Coming up on News Seven at six,
Another house fire in Roanoke today.
Officials say it was started by a toddler.
And as the deep freeze is on is it safe to travel?
We'll have a live report.
In sports, The Pacers extend their home winning streak to 17 Syracuse holds
off Alabama and a big ODAC game over at Roanoke College this afternoon.
Bundle up for this one--
Tonight is expected to be the coldest night of the winter season, as the
mercury plunges well below ZERO.
Three families had to be moved from their apartments after a five year old
boy playing with a cigarette lighter started a fire.
The fire started around 7-30 this morning.
It happened in the Salem View Apartments in Roanoke.
Fire officials say the boy apparently caught clothes and papers on fire in
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.
Cold temperatures have stopped snow crews in their tracks.
Virginia Department of Transportation officials say the ice is tearing up
Denise Allen is in the newsroom with the latest.
Denise, what is V-DOT going to do?
Ron, mother nature won the battle today.
The chemicals and heavy equipment were in-effective in the extreme cold.
So that layer of packed snow and ice on your street will be there for a
Roll cue: there for a while
SUPER=01-Kim Kristensen/Equipment Repair Mgr.;
OUT Q=throwing snowballs.
((This is a typical secondary road.
And V-DOT officials say this is how they'll look for the next day or so.
Road salt will not work in frigid temperatures.
And plow blades have proved to be no match for the ice.
((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.))
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.
((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.))
But break downs and packed ice haven't totally stopped V-DOT.
((WE ARE CONTINUING TO WORK ON THE ROADS THAT HAVEN'T YET HAD A PLOW ON THEM.
THOSE ARE MOSTLY IN THE HIGHER ELEVATIONS. ANYWHERE THERE IS SNOW WE CAN PUSH
WE'RE DOING THAT.))
Not everyone is sidelined by the weather.
But often getting around takes a little help from some friends.
((LINDA LANCASTER: MY CAR JUST STAYS IN THE DRIVE. I HAVE GOOD FRIENDS WHO
HAVE FOUR WHEEL DRIVE AND WILL TAKE ME ABOUT.))
((DAWN ROSS: COMING DOWNTOWN, GOING TO A BIRTHDAY PARTY, GOING TO THE FOOD
COURT, THROWING SNOWBALLS.))
Laura Bullock says they're waiting for the weather to cooperate.
Temperatures need to be in the mid twenties for the chemicals to work.
Drivers are advised to use extreme caution on secondary roads.
Primary roads and interstates are mostly clear with patches of snow.
Also Ron Roanoke City plans to pick up trash tomorrow, from the curb only.
Christmas trees will be picked up on the 12th.
Frigid temperatures and record setting snow fall can put people in dangerous
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.
The Virginia Department of Emergency Services will be opening a disaster
recovery center in Covington for flood victims.
It will open Tuesday at the National Guard Armory at the intersection of Oak
Street and Lexington Avenue.
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-
TAPE# 95-109; edit 96-8
More than 40 University of Florida students involved in a bus accident
Friday are now out of the hospital and doing fine.
SUPER=03-Pocahontas Co., WV/Friday;
One of the students is still hospitalized at U-V-A Hospital suffering from
two broken legs and a punctured lung.
The group was on its way to Snowshoe Ski Resort when their charter bus
skidded off a road in Pocahontas County and went down a fifty foot embankment.
The group is now back on their way to school after leaving Roanoke Regional
Airport shortly after six this evening.
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Coming up on News-7,
We'll tell you about big changes at Planned Parenthood.
The Dow Rose to new heights again--Len Besthoff will have that and more in
the News 7 Business Review.
Kimberly in Wx office
We've got the makings for a record- breaking night of bitter cold weather.
Expect lows to drop from five below to five above in southwest Virginia-- as
much as 10 to 20 below in the Greenbrier Valley.
Winds will diminish-- but even that won't help us out too much with such
We'll have all the chilly details-- coming up in the forecast.
So, stay warm and stay tuned.
MUSIC UP FULL
The president of Planned Parenthood is stepping down.
Kathryn Haynie Parker has been with the organization for 19 years.
She recently remarried and plans to move to Charlottesville with her
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 possible expansion for a plant by Bedford's largest employer...
and a possible fine for a company in the Lynchburg area.
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.
The Roanoke Regional Chamber of Commerce is again making a concerted
lobbying effort in Richmond this year.
It's trying to forward the agenda for hundreds of businesses across our
Bud Oakey is the chamber's vice president...and point man when it comes to a
number of issues that will be addressed by Virginia's General Assembly this
Among the big issues for the chamber this year is a package of legislation
to help small businesses.
SOT 15:53:59 FROM FIBERCOM TAPE
IN Q=We're working
((BUD OAKEY/ROANOKE REGIONAL CHAMBER OF COMMERCE: WE'RE WORKING ON A CAPITAL
ACCESS PROGRAM THAT HAS WORKED SUCCESSFULLY WITH PROVIDING SMALLER LOANS TO
SMALLER BUSINESSES THAT NORMALLY WOULD NOT BE CONSIDERED AN ACCEPTABLE RISK
UNDER TRADITIONAL BANKING CIRCUMSTANCES.))
SUPER=01-Bud Oakey/Roanoke Reg. Chamber of Commerce;
OUT Q=banking circumstances.
Oakey says that's just the beginning.
His group will also push for legislation to encourage more regional
cooperation, and to increase funding for education.
The Roanoke Regional chamber actually lobbies in Richmond on the behalf of
more than three dozen chambers of commerce from all across the state.
