A large part of Roanoke City was left in the dark tonight... LITERALLY!
South Roanoke lost power for more than three hours as the American Electric
Power Company worked on it.
Apparently a power line broke near the Roanoke River leaving hundreds of
residents without electricity.
Power officials say they haven't determined the cause of the damage and
won't be able to access it until the morning.
However, it has been temporarily fixed.
Also in Roanoke, officials were scrambling tonight to secure a major water
It happened around nine on the corner of Mt. Vernon and Brandon Avenue.
Officials are saying extremely cold weather caused the break.
Workers valved it off, however some residents in the area are still without
Officials say the spill may cause hazardous road conditions as the water
turns to ice.
They say it may take up to eight hours to fix.
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More than 40 University of Florida students flew home tonight after their
chartered bus took a wrong turn on Friday.
SUPER=03-Pocahontas Co., WV/Friday;
Their ski trip was sidetracked when the bus ran off the road and slid 50
feet down a snowy hillside.
Around six students left from Roanoke Regional Airport.
Many say they'll just be glad to get home.
IN Q=I think that
((ANDY DAWSON/FLORIDA JUNIOR: I THINK THAT EVERYONE IS HAPPY TO BE ALIVE. IT
WAS A SCARY THOUGHT WHEN YOU LOOK AT THE BUS AND SEE WHAT COULD HAVE HAPPENED.
WE'RE ALL GOING HOME. THAT'S THE MOST IMPORTANT THING RIGHT NOW. ))
SUPER=01-Andy Dawson/Florida Junior;
OUT Q=thing right now.
According to the students, not all will make the trip back to Gainesville.
Two are in a West Virginia Hospital and one remains in the University of
Virginia Hospital with 2 broken legs and a punctured lung.
You'd think after this incident they'd want to stay in Sunny Florida next
winter, but apparently the ski slopes of West Virginia still beckon.
IN Q=Yea it's
((LISA HOLCOMB/FLORIDA JUNIOR: YEA IT'S SOMETHING THAT'S SITTIN' US BACK RIGHT
NOW BUT YOU CAN'T BE AFRAID OF EVERYTHING. BUT NEXT TIME WE'LL FLY INSTEAD OF
TAKING A BUS UP.))
SUPER=01-Lisa Holcomb/Florida Junior;
OUT Q=bus up.
The students did manage to squeeze in two nights at the Snowshoe Mountain
Resort-- but they didn't ski.
A cigarette lighter in the hands of a child was the cause of a
multi-apartment fire in Roanoke.
That according to police.
The blaze broke out around 7-30 this morning, causing three families to be
moved from their apartments.
It happened in the Salem View Apartments in Roanoke.
Fire officials say the boy apparently set clothes and papers on fire in the
The fire was so hot it melted the screens and blinds of an apartment in the
IN Q=to the particular
((GARRY BASHAM/DIST. CHIEF ROANOKE FIRE-EMS: TO THE PARTICULAR APARTMENT THAT
WAS ON FIRE IT JUST ABOUT TOTALED THE INSIDE OF THAT APARTMENT. THEN WE HAD
EXTENSIVE WATER AND SMOKE DAMAGE TO TWO OTHER APARTMENTS. WE FIGURE THE DAMAGE
AT 70-THOUSAND DOLLARS.))
SUPER=01-Garry Basham/Roanoke Fire-EMS;
OUT Q=70-thousand dollars
This is the second fire at this apartment complex in two weeks.
The first one did an estimated 2-thousand dollars damage to a kitchen.
In both cases smoke detectors were present, but batteries were missing.
IN Q=if the management
((IF THE MANAGEMENT OF THE APARTMENT COMPLEX IS GOING TO SUPPLY THE DETECTORS,
THE OCCUPANT SHOULD HAVE THE RESPONSIBILITY TO MAKE SURE THEY WORK.))
OUT Q=MAKE SURE THEY WORK
Basham recommends changing the batteries in your smoke detectors twice a
He says the families have moved into vacant apartments in the complex.
In California yesterday, five people were found dead in a burned
Authorities say all five were killed before an arsonist set fire to the
condo in Vista.
The San Diego County Sheriff's Department says the victims were four adults
and a 10-year-old girl.
Authorities say they are now questioning a 15-year-old grandson that lived
in the condo.
