Up next on News 7-
The snow's not over yet- More in the forecast. We'll have details plus all
the school closings.
The snowy weather's making it tough to get the Salem Stadium ready for
this weekend's stagg bowl. We'll check in there.
Plus an update on Michael Jackson's condition.
News 7 is coming your way next.
The first major snow of the season came down overnight.
Across the region up to a foot of snow fell.
And more snow may be on the way.
Robin Reed says another winter storm is on the way for Friday night.
This one brings snow and freezing rain to the region.
Plus the snow is slowing preparations for Saturday's Stagg Bowl. We'll have the
The Government's cracking down on telemarketers who take advantage of
So far 400 people have been arrested-
Join us for News 7 at eleven
Southwest and central Virginia awoke to its first major snowstorm of the
winter this morning...and winter hasn't even officially begun.
Across the region, up to a foot of snow fell.
It made for some rough driving conditions early this morning.
A number of people were stranded on the highways.
Others got into small fender-benders.
But the roads improved by midday.
Temperatures rose and a lot of the snow melted.
People knew the warm weather wouldn't last though, so out to the driveways
and sidewalks they went, shovels in hand.
SOT RNK SNOW PM 05:27:35
IN Q=I suspect
((SAM MITCHENER: I SUSPECT IT WILL GET COLDER TONIGHT AND WHAT'S SOFT NOW WILL
BE ICY LATER AND HARD TO GET UP IN THE MORNING.))
OUT Q=get up in the morning.
Southside Virginia was the only area spared from the worst of the storm.
Residents there only had a dusting of snow to contend with.
The Virginia Department of Transportation has a majority of the state's
primary roads clear.
But V-D-O-T warns motorists to take it slow, because with all the melting
and refreezing going on today, there are a lot of icy spots out there.
The bad weather has forced many school systems to alter their schedules for
Jean Reads Chyron Boards
That's how some people are describing the weather for the Stagg Bowl.
For the past two years, those who attended the bowl have had to deal with
And if this morning's snow is any indication, this Saturday's weather
probably won't be much different.
Jay Moore takes a look at how Salem officials are preparing for the Division
Three National Championship. (/////SOT/////)
IN Q=One thing after
SUPER=01-Scott Sampson/Salem Stadium Manager; :11 QUICK
SUPER=01-Joseph Lee/Rowan Player; :58
SUPER=01-Scott Kline/Rowan Player; 1:08
SUPER=01-Carey Harveycutter/Salem Civic Center Manager; 1:21
OUT Q=Moore, News-7.
(( One thing after another.
That's what Salem officials have been dealing with throughout the day.
It started earlier with bulldozers clearing the tarp covered field.
Salem firefigters were also called in to assist.
IN Q=We're trying
((SCOTT SAMPSON/SALEM STADIUM MANAGER: WE'RE TRYING TO SHOOT THE HIGH PRESSURE
HOSE AND KNOCK SOME OF THE SNOW OFF AND GET AS MUCH OF TODAY BEFORE THE
TEMPERATURE GET REAL COLD TONIGHT AND THEN WE HAVE TO DEAL WITH ICE.))
OUT Q=deal with ice.
And that's exactly what the next problem was.... dealing with the ice.
IN Q=After we got
((TRACY DIVERS/MAINTENANCE; AFTER WE GOT ALL THE BLEACHERS SHOVELED OFF WE'RE
JUST GOING TO TRY TONIGHT TO KEEP THE STEPS CLEAN, GOOD AND DRY UNTIL TOMORROW.
HOPEFULLY IT WON'T SNOW AGAIN OR SLEET. ))
OUT Q=OR SLEET.
IN Q=While the
((JAY MOORE/REPORTING: WHILE THE WORKERS WERE BUSY THAWING OUT THE STADIUM,
YOU MAY WONDER WHERE THE PLAYERS WERE. THERE INSIDE ENJOYING THE ALOHA
OUT Q=the Aloha Reception.
nat sound band
The get together gave players from Wisconsin-La Crosse and Rowan a chance to
meet each other.
