Coming up on news seven at eleven a train de-rails near Lynchburg...
...President Clinton is in Bosnia visiting American troops and checking on
the peace mission.
Governor Allen gets his wish as federal aid is on the way after the blizzard
But snow also means big business for area ski resorts.
News seven at eleven is next.
President Clinton has issued a disaster declaration for Virginia's recent
VO-NAT 95-114 (snow)
The funding is intended to cover only emergency snow-removal operations.
States and affected local governments can apply for reimbursement up to 75
percent of eligible costs.
It includes equipment, contracts and personnel overtime required to clear
one lane in each direction along snow emergency routes.
Governor George Allen asked the president to declare the commonwealth a
Allen estimates it will cost 38 MILLION dollars to clean up from the winter
Today, state highway officials say motorists can still expect some delays on
VO-NAT 95-114 (snow)
Travellers on I-81 in Roanoke County may see some minor delays due to ice.
On Interstate 64, motorists are advised to use caution when driving over
bridges and over-passes.
The Afton Mountain area is experiencing snow drifts due to high winds.
Route 58, minor delays because of snow and ice from Martinsville to
And I-77, minor delays due to snow and ice from Carroll County to
the North Carolina state line.
For more information on road conditions, you may call the toll-free Highway
Helpline ... at 1-800-367-ROAD.
Winter season is usually a BUSY season for travel agents.
Agents say they spend most of their time in the first three months of the
year booking trips to warm weather spots.
But agents say the recent winter storm has increased calls even more.
They say cabin fever is to blame.
SUPER=03-Daytona Beach, FL/File Tape;
And lower temperatures prompt people to dream of places like this--with blue
waters and lots of sand.
IN Q=a lot of calls
((MEL LUDOVICI/MARTIN TRAVEL: A LOT OF CALLS WONDERING WHAT IT WOULD COST.
PEOPLE GETTING A LITTLE RAMMY IN THEIR HOUSES AND WANTING TO KNOW WHAT IT WOULD
COST TO GET OUT OF DODGE, BUT A LOT OF SINCERE CALLS AND PEOPLE ACTUALLY
BOOKING AND GOING.))
SUPER=01-Mel Ludovici/Martin Travel;
OUT Q=BOOKING AND GOING
If you decide to take a trip-- try not plan it around a major winter storm.
The recent snow closed airports up and down the east cost and interrupted
travel plans for several days.
The winter weather has created a business boom for insurance companies and
auto body repair shops.
As Denise Allen reports many are seeking the services of their insurance
agents and mechanics.
IN Q=The mounds of
SUPER=01-Mike Bailey/Insurance Agent; :09
SUPER=01-Russell Damron/Action Auto Painting & Body Work; :25
OUT Q=News 7
(( The mounds of snow are creating mountains of paper work for area insurance
((MIKE BAILEY/INSURANCE AGENT: MOST OF THE CLAIMS WE'VE SEEN HAVE BEEN
COLLISION TYPE CLAIMS AND SMALL HOMEOWNER CLAIMS, WATER DAMAGE AND PERHAPS A
COLLAPSE OF FLAT ROOF.))
And those collision claims translate into a lot of body work for area auto
((RUSSELL DAMRON/ACTION AUTO PAINTING AND BODY WORK: DURING THE SNOW PEOPLE
ARE AFRAID TO GO OUT AND WE DON'T WRITE MANY ESTIMATES, BUT WHEN THE ROADS
CLEAR UP WE USUALLY DOUBLE OUR ESTIMATES.))
Russell Damron says these estimates are mostly for fender benders and small
dents and dings caused by weather related accidents.
The weather has also caused damage to buildings and homes.
Mike Bailey says ice and water are usually the main culprits.
And if you have to file a claim be patient, Bailey says the weather is
keeping most insurance agents on their toes.
((THEY'RE GOING TO TRY TO PROCESS THE CLAIMS AS QUICKLY AS POSSIBLE, PREFERABLY
BY PHONE. SO GIVE AS MUCH DETAIL AS YOU CAN, DIMENSIONS, EXACT ITEMS THAT WERE
And Bailey says no matter what the damage is, file a claim.
He says let the company determine if the damage is covered by your policy.
Denise Allen News 7.))