American soldiers in Bosnia honored one of their own who was killed by a
38-year old Sergeant First Class Donald A. Dugan from Ohio, was carried in a
flag- draped coffin.
Sergeant Dugan is the first U-S soldier to be killed in Bosnia since troops
were deployed six weeks ago.
Yesterday he was manning a checkpoint in a town near Tuzla when the
He died on the way to the hospital.
In China yesterday more than two-hundred people were killed when a massive
earthquake struck the town of Lijiang.
Thirteen-thousand people have been injured in the quake which measured 7-
point- oh on the richter scale.
Today rescue workers continued to struggle through rubble and debris to
reach survivors; officials believe the death toll will grow.
Hundreds of people are now homeless and scores of buildings have been
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Still to come on the broadcast,
A shelter will soon open in Covington for flood victims,
And V-DOT's attempts at clearing snow and ice-covered roads are being
hampered by bitterly cold temperatures.
Keep the pets indoors tonight, and better yet, keep yourself indoors.
We're experiencing dangerously cold temperatures.
If you do need to head out tonight-- it'd be a good idea to have some extra
clothes and blankets in your vehicle, just in case.
Temperatures have already fallen below Zero-- and will continue to drop.
But we'll see a gradual warm- up by mid- week.
The complete forecast, coming up.
The ice and cold temperatures are hampering The Virginia Department of
Transportation's clean up effort.
The chemicals and heavy equipment were not working in the extreme cold.
Road salt is ineffective in frigid temperatures.
And plow blades are no match for the ice.
IN Q=a lot of
((LAURA BULLOCK/VDOT: A LOT OF OUR SNOWPLOW BLADES ARE BECOMING DAMAGED
BECAUSE OF THE ICE. WHEN YOU RUN METAL AGAINST ICE. SOMETHING'S GOING TO GIVE
AND IT'S NOT USUALLY THE ICE.))
OUT Q=usually the ice
In addition to the blades, engines are blowing up and transmissions are
But these are normal breakdowns for a storm of this type.
Getting replacement parts is another story.
IN Q=it's a little
((KIM KRISTENSEN/EQUIPMENT REPAIR MGR.: IT'S A LITTLE MORE DIFFICULT THIS TIME
BECAUSE NOT ONLY IS IT A WEEKEND, BUT OTHER AREAS IN THE COUNTRY ARE HAVING THE
SAME PROBLEMS AND THEY'RE ALL COMPETING FOR THE SAME PARTS WE ARE.))
SUPER=01-Kim Kristensen/Equipment Repair Mgr.;
OUT Q=same parts we are
But break downs and packed ice haven't totally stopped V-DOT.
Operators are working on roads that have not been plowed.
These roads are mostly in the higher elevations.
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Also Roanoke City will resume trash and recycling pick-ups tomorrow.
They are asking residents to put their trash on the curbs.
If it's not picked up tomorrow, they say they will get it by Wednesday.
Christmas trees will be picked up February 12th.
Caution is the rule when working and playing in these frigid temperatures.
Even everyday activities can be hazardous.
Every time you venture outside you are at risk of hypothermia.
Doctors suggest dressing in layers.
And not drinking alcohol before you go out into the cold.
Alcohol actually makes you more vulnerable to frost bite.
They also say take extra precautions if you're working outdoors.
IN Q=you have to take
((DR. EVELYN MANNETA/ROANOKE MEMORIAL HOSPITAL: YOU HAVE TO TAKE INTO ACCOUNT
IF YOU'RE GOING TO BE DOING SOMETHING OUTSIDE WHERE YOU MIGHT SWEAT. YOU HAVE
TO BE ABLE TO TAKE SOMETHING OFF AND VENT A LITTLE BIT BECAUSE ONCE YOU SWEAT
YOU'RE WET AND YOU LOSE EVEN MORE HEAT THAT WAY.))
SUPER=01-Dr. Evelyn Manneta/Roanoke Memorial Hospital;
OUT Q= heat that way.
Also remember to take your time when you're shoveling snow.
Your heart rate rises quickly in cold temperatures making some people at
risk of a heart attack.
A recovery center for flood victims is set to open in Covington.
The Virginia Department of Emergency Services is opening the shelter Tuesday
at the National Guard Armory at the intersection of Oak Street and Lexington
The hours will be from 9 until 6 Monday through Saturday and from noon until
6 on Sunday.
