Up next on News 7-
The snow is over. and people are celebrating- We'll check in with folks
venturing out finally!
12 hundred local union phone workers are waiting for a new contract. We'll
hear what the union is saying.
And you've got to see it to believe it.
We'll tell you about this huge squid-
Plus the warmer forecast.
News 7 is next.
A second winter storm last night and early this morning dumped more snow on
Roanoke ended up with an additional five inches on the ground, less than
half of what was originally predicted.
Many people were glad that prediction was off.
Jay Moore is in our newsroom to tell what those people are doing to kick off
Jean, everyone we talked with tonight said they didn't know if they would've
been able to stand spending another night indoors.
They were just glad mother nature was more cooperative.
Roll cue: more cooperative.
IN Q=NAT SOUND
SUPER=00-Crystal Flora; : (Screen Right) :17
SUPER=07-Alex Lunsford; :32
SUPER=07-Tim Morgan; :58
SUPER=07-Lauren Douglas; 1:15
OUT Q=to be outside.
((I'VE HAVEN'T SEE A MOVIE IN THREE WEEKS MAN. I'M GOING NUTS. I'VE BEEN IN
THE HOUSE SO LONG MY BEARDS JUST GOT MOLD ON IT.))
OUT Q=MOLD ON IT.
It's the time everyone's been waiting for..
With most roads fairly clear, people took advantage to head out and about.
IN Q=We just wanted
((CRYSTAL FLORA: WE JUST WANTED TO HAVE SOME FUN. I WAS TIRED OF BEING STUCK
IN THE HOUSE. WE'VE BEEN SNOWED IN. WE LIVE IN BEDFORD COUNTY. WE JUST
DECIDED TO GET OUT OF THE HOUSE AND COME UP HERE AND COME UP HERE TO THE
OUT Q=to the theater.
No matter what people decided to do, most shared the same view.
((ALEX LUNSFORD: WE'VE BEEN INSIDE FOR THE LAST FIVE DAYS. SEVEN OR EIGHT
FRIENDS HAVE GATHERED ABOUT EVERY NIGHT THIS WEEK. WE'VE POLISHED OFF TWO OR
THREE BOTTLES OF WINE EACH NIGHT. WE DECIDED TO TRY SOMETHING NEW A DIFFERENT
SO WE TOOK A BREAK FOR A BEER. ))
OUT Q=for a beer.
In Salem, some people decided to kick up their heels and head to the rodeo.
Those attending say it provided a welcome relief after being cooped up.
IN Q=This is our
((TIM MORGAN: THIS IS OUR FIRST RODEO. ANDY LOVES HORSES AND ANIMALS WE WANTED
TO SHOW THEM OFF TO HIM PLUS WE'RE JUST A LITTLE BIT SICK OF BEING INDOORS. ))
OUT Q=being indoors.
And for those who just had to be around a slick surface then the Roanoke
Express game was the place to be.
SOT 18:45:11 (express #1)
IN Q=It's better
((LAUREN DOUGLAS: IT'S BETTER. IT BEATS BEING STUCK IN THE HOUSE THAT'S FOR
SURE WITH THE FAMILY GETTING ON YOUR NERVES BUT IT'S GREAT TO BE OUTSIDE. ))
OUT Q=great to be outside.
Jean, if tonight was any indication then I think we're going to see a lot
more activity as the weekend progresses.
But it's still important remember, many roads still haven't been plowed and
those that have still have icy spots.
So be careful if you're heading out.
Governor Allen says he hasn't decided if he'll apply for federal disaster
money to help cover cleanup costs from the storm.
But he will continue the state of emergency to keep the National Guard units
IN Q=Our department
((GOV. GEORGE ALLEN: OUR DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION CREWS ARE STILL WORKING
THESE REALLY TIRESOME SHIFTS... TOUGH ENOUGH AS IT IS.))
OUT Q=as it is.
State and local governments will pay the price long-after this week's snow
and ice have melted.
