Another winter storm hits the state, bringing with it snow, sleet and
And the weather may have been a factor in a serious bus accident this
morning near the Snowshoe ski resort.
Snow will continue lightly this afternoon, and will re-intensity tonight,
leaving us with a foot or more before the storms pulls out of the reigon. Stay
tuned for complete details.
Don't go away, the news is next.
Another winter storm has pounded Virginia, while so far the heaviest snow
fell overnight, there may be more in the forecast.
Patrick Evans is here to give us a quick update.
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A bus crash this morning in Pocahontas County West Virginia, has injured
dozens of people.
The accident happened about ten o'clock this morning on Droop Mountain, five
miles south of Marlinton on U-S 219.
The bus left the road, fell more than 30 feet and reportedly came to rest on
There are no reports of fatalities, and we don't know the extent of the
injuries, but authorities say as many as 50 people may have been hurt.
The area received about two inches of snow overnight.
Virginia has been hit by another blast of winter weather. Although less
severe than recent storms, this one is still causing problems.
And forecasters are saying we will be seeing snowfall throughout the day.
Double Boxes=Melanie and Denise/Microwave
Denise Allen is out in the storm.
Denise, How are local governments meeting the latest challenge from old man
Melanie, so far everyone is calling this a typical winter storm.
But that all could change when the second wave of this winter weather hits.
If January's major winter storm did anything--it prepared workers for the
rest of the winter.
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SUPER=01-Michelle Bono/Roanoke City Spokesperson;
SUPER=01-Allen Williams/VDOT District Maintenance Engineer;
OUT Q=back in shape
IN Q=nat sot
Roanoke city crews were up all night to get a jump on the weather.
Officials say they're better prepared for this storm.
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OUT Q=on the primaries longer
Michelle Bono says the crews will work around the clock to keep city streets
And residents can do their part to make the job easier.
IN Q=we want to go
OUT Q=anywhere in the city.
Across the state roads are snow covered.
V-DOT officials say the main roads are passable.
A break in the snow fall has allowed crews to make headway.
IN Q=from what we're
OUT Q=get those back in shape
U-S Air has canceled all departures from Roanoke but the Roanoke Regional
Airport is still open and some flights are getting out.
You should call ahead if you're planning a trip.
Valley Metro buses are running on snow routes.
So if you're planning on traveling anywhere expect delays.
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Tracy Altizer is in Blacksburg with the latest from the New River Valley.
Tracy how are people coping in that area?
Denise, I think people here in the New River Valley are breathing a
collective sigh of relief.
This area got two-and-a-half feet of snow a few weeks ago, closer to three
feet in some places.
This time around, the mere foot or so that's fallen so far hardly seems like
a big deal, just ask the mailman.
((BUTCH QUARTERMAN/MAIL CARRIER: LAST TIME WE WERE HELD UP A DAY OR SO BUT THIS
TIME WE'RE OUT THE FIRST DAY, MAIL HAS TO GO.
QUESTION: HOW DOES IT COMPARE TO THE LAST SNOW?
ANSWER: IT'S NOT AS BAD. ))
MARION ADAM/THE EMPORIUM: I'VE SORT OF BEEN THINKING THAT THE LAST ONE WAS SO
HUGE THAT THIS ONE JUST DOESN'T SEEM LIKE ANYTHING.))
SUPER=01-Butch Quarterman/Mail Carrier;
SUPER=01-Marion Adam/The Emporium;
OUT Q=seem like anything.
There appear to be more businesses open than closed, and there seems to be a
fairly steady stream of traffic on the roads.
That's not to downplay the seriousness of the storm.
This is a light, powdery, slick snow. V-DOT is requiring snow tires or
Interstate 81 and the primary roads are in pretty good shape, but don't
expect to see much pavement.
Secondary roads have hardly been touched.
Police have reported some minor traffic accidents throughout the New River
Valley, but fortunately we haven't heard of any major problems or power
V-DOT would actually like to see a small amount of ice here at this point,
just to pack down the snow and prevent drifting if the wind picks up later.
A little farther to our Southwest, around Carroll County and the city of
Galax, things are a little more treacherous because they're getting more ice
And over in Southside, it's all ice.
Teresa Hamilton joins us from Danville to tell us about the situation there.
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Tracy, Southside resembles more of an ice rink than a snowy winter
The mix of rain and ice began after midnight and hasn't let up.
Now, many folks are worried about power ages.
The weight of the ice is bearing down on many trees-- some of which are
beginning to snap-- creating problems.
No major outages have been reported in Halifax and Pittsylvania Counties.
But in Danville there are reports of scattered outages affecting a few
As far the roads-- officials say most primary roads in Southside are
passable, but very slushy.
Not much good news to report, however, concerning secondary roads which are
reported to be very treacherous.
