It's Storm number two, the snow keeps piling up in the commonwealth.
A power sharing deal in the state Senate puts the G-O-P on nearly equal
And President Clinton heads to Bosnia today to deliver greetings to American
The snow bows out early, and leaves us wanting NO more. I'll tell you all
about the storm, and what's to come over the weekend. Stay tuned.
News 7 at Noon is next.
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Good Afternoon this is NEWS-7 at NOON, I'm Melanie Moon.
Rarely does a 5 inch snowfall bring sighs of relief in the Roanoke Valley,
but today everyone was glad to see there wasn't any MORE snow on the ground.
Patrick Evans is here, have we seen the last of it for a while?
It was business as usual for many folks around the region--
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Scott Prince joins us from Roanoke.
Scott, were there any major problems this morning?
(scott ad lib)
(roll cue: "...Major problems were avoided .")
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SUPER=07-Cyndi Edwards; :11
SUPER=01-Fred Altizer/VDOT; :35
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(( It's a sequel no one wanted to see, but it's not as bad as the original.
Sure there's plenty of shoveling and scraping, but lots of folks are able to
make it out of the house today.
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IN Q=I think it's
((CYNDI EDWARDS: I THINK IT'S MUCH EASIER. LAST TIME I COULDN'T EVEN GET IT
OUT. I HAD MY FRIENDS DIG ME OUT. THIS TIME IT'S LIGHT AND POWDERY. IT'S NOT
HEAVY AT ALL SO... AND IT'S NOT AS MUCH! ))
OUT Q=not as much
Meanwhile, snow plows and bulldozers continue to clear away what mother
nature left behind.
Primary roads are passable for the most part... as are some of the secondary
But it will still be a while before all of the roads are clear.
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IN Q=Start again
((FRED ALTIZER/VDOT: START AGAIN. PUSHING, PLOWING BACK, APPLYING ABRASIVES AND
HOPEFULLY THE TEMPERATURES, IF I UNDERSTAND CORRECTLY, WILL BE COMING UP THIS
WEEKEND. SO I HOPE TO SEE SOME PROGRESS MADE IN THOSE AREAS IN THE NEXT 48 TO
72 HOURS. ))
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(scott ad lib)
double boxes Melanie/Scott
(question: What if people can't get there vehicles out today... can they still
get around? )
Henry County roads are also covered with several additional inches of snow
after this latest storm.
Workers are getting tired and say the extra snow has certainly made
conditions worse and the clean up more difficult.
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IN Q=I tell ya
((DOUG TIBBS/SNOW PLOW DRIVER: I TELL YA SOMETHING THIS SNOW, ONCE IT PACKS
DOWN, IT AIN'T SCRAPING. ALL YOU'RE DOING IS MOVING THE SNOW TO THE SIDE, THAT
BLADE GETS ON TOP THE SNOW AND IT AIN'T MOVIN' NO SNOW. ))
SUPER=01-Doug Tibbs/Snow Plow Driver;
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Many businesses in the Henry County area have been closed-- which has made
the Dodge store extra busy since it was able to stay open.
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((DAN ANKENY/THE DODGE STORE: WE RUN OUT OF BREAD AND MILK BUT AS FAR AS
BUSINESS THEY ARE IN HERE BUYING COFFEE, GAS AND CIGARETTES AND WHATEVER WE
SUPER=01-Dan Ankeny/The Dodge Store;
OUT Q=whatever we got.
If you have to get out on the roads in the Henry County area this afternoon,
snow tires and chains are recommended for travel.
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The snow made driving treacherous in the New River Valley as well this
A tractor-trailer bound for Lynchburg ran off the highway near
State police say the driver lost control of his rig on the wet pavement and
slid down an embankment.
No one was hurt, but it's going to be a while before the truck can be moved.
The New River Valley got about eight inches of new snow, on average.
That should make for some slow going, as students from Radford and Virginia
Tech return from winter break.
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In Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania today, stormy weather contributed to a deadly
collision between two City buses.
The buses hit head-on, on a snow covered highway killing one and injuring
more than four dozen.
It took crews more than two hours to remove the body from the wreckage.
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Democrats and Republicans have reached a landmark deal on how to share power
in the deadlocked state Senate.
And Republicans say the deal favors THEM.
Under an arrangement hammered out early this morning, Republicans will
get outright control of three of eleven committees in the Senate -- a first in
They'll also chair a Democrat- majority committee, and share the
chairmanship of the powerful Finance Committee, which gains two new members in
Norfolk Senator Yvonne (ee-von) Miller also becomes the first woman to chair
a Senate Committee in state history.