Business wasn't good for a mall in Prince William County today.
The Potomac Mills Outlet Mall is closed because snow has caused the roof to
The damage was discovered around midnight last night when security guards
heard a noise.
Engineers are assessing the problem.
Building inspectors will have to check out the repairs before the mall can
Potomac Mills is one of the largest shopping malls on the East Coast.
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Still to come on News 7,
A Norfolk Southern train derails near Lynchburg,
and a dedication in Roanoke County.
After almost ten years, the Spring Hollow Reservoir is off and running.
Snow mamma in WX office
Mostly clear skies tonight-- as high pressure spreads across the east.
But we could see patchy fog in some areas--
The second half of the weekend looks pleasant, with a high in the 40's.
We're in the clear for the next several days-- no precipitation in the
forecast until Wednesday.
The complete outlook is on the way-- stay with us.
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A train derailed near Lynchburg, spilling two-thousand gallons of diesel
It happened around 1:45 this morning.
Norfolk Southern officials say the train placed a main track out of service
for about thirteen hours.
They say the spill does NOT threat nearby water supplies.
The wreck caused 31-thousand dollars in damage.
Officials are still investigating.
Jim Taliaferro has spent more than 22 years serving as mayor of Salem.
Now he says he's not running for re-eleciton.
Taliaferro has spent almost 24 years on City Council and says he's proud of
what Salem has accomplished during his tenure.
One of the most recent capital improvements was the new baseball stadium.
The Salem Memorial Baseball Stadium was a ten million dollar project.
GRAPHIC=Roanoke Co. Seal
Roanoke County has turned on the tap to their water supply of the future.
Today the county dedicated the Spring Hollow Water Treatment System.
Dignitaries unveiled the facility which can provide up to 23-million gallons
of water a day to the Roanoke Valley.
Officials say the Spring Hollow Reservoir and treatment facility has the
capabilities of serving many citizens.
IN Q=it is just
((GARY ROBERTSON/ROANOKE CO. UTILITY DIR.: IT IS JUST ROANOKE COUNTY'S WATER
SYSTEM, BUT ALSO THIS WATER SYSTEM IS CONNECTED TO BOTH ROANOKE CITY AND SALEM.
SO WE HAVE THE ABILITY TO MOVE WATER BETWEEN LOCALITIES AND BE ABLE TO SERVE
ALL CITIZENS OF THE ROANOKE VALLEY.))
SUPER=01-Gary Robertson/Roanoke Co. Utility Dir.;
OUT Q=the Roanoke Valley
Members of the New Century Council say the facility is an accomplishment
which could benefit the entire region.
The council hopes the water project will be connected with communities
farther south, to help out in cases of emergency.
IN Q=we ought to
((BEV FITZPATRICK/NEW CENTURY COUNCIL: WE OUGHT TO CONNECT WITH THE LINE THAT
COMES DOWN FROM MONTGOMERY COUNTY AND THAT LINE IS WITHIN 2 MILES OF THIS
FACILITY SO IN THE CASE OF THE ICE STORMS WHEN VIRGINIA TECH HAD TO SHUT DOWN
BECAUSE THEY LOST PUMPS AND COULDN'T PUT WATER IN THEIR BOILERS. WE COULD
POTENTIALLY CONNECT THESE SYSTEMS AND PUMP WATER BACK UPHILL.))
SUPER=01-Bev Fitzpatrick/New Century Council;
OUT Q=water back uphill
The reservoir holds more than 3 million gallons of water.
The entire project cost around 75-million dollars and was nearly 10 years in
It will take a few weeks before Roanoke County residents get drinking water
treated at the facility.
A new employer in the Alleghany Highlands is putting the finishing touches
on its new manufacturing center.
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Bacova Guild is opening a plant and distribution center in Low Moor.
It will employ close to 350 people.
IN Q=We will be
((PAT HAYNES/BACOVA GUILD C.E.O. WE WILL BE IN THE PROCESS OF INTERVIEWING FOR
100 JOBS IN ABOUT TWO MONTHS. WE'RE GOING TO START SOME PRE-EMPLOYMENT
TRAINING AND PRELIMINARY JOB INTERVIEWS PROBABLY BY THE END OF THIS MONTH.))