The city of Roanoke has already spent more than 440- thousand dollars on
And next week city manager Bob Herbert will ask council to dip into its
IN Q=I think the good news
((BOB HERBERT/ROANOKE CITY MANAGER: I THINK THE GOOD NEWS IS THAT MUCH OF THAT
MONEY IS BUDGETED AND ANTICIPATED. WE'RE MOST CONCERNED WITH REPLENISHING OUR
SUPPLIES AND GETTING OUR EQUIPMENT REPAIRED AND READY FOR WHAT WILL INEVITABLY
ANOTHER ROUND OF SNOW.))
OUT Q=another round of snow.
Meanwhile, the Virginia Department of Transportation has been spending about
three million dollars a day to clear snow from roads across the state.
While we escape the brunt of the storm, heavy snow is causing trouble along
the East Coast.
A supermarket roof collapsed on Long Island- sending dozens of shoppers
and employees into the parking lot.
About ten people were hurt but none seriously.
Shoppers say the roof came down with no warning.
((ALL OF A SUDDEN EVERYTHING STARTED COMING DOWN. THE ROOF STARTED COMING DOWN
AND CAVING DOWN AND I JUST DUCKED UNDER WHERE THE BOOKS WERE AND FINALLY
OUT Q=AND FINALLY IT STOPPED."
The roof of Harlem's oldest black church collapsed today- destroying much
of the sanctuary.
No report of any injuries.
It was supposed to be an easy walk across across a pond for two South
But the ice broke and the eight and eleven year olds fell into the icy
water- and died.
A woman saw the boys go under and called 911- but it was too late.
((MARYBETH LEWANDOWSKI/WITNESS: I DIDN'T KNOW WHAT TO DO I WANTED TO GO IN AND
HELP AND THOUGHT WELL WHAT AM I GONNA DO.))
SUPER=01-Marybeth Lewandowski/Witness; QUICK!
OUT Q=AM I GONNA DO?"
Both boys were taken to the hosspital in extremely critical condition and
died two hours later.
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Slick roads are to blame for a head on bus crash in Pittsburgh this
One of the drivers was killed, the other is in critical condition.
The wreck also hurt 46 passengers.
Port Authority officials say one bus skidded on the ice and slammed into
Bell Atlantic says its reached a tentative agreement with Union workers
locally, but the union says that's not entirely true.
While it says some major issues are agreed on, there are still several
((DAVID LAYMAN/CWA LOCAL REPRESENTATIVE: IT DOESN'T INDICATE TO ME BY THE
INFORMATION THAT I HAVE THAT WE HAVE AN AGREEMENT THE MEMBERSHIP WILL SIGN OFF
SUPER=01-David Layman/CWA Local Represenative;
OUT Q=WILL SIGN OFF ON."
The Communications Workers of America local says it wants pay scales in
line with workers in Richmond.
((IT WOULD INCREASE THE WAGES IN THE ROANOKE OR THE SOUTHWEST VIRGINIA AREA UP
TO THE RICHMOND WAGE SCHEDULE. THAT'S ONE OF THE ISSUES THAT'S VERY IMPORTANT
TO THE POEOLE IN SOUTHWEST VIRGINIA RIGHT NOW.))
OUT Q=Southwest Virginia right now."
Layman says the union also doesn't want Bell Atlantic to contract work
out to non union employees.
He says he's optimistic an agreement can be reached soon to end the five
The C-W-A has more than 12-hundred members in our area.
Meanwhile the phone company says if you could not pay your phone bill on
time because of the snow, don't worry.
Bell Atlantic is granting a grace period for late bills in the wake of the
The company will make allowances for bills that arrive up to a week
The company says customers who find a late charge on their bills should call
a customer service center.
HARD MUSIC UNDER
When News 7 returns, the state Supreme Court is critical of Norfolk and
Western's handling of a disablity case,
And we'll tell you why a local legislator says Governor Allen is gambling
with the state budget.
A collective sigh of relief across the region as we bid farewell to the
snow--for a while, at least.
A calmer, quieter weekend forecast-- with temperatures climbing into the
Today even shaped up to be okay...
Let's check out the high's and lows's....