MUSIC ON TAPE
We've got winter hiking tips straight from the Appalachian Trail
Wouldn't it be nice to have a car that never needs gas?
You might get a CHARGE out of this electric car from Virginia Tech.
MUSIC UP FULL
George Washington and Jefferson National Forest employees are playing catch
up after a long government furlough.
Beth Myer reports forestry workers are now relying on partnerships to get
the job done.
IN Q=Plans would be
SUPER=03-Bedford Co.; :00
SUPER=01-Dave Olson/G.W. and Jefferson National Forest; :13
SUPER=01-Bill Foot/Appalachian Trail Conference; :49
OUT Q=News 7.
(( Plans would be underway for a footbridge that will cross the James River
near Big Island along the Applachian Trail, but the budget furlough stopped the
job as a contract was about to be signed.
10 42 33 00 - 10 42 42 00
IN Q=We were unable
((DAVE OLSON/G.W. AND JEFFERSON NATIONAL FOREST: WE WERE UNABLE TO IMPLEMENT
THAT CONTRACT. WE WERE DEPLAYED A THREE WEEK PERIOD PLUS THE STORM WAS ABOUT A
MONTH DELAY AND NORMALLY THE FIRM WOULD BE WORKING RIGHT ABOUT NOW. ))
OUT Q=right about now.
The Appalachian Trail Conference stresses the importance of the new footbridge
as the only safe way to cross the James River at Rt. 501.
Now hikers must use the 5-0-1 bridge which only has this 12- inch berm for
pedestrians. And if.. one or even two tractor trailers are also crossing the
bridge at the same time, there is NO room for driver OR hiker error!
10 39 08 00 - 10 39 14 00
IN Q=This will
((BILL FOOT/APPALACHIAN TRAIL CONFERENCE: THIS WILL GREATLY IMPROVE THE SAFETY
OF HIKING AND MAKE IT MORE SCENIC AND AESTHETIC. ))
OUT Q=scenic and aesthetic
This is a joint project between the Forest Service, the Appalachian Trail
Conference, and the Virginia Department of Transportation.
In this case, the government furlough also kept the other partners from
proceeding with the project.
10 43 50 00 - 10 44 03 00
IN Q=The forest service
((DAVE OLSON/JEFFERSON NATIONAL FOREST: THE FOREST SERVICE IS GOING TO BE
INCREASINGLY LOOKING AT PARTNERSHIPS TO DO ITS JOB. ANY EFFECT WHERE A
PARTNERSHIP COULD BE JEOPARDIZED OR IF SOME IMPACTS COULD OCCUR WITH THAT
PARTNERSHIP, WE'D BE VERY CONCERNED WITH. ))
OUT Q=very concerned with.
Olson says the Forest Service wants to maintain good relations and timelines
with partners and this time, the lenghty government furlough has pushed many
projects back a least a month. Beth Myer, News 7.))
If a car that gets 80 miles to the gallon sounds like a dream... that
concept may be on the market 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.
And coming up, Massachusetts wins in overtime, Syracuse knocks off Alabama
Kansas beats Kansas State by 10.
And the Indiana Pacers have stretched their home court win streak to a
franchise record 17 games.
Two of the top dogs in the ODAC squared off this afternoon 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 had a big lead at the half but the the Orangemen had to 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.
When we spoke with Jeff Jones and the Cavaliers earlier this week their
major concern was developing an inside out side game to take some of the
pressure off guards Harold Deane and Curtis Staples.
Well the Cavaliers did a good job at it yesterday breaking a five game
losing streak with a victory over Florida State.
IN Q="You just can't
((JEFF JONES/VIRIGNIA HEAD COACH: ))
SUPER=01-Jeff Jones/Virginia Head Coach; :
OUT Q=.....like to."
SUPER=03-Tallahassee, FL/ABC SPORTS; :
Yesterday in Tallahassee, Harold Deane was the man outside he scored 25
points in the Cavalier victory.
Deane had many open shots because the Cavaliers went to Norman Nolan
inside and he responded with a season high 14 points.
IN Q=First audio
((NORMAN NOLAN/VIRGINIA FORWARD: ))
SUPER=01-Norman Nolan/Virginia Forward; :
OUT Q=.......TO ITS OVER."
With the win the Cavaliers improved their A-C-C record to 3 and 6 and
virginia is 8 and 10 overall.
The Indiana Pacers turned a 10 point half time lead into a 90 to 83 win over
the New York Knicks this afternoon.
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.
Top ranked Massachusetts won again this afternoon for that and all of
today's college and pro scores lets check the numbers.
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GRAPHIC=Hall of Fame
The Salem Roanoke Baseball Hall of Fame will hold its fifth induction
banquet tonight at the Salem Civic Center.
The fifth class includes Virginia Tech baseball coach Chuck Hartman who's
won over 500 games at Tech.
Kent Tekulve, who pitched for the Salem Pirates in 1970 and 71 will also
join the Hall.
Tekulve posted 17 saves and had an E-R-A of under three. He played for
Pittsburgh and Philadelphia recording 179 career saves.
The other two inductees are Liberty High School baseball coach Jim Cutler
and Wayne LaPierre who started the sandlot programs in Garden city.
Today's play at the Pebble Beach Pro Am has been cancelled because of wet
Its the second day in a row wet conditions have forced tournament officials
to call off play.
Jeff Maggert held a one shot lead after 36 holes of play in the scheduled
four round event.
Just as a reminder,
Following the newscast, we'll be running school information across the
bottom of your screen during the C-B-S Evening News.
We'll crawl the information throughout the night.
And we'll have another list after News 7 at 11.
SS=News 7 at 6
That's going to do it for News 7 at 6.