The equipment is ready to go.
YOU may not be ready for another winter storm, but you'll want to hear what
V-DOT's doing to be prepared- -and get the latest word from the weatherman on
Coming up on NEWS 7 at SIX, we'll also have today's HOT TOPIC in Richmond:
the issue of whether parents must be told their daughter's getting an abortion.
Tonight in sports, Roy Stanley talks with Jeff Jones and the Cavaliers as
they try to regroup and salvage their season tonight against Maryland.
Roanoke has a big ODAC battle on tap tonight as well against first place
And on the same day the Seahawks announce they are moving, CHris Warren
agrees to a new 3 year 10 million dollar contract.
Travel problems tomorrow with a projected all day snow. Most of the ice
will stay in the Tar Heel state. The groundhog won't see his shadow tomorrow.
Maybe you've already heard: there's another winter storm headed our way
This time it could include a combination of snow, sleet and freezing rain.
2 shot Keith and Robin on set
If anybody knows what to make of this mess, it's Robin Reed.
WXALERT/FULL Watches & Warnings
DOPPLER/FULL Radar Loop
2 shot Keith and Robin on set
V-DOT crews are preparing for the worst.
They've been busy all day making sure equipment is ready to go.
V-DOT officials say they'll have to attack this storm differently if ICE
begins to fall first.
IN Q=The temperatures
((J. SCOTT HODGE/VDOT ASSISTANT RESIDENT ENGINEER: THE TEMPERATURES ARE
SUPPOSED TO BE VERY LOW AND THAT MAKES IT DIFFICULT FOR CHEMICALS TO REACT.
IT'S CERTAINLY TOUGH AS FAR AS TRACTION. WE CAN GET TRACTION IN SNOW BUT
THERE'S NOT A LOT WE CAN DO IN ICE.))
SUPER=01-J. Scott Hodge/Asst. Resident Engineer;
OUT Q=do in ice.
SUPER=03-Bath Co./January 19;
Hodge says it hasn't been easy for V-DOT crews. First last month's
snowfall, then several inches of rain that caused flooding.
IN Q=It's certainly
((HODGE: IT'S DIFFICULT BUT WE HAVE ALL THE EQUIPMENT READY AND WE HAVE HAD
SOME BREAKS. WE'VE BEEN FORTUNATE IN THE AMOUNT OF TIME BETWEEN STORMS TO GET
READY FOR THIS ONE.))
OUT Q=this one.
V-DOT plows will once again hit interstates and primary routes first before
moving to the secondary routes.
A conviction today for the first of two men charged with strangling a man to
death in Danville last summer.
Phil Dennis Clayborne was found guilty this morning of robbing and killing
32 year old Angel Lewis Dejesus (De-Hey-Sues) of New Jersey.
The judge made his decision just minutes after the defense rested its case.
The victim's body was found outside a home in Danville last July.
Dejesus was in town visiting a family friend.
He was the father of five children.
IN Q=It's been
((CARMEN MARTANZ/VICTIM'S SISTER IN LAW: IT'S BEEN HARD BECAUSE I MEAN
ESPECIALLY WITH THE LITTLE ONE. SHE FEELS LIKE DADDY'S GOING TO COME BACK
HOME. SO IT'S HARD EXPLAINING TO TELL A FOUR YEAR OLD YOUR DADDY ISN'T COMING
BACK. BUT THE OTHER ONES I MEAN WITH MY FAMILY, THEY'RE ADAPTING.))
SUPER=01-Carmen Martanz/Victim's Sister-in-Law;
OUT Q=they're adapting.
There is a second defendant in the case.
Bryant Lymont Powell will be tried for his alleged role in the crime later
A former Danville police officer has filed a 5-million dollar lawsuit
against the city and two top ranking officials of the department.
Jeffrey Lee Williams filed the federal lawsuit late today against Danville
Police Chief Neil Morris and his assistant, B.C. Elliott.
Williams says he was wrongfully fired for questioning how the department
He also alleges Morris and Elliott created a racially hostile environment to
Williams is black.
He was a Danville police officer for four years before he was fired in
December of 1994.
Chief Morris says he can't comment on the lawsuit because he hasn't seen it
A bill Governor Allen supported to raise the speed limits on rural
interstate highways took a wrong turn today.