SUPER=#C-380; Weather Roll
The President is on his way to Bosnia tonight-
He left Nashville- headed for Italy and should be in Tuzla by tomorrow.
Today he had a message for the Bosnian people.
((I BELIEVE THE GREATEST STRUGGLE YOU FACE IS NOT BETWEEN MUSLIMS AND SERBS AND
CROATS. IT IS BETWEENT HOSE WHO EMBRACE PEACE AND THOSE WHO REJECT IT.))
OUT Q=THOSE WHO REJECT IT."
The President urged the Bosnian people to seize this chance for peace.
Virginia Republicans walked away in the night with the upper hand in the
upper chamber of the General Assembly.
Two days of horse- trading led to the power shift that both sides are now
politely calling "sharing."
But the story's a little different in the House.
Ellen Qualls wraps up the opening struggles of the 1996 session.
SUPER=01-Sen. Joe Benedetti/(R) Republican Floor Leader; :00
OUT Q=Qualls, News 7, Richmond.
((sot FLOOR TAPE 10:06:38
((SEN. JOE BENEDETTI/R-RICHMOND: ... IT'S A NEW DAY FOR THE SENATE IN
The tide turned in the night, giving Republicans a first ever -- and very
firm -- grasp on power in the upper chamber.
Democrats admitted they eventually negotiated from a minority position.
SOT 28:52 TAPE ONE
((LT. GOV. DON BEYER: IT WAS THE VERY BEST DEAL WE COULD HAVE MADE GIVEN THAT
WE ONLY HAD 19 VOTES.))
That's thanks to Rocky Mount maverick Democrat Virgil Goode -- who wangled
his way onto the final budget conference committee of four by talking with
((GOV. GEORGE ALLEN: I DON'T KNOW WHAT PARTY HE MIGHT BE IN, BUT VIRGIL'S
PHILOSOPHY AND MINE ARE COMPLETELY CONSISTENT.))
Republican Charles Hawkins made Southside a winner with a seat on Finance.
((SEN. CHARLES HAWKINS: WITH THE ABSENCE OF ELLIOT SCHEWEL, IT LEFT A REAL
VOID IN A WHOLE SECTION OF THE STATE THAT HAD TO BE FILLED. AND THE WHOLE
THING WITH VIRGIL GOODE GOING ON ONE OF THE CONFEREES REALLY MAKES A DIFFERENCE
FOR US AND I THINK WE'RE IN A BETTER POSITION THAN WE'VE BEEN IN I THINK IN
But Republicans say the Democrats got their retribution down the hall, where
Republicans lost some ground in the House of Delegates assignments.
((DEL. MORGAN GRIFFITH: I SAW THIS COMING...WHICH PARTY'S IN CONTROL.))
Toward that end, he's pushing for a constitutional amendment on
sot 34:38 tape one
((DEL. DICK CRANWELL/D-VINTON: I JUST WALKED OUT WITH THREE DEMOCRATS THAT
WERE FURIOUS OKAY. THEREIN LIES THE PROBLEM OF MAKING COMMITTEE ASSIGNMENTS.
IT'S LIKE RUBIKS CUBE. WHEN YOU MOVE SOMEBODY ON ONE COMMITTEE, YOU HAVE TO
CHANGE ANOTHER ONE.))
((So what it all means for specific legislation has yet to be determined.
What the Senate plan means for all Republicans though is a voice heard only
before from the Governor's office on the third floor.
Ellen Qualls, News 7, Richmond.))
Governor George Allen wants to usher Virginia into a new era of gambling --
but a Danville Democrat hopes to stand in his way.
The Governor has included the giant jackpot, multi-state Powerball game in
his new budget.
He'd also like to add Keno to the range of games the Virginia Lottery
But Delegate Whitt Clement says he's prepared to fight with an opposing
IN Q=Danville is a
((DEL. WHITT CLEMENT/D-DANVILLE: DANVILLE IS A BIG LOTTERY...TO BALANCE THE
SUPER=01-Del. Whitt Clement/(D) Danville;
OUT Q=the budget.
Clement says he's doesn't want Virginia to expand its reliance on state-
He says he doesn't mind creating a 70- million dollar hole in the
Governor's budget to protest.
