Coming up on NEWS 7 at SIX:
The struggle to clear the side roads, get the mail delivered on time and see
that homebound patients are doing OK.
And the problem of too MUCH snow at the ski resorts. They're dealing with
In sports, Mike Stevens is in Charlotte with the NASCAR Media Tour and will
have the latest on Dale Earnhardt's new contract, is Steve Spurrier is stayin
Two big time running backs are leaving for the NFL....who those guys are
later on in sports.
Fair weather continues into Friday, then more snow appears likely. A look
at the next storm coming up...
At least eight Virginians have died in the wake of this weekend's winter
And searchers were out today in the Shenandoah National Park looking for
But even as the state of emergency remained in effect, there were signs
today the situation was improving.
DOUBLE BOXES=Keith and Joe
Joe Dashiell reports on the latest conditions in the Roanoke Valley.
Keith, the news is pretty good for folks who travel on the main highways.
Interstates and primary roads are in surprisingly good shape tonight.
The problems are in rural areas and neighborhoods... and Roanoke city
officials say they're doing their best.
IN Q=And for that individual
SUPER=01-Bill Clark/Roanoke Public Works Director; :00
SUPER=01-Daniel Quinn/Air Passenger; :38
OUT Q=Pittsburgh, Cincinnati, or whatever.
IN Q=And for that individual who has yet to see
((BILL CLARK/PUBLIC WORKS DIRECTOR: AND FOR THAT INDIVIDUAL WHO HAS YET TO SEE
A SNOWPLOW OR A SALT SPREADER, I CAN ONLY ASK FOR YOUR PATIENCE AND YOUR
TOLERANCE AND SAY THAT WE ARE OUT THERE AND WE ARE WORKING AT IT 24 HOURS A
OUT Q=24 hours a day.
In Roanoke, 30 plows and 20 spreaders are attacking the snow on 1100 miles
of icy asphalt.
By the end of the day they hope to have made at least one pass down every
road, with the exception of some in the higher elevations.
Air travellers in Roanoke were seeing higher elevations for the first time
The Roanoke Regional Airport reopened and resumed a limited flight schedule
IN Q=Well, I'm going to Albuquerque
((DANIEL QUINN/AIR PASSENGER: WELL, I'M GOING TO ALBUQUERQUE WHERE IT'S SUNNY
AND WARM. I DON'T THINK THEY'RE HAVING THIS PROBLEM, BUT IT'S JUST A MATTER OF
GETTING FROM HERE TO ONE OF THE HUB CITIES, PITTSBURGH, CINCINNATI, OR
OUT Q=or whatever.))
Meanwhile, the weather has bumped two broadway shows that were visiting
the area tonight.
The production of 42nd Street at the Roanoke Civic Center, and the Will
Rogers Follies in Danville have been postponed.
Double Boxes=Keith and Joe
So Keith, while conditions are improving... we've still got a long way to
(POSSIBLE QUESTION: WHY IS IT TAKING ROANOKE CITY LONGER THAN THE COUNTY TO
CLEAN MANY OF ITS STREETS.)
The Post Office prides itself on being able to deliver the mail in spite of
bad weather-- but this weekend's big snowstorm has created all kinds of
problems for mail carriers.
Those who were able to get to work yesterday attempted deliveries, but had
trouble getting into neighborhoods.
Today, about 70 percent of postal employees were on the job and carriers
hoped to park along their routes and walk.
The back up at the post office is not as bad as you might think. The
postmaster says a lot of the mail has been delayed coming in to Roanoke.
IN Q=Some of the ground
((BILLY MARTIN/ROANOKE POSTMASTER: SOME OF THE GROUND, AIR TRANSPORTATION HAS
BEEN CURTAILED. SOME GROUND TRANSPORTATION THAT NORMALLY TAKES 6 TO 8 HOURS IS
NOW TAKING 14 TO 16 HOURS.))
SUPER=01-Billy Martin/Roanoke Postmaster;
OUT Q=14 to 16 hours.
Martin suggests keeping the sidewalks and steps clear to make it easier for
the mail carriers to get to your mail box.
Rockbridge County residents are still digging their way out of the Storm.
Primary roads are open but some people in the rural areas are still having
Ron Jones joins us now with more.
(Ron Ad Lib)
(Rollcue : doing all they can.)
SUPER=01-Hilary Bergmann/Rockbridge Co. Resident; :15
OUT Q=I guess, cry.
