Nasty weather largely passed us by- -though there were problems- -in one
instance we'll show you in a moment with fatal consequences.
And we'll see just who's being hurt by the near shut-down of federal
government services... a LIVE report from Roanoke's federal building.
Coming up tonight in sports, the King tosses his cowboy hat in the political
Michael Jordan point a finger to victory tonight on Orlando.
We'll continue our Tech-UVa hype.
And show you a scary incident at a high school game in Nebraska involving the
Except for the western highlands, the threat of snow is moving on. A windy,
cold forecast straight ahead.
A Campbell County woman was killed this afternoon when the van she was
driving collided with a school bus near Rustburg.
It happened around 3:15 on Route 24 just east of Rustburg High School.
State police say 33- year- old Laura Glass Barringer was headed west on
Route 24 when she braked for a schoolbus with flashing red lights.
IN Q=The van lost
((CAPT. HOWARD GREGORY/VA STATE POLICE: THE VAN LOST CONTROL AS SHE CAME AROUND
THE CURVE ON THE WET PAVEMENT, AND SKIDDED ACROSS THE HIGHWAY INTO THE FRONT OF
SUPER=01-Capt. Howard Gregory/VA State Police; :00
OUT Q=front of the bus.
Barringer died on the way to the hospital.
A witness says she WAS wearing a seatbelt.
About 45 students were on the bus, Authorities say they were shaken up but
School officials credit the older students with keeping the younger children
calm immediately after the crash.
State police are also on the scene of another serious accident in Campbell
It happened just before 5:00pm on Leesville Road.
A pickup truck ran off the side of the road, down an embankment and
Authorities believe the person in the truck was killed.
Meanwhile another collision involving a Roanoke city school bus and a truck
sent two people to the hospital this morning, but their injuries were not
The accident happened at the intersection of Salem Avenue and Tenth Street
shortly after nine A- M.
The bus driver was taken to the hospital complaining of pain in her right
A pre-schooler from Hurt park Elementary also received medical attention,
but she and the driver were both released from the hospital later in the day.
The other student on the bus and an aide were not injured.
In Highland County an 81- year- old woman was killed this morning after her
mobile home caught fire.
It happened on the outskirts of Monterey.
The woman's name is not being released until her family can be notified.
Officials say she died from smoke inhalation.
The cause of the fire appears to be electrical.
The elderly Martinsville woman who fatally shot an intruder in her home
Saturday had apparently been beaten up before she managed to get her hands on
82- year- old Elva Holsclaw died Monday morning, and the medical examiner
now says her death was a homicide.
Police say the intruder, 30- year old Scotty Thompson was FOUND outside the
house on Perdue Street.
Holsclaw was inside- -lying on the kitchen floor- -with multiple injuries.
IN Q=She had a broken
((SCOTT WITHEROW/MARTINSVILLE POLICE INVESTIGATOR: SHE HAD A BROKEN HIP, RIB
AND INTERNAL INJURIES, AND CONTUSIONS TO BOTH ARMS.))
SUPER=01-Scott Witherow/Martinsville Police Investigator;
OUT Q=to both arms
Dr. William Massello says Holsclaw died of abdominal and chest injuries. He
believes she may have been KICKED in the chest and stomach.
POLICE say Thompson used a crow bar to break into Holsclaw's house. They're
trying to determine if he was acting alone.
Congressional Republicans and White House aides are meeting this hour,
hoping to solve Federal woes.
The government shut down today, furloughing hundreds of thousands of workers
across the nation.
Some of them right here in Southwest Virginia.
Double Boxes Keith/Scott Microwave
Scott Prince joins us from the Poff federal building in Roanoke.
Scott, who is affected by this shutdown?
Keith, obviously those who work for the different agencies like Social
Security, Veterans Affairs, and the I- R- S are affected.
Veterans might experience some problems.
But there are many others who are suffering indirectly.
IN Q=For Jodie Davis
SUPER=01-Jodie Davis/Poff Building Cafeteria;
SUPER=01-Jim May/Veterans Affairs;
SUPER=01-Fred Ayscue/Social Security Ad.;
SUPER=01-Jemma MacPhail/Federal Worker;RUNS=:00
OUT Q=back to work
(( For Jodie Davis, today was hardly business as usual.
He runs the Poff Building Cafeteria.
But without Federal workers, he'll be running into the red.
IN Q=It's scary
((JODIE DAVIS/POFF BUILDING CAFETERIA: IT'S SCARY, VERY SCARY SCOTT. THE
GOVERNMENT IS MOST OF OUR BUSINESS. THREE QUARTERS OF OUR BUSINESS IS
GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES. IT'S VERY SCARY. ))
OUT Q=very scary
The problem-- almost all of the Federal workers in the Poff Building have
been furloughed, and the various agencies are functioning on skeleton staffs.
