Coming up on news seven at eleven
farmers in our area are still trying to recover from the big snow storm.
Some say its costing them time and money.
And Red Cross officials are asking for your help.
The winter storms has slowed down scheduled blood drives.
The Cowboys and Steelers are super bowl bound.
News seven at eleven is next.
Farmers in our area are still trying
to recover from last week's winter storms.
Some say the snow is costing them money and time-- and they say it's not
melting fast enough.
The Red Cross also needs help.
The winter storms have slowed down scheduled blood drives.
They are hoping residents of the Roanoke Valley will be in the spirit of
giving during tomorrow's Lee-Jackson-King day.
And a boarded up elementary school in Glasgow has been transformed into a
housing haven for senior citizens, the handicapped, and disabled.
And the Cowboys and Steelers are on their way to Tempe, Arizona.
We'll bring you those stories and all the news, weather, and sports at
An eerie sight for American troops above Sarajevo during the delicate peace
mission-- Shells flying overhead.
Bosnian Serbs lit up the sky last night with flares and tracer rounds... in
celebration of the Orthodox New Year.
Machine gun fire could also be heard around the city.
The most active parts were in Bosnian-Serb held residential areas.
No injuries were reported.
Israeli President Ezer Weizman began a four-day visit to Germany today by
paying homage to Jews who died at a Nazi Concentration camp outside Berlin.
Weizman, accompanied by German President Roman Gerzog, laid a wreath at the
remains of the Berlin camp's gas chamber and crematorium.
An estimated 100-thousand people died at the camp, including 10-thousand
Weizman's visit was only the second by an Israeli head of state.
Two thousand police officers were put on high alert for the trip.
Russian forces kept up the pressure on Chechen rebels who are holding more
than 100 hostages in a tiny village in the southern republic of Dagestan.
The siege is now in its sixth day.
The Russians moved hundreds of troops forward--and then moved them back
Earlier, the Russians were ready to attack.
But now Moscow extended the deadline for the release of the hostages...
while at the same time stonewalling on the Chechens' demand for safe passage
over the border to their breakaway republic.
A Florida man was killed this morning in Montgomery County as he a attempted
to help a stranded motorist.
It happened around 6:45 on Interstate 81 near exit 1-18.
Police say 55-year-old Alfred Dell Brown was trying to flag down a passing
motorist with a flashlight when he was struck by an 89 Chevy Bretta.
He died at the scene.
Police say it appears to be accidental.
Farmers faced new challenges when mother nature dumped two and a half feet
of snow on them last week.
For some the winter blast meant a loss of revenue--for others it was just a
Denise Allen reports.
IN Q=The snowfall
SUPER=03-Botetourt Co.; :00
SUPER=01-Jeff Henderson/Dairy Farmer; :15
SUPER=01-James Firebaugh, Jr./Farmer; :52
OUT Q=News 7
(( The snowfall didn't stop milk production at Jeff Henderson's dairy farm.
But Henderson couldn't move the milk and ended up dumping 10-thousand pounds.
((JEFF HENDERSON/DAIRY FARMER: THE MILK TRUCK COULDN'T GET HERE. THE DRIFT
AND THE ROAD CONDITIONS. THE MILK TRUCK JUST COULDN'T MAKE IT ALL THE WAY
AROUND. HE GOT WHAT HE COULD GET AND TOOK IT TO THE PLANT AND SOME PLANTS HE
COULDN'T GET TO.))
Henderson will be re-embursed for his product by the Mid-American Dairymen
((BUT IT'S STILL NOT GETTING TO THE PLANTS AND TO THE CONSUMER, SO SOMEBODY'S
GOING TO HAVE TO PAY FOR IT AND I THINK IT'S MORE OR LESS PASSED OUT BETWEEN
ALL OF US.))
30 inches of snow gives new meaning to working hard on the farm.
Farmers say they spend four hours on chores that normally take an hour.
First, just getting to the cattle was a problem.
((JAMES FIREBAUGH, JR/FARMER: WE COULDN'T WALK IN IT. IN PLACES THERE WERE
FOUR, FIVE OR SIX FEET DEEP DRIFTS. WE HAD TO MOVE IT TO GET TO THE CATTLE.))
