First it was snow, now it's rain.
The Pacific Northwest braces for flooding after two heavy snowfalls.
And Authorities reveal the identities of the two men found dead Friday in
Increasing clouds this afternoon-- with a chance of light rain tonight. I'll
have the forecast in a few minutes.
Don't go away News 7 at Noon is next.
A powerful bomb reportedly has exploded inside a packed Indian express
An Indian news service reports the explosion "ripped apart" three cars of
The train was carrying at least 12-hundred passengers.
There's no immediate word on casualties.
Little information is available at this time.
Authorities have identified the two men found dead in Southwest Roanoke last
54- year- old Spencer Jackson Dickason lived in the Day Avenue Apartment
where the bodies were found.
The second man was 44- year- old Odell Hairston.
A weekend autopsy found both men had been shot once in the head, possibly by
a gun found near the bodies.
Investigators say the incident could be a murder-suicide.
They hope more tests will tell them WHO fired the gun.
A husband and wife were found dead Saturday in the front yard of their
Pulaski County home.
The sheriff's department is investigating the possible murder-suicide of
Betty D. Burgess and her estranged husband, Douglas.
SUPER=03-Pulaski Co./Saturday Night;
Investigators say the couple had been separated for some time but continued
to live together.
Neighbors say they heard shots ring out at about nine on Saturday night.
IN Q=SO WE WENT
((BARRY LANE: SO WE WENT OUT TO USE THE BATHROOM. ALL AT ONCE WE HEARD TWO
SHOTS LIKE A HIGH POWERED RIFLE. LIKE 20 SECONDS LATER ANOTHER SHOT WENT UP.))
((A.R. WEBB/PULASKI CO. SHERIFF'S DEPT.: RESPONDED TO HEARING GUN SHOTS IN THE
AREA. WHEN THEY ARRIVED THEY FOUND TWO BODIES IN THE FRONT YARD, A MALE AND A
FEMALE WITH APPARENT GUN SHOT WOUNDS.))
SUPER=07-Barry Lane; :00
SUPER=01-A.R. Webb/Pulaski Co. Sheriff's Dept.; :17
OUT Q=GUN SHOT WOUNDS
Webb says both suffered gun shot wounds to the head.
Investigators say Douglas Burgess was found clutching a high powered
revolver, but there is evidence that there was another handgun at the scene.
Deputies believe Betty Burgess may have suffered other gunshot wounds from a
smaller caliber gun before the fatal wound.
In the Pacific Northwest, the big concern is now flooding.
FROM MORNING PKG---
Today's forecast calls for rain, after two powerful snow storms in less than
Flood warnings have been posted for six southwestern Washington rivers.
Tens of thousands in Washington and Oregon are still without electricity.
And for those who venture out for groceries, they're finding little on store
((THIS IS IT, THIS IS ALL THAT CAME OUT OF THE FREEZER, IT'S CRAZY RUNNING
AROUND PEOPLE ARE GRABBING ANYTHING THEY CAN OFF THE SHELVES. ))
SUPER=01-Christie Satterlee/Grocery Store Clerk;
OUT Q=they possibly can.
In area marinas boats took big hits.
The rain and melting snow is also causing mudslides, closing several
The Clinton administration's new battle plan against marijuana is unveiled
Under the policy, doctors who prescribe marijuana for medical purposes could
face criminal charges.
The policy is designed to counter new state laws legalizing marijuana for
Voters in Arizona and California approved such measures in November.
GRAPHIC=wipe wipe wipe
The federal government today plans to propose new rules that will allow
consumers to disconnect car air bags.
They also would let carmakers install less forceful air bags.
Government regulators and consumer advocates say air bags do
much more good than harm.
But, more than 50 people have been killed by bags in the last five years,
mostly children and short adults.
A Roanoke couple lost custody of their children after they were found living
in filthy conditions.
Police were called to a home on Berkeley Avenue Southwest Saturday night
after four children home alone reported a possible break in.
When police went inside they found rotten food and feces on the floor along
with garbage and moldy dishes.