SUPER=03-Bath Co./January 19;
The center will provide disaster victims a place to learn about the types of
assistance available, ask questions and discuss their needs with
representatives of various agencies.
Other centers will open in Shenandoah County and Waynesboro.
Before going to the centers victims should register for disaster assistance
by calling 1-800- 4-6-2 9-0-2-9 or for the hearing and speech impaired 1- 800-
The president of Planned Parenthood is stepping down after 19 years at the
Kathyrn Haynie Parker recently remarried and plans to move to
Charlottesville with her husband.
IN Q=planned parenthood
((KATHRYN HAYNIE PARKER/PLANNED PARENTHOOD PRESIDENT: PLANNED PARENTHOOD
DESERVES AT LEAST 100 PERCENT ATTENTION FROM ITS CEO. I KNEW THAT WITH THIS
MARRIAGE AND MOVE I COULD NOT DEVOTE THE AMOUNT OF TIME PLANNED PARENTHOOD
SUPER=01-Kathryn Haynie Parker/Planned Parenthood Pres.;
OUT Q=planned parenthood needs
During her tenure she has seen Planned Parenthood grow.
Parker says that is demonstrated by the increased number of centers and the
degree of community involvement.
Her successor has not been named.
IN Q=THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS
((THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS HAS TAKEN THIS SEARCH VERY SERIOUSLY. THEY ARE
LOOKING NOW AT FOUR FINALIST FOR MY POSITION. THE EXACT DATE WHEN THAT PERSON
COMES ABOARD WILL DE DETERMINED BY THAT INDIVIDUAL.))
OUT Q=BY THAT INDIVIDUAL
Parker's last day is April 30th.
She plans to stay involved with Planned Parenthood.
Organization officials say they offer medical treatment and education.
They say they also act as an advocate for family and health issues.
A bank consolidation may move some new jobs to Roanoke,
And a major plant in the area is planning some major improvements.
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-North Wilkesboro, NC/File Tape; :05
SUPER=03-Lynchburg/File Tape; :33
OUT Q=NAT SOT
First Union has consolidated its Roanoke area sales and finance office with
one it has in North Wilkesboro, North Carolina.
The bank expects to transfer affected employees into other departments, and
in the next few months it plans to create 50 NEW jobs here.
Employees at Rubatex in Bedford say the company will spend close to
six-million-dollars to renovate the plant, if workers can increase their
If the plan's undertaken, the factory's facelift will focus on reducing the
number of buildings Rubatex uses.
The former Babcock and Wilcox Fuel Company will appeal a 12- thousand dollar
fine handed down by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.
B- and- W, which changed its name to Framatome, was cited for using
improperly designed shipping packages, and exceeding the amount of uranium
allowed in its Lynchburg plant.
Checking the Dow Jones Industrial Average for the week, it rose 102-points,
closing at 5373-point-9-9.
Len Besthoff, with the News-7 Business Review.
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Coming up later on News 7,
Roy will have Pro Bowl highlights and he'll sum up today's hoop action.
The Emmy-winning actress best known for portraying Alice Kramden in "The
Honeymooners has died.
IN Q=I don't need
OUT Q=losing a mosquito (nat sound out).
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Hiking in weather like this takes extra warm clothing and good planning.
Forest Service officials stress the importance of being prepared for the
worst when you take off on a winter hike.
Folks with the Appalachian Trail Conference suggest telling friends and
relatives your planned route and schedule.
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IN Q=The important thing
((BILL FOOT/APPALACHIAN TRAIL CONFERENCE: THE IMPORTANT THING IS TO LET PEOPLE
KNOW WHERE YOU ARE GOING, MAKE SURE YOUR FRIENDS AND RELATIVES DON'T WORRY
ABOUT YOU. MAKE SURE THEY KNOW YOU ARE PREPARED AND DON'T NEED TO BE RESCUED
BECAUSE IT'S A LOT OF TROUBLE FOR PEOPLE WHO TRY TO RESCUE HIKERS WHO DON'T
NEED IT. ))
SUPER=01-Bill Foot/Appalachian Trail Conference;
OUT Q=who don't need it.
Foot also suggests keeping up with the weather forecasts to reduce the
chance of being caught off guard during severe weather.
GRAPHIC=HALL OF FAME
Baseball fans over in Salem found out that nothing warms up a cold night
better than a Hot Stove banquet!