((HENDERSON: WE JUST ENDED UP PUTTING SACKS OF GRAIN ON OUR BACKS AND CARRYING
HAY BAILS THROUGH THE SNOW DRIFTS AND WADING THROUGH THEM UP TO OUR WAISTS JUST
TO GET TO THE CATTLE.))
The Firebaughs used a back-hoe to break the ice on their ponds and then
cleared a path so the cattle could get to their water supply.
The warmer temperatures seem to be a welcome relief to everyone.
But with two more months of winter yet to come, these farmers say they're
prepared to face mother nature's wrath again--before the spring thaw.
Denise Allen News 7. ))
Snow and ice make getting around difficult for everyone.
But if you're disabled winter weather can make leaving the home impossible.
Wheelchairs don't move through snow and ice.
The winter weather also changes the terrain, making it difficult for the
blind to find their way.
Christene Montgomery, a member of the Mayor's Committee For the Disabled,
says keeping your sidewalks clear will help.
But she says staying in touch with your neighbors is the most important
thing to do.
And it's not just the disabled that need help making it through the winter
Montgomery says you should also check in on people who are injured and on
crutches or use canes.
IN Q=the elderly
((CHRISTENE MONTGOMERY/MAYOR'S COMMITTEE FOR THE DISABLED: THE ELDERLY AND
SOME PEOPLE THAT ARE PARALYZED HAVE IMPAIRED CIRCULATION. SO THEY HAVE A
DANGER OF FROST BITE. SO THEY'RE NOT ABLE TO STAY OUT AS LONG, TO DO THE SNOW
REMOVAL IF THEY COULD.))
SUPER=01-Christene Montgomery/Mayor's Committee For the Disabled;
OUT Q=IF THEY COULD
Montgomery also wants to remind everyone that the disabled often need help
Many need assistance around the house or getting to the grocery store.
SOFT MUSIC UNDER
The Red Cross is feeling the pressure.
They need blood to replenish their supplies after last week's storm.
A routine training maneuver turns out to be more than a Texas pilot
We're starting to see a few clouds out there-- but certainly no complaints
after the way today turned out.
It was very pleasant around the region-- with above normal temperatures.
But the arrival of a cold front will cool us down just a bit.
More on that-- and the snow melt--
coming up a little later in the forecast.
We hope you stay with us.
MUSIC UP FULL
A Texas man is lucky to be alive after his small plane went out of
control during practice maneuvers today.
Authorities say the pilot was practicing touch and go landings when his
aircraft hit the ground too hard.
The plane went out of control, slid down the runway and flipped.
The pilot was treated at the scene for minor injuries.
Blood is in short supply, and the Red Cross is asking for your help.
The recent winter storms have canceled blood donor drives during the past
week and a half.
Officials say the blood shortage has caused some elective surgeries to be
canceled when the possibility a transfusion was expected.
Red Cross officials have scheduled an emergency blood drive to help
alleviate the problem.
The drive is all day tomorrow, a holiday for some.
Officials hope that many will decide to celebrate Lee-Jackson-King Day by
giving the gift of life.
IN Q=it might be
((NORMA TOMLINSON/RED CROSS HEAD NURSE: IT MIGHT BE YOU OR ME THAT NEEDS THE
BLOOD. SO WE CERTAINLY NEED TO GET AS MANY PEOPLE AS WE CAN AND I UNDERSTAND
THEY HAVE INCREASED THE STAFF FOR MONDAY SO WE WOULD BE ABLE TO HANDLE MORE
SUPER=01-Norma Tomlinson/Red Cross Head Nurse;
OUT Q=MORE PEOPLE
The drive is tomorrow at the Roanoke Donor Center on Church Avenue.
The hours are 8-30 to five in the afternoon.
All blood types are needed.
GRAPHIC=US Supreme Court
This week, Justice Department Lawyers will present closing arguments in the
to force the Virginia Military Institute to accept women.
The six-year legal battle comes to a climax Wednesday.
The Clinton administration will ask the nation's highest court to force
the state-supported school to admit women.
