Up next on News 7 at five-
President Clinton holds his first formal news conference of the year-
We'll hear what he's saying.
Plus preparing for the latest storm. We'll find out what the power
company's up to.
Latest projections are in the 6-12 inch range. Look for snow to begin before
And on Health CHeck-- the advancements of the computer age--
Helping those who otherwise would not be able to communicate.
Snowfall the sequel- It's expected to drop between six to 12-inches of the
white stuff overnight.
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Good Evening this is NEWS-7 at FIVE, I'm Jean Jadhon.
A potentially dangerous weather situation is in the making, thanks to all
the leftover snow from last weekend's storm.
For the latest forecast let's check in with Meteorologist Robin Reed.
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The recovery from last weekend's storm is far from complete... and another
assault now threatens to erase any progress we've made.
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Tonight, Joe Dashiell reports the approaching storm has also raised fresh
concerns about safety.
That's right Jean, this may be a storm of a different stripe.
While we may not see the same depth of snow, local officials fear that it
may pose some serious problems.
IN Q=Where cars have been stranded
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OUT Q=normal electric appliances.
((Where cars have been stranded since Saturday, the excavations continued
Parking lots still paved with snow were receiving more attention.
But city officials were also looking ahead, and this afternoon they were
urging residents to prepare once again for the possibility of power outtages.
IN Q=We're not predicting
OUT Q=normal electric appliances.))
City officials ackowledged this afternoon that there are a number of
streets that remain to be plowed... especially on steep residential streets,
but they have hired some more heavy equipment and crews will be working around
the clock even as the next storm approaches.
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And Jean, Bob Herbert says the city may spend more time on the primary
routes if we in we get socked with significant snowfall over night.
(questions: what is the city doing for the homeless?)
American Electric Power crews are preparing for the worst as this storm
Company officials say they worry when heavy snow, ice and wind are in the
Today, the company is making arrangements to put extra workers on stand-by.
IN Q=We're probably gonna
((BARRY SNODGRASS/AEP REGION MANAGER: WE'RE PROBABLY GONNA PUT SOME UP IN
LOCAL MOTELS SO THEY'LL BE MORE AVAILABLE AND HAVE PEOPLE AVAILABLE BY PHONE.
ANOTHER THING WE'RE CONSIDERING IS STATIONING PEOPLE IN DIFFICULT LOCATIONS
LIKE BENT MOUNTAIN.))
SUPER=01-Barry Snodgrass/AEP Region Manager;
OUT Q=like Bent Mountain.
Snodgrass says all trucks are being prepared and fueled, and parts and
supplies are in stock.
He says the company keeps in close contact with the national weather service
as the storm approaches.
Gridlock- It's not uncommon in Washington.
Now it's hit Virginia's Capital Square-
Ellen Qualls is in the Capitol newsroom with the latest on the shenanigans
of the Virginia Senate.
Jean, the Senate has gaveled in and out of session three times today
without even openly debating the power struggle over committee assignments in a
historically evenly divided chamber.
Finally the House of Delegates just got tired of waiting.
IN Q=if the collective
((DEL. BOB MARSHALL/R-MANASSAS: IF THE COLLECTIVE IQ OF THE MEMBERS OF THE
SENATE FAILS TO EXCEED THAT OF THE CURRENT OUTSIDE TEMPERATURE)) 12:26:06((IS
IT NOT WITHIN OUR CONSTITUTIONAL PREROGATIVE TO ADJOURN UNTIL MONDAY?))
((SEN. LOUISE LUCAS/D-PORTSMOUTH: TO SAY THAT IT IS A MORASS IS AN
UNDERSTATEMENT. THIS IS TOTAL CHAOS AROUND THIS PLACE.))
SUPER=01-Del. Bob Marshall/(R) Manassas; :00
SUPER=01-Sen. Louise Lucas/(D) Portsmouth; :14
OUT Q=this place.
The red meat that's being fought over the hardest are the 15 seats on the
powerful Finance Committee.
Republican Bo Trumbo of Botetourt County says he wants what's right for his
constituents, but NOT at the expense of a good, working plan.
IN Q=Their initial plan
((THEIR INITIAL PLAN HAD... GOT TO GET PERSONALITIES OUT OF THIS THING.))
OUT Q=of this thing.
We were told by Republican insiders that at one point yesterday, Democrats
floated Trumbo's name as CHAIRMAN of that most powerful committee.
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Trumbo wants to make it clear his vote can't be bought to give Democrats a
slight majority in other assignments.
((question: And the House can't go ahead with its work without an organized
That's right, Jean. The House will come back tomorrow morning in the hopes
that the Senators have completed their shuffling.))
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Straight ahead-- the first family's finances are heading toward the RED--
And a little later, residents who rely on Meals on Wheels are counting on
those with four wheel drives.
On Health Check, more elderly people than previously thought are showing
the signs of Parkinson's Disease.
Plus, Patrick takes us to a place where you can have a cup of Java and get
stuck in the web, later on NEWS-7 at FIVE.
President Clinton thinks a balanced budget agreement is within reach.
