Up next on News 7 at five-
Relief- that's the feeling of many Virginians- after the storm passes
Two South Carolina boys fall through the ice while walking across a
And trying to get where they want to go isn't easy for some travelers.
Let's just slide into the weekend forecast with a little snow melt and
nothing big on the horizon.
On Health Check-- new findings help scientists understand insomnia.
Plus, are you ready for this ride?
The latest exercise fad is called spinning, and it's not for the faint at
Perspective is everything-- five inches of snow was a welcome site as the
region dodged a potentially dangerous situation.
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Good Evening this is NEWS-7 at FIVE, I'm Jean Jadhon.
Mother Nature cut us a little bit of slack this time around, but that
doesn't mean we're in the clear.
The majority of side streets remain covered with snow and ice.
But at this point most primary roads are clear.
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Scott Prince joins us from Roanoke.
Scott did people have any problems digging out today?
(roll cue... no big deal)
IN Q=Folks were walking
SUPER=07-Sergei Nikifeterov; :20
SUPER=07-David Wycoff; :37
OUT Q=pack it in
(( Folks were walking on the sunny side of the street this afternoon.
But that certainly wasn't the case early this morning.
Once again, the snow came down and for some, the problems piled up.
There were others that weren't phased... like Sergei Nikifeterov.
The Russian native is used to winters like these.
But he's not used to all the fuss that goes along with it.
IN Q=Always saying
((SERGEI NIKIFETEROV: ALWAYS SAYING TO EVERYBODY, SCHOOLS ARE NOT CLOSED.
PEOPLE GO TO WORK. EVERYTHING IS O.K. AND WE HAVE BREAD IN THE STORE. ))
OUT Q=in the store
But you don't have to hail from Russia to defeat the elements.
David Wycoff hasn't been hampered by the snow... in fact he welcomes it.
IN Q=Once you
((DAVID WYCOFF: ONCE YOU GET PASSED SHOVELING A LITTLE BIT OF IT OUT AND GET
AROUND... IT HASN'T BEEN ANY PROBLEM FOR ME. ))
OUT Q=problem for me
But there are still plenty of problems for people on secondary streets.
Some are still facing an uphill battle... and have decided to pack it in.))
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(question: will VDOT continue to work around the clock to clear the streets?)
State and local governments are now calculating the tab from this week's
winter storms... and preliminary estimates put the pricetag in the millions.
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This afternoon, Joe Dashiell is in the newsroom with some of the numbers.
Jean, when they add up the overtime, the cost of chemicals, and hiring
heavy equipment, a blizzard can be a budget buster.
As of Thursday afternoon, the Virginia Department of Transportation had
spent 18 million dollars plowing and treating roads statewide.
The city of Roanoke now estimates the cost of the storm at more than 400-
thousand, and that figure is likely to rise.
IN Q=Much of that money is budgeted
((BOB HERBERT/ROANOKE CITY MANAGER: 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 BE ANOTHER ROUND OF
SNOW. AND WE DO HAVE A CONTINGENCY FUND IN THE CITY THAT WE WILL BEGIN TO GO TO
ROANOKE CITY COUNCIL AND ASK FOR ADDITIONAL FUNDING TO COVER THESE NEXT ROUND
OUT Q=these next round of costs.
Roanoke County depends on the transportation department to clear its roads,
but the county has spent about 90- thousand dollars on the storm so far.
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And Jean, for the city of Salem, the tab has already topped 50- thousand
(QUESTION: ARE ANY OF THOSE EXPENSES GOING TO CAUSE REAL BUDGET TROUBLE)
When the sun came up in Richmond today, Virginia Democrats had lost their
clutch on power in the upper chamber of the General Assembly.
An historic power sharing agreement may give the G-O-P the advantage in the
Ellen Qualls is in the State Capitol newsroom.
Does this signal a return to partisanship?
Apparently not in the Senate.
They swear they've worked it all out, and put the bad feelings behind them.
IN Q=I say thank
SUPER=01-Sen. Edd Houck/(D) Spotsylvania; :00
SUPER=01-Sen. Steve Newman/(R) Lynchburg; :14
OUT Q=nothing vote.
sot FRIDAY MORNING SENATE FLOOR 09:16
((SEN. EDD HOUCK/D-SPOTSYLVANIA: I SAY THANK YOU FOR MEETING WITH US AND
WORKING WITH US. AND TODAY IS A BETTER DAY.))