SUPER=01-Pat Haynes/Bacova Guild C.E.O.;
OUT Q=of this month.
The company had hoped to move in by the end of the month.
Bacova officials say it could take up to two month to phase in the plant.
SUPER=03-Bath County/File Tape;
The company, based in Bath County, makes a variety of household goods, like
doormats, rugs, and personalized mailboxes.
American troops are hard at work in Bosnia as they attempt to maintain the
peace in that war torn country.
Today their Commander in Chief paid them a visit-- and offered words of
Reporter Jesse Shulman has more.
IN Q=Out of the fog...
SUPER=03-Tuzla, Bosnia; :00
OUT Q=Jesse Shulman, CBS News, Zagreb.
In Russia, officials told Chechen separatists to free the 173 hostages.
They are demanding the rebels surrender unconditionally.
Negotiations with the rebels were suspended for the night after making no
progress during the day.
Today marks day five of the stand-off.
Russian forces have ringed the village with troops, tanks and artillery.
However, no action has been taken.
U-S Secretary of State Warren Christopher met with P-L-O Chairman Yasser
Arafat in Erez.
The two men discussed next Saturday's Palestinian elections and the
problem of extremist groups operating within areas controlled by the
SOFT MUSIC UNDER
If you're thinking about heading to the slopes, we'll have the latest
conditions at area ski resorts,
and the Endeavour space shuttle receives a ten-month old Japanese Satellite.
MUSIC UP FULL
Four people spent nine hours clinging to a toy raft off Australia's
east coast yesterday when their boat capsized after a shark attack.
The mako shark attacked their vessel while the boaters where throwing bait
in the water to attract sharks.
The four were also nearly run over by a cargo ship.
All four were recuperating, from sunburn, dehydration, and mild hypothermia.
Mako sharks are considered aggressive and have attacked boats and people
SUPER=03-New South Wales, Australia;
Today, whale rescue teams off the coast of Australia abandoned plans to
return three stranded whales to sea.
They've been taken to a temporary home at the Sea World theme park in that
There, they will be released into the ocean once fully recovered.
Yesterday, the condition of the whales worsened, despite being given
Of the original seven two were successfully released, two have died and
three are still recuperating.
The blizzard of '96 caused problems for some, but there's one group people
who can't get enough of it - snow skiers.
And in case you're one of those going to the slopes this weekend, here's an
update on area resorts.
In Virginia, The Homestead has six inches of new snow with 11 trails open.
Massanutten (mass-a-nutten) Resort has 4 to 6 new inches snow -- fourteen
trails are open there.
And 17 trails are open at Wintergreen.
In West Virginia, Canaan (ca-NANE) Valley has 35 trails open.
Snowshow-Silvercreek has 53 slopes open.
And at Winterplace Resort, there's 12 inches of new powder, and 24 trails.
Former P-H star Troy Manns came off the bench and scored 15 as 15-th
ranked Virginia Tech beat LaSalle this afternoon 71 to 55.
SUPER=03-Radford/Tech vs LaSalle; :
Because of snow on top of the Cassell the Hokies moved their game to the
Dedmon Center in Radford.
LaSalle's Olof Landgren pulls up and hits this jumper for two of his 12
and the Explorers had the lead.
But Tech came back - Damon Waltington gets it out on the break throws the
alley oop to Ace Custis for the jam and two of his 12 points.
Tech dominated the inside Travis Jackson misses the shot but gets his own
rebound and scores two of his 15 points Tech led 30 to 19 at the half.
Watch the Hokies play defense. Custis with the big block Manns gets it out
on the break and back to Custis for the jam.
Manns added 15 points on this play SUPER=33-Virginia
Tech/=71/LaSalle/=55;he drives to the hoop to score and Tech beats LaSalle 71
Virginia handed Duke its fourth straight A-C-C loss today. Harold Deane
scored 20 and Courtney Alexander 19 as the Cavs beat Duke 77 to 66.
U-V-A after its second conference win for head coach Jeff Jones.
Alexander led a rally late in the first half hitting back to back jumpers
and Virginia trailed by one.
But Duke hit a couple of key three pointers and went into at the half lead
the Cavs by six points.
Virginia took its third lead of the second half when Curtis Staples picks
up the lose ball and hits the three pointer.