(Ron ad libs)
Rockbridge Emergency Numbers
Double Boxes=Ron and Keith
It's bad enough being house-bound. Imagine REALLY having to get
somewhere... having your health depend on it.
Take for example dialysis patients who have to have out-patient treatments
at least three times a week.
Many have been desperate for rides to dialysis centers.
Coming to their rescue: the National Guard, retrieving hard-to-reach
patients in Hum-Vee ambulances.
The American Red Cross is also working out an emergency plan, as the
snow-storm has left the East Coast with only a one-day supply of blood.
IN Q=Those folks
((BOB LUTJEN/AMERICAN RED CROSS BLOOD SERVICES: THOSE FOLKS WHO ARE SCHEDULED
FOR ELECTIVE SURGERY, MANY ARE CANCELLED NOW. BUT WE'RE STILL DEALING WITH
TRAUMA SITUATIONS AND OBVIOUSLY NON-ELECTIVE SURGERIES THAT CAN'T WAIT.))
SUPER=01-Bob Lutjen/American Red Cross Blood Services; :
OUT Q=can't wait.
The Appalachian Region office in downtown Roanoke has extended hours this
week, and will even arrange to pick up donors who don't have transportation.
More than 40 school districts in the area will be closed again on Wednesday.
We've been running tomorrow's SchoolWatch list through the afternoon,
and we will have it for you again following the newscast, during the C-B-S
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Still to come on News 7 at 6---snow storm or not, the General Assembly goes
into session tomorrow.
On the eve of his State of the Commonwealth address, Governor Allen talks
with News-7 about his wish list for the session.
and the bad weather is bad news for some retailers--while others are in big
We'll see who's cashing in and who's crying the blues.
Toss to Robin
SUPER=#C-380; Weather Roll
It's been exactly one week since a mechanic was found dead at a Roanoke
Now a suspect is behind bars.
19- year- old Christopher James Saul was arrested early Saturday morning and
charged with capital murder.
SUPER=03-Roanoke Co./January 2;
He's accused of killing 26- year- old Christopher Wilson.
An autopsy revealed Wilson died after being struck in the head with a blunt
Investigators aren't sure if the two men knew each other, or why the
IN Q=We're not
((CAPT. RAY LAVINDER/ROANOKE COUNTY POLICE: WE'RE NOT POSITIVE ABOUT THE MOTIVE
AT THIS POINT. BUT AT THIS TIME WE'RE EXAMINING ROBBERY AS A MOTIVE. ))
SUPER=01-Capt. Ray Lavinder/Roanoke Co. Police
OUT Q=as a motive
Saul is the lone suspect in the murder case.
He is expected to be arraigned tomorrow.
The show must go on.
More snow fell in Richmond today.
But tomorrow's General Assembly session still has to start on time.
After all, the clerks are the only two members still holding office at noon
SOT TAPE ONE 03:41:44
IN Q=So in theory
((BRUCE JAMERSON/HOUSE CLERK: SO IN THEORY THE CLERK COULD CALL THE HOUSE IN
SESSION TOMORROW AND THEN STAND AT EASE UNTIL WE GOT ENOUGH MEMBERS HERE TO
CONDUCT BUSINESS. AND THAT WOULD MEET THE CONSTITUTIONAL REQUIREMENT.))
SUPER=01-Bruce Jamerson/House Clerk;
The Virginia State Police have been authorized to help lawmakers get to
IN Q=Very heavy
((DEL. WHITT CLEMENT/D-DANVILLE: VERY HEAVY SNOW. LOTS OF ACCUMULATION. YEAH
I HAD SOME SECOND THOUGHTS. BUT WE MADE IT.))
SUPER=01-Del. Whitt Clement/(D) Danville;
OUT Q=made it.
A flurry of bills is expected over the next few days on such issues as
education funding, increasing rural speed limits, repealing the new concealed
weapons law, and state worker pay raises.
George Allen considers this his last best chance to shape Virginia in his
The General Assembly session that kicks off tomorrow will only be the third
Allen's overseen from the third floor Governor's office.
But he predicts next year will be an election year washout, focusing on who
will succeed him -- NOT furthering his successes.
Ellen Qualls spoke with the Governor about the road ahead.
IN Q=Those close
SUPER=03-Richmond/November 8, 1995; :00
OUT Q=Qualls, News 7, Richmond.
