IN Q=tonight on news-7
(( TONIGHT ON NEWS-7 PRIMETIME... MORE LAYOFFS IN THE ROANOKE VALLEY-- AS
ABOUT 400-HUNDRED EMPLOYEES AT ONE COMPANY LEARN THEY'LL BE OUT WORK IN MARCH--
((BANG! THE SENATE WILL COME TO ORDER.))
AND WITH THAT THE 1997 SESSION OF THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY BEGAN ITS 45- DAYS OF
WORK TODAY IN RICHMOND...
IT'S WEDNESDAY JANUARY 8TH- TONIGHT'S TOP STORY
READY OR NOT, HERE IT COMES-- A WINTRY MIX IS ON THE WAY TO OUR AREA WITH
THE THREAT OF SOME VERY ICY CONDITIONS. ))
OUT Q=very icy conditions.
(Robin tosses to Kimberly)
(ROLL CUE: a relatively mild start to winter.)
IN Q=It's become
SUPER=07-John Sabean; :08 quick
SUPER=07-Billy Ray Valentine; :15
SUPER=01-Laura Bullock/Va. Department of Transportation; :38
SUPER=01-Vickie Ratcliff/American Electric Power; 1:06
OUT Q=freezing rain.
(( It's become a ritual with every snow forecast-- customers lining up at
grocery stores, preparing to be stuck at home.
((JOHN SABEAN: I'VE GOT A WHOLE HOUSE FULL OF TOILET PAPER AND MILK AND BREAD,
AND I NEED SOME WINE. You need some wine to cope with the storm? NEED SOME
WINE FOR THE SNOW, YEAH. ))
((BILLY RAY VALENTINE: SOME HAMBURGERS AND SOME DIFFERENT THINGS TO MAKE THE
EVENING A SUCCESS. I'M HOPING I'LL BE SNOWED IN FOR THE NEXT THREE OR FOUR
DAYS. Oh, so you're hoping for snow? YEAH, 22 INCHES. ))
Hope springs eternal, but the forecast does promise a mixed bag of wintry
And as shoppers make last- minute preparations-- the Virginia Department of
Transportation is ready for just about anything.
((LAURA BULLOCK/V-DOT SPOKESPERSON: THERE'S SOME UNPREDICTABILITY ABOUT THIS
STORM, AND THERE'S BIT MORE TENSION WHENEVER ICE AND FREEZING RAIN ARE
MENTIONED. WE'D MUCH RATHER DEAL WITH SNOW THAN THE ICE. BUT IN THIS CASE, WE
WILL BE READY TO PUSH THE SNOW AND WHERE WE HAVE THOSE SLICK SPOTS THAT WE'RE
WELL AWARE OF WE WILL BE SPREADING ABRASIVE MATERIALS. ))
Bullock says V-DOT is armed with 750 workers and 400 pieces of equipment.
Likewise, the potential for icy power lines will American Electric Power
crews busy through the night.
((VICKIE RATCLIFF/AMERICAN ELECTRIC POWER: IT SEEMS LIKE THE MORE OFTEN WE DO
THIS, THE BETTER WE GET AT IT. SO, WE'RE JUST HOPING THAT WE GET A LIGHT DRY
SNOW INSTEAD OF A WET SNOW OR FREEZING RAIN. ))
(kim ad lib)
double boxes Connie/kim
Of course, the next question following the forecast is school information.
So far NO school systems have reported changes in their normal operating
For the most complete list, watch NEWS-7 Mornin' starting at 6 AM on WDBJ.
AMP, Incorporated told its employees today that the plant on Hollins Road
is shutting down.
Employees say they got word this afternoon that AMP facilities in Roanoke
County and Roanoke City will close in March...leaving 400 people out of work.
AMP makes connectors for computers.
The move is part of a company- wide change being made by the Harrisburg,
It says a down-turn in the home computer business is part of the reason
behind the changes.
Earlier this week we heard about a temporary shutdown at the Salem G-E
plant, and 40 job cuts at Trigon in Roanoke.
TAPE#596-42 rolled from truck
The State of the Commonwealth Address Governor George Allen delivered
tonight was in sharp contrast to the speech he made three years ago.
Tonight members of both parties, said they preferred the new and improved
DOUBLE BOXES Connie/JoeD
Joe Dashiell has been gauging the reaction to Allen's address, he joins us
(roll cue: "...easier to sell a tax cut to lawmakers.)
IN Q=for gov. george allen
OUT Q=yes, i think that's good.
(joe ad lib)
double boxes Joe/connie
Ahead in the newscast--eleven
Citadel cadets now face disciplinary action in the hazing of two female cadets.
And we'll hear from the woman recently charged with animal neglect--who says
she's already on trial by the media.
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At the Citadel, 11 cadets now face disciplinary action over the hazing of
two female cadets.