GRAPHIC=Va Supreme Court
The State Supreme Court has upheld a 200-thousand dollar damage award
against Norfolk and Western Railway.
It's a contrast to many appeals brought by the railroad.
In this case of Alfred Johnson, the supreme court agreed: the rail car
welder was due some compensation.
He developed "carpal tunnel" syndrome within a year of going to work for
N-W, operating a hand-held grinder.
In a 10-page opinion, the court took the railway to task for "incorrectly
placing a slant on the evidence."
For example N-W said Johnson failed to show that "carpel tunnel" syndrome
was "foreseeable." The phenomenon appeared in medical literature as early as
1981, but it took the railroad until 1994 to warn its workers about it.
Emergency dispatchers have some of the toughest jobs around.
They relay vital information while comforting the caller on the other end of
Teresa Hamilton reports, their job becomes even more critical during severe
IN Q=Nat Sound
SUPER=01-Jim Davis/Communications Manager; :34
SUPER=01-Amy Harmon/Pittsylvania Co. Dispatcher; 1:03
SUPER=01-Bo Martin/Pittsylvania Co. Dispatcher; 1:12
OUT Q=News 7
(( start with nat sound
(( Believe it or not, forecasters say cold temperatures prevented sleet from
entering the picture.
Welcome news to Pittsylvania County's dispatchers.
They're already busy enough without that type of frozen precipitation.
((nat sound ))
There's little time for rest if you're employed as a dispatcher.
In Pittsylvania County, they're responsible for handling all police calls
in the county.
They also dispatch for six- fire departments and four- rescue squads.
((JIM DAVIS/COMMUNICATIONS MANAGER:YOU GET THE TRAINING AND THE PEOPLE AND WHEN
YOU PUT THE TWO TOGETHER, YOU SHOULD HAVE A GOOD OPERATION, SO IT WORKS HAND IN
OUT Q=hand in hand.
That training comes in handy in the midst of bad weather.
When Old Man winter gets cranking, the phone lines begin to light up and the
dispatchers workload begins to double.
Calls concerning road conditions, stranded vehicles and closings are
IN Q=It gets
((AMY HARMON/PITTSYLVANIA CO. DISPATCHER: IT GETS STRESSFUL SOMETIMES AND WE
JUST TAKE, YOU KNOW, ONE CALL AT A TIME AND GO ON AND TRY NOT TO THINK ABOUT
OUT Q=about it.
But, on occasion, calls do come in that make the job worth it.
((BO MARTIN/PITTSYLVANIA CO. DISPATCHER: YOU'RE GOING TO FIND SOMEBODY THAT
WILL CALL UP AND TELL YOU A LITTLE JOKE OR LET YOU KNOW THAT YOU'RE APPRECIATED
AND THAT PAT ON THE BACK IS PROBABLY THE GREATEST THING IN THE WORLD. ))
OUT Q=in the world.))
Dispatchers were also busy answering the county switchboard, which was
closed on Monday and closed early two days this week. Teresa Hamilton, News
SOFT MUSIC UNDER
Coming up a in the newscast, Kimberly will warm us up with our weekend
And from Austrailia, fishermen fight off a record breaking heavily armed
If you're in the mood for some fresh calamari, have we got the dish for
Some fishermen found this four-hundred-forty pound sea creature off the
coast of Australia.
The giant squid measured almost ten meters with tentacles close to eight
meters long - that puts it in the running for the biggest ever caught in
But, believe it or not, doesn't break a world record - that goes to a two
ton monster caught in Canadian waters last century.
The Roanoke Express beat Raleigh 4-1 tonight in front of just over 4
thousand fans. Among them, was Brian Galentine. Gallentine played 8 games for
Roanoke before suffering a career ending eye injury.
Gallentine will sign autographs tomorrow night. The Express has started the
Brian Gallentine fund. Money raised will got to support his education.
IN Q=First audio
((BRIAN GALLENTINE/FORMER EXPRESS PLAYER: ))
SUPER=01-Brian Gallentine/Former Express Player; :
OUT Q=......on now."
