One down, one to go.
With a second snowstorm poised on the border, we'll look at the problems a
double whammy could cause.
And the latest on backroom interparty squabbles in Richmond- -in a report
from Ellen Qualls.
In sports, we will hear from Jimmy Johnson; the new skipper of the Miami
Dolphins, dan marino reacts to his appointment,
and Mike Stevens visits with the the King on the 1996 NASCAR Media Tour.
The snow will come in quickly tonight and will be the wet, heavy variety. A
doppler update is just moments away.
Good evening this is News 7 at Six. I'm Keith Humphry.
We barely got a break.
Another major snowstorm is about to pounce on us, less than a week after the
pounding that left a record snowfall.
Two Shot Keith and Robin on set
Robin Reed says it's a little late, but the storm is still headed this a
(Robin Ad Lib)
**WXALERT/FULL= STORM WATCH
LIVELINE/FULL= STORM POSITION/ZOOM
Two Shot Keith and Robin on set
(Robin) And once again watch for the complete list of school closings--we'll
run Schoolwatch during the C-B-S Evening News, right after the newscast.
(Robin Ad Lib toss back to Keith)
Today, Roanoke city officials urged residents to prepare for the possibility
of outages, if heavy snow and ice bring down power lines.
And while we're still digging out from under the first storm,
DOUBLE BOX=Keith and Joe
Joe Dashiell reports the next one may pose a different danger.
That's right Keith, we haven't even dealt with the leftovers from last
weekend's storm, but tonight the concern is not just for the ice under foot,
but the snow over our heads.
IN Q=Fresh from their first scrape
SUPER=07-Richard Ferron; :06
SUPER=01-Ron Miller/Roanoke Building Commissioner; :30
OUT Q=experience some problems.
DOUBLE BOXES=Keith and Joe
(TOSS BACK TO KEITH)
As this latest winter storm approaches, American Electric Power has beefed
up its night shift and is preparing for the worst--possible widespread power
Company officials say the predicted bad weather is of special concern this
10 08 36 00 - 10 08 54 00
IN Q=The one we worry about
((BARRY SNODGRASS/AEP REGION MANAGER: THE ONE WE WORRY ABOUT THE MOST IS
FREEZING RAIN. IT CREATES THE MOST DAMAGE. HEAVY SNOW IS THE SECOND WORST.
HIGH WINDS, THE THIRD.))
SUPER=01-Barry Snodgrass/AEP Region Manager;
OUT Q=the third.
Snodgrass says extra workers will be on stand-by tonight. Many will stay in
local motels and some will be stationed at difficult locations like Bent
Mountain, so they can respond to any reported power outages as quickly as
If you haven't stocked up on groceries by now, you're likely to be in a
We're talking lots of bare shelves and long lines at just about every store
in the area.
Double Boxes=Keith and Tracy/Microwave
Tracy Altizer joins us from Wade's Supermarket in Blacksburg with more on
All I can say is it's a zoo out there. And if you're still in need of the
essentials, good luck finding any now.
IN Q=Here at Wades
SUPER=01-Ricky Hodge/Merita Delivery Driver; :09
SUPER=01-Greg Wade/Wade's Supermarkets; :30
SUPER=01-Rachel Katz/Virginia Tech Student; :46
OUT Q=right now.
Here at Wade's in the Blacksburg Shopping Center, the Merita Bread delivery
man had a hard time getting his loaves TO the shelves, much less ON them.
((RICKY HODGE/MERITA DELIVERY DRIVER: YO GET MOBBED ALL THE WAY BACK TO THE
RACK. YOU LOSE ABOUT HALF YOUR LOAD BEFORE YOU GET BACK THERE. ))
Deliveries of just about everything are way behind from the first snowstorm,
leaving supermarkets frantic in their efforts to feed the masses.
((GREG WADE/WADE'S SUPERMARKETS: THE LAST COUPLE OF DAYS WE'RE PROBABLY TWO OR
THREE TIMES OVER NORMAL PROJECTIONS, WHICH THROWS US INTO A BIND. AND THEN TO
HAVE THE TRUCKS COMING IN LATE ON TOP OF THAT, WE'RE DOING ALL WE CAN TO KEEP
Essentials such as bread and milk are in especially hot demand, but those
shelves are pretty well cleared out.
((QUESTION: ARE YOU FINDING WHAT YOU NEED?
ABOUT HALF. ))
It's the same story all over.
Take it from this Virginia Tech student who just returned to Blacksburg from
((RACHAEL KATZ/VIRGINIA TECH STUDENT: WE SHOPPED AT GIANT AT HOME AND THEY
WERE OUT OF BREAD AND MEAT. WE'RE JUST HOPING FOR ANYTHING RIGHT NOW. ))
(Tracy ad lib)
Double Boxes=Keith and Tracy
(Tracy ad lib toss back to Keith
QUESTION: Tracy, I understand some local governments there have some special
requests of their citizens tonight?)
