What's another five inches of snow when you've already got TWO FEET on the
Coming up on NEWS 7 at SIX: what it did to us this time and what it's
costing us to get rid of the snow.
And sharing the reigns of power in the State Senate. Republicans will have
some say in how this session is run.
In sports, the snow's second coming has hit the Cassell hard as tomorrow's
Virginia tech games are affected, we will have the problem and the solution,
The Express will play tonight,
and the NASCAR Media Tour takes our Mike Stevens to Texas for a look at a
new track...and there's no bull about this speedway.
It truly was a kinder and gentler snow event for the region. We now enter a
quiet stretch with a gentle meltdown.
It seems everyone is ready for a meltdown.
Five more inches of snow was dumped on our area, but this time, most people
The latest storm hardly phased motorists.
Busses were running-- and airports were open.
Double Boxes=Keith and Scott
Scott Prince has been keeping tabs on this latest storm.
Scott, how are the roads holding up?
(Scott ad lib)
(roll cue: ...out of the house )
IN Q="Here we go again"
SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.; :00
SUPER=01-Mike Stevens/Snow Plow Driver; :13
SUPER=01-Fred Altizer/VDOT; :30
OUT Q=things to come
Nat sound 00:33:15
(Here we go again.)
But this time it came and went.
Many people were able to win round two of the winter bout.
Folks started out early this morning... thanks to 'round the clock snow-
removal efforts from the first storm.
IN Q=We've been
((MIKE STEVENS/SNOW PLOW DRIVER: WE'VE BEEN WORKING... ALTERNATING TWELVE HOUR
SHIFTS, TWENTY- FOUR HOURS A DAY FOR THE LAST WEEK. I DON'T KNOW HO LONG IT
WILL CONTINUE... UNTIL WE GET ALL OF THE ROADS AT LEAST PASSABLE I'M SURE. ))
OUT Q=I'm sure.
Most primary roads ARE passable... but there are countless side streets that
remain snow covered.
IN Q=It will probably
((FRED ALTIZER/VDOT: IT WILL PROBABLY BE LATER ON TONIGHT OR EVEN TOMORROW
MORNING BEFORE WE START BACK-- OUR SUBDIVISIONS AND OUR SECONDARY ROADS. ))
OUT Q=secondary roads
But for all those still snowed in, take heed... there ARE signs of better
things to come.
(Scott ad lib)
Double Boxes=Keith and Scott
(Keith question: was v-dot able to clear all of the roads before this latest
Long after the ice and snow have melted, state and local governments will
be feeling the affects of this week's weather.
As of Thursday afternoon, the Virginia Department of Transportation had
spent 18- million dollars to clear roads across the state.
Roanoke city's expenses were closing in on half a million dollars... and
while most of that was budgeted, city manager Bob Herbert will ask council to
dip into a contingency fund.
IN Q=We will have some extraordinary
((BOB HERBERT/ROANOKE CITY MANAGER: WE WILL HAVE SOME EXTRAORDINARY EXPENSES.
PROBABLY, WE WILL BE ASKING CITY COUNCIL FOR AROUND AN ADDITIONAL 100- THOUSAND
DOLLARS, PRIMARILY FOR SALT AND CHEMICALS.))
OUT Q=for salt and chemicals.
City officials say they have enough salt and chemicals on hand to meet
immediate needs, and they say more supplies are on the way.
For the first time in Virginia history, Republicans may have a functional
majority in a General Assembly chamber.
Senate Democrats watched their power slip away in a midnight agreement.
Ellen Qualls has the story.
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: BLAH... 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.))
The Bedford man who was falsely imprisoned for almost a decade may get some
compensation from the state.
SUPER=03-Bedford Co./October 1994;
Ed Honaker was granted clemency in October after D-N-A tests proved he had
NOT committed the rape for which he had served almost ten years.
Now, Roanoke Delegate Chip Woodrum has filed a bill that would pay Honaker
750- thousand dollars out of the state treasury.
IN Q=He seems
((DEL. CHIP WOODRUM: HE SEEMS TO HARBOR NO UNDUE ILL WILL. OF COURSE, HE
WOULD RATHER NOT HAVE SPENT THE TIME....BODES VERY WELL FOR MR. HONAKER.))
Woodrum says the dollar figure on the claim is a starting point, and some
aid may be provided in the form of educational assistance.
Meanwhile, Woodrum will carry a little more clout for the Roanoke Valley
He's won a seat on the House Appropriations committee that helps control
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Still to come on News 7 at 6, is there an end in sight to the contract
negotiations between Bell Atlantic and the union?
And we'll meet people on the other end of the line who've been answering
your emergency calls for help during this week's snowstorms.
Coming up--how emergency dispatchers are coping, and how you can help them.
Toss to Robin
SUPER=#C-380; Weather Roll
Some travelers who decided to leave the driving to Greyhound, found
themselves without a ride.
This morning's snow stranded more than 60 passengers at the Roanoke
Greyhound bus terminal.
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 time.
IN Q= we are the reason
((SUE ATKINSON/TRAVELER: WE ARE THE REASON THA GREYHOUND CAN FUNCTION.
WITHOUT US IT WOULD NEVER FUNCTION. I'D LIKE TO KNOW WHY WE ARE NOT GIVEN THE
PRIORITY, ANY TYPE OF HELP OR ANY EXPLANATION.))
OUT Q=or any explanation
Greyhound had to put up three people in a hotel this evening.