But Duke answered Chris Collins pulls up and hits the three from the corner
and duke led 62 to 57 with six minutes left.
Virginia rallied outscoring the SUPER=34-Virginia/=77/Duke/=66;Blue
Devils 20 to 4 in the final six minutes of the game and the Cavs win it 77 to
IN Q="Harold's kind
((JEFF JONES/UVA HEAD COACH: ))
SUPER=01-Jeff Jones/UVa Head Coach; :00
OUT Q= .....to that."
Radford was at home tonight and the Highlanders come up short losing to
Winthrop 70 to 66.
SUPER=03-Winston-Salem, NC/JP SPORTS; :
Rusty LaRue was perfect in the first half from the field and Tim Duncan
had his first career triple-double as 8-th ranked Wake forest beat Maryland.
For that and all of today's scores let's go to the boards.
IN Q=first score
OUT Q=.....michigan state."
And coming up, Scores and highlights from the N-B-A and N-H-L the N-F-C
divisional championships will be decided tomorrow.
And Mike Stevens caught up with an excited Darrell Waltrip on the Winston
Cup Media Tour.
After a big win last night the Roanoke Express was back on the ice tonight
for the first and only meeting of the season with cross division rival Dayton.
SUPER=03-Roanoke/Express vs. Bombers;
The Express rolled into the Roundhouse looking for its 22nd win on the
After being outshot 20 to 5 in a scoreless opening period, the Express
broke on top when Jeff Jablonski knocks home the assist from Chris Potter for a
1-zip lead in the second.
But the Bombers come right back. Mike Naylor beats Daniel Berthiaume to
knot things at 1-all. But the Express hangs on tonight beating Dayton in a
shootout 3 to 2.
SUPER=03-Boston, MA/SPORTSCHANNEL; :
Boston coach Steve Kasper watching the action from behind the bench.
And in the third period he watched Ray Bourque's flipped wrist shot
SUPER=31-Boston/==3/New Jersey/==2;bounce off the skate of New Jersey's Ken
Daneyko and go into the net giving the Bruins a 3 to 2 win over New Jersey.
SUPER=03-Indianapolis, IN/NBA/MSC; :
Larry Brown watches his Pacers take it to Minnesota this afternoon.
Reggie Miller led the pacers with 26 points here he hits the three pointer
early in the first half.
The Pacers run the floor Mark Jackson with the behind the back pass to Dale
Davis for the jam and the Pacers get the win.
For that and all the pro scores lets check the boards.
IN Q=FIRST SCORE
The NASCAR media tour is winding down in North Carolina but no pre season
trip would be complete without visiting Winston Cups winningest active Driver.
Tonight Mike Stevens checks in with Darrell waltrip.
IN Q=First audio
SUPER=04-1995 Season; :00
SUPER=01-Darrell Waltrip/84-Career Wins; :22
SUPER=03-Harrisburg, NC; :30
OUT Q=.....news 7 sports."
It's N-F-L Championship day tomorrow and one of the big games has the
Dallas Cowboys taking on the red hot Green Bay Packers.
This match up has been one of the best in the league throughout the years
and expect another tight game.
IN Q="We're Playing
((EMMITT SMITH/COWBOY RUNNING BACK: ))
((BRETT FAVRE/PACKER QUARTERBACK: ))
SUPER=01-Emmitt Smith/Cowboy Running Back; :00
SUPER=01-Brett Favre/Packer Quarterback; :16
OUT Q=.....we're doing."
The A-F-C has Pittsburgh against the Indianapolis Colts.
Astronauts aboard the "Endeavour" have successfully retrieved a four-ton
Japanese science satellite.
The probe was launched from Japan last March, containing experiments
conducted over the past ten months.
It's the first time a spacecraft launched by one country has been retrieved
Some of the information obtained will be studied for future space flights.
Before returning to earth, Endeavor's crew will also release a U.S. science
satellite into space, and take two spacewalks.
The shuttle is scheduled to land next Saturday.
Just as a reminder,
Following the newscast, we'll be running church closings across the bottom
of your screen during Seinfield.
And tomorrow we'll give you a complete listing of schools still closed or
delayed due to the recent weather.
SS=News 7 at 11
That's going to do it for News 7 at 11pm.