The children range in age from 16 to 23 months.
The children are now with social services and the parents have been charged
with abuse and neglect.
Funeral services will be held today for last year's "Little Miss Colorado."
The six- year- old was found strangled to death in the basement of her
family's home the day after Christmas.
The body was found eight hours after the family reported receiving a ransom
The child's mother is a former Miss West Virginia.
Byron Brown has the story.
SUPER=03-Boulder, CO; :03
SUPER=01-Matthew Taylor/Boulder Resident; :16
SUPER=01-Marsha Steckling/Boulder Resident; :32 QUICK
SUPER=01-Carissi Perry/Boulder Resident; :44
SUPER=01-Brent Sutton/Boulder Resident; :58
SUPER=01-Byron Brown/Reporting; 1:10 (no SU)
OUT Q=such crimes.
That was Byron Brown reporting.
Cabbage Patch snack time dolls are coming under scrutiny from consumer
SUPER=03-San Diego, CA;
The U-S Product Safety Commission is looking into the safety of the doll.
The battery-operated doll is designed to chew plastic food.
But at least six little girls have reported that the doll has chomped on
their hair and would not let go.
((REPORTER:WHERE WAS IT ON YOU.
EMMY SIVADGE: ON MY HAIR RIGHT HERE.
REPORTER:DID IT HURT?
EMMY SIVADGE:IT WAS TIGHT.
SCOTT SIVADGE:THE FACE WAS SO TIGHT AGAINST THE TOP OF HER HEAD, PUSHED DOWN
LIKE THIS THERE WAS NO WAY I COULD CUT THE HAIR. ))
SUPER=01-Emmy Sivadge/Cabbage Patch Owner;
SUPER=01-Scott Sivadge/Emmy's Father; RUNS=:10
OUT Q= I could cut the hair.
The doll has no power switch, so Emmy's father had to take the doll apart to
Mattel says its doll underwent rigorous safety tests and calls the
hair-eating episodes "isolated incidents."
The Roanoke Airport was filled with Hokie fans this weekend.
Thousands of Virginia Tech supporters boarded planes to follow their team
The hokies are taking on the Nebraska Cornhuskers in the Orange Bowl
The New Year's Eve contest is drawing many southwest Virginians to Florida
and some are turning the trip into a family reunion.
IN Q=MY TWO SONS
((CHICK WISMAN/TECH FAN: MY TWO SONS AND DAUGHTER ARE GRADUATES THERE AND MY
OLDER SON IS COMING IN FROM COLORADO TO MEET US DOWN THERE.))
SUPER=01-Chick Wisman/Tech Fan;
OUT Q=US DOWN THERE
But Tech is facing a tough opponent.
Nebraska has won back to back national championships.
But these fans say they have divine guidance-- and no mountain is too high
to climb when a good time is the goal.
IN Q=I'M LIKE SEMONES
((MELBA WISMAN/TECH FAN: I'M LIKE SEMONES. HE SAYS WE CAN DO ALL THINGS
THROUGH CHRIST. HE STRENGTHENS US. HE THINKS I'M SILLY. BUT I THINK HE'S ON
OUR SIDE AND IF HE'S NOT THAT'S ALL RIGHT AND BESIDES GEORGE WALSH PICKED US TO
((MICKY HATCHER/TECH FAN: WE'LL GO. WE'LL HAVE A GOOD TIME. IT'LL BE A FUN
GAME. IT'S A BIG GAME FOR TECH. IF WE WIN IT'S GREAT. IF WE LOSE IT'S FINE.
NO WORRIES ABOUT NEBRASKA?
NO. WIN OR LOSE THE PAY'S THE SAME.))
SUPER=01-Melba Wisman/Tech Fan; :00
SUPER=01-Micky Hatcher/Tech Fan; :13
OUT Q=PAY'S THE SAME
Last week we found out there may be a connection between successful sports
teams and student enrollment at Virginia Tech.
The same seems to be true at the University of Virginia.
