Record low temperatures create hardships for home-owners, motorists and
Coming up on NEWS 7, we'll see what the sub-zero temperatures are doing to
And just when does the LIEUTENANT Governor get to break a tie in the evenly
divided state Senate? Don Beyer gets put to the test.
Tonight in sports, we'll take a look back at last night's rare loss by the
Magic Johnson talks about his progress.
Bobby Thomson talks about his historic homer.
And Pulaski County native Gary Clark is fired this afternoon by the Miami
Dolphins as Jimmy Johnson continues to clean house in south Florida.
Take heart....it will get warmer later this week. We might hit 50 by
The frigid weather is being blamed for the death of a Giles County man over
Authorities say the body of 46- year- old William Garland Mullins was found
around noon Saturday.
A family friend discovered Mullins lying on his front lawn-- within 10- feet
of his home in the Wolf Creek area of Giles County.
Officials say Mullins had a history of medical problems-- and apparently
died of exposure.
They say Mullins was wearing a jacket.
The county's coroner will determine the official cause of death-- but it is
NOT believed to be suspicious.
The bitter cold snap is apparently beginning to loosen its grip on the
The frigid conditions have caused all sorts of problems, including water
main breaks and power outages.
Double Boxes=Keith and Ron/Microwave
Ron Jones is here to tell us how people are coping.
(Ron Ad Libs)
(Roll Cue) ... with mixed reactions.
IN Q=Busted water pipes
SUPER=03-Botetourt Co.; :14
SUPER=01-Reggie Reynolds/Cattlemen's Assoc. Rep.; :23
SUPER=01-Shane Amburguy/Katie's Ice Cream; :42
SUPER=01-Rebecca Carey/Roanoke Resident; :54
OUT Q=but here I am.
(( Busted water pipes and slow moving traffic is the order of day in the
Workers in Roanoke are fighting water main breaks on two fronts in both the
north and south side.
Cattlemen aren't welcoming the cold either.
Their livestock have to work harder to stay warm by eating more food... if
they can get to it.
((REGGIE REYNOLDS/CATTLEMEN'S ASSOC. REP: THE BAD THING IS WHEN WE GET THE SNOW
LIKE WE GOT TWO WEEKS AGO IS GETTING TO THE CATTLE. AND ITS HAD TO TAKE SOME
OF OUR CATTLE PRODUCERS ALL DAY.))
Which leads to slim cattle and bad beef rates per pound.
But some businesses haven't missed a beat because of the cold... especially
the ice cream business?
((SHANE AMBURGUY/KATTIE'S ICE CREAM: BASED ON THE LAST SNOW STORM WE DID HAVE A
DRAMATIC INCREASE OF PEOPLE PRIOR TO THE PREVIOUS TWO MONTHS.))
And for some the cold and snow is welcomed event.
This lady left Sunny Florida for one reason.
((REBECCA CAREY/ROANOKE RESIDENT: WELL, I WANTED TO GET AWAY FROM THE THE REAL
HOT WEATHER... BUT HERE I AM.))
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Double Boxes=Keith and Ron/Microwave
The record cold helped set a power use record for American Electric Power in
Southern West Virginia and Southwest Virginia this morning.
Roanoke Gas Company has not set any records yet, but suggests customers take
some steps to conserve energy this month.
10 33 43 00 - 10 34 08 00
IN Q=Make sure all storm windows are
((JOHN WILLIAMSON/ROANOKE GAS: MAKE SURE ALL STORM WINDOWS ARE CLOSED, STORM
DOORS CLOSED. DROP THE THERMOSTAT 2-3 DEGREES WHEN IT'S SEVERELY COLD. EVEN
IF YOU'RE WORRIED ABOUT PIPES, LEAVE WATER DRIPPING OVERNIGHT OR DURING THE DAY
IF YOU ARE AWAY ALL DAY. ))
SUPER=01-John Williamson/Roanoke Gas;
OUT Q=away all day.
Williamson says an average gas bill for the month of February is 102-
dollars. This month customers can expected their bill to be about 15 dollars
higher due to the severe cold.
Roanoke police and prosecutors apparently think they've got the man who's
been setting fires in the Patterson Avenue area.
Phillip Vincent Orren was indicted today, charged with arson in seven
separate incidents over the past three months.
Chief Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney Betty Jo Anthony says Orren is a
suspect in as many as 20 fires altogether.
SUPER=04-December 4, 1995
Orren lives in the same neighborhood where these fires occurred.
