A pre- winter snow-storm came even earlier than predicted.
Coming up on NEWS 7 at SIX: white stuff on the ground with more on the way.
And the effects of the federal government shutdown.
Tonight in sports, Steve Mason checks in from Charlottesville as the
Cavaliers get ready for this weekend's showdown with Tech.
Plus former Dolphin Mercury Morris slips in the Roanoke Valley this
And Daniel Berthiaume re-signs with the Roanoke Express. We'll hear from the
popular goalie tonight in sports.
Our weather view features winter precipitation through Tuesday night. Be
prepared for icy driving conditions everywhere and heavy snow in the western
Western Virginia is under a Winter Storm Watch tonight after a small taste
of snow and ice this morning.
The storm dropped significant snowfall especially in higher elevations.
Icy conditions contributed to a number of accidents overnight.
More worrisome, perhaps, more snow may be on the way.
Joe Dashiell brings us up to date from his vantage point atop Mill Mountain.
(Rollcue : Early winter may be on the way.)
SUPER=01-Jeff Echols/VDOT Resident Engineer;
SUPER=01-Bucky Wampler/Hammerhead Hardware;:55 QUICK
OUT Q=rather see it warm
((At Hammerhead Hardware, it's open season on snow shovels, rock salt and
The taste of winter weather we received this morning, and the threat of
more to come, brought a small wave of customers through the doors.
In Botetourt County, the storm dropped more than an inch of snow in some
In Montgomery County, icy conditions contributed to at least three
accidents on interstate 81.
By mid- afternoon, the snow plows were idle, but state crews were poised to
pounce on whatever mix the next 24 hours will bring.
IN Q=Being the first of winter
OUT Q=ready to go.
And while students were heading home this afternoon with hopes for holiday,
others were wishing the ice and snow would pass us by.
IN Q=I'ma golfer
OUT Q=rather see it warm.))
Joe adlibs tosses to Keith
Keith tosses to Robin.
The threat of winter weather has prompted cancelation of night classes at
two schools the area.
Take School Watch
There will be NO evening classes tonight at Dabney Lancaster Community
College... that includes Clifton Forge and Rockbridge County.
Also, no adult evening classes tonight at Jackson River Technical Center.
The 82- year- old Martinsville woman who shot and killed a burglary suspect
this weekend had died as well.
Police say Elva Holsclaw shot 30- year- old Scott Thompson inside her home
on Purdue Street around 3-A-M Saturday.
Thompson fled from the house and collapsed in the street and died.
Holsclaw fell during the incident, and she was taken to the hospital.
She died at 9:30 this morning.
The cause of her death has not been released, and police are still
The federal government is heading for a shutdown.
President Clinton today vetoed a measure that would have raised the debt
Now it seems that the government will run out of money at midnight.
But what does it really mean, and how will this effect people in our area?
Double Boxes=Keith/Scott Microwave
Scott Prince is at the Poff Federal Building in Roanoke.
Unless there's a last-minute compromise, Scott, what's likely to happen
Well for starters, it means most of the area's federal employees will be off
But it also means fear and uncertainty for many local seniors and veterans.
SUPER=01-Hudson Cline/Senior Citizen;:05
SUPER=01-Fred Ayscue/Social Security:27
SUPER=01-Diane Walton/Veterans Affairs;:31
SUPER=01-Peter Givens/Blue Ridge Parkway;:52
OUT Q=not report tomorrow
(( For those who collect social security, the thought of a government
shutdown causes confusion.
IN Q=If that happens
((HUDSON CLINE/SENIOR CITIZEN: IF THAT HAPPENS IT WILL AFFECT ALL THE SENIOR
CITIZENS AND PEOPLE THAT'S ON FIXED INCOMES AND THINGS LIKE THAT ))
OUT Q=like that
Veterans are also worried.
IN Q=It's going
((GEORGE BALDWIN/VETERAN: IT'S GOING TO PUT ME SOCIALLY AND ECONOMICALLY-- IT'S
GOING TO PUT ME IN A BIND. ))
OUT Q=in a bind
But is there real cause for alarm when it comes to benefit checks? Most
federal workers say no.
IN Q=The checks to
((FRED AYSCUE/SOCIAL SECURITY DISTRICT DIRECTOR: THE CHECKS TO THE
BENEFICIARIES THEMSELVES WILL NOT BE AFFECTED BY THIS SHUTDOWN. ))
IN Q=Unless it was
((DIANE WALTON/VETERANS AFFAIRS: UNLESS IT WAS A SPECIAL PAYMENT OR SOMEONE WHO
JUST APPLIED FOR BENEFITS AND THEIR FIRST CHECK WAS DUE, THEY WON'T BE
OUT Q=won't be affected
But federal workers will.
Ninety percent of Veterans Affairs workers in Roanoke will be furloughed.
That percentage holds true for those in the Social Security office.
And most Blue Ridge Parkway officials will be told to stay home.
IN Q=Essential employees
((PETER GIVENS/BLUE RIDGE PARKWAY: ESSENTIAL EMPLOYEES ON THE PARKWAY WILL
BASICALLY BE THOSE INVOLVED IN PROTECTING LIFE AND PROPERTY AND I'M NOT ONE OF
THOSE SO IN THOSE TERMS, NON- ESSENTIAL AND I WILL NOT REPORT TOMORROW ))
OUT Q=not report tomorrow.