University officials say a record number of students applied for early
admission for the fall semester.
U-V-A admissions officers reviewed more than two-thousand early-decision
applications in recent months.
That's an increase of 36 percent over 19-94.
Interstate 81 will be getting a 20 billion dollar face lift.
The Virginia Department of Transportation says the project will affect every
mile of I-81 in Virginia.
Denise Allen reports.
IN Q=Increased traffic
SUPER=03-Roanoke Co./Friday; :00
SUPER=01-Laura Bullock/VDOT Spokesperson; :08
SUPER=01-Floyd Miller/Truck Driver; 1:25
OUT Q=News 7
((Accidents like this overturned tractor trailer point to needed
improvements to interstate 81.
IN Q=the interstate
((LAURA BULLOCK/VDOT SPOKESPERSON: THE INTERSTATE IS AT CAPACITY. BASICALLY
ALL WE HAVE OPEN IS THE LEFT LANE TO MANEUVER AND THAT JUST IS NOT ENOUGH ROOM
FOR ALL THE VEHICLES OUT THERE.))
OUT Q=vehicles out there
stand up 12:19:50
DENISE ALLEN/NEWS 7 REPORTER: INTERSTATE 81 IS HANDLING MORE TRAFFIC AND
HEAVIER VEHICLES THAN IT WAS ORIGINALLY DESIGNED TO DO 30 YEARS AGO.
INITIALLY THIS HIGHWAY WAS DESIGNED TO HANDLE 15-PERCENT TRUCK TRAFFIC. NOW
TRUCKS MAKE UP TO 40-PERCENT OF THE TRAFFIC AND AT NUMBER WILL CONTINUE TO
IN Q=IT'S ONE OF
((BULLOCK: IT'S ONE OF THE EIGHT MOST TRAVELED ROADS IN THE UNITED STATES. IT
CARRIES ABOUT 20-PERCENT OUT OF STATE TRAFFIC SO WE KNOW THERE'S A GREAT DEAL
OF INTEREST IN KEEPING IT OPEN AS A MAJOR THOROUGHFARE.))
OUT Q=AS A MAJOR THOROUGHFARE
V-DOT is developing a master plan.
Officials started by dividing Virginia's 325 mile stretch of 81 into ten
IN Q=each of those
((BULLOCK: EACH OF THOSE SECTIONS WILL HAVE A CONSULTANT FIRM BROUGHT ON TO
HELP US DECIDE SUCH THINGS AS WHERE THE WIDENING SHOULD BE DONE. SHOULD IT BE
IN THE MEDIAN OR SHOULD IT BE ON THE OUTSIDE. DO THE INTERCHANGES NEED TO BE
OUT Q=NEED TO BE RE-CONFIGURED
These studies will take about two years.
They will prioritize which sections should be first on the upgrade list.
Bullock says 81's mountainous terrain make the widening process a challenge.
Truck drivers say when the improvements finally occur it will be a welcome
IN Q=it'll cut down
((FLOYD MILLER/TRUCK DRIVER: IT'LL CUT DOWN THE CONGESTION AND IT WOULD
GREATLY IMPROVE THE SAFETY BECAUSE OF THE FACT THAT YOU GET THAT LANE OUT THERE
FOR THOSE FOLKS WHO ARE IN A TERRIBLE HURRY.))
OUT Q=a terrible hurry
The state wide project will take about 20 years to complete.
Denise Allen News 7.))
TAPE# net; edit 92-52
Overall Virginia's trees are looking greener this year.
State officials say that's because not a single acre was damaged by gypsy
moths this year.
That follows a record year for destruction LAST year, when the moths ravaged
almost a million acres.
But the list of localities whose forests are quarantined because of the
moths will expand by 16 in January.
As of now, 90 localities are required to notify state agriculture officials
when logs are transported.
Experts say the moths probably will rebound in the future.
A South Carolina study revealed children eat too many fats and proteins, but
too few fruits and vegetables.
And there are warnings it's up to PARENTS to set a better example.