He was arrested last month, two days after he allegedly set a fire where
someone was actually INSIDE the house at the time.
Flames destroyed a house in Franklin County over the weekend.
But as Scott Prince reports, a burning DESIRE saved one man's life.
IN Q=The smoke (bite)
SUPER=01-Peter Doyle/Fire Victim; :01
SUPER=03-Franklin Co.; :17
SUPER=01-Kevin Nunn/House Fire Hero; :32
SUPER=@Scott1; :51 (Quick!!)
OUT Q=SP News 7 Franklin County
IN Q=The smoke got to me
((PETER DOYLE/FIRE VICTIM: THE SMOKE GOT TO ME. I DIDN'T KNOW WHERE I WAS AT
AND I COULDN'T GET OUT, COULDN'T WALK. NOTHING. ))
There are two reasons why 84- year- old Peter Doyle survived this house
Virginia Tech student Michael Nunn, and his 15- year- old brother, Kevin.
Over the weekend a blaze broke out at Doyle's Fork Mountain home... but
heroic efforts by his two young neighbors proved to be the difference between
life and death.
IN Q=I was outside
((KEVIN NUNN/HOUSE FIRE HERO: I WAS OUTSIDE AND I WAS WATERING MY COW AND ONE
OF THE NEIGHBORS YELLED "HEY, IS HIS HOUSE ON FIRE?" I LOOKED UP AND SAW PETE'S
HOUSE ON FIRE SO I RAN BACK TO OUR HOUSE AND YELLED FOR MY DAD. ))
OUT Q=for my dad.
While his parents called for help, Kevin and his brother took matters into
their own hands.
The Nunn brothers sprinted across the yard, entered the burning house, and
went searching for their elderly neighbor.
stand- up bridge 14:00:09
It was Michael who found a disoriented Peter Doyle here in the back bedroom.
He extended his hand and pulled the man to safety.
Seconds later the house was completely engulfed in flames.
end stand- up
Doyle was treated for smoke inhalation, but doctors say he'll be fine.
He doesn't know how the fire started, but he does know that he couldn't have
chosen better friends.
The Nunn brothers don't consider themselves heros.
They're just glad they still have Peter Doyle as friend.
Scott Prince, News 7, Franklin County.))
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Still to come on News 7 at Six--
Lieutenant Governor Don Beyer tries out his role as tiebreaker in the state
while Congressman L-F Payne finally makes it official.
After weeks of speculation, he's made a decision about his future in
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Democrat L- F Payne says he won't be running for another term in Congress.
But sources say don't be surprised to see his name associated with another
Teresa Hamilton reports.
IN Q=Despite all
SUPER=03-Danville/This Morning; :10
SUPER=01-George Landrith/(R) Candidate for U-S Congress; :59
OUT Q=Hamilton, News 7, Danville.
IN Q=Despite all
((REP. L. F. PAYNE/(D) FIFTH DISTRICT: DESPITE ALL OF THE REWARDS AND EXCITING
CHALLENGES THAT ARE A PART OF THIS JOB, I NEVER INTENDED CONGRESS TO BE A
OUT Q=to be a career.
Following weeks of speculation, Payne made it official.
After eight years in Congress, he's retiring at the end of the year.
IN Q=My career
((MY CAREER WAS BUILT IN THE PRIVATE SECTOR AND I HAVE ALWAYS SAID THAT THE
PRIVATE SECTOR IS WHERE I WILL RETURN.))
OUT Q=will return.
But others aren't convinced Payne's political career is over so quick.
Payne wouldn't confirm. But sources say he's being courted by high ranking
officials within the Democrat party who want Payne to run as Lieutenant
((I'M VERY OPEN IN TERMS OF OPPORTUNITIES THAT MIGHT EXIST THAT WOULD ALLOW ME
TO BE IN THE PRIVATE SECTOR AND HAVE SOME PARTICIPATION IN TERMS OF PUBLIC
OUT Q=public policy.
Payne gave no specific reason for retiring.
Last term-- he ran a tough campaign against George Landrith-- who says he's
ready for another round.
((WE HAVE NAME IDENTIFICATION, WE HAVE SUPPORTERS, WE HAVE AN ORGANIZATION AND
SO I THINK THAT IT'S WORTH ANOTHER SHOT TO MAKE SURE THAT WE COMPLETE WHAT WE
BEGAN IN 1994. ))
Another Republican has also expressed interest in running. Eric Thompson
says he too, will seek the Republican nomination. Teresa Hamilton, News 7,
Within minutes of Payne's announcement this morning, Rocky Mount Senator
Virgil Goode was on the phone rounding up support for a possible bid for the
He says he'll make a specific announcement tomorrow, preferring to focus
publicly on Payne.
