How do you feel about school on SATURDAY to make up for snow days?
We'll kick that one around in a moment.
State Police looking into whether a Virginia Tech student WAS actually raped
by Tech football players.
And we'll look at a permanent means of tracking your wayward pet.
Tonight in sports, Jeff Gordon goes one-on-one with Muggsy Bogues.
Steve Mason profiles Roanoke College guard Nathan Hungate.
And the world champion Cowboys continue their post super bowl party with a
parade through the streets of Dallas.
Icy travel as you head north tomorrow and a mild rain for the rest of the
region. The details and Weather School coming up.
Once again today many students had an unscheduled day off from school.
Because of the unusually severe winter weather,
school officials throughout Southwest Virginia are now trying to figure out
how to make up for hours lost in the classroom.
Double Boxes=Keith and Ron/Microwave
Ron Jones is here to tell us many options are being considered, including
for some--weekend classes.
(Rollcue: "received mixed reactions")
IN Q=While their counterparts
SUPER=01-Jamie Helms/Salem High Student; :19 quick
SUPER=01-Chris Foutz/Salem High Student; :25 quick
SUPER=01-Dana Dudley/Salem School Student; :37 quick
SUPER=01-Joyce Noell/Salem High Teacher; :48 quick
OUT Q=and go home.
((While their counterparts in many other school districts continue to bide
their time at home, students in Salem headed back to class today.
Predictably, the kids have mixed feelings about returning to the classroom.
And if some had a choice between school and snow they say the white stuff is
((JAMIE HELM/SALEM HIGH STUDENT: SNOW MOST DEFINITELY.. WHY BE AT SCHOOL WHEN
YOU COULD BE AT HOME.))
BUTT, BUTT, BUTT
((CHRIS FOUTZ/SALEM HIGH STUDENT: SNOW... I LIKE BEING OUT OF SCHOOL. BUT I
LIKE SCHOOL BUT I LIKE TO BE OUT SOMETIMES AND VACATION.))
But there are others who say the unexpected time off is starting to get to
((DANA DUDLEY/SALEM HIGH STUDENT: I THINK I'D RATHER HAVE SCHOOL BEING IN...
BECAUSE I'M GETTING READY TO GRADUATE SO I JUST WANT TO GET OUT OF HERE.))
Some say even days when schools are on delayed opening are a problem.
((JOYCE NOELL/SALEM HIGH TEACHER: GET THE BOOKS OUT, GET THE DISKS OUT, BOOT UP
THE COMPUTERS AND IT WAS TIME TO PUT THEM AWAY AND GO HOME.))
Double Boxes=Keith and Ron/Microwave
A General Assembly committee has endorsed a compensation package for Ed
Honaker, the Roanoke man who spent ten years in prison for a crime he didn't
Honaker was pardoned by Governor George Allen in 1994, after D- N- A tests
indicated he did not rape a Nelson County woman.
Today, the House Claims committee sent the bill to the House floor, but not
IN Q=Now what failed us
((DEL. LEO WARDRUP/R- VIRGINIA BEACH: NOW WHAT FAILED US IN THIS PARTICULAR
CASE WAS NOT THE SYSTEM AT ALL. WHAT HAPPENED IS WE HAD NEW EVIDENCE. AND BY
HAVING NEW EVIDENCE WE WERE ABLE TO FREE THIS MAN. I SIMPLY DO NOT THINK THAT
BECAUSE OF THIS, THE TAXPAYERS OF THE COMMONWEALTH SHOULD HAVE A HALF MILLION
DOLLAR BURDEN PLACED ON THEM.))
SUPER=01-Del. Leo Wardrup/(R) Virginia Beach;
OUT Q=placed on them.
The measure would award Honaker 150- thousand dollars in cash and a 350-
thousand dollar annuity to be paid over 10 years.
The state police are stepping into the Christy Brzonkala case.
They will investigate the former Virginia Tech student's charges that she
was raped by two football players,
including Tony Morrison.