(( Those close to the Governor said election day 1995 left him "depressed."
sot MORNING AFTER TAPE 10;17:55
((THE PEOPLE OF VIRGINIA HAVE MADE THEIR DECISIONS AS TO WHO THEY WANTED
REPRESENTING THEM IN THE LEGISLATIVE BRANCH.))
Allen himself admits he's scaled back his agenda and -- and wants to dispel
what he considers a crippling myth.
sot tape two 04:50:38
((THE PORTRAYAL OF ME AS THIS HARD-HEARTED SCOUNDREL WHO'S JUST THIS RADICAL
WHO DOESN'T PAY ANY ATTENTION TO REALITY AND WANTS TO CUT THINGS WHICH I
CONSIDER TO BE IMPORTANT.))
But Allen's fans should NOT fear.
Their Governor is NOT ready to play dead.
He's pushing to eliminate public radio and t-v spending.
He's limited his own pet priority of economic development to divert more
money to education.
sot tape one 04:35:45
((BUT THAT SPENDING MUST BE COUPLED WITH ASSESSMENTS TO MAKE SURE...PRECIOUS
TREASURE OF PARENTS.))
Precious treasures he'd still like to see go to controversial charter
sot tape two 04:51:52
((AND THE COMMISSION ON IT HAS COME UP WITH I THINK AN OUTSTANDING BILL WHICH
I'M GONNA SUPPORT AND PROMOTE WHOLEHEARTEDLY.))
So if George Allen's final two years only achieve school systems he thinks
are earning the money spent on them...he'll be a happy man.
((I THINK IT'S BEEN.. RESPONSIBILITY.))
So is a seat in the U.S. Senate.
Something political observers predict is a stop on Allen's road ahead.
Ellen Qualls, News 7, Richmond.))
As the plows reach more neighborhoods and road conditions improve some
people are venturing out to stores, and some retailers are finding themselves
in big demand.
Len Besthoff has the story.
IN Q=The parking
SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.; :00
SUPER=01-Anita Bond/Mall Shopper; :13
SUPER=01-Sylvia Clarkson/Jaclyn's Hallmark; :33
SUPER=01-Jim Frantz/Graham White President; 1:07
OUT Q=LB, News-7.
(( The parking lots remain a mess, and four wheel drive vehicles remain the
preferred mode of transportation, but a small number of people returned to the
malls, which reopened after being closed for two days.
SOT 12:58:57 tape one
IN Q=What's it like
((What's it like getting out here on a day like today? ANITA BOND: GREAT!
Why? BOND: BECAUSE THERE'S NOT A LOT OF PEOPLE, AND WE'VE BEEN IN THE HOUSE
TOGETHER TOO LONG.))
OUT Q=for too long.
SOT 13:13:58 tape one
((Retailers are pleased that customers are finally returning to their stores
because 1995 ended on a down note with slow holiday sales, and this snowstorm
certainly didn't get 1996 off to a very fast start.))
OUT Q=very fast start.
SOT 12:51:26 tape one
IN Q=January started
((SYLVIA CLARKSON/JACLYN'S HALLMARK: JANUARY STARTED OUT FINE, OF COURSE THE
SNOW, WE HAVE TO TAKE THAT INTO CONSIDERATION. IT'S ABSOLUTELY DEAD. YOU'RE
THE FIRST WARM BODIES I'VE SEEN.))
OUT Q=warm bodies I've seen.
Unlike the malls, area supermarkets began to bustle as cooped up consumers
began running out of a variety of snowstorm staples.
SOT 12:45:32 HT tape
IN Q=Caramel popcorn
((CARAMEL POPCORN, GOES GOOD WITH BEER!))
OUT Q=goes good with beer!(laughs)
Sitting down for some popcorn and beer is probably far from the minds of the
folks at Graham White in Salem.
The company, which makes valves for the rail industry, now has a backlog
because of the snowstorm.
SOT 15:03:51 tape two
IN Q=It has slowed
((JIM FRANTZ/GRAHAM WHITE PRESIDENT: IT HAS SLOWED US UP SOMEWHAT. WE HAD
ABOUT 12 PEOPLE HERE YESTERDAY OUT OF A WORK FORCE OF 210. WE'RE ABOUT 40
PERCENT HERE TODAY.))
OUT Q=forty percent here today.
Graham White expects to catch up with its orders in just a few days.
But it's bracing for the possibility of another snowstorm just a few days
Len Besthoff, News-7.))
The stock market fell sharply today.
The Dow lost 67 and a half points.
NASDAQ lost more than 34 points.
The drop may be fueled by renewed doubts about the federal budget stalemate.