Keith, the federal workers I talked to are obviously worried about their
They've been told they will get paid-- they're just not sure when.
DOUBLE BOXES Scott/Keith
(QUESTION: Chief Judge Jackson Kiser has declared the federal court an
essential service, so the judges will continue to hear and decide cases.
But other offices there will be CLOSED tomorrow, Scott?)
That's one of things that can't be done if the government closes up shop. If
someone wants to apply for benefits they'll have to wait until after a
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Still to come on the newscast, Kroger and the Teamsters plan last minute
efforts to avert a strike,
and Len Besthoff looks at the economic impact of what some people call the
Golden Leaf in part one of our series, "Tobacco Under Fire."
********NO WX TEASE******
MUSIC UP FULL
Firefighters in Roanoke are on the scene of a house fire in Southeast at the
The house burst into flames just before six.
The front and side of the house at the corner of 7th and Highland Southeast
are on fire.
No word on whether anyone was inside at the time.
And no word on the cause of the fire.
GRAPHIC=Tobacco Series Logo
Tobacco: It's an industry that brings big bucks into Virginia's economy.
It is also an industry increasingly under attack for the potential health
hazards connected to smoking.
This week we bring you a series called "Tobacco...Under Fire".
Tonight, Len Besthoff examines the economic impact.
So Len, how big a role does tobacco play in Virginia's economy?
Keith, tobacco isn't as big as it once was in Virginia, but it still remains
a force to be reckoned with.
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=all greater.
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
SOT TAPE THREE 05:20:56
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.
SOT 06:11:47 TAPE ONE
((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.))
Most of the tobacco video you just saw came from far southwest Virginia.
Part two of our series comes from Southside Virginia, the heart of the
state's tobacco industry.
Teresa Hamilton's in our Danville Bureau with more on that.
So Teresa, what's coming up tomorrow?
Tobacco and Southside Virginia are synonymous.
But with tobacco under scrutiny, some critics say Southside Farmers need to
be searching for an alternative crop.
But for the thousands of tobacco farmers in this area, there simply is no
Many Southside farmers have tried raising broccoli, cucumbers and
And, some have even turned to cattle.
But the farmers we spoke with say the money just doesn't compare.
Keith, tomorrow we'll explain what makes tobacco so profitable and why other
crops have failed.
Shoppers are hitting the supermarkets in droves with this bad weather on the
But the management at Kroger is probably concentrating on how it will
restock its shelves once the rush is over.
The union representing 300 area drivers and warehouse workers may go on
strike tomorrow night due to stalled contract talks.
The main argument is about wages.
The two sides have scheduled talks for Wednesday, and Kroger says it hopes
the Teamsters local 171 won't go on strike before then.
The union has no comment.
The threat of a government shutdown did not discourage the stock market.
On Wall Street today, the DOW ROSE two and a-half points to set yet another
record high of 48 hundred-73.
Nasdaq lost ground.
It dropped six points.
Virginia Tech is asking the General Assembly to increase its budget by 13
At its quarterly meeting today, the Board of Visitors reviewed the two- year
spending plan, which was submitted to the state last Friday.
In includes new outreach programs to enhance statewide economic development
efforts, 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.
Coming up tonight in sports, we begin our weeklong look at the 100th meeting
between Virginia Tech and UVa.
We'll hear from goalie Daniel Berthiaume, who'se beak with the Express.
Plus Eugene "Mercury" Morris was in town today to share his story and lend a
hand to the Roanoke Valley's United Way campaign.
The Virginia Cavaliers moved up to number 13 in the country after this
weekend's win over Maryland. Steve Mason has more on the cavs ACC title, the
bowl situation and playing Virginia tech this weekend.
IN Q=first audio
SUPER=03-Charlottesville/This Morning; :00
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"
UVa's first opponent this season, the Michigan Wolverines have decided to
take the interim descriptive off of Lloyd Carr's title.
SUPER=03-Ann Arbor, MI/August 26th; :00
The longtime Michigan assistant took over the football program as an interim
head coach when Gary Moeller resigned in the offseason.
Carr has led the Wolverines to an 8-and-2 record this season
The terms of the deal will be announced at the end of the season.
The 1995 United way campaign in the Roanoke Valley is nearing its end, and
today former Dolphin Mercury Morris arrived in the valley to lend a little
support to the cause.
Morris, who has played in the Super Bowl and been in prison for drug
violations, was ushered into the Marriott's Grand ballroom by the William Byrd
He says his unique and often unfortunate experiences make speaking on behalf
of the United Way a natural experience.
IN Q="I feel...
((MERCURY MORRIS/FORMER MIAMI DOLPHIN:))
SUPER=01-Mercury Morris/Former Miami Dolphin; :00
OUT Q=...ARE DOING."
The Campaign celebrated the "Two minute Warning" today with news that 4 point
3 of the five million dollar goal has already been contributed.
The Roanoke Express got a big lift this morning when popular goalie Daniel
Berthiaume re-signed with the team.
Berthiaume leave the Detroit Vipers of the IHL to rejoin the Express, and he
will be in uniform tomorrow night as Roanoke travels to Raleigh.
IN Q="I got to know...
((DANIEL BERTHIAUME/SIGNS WITH EXPRESS:))
SUPER=01-Daniel Berthiaume/Signs With Express; :00
OUT Q=...since last summer."