"It was the Winter of despair," Charles Dickens wrote a century ago. It
was a Tale of Two Cities; but it might just as well have been the tale of two
Coming up on NEWS 7 at SIX:
A progress report on diggging out, a forecast for a lot more snow, and OH
by the way, the legislature's in session. The Governor's on LIVE T-V tonight.
In sports, Express head coach Frank Anzalone will talk about the recent
trades the team has made, Cornell Brown makes a decision about the NFL draft,
and while their might be a cold draft whistling through the NASCAR Media
Tour, MIke Stevens says Kyle Petty made for a hot topic today.
A forecast of heavy snow is not unusual...after all it is winter. What is
different is to have two storms back to back. That's the forecast coming up.
Good evening, I'm Keith Humphry and this is News 7 at Six.
As Virginia continues to dig out from a record-setting snow storm, now
there's the threat of "round two."
Two shot Keith and Robin on set
Robin Reed joins us with the latest forecast, cause for real concern.
(Robin ad lib)
WXALERT/FULL= Winter Storm Watch
LIVELINE/FULL= Storm Track Movement
Two shot Keith and Robin
(Robin) A number of schools will remain closed tomorrow and also on
Friday--the complete SchoolWatch List is coming up following the newscast,
during the C-B-S Evening News.
(Robin ad lib toss back to Keith)
If you made it out of the house and behind the wheel you probably found
some rough roads.
But some spots are rougher than others.
Double Boxes=Keith and Scott/Microwave
Scott Prince joins us from Roanoke county.
Scott why is it that some areas seem to do a better job of removing snow?
(Scott ad lib)
(Rollcue: "both have different priorities.")
IN Q=if you've been
SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.; :09
SUPER=01-Jeff Eccles/V-Dot;: 43
OUT Q=goods and services (bite)
(Scott Ad Lib)
Double Boxes=Keith and Scott/Microwave
(Scott ad lib toss back to Keith)
(Q&A: How long will it take before all of those county roads are plowed?)
The 1996 General Assembly is underway in Richmond.
All 140 lawmakers present and accounted for despite the snow.
And the colossal power grab expected in the Senate is so far living up to
Double Boxes=Keith and Ellen/Starlink
Ellen Qualls is at the State Capitol, holding the coats.
With the Senate evenly divided at 20-20, at least it sounds like a fair
LIVE=Ellen Full/ Starlink
Keith, many of those fights have taken place behind closed doors.
And with secret emissaries casually going between camps.
But at least the Democrats started the day on a much more level playing
field than they'd originally promised.
IN Q=nat sot gavel
SUPER=01-Sen. Dick Saslaw/(D) Fairfax; :19
OUT Q=do not have.
nat sot beyer gavel
New Senate Majority Dick Saslaw had declared his party the majority because
of the tie- breaking Lieutenant Governor.
He'd promised no committee chairmanships to the GOP.
Today, he unveiled a proposal with three Republican chairmen, and two
Republican majority committees.
((SEN. DICK SASLAW/D-FAIRFAX: NOTHING'S CHANGED. I SAID THAT BECAUSE I DON'T
NEGOTIATE WHAT I'M GONNA DO IN THE NEWSPAPER. AND MAYBE I SHOULD HAVE SAID NO
COMMENT, BUT THE REALITIES ARE IT'S 20- 20 AND IT'S KIND OF HARD TO JUSTIFY
HAVING LOPSIDED NUMBERS ON COMMITTEES.))
Saslaw says renegade Rocky Mount Democrat Virgil Goode has "essentially gone
over" to the Republican camp and did NOT influence the plan.
Meanwhile, Democratic Caucus Chairman Edd Houck said the plan was drawn up
according to Goode's wishes.
Goode -- seen here with renegade Republican Jane Woods -- kept his wheeling
and dealing private.
And Republicans took a wait and see attitude.
((SEN. CHARLES HAWKINS/R-CHATHAM: WELL THAT'S A START, BUT IF YOU LOOK AT
THEM, THE CHAIRMANSHIPS...DO NOT HAVE.))
What this may (Ellen ad lib)
(Q&A: Keith-- What's the bigger picture outside the Senate wranglings?
Speaking of Bo Trumbo, will the fight over the rules mean the Governor will be
giving the speech in front of the cameras again this year?)
(Ellen) Meanwhile Steve Smallshaw checked in today with some new members or
rather old members in new roles.
toss from Ellen
We saw last year how the first day can set the tone for the rest of the
session, and while there's been some behind- the- scenes wrangling, most of the
legislators we talked to agree that the 1996 General Assembly will be a vast
improvement over what happened in 1995.