And while players from both schools say their team won't be affected by the
weather, some were a little suprised.
IN Q=The weather
((JOSEPH LEE/ROWAN PLAYER: THE WEATHER KIND OF CAUGHT US BY SURPRISE WHEN WE
WERE ON TEH BUS AT THREE O'CLOCK IN THE MORNING. I OPENED MY EYES AND SAW SNOW
COMING DOWN BY THE TONS.))
OUT Q=by the tons.
IN Q=I kind of
((SCOTT KLINE/ROWAN PLAYER: I KIND OF EXPECTED IT BECAUSE I WAS WATCHING THEE
WEATHER CHANNEL BUT WITH VIRGINIA YOU'D THINK IT BE A LITTLE NICER SINCE IT'S
MORE SOUTH. I THINK MORE PEOPLE WERE SURPRISED. ))
OUT Q=people were surprised
IN Q=These are
((CAREY HARVEYCUTTER/SALEM CIVIC CENTER MANAGER: THESE ARE TWO TEAMS FROM UP
NORTH THAT ARE USE TO PLAYING IN BAD WEATHER SO WERE READY TO GO AND MAKE THE
BEST OF IT. WE'RE GOING HAVE A GOOD FOOTBALL GAME EITHER WAY.))
OUT Q=either way.
In Salem, Jay Moore, News 7.
A Henry County man who faced second degree murder charges last month is now
SUPER=03-Henry Co./November 2;
A judge dismissed the case today against 37 year old Phillip Staples Green
for lack of evidence.
Green was accused of killing 39 year old Hubert Boris Oaks.
Police say Green was dating Oaks' estranged wife at the time of the
The judge indicated he could not tell who fired the first shot.
The case could still be presented directly to a Grand Jury, but
Commonwealth's Attorney Bob Bushnell says he will NOT pursue the case unless he
gets new evidence.
It's a government crack down on smooth talkers who target the elderly.
As Dave Fehling reports, there were hundreds of arrests and renewed
warnings for consumers to beware.
SUPER=03-Las Vegas, NV; 00
SUPER=03-Los Angeles, CA; 10
SUPER=01-Kathryne Landreth/U.S. Attorney for Nevada; 51
SUPER=01-Arnold Grossman/Consumer; 1:08
OUT Q=CBS News, Houston."
((JANET RENO/U.S. ATTORNEY GENERAL: THE RESULT OF THIS HIGH PRESSURE FRAUD IS
Attorney General Janet Reno announced a nationwide
sting that caught 400 allegedly fraudulent telemarketers.
the voice you're about to hear.
MY NAME IS ROBERT BANKS...
Banks is supposedly one of the worst.
A telemarketer trying late on a Saturday night to get a
78 year old woman to believe that if she sends him 500 dollars she'll be able
to claim a 50-thousand dollar prize.
TELEMARKETER: NOW WHAT DO YOU WANT TO DO? DO YOU WANT YOUR WINNINGS? OR DO
YOU WANT ME TO JUST GO AHEAD AND HANG-UP THE PHONE WITH YOU AND FORGET I EVER
SAW YOUR NAME?
WOMAN: OF COURSE I WANT MY WINNINGS, BUT IT...
TELEMARKETER: SO NOW YOU'RE GONNA START CRYING AGAIN AND GOING OFF ON ME.
WOMAN: THERE'S NOTHING I CAN DO.
The bulk of the arrests came in California and Nevada
but the victims were from all over.
KATHRYN LANDRETH/U.S. ATTORNEY FOR NEVADA: THEY ARE ELDERLY, OFTEN ISOLATED
FROM THEIR FAMILY, SOME SUFFER MENTAL AND PHYSICAL FRAILITIES THAT LEAVE THEM
HELPLESS TO COMBAT THE HIGH PRESSURE TACTICS USED BY THESE CON ARTISTS.
Arnold Grossman is one of the millions who've gotten
one of those annoying calls.
