Snow weary Virginia braces for more of the white stuff.
A key witness is heard at the Whitewater hearings.
And a daring rescue at sea to save the crew aboard a sinking Danish
Winter Storm: The Sequel is right on schedule, with snow and perhaps more,
all starting later today. Stay tuned for the complete winter storm forecast,
News 7 at Noon is next.
With another winter storm pushing into the region on the heels of the
last, we are bracing for perhaps another foot of snowfall.
Patrick Evans joins us with the latest on the storm details, Patrick are
we looking at snow, or more of a mixture this time?
(patrick ad lib)
(toss back to mel)
And with that in mind, the Roanoke Valley is preparing for round two.
This morning Joe Dashiell talked with Roanokers who are wondering, where ar
we going to put it all?
(Joe ad lib)
(rollcue: add insult to injury)
IN Q=Lorraine Gallion
SUPER=07-Lorraine Gallion; :12 Quick!
SUPER=01-Richard Ferron/Lanford Brothers Co.; :32
OUT Q=going to be a real challenge
(Joe ad lib)
Crews are on standby at American Electric Power just in case this storm
causes power outages.
Company officials say storms that bring heavy snow, ice and wind are the ones
most likely to knock out power.
Today, they are preparing for the worst.
IN Q=When we anticipate
((BARRY SNODGRASS/AEP REGION MANAGER: WHEN WE ANTICIPATE A STORM WE GET OUR
TRUCKS READY WITH GAS AND CHECK SUPPLIES AND GET THEM IN STOCK. ))
SUPER=01-Barry Snodgrass/AEP Region Manager;
OUT Q=them in stock.
The company will be putting extra workers up in local motels.
It will also station some employees in difficult locations, like Bent
Mountain so they can get to damaged lines as quickly as possible.
And while most folks are worried about icy, snow covered streets, Danville's
police chief is worried about safe streets.
Chief Neal Morris yesterday received a packet of information from an
organization called "Safe Streets" out of Washington, D.C.
Now, he expects Danville residents to receive that same mailing-- which
asks for money.
Morris says "Safe Streets" appears to be representing the Danville police
But Morris says the organization never contacted him.
IN Q=We do not
((CHIEF NEAL MORRIS/DANVILLE POLICE DEPT.: WE DO NOT RECEIVE ANY MONETARY
BENEFIT FROM THIS AND WE DON'T RECEIVE ANY BENEFITS FROM IT AS FAR AS I'M
CONCERNED. NOW I GUESS YOU COULD SAY THAT IF CRIMINALS ARE LOCKED UP AND ALL
THESE ANTI-CRIME THINGS ARE DONE THAT THAT WOULD BE SOME BENEFIT FOR THIS AREA,
BUT I DON'T KNOW THAT. ))
SUPER=01-Chief Neal Morris/Danville Police Dept.; :00
OUT Q=don't know that.
Morris says he has heard of the organization, but he doesn't know who's
running it or what the money raised would be used for.
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Still to come, a critic of gambling hopes the odds are against certain games
being legalized in Virginia, (---------------)
and the Canadian Coast Guard completes a daring rescue off the coast of
music up full
A dramatic rescue this morning off the coast of NewFoundland.
The Canadian Coast Guard rescued 24 sailors aboard a sinking Danish ship
some 500 miles out to sea.
The freighter had been damaged in a storm and was taking on water.
There is no word yet on the condition of the sailors.
Key testimony today before the Senate Whitewater committee.
Arkansas attorney Richard Massey at this hour is answering questions about
who arranged for Hillary Clinton's law firm to represent the failed Madison
Guaranty Savings and Loan.
The First Lady has testified that Massey brought the business to the Rose
But In testimony today Massey contradicted that statement.
Massey's testimony comes one day after the White House released three more
memos to the Whitewater panel.
The documents are billing records that indicate her work for the S and L
was more than minmal, as she has claimed.
((SHE DIDN'T WORK AN HOUR A WEEK, THERE WERE WEEKS WHERE SHE WAS INTENSELY
INVOLVED -- THE CRITICAL WEEKS OF THE TRANSACTIONS -- SHE SPENT SEVEN HOURS
WORKING ON THIS MATTER DURING THE WEEK THAT THEY PUT TOGETHER THE PROPOSAL TO
RAISE MORE MONEY FOR THIS BANK. ))
SUPER=01-Michael Chertoff/Senate Whitewater Committee;
OUT Q=for this bank.