Democrats lost their stronghold on the Senate for the first time this
century when the November elections left the chamber with 20 Democrats and 20
In a slew of turnovers in the Allen Administration, Governor Allen has fired
the director of the Virginia Employment Commission.
A source close to the Administration tells News 7 Kenneth Bolles was fired
because he was quote "a horrible manager."
The "Richmond Times-Dispatch" reports today that Bolles opposed Allen's
proposal to merge the V-E-C into a new Department of Business Assistance.
The head of the Department of Social Services resigned with NO explanation
in the middle of welfare reform efforts in Virginia.
A new ABC Commissioner was also appointed.
Former Roanoke Senator Brandon Bell had applied for the ABC position but was
Allen's spokesman says turnover is NOT unusual at the midpoint of a
Governor's term, and he says the Allen Administration's has NOT been high.
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When News 7 returns, the President talks about his legal woes...
and government employees are spending yet another day at home, but this time
at the hands of mother nature.
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Budget, Whitewater, travel office, shutdown... President Clinton is
leaving those words behind and heading for Bosnia today, where he'll visit
He stopped over in Nashville last night to attend a campaign fundraiser.
At a news conference yesterday he defended his budget proposals again,
but spent more time defending his wife against several days of allegations.
The president said allegations are not facts, and that Hillary has endured
more criticism than any first lady since Eleanor Roosevelt.
He also commented on reports that the first family has been bankrupted
by the lawsuits generated by the Whitewater investigation.
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((I'M ASSUMING I'LL HAVE TO PAY THE LEGAL EXPENSES OF THE WHITEWATER LAWSUIT. I
DIDN'T TAKE THIS JOB FOR THE MONEY - GO AWAY.))
OUT Q=go away.
Also making a first time appearance in Bosnia, Russian soldiers.
Russian paratroopers flew into Tuzla today.
They are the first Russian troops to serve in the NATO- led peace keeping
And it's another day at home for federal employees in Washington.
Our nation's capital also picked up several more inches of snow shutting
down government offices.
And if drivers think they can get off easy by hopping in a cab it's going
to cost them.
The District Taxicab Commission has declared today a taxi emergency day.
That means drivers can charge twice the usual fares.
The man accused of killing a Roanoke garage mechanic alledgedly told a
police informant he needed the victim's car because his own was in the shop.
The car was discovered two days later-- just 100 yards from the suspect's
Christopher James Saul is charged with capital murder and robbery.
According to a search warrant affidavit, Saul says Chris Wilson picked him
SUPER=03-Roanoke Co./January 2;
He says they went to General Imports on Brambleton Avenue where Saul
allegedly admits he struck Wilson in the head with "some type of bar."
The affidavit says 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, according to the affidavit.
Police seized 18 items- -mostly shoes and clothing- -from Saul's apartment,
hoping to find traces of the victim's blood.
A Colombian Drug Cartel King has escaped from Jail.
Jose Santacruz Londono was driven away in broad daylight from a maximum
security prison in Bogota yesterday.
He's the third-ranking leader of Colombia's Cali Cartel and has been linked
to a number of murders.
He's also reportedly one of the richest men in the world.
Londono was one of six Cartel leaders captured last year when a U-S backed
crackdown was conducted.
A two- million dollar reward is being offered for information leading to
his re- capture.
Child support advocates say it's tough to collect from unwilling parents.
But it's even harder across state lines.
Teresa Hamilton has the story of a Danville woman's struggle.
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SUPER=07-Diane Bowen; :30
SUPER=03-Danville/September 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: 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 parents.
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.))
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Still to come on News 7,
These furry creatures need more than their winter coat on days like today -
We'll tell you how caretakers are taking extra precautions with the animals
at Mill Mountain Zoo-- stick around.
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The elements have created new problems for caretakers at the Mill Mountain
Several workers were actually snowed in at the zoo during last week's record
One lane up the mountain has been cleared.
But zoo-keepers must still wade through the snow to do their daily
chores--plus a few extra weather related duties.
Workers carry around lighters to open frozen locks.
And a hammer makes a good ice breaker, to give animals drinking water.
Zoo-keepers also had to keep an eye on drifting snow.
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((LAURIE SPANGLER/ZOO KEEPER: SOME OF THE FENCING AROUND THE PENS IS 3 AN A
HALF TO FOUR FEET HIGH, WITH THE AMOUNT OF SNOW WE GOT THIS TIME THE DRIFTS
WERE INDEED THREE FEET IN SOME PLACES AND OF COURSE WE DON'T WANT ANIMALS
HOPPING OVER THE FENCE CAUSE WE DON'T NEED TO BE CHASING ANIMALS ALL OVER THE
SUPER=01-Laurie Spangler/Zoo Keeper;
OUT Q=OVER THE MOUNTAIN
The Zoo says the animals are NOT in danger due to the weather.