IN Q=I commend
((SEN. VIRGIL GOODE/D-ROCKY MOUNT: I COMMEND HIM... THROUGHOUT THE FIFTH.))
OUT Q=the Fifth.
Danville Delegate Whitt Clement says he won't challenge Goode for the
Martinsville's Ward Armstrong is undecided.
As for Payne, the presumed ticket leader for 1997 understands his decision.
IN Q=But I also
((LT. GOV. DON BEYER: BUT I ALSO THINK HE'D BE AN EXTRAORDINARY ADDITION TO
ANY DEMOCRATIC TEAM IN 1997 IF THAT'S WHAT HE WANTS TO DO. HE'S A BUSINESSMAN,
HE'S SHOWN PROVEN VOTE-GETTING ABILITY IN RURAL VIRGINIA, AS A VMI GRADUATE, A
COLGATE- DARDEN BUSINESS SCHOOL GRADUATE, HE BRINGS SO MUCH TO STATEWIDE
Back on the Republican side, Clarksville Delegate Frank Ruff is exploring
his own bid for Payne's seat, making that already a three- way race.
Virginia's 20-20 Senate had its first tie vote today -- and its first tie-
And its first argument over when Don Beyer gets to cast that vote.
And then Democrats and Republicans agreed to postpone the matter anyway.
But as Ellen Qualls reports -- its final outcome should have real importance
to Virginia voters.
OUT Q=Qualls, News7, Richmond.
((NAT SOT BO TRUMBO ON FLOOR
It's an arcane debate.
But, the issue was whether Virginians should be given the right to put their
own referenda on ballots, like Californians do.
It's an issue that few expected to get all the way to the Senate floor in
Virginia, and NO one expected would be the first 20- 20 tie.
A decision was put off, but the tie breaker issue it raised was finally in
the public eye.
((LT. GOV. DON BEYER: IN THE PUBLIC CONSCIOUSNESS, I DON'T THINK IT'S
IMPORTANT AT ALL. I THINK IT DOES CARRY A ... THAT WILL HINGE ON 20-20 TIE
Bo Trumbo has a very real concern that he says has nothing to do with
((BO TRUMBO: BY SETTING...HAS HEARD.))
On this occassion, Beyer did NOT have to issue a ruling, only an opinion.
But once that first ruling is issued, Republicans will appeal -- and that
appeal could end up in court.
Ellen Qualls, News 7, Richmond.))
After a slow start the stock market advanced for a record close.
The Dow gained 33 points.
NASDAQ was up 11 points.
It's Republican versus Republican for the Ward Three seat on Lynchburg city
council this May.
Former GOP chairman Robert Garber announced his candidacy this morning
during a news conference outside City Hall.
He's seeking the seat currently held by fellow Republican Jim Curling.
Garber calls Curling a party "outsider" who not only voted for Bill Clinton,
but who supports the city's controversial trash tag program.
IN Q=I just know
((ROBERT GARBER/LYNCHBURG COUNCIL CANDIDATE: I JUST KNOW THE THINGS THAT HE HAS
NOT ADDRESSED, AND I'M NOT GOING TO ATTACK MR. CURLING, THIS IS NOT GOING TO BE
A RACE OF ATTACKS. THIS IS GOING TO BE A RACE ON THE ISSUES.))
SUPER=01-Robert Garber/Lynchburg Council Candidate; :00
OUT Q=on the issues.
Garber says he's running to repeal the trash tag and business license taxes,
and reduce the city's real estate tax.
Curling says if he is not nominated by the Republicans later this month, he
may run as an independent to keep his seat.
GRAPHIC=Roanoke City Seal
The latest plan to redevelop Henry Street in Roanoke brought more
criticism today as a new citizens group asked city council to put the brakes on
Members of the group, Black Concerned Citizens of Roanoke held signs during
today's council session.
They asked members to put the project on hold until concerns about the
ownership of the development and minority participation in its operation are
IN Q=Well, I guess
((ANITA REED/BLACK CONCERNED CITIZENS: WELL I GUESS OUR PRIMARY CONCERN IS TO
EDUCATE THE COMMUNTIY AS TO WHAT IS GOING ON BEHIND CLOSED DOORS THAT THEY MAY
NOT BE AWARE OF WITH REGARDS TO HENRY STREET.))