Two days of behind the scenes power wangling dissolved into peace the third
morning -- with four committee chairs going to Republicans and four majority
SOT TAPE ONE 43:10
((SEN. STEVE NEWMAN/R-LYNCHBURG: I THINK THIS IS TREMENDOUS FOR PARITY. YOU
KNOW WE STARTED OFF THIS CONVERSATION WITH THE DEMOCRATS WERE GONNA HAVE
EVERYTHING AND THE REPUBLICANS WERE GONNA HAVE NOTHING.))
The Democrats admit that a defection, from Rocky Mount's Virgil Goode, blew
their upper hand in the 20-20 split.
sot 29:39 tape one
((LT. GOV. DON BEYER: Everybody's a little unhappy...40 to nothing vote.))
Charles Hawkins on Finance replaces Elliott Schewel for region
House Republicans balking
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(questions: Is there anything Republicans can do about the House?)
Morgan Griffith bill
President Clinton is visitng Nashville before heading off to Bosnia.
Today he told factory workers the nation can't allow a federal work
stoppage through November.
((IT IS INEXCUSABLE. IT IS UNACCEPTABLE.))
OUT Q=IT IS UNACCEPTABLE."
Clinton says it's time to pass a budget plan.
((LET'S GET AFTER IT. LET'S DO IT AND GET IT BEHIND US AND THEN GO ON AND DO
OUT Q=AND DO POLITICS."
The President is leaving for Bosnia this afternoon.
He'll stop in Italy and arrive in Tuzla tomorrow.
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There's more NEWS-7 at Five heading your way--
Forensic reports show whether the pilot was drinking before a fatal crash in
Also, passengers left the driving to them and ended up taking the long way.
On Health Check-- of course mothers know best, now-- the government agrees
with their prescription for oatmeal.
Plus, we'll tell you about a fairly uncommon, but dangerous virus among
Is snow effecting sporting events in our area?
Steve has the latest in his ticker, later on NEWS-7 at FIVE.
Forensic tests reportedly show an American Airlines pilot had not been
drinking before a fatal crash.
Captain Nicholas Tafuri was at the controls when the Boeing 757 crashed
A source at the Colombian prosecutors office had said alcohol was found
in Tafuri's blood.
But the source says the alcohol apparently came from the natural
decomposing of body tissues after death.
The December disaster killed 160 people.
Two South Carolina boys are dead- after falling into an icy pond.
The eight and eleven year olds were walking across the pond when they fell
through the ice.
A woman saw the boys go under and called 911.
((MARYBETH LEWANDOWSKI/WITNESS: I WATCHED THEM GO DOWN AND BUBBLES WERE COMING
FROM THE OTHER BOY AND HE COULDN'T EVEN TALK. HIS FACE WAS BRIGHT RED AND HE
COULDN'T EVEN TALK. IT WAS AWFUL. IT WAS JUST SICKENING.))
OUT Q=WAS JUST SICKENING."
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
Two city buses collided on the Bloomfield Bridge.
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
The sequel to one of the strongest storms of the century stranded more than
60-travelers at the Roanoke Greyhound Bus station.
Morning buses en-route to Richmond were delayed.
And no buses are going in or out of Washington D-C this afternoon because of
Most of the passengers heading north were re-routed to Richmond.
Buses heading east finally got on the road around two this afternoon--eight
hours after the scheduled departure.
IN Q=i left Beckley
((WILLIAM DOWNING/TRAVELER: I LEFT BECKLEY, WEST VIRGINIA YESTERDAY AT EIGHT
O'CLOCK AND GOT DELAYED IN WYTHEVILLE FOR SIX HOURS. THEY'VE BEEN DRIVING IN
THE SNOW SINCE. WE GOT HERE AND WE'VE BEEN STUCK SINCE EARLY THIS MORNING.))
OUT Q=EARLY THIS MORNING
Downing has been on the road more than 14 hours.
He's trying to reach Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.
Rarely do we see the face behind the voice of local emergency dispatchers.
But when everyone finally digs out from the recent storms, there will be
people who'd like to shake their hands.
Teresa Hamilton joins us live from Danville, where Southside was also
fortunate to escape what could have been severe weather overnight.
Jean, fortunate is the word.
But had a combination of snow and sleet hit Southside, Pittsylvania
County's dispatchers were ready.
IN Q=The job
SUPER=01-Bo Martin/Pittsylvania Co. Dispatcher; :44
SUPER=01-Joann Luck/Operations Supervisor; :55
OUT Q=stressful at times.