The bill would raise the limit to 70 miles- per- hours on some stretches
where it's now 65.
SUPER=01-Sen. Emmett Hanger/(R) Augusta Co.;
But a barrage of statistics about the deadly costs of speed and human lives
and insurance premiums won the day.
IN Q=the numbers
SUPER=01-Theresa Rankin/Brain Injury Survivor;
Senators voted 11 to four to kill the higher speed bill.
The committees' chairman is pushing for a year long study and the house will
probably choose that road as a compromise.
Lynchburg jurors have to decide tonight whether they believe an Appomattox
man acted in self defense when he shot and killed a man last spring.
Terry Hunter McCoy is charged with the second degree murder of 20- year- old
Rosser's body was found in a vacant lot near the Lynchburg Foundry the night
of May 17th.
He had been shot once in the head.
McCoy turned himself in a week later, claiming Rosser had tried to rob him
that night, and while the two struggled over a gun, it went off.
McCoy says he was too scared to contact police after the shooting, but
surrendered after learning he was a suspect in the killing.
Closing arguments are still being given.
A verdict is expected tonight.
Smyth County authorities are still searching for the gun used to kill a 20
year- old Marion man yesterday.
Paul William Jones died of multiple gunshot wounds.
A 17 year- old male who was with him was shot in the hip.
It happened outside a mobile home on Mitchell Valley Road.
Deputies arrested Wayne Ray Lawson at the scene and charged him as an
accessory AFTER the fact to murder.
A tracking dog helped lead authorities to 18 year- old John Burton Williams
Williams was arrested after a four-hour manhunt and charged with murder and
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Still to come on News 7 at Six--
a parent's rights versus the concerns of pregnant teenagers.
State lawmakers once again take up the touchy issue of parental
Also--new hope for people who battle serious weight problems.
We'll tell you about a treatment being offered at a new Roanoke clinic.
MUSIC UP FULL
The New River Valley Regional Jail Authority is inviting Wythe County to
discuss joining its effort.
The authority is planning a regional jail to house prisoners from Pulaski,
Giles and Grayson counties and Radford.
Members voted today to contact Wythe County. Officials say another member
locality could help lower the costs per inmate for all involved.
((BOB LLOYD/JAIL AUTHORITY CHAIRMAN: I SERIOUSLY DOUBT THAT IT WOULD RAISE THE
PER DIEM. IT HAS THE POTENTIAL FOR LOWERING IT, NOT ONLY FOR WYTHE COUNTY BUT
FOR THE OTHER PARTICIPANTS IN THE AUTHORITY ALSO.))
SUPER=01-Bob Lloyd/Jail Authority Chairman;
OUT Q=in the authority also.
Wythe County set up a committee last month to study options for replacing
its aging and overcrowded jail.
Sheriff Wayne Pike prefers a new county jail, that could MAKE money by
housing some FEDERAL prisoners.
((WAYNE PIKE/WYTHE CO. SHERIFF: I THINK A WYTHE COUNTY JAIL WOULD BE THE BEST
THING FOR US, ONE I'M THINKING ABOUT REVENUE-PRODUCING. I THINK WE NEED TO
LOOK AT AN EXPANSION OF EXTRA BEDS SO THAT WE MAYBE COULD RENT OUT THAT SPACE.
OUT Q=rent out that space.
Pike says with TWO interstates to patrol, he can't spare deputies to
transport inmates as far as the planned REGIONAL jail site in Dublin.
GRAPHIC=Roanoke City Seal
Opposition to the latest plan for revitalizing Henry Street has prompted
the Roanoke Housing Authority to postpone a presentation to city council and
schedule more public meetings on the project.
Last week, the Housing Authority unveiled an 18- million dollar plan that
includes clubs, restaurants, retail stores and offices.
The Housing Authority was scheduled to present the land- use plan to city
council on Monday, but today officials decided to hold off.
IN Q=We've had a couple of meetings
((NEVA SMITH/HOUSING AUTHORITY DIRECTOR: WE'VE HAD A COUPLE OF MEETINGS. PEOPLE
HAVE BEEN VERY EMOTIONAL ABOUT SOME OF THE ISSUES AND THINGS THAT HAVE HAPPENED
IN THE PAST. SO WE'RE HOPING THAT AS WE MOVE FORWARD AND WE GET SOME CONCRETE
SUGGESTIONS, THEN WE'LL KNOW HOW TO PROCEED.))