((IT'S ESSENTIAL THAT THOSE THAT WERE PART OF IT ARE PART OF WHAT IS IN THE
WORKS FOR THE FUTURE AS WELL.))
SUPER=01-Anita Reed/Black Concerned Citizens of Roanoke;
OUT Q=for the future as well.
Last month, the Henry Street Revival Committee and the Roanoke Housing
Authority unveiled a multi- million dollar plan to revitalize the former
commercial district in Roanoke's Gainsboro neighborhood.
SS=Roanoke City Seal
The Housing Authority has delayed its presentation to city council while
officials gather more public comment on the proposal.
Coming up tonight in sports, Gary Clark is cut by the Dolphins.
Michael talks about he Bulls upsetting setback and Magic talks about getting
back in the groove.
And Bobby Thomson, the guest speaker at last night's hall of fame banquet in
Salem talks about the shot heard round the world.
Maybe it was the altitude, maybe it was the pregame fireworks inside the gym,
or maybe it was just time.
Whatever the reason, the Nuggets were extremely bullish last night as they
ended Chicago's 18 game winning streak.
SUPER=03-Denver, CO/Bulls vs. Nuggets; :00
The Bulls suffered just their fourth loss of the season as the Nuggets chick
his airness with the 105 to 99 upset.
Michael Jordan had 39 points for the Bulls on a variety of slams and jumpers.
But the Nuggets put five players in double figures including Mahmoud
Abdul-Rauf, who burned the nets for 32 points as the Nuggets end the Bulls 18
games winning streak with the 105-to-99 win.
((BRYANT STITH/9 POINTS LAST NIGHT:))
((MICHAEL JORDAN/39 POINTS LAST NIGHT:))
SUPER=01-Bryant Stith/9 Points Last Night; :00
SUPER=01-Michael Jordan/39 Points Last Night; :12
OUT Q=...THE STRETCH TO WIN."
The Lakers got shelled by the BUlls Friday night, but last night Magic and
boys of tinseltown bounced back to quiet the Jazz.
SUPER=03-Inglewood, CA/Last NIght; :00
Is the Magic back at the Forum??
Well watch this play, the rebound, the drive up court and the no look lob pass
to Vlade Divac for the layin.
Magic also scores 21 as the Lakers win 110-to-103.
IN Q="We're coming...
((MAGIC JOHNSON/21 POINTS LAST NIGHT:))
SUPER=01-Magic Johnson/21 Points Last Night; :00
OUT Q=...bit better too."
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In one other hoop note, the Basketball Hall of Fame added six names to list
years class of inductees, including the Iceman, George Gervin.
Joining the former Spur are George Yardley, former NC State star David
Thompson, former Laker Gail Goodrich,
And former ODU all-american Nancy Lieberman-Cline.
A number of area college teams are in action tonight including UVa.
The Cavaliers host Old Dominion as they try to win their second straight.
The VMI Keydets are back in Cameron Hall for their annual military clash with
That game also tips off tonight at 7 o'clock.
Right across the street the Washington & Lee Generals are at home in the
Warner Center taking on Randolph-Macon.
And down in Lynchburg, Roanoke looks to continue its winning ways against
Lynchburg. The Maroons beat the Hornets by 20 last week.
Jimmy Johnson's house cleaning in Miami continued this afternoon as the
Dolphins cut veteran wide receiver Gary Clark.
The 33-year-old Clark, an 11-year veteran, caught 37 passes for
525 yards and two touchdowns after joining the Dolphins last
season. Clark ranks fourth among active wide receivers with 699
Clark spent eight seasons with Washington and two with Arizona
before signing with the Dolphins.
GRAPHIC=HALL OF FAME
Wayne LaPierre, Kent Tekulve, CHuck Hartman and Jim Cutler comprised the
Class of 96 that was inducted into the Sale-Roanoke Baseball Hall of Fame last
SUPER=03-Salem/Last Night; :00
But most folks came to see the guest speaker, 72 year old Bobby Thomson.
The Former New York Giant who hit the shot heard round the world in the 1951
world series to give the national league pennant to the Giants.
((BOBBY THOMSON/1951 SERIES HERO:))
SUPER=01-Bobby Thomson/1951 Series Hero; :00
OUT Q= ...was something."