Start with Nat Sound
The job of an emergency dispatcher is crucial.
They're expected to relay critical information in a timely and calm manner--
even in the midst of blizzard like conditions.
((nat sound from 911- center ))
There's little time for rest-- if you're employed as a dispatcher.
Pittsylvania county's dispatchers are responsible for handling all police
calls in the county.
They also handle calls for six- fire departments and four- rescue squads.
((nat sound ))
When bad weather creeps into the picture, it only adds to the havoc.
Calls concerning road conditions, stranded vehicles and closings are piled
on top of their regular duties.
((BO MARTIN/PITTSYLVANIA CO. DISPATCHER:EVERYONE'S UPSET BECAUSE THEIR ROAD HAS
NOT BEEN CLEARED OR THEIR PATH HAS NOT BEEN BROKEN, AND YOU SIMPLY HAVE TO TAKE
IT AS IT COMES ONE CALL AT A TIME. ))
OUT Q=at a time.
IN Q=We usually
((JOANN LUCK/OPERATIONS SUPERVISOR:WE USUALLY DEAL WITH IT PRETTY WELL, BUT IT
CAN GET REAL STRESSFUL AT TIMES. ))
OUT Q=at times.
Pittsylvania County's dispatchers also had to field additional calls when
the County's Switchboard shut down on Monday and opened late two days this
Most people aren't fond of their bosses--but coming up next on NEWS-7 at
we'll take you to a plant where destruction did not dampen things for
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Workers at a textile plant in Massachusetts are calling their boss a Saint.
And why not?
One month to the day after a devastating fire destroyed much of Malden
Mills, mill owner Aaron Feuerstein (FEER'-steen) made this announcement.
(( AARON FEURERSTEIN: WE WILL ONCE AGAIN PAY ALL OUR EMPLOYEES--CLAPPING))
SUPER=01-Aaron Feuerstein/Malden Mills Owner;
OUT Q= ALL OUR EMPLOYEES, CLAPPING
The employees are expected back on the job within four months.
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Stick around, the NASCAR Media tour rolls into the Lone Star State-- that
story coming up in tonight's Ticker.
And on Health Check--
The latest fitness craze involves what might look like a stationary bike--
It's called spinning, and it's designed to jump you through the ride of
your life-- a low-impact, high-intensity workout.
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Parents nationwide are being alerted about a rise in cases of R-S-V.
In adults, it just causes a cold-- but in children, it's much more serious.
This child, in Chicago, was completely healthy until two weeks ago-- when
what looked like a cold turned more serious.
IN Q=There's a small
((DR. DAVID JAIMOVICH/CHRIST HOSPITAL: THERE'S A SMALL AMOUNT OF PATIENTS,
INFANTS LIKE HER WHO MAY ACTUALLY
DEVELOP RESPIRATORY, COMPLETE LUNG FAILURE AS SHE HAS.))
SUPER=01-Dr. David Jaimovich/Christ Hospital; :
OUT Q=as she has.
Symptoms to alert parents to the possibility of the R-S-V Virus include a
lingering cold that just won't go away, a high fever, or shortness of breath.
Children with these symptoms should be watched closely, and tested for the
R-S-V is most common in the first months of life-- it rarely strikes
children over age two, unless they have a chronic illness like a heart or lung
At the State Health Department, epidemiologists in Richmond say this is
not a reportable condition, so there's no formal tracking method underway.
There have not been any outbreaks noted in Virginia.
They're calling it the brain's "Slumber Switch"-- a group of neurons that
turns other brain cells off so sleep can occur.
Harvard researchers discovery in RATS could lead to better treatment for
The report is published in the journal "Science."
It's not the latest genetic engineering marvel, nor is it a high-tech new
No, the latest kudos in medicine are going to....Oatmeal.
IN Q=QUICK IN !!!! "There you
SUPER=04-"Ozzie and Harriet"; :00
SUPER=01-Dr. Ed Scarbrough/Food & Drug Administration; :16
SUPER=01-Dr. Ronald Krauss/American Heart Association; :38
OUT Q=wrong message.
IN Q=There you are
((THERE YOU ARE MEN, APPLE SAUCE IN YOUR OATMEAL. GOOD HUH?
YEAH! HOW ABOUT PINEAPPLE OR STRAWBERRIES?
SURE WE'LL TRY THEM ALL. ))
OUT Q=try them all.
