Up next on News 7 at eleven-
It's not over yet. More snow is in the forecast. Meteorologist Robin Reed
will have the latest on what to expect.
Meanwhile people start stocking up for what could be another bout of being
And an American balloonist falls far short of his goal. A round the world
trip ends in Canada.
News 7 is next.
Just when thought life was getting back to normal more snow is in the
By late afternoon tomorrow the snow will start coming down yet again-
By the time it's over we could see more than a foot.
Meteorologist Robin Reed will have the latest at eleven.
SUPER=03-New Brunswick, Canada;
A trip is cut short for an American Balloonist trying to circle the world
After three days of equipment and weather problems Steve Fossett landed in
a frozen lake in Canada.
Join us for News 7 at eleven.
Just when you've probably had enough of the snow- more is on the way.
By late afternoon tomorrow the snow will start coming down yet again- By
the time it's over we could see more than a foot.
Let's go right over to Meteorologist Robin Reed for the latest.
CK/LIVELINE= NATIONAL RADAR LOOP
CK/WXALERT= WINTER STORM WATCHES
Robin ad lib toss to Jean
Old Man Winter's return still finds many people recovering from his last
Kimberly McBroom joins us now from the newsroom with the latest on roads.
Kim, what's V-Dot saying at this point?
Double Boxes=KIMBERLY Newsroom
Well, Jean even though primary roads look clear, many have wet pavement
with icy patches.
And of course, most secondary roads are still covered with snow.
Now, while V-Dot is preparing for the next onslaught of wintry
precipitation-- so are most people.
IN Q=Snow-laden roads
SUPER=01-Steve Shockley/Rent-A-Wreck; :21
SUPER=07-Bertha Williams; :48
SUPER=01-Tom Webster/Harris Teeter Co-Manager; 1:06
OUT Q=patient with us
(( Snow- laden roads are a nightmare for drivers-- and not every automobile
has the stamina to navigate through it.
And now that more snow is in the forecast-- many people are shopping around
for four- wheel drive vehicles.
Dealerships say they've gotten numerous calls about the four- by- four's--
even those that don't carry them.
((STEVE SHOCKLEY/RENT-A-WRECK: A LOT OF BUSINESSES IN TOWN HAVE CALLED,
WANTING TO KNOW IF WE HAVE FOUR-WHEEL DRIVES SO THEY CAN TRANSPORT EMPLOYEES TO
AND FROM, AND UNFORTUNATELY, WE DON'T CARRY THOSE. BUT WE'VE HAD UPWARDS OF 40
TO 45 CALLS TODAY. ))
Meanwhile, the promise of more snow prompted a rush of customers at local
Checkout lines extended into store aisles-- as people prepare to be snowed
in once again.
((BERTHA WILLIAMS: WE'RE STOCKING UP FOR THE BIG SNOW. I DIDN'T GO OUT LAST
WEEKEND BECAUSE I THOUGHT I HAD PLENTY AND WHAT WE HAD, WE USED.))
Staples like bread were disappearing quickly off the shelves-- with
customers grabbing whatever they needed to get through the next winter storm.
But store officials say they're working hard to stay stocked and ready.
((TOM WEBSTER/HARRIS TEETER CO- MANAGER: OH, IT'S BEEN GOOD BUSINESS, HECTIC
AND ROUGH ON US, BUT WE'VE ENJOYED IT AND IT'S BEEN A LOT OF FUN AND THE
CUSTOMERS HAVE REALLY BEEN ENJOYABLE, THEY'VE UNDERSTOOD AND HAVE BEEN PATIENT
WITH US. ))
So, apparently people are taking the warning of more snow to heart--
Meanwhile, V-DOT says it's trying to clear secondary roads before we get
more-- and yes, four wheel drive vehicles are still recommended.
Virginia's politicians tried to meet in the middle today.
The 1996 session of the General Assembly kicked off with an olive branch
from the Governor and a power-sharing offer from Senate Democrats.
Ellen Qualls is at the State Capitol with part one of our coverage: the
State of the Commonwealth speech.
LIVE=Ellen via Starlink
Last year, George Allen quoted the poet Robert Frost and asked Virginians to
follow him down the road not taken.
They did not.
Tonight, he quoted Ronald Reagan and a Democrat on the state Board of
Education, and met Virginians on a more comfortable middle ground.