Mike Stevens has more on tonight's Salem-Roanoke baseball hall of fame
IN Q=FIRST AUDIO
SUPER=03-Salem/Salem-Roanoke Baseball Hall of Fame; :00
SUPER=01-Kent Tekulve/NL Record Holder for Games Pitched; :32
SUPER=01-Chuck Hartman/1103 Career Wins; 1:03
SUPER=01-Jim Cutler/403 Wins At Liberty; 1:15
SUPER=01-Bobby Thomson/1951 Series Hero For Giants; 1:50
OUT Q=...NEWS 7 SPORTS."
(( There was plenty of baseball and lots of apple pie inside the Salem Civic
Center, although the normal hotdog portion of that trio underwent a major
upgrade for this event.
Nearly 650 fans of the game including Congressman Bob Goodlatte came to eat
and honor this year four inductees.
Heading the class of 96' is former Salem Rebel and Pittsburgh Pirates relief
ace Kent Tekulve, who was a big part of the Bucs 1979 World series title.
((KENT TUKULVE/NL RECORD HOLDER FOR GAMES PITCHED:))
Two terrific area coaches join Tekulve in the hall. Virginia Tech's CHuck
Hartman and LIberty high school's JIm Cutler - who between them have won over
((CHUCK HARTMAN/1130 CAREER WINS:))
((JIM CUTLER/403 WINS AT LIBERTY HIGH:))
((BOBBY THOMSON/1951 SERIES HERO FOR GIANTS:))
Longtime Kiwanis and American Legion supporter Wayne LaPierre joined the other
inductees and Thomson in the spotlight on this special night. In Salem Mike
Stevens News 7 sports.))
A big ODAC showdown this afternoon over at the Bast Center as Roanoke College
hosted Hampden-Sydney in a game postponed from yesterday because of snow.
SUPER=03-Salem/Tigers vs. Maroons; :00
Wake Forest head coach Dave Odom was a the Bast center watching son Ryan
And the Tigers guard would please papa with this 3 pointer from the right
His counterpart Jason Bishop would answer for the Maroons with this pretty
move on the baseline for a deuce.
The defending ODAC champs then went inside to Nate Schwab who gets the hoop
plus the foul.
Franklin County native Derek Bryant would counter that with a long three
And Roanoke beats the Tigers
85 to 78.
Syracuse stopped an Alabama rally midway through the second half and the
Orangemen hold on to beat Alabama 81 to 68.
SUPER=03-Syracuse, NY/CBS SPORTS; :
At the 10 minute mark of the second half Eric Washington hits a three and
Alabama cut the lead to 60 to 57.
But Syracuse answered the call Otis Hill misses the free throw but he
crashes the board and scores to make it 64 to 57.
The Tide came right back with the outisde game this Roy Rogers jumper
made the score 64 to 59 Syracuse.
The Orangemen then went to the inside game getting easy baskets like this
layup the lead was seven.
Syracuse went on a 10 to 2 run SUPER=33-Syracuse/=81/Alabama/=68; with
less than three minutes left in the game and the Orangemen win it 81 to 68.
Marcus Camby scored three of his 26 points in the final two minutes of
overtime as top ranked Massachusetts survived a scare with a 78 to 74 win over
SUPER=03-Cincinnati, OH/ABC SPORTS; :
Camby got U-Mass off to a god start in the first half he picks up the lose
ball and scores on the jam to make it 20 to 12 Xavier.
But Xavier dominated the half on this play T.J. Johnson gets out on the
fast break and Xavier led 31 to 21.
U-Mass had a two point lead late in the second half But Kevin Carr goes to
the boards hard for the basket and the game was tied 68 to 68.
Then in the overtime period
SUPER=33-Massachusetts/=78/Xavier/=74;Charlton clark gets the pass after the
steal and he throws it down U-Mass beats Xavier 78 to 74 in overtime.
The Indiana Pacers extended their home court win streak to a franchise
record 17 games with a 90 to 83 win over the New York Knicks.
SUPER=03-Indianapolis, IN/NBC SPORTS; :
The Pacers worked the boards in the second quarter Dale Davis with the jam
for a 37 to 29 Pacer lead.
New York couldn't find the mark from the outside but on this play anthony
Mason gets the basket to make it 37 to 31.
But Indiana went on a 7 to nothing run and the lead was 11 points with
about four minutes left in the quarter.
