Up next on News 7-
It's here. The snow comes finally makes it to Southwest Virginia- We'll
tell you what's going on out there and what's closed as a result.
Plus the latest on Michael Jackson's condition- He remains hospitalized
After a big blast of snow, could it be the next winter weather event is only
24 hours away? The answer coming up.
Tonight on Health Check-- Virginia's largest health insurer's request to
become a for-profit company
gets the support of Virginia Attorney General Jim Gilmore. We'll hear from
(Jean AD LIB)
This is what Southwest Virginia woke up to this morning- Snow and lots of
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Good Evening this is NEWS-7 at FIVE, I'm Jean Jadhon.
Unless you're locked up in a room with no windows, you had to notice it.
Southwest and Central Virginia got socked with its first significant
snowfall of the winter- and worst of all, it's not even officially winter yet!
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Len Besthoff has been checking out how folks are coping with, or enjoying,
the aftermath of this big weather event.
So what's it like out there Len?
Jean, you still need your boots out here, because it's kind of slushy.
And that's bad news for both the people trying to clean up this precip, and
the people who want it to stay around.
IN Q=Nat Sot
OUT Q=get up in the morning.
Nat Sot KIDS SCREAMING/TOBAGGANING
The slush has quickly made it slow going for the legions of schoolkids who
have the day off.
Nat Sot SHOVEL SOUND
And for those trying to keep their sidewalks and driveways clean, the slush
brings an extra amount of urgency to their efforts.
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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.
And a lot of the shovelers are also talking about something else they fear
even more...another winter weather event coming perhaps as soon as tomorrow
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(QUESTION: SO HOW ARE THINGS GOING TRAVEL WISE RIGHT NOW? I IMAGINE THEY MUST
BE PRETTY GOOD CONSIDERING A LOT OF THIS STUFF HAS MELTED.)
The conditions were similar throughout the New River Valley--
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In Pulaski County this morning mother nature's glaze plagued Interstate 81.
The snow fell quicker than it could be cleared-- forcing cars into ditches.
Even tow trucks had trouble pulling vehicles back onto the highway.
At times the interstate resembled a parking lot as wrecked vehicles blocked
State police say the main roads were back to normal late this morning,
fortunately there were no major injuries or accidents.
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The white stuff proved to be just a minor inconvenience for travelers in
central Virginia this morning.
Area police say a few minor accidents slowed traffic on Routes 460 and 29,
but the roads were in good shape by the morning rush hour.
Secondary streets like Wards Ferry Road in Lynchburg were a problem
though... a city bus skidded on the snow- packed pavement and slid into a
Traffic was blocked for more than an hour as crews worked to pull the bus
And a truck driver suffered minor injuries when his vehicle jackknifed on
Dillard Road in Madison Heights.
State police say 44- year- old Anthony Bolen had swerved to avoid another
car when his truck ran off the road.
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Several night classes are cancelled tonight-- and some students will get an
extra hour of sleep tomorrow.
Here's the latest list of weather related closings and delays.
Three suspects in the abduction, robbery and murder of a Virginia Tech
student will be arraigned tomorrow in Pearisburg.
Warrants were served today on Gary Wayne Barker, along with Ben Lilly and
his brother, Mark.
Authorities believe BEN Lilly is the one who actually shot Alexander
Ben Lilly is being held apart from the other two suspects who have
apparently co-operated with investigators.
Montgomery County Sheriff's deputies are still looking for the man who
actually witnessed the abduction in Blacksburg Tuesday night.
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Straight ahead on NEWS-7 at FIVE- two Senators are hoping to whitewash what
they call "trash t-v"--we'll explain.
But first, the King of Pop remains hospitalized, and his televised concert
is cancelled... after collapsing on a New York stage yesterday.
A litte later on Health Check-- Doctors are calling it a one-two punch in
the fight against AIDS-- as the FDA okays the use of a new drug.
All these stories coming up as NEWS-7 at FIVE continues.
Michael Jackson remains hospitalized tonight- after collapsing during
As Elizabeth Kaledin reports, Home Box Office has been forced to cancel
Jackson's upcoming special while the singer recovers.
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SUPER=01-LaShaun McKnight/Emergency Medical Technician;
OUT Q=CBS News, New York."
(( Early today Micheal Jackson's wife Lisa Marie Presley arrived at the
New York City hospital where Jackson spent the night. Jackson's personal
physician is also said to be on his way from California to treat the
Jackson has been in New York City most of the week rehearsing for an HBO
special scheduled to air Sunday. He fainted on stage late Wednesday,
Paramedics who rushed him to the hospital reported his blood pressure to be an
extremely low 70 over 40. He was also dehydrated and exhausted.
Jackson's HBO show called "One Night Only" was to have been his first New
York performance in eight years. HBO was hoping for an audience of 250 million
people worldwide. The future of the show is now in jeopardy.