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SUPER=01-Del. Tom Moss/(D)- Norfolk :23
SUPER=01-Del. Tom Jackson/(D)- Hillsville; 1:09
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Cheers, pomp, and circumstance greeted Governor George Allen at mid-term.
((GOV. GEORGE ALLEN: LET US RESOLVE IN THE THE DAYS AHEAD TO CONDUCT OURSELVES
NOT AS AN ALL-KNOWING ELITE IN A FAR-DISTANT CAPITOL, BUT AS SERVANTS OF DECENT
AND SENSIBLE PEOPLE WHO RIGHTLY DESIRE TO CHOOSE THEIR OWN WAY FOR THEMSELVES,
THEIR FAMILIES, AND THEIR COMMUNITY.))
((DEL. TOM MOSS/D-NORFOLK: IT WAS NOT AN IN YOUR FACE TYPE SPEECH THAT HE'S
BEEN DOING BEFORE. IT WAS A REACH-OUT SPEECH.))
((DEL. DICK CRANWELL/D-VINTON: I THOUGHT THE TONE OF THE SPEECH WAS VASTLY
IMPROVED OVER WHAT WE'VE SEEN IN THE PAST. THERE WERE STILL A FEW LITTLE PINS
AND NEEDLES IN THERE. BUT YOU KNOW OLD HABITS ARE SOMETIMES HARD TO BREAK.))
One of those pins and needles was an anecdote about his seven- year old
daughter Tyler -- who didn't get everything on her Christmas list.
((GOV. GEORGE ALLEN: SO I HOPE THAT THOSE WHO INCESSANTLY CRITICIZE AND DEMAND
MORE AND MORE SPENDING WILL UNDERSTAND THAT IF SANTA CANNOT MEET ALL DEMANDS,
NEITHER CAN THE TAXPAYERS OF VIRGINIA.))
Allen thinks Virginia public schools have had their stockings stuffed, with
flat test scores to show for it.
He'd like to see tougher standards more than bigger spending.
((DEL. TOM JACKSON/D-HILLSVILLE: I AGREE WITH HIM VERY MUCH ON THE
ACCOUNTABILITY ASPECT OF EDUCATION. I THINK IT'S TIME THAT WE DID MORE IN THAT
AREA. AND THE TESTING IS SOMETHING THAT I INTEND TO SUPPORT.))
((DEL. CHIP WOODRUM/D-ROANOKE: I'M VERY PLEASED THAT THE GOVERNOR IS BEGINNING
TO TAKE HIS FIRST, IF SOMEWHAT HESITANT STEPS TOWARD TRYING TO DO SOMETHING FOR
(ellen ad lib)
Ellen toss to Steve
toss from Ellen
What was expected to be a power struggle in the Senate is certainly living up
to expectations tonight.
The Senate adjourned around 9:30 without having adopted its rules.. and with
its committee assignments still very much up in the air.
SUPER=01-Sen. John Edwards/(D) Roanoke; :16
SUPER=01-Del. Richard Cranwell/(D) Roanoke; :34
SUPER=01-Sen. Virgil Goode/(D) Rocky Mount; :52
OUT Q=heard people put forth.
(( When the day started, Senate Republicans had equal numbers but not equal
A surprise offer from Democratic leader Dick Saslaw gave the GOP
chairmanships of three lesser committees, and more representation on some of
the meatier committees like Finance.
((SEN. JOHN EDWARDS/ D- ROANOKE: IT'S A FAIR PLAN. IT'S ONE THAT THE
REPUBLICANS OUGHT TO ACCEPT IN THE SPIRIT IN WHICH IT WAS OFFERED.))
But Republicans weren't necessarily buying.
And as the Senate spent most of its time gavelling in and out of session,
both sides were trying to wrangle behind the door deals.
9:30 came and there was still no consensus.
((DEL. DICK CRANWELL/D- ROANOKE: THIS IS NOT REALLY ABOUT SHARED GOVERNMENT.
THIS IS ABOUT POWER. AND THERE IS A SIGNIFICANT EFFORT BY PEOPLE IN THE SENATE
TO SECURE MORE POWER.))
The biggest proponent of shared power, Democratic outcast Virgil Goode,
still holds out hope a consensus can be reached Wednesday.
