It's headed this way.
We'll begin our report on NEWS 7 at SIX with the latest word on the winter
And some tough talk from the head of the Faculty at TECH- -on football
superstars with character flaws.
In sports, VMI's Thomas Haskins is named to the All American team, we will
recap Fleming's stunning win over PH,
and Tech Athletic director Dave Braine talks about the problems with his
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A significant dose of winter weather might be headed our way. If forecasts
are right, the Roanoke Valley could be looking at three to five inches of snow.
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Scott Prince has been all around the area today seeing how people are
preparing for the potential winter blast.
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SUPER=01-Laura Bullock/Va. Dept. of Transportation;
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(( No one wants to see this again.
Well, almost no one.
The kids are hoping for an early Christmas break courtesy of mother nature.
Roanoke City Schools Assistant Superintendent Richard Kelley explains how
decisions are made concerning delays and closings.
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OUT Q=and so forth
While the kids wait for word, many parents can be found at the grocery
Places like the Super Save on Riverland Road are reporting brisk sales.
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OUT Q=your groceries
Not only are the customers stocking up on the essentials, but the stores are
Items like bread and milk are in high demand and by late tonight, the
shelves may not be so plentiful.
Snow preparations are also underway at the Department of Transportation.
The salt is stacked... and the plows are standing by.
VDOT officials meanwhile are passing on a reminder.
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((LAURA BULLOCK/VDOT: WE WILL CONCENTRATE OUR FIRST EFFORTS ON THE INTERSTATES
AND PRIMARY ROADS. ))
BUTT! BUTT! BUTT!
IN Q=Once the
((ONCE THE MAIN ROADS ARE UNDER CONTROL THEN WE MOVE INTO THE SECONDARY STREETS
AND SUBDIVISION STREETS. ))
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...in case you are worried about road conditions tonight and tomorrow, V-Dot
has a hotline. That Number is 1-800-367-ROAD.
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TOSS TO KEITH
GRAPHIC=Virginia Tech Football
Virginia Tech's faculty senate is calling on administrators to take whatever
action is necessary to put a stop to criminal activity by student athletes.
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Tracy Altizer joins us from Blacksburg with the latest.
Keith, the faculty senate has been working on a resolution for weeks, in
light of misconduct, or alleged misconduct of some Tech football players.
Last night the resolution passed.
And today president Paul Torgersen outlined some of the potential solutions
he's been working on.
IN Q=The rape charges
SUPER=01-Paul Metz/Faculty Senate President; :25
SUPER=01-Paul Torgersen/Va.Tech President; :49
OUT Q=in February.
The rape charges against Tech football players Brian Edmonds and James
Crawford are only the latest in a string of criminal charges various football
players have racked up.
Faculty senate the ongoing problems cast shame on the entire campus, and
coaches and administrators must be held accountable.
Senate president Paul Metz says officials MUST take action, even if it means
((PAUL METZ/FACULTY SENATE PRESIDENT: WHEN YOU START TO HOLD ADMINISTRATORS
RESPONSIBLE FOR THE ENTIRE PACKAGE, THEN THEY START TO SAY WELL MAYBE THIS
SUPERSTAR KID THAT I'VE GOT REAL QUESTIONS ABOUT HIS CHARACTER, MAYBE THIS IS
SOMEBODY I'M GONNA LET GO TO ANOTHER INSTITUTION AND I'LL PASS ON HIM, EVEN
THOUGH HE MIGHT WIN THE BIG GAME FOR US ONE DAY.))
President Paul Torgersen says recruiting changes are among the options he's
He hopes to set up a task force in January to look at other solutions as
((PAUL TORGERSEN/VA TECH PRESIDENT: WE WOULD LAY OUT PERHAPS MORE EXPLICITLY
THAN WE DO NOW BEHAVIOR EXPECTATIONS OF STUDENT ATHLETES, AND MORE SPECIFICALLY
OF FOOTBALL PLAYERS. WE WOULD HAVE SANCTIONS IN PLACE THAT ARE CLEAR AND
UNEQUIVOCABLE SO THERE'S NO QUESTION OF MISUNDERSTANDING. ))
Torgersen says the campus doesn't deserve the shadow the off-the-field
problems continue to cast, and he hopes to present a report on solutions to the
board of visitors in February.