IN Q=I think we're
((DEL. PRESTON BRYANT/R- LYNCHBURG: I THINK WE'RE GOING TO GET OFF ON A VERY
GOOD START THIS YEAR, THE GOVERNOR HAS EXTENDED A VERY CONCILIATORY HAND, THE
SPEAKER AND THE LEADERSHIP IN THE HOUSE AND SENATE SEEMS TO HAVE TAKEN THAT
HAND AND SO I THINK EVERYONE WAS PREDICTING THAT WE'RE GOING TO HAVE A VERY BAD
SESSION, AND I THINK BECAUSE OF THAT EVERYONE IS DETERMINED THAT WE WON'T HAVE
A BAD SESSION.))
((DEL. CHIP WOODRUM/D- ROANOKE: THE GOVERNOR WILL PROBABLY LET US KNOW WHAT HE
WANTS AS USUAL AND WE'LL JUST HAVE TO LISTEN. YOU CAN LOOK AT HIS BUDGET AND
KINDA TELL, SEE WHAT SOME OF HIS PRIORITIES ARE, AND I'M VERY HOPEFUL THAT THE
GOVERNOR WILL BE APPROACHABLE AND HE'S MADE AN ISSUE OF SAYING HE'LL BE MORE
DIPLOMATIC. IF HE IS, I'LL WELCOME THAT.))
((SEN. STEVE NEWMAN/R- LYNCHBURG: THERE IS NOT THAT CONTENTIOUS DEBATE THAT WE
HAD LAST TIME AND SO I THINK THAT WHAT WE'RE TRYING TO DO IS WORK OUT THIS
20-20 PARITY WITHOUT MAKING IT GO PERSONAL AND I THINK THAT'S GOOD FOR THE
SUPER=01-Del. Preston Bryant/(R) Lynchburg; :00
SUPER=01-Del. Chip Woodrum/(D) Roanoke; :18
SUPER=01-Sen. Steve Newman/(R) Lynchburg; :37
OUT Q=that's good for the Senate.
(Steve ad lib live tag, toss to Keith)
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Still to come on News 7 at 6---Neighbors have been helping each weather the
storm's aftermath--but not everyone's in a generous mood.
There are those taking advantage of the situation and it's costing some
Also--the heavy equipment has been called out to reach some people snowed in
in Pulaski County.
It's a welcome site for those who weren't sure when they'd get help--that
story and more when we return.
Roanoke Valley homeowners eager to see dry pavement beneath their feet, are
paying for the privilege.
But clearing ice and snow from a driveway shouldn't clean out their
Most of the crews operating snowplows and snowblowers are charging
reasonable fees for the work they're performing.
But in the Hunting Hills neighborhood of Roanoke County at least one man
cleared a driveway, then socked the homeowner with a bill for 625 dollars.
IN Q=Don't let somebody
((FRAN STEPHANZ/BETTER BUSINESS BUREAU: DON'T LET SOMEBODY PAVE YOUR DRIVEWAY,
SHOVEL YOUR DRIVEWAY, CUT YOUR GRASS, WHATEVER IT MAY BE, WITHOUT ESTABLISHING
SOME FORM OF AGREEMENT UP FRONT. VERY IMPORTANT.))
SUPER=01-Fran Stephanz/Better Business Bureau;
OUT Q=some form of agreement up front.
The Roanoke County couple paid the bill.
Later they decided to stop payment on the check and offer what they
considered to be a more reasonable fee.
Some elderly New River Valley residents who remain snowed- in got their
first hot meals of the week today.
For some of the deliveries, it took heavy vehicles from the National Guard
and the state forestry department to barrel their way in.
Tracy Altizer reports.
IN Q=Three days after
SUPER=03-Pulaski Co.; :00
SUPER=01-P.F.C. Travis Coffey/29th Infantry Division; :15
SUPER=01-Gary Heinline/Program Supervisor; :35
SUPER=01-Annie Hawkins/Meal Recipient; :52
OUT Q=Altizer, News 7.
(( Three days after the snow stopped, some places were still too deep even
for a National Guard humvee.
SOT Nat of wheels spinning
In those cases, Meals on Wheels turned to Meals on Foot, as Guardsmen and
volunteers hoofed it to those in need.
((PFC TRAVIS COFFEY/29TH INFANTRY DIVISION: I LOVE IT, IT'S A CHANCE TO GET OUT
AND HELP THESE PEOPLE. THEY NEED IT. ))
Today, the New River Valley Senior Services was serving 800 to one thousand
meals to residents in Pulaski, Giles, and Montgomery counties and the city of
It will be the only delivery of the week.
((GARY HEINLINE/PROGRAM SUPERVISOR: IT'S HARD TO GET THESE VEHICLES ON AN
EVERYDAY TYPE BASIS. SO WE'RE GONNA GET OUT TODAY AND GET THE PEOPLE SOME HOT
FOOD, SOME SHELF-STABLED ITEMS, WHATEVER THEY NEED. ))
The non-perishables and frozen meals may prove especially critical if a
second major storm hits as expected this week.