((SEN. VIRGIL GOODE/D- ROCKY MOUNT: THEY'RE KIND OF AT A STALEMATE, BUT I'M
HOPEFUL SOMETHING WILL BE WORKED OUT. I DON'T THINK THERE'S MUCH DIFFERENCE
BETWEEN THE DIFFERENT PROPOSALS THAT I'VE HEARD PEOPLE PUT FORTH.))
(Steve ad lib tag, toss to Jean)
And for our viewers on the Internet. Here is the address of the Web Page on
the Internet where they can view the complete text of tonight's State of the
It could be a long eleven months to a balanced budget agreement.
Republican congressional leaders now say there may not be a deal until
after the November elections.
President Clinton tonight says the sticking point isn't the budget-
((IF THIS IS ABOUT BALANCING THE BUDGET WE COULD DO IT IN FIFTEEN MINUTES.))
OUT Q=it in fifteen minutes."
Clinton says he and congress have already agreed on a seven year
((THE ISSUE HERE IS OVER THE POLICIES INVOLVING MEDICARE, MEDICAID AND
EDUCATION, THE ENVIRONMENT OUR OPPOSITION TO RAISING TAXES ON THE LOWEST PAID
WORKING PEOPLE AND ON THE SIZE AND STRUCTURE OF THE TAX CUT.))
OUT Q=STRUCTURE OF THE TAX CUT."
The President is expected to hold a news conference tomorrow to talk to
the nation about the budget.
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Still to come on our broadcast,
some residents say snow shovelers are gouging more than snow,
And we'll see why some people are upset over the way different localities
are plowing the streets.
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If you were able to drive your car today, you probably noticed some areas
looked better than others.
Some residents say there is a big dividing line between Roanoke County and
Scott Prince has more.
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SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.; :35
SUPER=01-Jeff Echols/VDOT; :51
SUPER=01-Ken Reynolds/Snow Plow Driver; 1:06
OUT Q=Scott Prince, News 7
((There are a number of similarities when it comes to snow removal
techniques in Roanoke City and Roanoke County.
Both areas have snow plows working around the clock, and both are trying to
clear the roads as fast as they can.
But each goes about it differently.
City officials say they strive to get primary roads passable... not
completely clear in order to get to work on the side streets.
SOT snow conference tape 1:12:13
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((BOB HERBERT/ROANOKE CITY MANAGER: OUR BELIEF AT THIS POINT IS THAT WE PLOWED
VIRTUALLY EVERY STREET IN THE CITY. ))
OUT Q=in the city
But even though most streets have seen a plow at least once, there are some
that remain untouched.
But in the county, about twenty percent of the roads have yet to be plowed.
That's because VDOT has a different agenda when it comes to snow removal.
Officials want to get primary streets as clear as possible, and then
concentrate on the secondary roads.
IN Q=The Interstate
((JEFF ECHOLS/VDOT: THE INTERSTATE SYSTEM CARRIES A LOT OF THE TRUCKS THAT
BRING THE FOOD TO THE GROCERY STORE. SO IT'S VERY IMPORTANT THAT THEY GET OUT
AND ABOUT AND DELIVERIES ARE MADE... AND THEN GET TO THE SECONDARY SYSTEM. ))
OUT Q=secondary system
But no matter where you live, road crews ask that you be patient and
SOT county tape 4:53:15
IN Q=Just give us
((KEN REYNOLDS/SNOW PLOW DRIVER: JUST GIVE US SOME TIME. WE'RE WORKING AS FAST
AS WE CAN TO GET THE ROADS CLEAR ))
OUT Q=roads clear
Scott Prince, News 7.))
A food delivery in the New River Valley today may prove critical in the days
Hot meals and Non perishable food made it to Meals on Wheels recipients
The state Forestry Department and the National Guard brought out heavy
vehicles to deliver the goods.
This is the first and only hot meal delivered this week to nearly one
thousand folks because of the snow.
New River Valley Senior Services hopes to start daily meal runs again
Monday, but more winter weather may nix those plans.
((GARY HEINLINE/PROGRAM SUPERVISOR: IT'S HARD TO GET THESE VEHICLES ON AN
EVERYDAY TYPE BASIS. SO WE'RE GONNA GET OUT TODAY, GET THE PEOPLE SOME HOT
FOOD, SOME SHELF-STABLED ITEMS, SOME FROZEN MEALS, WHATEVER THEY NEED. ))
SUPER=01-Gary Heinline/Program Supervisor;
OUT Q=whatever they need.
Senior Services was unable to deliver to Floyd County recipients because
there weren't vehicles there.