The faculty senate supports the suspensions of Crawford and Edmonds, who
maintain their innocence.
The alleged rape occurred early Saturday morning after a party at their
The alleged victim says everyone had left the party but her when, the
players raped her in Edmonds' bedroom around one-thirty A-M.
Yesterday, the players' lawyer said there are witnesses who say that's not
((MATT PETHYBRIDGE/PLAYERS' LAWYER: WE HAVE NUMEROUS MEMBERS OF THE WOMEN'S
TRACK TEAM WHO WILL TESTIFY THAT THERE IS NO POSSIBLE WAY THAT SHE COULD'VE
BEEN RAPED IN THE TIME THAT THE PARTY WAS GOING ON BETWEEN 10 AND TWO. ))
SUPER=01-Matt Pethybridge/Players' Lawyer;
OUT Q=between 10 and two.
But one of those track team members, Gena Franklin tells News-7 she and five
others were the last to leave the party, EXCEPT the alleged victim who stayed
behind with Crawford and Edmonds.
She says that was at one-thirty, around the time the alleged victim says she
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The other track team members who were present refused to comment.
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Still to come on News 7 at 6--victims of an investment scam share stories
about being betrayed by a friend.
and there's more than one winner from yesterday's special election for State
Senate. We'll explain what it means for the upcoming General Assembly session.
MUSIC UP FULL
A once- respected member of the medical community has been ordered to spend
21-months in prison for taking more than two MILLION dollars from his
co-workers in a phony investment scam.
Billy Ferguson insists he never intended to defraud anyone and says he
doesn't know what happened to the money.
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SUPER=03-New York/File Tape;
SUPER=01-Becky Stinnet/Radiology Technician;
Several investors appeared in federal court today- -SIX YEARS after it first
came to light that Ferguson had hoodwinked them.
The 54-year old radiology technician started out at Roanoke Memorial
Hospital in 1967, ended up as Technical Director of Radiology at Community
He convinced his friends and co-workers there was money in X-ray film.
Though the bottom fell out of silver prices in the 70's, he told them there was
still money to be made by buying up used film.
One man shelled out more than 300-thousand dollars. Mike Gray thought
Ferguson was using it to buy X-RAY film.
He lost 61-thousand dollars.
Becky Stinnet trusted her boss in the radiology department so explicitly she
gave him her life savings: 12-thousand dollars... then she told him to
re-invest the profits.
She lost everything.
J-C Arney lost a quarter of a million dollars over time. Ferguson was such
a trusted friend, Arney loaned him 35-hundred dollars.
Judge James Turk sentenced Ferguson to a year and nine months in prison AND
ordered him to pay back up to 350-thousand dollars, once he's out making money
Though the tax man has got his eye on Ferguson, Judge Turk said: "The I-R-S
is so affluent, I'd rather see the victims get the money than the I-R-S."
Voters will likely head to the polls next month to elect a replacement now
that Delegate Roscoe Reynolds is headed to the State Senate.
SUPER=03-Henry Co./Last Night;
Reynolds secured the seat last night by taking 58- percent of the vote over
Republican Allen Dudley.
It's now up to Democrats and Republicans to each select a candidate to run
for Reynolds' current seat in the House of Delegates.
During his victory speech, the Democrat encouraged supporters to back
Patrick County Board of Supervisors member, Barnie Day.
((BARNIE DAY:EDUCATION OBVIOUSLY IS WHAT'S ON EVERYONE'S MIND OUT HERE. IT'S
PLAYED A BIG ROLE-- ITS A LEADER TO A LOT OF OTHER THINGS AND WE'LL FLESH SOME
OF THOSE OUT THURSDAY. ))
SUPER=07-Barnie Day; :00
The democratic party is expected to officially endorse Day Thursday.
A spokesman for the Republican party says the G-O-P is considering several
January 14th is the earliest the Governor could set a special election.
