Coming up on news seven at six police in Amherst County need the public's
help in solving murder mystery.
And as Thanksgiving weekend comes to close millions of American return home.
We'll have a live report on traffic conditions.
In sports, The Eagles beat the Redskins at R-F-K Dan Marino rewrites the
N-F-L record book again and Chris Slade is a hero in New England's win over
Unseasonably warm temperatures today-- and even higher numbers tomorrow.
A mild forecast to get you through as you head back to work.
Police in Amherst County say they need the public's help to further their
investigation of the death of a Lynchburg woman.
The body of 25-year old Robin Jeanette Burge was found Wednesday.
Now investigators want to talk with anyone who might have seen the victim on
Thursday, November 16th.
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((DUVAL DOSS/AMHERST COUNTY SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT: WE'RE HAVING A DIFFICULT
TIME TRACING HER ACTIVITIES THE LAST FEW DAYS. HOPEFULLY SOMEONE WILL HAVE
SEEN HER AT A LATER TIME THEN WHAT WE KNOW ABOUT.))
SUPER=01-Duval Doss/Amherst Co. Sheriff's Dept.;
OUT Q=we know about
Two hunters found Burge's body in the eastern end of Amherst County on a
Police say she had been shot several times.
Investigators believe Burge was shot then dumped in the river.
Family members say it had been two years since they last saw her.
Burge had apparently broken off all contact with them after she returned
home from the Navy.
Burge was in her mid 20's, about 5-foot 5 inches tall.
If you have seen this woman contact the Amherst County Sheriff's Department
at 804- 9-2-9- 93-hundred.
That's area code 804-9-2-9- 93-hundred.
In Rocky Mount, a five- year- old boy is in the hospital after falling off a
The boy apparently was riding on a haywagon when he fell.
The wagon then stuck the boy.
It happened around 4-30 this afternoon.
He was taken to Franklin Memorial Hospital and later flown to Roanoke
No word yet on his condition.
State troopers are bracing for a busy night.
The Sunday after Thanksgiving is traditionally one of the busiest travel
days of the year.
Dble box Ron/Denise
Denise Allen is in Roanoke County.
Denise, how is traffic moving on 81 this evening?
Traffic is moving but state police say this is probably the peak time for
travelers to be returning home.
Triple-A estimates about 30 million motorists nationwide hit the highways
Here on the I-81 corridor there's the usual truck traffic, combined with
students heading back to school and vacationers heading home after the holiday.
State police say all that makes for a busy day.
Roll cue:makes for a busy day.
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SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.; :00
SUPER=01-K.C. Kozar/State Police;
OUT Q=a big traffic jam.
IN Q=traffic been getting
((TROOPER K.C.KOZAR/STATE POLICE: TRAFFIC'S BEEN GETTING HEAVY SINCE NOON
TIME. PROBABLY THE PEAK IS GOING TO BE THIS AFTERNOON BETWEEN THREE AND 8
O'CLOCK TONIGHT. EVERYBODY WILL BE HEADING BACK HOME.))
OUT Q=HEADING BACK HOME
So far there have been no serious accidents on this stretch of 81 to tie up
State police say in traffic like this, one accident usually leads to a chain
So they're working on prevention.
IN Q=We're looking for
((TROOPER K.C. KOZAR/STATE POLICE: WE'RE LOOKING PEOPLE THAT'S FOLLOWING TOO
CLOSE, TRAVELING AT A HIGH RATE OF SPEED. SOMEBODY GETS IMPATIENT AND THEY TRY
TO GO ON THE SHOULDER TO GET AROUND TRAFFIC CONGESTION AND WHEN THAT HAPPENS IT
CREATES A BIG TRAFFIC JAM.))
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(denise ad lib)
So far this day has been smooth compared to the Sunday after Thanksgiving
Ron, if you recall, it was a raining and about 12 cars were involved in a
chain reaction collision.
Dbl Box Denise/Ron
(HAS THE CONSTRUCTION ON INTERSTATE AFFECTED TRAFFIC AT ALL?
DENISE HAVE THE STATE POLICE PUT MORE TROOPERS ON THE ROAD FOR TONIGHT?
Ron there are more troopers on the highway tonight.
And they say the high volume of traffic should keep speeding down, so
they're on the look out for reckless drivers.)
Senator Bob Dole of Kansas is way ahead of rival Republican presidential
candidates in terms of raising money from Virginians.
Dole has collected nearly 800-thousand dollars in mostly large donations.
A distant second is Senator Phil Gramm of Texas.