((ANNIE HAWKINS/MEAL RECIPIENT: THEY BRING YOU ALL KINDS OF DIFFERENT KINDS OF
SOUP AND MEATS AND EVERYTHING IN CANS. ))
((IT COMES IN HANDY LOTS OF TIMES.))
The agency was still unable to get to Floyd County recipients, although it
has checked up on them by phone.
Heinline says they'll be tops on the list as soon as the next deliveries are
attempted. Tracy Altizer, News 7.))
The largest law firm in our area is making some new moves to expand its
Woods, Rogers and Hazlegrove of Roanoke announced today that it has merged
with a Charlottesville firm.
Slaughter, Izakowitz (ih-ZACK-oh-witz), Clarke, and Nunley (NUN-lee) has
served the Charlottesville area for more than a decade.
IN Q=People in
((HEMAN MARSHALL/WOODS, ROGERS & HAZLEGROVE: PEOPLE IN THE AREA WILL NOT NEED
TO TRAVEL OUTSIDE OF CENTRAL AND WESTERN VIRGINIA TO OBTAIN THE EXPERTISE THAT
WILL BE CRITICAL WE FEEL IN THE UPCOMING YEARS TO THE BUSINESS COMMUNITY.))
SUPER=01-Heman Marshall/Woods, Rogers & Hazlegrove;
OUT Q=to the business community.
The firm will bring Woods-Rogers people with experience in areas like
international law and estate planning.
Woods-Rogers will also open a new office in Washington, D-C.
That office will handle the growing field of patent, trademark, and
Woods-Rogers is one of the ten largest law firms in the state.
The stock market took a big hit today in heavy trading.
The Dow fell 97 points.
NASDAQ lost eight and a half points.
Cabin Fever is a condition that ranges from mildly irritating, to
down-right serious....depending on your mental health before you got snowbound.
IN Q=You begin to
((MIKE CHIGLINKSY/APPALACHIAN COUNSELING CENTER: YOU BEGIN TO SEE AN INCREASE
IN IRRITABILITY, MOODINESS, JUST STRESS IN GENERAL. ))
SUPER=01-Mike Chiglinsky/Appalachian Counseling Center; :
OUT Q=NAT SOUND SCREAMING.
Maybe the kids are on your last nerve, or you're home alone, bored to
The professionals today at Appalachian Counseling Services had this advice.
IN Q=Sort of
((MIKE CHIGLINKSY/APPALACHIAN COUNSELING SERVICES: SORT OF STEP BACK AND SEE IF
YOU CAN RE-APPRAISE THE SITUATION, HOW CAN WE HAVE FUN IN THIS CURRENT
SITUATION? SECOND OF ALL, DISTRACT YOURSELF AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE.))
OUT Q=as possible.
Other ideas-- find the humor in your situation, and don't burden yourself
with too much work at home.
Chiglinsky says as the snow limits our mobility, it also threatens our
need for control--creating feelings of helplessness.
Mike Stevens serves up a Wednesday conversation with Kyle Petty, he has a
new car, we will show you it,
and, the 18 and 16 Express makes some trades that involve 5 players, head
coach Frank Anzalone will talk about the shake up.
The 96 Media Tour at the Charlotte Motor Speedway continued today in the
Carolina's. Tonight Mike Stevens checks in with Kyle Petty who has managed just
one win over the past two seasons.
IN Q="The last two
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."
The Roanoke Express has traded defenseman Jon Larson to Raleigh. and, as
a result of another trade; when the team takes the ice tonight against
Charlotte; a couple other new faces will be in the Express lineup.
SUPER=03-Roanoke/This Morning; :
Paul Croteau and L.P. Charbonneau, seen here playing against South Carolina,
were traded to Erie
for Panther defenseman Wade Gibson and Center Karry Biette. The two will
be in the line up tonight.
IN Q="We May Have
((FRANK ANZALONE/EXPRESS HEAD COACH: ))
SUPER=01-Frank Anzalone/Express Head Coach; :
OUT Q=......or two."
The ECHL all star team roster has been released and Roanoke's Tim
Christian is the lone Express player to make the squad.
IN Q="to me
SUPER=01-Tim Christian/19 Goals & 12 Assists; :00
OUT Q=it is an honor
Roanoke Civic center crews worked most of this morning, clearing snow from
the parking lot, but only 50 percent of the lot will be available for tonight's
game. Shuttle busses will run from the Williamson road parking garage to the
Civic center tonight, before and after the game.
Two Virginia Cavaliers have been selected to play in the East-West Shrine
UVa quarterback Mike Groh and wide receiver Patrick Jeffers will
participate in the bowl game this Saturday in Palo Alto california.
Groh set a school record with 2, thousand, 510 passing yards and was a 2nd
team all ACC selection.
Jeffers missed 4 games this past season with injury, but still led the team
with 34 receptions.