SUPER=01-Neva Smith/Housing Authority Director;
OUT Q=how to proceed.
A public meeting on the Henry Street plan is scheduled for Saturday
morning at High Street Baptist Church.
And Smith says additional meetings are in the works.
A new clinic in Roanoke may have a solution for people with serious weight
The Center for Bariatric Medicine uses the drugs Phentermine (FEN- ter-
mean) and Fenfluramine (fen- FLER- a mean).
The drugs have been around a while. What's new is using them in
combination with each other.
IN Q=This is an
((BONNY LEE/REGISTERED NURSE: THIS IS AN OLD DRUG. IT'S JUST USED IN NEW WAYS.
IT SEEMS TO COUNTERACT THE SIDE EFFECTS OF EACH OTHER WHEN THEY ARE USED IN LOW
DOSES AND IN COMBINATION. AND IT SEEMS TO BE MORE EFFECTIVE FOR LONG TERM
WEIGHT CONTROL. ))
SUPER=01-Bonny Lee/Registered Nurse; :
OUT Q=long-term weight control.
butt butt butt butt
IN Q=This medication
((HELEN ANDERSON/BARIATRICS PATIENT: THIS MEDICATION GIVES YOU SO MUCH POWER,
YOU HAVE THE ABILITY TO MAKE DECISIONS ABOUT YOUR FOODS, INSTEAD OF YOUR BODY
DEMANDING THE FOOD.))
SUPER=01-Helen Anderson/Bariatrics Patient; :
OUT Q=demanding the food.
The drugs are said to work by increasing metabolism, while decreasing
There are also side effects, ranging from dry mouth to short- term memory
Parental notification for abortions for minors lost its first battle today in
Virginia's General Assembly.
But Ellen Qualls reports the perennial battle isn't yet over.
SUPER=01-Sen. Mark Earley/(R) Chesapeake; :10
SUPER=01-Dr. Randy Gordon/ Va. Health Commissioner;:23
SUPER=01-Dr. Ruth Weeks/UVA Psychiatrist;:38
OUT Q=Ellen Qualls News 7
The stock market closed above 54-hundred today.
The Dow gained nearly ten points, another record close... the fourth
straight record day.
NASDAQ was up also nearly ten points.
Criminals beware...hundreds of police officers will be descending on
Lynchburg this summer.
The local chapter of the Fraternal Order of Police announced today it will
host the state F- O- P convention in August.
Lynchburg beat out the Tidewater area for the honor of hosting the biennial
IN Q=One of the
((WALLY LANE/LYNCHBURG FOP CHAPTER PRES.; ONE OF THE MAIN SELLING POINTS THAT
WE HAD IS THE FACT THAT LYNCHBURG IS CENTRALLY LOCATED AND IF YOU THINK ABOUT
IT, IT'S REALLY NOT MORE THAN THREE OR FOUR HOURS AWAY FROM ANYWHERE IN THE
((JEFF DOWNIN/LYNCHBURG CHAMBER OF COMMERCE: WE WILL DO EVERYTHING WE CAN TO
MAKE THIS A MEMORABLE EXPERIENCE FOR EVERY PARTICIPANT, AND AN EASY TO RUN
EVENT FOR THOSE OF YOU CHARGED WITH ORGANIZING IT.))
SUPER=01-Wally Lane/Lynchburg FOP Chapter Pres.; :00
SUPER=01-Jeff Downin/Lynchburg Chamber of Commerce; :13
OUT Q=with organizing it.
Chamber officials say the convention will have a significant economic impact
on the Lynchburg area.
Close to a thousand officers from around Virginia are expected to attend.
Cable customers in the Roanoke Valley can expect a rate increase effective
Cox Communications says new equipment, additional channels and rising costs
made it necessary to raise rates.
Basic service will rise by 32 cents a month, while the full basic rate will
climb more than two dollars.
In the city of Roanoke, full- basic customers will pay 26 dollars 15 cents
Cox has added seven channels to its lineup in the last year, and officials
say the rate increase meets federal guidelines and local franchise agreements.