He's raised 167-thousand dollars from Virginians.
According to Federal Election Commission reports, Virginia residents have
given almost one-point-seven MILLION dollars to presidential hopefuls.
President Clinton has raised about a half-MILLION dollars from
supporters in the commonwealth.
Virginia Senator John Warner pledged today to keep an open mind on President
Clinton's Bosnia policy.
The Republican senator, appearing on "Meet the Press," suggested that
congressional approval of Clinton's plan to contribute 20-thousand U-S ground
forces is possible.
But Warner said he must be assured there will be -- quote -- "no cut-and-run
if we endure casualties."
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Coming up on News-7,
Winter is just around the corner.
We'll have some tips from Emergency officials on how to be prepared in case
And not all people think winter weather is bad.
Skiers were out in droves enjoying the early snow at Snowshoe this
wx ad lib
Well, the holiday weekend is ending on a warm note--
Temperatures today were as much as 10 degrees ABOVE normal.
Southerly winds are going to keep blowing that warm air in our direction.
Let's enjoy it while we can-- we'll be cooling off considerably by the
middle of the week.
More on that a little later on.
Please stay with us.
MUSIC UP FULL
Galax gets a high-tech tenant, and a big buyout gives some central Virginia
workers a new boss.
Len Besthoff recaps the week's top economic stories in southwest and central
Virginia with the News-7 Business Review.
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SUPER=03-Montgomery Co./Tuesday; :22 QUICK!!
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The annual burley tobacco market opened this week in Virginia.
Experts predict farmers will fetch a higher price per pound than last year.
Galax is breaking away from traditional industries and moving toward
An electronic circuit board maker named PCS has set up shop there with 15
Montgomery County has voted NOT to rezone land for the Smart Road.
This puts the project and some economic development prospects in jeopardy.
The Danville Register and Bee is up for sale again.
A judge ruled the bank selling the paper can back out of deal it had made
with a local publisher.
Interco will buy the furniture division of Armstrong World Industries.
The deal is not expected to impact Armstrong employees in Appomattox and
Former Dominion Bankshares CEO Warner Dalhouse has become chairman of the
board at Shenandoah Life.
Dalhouse currently serves as chairman of the board at First Union of
Virginia, which bought Dominion two years ago.
The company operating the Radford Arsenal has offered a new voluntary
retirement program to workers.
About 160 full time salaried workers are eligible.
And the Dow Jones broke a big milestone this week, surpassing the 5000
barrier for the first time.
Len Besthoff, with the News-7 Business Review.
Also this week, Sprint-Centel-Virginia will reduce its business office in
Martinsville from 40 to three people.
The phone company will move the customer service positions to its other
offices in South Boston and Charlottesville.
The displaced workers in Martinsville will have the option of transferring
The company says the shift should be completed by June.
A strong final quarter capped off a year of good results for Roanoke
The company says its fourth quarter earnings were up 54-percent compared to
a year ago.
For the full 12 months, RESCO's earnings were up 131-percent.
Chief executive officer Donald Smith lists a few reasons for the company's
He credits higher selling prices, lower costs, and a rebound by the
A record number of skiers visited the Snowshoe Mountain Resort this
SUPER=03-Snowshoe, WV/File Tape;
The resort has recorded over 11-thousand 500 skier-visits since Thursday.
That's a 72 percent increase over their previous record set in 19-81.
Snowshoe has received over 50 inches of natural snow this month, compared to
three inches last November.
West Virginia ski resorts are offering an abundance of options this season
in an effort to attract more customers.
Five miles from Snowshoe, Elk River offers cross-country skiing trails as
well as a bed and breakfast inn.
Winterplace, near Beckley, is offering a new snowboard park.
Alpine Lake in Preston County, is offering ice skating and a new feature for
sledders: a tow rope for returns up the mountain.
(Kuh-NANE) Canaan Valley is home to Canaan Valley Golf and Ski Resort,
Timberline Four Seasons Resort, and White Grass Ski Touring Center.
White Grass and Timberline also offer cross-country skiing.
With snow and freezing rain on the horizon the Virginia Department of
Emergency Services says residents should prepare for winter weather.
In recent years, Virginians have had to deal with massive snow drifts,
closed highways, and prolonged power outages.
To prepare for the inevitable Emergency officials offer these winter weather
Make sure you have an emergency supply of water and non-perishable foods.
Have a flashlight and battery-powered radio, with extra batteries-- a
first-aid kit and additional prescription medication.