IN Q=I have just
((JIM MAY/VETERANS AFFAIRS: I HAVE JUST ESSENTIAL PEOPLE HERE IN CASE OF AN
EMERGENCY SUCH AS A DEATH OF A VETERAN THAT NEEDS BURIAL. ))
((FRED AYSCUE: SOCIAL SECURITY ADMINISTRATOR: WE'LL TAKE CARE OF EMERGENCIES,
BUT SINCE I'LL ONLY HAVE 4 PEOPLE HERE, THERE WILL BE A VERY LIMITED AMOUNT OFF
WORK WE CAN DO. ))
OUT Q=we can do
Most furloughed workers are simply fed up with the situation.
IN Q=Little boys
((JEMMA MACPHAIL/LITTLE BOYS NEED TO BE PADDLED UNTIL THEY CAN GET THEIR JOB
OUT Q=job done
For MacPhail and her co- workers, the shutdown has a direct impact on their
But there are plenty of other people like Jodie Davis who need them to get
back to work.))
Keith, obviously veterans are another group that needs Federal workers.
If an agreement is not reached by the start of next week, their checks could
Double Boxes Scott/Keith
(QUESTION: HOW DID EACH AGENCY HANDLED THE SHUTDOWN?)
Keith, the three most affected, each handled things differently.
Veterans Affairs sent everyone home early this morning.
Social Security waited until 11:30 to send everyone home.
But the I- R- S was fully staffed today.
Unless an agreement is reached by tomorrow, those employees will most likely
They expected heavy snow in many areas today.
And V-DOT officials in Alleghany County braced for the winter storm that
Earlier today some snow did fall in the Alleghany County area but not enough
to put the crews into action.
Officials say road surface temperatures began to rise during early morning
hours which resulted in wet but clear roads.
Not everyone was lucky enough to escape the precipitation. A couple of
school systems are altering their schedules for tonight.
Take School Watch
Night classes are cancelled tonight at Dabney Lancaster Community College.
And no adult classes tonight at the Jackson River Technical Center.
HARD MUSIC UNDER
There's more News 7 to come, up next, a former Salem Councilman hopes to
avoid jail after pleading guilty to embezzlement,
and we'll see why some Southside farmers say they don't have an alternate to
MUSIC UP FULL
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The former Salem City Councilman who took thousands of dollars from the
Salem Rescue Squad has made restitution.
And Garry Lautenschlager hopes to avoid prison when he is sentenced early
Lautenschlager (LOWT-uhn-SHLAY-guhr) plead guilty to grand larceny this
He had admitted embezzling squad funds and expressed his remorse earlier
Investigators believe he took more than 24- thousand dollars, but his
attorney hopes the judge will consider a sentence of community service.
IN Q=He is still very
((JACK GREGORY/LAUTENSCHLAGER'S ATTORNEY: HE IS STILL VERY HIGHLY THOUGHT OF IN
THIS COMMUNITY AND WE HOPE TO BE ABLE TO SHOW THE COURT THAT 20 YEARS OF
COMMUNITY SERVICE WELL BEYOND WHAT ANYONE EXPECTS A PERSON TO GIVE IS WORTHY OF
((DAVID GRIMES/SPECIAL PROSECUTOR: WHEN PEOPLE ENTRUSTED WITH EITHER PUBLIC
MONEY OR MONEY WHICH IS SEMI-PUBLIC I GUESS, ENTRUSTED TO A CHARITABLE
ORGANIZATION, IF SOMETHING IS DONE WRONG WITH THAT I THINK IT'S SOMETHING THE
PUBLIC DESERVES TO HEAR ABOUT.))
SUPER=01-Jack Gregory/Lautenschlager's Attorney;
SUPER=01-David Grimes/Special Prosecutor;
OUT Q=deserves to hear about.
A judge who was called in from Newport News to hear the case, will sentence
Lautenschlager in mid-January.
It was anything but a routine day at the First Virginia Bank in downtown
Police say two men robbed the bank late this morning.
Employees say the men entered the Main Street branch demanding cash.
They never displayed a weapon.
The men left with an undisclosed amount of money in a brown paper bag.
One suspect is described as a light-skinned black male-- about five-feet
seven, with a medium build.
He reportedly was wearing a gray hooded jacket, blue jeans and a red
Police say the other suspect is also a light-skinned black male-- about six
He was last seen wearing a white long sleeve t-shirt with red lettering,
blue jeans, a baseball hat and a red bandana.
GRAPHIC=Tobacco Under Fire
The tobacco industry has taken some tough hits this year.
For Southside tobacco farmers, the attacks threaten their very livelihood.