LASHAUN MCKNIGHT/ NY EMERGENCY MEDICAL TECHNICIAN: WHEN WE GOT TO HIM HE WAS
SEMI-CONSCIOUS. HE WAS DEHYDRATED AND FATIGUED.
A hospital spokesperson says Jackson remains in stable condition. It
is still not clear when he will be released. Elizabeth Kaledin CBS News, New
Newt Gingrich says he's strengthened by a House Ethics Committee ruling.
The House Speaker cites several ethics charges that were dismissed- and
says he's confident the remaining charge will be thrown out.
IN Q=i think
((NEWT GINGRICH/HOUSE SPEAKER: I THINK THE FACT THAT THEY'VE RESOLVED FIVE IS A
VERY BIG STEP IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION. I LOOK FORWARD TO WORKING WITH THEM TO
GET THE LAST ONE DONE.))
SUPER=01-Rep. Newt Gingrich/(R) House Speaker;
OUT Q=get the last one done."
The committee last night authorized outside counsel to investigate
fundraising for a college course Gingrich taught.
The government's cracking down on telemarketers who take advantage of
It's gone undercover recording telephone conversations.
This conversation is a solicitor talking with a 78 year old woman.
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IN Q=What are you crying?
((JANET RENO/ATTORNEY GENERAL: MORE THAN 400 INDIVIDUALS ARE BEING ARRESTED AS
PART OF OPERATION SENIOR SENTINEL.))
SUPER=01-Janet Reno/Attorney General; :17
OUT Q=OPERATION SENIOR SENTINEL."
Reno says never give your credit card or checking account number over
the phone without knowing who you're dealing with.
A crusade to clean up television is in the works in Washington D-C.
Two Democratic senators kicked off a new campaign--encouraging advertisers
to pull ads from what they call trashy daytime talk shows.
Senators Joseph Lieberman and Sam Nunn joined forces with Former education
Secretary William Bennett.
They now appear in an ad sponsored by Bennett's conservative Empower America
Group- They're hoping advertisers to pull commercials.
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((SEN. JOSEPH LIEBERMAN/D- CONNECTICUT: A CAMPAIGN WE CALL...INTO THEIR
SUPER=01-Sen. Joseph Lieberman/(D) Connecticut;
OUT Q=into their homes
The group cited topics in the recent ratings periods-- including Sally Jesse
Rafael's "You Slept With the Baby Sitter."
So far Proctor and Gamble and Sears are among the companies already pulling
groovy music under
The Three-D campaign kicked off just minutes ago.
It is all about preventing drunk and drugged driving.
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Drinking and driving incidents go up during the Holiday Season, but the DMV
is working hard to keep intoxicated people out of the driver's seat.
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Patrick Evans joins us from Tanglewood mall, where the campaign begins
tonight with a ceremony remembering those who were killed in drunk driving
SUPER=01-Mary King/Division of Motor Vehicles;
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Did the snow slow down preparations for this weekend's Stagg Bowl in Salm?
Mike will answer that in tonight's Two Minute Ticker.
Next on Health Check--
have you wanted a brighter smile or whiter teeth? A trip to the dentist
could make a difference.
IN Q=my teeth
((MY TEETH WERE ALWAYS IN GOOD CONDITION, BUT THEY WERE YELLOW FROM CHILDHOOD
WHEN I WAS YOUNGER.))
OUT Q=i was younger
Virginia's largest health insurer has finally won over its biggest foe in
its bid to become a FOR-profit company.
Attorney General Jim Gilmore says he can now endorse Trigon's request --
after it agreed to establish a charitable foundation with the largest endowment
IN Q=We believe
((ATTORNEY GENERAL JIM GILMORE: WE BELIEVE THIS IS AN IMPORTANT STEP FORWARD
IN THE TRIGON DEMUTUALIZATION CASE PENDING BEFORE THE STATE CORPORATION
COMMISSION. THIS STEP MAKES IT POSSIBLE FOR ME TO SUPPORT TRIGON'S CHANGE IN
STATUS TO BECOME A FOR-PROFIT COMPANY OWNED BY SHAREHOLDERS.))
OUT Q=by shareholders.
The 159- million dollar endowment would support higher education, including
medical research at state- supported universities.
Gilmore says the money is a payback of tax breaks the company has enjoyed as
a NOT-for-profit company.
It also smooths over the flap Gilmore had with Trigon over a misleading
billing practice that has since been discontinued.
It is being called the most hopeful news in years for people living with
Today the Food and Drug Administration okayed the use of the drug
It is the first of a new class of drugs-- and the most powerful yet to
It works by crippling an enzyme that helps the AIDS virus reproduce.
Existing AIDS drugs work on other parts of the virus.
