Cave
Spring standout Matt Metheny knocks down the long range 3 in his Cameron Hall
Then watch Maurice Spencer on the nice dish to the trailing Lester Johnson
for the big jam.
But BC hung tough. Peter Popovich nails an area code 3 of his own from the
corner to keep things close.
Darko Krunic then finds Mario Maloca on the break for the easy layin
off the board.
But this one was all VMI. Bobby Prince gets the bucket after the nice
spin move down the lane and the Keydets win it 88 to 75.
In the NBA the expansion Toronto Raptors have now dropped six straight games.
Tonight they hosted the Jazz in Toronto
SUPER=03-Toronto, CAN/Prime; :00
And got an eyeful of John Stockton who scored a game high 29 points and
dished out a dozen assists.
Chris Morris the former Net knocks down this three pointer in the first half.
But the Raptors led this one by by five points at the half thanks in part to
Frank Allen's former star center Carlos Rogers.
But Morris would drill another three in the second half and finish with 17
points as the Jazz bounces back from yesterday's loss to the Knicks to win it
Last year's regular season and
Super Bowl MVP, Steve Young, had exploratory arthroscopic surgery today on his
Head coach George Seifert says the decision to operate was made on the plane
ride home last night while the team was celebrating its win over Dallas.
IN Q="right NOW...
((GEORGE SEIFERT/49ERS HEAD COACH:))
SUPER=01-George Seifert/49ers Head Coach; :00
OUT Q=...GO TO MIAMI."
One of the most popular players in the three year history of the Roanoke
Express came back home today to reclaim his number one jersey and his place
between the pipes.
Daniel Berthiaume re-signed with the Express today giving up a chunk of cash
in the IHL with the Detroit Vipers to return to the Roanoke Valley.
IN Q="I got to know...
((DANIEL BERTHIAUME/SIGNS WITH EXPRESS:))
SUPER=01-Daniel Berthiaume/Signs With Express; :00
OUT Q=...since last summer."
To make room for Berthiaume, the Express traded goalie Mike Parson to
Johnstown for the infamous player to be named later.
By the way, Berthiaume will be in uniform tomorrow night when the Express
skates into Raleigh to battle the Icecaps.
Still to come tonight, when we return after this quick break
Steve Mason checks in from Charlottesville where the Cavalier are finished
celebrating the ACC title and are no looking to win the championship of the
Chipper Jones failed to get the Braves this year's rookie of the year award,
but last night Greg Maddux brings the Cy Young back to Atlanta for the fourth
The crafty right hander
Maddux, who captured an unprecedented third consecutive Cy Young awards last
year, had his greatest season in 1995 as he posted an earned run average of
He also led the league in wins with a 19-and-2 record.
Now that both Virginia Tech and U-V-A have conference title looked up, the
only thing to do Saturday is let it all hang out.
And Steve Mason says Cavaliers plan to do just that as they welcome the
Hokies to Charlottesville.
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SUPER=03-College Park, MD/Saturday; :11
SUPER=01-Tiki Barber/ACC's Leading Rusher; :18
SUPER=01-George Welsh/UVa Coach; :27
SUPER=01-Mike Groh/UVa Quarterback; :43
SUPER=03-Blacksburg/Last Year; :51
SUPER=01-Jason Augustino/UVa Offensive Tackle; 1:06
SUPER=01-Ronde Barber/UVa Cornerback; 1:20
OUT Q=...News 7 sports"
((A Monday snowfall temporarily turned Scott Stadium into Lambeau field.
The conditions forced UVa's weekly newsconference inside. Where George Welsh
shared time with the weather channel. But clenching the ACC title at Maryland
over the weekend has brought at least one type of warm front to Hooville.
TIKI BARBER/ACC'S LEADING RUSHER: ITS DEFINITELY A GREAT FEELING FOR US.
ITS A GOAL WE'VE BEEN TRYING TO REACH SINCE THE SEASON STARTED. ITS SOMETHING
I KNOW THE SENIORS HAVE GONE FOR SINCE THEY'VE BEEN HERE. WE FINALLY GOT IT.
GEORGE WELSH/UVA COACH: I FEEL GOOD ABOUT IT. YOU KNOW YOU CAN ENJOY IT
FOR SATURDAY NIGHT, BUT THEN WHEN YOU HAVE TO GO TO WORK ON THE LAST GAME OF
THE SEASON WOULD BE DIFFERENT, BUT NOW WE'RE INTO A VERY INTENSE RIVALRY.
A rivalry that will celebrate its one hundredth birthday this weekend.
MIKE GROH/UVA QUARTERBACK: ITS H\JUST ONE OF THOSE OLD- FASHIONED
BACKYARD BRAWLS, AND ITS WHOEVER PLAYS BETTER THAT DAY. LAST YEAR I THINK
MAURICE WAS A LITTLE BIT OFF, AND HE HELPED US OUT A LOT, SO WE DON'T
ANTICIPATE BEING THAT LUCKY THIS YEAR. Groh is referring to Maurice De
Shazo's five interceptions last year. Tech's offense has committed less
turnovers this season, while the defense is ranked second nationally against
JASON AUGUSTINO/UVA OFFENSIVE TACKLE: WHEN I SAW IN THE PAPER THEY SAID
THEY HAVE THE BEST "D" IN THE COUNTRY, THAT'S A BIG MOTIVATION FACTOR FOR US
THIS WEEK TO SEE IF WE CAN BLOCK THE BEST DEFENSE IN THE COUNTRY.
However, the Wahoos are generating little motivation for the fact that a
win might mean a bigger bowl bid.
RONDE BARBER/UVA CORNERBACK: THEY WAY THE BOWLS ARE WORKING RIGHT NOW
OUTSIDE ITS REALLY CONFUSING, ITS LIKE THEY DON'T KNOW WHAT'S GOING ON ANYWAYS.
I THINK EVERYBODY'S GOING TO PLAY THIS GAME AND LAY IT ON THE LINE, BRAGGING
RIGHTS OF THE STATE - THE GAME OF THE YEAR.
Saturday's game kicks- off at high noon, and if you consider what has
happened in recent years playing at home could be a disadvantage for Virginia.
In 1993 the Cavaliers lost to the Hokies right here in Scott Stadium. Then
last year UVa beat Tech on the road in Blacksburg 42-23. In Charlottesville,
Steve Mason, News 7 Sports.))
Some elementary school students in Salem have turned aluminum cans and trash
into a recreation area.
The Fort Lewis Elementary school dedicated this new play structure today.
It's unique because it is built with recycled cans and plastic containers.
IN Q=We intended to
((GAYE SIGMON/SCHOOL PRINCIPAL: WE INTENDED TO MAKE THIS SOMETHING OF AN
ENVIRONMENTAL PLAY AREA WHERE THEY CAN COME OUT. THEY CAN ENJOY NATURE, THEY
CAN LOOK AT THE CLOUDS, AND EARLIER THIS MORNING COULD HAVE ENJOYED THE SNOW.))
((MEGAN MITCHEL/FORT LEWIS STUDENT: WELL, I THOUGHT IT WAS VERY NICE THAT WE
DEDICATED OUR PLAYGROUND SO WELL. WE BROUGHT IN MANY, MANY CANS FOR THIS
PLAYGROUND. WE RECYCLED THEN... IT WAS A NICE CEREMONY. I THINK WE REALLY
SUPER=01-Gaye Sigmon/School Principal;
SUPER=01-Megan Mitchel/Fort Lewis Student; :11
OUT Q=really deserved it.
The structure was paid for with fund- raisers, grants, and private