SUPER=03-Roanoke/Express vs Icecaps; :
The Express has a 3 and 3 record against the Icecaps this season and
Roanoke came out hot.
With 9-minutes left in the first period Dave Holum takes a pass from Chris
Potter and scores the goal and the Express took the one to nothing lead.
Roanoke picked up Karry Biette in a trade earlier this week and he gets
the slap shot from inside the blue line on the power play and Roanoke was up 2
to nothing midway through the period.
The Express would add another goal in the first period Wade Gibson makes a
SUPER=34-Roanoke/==4/Raleigh/==1;nice pass to Jason Clarke he slips it into
the corner of the Icecap net Roanoke lead 3 to nothing and the Express wins
The game marked a homecoming for John Larson, who was traded to Raleigh
He did not score.
For the first time in a while, the Express scored in the win column and
with their coach.
IN Q="we just worked
SUPER=01-Frank Anzalone/Express head Coach; :00
OUT Q=...of the year"
VO-NAT Wipe to #eng!!
SUPER=03-Orlando, FL/Bucks vs. Magic; :00
Other teams in the league should fear Orlando, because with both Shackille
O'Neil and Horace grant out, the Magic still beat Milwaukee. Dennis
Scott led the Magic with a season high 37 points.
The big dog; Glen Robin knocked down 30 and had 11 boards, but the Magic
The Philadelphia 76ers spanked the New Jersey nets 107 to 80 behind win mill
dunks like this one from Jerry Stackhouse.
The snow has forced Virginia Tech to move both the men's and women's
basketball games out of Cassell Coliseum.
Due to structural concerns and lack of parking, the men's game will be
played at Radford University's Dedmon Center tomorrow at noon, while the women
will play at George Washington at 7pm.
SUPER=01-Larry Hincker/University Relations Dir.; :00
OUT Q=....game off campus"
And don't forget! You can take in a triple header tomorrow at the Dedmon
After the Tech men's game at noon, the Radford women play Winthrop at 4pm and
then the Radford men take on the Eagles at 7:30.
It's the Big South opener for both Highlander squads.
One other Tech note.
The men's game with G.W. this Monday has been moved to the Roanoke Civic
The game tips off at 9:30.
Tickets go on sale Monday morning at the civic center and at Tech's ticket
Chyron in motion
IN Q=first score
OUT Q=last score
And still to come tonight
what a weeknd Mike Stevens has had in Texas on the NSACAR Media Tour, He
will tell ya about it in a few.
The Super Bowl final four round kicks off Sunday.
SUPER=03-Green Bay, WI; :00
Fans turned out in full force at the airport to send the Green Bay Packers
off to Dallas for Sunday's NFC title game in at Texas Stadium.
Good news for Dallas. Defensive end Charles Haley has been cleared to
SUPER=01-Charles Haley/Defensive End; :00
OUT Q=...the team"
One equalizer in the AFC championship game is that the Colts will be
without Marshall Faulk, but the Steelers found out today; they won't have all
pro safety Rod Woodson.
IN Q="I did
SUPER=01-Bill Cowher/Pittsburgh Head Coach; :00
OUT Q=...this game"
Our week long trip on the Nascar Media Tour takes a Southwestern turn
How far Southwest? Try Fort Worth, Texas!
The reason? A brand new Texas Motor Speedway.
Mike Stevens was there.
IN Q=First audio
SUPER=03-Ft. Worth, TX; :00
SUPER=01-Bruton Smith/Texas Motor Speedway Owner; :24
SUPER=01-F.M. Carroll/Vice President For Operations; :46
SUPER=01-Bernard Weinstein/North Texas University Economist/; 1:08
OUT Q= .......news 7 sports."
Finally as we leave you tonight, we wanted to take a moment to forget the
hassles of this week's record setting snow.
Photographer Dennis Brown took some time today to show us that once you get
past the stuck cars, the shoveling, and the cabin fever, this was a good
example of mother nature's power and beauty.
Have a good weekend.
Dissolve back to set
OUT Q=pan from Star down to Roanoke Valley; freezes shot