Part of the roof at a Westvaco plant collapses under heavy snow.
Another U-S vehicle hits a land mine in Bosnia.
And the American balloonist trying to fly around the world sends out a
More snow in the Friday forecast, starting sometime after midnight on
Thursday. The good news is a clear weekend follows this next storm. Stay
tuned for details.
Don't go away the news is next.
Most schools remian closed today but the majority of businesses are open.
That means people are out of the house and back at the office, but are roads
clear enough for drivers at this point?
Scott Prince joins us from downtown Roanoke.
Scott, how are those roads?
(scott ad lib)
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SUPER=01-Wanda Reed/Roanoke Emergency Services; :24
SUPER=01-Bill Clark/Director of Public Works; :43
OUT Q=packed snow down
(scott ad lib)
(mel/q & a: What's the difference right now between the county roads and city
The melting snow in our area is quickly becoming a weighty issue.
Forty employees evacuated the Westvaco plant in Low Moor this morning after
part of its roof collapsed.
No one was injured.
About five-percent of the roof was damaged.
Westvaco says the plant will resume operations later today.
First they must assess the damage and mop up water from a broken fire line.
This isn't the first roof to collapse in our area.
Yesterday it happened inside an old airplane hangar in Roanoke.
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Air traffic at New York's John F. Kennedy airport and the region's other
two major airports is moving again.
But the airports are running on a limited schedule and may not be up to
speed for another day or two.
Of course it could be even longer if another snowfall hits the east as
predicted on Friday.
Flying into J-F-K last night was a Seattle couple who had waited two days to
be reunited with their missing son.
Nicholas Sullivan was kidnapped last week and found in New York City over
His parents tried to fly to him but only made it as far as St. Louis because
of the blizzard.
((LAURA STRINGFELLOW/NICHOLAS' MOTHER: I'M REASSURED NOW THAT HE'S FINE, BEFORE
I WAS ALWAYS A LITTLE BIT WORRIED BUT NOW I'M REASSURED EVERYTHING IS JUST
SUPER=01-Laura Stringfellow/Nicholas' Mother;
OUT Q=is just fine.
The boy's alleged abductor, 19- year old Jason Murphy, has been charged with
child molestation and kidnapping.
Western Virginia's largest law firm just got bigger.
Woods, Rogers and Hazlegrove is expected to officially announce this
afternoon that it will merge with a Charlottesville firm.
The merger will allow Woods-Rogers to branch out in two ways: Opening
offices in Washington D-C, Charlottesville and Blacksburg; AND offering
expertise in patent law.
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Still to come, another mine accident in Bosnia,
and tensions mount in the hostage situation in southern Russia.
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Another U-S vehicle has hit a land mine in Bosnia, but no injuries are
A NATO spokesperson says it happened today near the Sava river.
Last month another U-S soldier was hurt in a mine blast in the same general
In Sarajevo today, French NATO troops have been investigating yesterday's
attack on a streetcar that killed one person and wounded 19.
The attack was the worst violation yet since the cease-fire.
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Chechen rebels today are threatening to start executing the more than 100
hostages they are holding on board buses headed for Chechnya.
Earlier today the rebels released most of the two- thousand hostages they
were holding at a hospital in southern Russian, but took 165 with them as human
The rebels were demanding the withdrawal of Russian troops from their
TAPE#edit of 95-107 (6pm version)
GRAPHIC=general assembly session
State lawmakers get down to business in Richmond today.
More snow fell in the capitol yesterday, but today's legislative session
started on time.
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.
The General Assembly will again provide a toll-FREE hot line to allow
Virginians to express their views.
The Constituent Viewpoint hot line is open from seven a-m to
seven p-m each legislative workday.
The hot line's number is 1- 800 889-0229.
This will be the third legislative session that George Allen oversees as
Allen will deliver his State of the Commonwealth speech at 7 tonight, and
you can see it right here on W-D-B-J.
Ellen Qualls talked with Governor Allen about his political future.
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.))
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Still to come -- how to help those in need in the wake of the Storm of '96,
and how to get around.
An expert from Triple A shows us how to avoid accidents like this.
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It's tough to get around in this kind of weather, but imagine how difficult
it is for dialysis patients, who must venture out for their life-saving
Connie Stevens has their story.
IN Q=Without dialysis
SUPER=01-Trish Rappold/Crystal Spring Dialysis; :12
SUPER=01-Vicky Kelley/Crystal Spring Dialysis; :32
SUPER=01-Bob Lutjen/American Red Cross Blood Services; :52
OUT Q=CS, News 7.
These patients with kidney problems must undergo dialysis treatments three
times a week-- and with all this snow, many have been desperate for rides to
the area's outpatient dialysis centers.