A spokesman says the attorney general's office ordered the investigation,
after suggesting the idea to Brzonkala's lawyer, Eileen Wagner.
Wagner had contacted the A-G, looking for information on the hearings
Attorney General Jim Gilmore held on sexual assault on college campuses.
Wagner wrote back to the attorney general that her client would welcome a
Virginia Tech spokesman Larry Hinker says that the university welcomes the
investigation, and the opportunity for the facts to be uncovered. Hinker also
stressed that the university is NOT the subject of the investigation.
Brzonkala has filed an 8-million dollar civil suit against Tech and two of
its football players.
One armed robbery after another- -around this time last year in Roanoke-
-will cost Calvin Tracy Greene the next 17 years of his life.
This is the 28- year old man who said he held up the four banks in Roanoke,
because his asthmatic son needed money for a "breathing machine."
Greene stole 97-hundred dollars last February and March.
He did NOT pull a gun the first time but later became more aggressive.
IN Q=He came in
((ROANOKE POLICE SGT. STAN SMITH: HE CAME IN WITH THE GUN POINTED OUT. EACH
TIME THAT HE WENT OVER TO THE TELLER, HE DIDN'T JUST STAND BACK WITH THE
WEAPON, HE WOULD ACTUALLY REACH OVER THE COUNTER AND PUT THE WEAPON DOWN IN THE
DIRECTION OF THE TELLER THAT WAS GETTING THE MONEY. ))
SUPER=01-Sgt. Stan Smith/Roanoke Police Detective
OUT Q=getting the money.
* * * Keith on ENG * * *
One of the tellers said she suffered "no ill effects."
But another one was apparently traumatized.
SOT Strickland 15:17:10
IN Q=She was scared
((JUDGE DIANE STRICKLAND: SHE WAS SCARED TO DEATH WHEN SHE WAS CONFRONTED WITH
THE FIREARM IN HER FACE.))
SUPER=01-Judge Diane Strickland/Roanoke Circuit Court
OUT Q=in her face.
* * * Keith on ENG * * *
Greene told the judge he takes full responsibility.
((CALVIN GREENE/BANK ROBBER: I WOULD LIKE TO ASK THE COURT TO GIVE ME A SECOND
CHANCE AT MY LIFE. AND I'M SORRY FOR WHAT HAPPENED.))
SUPER=01-Calvin Greene/Bank Robber
OUT Q=for what happened.
The 17-year sentence seemed to surprise Greene.
Under current parole guidelines, he'll serve all- but about 2-and-a half
years of that.
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Still to come on News 7 at Six--this winter's severe weather is puzzling to
But some say it's predictable, if you read all about it.
They swear by the Farmer's Almanac, which by the way, says we're not done
with winter yet.
So is it really reliable? We'll have the story.
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MUSIC UP FULL
SUPER=#C-380; Weather Roll
Lynchburg firefighters are mopping up at the scene of a fire that gutted a
home there this afternoon.
The owner of this house on Pinehurst Street said he'd been having problems
with his oil furnace, and shortly after a fuse blew today, the house caught
Houston Haskins and several family members got out okay, but the house was a
IN Q=I come back
((JOE ROSSER/WITNESS: I COME BACK UPSTAIRS AND HIS GRANDDAUGHTER AND HER LITTLE
BOY ARE STANDING OUTSIDE ON THE SIDEWALK. SHE ASKED ME TO GO IN AND GET HER
PURSE BUT THE HOUSE WAS FULL OF SO MUCH SMOKE I COULDN'T EVEN GET IN THERE.))
((CMDR. LES PUCKETT/LYNCHBURG FIRE DEPT.: IT WAS HEAVILY INVOLVED. AS A MATTER
OF FACT I SAW IT ABOUT A HALF MILE AWAY, AND THE FIRST FLOOR IS BURNT OUT WHICH
HAS HAMPERED OUR INTERIOR OPERATIONS. SO FOR A RELATIVELY SMALL HOUSE, IT'S
BEEN A TOUGH ONE FOR US.))