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Still to come on News 7 at 6---the latest on the power-sharing struggle in
Richmond as the General Assembly TRIES to get down to business.
and a little later--officials at Southern Virginia College make a painful
The financially-strapped women's college is closing its doors.
We'll have details on that story and more--stay with us.
In its second day of the 1996 session, Virginia's Senate has done more
inter- party dealmaking than it may have done for decades.
Almost all behind closed doors.
Some call it progress.
Some call it gridlock.
Let's see what Ellen Qualls calls it.
SUPER=03-Richmond/Last Night; :00
SUPER=01-Del. Tom Moss/(D) Speaker of the House; :19
SUPER=01-Sen. Louise Lucas/(D) Portsmouth; :39
OUT Q=Qualls, News 7, Richmond.
(( The Governor did HIS part, infusing the State Capitol with a swell of bi-
But in the harsh light of the morning, the House got tired of waiting on the
wheeling and dealing in the Senate.
sot 12:25:31 WALDO
((DEL. TOM MOSS: I'M SORRY THAT WE HAVE NO OTHER CHOICE UNDER THE
CIRCUMSTANCES. SINCE WE ARE NOT UNFORTUNATELY A UNICAMERAL FORM OF
Halifax County's Senator took shots at her western neighbor and fellow
Democrat Virgil Goode, whom she'd called "crazy" earlier in the week for
demanding Republicans be given equal power in the 20- 20 Senate.
((SEN. LOUISE LUCAS: ONCE YOU ALLOW THE KIND OF DEFECTION...THAT'S BAD.))
But Botetourt Senator Bo Trumbo says it's all been good work behind the
((SEN. BO TRUMBO: YEAH THERE'S PERSONALITIES INVOLVED...NOT TOO LONG AGO I
JUST HAD A DELEGATE TELL ME THAT I HAD SOLD OUT SOUTHWEST VIRGINIA BY SAYING I
WOULDN'T BE ON FINANCE....ENTIRE GOOD OF THE ENTIRE COMMONWEALTH.))
Democrats put Republican Trumbo on Finance in their proposal.
Republicans countered with Southside Republican Charles Hawkins.
Trumbo says it's not WHO gets what, but what KIND of lawmakers -- rural or
urban -- get their hands on the brass ring of power.
Ellen Qualls, News 7, Richmond.))
The Roanoke garage mechanic found beaten to death last week had apparently
picked up his killer- -hitchhiking, only to be struck in the head and robbed of
his wallet and car keys.
Chris Wilson's car was found a couple of days later- -100 yards from the
Christopher James Saul was arrested, based on information from an informant
who says Saul told him Wilson picked him up New Year's night
SUPER=03-Roanoke Co./January 2
...that they went to General Imports on Brambleton Avenue where Saul allegedly
admits he struck Wilson in the head with "some type of bar."
According to a search warrant affidavit, Saul tried to use Wilson's A-T-M
card. The bank's security camera caught Saul and the informant at the A-T-M
machine at 1:09 A-M, the affidavit says.
Police seized 18 items- -mostly shoes and clothing- -from Saul's apartment,
hoping to find traces of the victim's blood.
Collecting child support from an unwilling parent is an uphill battle.
But child support advocates say parents who take their fight across state
lines have an even tougher climb.
Teresa Hamilton has more in this report.
IN Q=Diane Bowen
SUPER=01-Diane Bowen/Single Parent; :30
SUPER=03-Danville/Sept., 1995; :40
SUPER=01-Jeff Cumbo/Child Support Advocate; 1:22
OUT Q=Hamilton, News 7.
((Diane Bowen works part time--
But with two children-- money is tight.
Making ends meet could be easier, she says, if her estranged husband would
pay the nearly 6- thousand dollars he owes in child support.
Diane says she's tracked him down, but she's in Danville-- he was in
Roxboro, North Carolina.
Officials with the state Child Support Enforcement Agency confirm Diane's
Bottom line, she's frustrated by the lack of progress in finding her
IN Q=He grew
((DIANE BOWEN/SINGLE PARENT: HE GREW UP DOWN THERE, THERE'S NOT A POLICE
OFFICIAL DOWN THERE THAT DOESN'T KNOW HIM, SO I MEAN, HOW HARD CAN IT BE TO
FIND ONE LITTLE PERSON. ))
OUT Q=little person.
Ron Harris is a district Manager for Child Support Enforcement and handles
cases like Diane Bowen's.