ARNOLD GROSSMAN/CONSUMER: I THINK THEY CAN CONFUSE ANYONE BECAUSE THEY'RE
TRAINED, THEY KNOW WHAT THEY'RE DOING, AND HOW TO PRESENT IT SO IT
SOUNDS LIKE SOMETHING YOU'D LIKE TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF.
So they don't take advantage of you, the Attorney General
warns consumers to resist the high pressure pitches, never
give out your credit card number, and report any suspected fraud.
Dave Fehling, CBS News, Houston.))
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Coming up on News 7, it could be the same song all over again.
Republicans say its a no go to the President's latest budget plan,
And the King of Pop will have to cancel his upcoming special on HBO.
Doctors say Michael Jackson will stay in the hospital for the next several
wx ad lib
SUPER=#C-380; Weather Roll
The search for a missing plane and its Lynchburg pilot has been called off.
SUPER=03-Webster Co., WV/Nov. 30;
The Civil Air Patrol says it won't look anymore for the plane that
disappeared November 28th near Webster Springs, in central West Virginia.
The white plane, lost in fog and snow, was piloted by 31-year-old Colin
Campell of Lynchburg.
More than 300 volunteers spent 180 hours searching the rugged, mountainous
terrain for the plane.
They've taken orders and they've given them -- in the toughest situations.
They are the 17 women who filed a "friend of the court brief" this week
against the Virginia Military Institute-
They say the state- supported, all- male school is out of step with
And they say its alumni will have trouble with the real military world,
where women are part of the picture.
Ellen Qualls has more.
IN Q=Retired Brigadier
SUPER=03-Accokeek, MD; :00
SUPER=03-Lexington/File Tape; :16
SUPER=@Ellen2; :49 QUICK
SUPER=01-Brig. Gen. Pat Foote/U.S. Army, Ret.; :53
SUPER=03-Staunton/File Tape; 1:17
OUT Q=Qualls, News 7, Accokeek, Maryland.
(( Retired Brigadier General Pat Foote knows a little something about
She served in Vietnam, became the first woman faculty member at the Army War
College, and as the commanding general of Fort Belvoir -- the second woman to
command a major Army installation.
VMI really irritates Pat Foote.
((BRIG. GEN. PAT FOOTE/U.S. ARMY, RET.: THIS ENVIRONMENT IS REALLY HYPED ...
THAT IS OBSOLETE.))
Not only obsolete, but Foote says, having nothing to do with building skills
to lead others.
Or skills to be led by a woman commander.
Cynical observers might question the timing of this brief, as the U.S.
Supreme Court finally prepares to hear VMI's case next month.
Foote indeed says she was contacted by a law firm which told her...
((THE BRIEF WAS BEING PREPARED, AND PARTICIPANTS WERE BEING SOUGHT.))
But she's a willing partner, with strong feelings.
((THE MERE IDEA THAT MARY BALDWIN... LUDICROUS, OF COURSE IT DOESN'T.))
((I'D LIKE TO SEE WOMEN BECOME PART OF A RICHER VMI TRADITION THAN WE HAVE
Tomorrow night, the women of the Virginia Women's Institute of Leadership
beg to differ.
Ellen Qualls, News 7, Accokeek, Maryland.))
Trigon earned the wrath of Attorney General Jim Gilmore earlier this year
for what he called "deceptive billing practices."
Today, the state's largest insurer earned Gilmore's endorsement in its bid
to become a FOR- profit company with publicly held stock.
The payoff is that Trigon will establish a 159- million dollar public
endowment for higher education in Virginia.
IN Q=For five
((ATTORNEY GENERAL JIM GILMORE: FOR FIVE MONTHS, WE HAVE BEEN NEGOTIATING AN
IMPORTANT LEGAL ISSUE: WHETHER THE PUBLIC AS A WHOLE HAS AN OWNERSHIP INTEREST
IN TRIGON. WHETHER THE PUBLIC SHOULD RECEIVE A SHARE OF TRIGON'S ASSETS WHEN
THEY ARE DISTRIBUTED. IN SHORT, WHETHER TRIGON MUST REPAY THE PUBLIC FOR
PUBLIC BENEFITS THAT TRIGON HAS ENJOYED.))