It may also be helpful for kids to understand the reasoning behind certain
IN Q=I think it's
((NANCY MAURELLI/NUTRITION EXPERT: I THINK IT'S IMPORTANT NOT TO GET INTO POWER
STRUGGLES WITH KIDS ABOUT FOOD AND LET THEM HAVE A CERTAIN AMOUNT OF AUTONOMY
WITHIN CERTAIN PARAMETERS
AND ALSO TALKING TO THEM ABOUT THE RATIONALE WHY. YOU MAY HAVE HEARD
YOU MUST DRINK THAT GLASS OF MILK OR YOU SHOULD NOT HAVE CANDY BEFORE DINNER
BUT WE DIDN'T EVER EXPLAIN, WHY IS THAT IMPORTANT, HOW DID THAT EFFECT ME, WHAT
DIFFERENCE DOES THAT MAKE. AND I THINK TREATING CHILDREN AS A LITTLE BIT MORE
INTELLIGENT AUTONOMOUS CREATURES WOULD PROBABLY GO A LONG WAY TOWARD HELPING
THEM MAKE BETTER CHOICES IN TERMS OF THEIR OWN BEHAVIOUR.))
SUPER=01-Nancy Maurelli/Nutrition Expert
OUT Q=their own behaviour.
More than 25-percent of children under age 12 are overweight--
Aside from the obvious health problems, being out of shape can cause
But, the pendulum swings both ways.
Other studies tell us 50 percent of fourth grade GIRLS are on diets because
they think they're too fat.
And in high school, 90-percent of the girls are also on diets.
It may not feel much like winter outside, but that is not worrying ski
operators in Virginia.
Steve Showalter, manager of Massanutten Resort, says warm ups like this are
The colder-than-normal days of late November and most of December got the
ski season off to a promising start.
Although the Christmas warm spell may have left the slopes in less than
perfect condition, resort officials say skiers have been coming out.
Area resorts including Bryce in Shenandoah County, Massanutten and the
Homestead, have about half of their slopes open.
SUPER=330-Fog/Light Rain/45-50/Cloudy/Light Rain/53-57;
SUPER=331-Areas Of Fog/Light Rain/45-50/Cloudy/Light Rain/53-57;
SUPER=332-Mostly Cloudy/Possible Rain/43-47/Morning Rain/Mostly Cloudy/50-54;
SUPER=333-Fog/Light Rain/43-47/Cloudy/Light Rain/46-50;
SUPER=334-Mostly Cloudy/Possible Rain/43-47/Rain/Likely/50-54;
If you have the chance to get into a 401-k plan, but have not been able to
part with your money just yet, Len Bestoff explains why you should in this
week's edition of Common Sense.
SUPER=01-Dave Cissel/Financial Solutions; :23 (2nd time)
OUT Q=the newsdesk.
SOT STANDUP TAPE 12:29:26
IN Q=Yet another
((Yet another study is indicating that Americans are not saving enough for
their retirement. As Dave Cissel with Financial Solutions explains, if you're
lucky enough to be among the young at heart, you better start saving now.))
OUT Q=saving now.
SOT from tape 1 11:06:28
((DAVE CISSEL/FINANCIAL SOLUTIONS: WELL I HATE TO BE DISCOURAGING, BUT PEOPLE
IN THEIR 30'S ARE PROBABLY GOING TO NEED TO BE MILLIONAIRES BY THE TIME THEY
OUT Q=they retire
SOT from tape 1 11:05:33 COVER JUMP CUT W/ SHOTS PEOPLE AT TOWERS
MALL....TAPE II WITH STANDUPS
IN Q=And what are
(( And what are some ways that you could get started on the track of savings?
DAVE CISSEL/FINANCIAL SOLUTIONS: WELL PROBABLY THE BEST WAY IS THROUGH A
COMPANY SPONSORED 401-K PLAN, WHERE YOU CAN TAKE MONEY OUT FROM YOUR SALARY ON
A TAX DEFERRED BASIS. THAT'S WHAT I WOULD RECOMMEND AS THE FIRST STEP.))