Roscoe Reynolds will be going back to Richmond with the mantle of state
The Senate remains a place of compromise, with 20 Democrats and 20
So what's really changed?
Ellen Qualls took a look at the political landscape.
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OUT Q=Qualls, News 7, Richmond.
(( As Lieutenant Governor, Don Beyer is also President of the Senate.
Maintaining a 20-20 split keeps him more relavent as a tie-breaker in a year
he's looking for high visibility.
((LT. GOV. DON BEYER: YOU KNOW IN A 20- 20 SENATE LAST YEAR, EVERYBODY THOUGHT
I'D HAVE HUNDREDS OF TIE-BREAKING VOTES. I HAD EIGHT. AND OF THOSE EIGHT,
ONLY TWO WERE DEMOCRAT VERSUS REPUBLICANS. OUT OF THOUSANDS OF VOTES. WHAT A
20-20 SENATE DOES IS MAKES US ALL WORK TOGETHER. AND I THINK THAT MAKES A LOT
((GOV. GEORGE ALLEN: YOU KNOW IN ELECTIONS YOU ALWAYS TRY TO FIND DIFFERENCES
AND YOU ALWAYS TRY TO FIND DIFFERENCES AND YOU ALWAYS TRY TO FIND SOMETHING TO
ARGUE OVER. ROSCOE REYNOLDS ON ISSUES SUCH AS PARENTAL NOTIFICATION, AND ON
JUVENILE JUSTICE, AND MANY OTHER ISSUES HAS BEEN A GOOD ALLY. I DON'T THINK
HE'S AS CONSERVATIVE AS VIRGIL IS. BUT I DON'T THINK ANYONE WOULD SAY HE'S A
RAVING LIBERAL EITHER.))
In a move that stunned Republicans, the National Rifle Association made a
last minute endorsement of Reynolds.
The group says Dudley has a pro-gun record, but Reynolds actually sponsored
Virgil Goode's expansion of the concealed weapons bill on the House side.
But Reynolds won by an almost five thousand vote margin, with heavier than
expected turnout -- and it's unlikely the NRA's responsible for all those
A MORE PRESSING ISSUE TO SOUTHSIDE VOTERS NOW MAY BE WHO WILL GET VIRGIL
GOODE'S SEAT ON THE POWERFUL SENATE FINANCE COMMITTEE? AND THE MORE POWERFUL
FOUR PERSON BUDGET CONFERENCE COMMITTEE? IT'S UNLIKELY THAT SPOT WOULD GO TO
NOW-FRESHMAN ROSCOE REYNOLDS. ELLEN QUALLS, NEWS 7, RICHMOND.))
Technology issues headed up the rally on Wall Street today.
The Dow was UP 38 and a-half points, closing at 63 hundred 47.
NASDAQ gained 19 points.
The Salvation Army is shifting into high gear, as it brings Christmas to
more than a few families here in the Roanoke Valley.
The headquarters on Dale Avenue is overflowing with stockings, toys and
Barring bad weather, volunteers are helping more than 700 families through
the center each day.
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((CAPT. STEPHEN LONG/SALVATION ARMY: PARENTS ARE COMING IN AS A FAMILY AND
THEY'RE PICKING UP THEIR TOYS AND THEIR BIKES HERE AT THE SALVATION ARMY TOY
DISTRIBUTION CENTER. WE HAVE VOLUNTEERS HELPING WITH THE CLIENTS. THEY'RE
WALKING AROUND WITH THEM. CHRISTMAS MUSIC IS BEING PLAYED. CLIENTS ARE SINGING
CHRISTMAS CAROLS. IT'S A WONDERFUL SPIRIT HERE AT THE SALVATION ARMY.))
SUPER=01-Capt. Stephen Long/Salvation Army; :00
OUT Q=her at the Salvation Army.
Meanwhile, the Roanoke Valley United Way Campaign has exceeded its goal.
Today, officials announced they have raised just over five and a half
million dollars, and they hope to add almost 200- thousand more by the end of
GRAPHIC=Virginia State Seal
One of two competing commissions on Virginia's environment unveiled its
final recommendations today.