OUT Q=has enjoyed.
One of those benefits has been "Not for profit" tax breaks.
Gilmore says the endowment is the largest in Virginia.
Much of it will go toward medical research at state-supported universities.
The clock is ticking on Virginia Republicans to choose a method of
nominating a Senate candidate.
And sources within the party say expect a legal challenge to fellow
Republican John Warner's right to choose a primary.
"Republicans Against Warner" founder Eugene Delgaudio (del-GOD-io) says he's
talked with someone who plans to file a challenge Friday.
He says it's NOT his group -- whose sole goal is to bring about John
Warner's political demise.
It is believed Warner would be LESS likely to receive the nomination in a
The party's central committee meets Saturday to take up the issue.
SOFT MUSIC UNDER
Coming up in just a moment, we'll see if Robin Reed has a better forecast
and we'll see how some once forgotten harps are again making beautiful music.
The Government could shut down again- if a balanced budget isn't reached
The President released his seven year plan today- but Republicans don't
((LEON PANETTA/CHIEF OF STAFF: WE THOUGHT THE PURPOSE WAS TO PROVIDE A SEVEN
YEAR APPROACH TO BALANCE THE BUDGET WHILE WE PROTECTED THE BENEFITS OF MEDICAID
AND MEDICARE. THIS PROPOSAL DOES THAT. THIS IS DOABLE.))
((REP. JOHN KASICH/R-CHAIRMAN BUDGET COMMITTEE: THEY CAME TO THE HILL 17 DAYS
LATER AND GAVE US A PLAN THAT'S 400 BILLION DOLLARS IN DEBT.))
SUPER=01-Leon Panetta/Chief of Staff; 00
SUPER=01-Rep. John Kasich/(R) Chairman Budget Committee; 12
OUT Q=dollars in debt."
(Kay-sick) Kasich calls the budget a tremendous disappointment.
But the President calls it a good place to start discussions.
It appears Michael Jackson will stay in the hospital- at least for a few
SUPER=03-New York City/Monday;
His Sunday HBO special is cancelled.
Jackson's doctors say the singer will need several days of critical care.
Jackson collapsed last night during rehearsals for a concert special. He
was suffering from extremely low blood pressure- 70 over 40.
Doctors say Jackson has an irregular heartbeat and suffers from
dehydration and an electrolyte imbalance. They say his ailments could affect
his heart, kidneys and liver.
Jackson's sister, Janet and wife, Lisa Marie Presley were both at the
hospital for most of the day.
Roanoke College gets it sixth win of the season.
Cincinnati clobbers UNC-Wilmington despite a big night from Mark Byington.
We'll check out today's happenings involving the Stagg Bowl, which by the way
is now offering free shovels with every ticket purchased.
But first let's clear the snow off the boards.
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Sports chyron motion
IN Q=first score
OUT Q=...last score.
take a break
The Roanoke College Maroons improved their record to 6-and-1 one last night
with an easy 90-to-68 conference win over ODAC rival Eastern Mennonite.
SUPER=03-Salem/Flames vs. Maroons; :00
Roanoke sharpshooter Jason Bishop led the Maroons out of the huddle and onto
And watch him come from the baseline with help defense, steal the ball
cleanly and head up court. He eventually converts the layin and Roanoke is off
Roanoke would then beat the Mennonite zone with good perimeter passing.
Courtney Fitch, to Nathan Hungate to Derrick Bryant in the corner for the three
pointer and the rout is on.
Former Parry McCluer star Mike McElroy, an Eastern Mennonite Freshman would
get into the act with this assist to a slicing Jay Taylor, who finishes
with a slam.
Steve Mason is stunned by the outcome, but as you know it's not a misprint,
just a mismatch.
Elsewhere last night the Ferrum men got their first win of the year with a
94-to-73 win over Guilford.
The Ferrum women beat Lynchburg 76-to-68.