Their destination was Winchester, Virginia, another city socked-in by the
Dispatchers are the link to help when you have an emergency.
In severe weather their job is even more vital.
DOUBLE BOXES=Keith and Teresa
Teresa Hamilton joins us from Danville.
Southside was bracing for sleet and freezing rain, Teresa, but y'all got
Keith, Halifax County saw some sleet.
But in Danville folks were fortunate to only see snow.
But had Pittsylvania County been hit with more severe weather dispatchers
there would have been prepared.
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=in the world.
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.))
(TERESA AD LIBS)
Double Boxes=Keith and Teresa
(Keith Question: ISN'T PITTSYLVANIA COUNTY EXPECTED TO GET A NEW DISPATCH
Chances of a strike at a large employer in our area seem to be dwindling.
Bell Atlantic reports it has reached a tentative agreement with the
Communications Workers of America.
Double Boxes=Keith and Len
But Len Besthoff reports that while progress has been made, Bell Atlantic
may have spoken too soon.
What's the problem here Len?
Keith there's definitely a thaw in the icy relationship between Bell
Atlantic and the main union representing its workers.
But the president of Roanoke's C-W-A local says the company may have jumped
the gun on this.
Larry Akers says Bell Atlantic has ALMOST reached an agreement with the
C-W-A on common issues...the ones that apply to nearly every C-W-A local.
But he points out Bell Atlantic and the union haven't even touched the local
agreements usually settled on a state by state basis.
Keith Bell Atlantic insists it DOES indeed have a tentative
agreement...which it says is very fair to both sides.
Bell Atlantic has more than 12-hundred unionized workers in our area, who
have worked without a contract for five months.
Double Boxes=Keith and Len
(Keith QUESTION: WHAT ARE SOME OF THE MAIN ISSUES ON THE TABLE THAT STILL MUST
BE SETTLED LOCALLY?)
On Wall Street the Dow was down four points for the day and 120 points for
NASDAQ dropped nearly three points.
Mother Nature has been making life at the Mill Mountain Zoo difficult--not
so much for the animals, but for the zoo keepers.
Dedicated workers have been making the trip up the snow covered mountain all
Some even stay overnight.
Once up the mountain, zoo-keepers still have to work their way through two
and a half feet of snow.
The weather has also created new chores- -such as knocking down high snow
drifts- -so animals can't get out of their pens- -and clearing paths with a
IN Q=lady in the pig pen
((WACK, WACK, WACK! sound of ice cracking.))
IN Q=we have to
((LAURIE SPANGLER/ZOO KEEPER: WE HAVE TO THAW THE FROZEN LOCKS WITH EITHER A
BLOW TORCH OR LIGHTERS, WHICH WE ALL CARRY. THEN ONCE WE GET IN THE ANIMAL'S
AREA THE WATER HAS TO BE THAWED. SO WE EITHER CARRY IT BACK TO THAW OUT OR WE
CARRY HAMMERS WITH US.))
SUPER=01-Laurie Spangler/Zoo Keeper;
OUT Q=HAMMERS WITH US
Spangler says the animals are NOT in danger due to the weather.
She says as cold weather approaches, the animals develop thick winter coats.
And many of them spend much of the winter sleeping.
Mike Stevens will have a report on the NASCAR media tour from TEXAS!,
We will clear the air about the Express trades,
and thanks to a lot of elbow grease and some quick thinking, the Virginia
Tech basketball games and hockey contest will go off with only a few hitches.
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 the Dedmon Center at Radford University tomorrow at noon, while the women
will play at George Washington at 7pm.
SUPER=01-Larry Hincker/University Relations Director.; :00
OUT Q=....game off campus"
The Roanoke Civic Center snow removal crew cleared enough snow from the
parking lot to allow tonight's Express game to begin on schedule at 7:30.
Using a whole bunch of elbow grease and big time machinery, civic center
workers made space for cars, but the lot is not completely functional. Because
of that, the staff dropped Roanoke a late Christmas present.
SUPER=01-Bob Chapman/Roanoke Civic Center Manager; :00
OUT Q=...on it"
The Express hits the freezer floor tonight against East Division rival
Contrary to other reports, Roanoke Express general manager Pierre Paiement
said today that the team does not plan to trade any players at this time and
that the roster is solid right now.
Paiement also said that goalie Matt DelJuidice is not on the trading block
at this time.
Roanoke's focus is on pulling out of a recent slump. The team has picked up
only 9 points in the standings since December 8-th.
IN Q="It's a big
((FRANK ANZALONE/EXPRESS HEAD COACH: ))
SUPER=01-Frank Anzalone/Express Head Coach; :
OUT Q= .....trying to heal"
Our week long trip on the Nascar Media Tour paid the Southwest a visit
Mike Stevens takes us to Fort Worth, Texas where most of the area is
rolling out the red carpet for the brand new Texas Motor Speedway.
IN Q=First audio
SUPER=03-Ft. Worth, TX; :00
SUPER=01-Bruton Smith/ Owner Texas Motor Speedway; :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."
This has been quite a week... a record- setting snowfall that shutdown
everything. A lot of us were stuck at home.
We're still digging out, trying to get back to normal.
We thought we'd end the week with a reminder that, despite the frustration
and exhaustion, the snowfall is really something to see. Photographer Dennis
Brown gives us a look at winter's beauty.
Dissolve back to set
OUT Q=pan from Star down to Roanoke Valley; freezes shot