The Governor's commission, headed by Republican Attorney General Jim Gilmore
concluded the state was mostly on the right track environmentally.
That's despite a recent watchdog agency report that polluters weren't being
punished much by the Allen adminsitration.
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((ATTORNEY GEN. JIM GILMORE: THAT'S WHY THIS COMMISSION HAS INCLUDED A
RECOMMENDATION THAT THE ATTORNEY GENERAL'S OFFICE BE GIVEN ADDITIONAL POWERS
FOR CRIMINAL ENFORCEMENT. I THINK THAT'S A VERY SIGNIFICANT RECOMMENDATION.
WE'RE LOOKING FORWARD TO WORKING WITH COMMONWEALTH'S ATTORNEYS ACROSS THE
OUT Q=the state.
A Sierra Club spokesman said of the report "not much meat... not much
Dave Braine talks abou the good in Tech athletics that can sometimes be
overshadowed byt the bad, Coach Beamer talks about nebraska,
and Thomas Haskins doesn't have to say anything, his action earned him
The recent problems encompassing the Virginia Tech football team have yet to
hurt the Hokies ON the field.
But OFF the field, the university has suffered one black eye after another as
no less than 18 players have been arrested in the past year.
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((DAVE BRAINE/VA. TECH ))
SUPER=01-Dave Braine/Va. Tech Athletic Director; :00
OUT Q=...GOOD FOUNDATION."
On the field the Hokies and the Nebraska Cornhuskers are preparing for
their New Years Eve Orange Bowl date. The ticket manager at Nebraska says
Husker fans apparently had their sights set on the Sugar Bowl. He says only
about half of the school's allotted 15 thousand tickets for the bowl are sold.
While Nebraska fans seem down; the 10 and 1 Hokies are approaching the Orange
Bowl as a chance to reach new heights.
((FRANK BEAMER/VA. TECH HEAD COACH:))
SUPER=01-Frank Beamer/Virginia Tech Head Coach; :00
OUT Q=...Positive way"
VMI's top man has made the list again. Thomas Haskins joins William & Mary
lineman Josh Byer and defensive back Darren Sharper on the Associated Press
Division I-AA All-American Football Team.
SUPER=03-Lexington, VA; :00
Haskins set VMI's school rushing record with 1698 yards this season. The
senior has alos become the all time Division I-double A rusher with 5349 career
This is Haskins, second year as a Division I-AA first team All-American.
one of the best games to date hit the Salem Civc Center Hard Wood last night
as William Fleming came from behind to top previously unbeaten Patrick Henry.
SUPER=03-Salem/Colonels vs. Patriots; :00
After cutting the Patriot 10 point lead to 2 in the fourth, reserve William
Hankins stepped up and hit a jumper with under a minute to play. He also drew a
foul and hit the free throw to win the game 57-56.
((WILLIAM HANKINS/FLEMING GUARD:))
((ROLAND LOVELACE/FLEMING HEAD COACH:))
((JACK ESWORTHY/PATRICK HENRY COACH:))
SUPER=01-William Hankins/William Fleming Guard; :00
SUPER=01-Roland Lovelace/William Fleming Coach; :17
OUT Q=...match them"
The Roanoke Express welcomes the Raleigh Icecaps to the Round House this
Saturday night. Roanoke is riding a 3 game win streak thanks to a 6-3 victory
over Johnstown last night.
SUPER=03-Roanoke/Last Night; :00
The Express got two goals from Jeff Cowan, both coming in the first period,
but the Express was tied up after one. Roanoke went on to pull out it's 13th
win by 3 goals.
The chiefs played wih out their coach on the bench. Nick Fotio sat out the
4th of his 5 game ECHL suspension for pulling his team off the ice in an early
SUPER=01-Nick Fotio/Chiefs Coach; :00
in his absence, NHL Hall of Famer Brad Park sat in and spoke about his in
induction back in 1985.
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SUPER=01-Brad Park/NHL Hall Of Famer; :00
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