Coming up on News Seven at six Governor Allen says he wants more gambling in
the commonwealth but there may be a democrat standing in the way.
And after twenty-two years as Mayor, Salem's Jim Taliaferro will not run
In sports, Virginia and Virginia Tech both win conference basketball games
this afternoon and Mike Stevens visits Darrell Waltrip while on the Media Tour.
Finally, a chance to thaw out from the snowstorms--
Warmer temperatures and drier air make up the forecast through the early
part of next week.
Governor George Allen estimates it will cost 38 MILLION dollars to clean up
the two winter storms.
Allen says he will continue the state of emergency to keep the National
Guard units active.
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.
Allen has written the White House asking President Clinton to declare the
commonwealth a major disaster area-- he also wants federal funds for the
After this winter blast, you may need some help from your insurance agent--
or an auto body repair shop.
As Denise Allen reports winter weather keeps these businesses hopping.
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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.))
Cold weather always heats up the travel business.
The first quarter of the year is usually a busy time for travel agents.
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.
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((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.
Salem's mayor has decided this will be his last term in office.
After serving on city council for almost 24 years, Jim Taliaferro won't be
running for re-election.
Taliaferro spent more than 22 of those years as mayor of Salem.
He says he's proud of what Salem has accomplished while he's been in office.
One of the most recent capital improvements was the new baseball stadium.
The Salem Memorial Baseball Stadium was a ten million dollar project.
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Roanoke County has turned on the faucet to the valley's future water supply.
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.
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((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
Mike Stevens continues the Media tour with a visit to Darrell Waltrip,
Virginia Beats Duke at U-Hall.
And the Hokies leave the Cassell and pick up a win in the Atlantic 10
Former P-H star Troy Manns scored 15 of Virginia Tech's last 19 points as
the 15-th ranked Hokies 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
Harold Deane scored 20 and Courtney Alexander 19 today as Virginia picks up
an A-C-C win beating Duke by 11, 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."
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."
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.
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SUPER=04-1995 Season; :00
SUPER=01-Darrell Waltrip/84-Career Wins; :22
SUPER=03-Harrisburg, NC; :30
OUT Q=.....news 7 sports."