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Southwest and Central Virginia are once again battling the elements.
Snow and ice are making traveling treacherous tonight.
It has snowed for most of the past 24 hours and there's still more to come.
Two Shot Toss
Meteorologist Robin Reed joins us-
How much more are we going to get before it stops?
SS=None Robin on set
Liveline/full Regional Radar Loop
WxAlert/full Watches & Warnings
Two shot toss
The second significant snowstorm of the season is leaving yet another layer
of snow over most of Virginia.
Governor Allen has declared a state of emergency in Virginia and put 150
National Guard troops on alert for weekend service in areas hit hardest by
Jay Moore has been out tonight and joins us now with the latest.
Jean you'd think with all the snowfall we've had within the last month you'd
have to wonder if V-DOT is going to run out of chemicals.
But's that's not the case.
Roll cue:not the case.
SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.; :00
SUPER=01-Mark Hubbard/VDOT Foreman; 06
SUPER=01-Bill Blakenship/Domino's Pizza Owner; :20
SUPER=01-Robert Berry/Domino's Pizza Driver; :34
SUPER=01-Carol Mullins & Kevin Hosey/Sleigh Riders; :51
OUT Q=to come back
Crews say compared to last month's storm this one's been a little easier on
IN Q=It's generally
((MARK HUBBARD/VDOT FOREMAN: IT'S ))
OUT Q=secondary roads.
Hubbard says chemicals are holding out real well.
The clearer roads also helped resturants.
IN Q=The last storm
OUT Q=through dinner.
Delivery drivers say they didn't see any major problems tonight...unless of
course you're talkin' about tippin'.
IN Q=I've had a many
OUT Q=I go in.
After dinner kids and adults alike took advantage of the snowy hillsides.
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IN Q=You have
((CAROL MULLINS & KEVIN HOSEY/SLEIGH RIDERS: YOU HAVE ANY PROBLEM TALKIN' HER
INTO GOING DOWN WITH YOU? WELL A LITTLE BIT. WE'VE TRIED TO TALK HER INTO IT
ALL NIGHT. THEY CAME DOWN THIS AFTERNOON BUT I WOULDN'T DO IT THEN SO I
DECIDED TO COME BACK. ))
OUT Q=to come back.
On a more serious note Danville has reported some power outages.
The Red Cross has opened a shelter for city residents at the West Wood
Questions: Jay, how serious are those outages.
Officials say power companies are working around the clock to the fix the
They've even hired private contractors.
They'll be coming in to assist around 8 tomorrow morning.
An accident on a snow covered road in Pocahontas County West Virginia sent
over 40 people to the hospital.
A charter bus carrrying students from the University of Florida skidded off
the road and down a fifty foot embankment.
Len Besthoff has more.
SUPER=01-Doug Johnson/Bus Passenger;:00 quick
SUPER=03-Pocahontas Co., WV;
SUPER=01-Joe Stevens/Snowshoe Mountain Resort; :43
OUT Q=News 7
This latest blast of cold air has also left its mark on Southside.
Folks in that area have been dealing with ice and freezing rain all day.
Teresa Hamilton reports, the threat of colder temperatures has residents and
emergency officials on guard.
IN Q=Starts with nat sound of ice
SUPER=01-Pete Rea/Danville Emergency Services Dir.; :27
SUPER=07-Pete Wells; :59 quick
OUT Q=Hamilton, News 7, Danville.
((True, the ice is beautiful, but it's NOT harmless.
That's what concerns emergency officials who're preparing for the worst.
take nat sound
Downed power lines during the day are difficult enough but at night it's
At one time officials estimated five- thousand people in South Boston were
In Danville, more than 2- thousand people were affected.
Officials say calls are continuing to come in.
((PETE REA/DANVILLE EMERGENCY SERVICES DIR.:I THINK AS THE NIGHT GOES ON, IF
THIS CONTINUES THE WAY IT IS NOW, WE'LL HAVE A WHOLE LOT OF POWER LINES OUT. ))
OUT Q=lines out.
No one can really predict what Mother Nature has in store.
But emergency officials say they will open a shelter, if needed.