Tonight, in part two of our series, "Tobacco-- Under Fire", we take a look
at just what makes the tobacco leaf so profitable.
DOUBLE BOXES KEITH/TERESA
Teresa Hamilton joins is in our Danville newsroom tonight.
Teresa, any way farmers can find a crop that compares?
Keith, the answer to that question is an easy one for the more than 5-
thousand tobacco farmers here in Southside.
IN Q=I don't mean
SUPER=01-Larry McPeters/Halifax Co. Extension Agent; :00
SUPER=03-Pittsylvania Co.; :33
SUPER=01-Donnie Moore/Tobacco Farmer; :47 quick!!
SUPER=01-Eddie Robertson/Tobacco Farmer; 1:08 quick!!
SUPER=01-Dan Robertson/Tobacco Farmer;
OUT Q=except tobacco.
((LARRY MCPETERS/HALIFAX CO. EXTENSION AGENT: I DON'T MEAN TO PAINT A VERY
BLEAK PICTURE, I MEAN TO PAINT A VERY REALISTIC ONE.
With it's small rolling fields and four seasons, Larry McPeters says
Southside is simply NOT conducive to other cash crops, like peanuts and cotton.
tape one: 11:06:53
IN Q=I have
((LARRY MCPETERS/HALIFAX CO. EXTENSION AGENT: I HAVE SEEN MANY MANY FARMERS IN
THE LAST 25-YEARS I'VE BEEN IN HALIFAX COUNTY AS AN EXTENSION AGENT TRY
ALTERNATIVE THINGS-- BOTH LIVESTOCK, CROPS, FORESTRY AND A LOT OF DIFFERENT
THINGS BUT NOTHING COMES CLOSE TO THE PROFITS WE HAVE WITH FLUE CURED
OUT Q=flue cured tobacco.
Donnie Moore is one of those farmers who's looked at other crops.
In the early 80's, he tried his hand at growing broccoli.
But because vegetables are perishable, there needs to be a high population
IN Q=We saw
((DONNIE MOORE/TOBACCO FARMER: WE SAW FOR OURSELVES THAT AT BEST IT WOULD BE A
GOOD SUPPLEMENT. ))
OUT Q=good supplement.
Another reason vegetable crops don't pull a large profit is that they're
NOT federally regulated.
With tobacco, controls are in place that keep a check on supply and demand,
which helps ensure a profit.
IN Q=We've tried
((EDDIE ROBERTSON/TOBACCO FARMER: WE'VE TRIED CABBAGE, BROCCOLI, LIKE HE SAID,
CUCUMBERS, EVEN DOWN TO WATERMELONS AND CANTALOUPES, NOTHING CAN COMPARE. ))
OUT Q=can compare.
The Robertson family has even tried raising cattle, 200- head to be exact.
But even cattle hasn't always been profitable.
nat sound of cattle
Between last year and this year, the family has taken a hit on beef prices.
If it weren't for their 100- acre tobacco farm, they probably wouldn't be
able to make it.
Eddies's 73- year old Uncle has raised the golden leaf all his life, and
today owns his own tobacco warehouse.
tape 3= 2:55:40
IN Q=You can't
((DAN ROBERTSON/TOBACCO FARMER: YOU CAN'T MAKE YOUR EXPENSES AND MAKE A LIVING
OUT OF NO PRODUCT THATS GROWN OUT OF THE GROUND FOR THE AVERAGE FARMER EXCEPT
OUT Q=except tobacco.))
Keith, another reason it would be hard for farmers to turn to another crop is
that they've already invested in the machinery and resources necessary to
For an older farmer, starting over would be almost impossible.
Now for a look at the legislative side of tobacco, let's head to Richmond
with Ellen Qualls.
It's big business, it's part of the culture, but increasingly it's taking
Recent polls say that even Virginians would like to see politicians crack
down on those who make cigarettes available to children.
But for the most part, Virginia politicians have thrown their lots in with
those of the farmers and dealers of the golden leaf.
Keith, tomorrow we'll take a look at how tobacco is under fire in Washington
On Wall Street, the stock market ended its streak of record highs today.
The DOW slipped, but just by a point, closing today at 48-hundred-72.
Nasdaq fell as well, losing 18 points.
The State Council of Higher Education is calling for a two- year tuition
freeze for Virginia's colleges and universities.
The freeze would follow years of double- digit percentage increases and a
two- year Governor's order to hold tuition rises to the rate of inflation.