In its 21 years of operation, the Wintergreen resort had never enjoyed a
better start to its ski season.
And that was BEFORE three feet of snow fell this weekend.
Steve Smallshaw has more from the slopes in Nelson County.
IN Q=Just like
SUPER=03-Nelson Co.; :00
SUPER=01-Mark Glickman/Wintergreen Resort; :31
SUPER=01-John Kirchner/Wintergreen Resort; 1:00
OUT Q=News7, Nelson County.
(( natsot bite 3:41:52
((JUST LIKE THE FRENCH ALPS...BEST SNOW YOU CAN GET.))
While no one has ever confused Virginia's Blue Ridge Mountains with the
French Alps, comparing skiing conditions in the two regions wouldn't be too far
An extra yard of snow Sunday has left skiers and snowboarders in Nelson
County jumping for joy.
The weekend storm kept more than a thousand guests on the mountain an extra
day, but for skiers, there are worse things than being trapped at a ski resort
during the biggest snowstorm of the year.
IN Q=And we're expecting
((MARK GLICKMAN/WINTERGREEN RESORT: AND WE'RE EXPECTING BIG CROWDS TODAY WITH
ALL THE SCHOOL CANCELLATIONS AND PEOPLE NOT BEING ABLE TO GET TO WORK AND THE
ROADS BEING MUCH BETTER, PARTICULARLY AROUND THE RESORT. WE'RE EXPECTING A BIG
CROWD AND HERE COMES THE SUN, SO HEY IT JUST DOESN'T GET ANY BETTER THAN
OUT Q=better than this.
IN Q=After a record
((After a picture perfect December and three feet of snow this past weekend, a
lot of people find it hard to believe that Wintergreen is still making its own
snow. But resort officials will tell you when it comes to skiing in the south,
there's no such thing as too much of the white stuff.))
OUT Q=the white stuff.
IN Q=As much snow
((JOHN KIRCHNER/WINTERGREEN RESORT: AS MUCH SNOW AS WE'VE HAD AND AS GREAT AS
THE SKI CONDITIONS ARE, ANYTHING CAN HAPPEN WITH THE WEATHER. WE WANT TO MAKE
SURE THAT WE'VE GOT GOOD SNOW FOR THE BALANCE OF THE SEASON.))
OUT Q=of the season.
A season that now looks like it could last well into springtime.
Steve Smallshaw, News7, Nelson County.))
Mike Stevens is on the 1996 NASCAR Media Tour and will have news of the
Dominator's new contract, two prominent college tailbacks are departing for
and we will tell you if Tampa Bay had enough to lure Steve Spurrier away
from Florida, his announcement came in a news conference this afternoon.
The 1996 Nascar media tour plowed its way into Welcome, North Carolina
Mike Stevens and photographer Lynn Eller begin our week long report from the
Carolinas tonight with some big news concerning Dale Earnhardt.
SUPER=03-Welcome, NC/This Afternoon;:00
SUPER=01-Richard Childress/Owner, Goodwrench Chevrolet; :15
SUPER=01-Dale Earnhardt/7 Time Winston Cup Champion;:42
OUT Q=news 7 sports
According to Marshall University, the Thundering herd hired Bob Pruett as the
team's new head football coach today. Pruett served as Florida's defensive
coordinator this past season and now replaces Jim Donnan. Pruett is a West
Virginia native and a former Marshall assistant.
VO-NAT Wipe to #eng
SUPER=03-Gainesville, FL/Today; :00
Maybe this guy's decision had something to do with Pruett accepting the
Marshall job. Florida head coach Steve Spurrier announced in a news conference
today; that walking the gator sidelines is where he belongs and not as the
coach of the NFL's Tampa bay Buccaneer's.
((STEVE SPURRIER/WILL STAY AT FLORIDA:))
SUPER=01-Steve Spurrier/Will Stay at Florida; :00
OUT Q=..this job right here"
Two running backs from the college ranks have decided to forgo the
remainder of their college careers for the NFL.
SUPER=04-College Football; :00
Nebraska tailback Lawrence Phillips, who was temporarily kicked off the
Cornhusker squad earlier in the season for assaulting a former girlfriend, has
made himself eligible for the spring NFL draft.
Phillips will be joined by Michigan running back Tim Biakabutuka. The junior
rushed for over a 100 yards in 8 games this past season.
Florida State tailback Warrick Dunn announced today that he is STAYING at
Florida State for his senior year.