Coming up tonight in sports, The Seahawks give Chris Warren 10 million and
then announce plans to leave Seattle.
Roanoke welcomes bridgewater to town tonight.
And Roy Stanley reports from Charlottesville on the state of the Cavaliers
basketball team that hopes to get its act together tonight against Maryland.
Team officials in Seattle have confirmed at this hour that the Seahawks are
leaving Washington state for California.
Despite have 10 more years left on their lease in the Kingdome, team owner
Ken Behring is set to move the team to California.
The Seahawks would then play their home games at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena.
SUPER=03-Washington, DC/1994 Season; :00
In other Seahawk happenings tonight former Ferrum star Chris Warren has
signed a new contract with the team.
The new agreement will pay the All-Pro running back 10 million dollars over
the next three years.
Warren played his high school ball in Northern Virginia at Robinson high.
The Virginia Cavaliers are at the point in the season where they need a
string of victories to get some respect and continue their run in the
N-C-Double-A post season tournament.
And Roy stanley says even though the Cavaliers have lost four games in a
row they're not ready to hang up the sneakers.
IN Q="The last time..
SUPER=01-Jeff Jones/UVa Head Coach; :16
SUPER=03-Charlottesville/January 17, 1996; 25
SUPER=01-Curtis Staples/UVa Guard; :47
SUPER=01-Norman Nolan/UVa Forward; 1:16
OUT Q= ......7 sports."
((The last time the Cavaliers had a losing streak it was in the late 80's.
And even though Jeff Jones and the Cavaliers are below 500 at this point
of the season they're not ready to push the panic button.))
((JEFF JONES/UVA HEAD COACH: ))
((The pre season rankings and high expectations may have been to much for the
young Cavaliers to handle.
Keep in mind that Virginia lost three key players in Yuri Barnes, Jason
Williford and Junior Burrough.
Then add the slow starts, poor shooting, Virginia is averaging less than
40-per cent from the field. And the recent four game losing streak hasn't
helped their confidence.))
((CURTIS STAPLES/UVA GUARD: ))
((It's going to take more than a quick fix to get the Cavaliers back in the
But the Virginia team will have a different game tonight against the Terps
and it will be centered around Forward Norman Nolan.))
((NORMAN NOLAN/UVA FORWARD: ))
((JEFF JONES: ))
((ROY STANDUP: ))
First place in the Old Dominion Athletic conference will be on the line
tonight as Roanoke College entertains the high flying Bridgewater Eagles at the
SUPER=03-Salem/Tuesday Night; :00
Roanoke is coming off a 20 point win over Lynchburg on Monday night.
But there's no question that tonight's task is much tougher.
((PAGE MOIR/ROANOKE HEAD COACH:))
((TIM BRAUN/ROANOKE CENTER:))
SUPER=01-Page Moir/Roanoke Head Coach; :00
SUPER=01-Tim Braun/Roanoke Center; :09
OUT Q=...THEY ARE."
This game tips off tonight at 7:30 at the Bast Center.
While the Roanoke men shoot for the top at home, women's head coach Susan
Dunagan is hoping to get her 300th career win on the road.
Dunagan and her lady Maroons are in Lynchburg battling the Lady Hornets.
The former Cave Spring coach has been at Roanoke for the past 15 seasons.
Besides her 299 career wins, she has won 10 ODAC championships and been to
the NCAA's the last six seasons.
The Virginia Tech Hokies won their 15th game of the season last night by
thumping UNC-Greensboro 74-to-48 at the Cassell.
SUPER=03-Blacksburg/Last Night; :00
Shawn Good, who has been bothered much of this year with a nagging groin
injury led a another balanced Tech attack with 14 points.
Nine players played at least 10 minutes, and the Hokies need to build off
that balance and carry their momentum into tomorrow's game at Rhode Island.
IN Q="What we've...
((BILL FOSTER/VA. TECH HEAD COACH:))
SUPER=01-Bill Foster/Va. Tech Head Coach; :00
OUT Q=...OF THE YEAR."
Washington Bullets forward Chris Webber is out for the rest of the season.
The often injured power forward has elected to have surgery on his ailing
Webber dislocated his shoulder for the second time in nine months back in
the preseason and has played in only 15 games this season.