The lawyers also plan to argue that Mary Baldwin College's women's
leadership program is unconstitutional.
V-M-I is one of two state-supported, male-only military colleges
in the nation.
SUPER=03-Charleston, SC/File Tape;
The Citadel in Charleston, South Carolina, also is under legal attack -- but
that dispute is at a standstill pending the outcome of the V-M-I case.
TAPE# 95-112;edit of 95-14 (Glasgow)
Students left Glasgow Elementary School for the last time several years ago.
Now, an older age group is in the halls of the once boarded up school.
Jay Moore has the story.
IN Q=Small children
SUPER=03-Glasgow; :00 Quick!!!
SUPER=01-Helen Cash/Skyline Manor Manager; :33
SUPER=01-Edith Wallace/Skyline Manor Resident; :50
(( Small children use to roam these halls.
But now a different age group is learning its way around the old
The town and county teamed up with a private company to turn this....
IN Q=In 1939
((JAY MOORE/REPORTER: IN 1939 GLASGOW ELEMENTARY SCHOOL OPENED. IT CLOSED IN
THE 80S AND NOW HAS REOPENED AS A HISTORIC LANDMARK. ))
OUT Q=historic landmark.
The historical aspect helped the town get financial aid to turn the school
into 32 apartments.
They're designed for one TO two people who are 62 or older, handicapped, or
IN Q=The building
((HELEN CASH/SKYLINE MANOR MANAGER: THE BUILDING HAD JUST ABOUT GONE. IT NOW
CAN BE USED AND HOPE MAKE USE OF FOR A LONG TIME AND TO HELP THESE ELDERLY
PEOPLE WHO NEED PLACES TO LIVE. ))
OUT Q=places to live.
Edith Wallace found she needed a new place to live when it became too
difficult for her to get in and out of her home.
IN Q=It was hard
((EDITH WALLACE: IT WAS HARD FOR ME TO GET UP AND DOWN THE HILL SO I HAD TO
FIND A LEVEL PLACE TO LIVE.))
OUT Q=place to live.
The manor has many nearby conveniences.
IN Q=The post office
((HELEN CASH: THE POST OFFICE IS ACCESSIBLE. THE BANK IS ACCESSIBLE. WE HAVE
OUR GROCERY STORES AND FILLING STATIONS. SO EVERYTHING IS RIGHT HERE THAT
THEY'LL NEED. ))
OUT Q=they'll need.
The residents pay according to their monthly income.
And water and sewer are included.
With all this what more could residents what....
IN Q=I'm planing
((EDITH WALLACE: I'M PLANING ON MAKING A LOT OF FRIENDS HERE. I NEED PEOPLE
TO TALK TO. ))
OUT Q=to talk to.
It may be awhile before Wallace has anyone to talk to.
Currently, there's only two people living there.
But by roll call next month, management expects classes to be half full.
In Glasgow, Jay Moore, News 7.))
The winter storm affected a lot of businesses in our region --but hardware
stores did well in the deep snow.
And the possibility of a strike at Bell Atlantic melts away.
Len Besthoff recaps the week's top economic stories in southwest and central
Virginia with the News-7 Business Review.
IN Q=NAT SOT
SUPER=03-Roanoke Co./Tuesday; :17
OUT Q=NAT SOT
Perhaps the only retailers benefitting from the Blizzard of 96 were the ones
selling shovels, sleds, and groceries.
Dominion Hardware in Danville, for example, had no shortage of customers.
Most stores weren't as lucky...the ones at the malls closed for two days.
For them, the Blizzard of 96 compounded the losses from a so-so holiday
The largest law firm in our area has become even bigger.
Woods, Rogers and Hazlegrove has merged with a Charlottesville firm and will
also open a new office in Washington, D-C.
First Union earned one-and-a-half-BILLION-dollars last year, as reported in
a statement that includes its latest acquisition, the First Fidelity bank.
And Bell Atlantic and the union representing more than 12-hundred workers in
our area have reached a tentative agreement on the most general issues in their
The union members have worked without a contract for five months.