During his first major news conference in five months, the President said he
feels good about negotiations.
He believes Democrats and Republicans will come together to end the budget
IN Q=I'm optimistic
((CLINTON: I'M OPTIMISTIC WE WILL BALANCE THE BUDGET AND I KNOW WE HAVE COME
TOO FAR TO LET THIS OPPORTUNITY SLIP AWAY. ))
OUT Q=slip away
During the briefing, the President said Federal money would be available for
the snow- covered- east coast.
He defended his trip to Bosnia, saying American troops need encouragement.
Clinton also answered questions about Whitewater-- and the new disclosures
on Hillary Clinton's activities as a lawyer.
The President says the first lady will do what's necessary to answer any
questions about her work.
Snow kept federal workers home in the Nation's capital this week- until
A substantial number of workers returned to their jobs today- after being
away for almost a month.
With another government shut down possibly on the horizon- there could be
more furloughs in two weeks.
That's when the government's temporary spending measure expires.
It appears the President and Mrs. Clinton are not in the greatest
Money Magazine says the couple is not far from bankruptcy.
The reason- legal bills because of Whitewater and a sexual harrassment
((MIKE MCCURRY/WHITE HOUSE SPOKESMAN: GIVEN THE CALCULATIONS THEY ESTIMATE
THEY'RE FACING SOME REAL FINANCIAL DIFFICULTIES THAT'S TRUE AND THE PRESIDENT
HAS ACKNOWLEDGED THAT. THERE'S NOT MUCH HE CAN DO ABOUT IT BECAUSE HE'S GOT TO
MAKE SURE HE HAS PROPER AND ADEQUATE LEGAL DEFENSE.))
SUPER=01-Mike McCurry/White House Spokesman;
OUT Q=adequate legal defense."
Money Magazine reports the first couple's legal bills top two million
dollars a year.
Getting to the grocery store is still a challenge... but imagine if you had
problems making it there even on a clear day.
Meals on Wheels recipients depend on home delivery of food.
About a dozen volunteers offered their services and vehicles today, but more
help is still needed.
IN Q=In these kinds
((SUSAN WILLIAMS/LEAGUE OF OLDER AMERICANS: IN THESE KINDS OF EXTREME
CIRCUMSTANCES, WE REALLY NEED PEOPLE WHO ARE HEARTY... WHO HAVE 4- WHEEL- DRIVE
VEHICLES OR AT LEAST VEHICLES THAT WILL GO IN INCLEMENT WEATHER. ))
SUPER=01-Susan Williams/League of Older Americans;
OUT Q=inclement weather
About 250 Roanoke Valley residents got meals today.
But additional help may be needed through the end of the week.
If you'd like to volunteer, contact the League of Older Americans in
If you don't have a computer but you want to surf the net, you might want
to check out Awakening's Cafe.
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A new cafe in town is providing food for thought as well as a freshly
prepared menu of vegetarian fare.
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Patrick Evans tells us about "Awakenings Cafe", where real hunger and
virtual reality meet.
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Don't go away-- the success of Petty Enterprises in the racing world--
that's the focus of tonight's report along the NASCAR Media Tour.
And on Health Check, a scientific breakthrough for people physically unable
For the first time, brain waves are used to operate a computer.
IN Q=We hope that this
((WE HOPE THAT THIS WILL BE USED BY PEOPLE WHO ARE SEVERELY DISABLED. THERE ARE
PEOPLE WITH LOU GEHRIG'S DISEASE WHO ARE PARALYZED. THEY MAY ESSENTIALLY LOSE
ALL FORMS OF COMMUNICATION.))
OUT Q=of communication.
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Topping tonight's Health Check Report-- symptoms similar to those of
Parkinson's disease are surprisingly high among the elderly.
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A new study shows as many as one in five people over 65 may exhibit the
typical signs of Parkinson's-- including the shuffling walk, tremors, rigid
movements and extreme slowness.
A report in the New England Journal of Medicine finds those with the
symptoms face an unusually high risk of death from falling or choking.
About 500 elderly Boston residents were studied for nine years.
Recently on Health Check, we explored the concept of operating a computer
with brain waves.
While it sounds like science fiction, brain wave technology is taking off.
For the first time ever, scientists have proven a person can actually move
a cursor across a computer screen using brain waves alone.
Elizabeth Kaledin reports on the developments.
IN Q=Carl Schaeffer is
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SUPER=01-Carl Schaeffer/Lou Gehrig's Disease Patient; :40
SUPER=01-Dr. Jonathan Wolpaw/Brain Wave Researcher; 1:03
SUPER=01-Elizabeth Kaledin/Reporting; 1:55
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Carl Schaeffer is taking part in an experiment that could drastically
change the lives of people with disabilities that have left them unable to
communicate. Though he's in good shape now, Carl has been diagnosed with Lou
Gehrig's Disease. He may one day lose his ability to speak.
At this lab in Albany, New York, Carl is working with Dr. Jonathan Wolpaw
to control the faint electromagnetic signals emitted by his brain.