Mark Byington, a player Roanoke would have dearly loved to get, was on the
floor in Cincinnati last night playing for UNC-Wilmington in the opening round
of the Delta Air Lines Classic Tournament.
SUPER=03-Cincinnati, OH; :00
Byington and the Seahawks would have their hands full with the 17th ranked
Bearcats as Damon Flint hits 5 three pointers in the opening half to stake the
Cats to a 44-to-22 halftime lead.
But Wilmington would try to hang tough as Byington spots up for the three
pointer from the key. He led the Hawks with 13.
The former Salem Spartan would also get this assist as he sets up a slam.
But Cincinnati advances with to the finals with a 82-to-47 win.
Now, it did not snow inside the Salem Civic Center today. I understand they
are saving that trick for next year!
SUPER=03-Salem/This Afternoon; :00
Inside the house that Harveycutter built, the Salem Rotary Club gave Chris
Palmer a warm ovation as he was presented with the third annual Gagliardi
award, given annually to the top player in Division III. Receiving the trophy
named after his current coach made the day extra special.
IN Q="The name
((CHRIS PALMER/1995 GAGLIARDI RECIPIENT:THE NAME OF THE TROPHY IS THE GAGLIARDI
TROPHY, AND A LOT OF PEOPLE WOULD TAKE IT AS A NAME, BUT I KNOW THE COACH
BEHIND THAT, AND THE MAN BEHIND THAT, AND I PLAYED FOR HIM FOR 10 YEARS, AND
ITS BEEN SOME OF THE BEST YEARS OF MY LIFE. ITS A REAL SPECIAL COMPLETION TO
MY FOOTBALL CAREER.))
((JOHN GAGLIARDI/ST. JOHN'S HEAD COACH: HE'S WHAT EVERY MOTHER WOULD LIKE
THEIR SON TO BE, WHAT EVERY MOTHER- IN- LAW WOULD WANT IN A SON- IN- LAW TO BE.
EVERY COACH WOULD LIKE THEIR PLAYER TO BE. HE'S JUST A MAGNIFICENT HUMAN
BEING, WHO LEARNS AWFULLY FAST. AND CATCHES THE BALL EXTREMELY WELL.))
SUPER=01-Chris Palmer/1995 Gagliardi Recipient;
SUPER=01-John Gagliardi/St. John's Head Coach; :15
OUT Q=...extremely well"
Palmer had 13 touchdown catches this season.
W&L's Robert Hull finished 9th in the balloting.
It's been an interesting 24 hours for the folks involved with the Stagg Bowl.
SUPER=03-Salem/Wednesday Afternoon; :00
Wednesday afternoon things could not have been any better as the stadium crew
put the final touches on their field level paint job.
But yesterday morning they were back to square one using bulldozers to clear
10 inches of snow off the tarp.
They also used firehoses to wash away the snow in the stands, but the
temperatures dropped too quickly and the water turned the ice, forcing the blow
torches to make an appearance last night.
((SCOTT SAMPSON/SALEM STADIUM MANAGER:))
SUPER=01-Scott Sampson/Salem Stadium Manager; :00
OUT Q=...on the field."
The two combatants in Saturday's game checked into the valley earlier
SUPER=03-Salem/This Afternoon; :
Unfortunately the snow forced both teams to go indoors for this afternoons
practice as they worked out at Salem high school and Andrew Lewis.
IN Q="We just want
((ROGER HARRING/EAGLES HEAD COACH: WE'D JUST LIKE TO BE ABLE TO GET ALL OF OUR
15 OR 20 MINUTES SO WITH OUR KIDS, AND BE ABLE TO DO THE THINGS THAT WE'VE BEEN
DOING, AND REASSURE OUR GUYS THAT WE CAN BE SUCCESSFUL IF WE CARRY OUT THE GAME
SUPER=01-Roger Harring/Eagles Head Coach; :
OUT Q=.....game plan."