But getting residents there could be a problem if the roads continue to ice
Road crews have been out in full force today-- clearing the roads of slush.
But now that the temperature is falling, that slush isn't as easy to move.
IN Q=I think
((PETE WELLS: I THINK IT'S A BIG MESS AND TERRIBLE. ))
Emergency officials say contact your local police department to find out if
a shelter has opened in your neighborhood. Teresa Hamilton, News 7, Danville.))
The New River Valley was spared the ice, but it's loading up with
10 inches already fell as most people were waking up this morning.
A break in the storm allowed highway crews to clear the primary roads and
gain some ground on some of the secondaries- Although it's a game of catch-up
again with fresh snow tonight.
It's too much too soon for many frustrated residents like David Kirkman,
who spent 16 hours shoveling out last month.
((DAVID KIRKMAN/BLACKSBURG RESIDENT: COURSE I DIDN'T STAY WITH IN CONSTANT.
I'D WORK A WHILE AND QUIT AND GO INSIDE AND WARM UP AND GO BACK AT IT AGAIN YOU
QUESTION: CERTAINLY NOT READY TO DO IT AGAIN.
ANSWER: NO WAY, NO WAY. I HAVE SEEN ENOUGH, IF I DON'T SEE ANYMORE THIS YEAR,
SUPER=01-David Kirkman/Blacksburg Resident;
OUT Q=this year, period.
At least the college students found time for fun, as Virginia Tech and
Radford were once again forced to cancel classes for the day.
A hard sleet has been falling for several hours across central Virginia,
adding to the accumulation there and making travel even more risky.
For the most part, the streets are empty, except for the occasional
Road crews have been attacking the snow non- stop since early this morning,
but have made little headway.
Primary roads in the Lynchburg area are passable, but the freezing rain has
also left many of them slick with ice.
None of this is a surprise to Lynchburg public works officials who have been
preparing for the worst all day long.
IN Q=We'll keep plowing
((JOHN STEPHENS/LYNCHBURG PUBLIC WORKS ADMINISTRATOR: WE'LL KEEP PLOWING
THROUGH THE NIGHT AND IT'S SUPPOSED TO TAPER OFF AND STOP SOMETIME EARLY IN THE
MORNING, AND WE HOPE AS SOON AFTER DAYLIGHT AS WE CAN, GET INTO RESIDENTIAL AND
START PLOWING RESIDENTIAL STREETS.))
OUT Q=plowing residential streets.
V- DOT says the major highways like Route 29 and Route 460 are passable, but
they don't advise heading out on the roads.
Even cars with four wheel drive and chains are starting to have problems
navigating the icy pavement.
Conditions are not expected to improve until tomorrow.
SOFT MUSIC UNDER
Still to come on our broadcast, tense moments at the Governor's Mansion
and the entertainment world has lost one of it's best known dancers as Gene
Kelly passes away in Hollywood.
NO WX TEASE
A student opened fire inside a junior high school in Washington State-
SUPER=03-Moses Lake, WA;
killing a teacher and two students.
A 14 year old girl is also wounded and a 14 year old classmate is in
((AND WE HEARD THESE BIG BOOMS AND THEN SCREAMS AND EVERYTHING AND EVERYBODY
GOT DOWN AND THE FLOOR AND JUST WAITED.))
OUT Q=AND JUST WAITED.
Police confiscated a high powered rifle used in the shooting.
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Three Junior High school students near Syracuse, New York are under arrest
for allegedly planning to blow up their school.
Investigators say the the 13 year olds got the bomb recipe off the
The teens were arrested after police got word of the plot.
((I WAS SCARED. I DON'T KNOW. I DIDN'T REALLY EXPECT IT FROM THEM.))
((GARY MINNS/SCHOOL SUPERINTENDENT: OBVIOUSLY IT COULD'VE BEEN HARM OR EVEN
LOSS OF LIFE TO PEOPLE LET A ALONE DESTRUCTION OF PROPERLY.))
SUPER=01-Gary Minns/School Superintendent; (second person!!)
OUT Q=DESTRUCTION OF PROPERLY."
SUPER=03-Oklahoma City, OK/Last April;
The bomb would have been a mini version of one that destroyed the Murrah
building in Oklahoma City last April.