The F-D-A has decided to let the food industry claim what mothers have
been saying for a century-- Oats are good for you.
IN Q=This is the
((DR. ED SCARBROUGH/FOOD & DRUG ADMINISTRATION: THIS IS THE FIRST TIME THAT THE
FDA HAS PROPOSED THAT A SPECIFIC FOOD BE MENTIONED RATHER THAN A NUTRIENT SUCH
AS LOW FAT, LOW SODIUM OR CALCIUM.))
OUT Q=or calcium
The approval may be a sign of a new, more lenient F-D-A.
But the American Heart Association is afraid that health claims for
individual foods may backfire.
IN Q=When one tries
((DR. KRAUSS/WHEN ONE TRIES TO SIMPLIFY THE CLAIMS TO THE POINT THAT ONE LEAVES
OUT WHAT WE FEEL TO BE CRITICAL INFORMATION IN TERMS OF THE OVERALL DIET AND
HEART DISEASE PREVENTION, WE FACE THE RISK THAT CONSUMERS WILL GET THE WRONG
OUT Q=wrong message.
The wrong message is that any one food will prevent disease.
But for a nation constantly hearing bad news about food, the idea that
something can be good for you is refreshing.
If your hips and thighs are in need of a little repair, check out the
latest fitness craze sweeping the country.
SUPER=03-New York; :
It's called Spinning-- and it is not your father's life cycle.
There's no sitting pretty on these bikes-- specially manufactured to allow
exercises to stand, pump, and jump their way through a 45-minute workout.
An instructor guides the class through a carefully-choreographed road
trip-- using music, imagery, even personality-- to get them to the top.
((IONA PASSIK/INSTRUCTOR: BREATHE, YOU MUST BREATH. INCREASE YOUR RESISTANCE.
WE CAN USE GUIDED IMAGERY TO CLIMB UP THE HILL, SAY IN SAINT LUCIA OR IN THE
SUPER=01-Iona Passik/Instructor; :
OUT Q=rain forest.
Followers say anyone-- young or old-- can saddle up and spin in their first
Men in particular, seem to be willing to give it a try.
IN Q=It takes
((STEVE ROSENBERG/SPINNER: IT TAKES A MINIMUM AMOUNT OF TIME, IT'S SOCIAL, AND
A GREAT CARDIOVASCULAR WORKOUT....AND IT'S NOT AS MUCH STRESS ON YOUR JOINTS AS
SUPER=01-Steve Rosenberg/Spinner; :
Still, doctors stress that while spinning sounds like an ideal exercise--
because it's low impact and easy to learn-- the intensity and changes in pace
might be too much for those with heart trouble.
NASCAR is revving up in Texas--
Steve has details in tonight's Ticker.
Good afternoon everyone, welcome to your Friday ticker! In order to avoid
snowy weather, the NASCAR Media Tour pulled into the state of Texas tonight.
Mike Stevens has an early look at what many believe is NASCAR's next
showplace out in Fort Worth.
IN Q=First audio
SUPER=03-Ft. Worth, TX; :00
SUPER=01-Bruton Smith/Texas Motor Speedway Owner; :16
SUPER=01-F.M. Carroll/Vice President for Operations; :40
OUT Q=.......news 7 sports."
The second wave of the snow storm has affected the sporting world; in
particular the Hokies and the Express.
In Blacksburg; crews moved snow off the Virginia Tech parking lots. Lack
of parking and ice and snow on the Cassell Coliseum roof have forced Tech to
reschedule tomoroow's mens basketball game with LaSalle for noon at Radford
University's Dedmon center. The Tech women's game has also been moved. They
will play On the road at Georgw Washington tomorrow at 7.
Roanoke Civic Center personnel removed snow from the parking area at the
Round House. The Express game tonight IS ON!.
More on the Hokies and the Express at six, But stay where you are, more
news 7 at 5 to come.
And finally, If you're getting a little Cabin fever with all this snow, you
might try playing some video games for fun and maybe profit.
That's what 12 year old Keola Kaula (Key-OHla Kah-OOla) did.
He's a real pro at playing the Sega game "Vector Man."
After playing it for only a few months he beat the computer winning
Now he says he wants to be a game-tester when he grows up.
(toss to robin)
(robin tosses to jean)
Keith Humphry will be here in 30-minutes with more on NEWS-7 at SIX.
And that's it for NEWS-7 at FIVE-- have a safe weekend.
All the school announcements are coming up in just a few moments.