IN Q=We're real
((TRISH RAPPOLD/CRYSTAL SPRING DIALYSIS: WE'RE REAL FORTUNATE THAT THE PEOPLE
AROUND THE AREA HAVE BEEN SO GOOD ABOUT BRINGING THESE PATIENTS IN TO US. ))
OUT Q=in to us.
The National Guard is even helping out, picking up those hard-to-reach
patients in the Hum-Vee ambulance.
IN Q=Humvee NAT SOUND leaving
OUT Q=Humvee NAT SOUND leaving
Maybe you don't have a set of wheels like this to offer, but there are other
ways the community can help these patients.
IN Q=If you have
((VICKY KELLEY/CRYSTAL SPRING DIALYSIS: IF YOU HAVE A NEIGHBOR THAT YOU KNOW IS
ON DIALYSIS, MAYBE YOU CAN HELP THEM OUT AT LEAST TO THE STREET TO THE VEHICLE,
THAT'S ANOTHER PROBLEM ONCE THE VEHICLE COMES TO PICK THEM UP, GETTING THEM TO
THE STREET, ))
OUT Q=getting them to the street.
Also, for those willing and able-- the American Red Cross is in serious
need of blood donations.
They've extended hours in the Roanoke office, and are even willing to pick
up donors and bring them in.
IN Q=This is something
((BOB LUTJEN/AMERICAN RED CROSS BLOOD SERVICES: THIS IS SOMETHING THAT WILL
TAKE MANY DAYS TO TURN AROUND AGAIN BECAUSE THE WHOLE EASTERN PART OF THE
UNITED STATES THAT NORMALLY COLLECTS 15-16 THOUSAND PINTS A DAY IS REDUCED TO
LESS THAN A DAY'S SUPPLY THROUGHOUT THE COUNTRY. ))
OUT Q=throughout the country.
The only thing saving the system is that many elective surgeries have been
postponed-- but still, the need is urgent.
Connie Stevens, News 7.))
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As we mentioned earlier in our newscast --
Transportation officials throughout the area say it's going to be several
days before things are back to normal.
When it's this much of a challenge to make it out of your driveway-- it's
no wonder there's an outbreak of cabin fever.
But while secondary roads are still rough going-- people are starting to
come out of the woodwork.
ANCHOR=Melanie 2 shot
Jeff Hummel, Roanoke Branch Manager of the Triple- A is here with the do's
and don'ts of driving in the snow.
What's the biggest mistake that people make?
SUPER=01-Jeff Hummel/AAA of Virginia;
(So give us a few pointers on getting around in the snow.)
(How do someone determine when it's safe to go out for their particular kind of
(mel toss to patrick)
Stocks are mostly lower today.
Experts say concerns about corporate earnings and continued disappointment
about the budget impasse are putting pressure on prices.
On Wall Street at Noon the Dow was DOWN 23 points.
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Still to come on News 7 at Noon -- trouble for an around the world hot air
and Dale Earnhardt says reports of an impending retirement are greatly
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The snow isn't slowing down the NASCAR Media Tour in Charlotte.
Mike Stevens and photographer Lynn Eller caught up with the Dominator as he
talked about a new contract.
SUPER=01-Richard Childress/Goodwrench Chevrolet Owner; :15
SUPER=01-Dale Earnhardt/7 Time Winston Cup Champion;:42
OUT Q=news 7 sports
Canadian rescuers say an American balloonist has landed near Hampton Lake,
New Brunswick, after sending out distress signals today.
SUPER=03-Rapid City, SD/Monday;
The landing ends his attempt to become the first person to fly a balloon
non-stop around the world.
There's no word yet on what the problem was.
Steve Fossett took off from South Dakota Monday.
The 51-year old Millionaire adventurer set a long distance record when he
ballooned across the Pacific.
And finally --
Fashion expert Mr. Blackwell has unveiled his annual list of of the best
and worst dressed celebrity females.
Suprisingly, his number one pick for most dismally dressed woman wasn't a
woman at all.
The dishonor went to
shock jock Howard Stern.
Blackwell described Stern's drag outfits as "Godzilla impersonating Gypsy
Also on the worst dressed list were Anna Nicole Smith, and Camilla Parker
On his good list: Hillary Rodham Clinton, Madonna, and formerly
worst-dressed Barbra Streisand.
If you are suffering from Cabin Fever, you are NOT alone.
Coming up tonight on News-7 at FIVE's Health Check Report, Connie Stevens
will take a look at how to cope with being cooped up.
That story and more news of the day tonight at FIVE, and stick around for
NEWS-7 at SIX.
Have a great afternoon. Byee!