Officials say the teens intended to set it off with a firecracker.
A judge is now deciding where the Oklahoma City Bombing trial will take
SUPER=03-Oklahoma City, OK;
Both defense and prosecutors finished their arguments in court.
Defense lawyers want the trial in Denver-
They say it'll provide an impartial jury, easy airport access and they say
its an area the Judge knows.
((STEPHEN JONES/TIMOTHY MCVEIGH'S ATTORNEY: JUDGE MATSCH KNOWS THE PEOPLE
THERE. HE'S TRIED OTHER HIGH PROFILE CONTROVERSIAL DANGEROUS CASES IN DENVER.))
((LADONNA BATTLE/VICTIM'S DAUGHTER: WHAT IS THE SECRET AND THE DELIGHT OF
DENVER THAT'S DRAWN EVERYBODY'S ATTENTION?))
SUPER=01-Stephen Jones/Timothy McVeigh's Attorney; 00 quick!
SUPER=01-LaDonna Battle/Victim's Daughter; 05
OUT Q=EVERYBODY'S ATTENTION?"
The Judge says he has no idea how long it'll take him to decide the trial
A man who drove to the gates of the Governor's mansion and announced he had
a loaded gun in his car is undergoing a mental evalation.
Police arrested Tineen Howard on the spot this morning.
Howard did NOT ever brandish the gun.
IN Q=He was rambling
((COL. WAYNE HUGGINS/VA. STATE POLICE: HE WAS RAMBLING. HE WAS HOLLERING.
((COL. LONNIE CRAIG/CAPITOL POLICE: HE SAID I NEED HELP. AND WHAT BETTER
PLACE TO GET HELP THAN FROM THE GOVERNOR.))
NAT SOUND OF WALK SHOT 02:01:05
((HOWARD STERN IS THE KING OF ALL MEDIA. WE LOVE HOWARD STERN IN VIRGINIA.))
SUPER=01-Col. Wayne Huggins/Va. State Police; :00
SUPER=01-Col. Lonnie Craig/Capitol Police; :09
OUT Q=in Virginia.
Tineen Howard was taken to a nearby hospital for 72 hours of mental
((GOV. GEORGE ALLEN: WHENEVER THERE'S SUCH THREATS, THE ONES THAT CONCERN ME
THE MOST ARE THE ONES WHERE THEY SAY THEY WANT TO DO SOMETHING TO SUSAN OR THE
OUT Q=the children.
The Allen family was at home in the mansion at the time of the incident.
Congressman L-F Payne has picked Monday in Danville to announce his 1996
Payne admits he's considering stepping down from Congress.
If he does, there is NO shortage of fellow Democrats who are rumored to want
to replace him.
IN Q=Oh I don't
((SEN. VIRGIL GOODE/D-ROCKY MOUNT: OH I DON'T HAVE ANY COMMENT.))
((DEL. WHITT CLEMENT/D-DANVILLE: UH I WOULD CONSIDER IT, BUT IT'S NOT
SOMETHING I HAD COUNTED ON, I HOPE THAT L.F. PAYNE WILL RUN AGAIN. ANY
DECISION LIKE THAT'S GOTTA BE BASED ON HOW I THINK I CAN BE OF MOST BENEFIT TO
MY AREA AND MY FAMILY CONSIDERATIONS.))
((DEL. WARD ARMSTRONG/D-MARTINSVILLE: WELL YOU'RE VERY KIND TO ASK. I'M VERY
FLATTERED. I HAVE RECEIVED A NUMBER OF CALLS ASKING ME. BUT I THINK IT'S
PROBABLY APPROPRIATE TO WAIT AND SEE WHAT L.F. DECIDES.))
SUPER=@Goode; :00 QUICK!
And on the Republican side --
IN Q=Is it something
((Is it something you're considering? SEN. CHARLES HAWKINS/R-CHATHAM: NO
MA'AM. I HAVE THE THING IN LIFE THAT I ENJOY DOING WHICH IS BEING IN THE STATE
OUT Q=state senate.
Hawkins has NOT yet endorsed the only publicly announced GOP candidate in
the race -- repeat challenger George Landrith.