And the school's commandant today said one suspended upperclassman
threatened a female cadet-- saying that he'd cut her heart out if he ever saw
her off campus.
SUPER=03-Charleston, SC/File Tape; KEEP UP!!
The death threat was made public at a hearing today before a federal judge
on improving security at the school.
Cadets also allegedly poured nail polish remover on two of the women's
clothes and set them on fire-- twice.
Also, a rifle allegedly was pushed into one woman's face.
The woman charged with failing to provide adequate care for almost one
hundred dogs and cats in Franklin County defended herself today.
Valery Green spoke from her hospital bed at Roanoke Memorial-- maintaining
the animal neglect charges are false.
The charges followed Green from Floyd County when her home was reportedly
soiled with animal feces. (/////SOT/////)
IN Q=So there were
((VALERY GREEN/ANIMAL BREEDER: SO THERE WERE LITTER BOXES THERE AND THERE
COULD HAVE BEEN A COUPLE OF PLACES ON THE FLOOR MAY BE WHERE THEY WERE MISSED.
BUT THERE WASN'T ANY DOG FECES BECAUSE I DIDN'T KEEP DOGS IN THERE. ))
SUPER=01-Valery Green/Animal Breeder;
OUT Q= dogs in there
Green says another animal breeder is spreading lies about her.
Green has a history of cancer and has been in the hospital with
complications...but she says she always makes sure the animals are cared for.
Roanoke County fire officials are still trying to figure out what sparked
the blaze yesterday that left a dozen families homeless.
Tenants were evacuated from this building at Bent Creek Apartments after
smoke filled the air.
A few minutes later, flames ripped through the building.
The fire burned for about two hours... causing tens of thousands of dollars
worth of damage.
Investigators returned to the scene today... and allowed some of the tenants
to retrieve their valuables.
The Red Cross was also on hand to provide assistance.
IN Q=They're not
((ANN SINES/AMERICAN RED CROSS: THEY'RE NOT SURE WHAT TO DO. MOST FOLKS REALLY
GET SCARED AND UPSET AND THEY DON'T KNOW WHAT THEY'RE DOING. WE'RE HERE TO GIVE
THEM MORAL SUPPORT ALONG WITH ANY OTHER SUPPORT WE CAN HELP THEM WITH. ))
SUPER=01-Ann Sines/American Red Cross;
OUT Q=help them with.
Officials believe it could take as long as three months to rebuild the
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In Montgomery County, a family also lost their home to fire this morning.
No one was home when the blaze broke out at 339 Teasel Road.
Owner Scott Seitz returned to find smoke charing the six year- old log
When firefighters arrived it was engulfed in flames.
((JIM EPPERLY/CHRISTIANSBURG FIRE CHIEF: OF COURSE WE ESTABLISHED THE FACT
THERE WASN'T ANYBODY IN THE HOUSE, GAVE UP PART OF THE HOUSE, THE BACK PART OF
THE HOUSE, HAD TO GIVE UP THE BACK PART OF IT TO DO WHAT GOOD WE DID. THOUGHT
WE MIGHT LOSE THE WHOLE DEAL AND WORKED ON SAVING THIS GARAGE FOR A LITTLE BIT,
BUT THESE GUYS HAVE DONE A GOOD JOB. ))
SUPER=01-Jim Epperly/Christiansburg Fire Chief;
OUT Q=a good job.
Epperly says the house and its contents are a total loss.
He's certain the fire was accidental, but officials have not determined how
Still ahead in the newscast--
The Supreme Court may decide by July whether dying people have a right to
And a recording studio, that's rebuilding from a fire, has already built
itself a good reputation with a grammy nominee.
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The best blue grass record album of the year-- may turn out to have been
the last thing recorded at Doobie Shea studios before the fire.
The studio near Boones Mill was struck by lightning last summer and burned
to the ground.
But not before "The Stanley Tradition" was recorded.
It's a tribute to the mountain-style country music of Ralph and Carter
Now it's been nominated for a Grammy.
As we told you Monday, Doobie Shea is rebuilding. Tim Austin expects the
studio to be back in business next month.
SUPER=330-Winter Storm Warning/Sleet & Snow/24-28/Freezing Rain/Icing
SUPER=331-Winter Storm Warning/Sleet Likely/24-28/Significant Icing/Freezing
SUPER=332-Winter Storm Warning/Snow Totals 2-4''/21-23/Snow & Sleet/Freezing
SUPER=333-Winter Storm Warning/Snow & Sleet/22-26/Freezing Rain/Icing
SUPER=334-Winter Storm Warning/Snow Totals 2-4''/20-25/Snow & Sleet/Snow
There's more NEWS-7 Primetime on WEFC, right after this short break.
go to break
It is one of the mostly hotly debated issues of our time.