President Clinton has scheduled a news conference this afternoon to address
the Whitewater issue as well as the budget stalemate.
It's day two of the General Assembly, and the chill continues between
members of a deadlocked state Senate.
Party leaders plan to meet privately today to discuss a power-sharing plan
that would give the G-O-P some committee chairmanships.
In his State of the Commonwealth Address last night, Governor Allen tried to
melt the ice.
Ellen Qualls has the story.
IN Q=Cheers, pomp
SUPER=03-Richmond/Last Night; :00
SUPER=01-Del. Tom Moss/(D) Norfolk; :23
SUPER=01-Del. Tom Jackson/(D) Hillsville; 1:09
OUT Q=ellen qualls, news 7
(( 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
insert standup here
Another issue facing the General Assembly -- legalized gambling.
In addition to the lottery, Governor Allen has proposed adding Powerball
It's hoped revenues raised through those games would help balance the state
In West Virginia, the Greenbrier Resort is trying to get casino gambling
ANCHOR=Melanie 2 shot
John Kindt is a professor of commerce and legal policy at the University of
Illinois and an academic critic of gambling.
He's here to offer his view. What are your concerns about Keno?
SUPER=01-John Kindt/Professor of Commerce;
(Georgia recently introduced Keno and reports profits of about a million
dollars a week. West Virginia and Maryland are profiting as well. What about
the economic benefits?)
(With Virgina's lottery, wouldn't Powerball and Keno be the logical next steps?
There's speculation that lottery sales will fall flat if Virginia doesn't add
(What are your concerns about casino gambling?)
(Supporters say the criticism that casino gambling creates problems of crime
and addicted gamblers just hasn't been seen--is there any hard proof of these
SOFT MUSIC UNDER
Up next, France says goodbye to Francois Mitterand,
after a slight delay, another NASA mission is up and running.
So far, another successful endeavor for the space shuttle.
music up full
Japan has a new prime minister.
As expected, the parliament today elected
Trade chief Ryutaro Hashimoto to the top government post.
He's widely known for his tough stance at auto talks with the U-S last June.
The 58-year-old politician succeeds Prime Minister Tomiichi Murayama, who
stepped down last week.
WIPE/WIPE/WIPE TO NATS
OUT Q=music out
France today said goodbye today to Former French president Francois
Led by his widow Danielle, a long line of mourners walked the small
southwestern French town where Mitterand was born.
OUT Q=music out
Earlier in the day he was remembered in a mass at Notre Dame Cathedral in
Among the foreign leaders attending the service were U-S Vice President Al
Gore, Russian President Boris Yeltsin, British Prime Minister John Major and
Mitterand died Monday of prostate cancer.
The space shuttle Endeavour is in orbit this morning following its first
lift-off of the year from the Kennedy Space Center.
SUPER=03-Kennedy Space Center;
The six astronauts are expected to retrieve a Japanese science satellite
that's been orbiting for about a year.
The astronauts also plan two spacewalks to practice some space station
NASA managers are worried that the budget impasse in Washington could soon
affect what's supposed to be a busy launch schedule.
Officials say unless NASA learns its fate by next week, the agency will
have to start shutting some systems down -- systems that could curtail the
Blue chip issues have been putting in a volatile session today.
On Wall Street at Noon the Dow was UP 23 points.
SPORTS MUSIC UNDER
Up next, more from the NASCAR media tour,
and mother knows best.
Jimmy Johnson's mother spills the beans about her son's next career move.
MUSIC UP FULL
Jimmy Johnson's mother tells the Associated Press that her son may be on
his way back into football and back to Miami.
In a news conference scheduled for this afternoon, the Miami Dolphins will
reportedly name Jimmy Johnson as their next head coach.
Johnson guided the Dallas Cowboys to back-to-back-Super Bowl titles.
Before that, he served as head coach at the University of Miami from
1984 to 1988, with a 52-9 record - including a national championship.
Now from the career track to the fast track, The 1996 NASCAR Media Tour
rolled on yesterday in the Carolina's.
Mike Stevens says the focus was on Kyle Petty and his two year drought.
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."
(toss to patrick)
Thanks for joining us.
That's it for News 7 at NOON.