A Bedford family's tragic loss has helped the families of many others.
Virginia Crawford died January fifth from injuries she got in an auto
Her family quickly decided to turn the tragedy into something positive.
Her heart, liver, and kidneys saved the lives of four people. And her
donation of tissue and bone could help up to 100 more.
Crawford's story aside, experts say nationwide there is still a real need for
organ donor awareness.
IN Q=So our job
((TIMOTHY JOHNSON/VIRGINIAS' ORGAN PROCUREMENT AGENCY; SO OUR JOB AS HUMAN
BEINGS, AS I SEE IT, IS TO TRY TO HELP AS MANY PEOPLE AS WE POSSIBLY CAN.))
SUPER=01-Timothy Johnson/Virginias' Organ Procurement Agency
OUT Q=we possibly can.
Virginia's Organ Procurement Agency encourages families to DISCUSS organ
SOFT MUSIC UNDER
Coming up next on News 7, cold weather hits much of the country,
and we'll tell you why Puxsatawney Phil has more to fear than just his shadow.
MUSIC UP FULL
He sang and splashed his way into our hearts in "Singin' in the Rain."
SUPER=04-Singin' in the Rain;
American legend Gene Kelly died in his sleep today at the age of 83.
Kelly wanted to be known for elevating movie musicals to an American art
He said his talent was god given, but that he worked hard at it.
IN Q=Get a little
((GENE KELLY/1984: YOU WORK HARD, GET A LITTLE INSPIRATION AND
OUT Q=work harder."
The former ditch digger suffered strokes in 1994 and 1995. His publicist
says he never fully recovered.
More record setting cold is gripping the nation's Mid-section- where the
deep freeze continues.
((RIGHT NOW WE HAVE SUNSHINE BUT MINUS EIGHT DEGREES AT O'HARE. OUR WIND CHILL
INDEX IS 21 BELOW ZERO.))
OUT Q=21 BELOW ZERO."
The Mid-West is frozen solid- It's so cold schools are shut down including
all schools in the state of Minnesota.
This digital thermometer showed minus 43 degrees in Minneapolis.
In Houston- ice is causing some crazy collisions- cars spun out of control.
As the cold gripes the country, it probably does not come as a surprise that
Punxzutawney Phil was the bearer of bad news this morning.
Handlers for the the nation's chief animal prognosticator say Phil saw his
Tradition says that means we're going to have another six weeks of winter.
The ceremony was held at sunrise at Gobbler's Knob, which was fitting.
The tempeture for the announcement was about 11 degrees.
However Phil may have more to worry about than the cold weather.
Pennsylvania's Game Commissioner decided to use today's occasion to point
out that Groundhogs are fair game all year round.
Magic and Michael are battling at the Forum, I'll have latest on the Seahawks
situation, plus Aikman gets ready for surgery and the snow causes all kinds of
And here's another look at Robin Reed heading out to check the snow depth
here at the WDBJ Broadcast center downhill course.
Robin usually gets down the hill in under two minutes but it takes him a
little longer to get back up top.
Now to the Friday night digits.
wipe to scores
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IN Q=first score
OUT Q=...last score
take a break
The Magic Johnson comeback is continuing tonight at the Fabulous Forum
against Michael and the Fabulous Bulls.
SUPER=03-Inglewood, CA/TNT; :00
Magic started the night on the bench and in case you're wondering Dennis did
not change his hair color the special evening.
One of the new breed Lakers would lead the way early as Eddie Jones scored
for first 8 points of the game, 2 on this jam.
Magic came in midway through the first quarter and went to work on Rodman
swinging down low and nailing the sky hook.
Then MIchael would answer that with a fake, drive and jam for 2 of his own.
Magic would get respect but no slack from Rodman who kept him under wraps the
The Lakers ______ it by ___ in the second.
Elsewhere tonight in the league, the Bullets won their straight game with a
113-to-97 win over the POrtland Trailblazers.
Cal Ripken Jr. was courtside at the US Air arena tonight and he would get an
eyeful of 7-7 Gheorghe Muresan who buries the short jumper.