Spangler says as cold weather approaches, the animals develop thick winter
And many of them spend much of the winter sleeping.
toss to patrick
Southern Virginia College in Buena Vista is closing its doors.
The Board of Trustees voted unanimously to end 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.
The former Southern Seminary 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.
One of the region's largest employers had a profitable year in spite of an
First Union released its year end figures yesterday.
The Charlotte bank had earnings of close to one and half BILLION dollars in
First Union chairman Ed Crutchfield says the bank entered the new year with
some great momentum.
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IN Q=The southeast
((ED CRUTCHFIELD/FIRST UNION CHAIRMAN: THE SOUTHEAST UNITED STATES FROM REALLY
MARYLAND AND WASHINGTON SOUTH, IS IN A STRONG ECONOMY AND SO EVERY FACET, IT'S
ONE OF THOSE HAPPY TIMES WHEN EVERYTHING WORKS WELL, EVERYTHING COMES TOGETHER
IN THE RIGHT WAY, AND KINDA WISH YOU COULD FREEZE FRAME THAT AND MAKE IT HAPPEN
SUPER=01-Ed Crutchfield/First Union Chairman;
OUT Q=happen every year.
Last night Crutchfield was in town for the annual meeting of the Roanoke
Regional Chamber of Commerce.
First Union is the nation's sixth-largest bank holding company.
On Wall Street at Noon the Dow was down 24 and a half points.
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What is the price tag for Janet Jackson?
and in sports-- it's a partnership that's been 25 years in the making.
Mike Stevens explains as he continues his trip on the NASCAR Media Tour.
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1996 marks the 25th year of Richard Petty's partnership with STP.
What's in store for the silver anniversary?
Mike Stevens caught up with the NASCAR legend and his team along the Media
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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"
((A stroll through the Richard Petty museum is always good for rekindling some
memories of the king's illustrious career.
But this year, Petty fans will have to look no further than the track for a
dose of nostalgia.
((MARK HAGLUND/PRESIDENT OF S-T-P: I THINK IT'LL BE A HISTORY LESSON OF WHAT'S
BEEN GBOING TO N THE LAST 25 YEARS IN NASCAR RACING, PARTICULARLY WITH STP AND
RICHARD PETTY, BUT ALL OF RACING))
The S-T-P anniversary and the formation of a new super truck team, and a formal
run for North Carolina's secretary of state office will leave the king with
little room for rest.
((RICHARD PETTY/OWNER OF S-T-P RACING: I KNOW THE GOOD LORD WILL GIVE ME 24
HOURS - IT'S JUST THAT I USE IT. I GUESS I'M NOW USING A FULL 24 HOURS SO I'M
LOOKING FOR SOMETHING ELSE.))
Petty turns 59 this July and despite a recent bout with cancer, his health
couldn't be better these days.
((RICHARD PETTY: AS FAR AS I KNOW, ALL IS WORKING GOOD. I'VE BEEN BACK A COUPLE
OF TIMES AND EVERYTHING HAS CHECKED OUT OKAY. SO LIKE I TOLD THEM BEFORE, IF I
DIE OF CANCER, IT'S GOING TO BE A DIFFERENT KIND - NOT PROSTATE.))
Despite his clean bill of health, all the hooplay and a little bit of desire
to get back into that car just one more time, Richard says he really has no
choice but to sit out this silver anniversay party.
((RICHARD PETTY: WHEN THEY PUT ME IN THAT PINE BOX AND MY TOES ARE TURNED UP,
I'M GOINNA WISH I'D GOTTEN IN IT ONE MORE TIME, BUT I THINK THAT AS TIME
PROGRESSES, I'VE GOT SENSE ENOUGH TO KNOW I DON'T NEED TO.))
Richard may channel some of that energy to the drawing board. S-T-P is
sponsoring a contest this year tghat will allow a lucky fan to design a paint
scheme for the S-T-P pontiac for 1997.
In Level Cross, North Carolina with my sharpened pencil, Mike Stevens, News 7
Janet Jackson reportedly is about to become an 80-million dollar woman.
The ``Los Angeles Times'' says the 29 year old pop singer will sign a deal
worth that much with Virgin records today.
It's the richest record contract ever.
The payoff would surpass the music industry's record of 60 million, which
has been claimed by her brother, Michael, and pop-star Madonna.