Checking the Dow Jones Industrial Average for the week, it dropped 120
points, closing at 5061-point-1-2.
Len Besthoff, with the News-7 Business Review.
SOFT MUSIC UNDER
Roy will tell us about today's N-F-L Conference Championship games.
We'll show you eight Taiwanese couples who tied the knot in an unusual spot
MUSIC UP FULL
A recent story about two Virginia Tech football players drew an instant
response from a viewer.
Here's assignment editor Joe McKean with News-7 feedback.
IN Q=A story in our noon
OUT Q=McKean, News-7.
(( A story in our noon newscast on the federal lawsuit filed against Tech and
football players Tony Morrison and James Crawford brought a reponse within
minutes from a viewer in Blacksburg.
She sent an E-mail note, defending the university's system for handling
complaints such as this, in which a student accused the players of raping her.
"Because of the sensitive nature of this issue it is the (alleged rape)
VICTIM'S choice as to whether or not the case is tried by the University
judiciary system or taken to criminal
court. The lawyer [for the student] just made it sound like it is university
handle cases internally and diminish the severity of the accusation, and
this is just not so. If the victim does not want to involve other family
members or expose details to public scrutiny, she may choose to keep all
information within the confines of the university. While I do not know any
details of this case, I do know that the university judiciary system has
worked fair and justly in the past."
Whether you want to respond within minutes of seeing a news story, or want
to reflect a bit, you can get in touch with us by mail at News-7 Feedback, PO
Box 7, Roanoke, Virginia, 24022.
Send your faxes to Feedback at area code 540-343-7269.
And for E-mail, our address is WDBJ7@teleweb.com.
Joe McKean, News-7.))
Emmitt Smith rushed for three touchdowns and Troy Aikman passed for two as
the Dallas Cowboys beat the Green Bay Packers 38 to 27 and earn a spot in the
SUPER=03-Irving, TX/FOX SPORTS; :
Both of Aikman's T-D passes were to wide receiver Michael Irvin. In the
first quarter Aikman hits Irvin on this 6 yard T-D pass and Dallas led 7 to 3.
After a Packer turnover, Aikman struck again this time going to Irvin on
the four yard scoring pass and the Cowboys led 14 to 3.
But league M-V-P Brett Favre went to work. He hits Robert Brooks on the
slant and Brooks out runs the Cowboy secondary to score from 73 yards out and
the Packers trailed 14 to 10 still in the first quarter.
Green bay added another score in the quarter. Favre going over the middle
to tight end Keith Jackson from 25 yards out and the Packers took the 17 to 14
Smith scored two touchdowns in the SUPER=30-Dallas/=38/Green
Bay/=27;fourth quarter including a 13 yard run and the Cowboys advance with
the 38 to 27 win over the Packers.
IN Q="I Think
((EMMITT SMITH/COWBOYS RUNNING BACK: ))
((TROY AIKMAN/COWBOYS QUARTERBACK: ))
SUPER=01-Emmitt Smith/Cowboys Running Back; :00
SUPER=01-Troy Aikman/Cowboys Quarterback; :14
OUT Q= ....been to one."
The Cowboys are going to the Super Bowl for a record 8-th time and the
third time in four years.
For the first time in 16 years, the Pittsburgh Steelers are going to the
Bam Morris scored from the one yard line with over a minute left as the
Steelers beat the Indianapolis colts 20 to 16.
SUPER=03-Pittsburgh, PA/NBC SPORTS; :
It was a battle of field goals in the first and second quarter Cary
blanchard's 36 yarder gave the Colts a 6 to 3 lead.
Pittsburgh scored the only touchdown of the first half Neil O'donnell
throwing the 5 yard touchdown pass to Kordell Stewart and the Steelers led 10
to 6 at the half.
Both teams added field goals in the third and in the fourth Jim Harbaugh
hooks up with Floyd Turner on the 47 yard touchdown pass and the Colts took the
16 to 13 lead.
But Pittsburgh answered. O'donnell goes to the air and he hits Ernie
Mills, who makes a super coach on the sideline for a big gain all the way to
the Colt one yard line.