Patrick Ewing led the Knicks with 22 points here he scores on the running
jumper but the Knicks trailed by 10.
Reggie Miller was a little off SUPER=32-Indiana/=90/New York/=83;his
game today but he added 15 points as the Pacers knock off the Knicks 90 to 83.
The Roanoke Express returned to the ice tonight on the road at Raleigh.
And the Express ___________
SUPER=03-Buffalo, NY/SUNSHINE NETWORK; :
In the N-H-L the Sabres hosted the lighting this afternoon in Buffalo.
And Tampa Bay scored two goals in the first and two more in the second
period for an easy win over the Sabres.
For that and all of today's scores lets check the boards.
IN Q=first score
San Francisco 49-er Jerry Rice caught six passes for 82 yards and a
touchdown as the N-F-C beat the A-F-C 20 to 13 in the Pro Bowl.
SUPER=03-Honolulu, HI/ABC SPORTS; :
The A-F-C got on the board first. Jeff Blake goes to the air and hits
Pittsburgh Steeler receiver Yancey Thigpen who takes the ball into the end zone
for a record 93 yard scoring play giving the A-F-c a 7 to nothing lead.
Rice pulled in this Brett Favre one SUPER=30-NFC/=20/AFC/=13;yard
touchdown in the second quarter giving the N-F-C a 10 to 7 lead and the N-F-C
wins the pro Bowl by a score of 20 to 13.
If you are tired of filling up your car's gas tank so often, an electric car
may be the answer.
The concept may be around SOONER than you think.
That's the task for engineering students at Virginia Tech and 11 other
universities competing in the Future Car Challenge.
General Motors donated a Chevy Lumina to the Tech team, which is converting
it into a hybrid electric car, similar to the Dodge Neon TECH converted last
Unlike today's electric cars, hybrid vehicles have an on-board power supply
which recharges the batteries while the car is still moving.
((MATT MERKLE/ELECTRICAL ENG. GRAD STUDENT: THE GREAT THING ABOUT ELECTRIC
MOTORS, IT'S MAXIMUM POWER AT ANY GIVEN SPEED. WE'VE GOT A 100-HORSEPOWER UNIT
HERE THAT'S ACTUALLY FASTER THAN THE STOCK NEON GAS ENGINE WOULD BE AT THE SAME
WEIGHT. IT'S EXTREMELY EFFICIENT, BETTER THAN 90 PERCENT, WHEREAS YOUR
GASOLINE ENGINE IS ONLY 30 PERCENT EFFICIENT. ))
SUPER=01-Matt Merkle/Electrical Eng. Grad Student;
OUT Q=30 percent efficient.
The test for students is to turn a family- sized sedan into a low- fuel
vehicle with all the conventional features, capable of mass production by 2007.
((RICHARD MOORE/U.S. DEPT. OF ENERGY: WE'RE TRYING TO TRIPLE THE FUEL ECONOMY
OF A CONVENTIONAL AUTOMOBILE, AND THAT'S WHAT THESE STUDENTS ARE INVOLVED IN
DOING. TODAY'S FUEL ECONOMY IS AROUND 27, 27 MILES PER GALLON. WE'RE
ATTEMPTING TO GET A VEHICLE THAT CAN ACTUALLY GO 80 MILES PER GALLON. ))
SUPER=01-Richard Moore/U.S. Dept. of Energy;
OUT Q=80 miles per gallon.
The cars will be judged this summer in Detroit.
The competition is sponsored by the Department of Energy and a council
composed of the "Big Three" automakers.
Cancer claimed the life of one of television's classic comediennes.
Audrey Meadows, the Emmy-winning actress best known for portraying Alice
Kramdenm on the Honeymooners, died last night in Los Angeles.
IN Q=This is probably
((THIS IS PROBABLY THE BIGGEST THING I EVER GOT INTO. THE BIGGEST THING YOU
EVER GOT INTO WAS YOU PANTS.))
OUT Q=(nat sound of laughter)
Some say Meadows was 68, but reference books say she was 71.
Meadows starred with Jackie Gleason as lovebirds and sparring partners in
"To the moon, Alice!" was Ralph's often heard cry.
But Alice was unfazed by his threat to deliver a shot to the kisser, and
many shows ended like this.
IN Q=Baby you're
OUT Q=greatest (nat sound out)