They suggest your car be in good running order. Check all your fluid levels
and tire pressures.
To keep your water pipes from freezing wrap them in insulation.
These are just a few suggestions.
For more information about winter weather preparedness call the Virginia
Department of Emergency Services at 804-674-2499.
MUSIC ON TAPE
A root used in Asia and harvested here in Virginia is grabbing top dollar
And some christmas trees have made it to the top of the First Union Tower.
We'll show you why when we come back.
MUSIC UP FULL
Martinsville- Henry County has a 23- percent illiteracy rate.
But an award-winning program encouraging youngsters to read is helping to
curb the problem.
The Literacy Volunteers of Martinsville- Henry County sponsor a reading
program at Memorial Hospital.
Volunteers read to children-- ages three and up-- while they sit in the
hospital's E-R waiting room.
But the program isn't just for kids-- it's for grown- ups, too.
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((BILL PETERSON/LITERACY VOLUNTEERS OF MARTINSVILLE/HENRY COUNTY: YOU CAN SEE
THEM SMILE WHEN THEY HEAR A CHILD'S BOOK READ. WE UNPLUG THE TELEVISION SET SO
THEY DON'T HAVE THAT DISTRACTION. AND SO, IT IS QUIET AND THE CHILDREN LOVE TO
SIT HERE AND LISTEN, AND THE PARENTS LIKE IT, TOO. ))
SUPER=01-Bill Peterson/Literacy Volunteer;
OUT Q=like it, too
Although its been around for about a year the program is already getting
state- wide attention.
The group won this trophy for being recognized by the state board of
More than 70 volunteers make the program work.
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((SHANNON PRIGGEN/LITERACY PROGRAM VOLUNTEER: I COME ACROSS SOME KIDS THAT ARE
REALLY SHY AND THEY FEEL LIKE THEY CAN'T READ WELL. BUT ONCE I GET THEM
STARTED, THEY'RE GREAT READERS. AND I TRY TO ENCOURAGE THEM AND MAKE THEM FEEL
BETTER ABOUT THEMSELVES. ))
SUPER=01-Shannon Priggen/Literacy Program Volunteer;
OUT Q=better about themselves
The program is the only one of its kind in the state.
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This year's crop of ginseng root from the Appalachian Mountains is ringing
up to 500-dollars a pound, more than twice last year's price.
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The root is used as a remedy in Asia for anything from headaches to
Those that harvest the root are worried the high prices will result in an
influx of people who want to make a quick buck.
They're worried the new-comers won't leave enough wild ginseng roots for
In 19-93, Virginia exported over ten-thousand pounds of wild Ginseng.
The halls of the First Union Tower are decked for the holidays.
Actually it's the 21st floor that's adorned with Christmas trimmings.
Christmas trees have taken over the top floor as a part of the annual
Festival of Trees competition.
Businesses pay an entry fee to the Mental Health Association, which sponsors
Visitors to the festival then vote on the tree they like the best.
This is the Associations biggest fund raiser of the year.
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((RITA GLINIECKI/MENTAL HEALTH ASSOC. VOLUNTEER: WE DO SUPPORT GROUPS FOR LIKE
DEPRESSION AND PARENTS WHO HAVE EMOTIONALLY DISTURBED CHILDREN. WE HAVE AN
INFORMATION AND REFERRAL PROGRAM. WE DO LEGISLATIVE ADVOCACY.))
SUPER=01-Rita Gliniecki/Mental Health Assoc. Vol.;
OUT Q=LEGISLATIVE ADVOCACY
You can take a peek at the trees weekdays and Saturdays from 10 until nine.
And on Sundays from noon until seven.
The exhibit runs through December 23rd.
And coming up, Virginia Tech is waiting to hear where they will go bowling
this season The Eagles beat the Redskins at R-F-K.
and Dan Marino has broken the N-F-L record for career touchdown passes even
though his Dolphins come up short today.
Virginia Tech Athletic officials will be very busy this week lobbying for
the Hokies to receive a major bowl bid.
The Hokies would like the Big East Alliance bid which could land them in the
SUPER=03-Miami, FL/ESPN; :
But those hopes may have been crushed last night when the Miami Hurricanes
came from behind to beat Syracuse in Miami.
Since the Big East has no tie breaker system the Sugar and Orange Bowls can
choose which team they want.
SS=Big East Logo
Tech finished its season winning nine straight games including the come back
The Hokies are co-Champions with the Hurricanes in the conference with 6 and
While Tech's bowl picture remains cloudy, Northwestern is headed to the Rose
The Wildcats are Big Ten champions for only the second time in school
history and they got all the help they needed when 18-th ranked Michigan
shocked second ranked Ohio State 31 to 23.