Officials are keeping tabs on those people by phone, and say they'll be
tops on the list when the next deliveries are attempted.
The League of Older Americans in Roanoke also needs volunteers with four-
wheel drive vehicles to deliver Meals on Wheels tomorrow.
Volunteers can call 3-4-5-0-4-5-1.
A Roanoke County homeowner shelled out more than 600 dollars to shovel the
snow from his driveway.
The winter weather has unleashed a small army of private snow plows and snow
blowers, and most are charging reasonable fees for the work they do.
But at least one accepted an invitation to clear a driveway, then delivered
a huge bill.
IN Q=You have disasters
((FRAN STEPHANZ/BETTER BUSINESS BUREAU: YOU HAVE DISASTERS LIKE A BAD WIND
STORM, A HURRICANE. PEOPLE TAKE ADVANTAGE OF YOU AND YOU'RE SO ANXIOUS TO GET
SOMETHING DONE THAT THEY VERY OFTEN DON'T LOOK DOWN THE ROAD AT THE NET COST
AND THEY SHOULD. VERY IMPORTANT.))
SUPER=01-Fran Stephanz/Better Business Bureau;
OUT Q=very important.
The Roanoke County couple initially paid the bill, but had second thoughts.
Later, they stopped payment on the check and offered what they consider a
more reasonable fee.
The Zaire Government now says more than 300 people died from a plane crash
But a surgeon at a local hospital says 600 are confirmed dead.
The cargo plane crashed into a crowded outdoor market-
Today the people of Zaire began burying their dead.
Meanwhile four crew members are under arrest- while an investigation is
Reports indicate the plane was flying without authorization and may have
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wipe wipe wipe
A train derailment in Arizona- Twenty three cars of the Southern Pacific
Freight Train jumped the tracks-
Two of the cars were carrying dangerous chemicals.
Southern Pacific says it'll take a few days to determine the cause.
Today's accident happened about 45 miles southwest of an October Amtrak
So far there's no indication that sabotage was involved today.
SOFT MUSIC UNDER
When News 7 returns, local counselors have some advice for dealing with
And we'll see what has let the air out of an attempt to fly a balloon
around the world.
Around the region, folks are trying to get out of the house, between
For many, just as critical as stocking up on the essentials, is treating
the cabin fever.
The condition can bring varying stages of irritability and stress--
We talked today with Appalachian Counseling Services.
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((MIKE CHIGLINSKY/APPALACHIAN COUNSELING SERVICES: STEP BACK AND RE-APPRAISE
THE SITUATION WHERE EVERYBODY CAN ENJOY BEING TOGETHER. FOR MOMS AND DADS IT
GENERALLY MEANS AN INCREASED WORKLOAD BECAUSE THERE ARE MORE CLOTHES TO CHANGE,
MORE RUNNY NOSES TO CATCH UP WITH, MORE THINGS TO DO AROUND THE HOUSE JUST
BECAUSE EVERYONE IS CONFINED.))
SUPER=01-Mike Chiglinsky/Appalachian Counseling Services; :
OUT Q=is confined.
More advice-- seek out others to talk, even if just on the phone.
A change in perspective can turn around an attitude-- as can finding the
humor in the situation.
Also, don't forget to check on the elderly-- not just to shovel their
walks, but also to re-assure them they're not alone.
Pets belong inside this week. That's according to
the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.
It says cats and dogs should be kept in from the cold, especially after a
storm of this magnitude.
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IN Q=Please bring them inside
((AL ALEXANDER/ROANOKE SPCA: PLEASE BRING THEM INSIDE UNTIL THIS WEATHER
BREAKS. IF YOU CAN'T, GET THEM INTO THE GARAGE OR BE SURE THE DOG HOUSE IS
INSULATED AND OUT OF THE WIND. ))
SUPER=01-Al Alexander/Roanoke SPCA;
OUT Q= out of the wind.
The S-P-C-A also says check paws for ice crystals because pets can get frost
You should also rinse chemicals from your pets paws because some kinds can
And make sure there's plenty of food and water available.
Harold Deane scored 39 points; the most tallied at Clemson in 17 years.
Despite the junior's efforts; the Virginia cavaliers lost to the Tigers 89-79
at Little John Arena.