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SUPER=07-Pete Wells; (quick)
SUPER=07-Vincent Hall; :05
OUT Q=real rough.
Again, the best word of advise is to stay home. Sidewalks and porches are
And, if you do decide to venture out add some extra time for scraping your
Now, lets go further North where Steve Smallshaw is in Lynchburg.
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There's at least eight inches of snow on the ground in downtown Lynchburg
Officials here are hoping for a little bit of a break in the weather so they
can start playing catchup.
SUPER=01-David Blain/Lynchburg Airport Manager; :40
OUT Q=additional coat of chemicals.
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Rush hour Friday morning in Lynchburg did not live up to its name..
The only vehicles making any headway in this latest snow had four wheel
drive, chains or a plow blade attached to the front.
Even though central Virginia residents are quickly becoming old hands at
driving in the white stuff, the poor conditions still stalled traffic in
several spots across the region.
On Route 29 near Route 460, tractor trailers found the going a little too
slippery and needed some help getting started again.
You can't fly in this stuff either..
No planes have taken off or landed at the Lynchburg regional airport this
The mixture of sleet and snow early on made it even more difficult to keep
the runways operable.
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IN Q=We had hoped
((DAVID BLAIN/LYNCHBURG AIRPORT MANAGER: WE HAD HOPED.. ADDITIONAL COAT OF
OUT Q=coat of chemicals.))
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Stay with us.
When News 7 returns, a gunman threatens the safety at the state capital,
and federal safety regulators are abandoning a two year effort to require
anti-lock brakes on all cars.
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Commotion erupted at the state capitol this morning as a man with a gun was
arrested by Capitol police.
It happened shortly before eleven about 30-feet from the front gate of the
The Executive Protection Unit assisted in the arrest.
The man was driving a late model, red Plymouth Lazar with New Jersey tags.
He is described as a black male in his early 20's.
Capitol Police say the man made no threat to the Governor, and no point
brandished the gun he said he had in his car.
Governor Allen just happened to use the tunnel to get around the capitol
grounds today and did not hear about the incident until he was safely at the
An Appomattox man may wind up serving ten years in prison for killing a
Lynchburg man last spring.
A Lynchburg jury last night rejected Terry Hunter McCoy's claim of self-
defense in the shooting death of Darryl Rosser in May.
Prosecutors had sought a second degree murder conviction, but were happy
with the verdict- guilty of voluntary manslaughter.
IN Q=And the only
((MIKE DOUCETTE/PROSECUTOR: AND THE ONLY VIEWPOINT THAT WE HAD WAS THAT OF THE
DEFENDANT. AND THAT MAKES SELF- DEFENSE CASES THE TOUGHEST HOMICIDE CASES TO
TRY OF ALL. SO YEAH, WE'RE SHOOTING FOR FIRST DEGREE, BUT IN THIS SORT OF A
CASE, THIS IS GRATIFYING.))
SUPER=01-Mike Doucette/Prosecutor; :00
OUT Q=this is gratifying.
If the judge upholds the jury's sentence, McCoy will have to serve the full
ten year prison term.
That was some consolation to the victim's family.
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((EMMA ROSSER/VICTIM'S MOTHER: THAT MAKES ME FEEL GOOD, THAT HE HAS TO SERVE
ALL OF IT. BUT HE STILL DESERVES MORE THAN WHAT HE GOT.))
SUPER=01-Emma Rosser/Victim's Mother; :00
OUT Q=what he got.
McCoy will be sentenced March 15th.
A former Danville police officer is seeking five- million dollars in
damages from the city and two high ranking police officers.
Jeffrey Williams filed the federal suit yesterday which names Danville
Police Chief Neil Morris and assistant B-C Elliott.
Williams says he was wrongfully fired for raising questions about the
department's treatment of people.
He alleges Morris and Elliot created a racially hostile work environment.
Williams is represented by Chatham attorney, Bill Hicklin, who says his
client isn't the first to question how the department operates.
IN Q=Jeff wants to be
((BILL HICKLIN/WILLIAMS' ATTORNEY: JEFF WANTS TO BE VINDICATED, HE WANTS HIS
NAME BACK, I MEAN YES, HE ALSO WANTS HIS JOB AND HIS BADGE, BUT MOST OF ALL HE
WANTS HIS NAME AND HIS REPUTATION. I'M IN THIS CASE BECAUSE IT'S THE RIGHT
THING TO DO, THIS IS A GOOD MAN AND GOOD COP WHO'S BEEN DONE WRONG. ))
SUPER=01-Bill Hicklin/Williams' Attorney; :00
OUT Q=who's been done wrong.
Williams was a police officer in Danville for four years before he was
fired in December of '94.
Police Chief Neil Morris said he hasn't seen the lawsuit and cannot comment.
In less than three weeks New Hampshire holds the nation's first primary in
the '96 presidential race.