He spoke at a candle-light vigil held in Danville last fall to draw
attention to the 400- thousand children in Virginia without child support.
Harris says interstate cases are some of the most difficult because no two
states operate alike.
Sometimes he says, his agency's hands are simply tied.
To make matters worse, he says, his agency is understaffed-- for every case
that's resolved there are two waiting in line.
Jeff Cumbo has stood in Diane Bowen's shoes.
He helped organize the vigil and today helps other parent.
He says if you're dealing with Child Support Enforcement, get to know your
IN Q=When I
((JEFF CUMBO/CHILD SUPPORT ADVOCATE: WHEN I PUT MY OWN FILE TOGETHER, I PUT
PICTURES OF MY CHILDREN IN THE BEGINNING OF IT, SO WHENEVER I TALKED TO SOMEONE
NEW, I PULL THESE PICTURES OUT AND I SAY THAT'S WHO WE'RE TALKING ABOUT. ))
OUT Q=talking about.
Cumbo says above all else, don't give up and make copies of all your files.
Teresa Hamilton, News 7.))
Following big drops the last two days, the stock market advanced today.
The Dow was up 32 points.
NASDAQ rose nearly 21 points.
Southern Virginia College in Buena Vista is closing its doors.
The Board of Trustees voted unanimously to cease all operations after the
Financial problems have been well documented at the all- women's junior
And last month the school lost it's accreditation.
Southern Virginia.. or Southern Seminary as it's formerly known.. has an
enrollment of 165 students.
The college has been in existence for 129 years and is considered to have
one of nation's top equestrian programs.
The League of Older Americans is giving people some food for thought.
Volunteers with four- wheel- drive vehicles are needed for the Meals on
About two- hundred fifty subscribers in Roanoke received food today.
But officials say more help is needed... especially with the threat of
A number of first- time volunteers answered the call this morning.
IN Q=I had many
((DEBBIE ZERWEKH/MEALS ON WHEELS VOLUNTEER: I HAD MANY ABLE BODY FRIENDS THAT
WERE STUCK AND THOUGHT ABOUT ALL THESE PEOPLE OUT HERE THAT COULDN'T GET THEIR
OWN FOOD. SO I DECIDED WHEN I HEARD THE CALL ON THE RADIO TO GO AHEAD AND GIVE
IT A TRY. ))
SUPER=01-Debbie Zerwekh/Meals On Wheels Volunteer;
OUT Q=give it a try
Meals on Wheels usually serves one meal- a- day.
But because of the weather, volunteers delivered three meals to each
Anyone interested in donating their time and vehicle, should contact the
League of Older Americans.
Mike Stevens visits with King Richard Petty on the NASCAR Media Tour to talk
about his improved Pontiac, highlights from Tech and UVa basketball games,
and there is a new game in Miami under the direction of Jimmy Johnson.
Around 4:30 this afternoon; The Miami Dolphins entered a new era. The team
introduced Jimmy Johnson as only the team's second head football coach in
nearly 3 decades.
The Dolphins called a news conference to make Johnson's appointment
official. The former dallas coach signed a 4 year, 8 million dollar contract.
SUPER=01-Wayne Huizenga/Dolphins Owner; :00
OUT Q=...has had
Huizenga held up a picture of a bald Jimmy Johnson, insinuating that the new
coach should be like the owner, but this is Jimmy's team.
IN Q="we will
SUPER=01-Jimmy Johnson/New Dolphins Head Coach; :00
OUT Q=..in the past"
The Dolphins two quarterbacks; Dan Marino and Bernie Kosar talked about
Johnson's appointment on Miami radio today and seem positive about the
SUPER=01-Dan Marino/Miami Starting Quarterback; :00
SUPER=01-Bernie Kosar/Dolphins Reserve QB; :15
OUT Q=...on Sunday's"
GRAPHIC=1996 NASCAR Media Tour
Richard Petty and STP celebrate their 25th year of partnership this
season. And the hopes are high for a great year in the tandem's silver
MIke Stevens has more on the King, his health and what's ahead this season.
IN Q=first audio
SUPER=03-Level Cross, NC; :00
SUPER=01-Mark Haglund/President of STP; :16
SUPER=01-Richard Petty/Owner of STP Racing Team; :33
OUT Q=...News 7 sports"
The Virginia mens basketball team heads into this Saturday's ACC game with
Duke at U-Hall with a 6 and 5 record and only one conference win.
SUPER=03-Clemson, SC/Last Night; :00
Despite a career high 39 points from guard Harold Deane, the Cavaliers lost
to Clemson 89-79 last night at Little John Arena.
Curtis Staples scored 12 and Courtney Alexander also was in double figures;
knocking down 10.