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((GARY BARNETT/NORTHWESTERN HEAD COACH: ))
SUPER=01-Gary Barnett/Northwestern Head Coach; :
OUT Q=GOOD FOOTBALL TEAM."
Northwestern finishes the regular season third in this weeks Associated
Press college football poll while Tech is ranked 13-th and Virginia, which is
headed to the Peach Bowl, is 19-th.
And here's a look at the top 25.
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James Madison saw its chances at a national title end yesterday in the
mountains of Boone, North Carolina.
Appalachian State remained unbeaten by beating The Dukes 31 to 24 in the
Division One Double-A playoffs.
SUPER=03-Boone, NC/WFMY; :
The Mountaineers rolled into Kidd Brewer Stadium to begin their drive to a
Trailing 3 to nothing Madison's Mike Cawly hooks up with Ed Perry on the 31
yard touchdown pass to make it 7 to 3 Dukes.
The Mountaineers came right back Damon Scott takes the hand off and scores
from 35 yards out to make it 10 to 7 Appy State.
James Madison rallied Cawley hits Mike Woolever on the short touchdown
pass and the two point conversion tied the game at 17 to 17 at the half.
But Scott Would put the SUPER=36-Appalachian State/=31/James
Madison/=24;Mountaineers ahead for good when he scores on this play and
Appalachian State wins it 31 to 24.
Ricky Watters rushed for over 100 yards giving him a thousand on the
season and he scored two touchdowns as the Philadelphia Eagles beat the
Washington Redskins 14 to 7.
SUPER=03-Washington, DC/FOX SPORTS; :
Heath Shuler got the start at quarterback for the Redskins today.
Early in the game he hits Mark Logan he carries the ball for a 32 yard gain
but the drive was stopped and Washington turned the ball over to the Eagles.
Eagle quarterback Rodney Peete then hands off to Watters he scores from 8
yards out the extra point was missed but Philly led the game 6 to nothing.
The Redskins got on the board in the fourth quarter when Shuler hands off to
Terry Allen he scores from the seven to make it 7 to 6 Washington.
But Watters would have the final
SUPER=30-Philadelphia/=14/Washington/==7;word he scores from the one yard
line the two point conversion was good and the Eagles win the game 14 to 7.
Miami quarterback Dan Marino broke the N-F-L career touchdown passes
record this afternoon but it wasn't enough as the Indianapolis Colts beat the
Dolphins 36 to 28.
SUPER=03-Indianapolis, IN/NBC SPORTS; :
While Marino was chasing the record Colt Quarterback Jim Harbaugh was hot
With over 4-minutes left in the first quarter he hooks up with Aaron Bailey
on this 34 yard touchdown pass his second of the game the Colts led 14 to
Then in the second quarter Harbaugh hits tailback Marshall Faulk in the
end zone from 7 yards out and the Colts were cruising 24 to nothing.
Marino then passes to keith Byars SUPER=30-Indianapolis/=36/Miami/=28;he
breaks tackles and scores from the six giving Marino 343 for his career
breaking Fran Tarkenton's record but the Colts win the game 36 to 28.
Brett Favre passed for three touchdowns as the Packers beat the Buccaneers
Kevin Butlers 37 yard field goal with sevens seconds ended Chicago's three
game losing streak.
SUPER=03-Orchard Park, NY/NBC SPORTS; :
And at Orchard Park, New England scored two touchdowns in the final two
minutes the big one from former U-V-A star Chris Slade. He picks off the Jim
Kelly Pass and returns it 27 yards for the winning touchdown with 57 seconds
For all of today's N-F-L scores lets go to the boards.
IN Q=FIRST SCORE
OUT Q=.....NEW ORLEANS."
Roanoke College hit the road today for a game at Ferrum in conjunction with
a canned food drive for the St. James Community Center.
SUPER=03-Ferrum/Maroons vs Panthers; :
Although its only an hour drive The Maroons were making their first trip
to Ferrum's Swartz Gymnasium.
Roanoke led by 19 at the half but the Panthers try to get back in it Blue
Cook scores in the post.
Then John Maher scores in transition off the Pass from Nathan Hungate and
the Maroons added to their lead.
The Maroons were to much Jason SUPER=34-Roanoke/===/Ferrum/===;Bishop
beats his man and scores off the Glass And the Maroons win it ___ to ____.