Mr. Clinton headed for that state this morning to do a little campaigning.
He's expected to respond to criticism that Republican candidates have been
leveling at him.
And he may lash out at G-O-P proposals for a flat tax.
People with AIDS may have reason to hope for a longer life and fewer medical
At an annual AIDS conference researchers reported some startling findings.
In a seven month test of one-thousand patients in the most advanced stage of
the disease, Ritonavir (ri-TAHN- a- vere) cut the number of deaths in half and
complications by 60 percent.
Used in combination with the standard AIDS treatment, doctors believe they
now have the weapons to stop the H-I-V virus.
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USE THESE DRUGS TO ACTUALLY ERAEDICATE
THIS VIRUS FROM THE BODY. ))
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OUT Q=from the body.
But experts caution that the studies are so short-term, no one yet knows if
the H-I-V virus will outsmart this drug as it has so many others.
Federal regulators are abandoning a two year effort to require anti-lock
brakes on all cars.
A government investigation discovered that while they save lives on wet
roads, they contribute to single-vehicle fatalities in which the driver skids
off the road.
Consumers have been spending up to a thousand dollars per car for the
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Still to come on News 7,
The show must go on.
Despite the snow, the Kazim Shrine Circus was on this morning, some folks
braved the snow for it,
and we'll tell you what the groundhog has to say about winter.
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A couple inches of snow is NOT enough to stop activities under the "big
The Shrine Circus is in town this weekend.
Despite the weather, about sixty people turned out to see a free performance
at the Roanoke Civic Center this morning.
Most said the ELEMENTS were no match for the ELEPHANTS.
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((VICTORIA PERSON: THE BUS DIDN'T COME AND WE WERE GOING TO TAKE THE BUS. WE
ENDED UP DRIVING BUT WE DIDN'T HAVE ANY TROUBLE DRIVING. QUESTION: IS IT WORTH
YES. IT'S BEEN GREAT. EVERY ACT HAS BEEN WONDERFUL. ))
OUT Q=been wonderful
Officials are HOPING for big crowds this weekend, but expect this year's
turnout to be down because of the weather.
If you missed this morning's performance, you have six more chances catch
Tickets are four dollars for children and eight dollars for adults.
Meantime, it isn't what winter-weary Americans wanted to hear.
Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow this morning.
According to Scottish legend that means six more weeks of winter.
Stocks opened lower after this morning's report that unemployment edged up
to five-point-eight percent in January.
On Wall Street at noon the Dow was DOWN one point.
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Up next on News 7, Patrick will have highlights of last night's UVa -
and also last night, Roanoke College tossed Bridgewater out of their number
three spot in the ODAC.
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UVa's tailspin continued last night as Maryland handed the Cavs their 10th
loss of the year.
Virginia got off to a decent start, but they were less than perfect.
Norman Nolan missed the wide open layin, and Maryland had the rebound.
Johnny Rhodes takes a wide open shot for 2.
But thanks to Jamal Robinson, who was 5 for 5 in the first half - UVa led
31-to-30 at the break.
He continued to carry the team in the second half, scoring a career high 26,
and UVa had a 47-to-42 lead.
Maryland's Keith Booth came back in the final 12 minutes of the game, and
SUPER=33-Maryland/=80/Virginia/=72/UVa Now 7-and-10;
the Terrapins never looked back.
Maryland beats UVa 80-to-72.
Roanoke College has turned the ODAC into a four team race.
Last night at the Bast Center the Maroons routed Bridgewater 97 to 67.
Roy Stanley has more.
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SUPER=03-Salem/Maroons vs Eagles; :00
SUPER=01-Tim Braun/16 Points & 7 Rebounds; :21
SUPER=01-Bill Leatherman/Bridgewater Head Coach; :42
SUPER=01-Page Moir/Roanoke Head Coach; 1:11
OUT Q=........news 7 sports."
((Bridgewater and Roanoke came into the Bast Center as the third and fourth
ranked teams respectively in the South Region.
After a 24 to 24 tie at the 10 minute mark of the first half the Maroons
went on a run.
Tim Braun led the attack his 15 points in the first half put the Maroons
on top 44 to 31.))
((TIM BRAUN/16 POINTS 7 REBOUNDS: ))
((The Eagles slowed the Maroon offense down but could not cut into the first
Instead the Maroons hit a 12 to 5 run in the final two minutes and went
in at the half leading 58 to 38.))
((BILL LEATHERMAN/BRIDGEWATER HEAD COACH: ))
((The Maroons outscored the Eagles 13 to 3 to open the second half and led by
30, 71 to 41 with 12 minutes left in the game.
Moments later Moir cleared his bench and the Maroons beat third ranked
Bridgewater by the final score of 97 to 67.))
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Thanks for joining us, and have a safe weekend.
That's it for News 7 at NOON.