SUPER=01-Joe Rosser/Witness; :00
SUPER=01-Cmdr. Les Puckett/Lynchburg Fire Dept.; :11
OUT Q=tough one for us.
It took fire crews a half hour to bring the blaze under control.
wipe wipe wipe
GRAPHIC=wipe wipe wipe
Fire destroyed the contents of a house at six-80 Lester Street in
Christiansburg this afternoon.
A teenager discovered the fire inside the house upon returning home just
before three o-clock.
Fire officials say it appears to have broken out in a closet.
No one was injured, but a dog and two cats died in the blaze.
Firefighters say most of the damage is from smoke and water.
The fire is under investigation, but officials say it does not appear to be
Sales of the Farmers' Almanac must be soaring this Winter.
When the subject of weather comes up, you can count on someone to bring it
up for predicting the last two snowstorms.
So just how reliable is it anyway?
Tracy Altizer takes a look.
IN Q=The Almanac has hit
SUPER=01-Clyde Morris/Farmer; :00
SUPER=01-Mike Emlaw/N.W.S. Meteorologist; :54
OUT Q=Altizer, NEws 7.
((CLYDE MORRIS/FARMER: THE ALMANAC HAS HIT IT ALMOST WITHIN ONE DAY A YEAR OR A
YEAR AND A HALF IN ADVANCE, THAT OUR LOCAL FORECASTERS CAN'T HIT A WEEK AHEAD.
Morris really is a fan of Robin Reed, and watches the News-7 weatherman
nightly for the next day's forecast.
But when it comes to long- range planning, this potato farmer has relied on
Blum's Farmer's and Planter's Almanac for 40 years.
It has him worried about more snowstorms this month.
((THE 16TH THROUGH THE 19TH AND THE 24TH THROUGH THE 29TH. I HOPE WE MISS
But it also depends on which almanac you depend on.
The Old Farmers Almanac was on the money last week, but it's not calling for
anymore snow until the 19th thru the 21st of this month.
At the National Weather Service office in Blacksburg, meteorologists say
it's all a matter of interpretation.
And even with all the latest computer models, they don't stick their necks
out past a week.
((MIKE EMLAW/N.W.S. METEOROLOGIST: WE CAN PREDICT FAIRLY WELL MOST OF THE TIME
OUT TO ABOUT TWO DAYS. WE CAN DO REASONABLY WELL, KIND OF GET A GENERAL IDEA
WHAT THE WEATHER'S GOING TO BE OUT TO PERHAPS SEVEN DAYS DEPENDING ON THE TIME
OF THE YEAR, AND THEN ANYTHING REALLY BEYOND THAT IS GUESSWORK. ))
But whether you subscribe to high- tech or down- home, only one person
really knows what's in store, and we all know better than to mess with Mother
Nature. Tracy Altizer, News 7.))
I-T-T Night Vision is one of the larger companies in our area.
Lately though it has sent mixed signals about its future employment picture.
Len Besthoff reports.
IN Q=Last week
SUPER=03-Roanoke Co./Last Week; :00
SUPER=01-Elaine Tuttle/ITT Night Vision; :55
OUT Q=LB, News-7.
(( Last week we visited I-T-T Night Vision to do a story about its positive
efforts in selling night vision goggles to consumers.
Up until 1993, the focus was on military applications.
SOT TAPE TWO 03:16:45
IN Q=The response
((SANDRA COAN/ITT NIGHT VISION: THE RESPONSE TO NIGHT VISION HAS BEEN
OUT Q=has been incredible.
But hours after our visit workers called saying the company planned to cut
Our attempts to reach I-T-T failed, but we confirmed the story from an
We reported I-T-T would cut 90 positions-it turned out 12 people got pink
We regret the error.
When we tried to get the correct figure from I-T-T, we did not get a
response after four separate calls.
A release arrived TWO DAYS later, and 24 HOURS after the rest of the media
got a copy.
It says the layoffs partly resulted from slower than anticipated growth in
its commercial/consumer products segment.
But two days before, growth prospects in that division sounded pretty rosy.