((IF HE'S SUCCESSFUL, THE TARGET FLASHES TO INDICATE THAT HE'S SUCCESSFUL. ))
Carl has learned to move a cursor from side to side, and up and down a
computer screen, just by thinking about it.
IN Q=I think of
((CARL SCHAEFFER/LOU GEHRIG'S DISEASE PATIENT: I THINK OF SOMETHING LIGHT LIKE
A BALLOON TO RAISE IT...IF ITS AT THE BASE I THINK OF SOMETHING HEAVY LIKE A
SHADE PULLING DOWN OR SOMETHING OF THAT NATURE ))
OUT Q=of that nature.
This home video-- shot last spring, shows Carl moving the cursor toward
different corners of the computer.
Dr. Wolpaw admits these advances are still primitive, but once perfected
they could have major implications for
people who can't communicate.
IN Q=We hope
(( DR. JONATHAN WOLPAW/BRAIN WAVE RESEARCHER: WE HOPE THAT THIS WILL BE USED BY
PEOPLE WHO ARE SEVERELY DISABLED. THERE ARE PEOPLE WITH LOU GEHRIG'S DISEASE
WHO ARE PARALYZED.THEY MAY ESSENTIALLY LOSE ALL FORMS OF COMMUNICATION.))
Kam Katiraei is a case in point.
As a result of Lou Gehrig's
disease (also known as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis) he can no longer move any
muscle in his body except his eyelids.
He communicates by computer,
blinking at words and letters through an infrared sensor.
He can only imagine what brain wave activated computers could do for
someone like him.
IN Q=It would be
((IT WOULD BE THE BEST THING THAT COULD EVER HAPPEN TO ME. I MEAN THE EVOLUTION
OF THIS SYSTEM INTO SOMETHING BETTER. ))
OUT Q=something better.
The technology may reach well beyond aid for the disabled. The United
States Airforce is also experimenting with brain wave activated controls at the
Wright Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, Ohio.
The technology could one day benefit pilots. They could change radio
channels, for example, while their hands and feet are occupied with more
But back in New York, Carl Schaeffer has more down to earth reasons for
wanting to see this technology succeed.
It may be ensuring that he will have a voice in the future.
Elizabeth Kaledin. CBS News, New York.))
The scientists conducting the experiments in Albany, New York say so far,
their research is promising enough to warrant a small clinical trial, which
they will begin soon.
He didn't stay away from the sidelines for very long--
Steve Mason tells us who the Miami Dolphins new head coach is.
Good afternoon everyone, we start our Thursday ticker on the gridiron where,
less than an hour ago, the Miami Dolphins named Jimmy Johnson the team's new
head football coach.
The Dolphins called a news conference around 4:30 to make the announcement
official. Johnson has signed a 4 year, 8 million dollar contract.
SUPER=01-Wayne Huizenga/Dolphins Owner; :00
SUPER=01-Jimmy Johnson/Named Dolphins Head Coach; :11
OUT Q=...in the line up"
To the fast track.
Four top five finishes in 1995 and a souped up Pontiac for 1996 have the
folks at Petty Enterprises full of optimism these days.
Mike Stevens has more on the Petty Pontiacs from the NASCAR Media Tour.
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SUPER=08-Bobby Hamilton/STP Pontiac Driver; :21
SUPER=03-Level Cross, NC; :37
SUPER=01-Richard Petty/STP Pontiac Owner; :45
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Coming up at six, reaction to Johnson's appointment- but stay where you are,
there is more news 7 at 5 to come.
The snow and ice may be getting on your nerves, but in Michigan it's adding
to the festivities.
Folks there claim it is North America's oldest ice-carving event.
It's the Plymouth International Ice Sculpture Spectacular.
This is the 14th year the events been held in suburban Detroit.
Ice carvers from Japan, Switzerland, Canada and the United States are at
the week-long event.
IN Q=Hardest part
((STEVE DUNN/ICE CARVER: HARDEST PART IS GETTING A THREE DIMENSIONAL LOOK TO
IT, STARTING WITH A BLOCK OF ICE. YOU START OUT WITH A BIG BLOCK AND YOU HAVE
TO TAKE A SOLID PIECE OF ICE AND TRY TO MAKE IT ROUND.))
SUPER=01-Steve Dunn/Ice Carver;
OUT Q=MAKE IT ROUND.
About 500-thousand spectators are expected to view the sculptures, unless of
course, the sun makes a long-lasting appearance.
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The parents of about 400- thousand children in Virginia aren't paying child
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But if you're a parent fighting across state lines, it's an uphill battle.
Keith Humphry is in our newsroom with more.
Jean, child support advocates say the problem is very real.
And, state officials agree.
Diane Bowen knows the problem first hand.
She says her estranged husband owes nearly six- thousand dollars in back
child support for their young son.
Bowen lives in Danville, but has tracked her estranged husband to North
Tonight at six, we'll hear from herdouble boxes jean/keith
and a child support advocate who has some advice.
And all the school closings will be on the bottom of your screen in just a
Thanks for watching goodnight.