Then he backs in on 6-8 Buck Williams and scores in the paint.
Then watch him crash the boards and go over Chris Dudley for the putback.
Big Gheorghe had 21 points.
And Rasheed Wallace had this monster follow dunk as the Bullets beat the
The Virginia Tech Hokies made it out of Roanoke for their Atlantic-10 road
game tomorrow afternoon at Rhode Island.
Can they get back after the game - that's another story in itself.
SUPER=03-Washington, DC; :00
This is will be the Hokies first road game since the debacle at George
Washington on January 25th.
Since that loss, Tech has reeled off three straight wins at the Cassell.
IN Q="They know...
((BILL FOSTER/VA. TECH HEAD COACH:))
SUPER=01-Bill Foster/Va. Tech Head Coach; :00
OUT Q=...ROAD WINS."
UVa will be trying to snap its five game losing streak tomorrow at FLorida
While Roanoke hosts defending ODAC champ Hampden-Sydney at the Bast Center in
another 2pm tip.
The latest batch of winter weather has forced some important events in the
area to alter their schedules.
The Big Orange Wrestling tournament that was postponed last month and
rescheduled for today and tomorrow - is now simply cancelled.
The Byrd-Northside basketball has been postponed until tomorrow night at 6.
The VMI winter track and field relays are cancelled.
And tomorrow's Methodist at Ferrum Dixie conference basketball game has been
postponed until February 19th.
The Ferrum alumni basketball game also set for tomorrow has been rescheduled
as well for February 10th at 2pm.
SS=baseball hall of fame
One thing that is still on schedule this weekend is the fifth annual
Roanoke-Salem baseball hall of fame Hot Stove banquet.
The event is still set for Sunday night at seven at the Salem Civic Center.
Tickets are still available.
Despite rotten weather in Richmond as well, the Express was on the ice
tonight in the Richmond Coliseum battling the Renegades and looking for their
fourth straight win.
Roanoke stays in it until the final 3 minutes and 30 seconds before falling
They play at Hampton Roads tomorrow night.
Dallas Cowboys quarterback Troy Aikman, who is skipping this weekend's Pro
Bowl in Hawaii, is scheduled to have some more surgery on his throwing arm.
This will be the second arthroscopic procedure Aikman has had on his ailing
He is suffering from degenerative arthritis and deteriorating cartilage in
He should be ready to roll by next season.
The Winston cup drivers will be back at the beach next week as they begin
Hut Stricklin is driving for the Stavola Brothers this year who are without a
But apparently not for long.
Reports tonight say electronics retailing giant Circuit City is close to
committing full sponsorship dollars for the team this season.
Still to come tonight, the tug of war over the fate of the Seattle Seahawks
We'll finally hear from the team's owner, plus some disgruntled public
officials when we return.
The Seattle Seahawks proposed move to California was confirmed today when
team owner Ken Behring said the $200 million dollars necessary to upgrade the
KIngdome makes it too costly for him to keep the team in Seattle.
IN Q="It is...
((KEN BEHRING/SEAHAWKS OWNER:))
SUPER=01-Ken Behring/Seahawks Owner; :00
OUT Q=...not made in haste."
SUPER=03-Seattle, WA/This Afternoon; :00
Behring offered King County officials a million dollars for each of the next
20 years in exchange for them breaking his Kingdome lease that still has 10
years on it.
They said no way.
IN Q="WE'RE NOT...
((GARY LOCKE/KING COUNTY EXECUTIVE:))
SUPER=01-Norm Mallery/King County Attorney; :00
OUT Q=...ON THE LEASE."
Tonight a judge issued a 14 day restraining order keeping Behring from moving
the team until a hearing is held on February 16th
Jeff Maggert shot a 68 today, and now has a one shot lead after two rounds of
the Pebble Beach Pro-Am.
SUPER=03-Pebble Beach, CA/USA-CBS; :00
A good day to walk your dog along the beach, but the wind isn;t for everyone!
That's Maury POvich with the shot on the 16th hole that sails right into the
The shank produces a less than approving glance from wife Connie Chung.
The most interesting garb today belonged to Country Boy John Denver who had
his girlfriend caddying for him.