OUT Q=first step.
SOT STANDUP TAPE 12:33:24
IN Q=Cissel goes
((Cissel goes on to say that there's no set amount of money you put aside every
month for a retirement plan, and another good rule of thumb, start a retirement
plan right after you get a raise, because then you're not going to notice any
decrease in your spending money, I'm Len Besthoff with this week's edition of
Common Sense, let's send it back to the newsdesk.
Now if you don't qualify for a 401-k plan, there are other options.
Check with a financial advisor for more details.
TAPE#=net (edit of FB96-4)
A former Virginia Tech hokie was named the Associated Press N-F-L defensive
player of the year.
Defensive end Bruce Smith topped the A-F-C with 13 and a half sacks, one
behind N-F-C leader Kevin Greene.
The 33- year- old Smith received 56 of 93 votes from a nationwide panel of
Smith also won the award in 19-90.
TAPE#=net (edit of FB96-3)
The 49ers N-F-C wild card win over Philadelphia yesterday earned them a shot
at revenge against Green Bay next week.
SUPER=03-San Francisco, CA/FOX; :00
Despite injured ribs, San Francisco Quarterback Steve Young completed 14 of
21 passes and ran for this T-D that put his team up 7-nothing in the first.
Meanwhile, former 49er Ricky Watters was held to 57 yards.
Eagle Q-B Ty Detmer left the game with an injured hamstring
forcing former Redskin Mark Rypien SUPER=30-San Francisco/14/Philadelphia/0;
Jerry Rice makes this incredible one handed catch.
The niners advance with the 14-nothing shutout.
TAPE#=net (edit of BB97-3)
The New Jersey Nets topped the Indiana Pacers despite a game high 37 points
from Reggie Miller.
SUPER=03-Indianapolis, IN/Nets vs. Pacers; :00
Reggie collects the loose ball, goes coast to coast for the lay up and the
Kerry Kittles threw down a team high 28 and was big in overtime as New Jersey
wins its 8th of the year 110-102.
TAPE#=net (edit of ICE-96)
The Express' six game win streak came to an end last night at the Round House
as Roanoke fell to Hampton Roads 5-3.
SUPER=03-Roanoke/Admirals vs. Express
In the second period, Ilya Dubkov beats the Admiral goalie to tie the game.
Dubkov scored twice.
Eric Landry notches his 12th goal on the season to put Roanoke up 2-1.
Hampton Roads's Victor Graves beat Dave Gangon and the Admirals win 5-3 and
keep the top spot in the East.
((JEFF JABLONSKI/HAD 1 ASSIST: THEY CAME OUT AND PLAYED HARD. I DON'T THINK WE
ANSWERED THEIR WORK ETHIC EARLY ON, AND WE GOT BEHIND, BUT YOU KNOW WE DID
MANAGE TO GET A COUPLE BREAKS, GET SOME GOALS, BUT A COUPLE OF DEFENSIVE
BREAKDOWN, I THINK.))
((FRANK ANZALONE/EXPRESS HEAD COACH: I THINK IN THE END, THE ODDS WERE WITH
THEM, AND THEY OUTSHOT US AND I DON'T THINK THEY OUTPLAYED US, I THINK IT
BECAME 50-50, BUT WHEN WE WERE I THEIR END, WE WEREN'T GETTING SHOTS, SO YOU
HAVE TO GIVE THEM CREDIT, THEY HAVE A GOOD TEAM. THEY HAD 9 PRO CONTRACT
PLAYERS IN THE GAME TONIGHT, THEY HAD MOST OF THEIR GOOD GUYS BACK, AND GIVE
HAMPTON ROADS CREDIT, THEY PLAYED VERY, VERY, WELL, AND THEY DESERVED TO WIN.))
SUPER=01-Jeff Jablonski/Had 1 Assist; :00
SUPER=01-Frank Anzalone/Express Head Coach; :00
OUT Q=...deserve to win"