SUPER=03-Clemson, SC/Cavaliers vs. Tigers; :00
Tiger guard Terrell McIntyre scored 18 points in the second half to boost
16th ranked Clemson. The Tigers are a perfect 11 and OH.
The Cavs took their last lead 66-65 with about 7 minutes to go. Curtis
Staples goes inside to Norman Nolan. he hits the shot, but the Tigers pulled
UVa rising star Courtney Alexander SUPER=33-Clemson/=89/Virginia/=79;
helped the cavalier cause as he knocks down this shot,
But Clemson wins by 10 to drop UVa to 6 and 5 on the season and the Tigers
beats the wahoo's for the first time in 8 tries.
The Virginia Tech Hokies made their Atlantic 10 debut last night a memorable
one, spanking Duquesne 88-69 at the Pulumbo Center in Pittsburgh.
SUPER=03-Pittsburgh, PA/Hokies vs. Dukes; :00
Bill Foster and his 15th ranked Gobblers improve to 8 and 1 on the season
behind strong efforts from Ace Custis and Troy Manns.
The former Patrick henry star scored 15 points coming off the bench to
relieve Damon Watlington who got in early foul trouble.
Here, in the second half he goes coast to coastSUPER=33-Virginia
and nails the lay up and gets the foul.
The Dukes went on a 12-3 run with about 9 minutes left in the game. Nick
Bosnic hits the wide open jumper.
But the Hokies answered and when Manns fed Shawn Good for this ally oop,
Tech led 82-66 with under 2 minutes to play..
Ace Custis registered 18 points and had 17 rebounds as the Hokies beat
Duquesne by 19.
The NFL deadline for undergraduates to declare early for the league's
draft was today.
Eight collegians have thrown their names in, Cornell Brown is not one of
SUPER=03-Charlottesville/Hokies vs. Cavaliers; :00
Brown says he's staying at Virginia Tech for his senior year.
The consensus all american sited finishing his education, and helping the
Hokies reach a 4th straight bowl game as two reasons for his decision.
The Roanoke Express played host to Charlotte tonight in a East Division
match up of the third and fourth place teams.
SUPER=03-Roanoke/Checkers vs. Express; :00
The 4th place Express welcomed three new players into the line up...they
are Wade Gibson,
number 16 Karry Biette,
and Dan Murphy, who sported number 6.
Charlotte jumped out in front early. Kurt Seher beats Matt Del Juidice.
Juice replaced Daniel Berthiaume, who sat out a 1 game suspension. 3-1 Checkers
Newly signed Wade Gibson did produce, his shot is deflected in by Jeff Jestadt,
but Charlotte hands Roanoke it's 4th loss in five games 6-3. Now, the numbers!
wipe to the boards!!
Chyron in motion
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and still to come tonight, Charles haley and Rod Woodson are back
and Mike Stevens is in Charlotte. He will tell us about Kyle Petty and his
new look race team in a few.
You should always believe your mother.
And if you believe his mother, Jimmy Johnson is the new head coach of the
Allene Johnson says the official announcement will be made later today
Now from the career track to the fast track, The 1996 NASCAR Media Tour
rolled on yesterday in the Carolina's. Today's focus; Kyle Petty.
Mike Stevens has more on Kyle and his two year drout.
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SUPER=03-Martinsville/September 1994; :00
SUPER=03-Mooresville, NC; :07
SUPER=01-Kyle Petty/Driver Sabco Pontiac; :14
SUPER=01-David Evans/Kyle's Engine Builder; 1:00
OUT Q=....news 7 sports."
Trying to circle the globe in a balloon isn't as easy as you might think.
That's the word from American Balloonist Steve Fossett whose trip ended
in a frozen Canadian lake today.
The millionaire took off from South Dakota Monday attempting to go round
the world non stop.
((STEVE FOSSETT/BALLOONIST: I DISCOVERED A LOT OF PROBLEMS IN FACT I WAS NOT
CLOSE AT ALL TO MAKING IT AROUND THE WORLD.))
((TIMOTHY KEMPER/FLIGHT MANAGER: WE ARE A SMALL TEAM OF EIGHT AND IT'S REALLY
THE AMERICAN SPIRIT TO TRY TO BREAK A WORLD RECORD.))
SUPER=01-Steve Fossett/Balloonist; 00
SUPER=01-Timothy Kemper/Flight Manager; 09
OUT Q=a world record."
Electrical and weather problems forced today's landing.
Fossett says he's both disappointed and embarrassed.