SOT TAPE TWO 02:55:01
IN Q=The second
((ELAINE TUTTLE/ITT NIGHT VISION: THE SECOND YEAR WE WERE ABOUT 400-PERCENT
GROWTH RATE AND WE HAVEN'T MAINTAINED THAT KIND OF GROWTH RATE, BUT WE DOUBLED
LAST YEAR AND IT LOOKS LIKE WE'RE GONNA ALMOST DOUBLE THIS YEAR IN OUR
SUPER=01-Elaine Tuttle/ITT Night Vision;
OUT Q=commercial sales.
Workers who called us also expressed doubt about I-T-T's other statement in
the release, that "...no further workforce reductions are anticipated".
They pointed out, and News-7 confirmed, that I-T-T is awaiting the award of
a large night vision contract from the U-S military probably worth tens of
millions of dollars.
IN Q=The last
(( The last contract awarded was split by I-T-T and its main competitor,
Litton Industries of Arizona.
But workers say Litton took the matter to court because it had the lower
This time around, employees speculate only one company will get the
OUT Q=will get the contract.
But even if I-T-T doesn't win it, it MAY have an ace in the hole.
Workers also say it's bidding on two big foreign night vision contracts.
I-T-T told its employees it will hear about the U-S military contract in a
few weeks, and the foreign work will not be awarded until later this year.
Len Besthoff, News-7.))
Still ANOTHER record day for Wall Street today.
The Dow was up 32 and a half points, closing at 54 hundred 92.
NASDAQ lost four points.
There's a new way to help track down a lost pet.
Nine veterinarians in the Roanoke Valley are implanting computer chips in
dogs and cats, so their owner can be more easily identified.
Beth Myer has the story.
IN Q=This tiny
SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.; :00
SUPER=01-Dr. Steve Karras/ Veterinarian; :10
SUPER=01-Al Alexander/Roanoke SPCA; :37
SUPER=01-Mike Quesenberry/Roanoke Animal Control Supervisor; :45
OUT Q=News 7
((This tiny computer chip can save pets' lives. The chip is injected under
the skin between the shoulder blades.
10 18 16 00 - 10 18 29 00
IN Q=Just like geting
((DR. STEVE KARRAS/VETERINARIAN: JUST LIKE GETTING ROUTINE VACCINES FOR
SMALLER ANIMALS. IT'S NICE TO DO A LITTLE LOCAL BECAUSE IT'S A LARGER NEEDLE
THAN NORMALLY USED. WITH BIG DOGS, IT'S NO PROBLEM. ))
OUT Q=it's no problem.
The chips are passive and have no electrical current. They only respond
when the reader makes them vibrate at a certain frequency. That's when the
nine digit identification number appears.
The company that makes the computer chips has donated scanners to local
animal shelters and animal control offices.
2 15 37 00 - 2 15 44 00
IN Q=That tells me
((AL ALEXANDER/ROANOKE SPCA: THAT TELLS ME WHO THE VET IS AND THE VET TELLS ME
THE OWNER AND THE DOG IS HALF WAY HOME. ))
OUT Q=half way home.
2 23 22 00 - 2 23 38 00
IN Q=Any animals
((MIKE QUESENBERRY/ROANOKE ANIMAL CONTROL SUPERVISOR: ANY ANIMALS WE PICK UP
THAT MAY BE INJURED ARE AUTOMATICALLY SCANNED BY THE OFFICERS. IF WE HAVE AN
OWNER, WE'LL CONTACT THEM AND LET THEM KNOW THEIR ANIMAL IS IN NEED OF
VETERINARY SERVICES RIGHT THEN. ))
OUT Q=services right then.
The procedure just takes a few minutes and veterinarians say it's safe.
10 41 20 00 - 10 41 27 00
IN Q=You can't
((DR. STEVE KARRAS/VETERINARIAN: YOU CAN'T FEEL IT UNDER THE SKIN, THERE'S NO
REASON AN ANIMAL CAN'T BE MICROCHIPED UNLESS THERE'S PROBLEMS IN THAT AREA. ))
OUT Q=in that area.