So now doctors will have a one-two punch in trying to stall the disease.
F-D-A officials caution that (sa-KWINA-veer) saquinavir alone is not as
effective as using it in combination with older drugs such as A-Z-T.
If your pearly whites are a little lackluster, can you buy a brighter
A fairly simple procedure in the dentist's chair could help bleach your
IN Q=Basically we
((BASICALLY WE TAKE AN IMPRESSION OF THE PATIENT AND MAKE A MODEL OF THEIR
((THEY'LL SEE A LIGHTENING OF THEIR TEETH. IT WORKS BEST ON PEOPLE WITH BROWNS
AND YELLOWS IN THEIR TEETH. IT DOESN'T WORK AS WELL ON PEOPLE WITH BLUISH/GREY
OUT Q=BLUISH GRAY TEETH.
The dentist uses a thin plastic mold that fits like plastic wrap around
The mold is filled with a peroxide solution that bleaches teeth a lighter
After wearing the mold one to 300 hours, your teeth are lighter.
Lisa Rinaldi had her teeth bleached and she's pleased with the end result.
IN Q=oh it's
((LISA RINALDI: "OH IT'S GREAT...IT'S GREAT TO WALK AROUND AND PEOPLE STOP
AND SAY...OH MY GOD YOU HAVE BEAUTIFUL TEETH!...I DON'T MIND SMILING ANYMORE.))
OUT Q=smiling anymore.
Several over-the-counter toothpastes claim they can give you a brighter
One member of the American Dental Association says he has received good
reviews that some of the products DO remove stains.
But he adds while many of these products don't contain enough bleaching
agents to be harmful, they won't lighten your teeth much either.
Good Afternoon everyone, welcome to your winter wonderland two minute ticker.
The Stagg Bowl pits the two top teams from Division III against each other
Saturday. But last night, a third adversary entered the picture...
in the form of several inches of snow!! The field and Bleachers at Salem
Stadium were completely covered, forcing extra workers and the fire department
into action. While the snow was a surprise; the arrival of the Stagg Bowl's
annual inclement weather is right on schedule.
IN Q=This is
SUPER=01-Scott Sampson/Salem Stadium Manager; :00
OUT Q=...on the field"
Inside the Salem Civic Center; the 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
SUPER=01-Chris Palmer/1995 Gagliardi Recipient;
SUPER=01-John Gagliardi/St. John's Head Coach; :15
OUT Q=...extremely well"
The Virginia Tech Hokies have sold all 15 thousand of their tickets for the
Sugar Bowl, but 21 hundred more are on the way and they will go on sale
tomorrow morning at nine.
Tech's Cornell Brown walked away with the 1995 Dudley award recognizing the
best college player in the state as he beat out an array of college stars from
the state, including UVa's Tiki Barber and VMI's Thomas Haskins, who finished
second and third respectively.
IN Q="This is...
((CORNELL BROWN/1995 DUDLEY AWARD WINNER:))
SUPER=01-Cornell Brown/1995 Dudley Award Winner; :00
OUT Q=...HA HA HA."
13 media members from across the state select this award, which is named in
honor of former UVa great Bullet Bill Dudley.
And even runnerup Tiki Barber had to admit Brown was very deserving of the
((TIKI BARBER/SECOND IN BALLOTING:))
SUPER=01-Tiki Barber/Second In Balloting; :00
OUT Q=...HAPPY FOR HIM."
Lot's more on Salem's Stagg Party coming your way at six.
Have a good evening everybody.
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Someone who eats fast food is quite generous.
St. Jude's Hospital in Tennessee is the lucky recipient of one millon
dollars thanks to a McDonald's customer.
The hospital received a MCDonald's peel-off game piece worth a million
dollars in an envelope.
There was no return address, just a November 24th postmark from Dallas.
The game piece is part of the fast-food restaurant's Monopoly promotion.
McDonald's says only two other million dollar game pieces were issued.
St. Jude's hospital was founded by Danny Thomas and is dedicated to
helping children facing life-threatening illnesses.
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(ROBIN tosses to Jean)
Coming up at Six, 17 new voices joined in the shouting match this week over
V-M-I's all male status.
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Keith Humphry's in the newsroom with a preview.
We tracked down the first female faculty member of the U.S. Army War College
to ask why she and 16 high- ranking military women signed on to the Justice
Department's case against V-M-I.
Brigadier General Pat Foote is a Vietnam veteran. She retired as the
commanding general of Fort Belvoir.
She says V-M-I is "out of step with reality," and the idea that women are
learning to be military leaders at Mary Baldwin College is "ludicrous.
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Those and more "fightin' words" are coming up in just one half hour on NEWS
7 at SIX.
That's it for us here on NEWS 7 at FIVE. Goodnight.