SOT 11:48:03 tape two
IN Q=Things are looking
((VAL MCWHORTER/STATE COUNCIL OF HIGHER ED. CHMN.: THINGS ARE LOOKING A LITTLE
BETTER NOW, AND I THINK IT'S TIME THAT WE SHIFT SOME OF THAT BURDEN AWAY FROM
THE STUDENTS AND PARENTS AND GIVE THEM A BIT OF A BREAK. AND ASK THE
LEGISLATURE AND THE GOVERNOR TO RECOMMEND AND APPROPRIATE FUNDS THAT WOULD
ALLOW US TO DO THAT.))
((SEN. JOHN CHICHESTER/R-FREDERICKSBURG: I'D LIKE TO FREEZE IT. BUT THERE
AGAIN, WHEN YOU DO THAT, YOU'RE LOOKING AT 140- MILLION DOLLARS. AND YOU GET
BACK TO THE ORIGINAL QUESTION OF WHERE'S IT GOING TO COME FROM? AND I CAN'T
ANSWER THAT AT THIS JUNCTURE.))
SUPER=01-Val McWhorter/State Council of Higher Ed. Chmn.;
SUPER=01-Sen. John Chichester/(R) Fredericksburg; :16
OUT Q=at this juncture.
The 140- million dollar price tag would just cover a freeze on IN-STATE
The Council says colleges and universities should set their own out-of-state
The proposed freeze is up to the General Assembly.
Coming up when we come back.
Michael Jordan says he's well enough to put away the Magic tonight.
Bill Foster talks about Tech's first preseason hoop ranking in ten years.
Steve Mason continues our Tech-UVa pregame reports.
And look what happened in Nebraska last night at a high school football
The man who has won seven Winston Cup titles, and 200 races is now gearing up
for another kind of race.
SUPER=04-1995 Winston Cup Season; :00
Richard Petty made it official today that he is planning to get into
politics on a state level next year.
Petty's campaign chairman says the King has begun a fund raising effort to
challenge democratic incumbent Rufus Edmisten for the state's Secretary of
The King is a long time republican and he served as county commissioner in
Randolph County for 16 years.
From one Carolina icon to another - Michael Jordan will be out for a little
revenge tonight when he and the Bulls take on the Orlando Magic.
SUPER=03-Orlando, FL/This Afternoon; :00
The Magic knocked the Bulls out of the playoffs last year and they've won 34
straight in the "O-Rena".
Jordan is bothered by a banged up finger on his shooting hand, but he says he
will be ready.
IN Q="It's a little...
((MICHAEL JORDAN/CHICAGO BULLS CAPTAIN:))
SUPER=01-Michael Jordan/Chicago Bulls Captain; :00
OUT Q=...i can shoot."
As we told you last night the Virginia Tech Hokies are ranked in the
preseason basketball top 25. The Hokies check in at the number 22 slot. This
marks the first time in ten years that Tech has been in anyone's preseason
IN Q="I think...
((BILL FOSTER/VA. TECH HEAD COACH: ))
SUPER=01-Bill Foster/Va. Tech Head Coach;
OUT Q=...Top 25."
Virginia Tech had it's first chance of the week to talk with the media
about this weekend's game against Virginia.
And Steve Mason says; the 20th ranked Hokies are showing nothing but respect
for the 13th ranked cavaliers.
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SUPER=01-Jason Augustino/UVa Offensive Tackle; :00
SUPER=01-J.C. Price/Virginia Tech Defensive Tackle; :
SUPER=03-Washington DC/This Past Saturday; :
SUPER=03-College Park, MD/Cavaliers vs. Terps; :
SUPER=01-Bryan Still/69 Receptions & 1,333 Career Yards; :
SUPER=01-Brandon Semones/Has 80 Tackles for Tech This Year; :
SUPER=01-George DelRicco/Has 123 Tackles for Tech This Year; :
SUPER=01-Eddie Ferrell/Virginia Tech Head Trainer; :
OUT Q=..News 7 Sports"
The Friday Football Extra season rolls into the regional playoff semi-finals
this Friday night, and hopefully nothing like this will happen.
SUPER=03-Lincoln, NE/Last Night; :00
Last night these fans were rocking at a high school playoff game in LIncoln,
Nebraska when the railing in front of the bleachers collapsed and many of the
fans fell seven feet down to the ground and landed on top of each other.
Amazingly only four people were injured. The most serious problem was a
Today marks the 25th anniversary of a incident that will never be forgotten
at Ferrum College.
On this date in 1970, a DC nine jet
liner crashed into a hillside just short of Tri-State airport.
The plane was carrying 43 Marshall football players, 32 administrators and
No one survived the fiery crash, including seven former Ferrum player who had
graduated from the then Junior College and gone onto Marshall.
The players and coach Rick Tolley, all members of Ferrum's 1968 national
championship were posthumously inducted into the school's hall of fame in 1994
A service to honor those who perished in that accident will be held tonight
on the Marshall campus.
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