The procedure and computer chip cost about 35 dollars.
The veterinarian who implants the chip keeps the identification records
Beth Myer, News 7.))
Coming up tonight in sports, the party continues for the Cowboys.
Jeff Gordon goes one on one with Muggsy Bogues.
And Steve Mason talks with former Northside all-state performer Nathan
Hungate - who is finally finding his niche at Roanoke College.
The Dallas Cowboys got off their high horses, and climbed onto to some floats
today to take a victors' ride through the streets of Dallas.
SUPER=03-Dallas, TX/This Afternoon; :00
Thousands of people lined the streets of Big "D" just hoping got get a
glimpse of their heros.
As you can see the players were in short sleeves wearing their jerseys.
It was sunny and in the low 70's and Emmitt Smith and Michael Irvin
celebrated the Cowboys third Super Bowl win in the last four years.
Today is the national signing day for high school football players across the
UVa will not announce its list of signees until later in the week, but
Virginia Tech said tonight it has signatures from 28 players including
William Campbell's Robert Adams, Pulaski Kicker Shayne Graham and E.C. Glass'
Carl Bradley & Andre Kendrick.
SUPER=03-Lexington, KY; :00
The number one player in the country, Leslie County quarterback Tim Couch,
passed up offers to attend any of the country's marquee programs to please the
home folks and sign with the Kentucky Wildcats.
Virginia Tech heads into this Saturday's Atlantic 10 meeting on the road
with Xavier with a 17 and 2 overall record.
SUPER=03-Blacksburg/Last Night; :00
Last night at the Cassell; the Hokies beat A-10 rival Duquesne 69-63.
The victory marked the Hokies 16th straight home win, but there were just over
66 hundred fans in attendance, far below the 10 thousand capacity.
((BILL FOSTER/VA. TECH HEAD COACH:))
SUPER=01-Bill Foster/Virginia Tech Coach; :00
OUT Q=...enough of them"
Former Northside star Nathan Hungate is a big reason why Roanoke is a top
the ODAC standings.
Steve Mason brings us up to date on this college sophomore who has once
again stepped into a leadership position.
IN Q=first audio
SUPER=03-Charlottesville/1994 State Semi Finals; :00
SUPER=01-Nathan Hungate/Roanoke Sophomore Point Guard; :11
SUPER=03-Salem/This Season; :20
SUPER=01-Page Moir/Roanoke Head Coach; :53
SUPER=01-Jason Bishop/Roanoke Guard; :59(QUICK!)
OUT Q=...News 7 sports"
((Two years later; Nathan Hungate still thinks about his last high school
game. Northside lost to Salem for the 6th time in the State semi finals.
While he now jokes about that streak; he has taken his college career quite
seriously. He has too.
He has played well. Roanoke has won 9 of it's last 10 games. During most of
that stretch; Hungate averaged about 13 points and near 10 assists per game!
But it's what he does for his teammates that makes him special. Maroon center
Tim Braun is shooting a sizzling 60 percent from the field; mainly because of
Hungate's ability to get him the ball. He's not the only benefactor.
Hungate is also averaging about three steals a game. All this adds up to
someone who has changed quite a bit from a roll player who came off the bench a
Now that he has found a home at Roanoke; what are his goals?
Hungate is already among the top 7 career assists leaders at Roanoke and he
still has over two years of eligibility left. Steve Mason, News 7 sports.))
The Charlotte Hornets were whipped by San Antonio last night, but there was
plenty of entertainment
at halftime as the Hornets welcomed Jeff Gordon to the hive.
SUPER=03-Charlotte, NC/Last Night; :00
Gordon was honored by team owner George Shinn with a framed jersey.
He should have taken the framed number 24 and left, because he was matched up
with Muggsy Bogues in a shooting contest.
Jeff shot an air ball on a free throw, and then almost killed a cameraman
with a halfcourt heave.
Muggsy, meanwhile, hit his one and only halfcourt shot - kissing it off the