Rowan, who appeared in the first Salem Stagg Bowl in 1993, knew anything
was possible once it arrived in town. And as a result the Profs were ready for
IN Q="We kind
((K.C. KEELER/PROFS HEAD COACH: WE KIND OF ANTICIPATED THAT THERE MAY BE SOME
TROUBLES BEFORE WE GOT DOWN HERE, SO WE GOT PRETTY GOOD DAYS IN ON MONDAY AND
TUESDAY AND WEDNESDAY BEFORE WE LEFT AS FAR AS GETTING OUTSIDE AND GETTING ALL
OF THESE THINGS DONE. WE TOOK CARE OF A LOT OF THE PASS GAME ON WEDNESDAY
NIGHT. I THINK WE'RE READY TO GO INSIDE TONIGHT.))
SUPER=01-K.C.Keeler/Profs Head Coach; :
OUT Q=.......inside tonight."
Keeler hasn't forgotten his trip to the valley in 1993 when he had to coach
his team in a driving snow against Mount Union.
By the way the Profs lost to the Purple Raiders in that game 34-to-24.
The NCAA Division one men's soccer semi-finals are set for later today at
University of Richmond stadium.
The Virginia Cavaliers, who are after their fifth straight national
championship open play at in the final four at 4:30 against Duke
UVa beat the Blue Devils in the ACC tournament and tied them in the regular
Portland and Wisconsin make up the other half of the bracket.
Still to come tonight, the Yankees get their man to replace Don Mattingly
as they complete a five player deal with the Mariners to get Tino Martinez.
Off the diamond today, the New York Yankees finally completed their deal with
Seattle today that puts slugger Tino Martinez in pinstripes.
Martinez has agreed to a five year, 20 million-dollar contract with the
The Mariners also send reliever Jeff Nelson and a minor league prospect to
New York in exchange for pitcher Sterling Hitchcock and third baseman Russ
Martinez, who turns 28 today, hit 31 homers and drove in 111 runs last
A group of young musicians are making good use of some once forgotten harps.
For 25 years nine of the instruments sat idle in elementary schools
throughout Roanoke county.
But that's not the case now.
Melanie Moon has the story.
SUPER=01-Steve King/Supervisor of Fine Arts;:34
SUPER=01-Melissa Smithlin/Harp Student;:1:11
OUT Q=News 7.
Seven weeks ago these fourth and fifth graders couldn't read music let alone
pluck a harp string, now they're playing some familiar Christmas tunes and
getting ready for their first concert.
SANGHEE UHM/HARP INSTRUCTOR:START WITH THE D WAIT, D,E, F.
The idea of a youth harp ensemble was the brain child of Sanghee Uhm, a
Korean born, U-S educated harpist.
She came across the harps during a visit to one of the schools.
DR. STEVE KING/SUPERVISOR OF FINE ARTS ROANOKE CO. SCHOOLS: SANGHEE JUST KIND
OF FELL IN LAST SPRING, THAT YOU'VE GOT THESES 9 HARPS, YOU KNOW WE NEED TO DO
SOMETHING WITH THEM SO WE CAN USE THEM.
And use them she has.
SANGHEE:THREE AND A FOUR C,C,D,D,E, GOOD ONE MORE TIME YOU GOT IT.
And these young harpists have caught on quickly, despite the fact they are
only around the harps twice a week for just a few hours.
But Its time they use well and have no problem giving up.
That's even in spite of the blisters and sore fingers.
MELISSA SMITHLIN: IF YOU PLUCK TOO HARD YOU GET DENTS, AND YOU GET CUTS FROM
THE STRINGS AND IT GOES SO FAST.
REBECCA PAXTON: I FIGURE THAT LEARNING THINGS AND HARP WOULD HELP ME IN MUSIC
CLASS AND SCHOOL TO KNOW THINGS AND HELP ME LATER ON IN LIFE.
PAUL KIM: I WANT TO BE GOOD IN MUSIC AND I WANT TO BE GOOD HARPIST.
There are only about a dozen harp ensembles in the entire nation. These
youngster don't really seem to understand how unique this program is right now
Melanie Moon, News 7.))
they're most interested in making beautiful music together, in Salem, I'm