Two plays later Morris takes the handoff and bulls his way over for the
score and Pittsburgh took the 20 to 13 lead.
But the game came down the final
SUPER=30-Pittsburgh/=20/Indianapolis/=16;play Harbaugh throws the Hail Mary
into the end zone the ball slips through Aaron Bailey's hands and hits the turf
the Steelers win it 20 to 16.
IN Q="We were
((BILL COWHER/STEELERS HEAD COACH: ))
SUPER=01-Bill Cowher/Steeler Head Coach; :00
OUT Q=........1995 Steelers."
And coming up, U-Mass center Marcus Camby will remain in a New York
hospital overnight North Carolina beats Clemson.
And Mike Stevens visited with South Boston's Ward Burton on the Winston Cup
Clemson is no longer among the ranks of the undefeated. The Tigers Ran
into a hot North Carolina team this afternoon at the Dean Dome in Chapel Hill.
SUPER=03-Chapel Hill, NC/JP-RAYCOM; :
Dean Smith's young Tar Heels got the jump on the Tigers early.
Jeff McGinnis pulls up and nails the baseline jumper and North Carolina led
27 to 20 half way through the first half.
Clemson would take it to the hoop Greg Buckner on the drive scores the
layup and the Tigers trailed 27 to 22.
But Carolina was just to strong on this play Antwain Jamison takes the
alley oop and slams it down and the Tar heels led 42 to 25 at the half.
With Merl Code out with an injury Buckner was the only offense the Tigers
had he picks up the lose ball and scores.
Carolina continued to control the SUPER=33-North
Carolina/=86/Clemson/=53;game and the Tar Heels end Clemson's unbeaten streak
with the 86 to 53 win at the Dean Dome.
Massachusetts center Marcus Camby is in stable condition tonight in an
New York hospital.
SUPER=03-Olean, NY/Sportschannel; :
Camby collapsed in the hall way just before today's tipoff with St.
Bonaventure. He will remain in the hospital overnight.
IN Q="When we got
((RON LAHAM/UMASS TRAINER: WE GOT HIM HERE, AND WE SAW HIM AT THE STADIUM HE
HAD A PULSE, HIS EYES WERE RESPONSIVE TO LIGHT SO IT WAS FAIRLY GOOD. WE
WEREN'T DEALING WITH SOMEONE THAT WASN'T BREATHING AND DIDN'T HAVE A PULSE. WE
WERE JUST DEALING WITH SOMEONE THAT WASN'T RESPONSIVE TO US...AND WE DIDN'T
SUPER=01-Ron Laham/U-Mass Trainer; :
OUT Q= ......didn't know why."
Tyrone Weeks filled in for Camby and scored 15 points as top ranked U-Mass
beat St. Bonaventure for that and all of today's scores lets check the boards.
IN Q=FIRST SCORE
1996 could be a banner year for Bill Davis racing and Driver Ward Burton.
The two joined forces to produce their first career win last season and now
they're hoping for more.
Mike Stevens has more from Thomasville, North Carolina.
IN Q=First audio
SUPER=04-1995 Season; :00
SUPER=03-Rockingham, NC/October 22; :12
SUPER=01-Ward Burton/Driver MBNA Pontiac; :25
SUPER=03-Thomasville, NC; :44
SUPER=01-Bill Davis/Burton's Car Owner; :59
SUPER=03-Mooresville, NC; 1:25
OUT Q=......news 7 sports."
If you ever considered getting married under unusual circumstances you might
want it to consider this.
Eight Taiwanese couples got married in this luxurious public toilet in a
natural park today.
The toilet cost about 1-million dollars.
The area is well-known for its beautiful flowers, European style decor, and
its 3-D musical fountains.
The ceremony is one of a series of public toilet publicity stunts trying to
raise Chinese awareness of modern public toilets and bathrooms.
And just as a reminder, we'll be showing school closings and delays
following the newscast.
Those schools will appear on the bottom of your screen during the C-B-S
Sunday Nightly News.
SS=News 7 Mornin'
And make sure you watch News 7 Mornin' for all the latest cancellations and
SS=News 7 at 11
That's going to do it for News 7 at 11.