The right of a competent but terminally ill patient to chose suicide over
The U-S Supreme Court today began wrestling with the issue-- hearing
appeals from New York and Washington state on physician-assisted suicide.
IN Q=It is a
(( C. EVERETT KOOP, RETIRED SURGEON GENERAL: IT IS A TRAGIC COMMENTARY ON OUR
SOCIETY THAT WE ARE TALKING ABOUT THE RIGHT TO ASSISTED SUICIDE AND WE DON'T
EVEN HAVE THE RIGHT TO HEALTH CARE ))
((DENNIS VACCO, NY ATTORNEY GENERAL: WE CAN CALL IT WHATEVER WE WANT BUT IN THE
FINAL ANALYSIS THIS IS NOW TAKING WHAT WAS PREVIOUSLY CRIMINAL CONDUCT AND
TURNING IT INTO AN UNRECOGNIZED AND UNACCENTED MEDICAL PROCEDURE.
LAURENCE TRIBE/ATTORNEY: THE EXISTING LEGAL REGIME DOESN'T REALLY PROTECT
EITHER LIFE OR LIBERTY.
DR. PAUL JUNG/AMERICAN MEDICAL STUDENTS ASSOCIATION: THERE IS A
LOT OF GREY AREA BUT IN THOSE INSTANCES WHEN THERE IS A CLEARCUT ABILITY FOR
THE PATIENT TO MAKE THAT DECISION, WE BELIEVE IT SHOULD BE AVAILABLE.))
SUPER=01-Dr. C Everett Koop/Retired Surgeon General; :03
SUPER=01-Dennis Vacco/NY Attorney General; :09
SUPER=01-Lawrence Tribe/Attorney; :18
SUPER=01-Dr. Paul Jung/American Medical Students Assn.; :23
OUT Q=should be available.
We should know by this summer whether the Supreme Court considers this
sanctioned murder, or a merciful answer to human suffering.
Tonight's video pick comes from Miami-- it's a mountain of moolah.
You could compare it to ALMOST winning the lottery.
A Brinks armored car rolled off an overpass, cracked open and more than 3
million dollars in cash dumped into the streets.
It happened in one of the city's poorest communities.
Residents scrambled to pick up the spilled money.
But police warned people they couldn't keep the cash--
No word on what caused the crash, although, there were reports of heavy fog
in the area.
toss to roy
On Primetime sports tonight, We'll catch up with Mike Stevens who's on the
NASCAR Media Tour and Dom Capers talks about the new turf in Green Bay.
Cincinnati Red's owner Marge Schott is back in the news today.
Schott says she will sell her Chevrolet dealership after being accused of
faking car sales.
The dealership's general manager says Schott notified Chevrolet that she's
been working with a local dealer to sell the franchise since November.
Now here's the numbers.
WIPE TO SCORES
SUPER=0098-/Virginia/58//Florida St./56/2///VCU/65/j/James Madison/73///;
SUPER=0098-/Ferrum///Newport News///No Report/j/W.Va./91//Seton Hall/76///;
SUPER=0103-/Tampa Bay/3//N.Y. Rangers/3/3///Colorado/0//New Jersey/1/3//;
OUT Q=....last score."
The NASCAR media tour is well underway.
Tonight Mike Stevens and Photographer Lynn Eller check in From Ft. Worth,
Texas with an update on the brand new Texas Motor Speedway.
IN Q=First audio
SUPER=03-Ft. Worth, TX/January 1996; :00
SUPER=04-This Week; :15
SUPER=01-Eddie Gossage/Texas Speedway General Manager; :23
SUPER=01-Bruton Smith/Texas Speedway Owner; 1:22
OUT Q=.......news 7 sports."
The Carolina Panthers are preparing for this weeks N-F-C championship game
with the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau field.
SUPER=03-Poolsville, MD; :
When the Panthers arrive in Green bay they will be looking at a new turf in
The Summitt Hall Turf Farm in Poolsville, Maryland has peeled up the turf
and taken it to Green Bay.
And Carolina head coach Dom Capers is hoping the new turf is in place.
IN Q="I've been
((DOM CAPERS/PANTHER HEAD COACH: ))
SUPER=01-Dom Capers/Panther Head Coach; :
OUT Q= ........GET THERE."
Here's what're working on in the newsroom for NEWS-7 at 11.
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Ellen Qualls has a live report from Richmond with more analysis on tonight's
State of the Commonwealth Address--
SUPER=76-The Governor Speaks
Along with the first hours of the 1997 session of the General Assembly.
SUPER=78-Winter Weather on the Way?
Plus the latest on the winter weather warnings.
on WDBJ-7. Thanks for watching NEWS-7 Primetime, goodnight.
These are just some of the stories you'll see in 30-minutes on NEWS-7 at 11