A winter storm is heading our way-
Robin will have the radar showing just where the storm is-
Plus we'll see how people are preparing for the possibility of ice.
Also the cause of an apartment fire is found.
And this birds wearing socks but it's not to make a fashion statement.
News 7 is next.
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Southwest Virginia is bracing for the latest winter storm.
ICE not SNOW could be the trouble this time- A significant amount of ice is
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That forecast has many people keeping an eye outside tonight.
That's where we find Kimberly McBroom in Roanoke County- Kim It looks like
it's still dry out there?
Roll cue: a waiting game with Mother nature.
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SUPER=01-Vickie Ratcliff/American Electric Power; 41
SUPER=07-John Sabean; 56
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OUT Q=twenty two inches." (it's a bite)
QUESTION: Does VDOT have any other advice for people heading out tomorrow
Robin Reed has been tracking this storm all night? Robin you say it's
snowing in some areas right now?
Robin in weather center
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TOSS TO JEAN
The state of the Commonwealth is "strong, vibrant, and thriving."
That's according to chief executive George Allen, in his final year in
Ellen Qualls is at the state capitol tonight, where the General Assembly
kicked off its 45 days of official work for 1997.
George Allen led Virginia to abolish parole, establish truth in criminal
sentencing, reform juvenile justice laws, and put welfare recipients to work.
But his most roundly acknowledged legacy -- and what he chose to base a
surprise tax cut proposal on -- is jobs.
**Rolled from the Truck**
IN Q=The world knows
OUT Q=dare to make it
((GOV. GEORGE ALLEN: THE WORLD NOW KNOWS THAT VIRGINIA IS OPEN FOR
It's probably his most oft- repeated public phrase.
And with 600 new businesses or business expansions in 3 years, he's earned
the right to say it.
((GOV. GEORGE ALLEN: THE NUMBER OF VIRGINIANS WORKING TODAY IS MORE THAN ITS
EVER BEEN IN THE ENTIRE HISTORY OF THE COMMONWEALTH -- NEARLY 3-POINT-2
That means more employers paying more unemployment taxes than ever into a
well- stocked fund.
So that's the justification for a tax cut -- a campaign promise the General
Assembly has NOT helped Allen keep.
((GOV. GEORGE ALLEN: WE SHOULD NOT BE UNNECESSARILY COLLECTING TAXES FROM
BUSINESSES WHEN THEY COULD BETTER USE THAT MONEY TO MADE ADDITIONAL INVESTMENTS
AND CREATE MORE JOBS.))
((LT. GOV. DON BEYER: I THINK EVERYONE HERE WILL LOOK AT IT ON THE MERITS OF
THE BILL. WHICH IS WHAT CAN WE DO TO HELP BUSINESS BY REDUCING THEIR TAX
BURDEN. BUT ON THE OTHER SIDE ALSO MAKING SURE THAT THE SYSTEM IS THERE TO
SERVE WORKERS WHO LOSE THEIR JOBS. BOTH GOALS HAVE TO BE MET.))
So the Governor outlined a specific agenda for this General Assembly that
also includes prosecuting drug gangs in one trial, reading help for first
graders, and a call again for parental notification for minor abortions.
((LET US ALWAYS REMEMBER THAT OUR COMMONWEALTH'S FUTURE IS WHAT WE DARE TO MAKE
But individual lawmakers will also be setting the agenda.
And in fact a bill has already been filed to repeal a recently remembered
law -- the 1979 law that legalized the medicinal use of marijuana.
As we told you tonight at six, the fun may NOT stop there.
The General Assembly, including then- delegate George Allen, voted to make
HEROIN legal for terminal cancer patients in 1988.
We may hear more on that in the upcoming days, Jean.
The Governor's address mentioned the Commonwealth's low unemployment.
Roanoke County's figure is among the lowest, at ONE POINT NINE PERCENT.
But it may be going up.
AMP Incorporated says it will close its Roanoke Valley operations in March-
Roughly 400 jobs will be lost including some at a smaller plant in the city of
The company makes connectors for computers.
It calls the layoffs a streamlining move.
One employee says most production workers average about 10 to 11 dollars.
An electrical problem sparked the fire at the Bent Creek Apartment complex
in Roanoke County.
That's according to investigators who were back at the scene today..
Yesterday's fire apparently started inside the wall between two units-
The Assistant Fire Marshal says a electrical wire shorted out against a
The building burned for about two hours severely damaging six of the twelve
Tonight's estimate of damage is at more than 150 thousand dollars.
No one was hurt in the blaze.
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Still to come on the Newscast, we'll see what area lawmakers want done to
save social security,
And Supreme Court begins hearing arguments on one of the most controversial
issues of our time... Assisted suicide.
No WX TEASE
Should terminally ill people be able to legally end their lives with the
help of their doctor?
That's the question before the Supreme Court.
Liz Mullen reports.
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SUPER=01-Dr. Paul Jung/Medical Students Assn.; 52
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((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
suffering. That is the essence of a case now before the Supreme Court. The
justices are reviewing two appeals, one from New York and one from Washington
State, that are quite possibly the most closely watched cases since the court
upheld the constitutional right to abortion in 1992.
Currently, only oregon has a law permitting physician assisted suicide
although a federal judge has blocked it from taking effect. In five other
states, the legality is unclear and in the rest of the country doctor
assisted suicide is against the law.
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.
Both sides agree that there is a real need to provide good quality care to
patients who are dying. But it's the right of a patient to chose death that
is now in front of the highest court in the land.
DR. PAUL JUNG, AMERICAN MEDICAL STUDENTS ASSN.: THERE IS A
LOT OF GREY AREA BUT IN THOSE INSTANCES WHEN THERE IS A CLEAR CUT INSTANCE FOR
THE PATIENT TO MAKE THAT DECISION, WE BELIEVE IT SHOULD BE AVAILABLE.
The person most associated with assisted suicide, Dr. Jack Kevorkian, is not a
part of this case because the supreme court rejected his challenge to
Michigan's ban on assisted suicide in 1995.
LIZ MULLEN/CBS NEWS: WE SHOULD FIND OUT THIS SUMMER WHETHER THE SUPREME COURT
CONSIDERS THIS SANCTIONED MURDER, OR A MERCIFUL ANSWER TO HUMAN SUFFERING.
LIZ MULLEN, CBS NEWS, WASHINGTON.))
Two weeks after a six year old girl was murdered- attention focuses on the
New reports that a note allegedly left on a staircase was a second draft. A
rough draft was also found- torn from the same pad of paper.
The girls parents have only spoken through attorneys which has created an
impression one attorney calls unfair.
((MARK LANGSTON/BOULDER, CO. ATTORNEY: IT CONJURES UP THE IMAGE OF SOMEBODY WHO
IS ONLY DEFENDING THE BAD GUY, THE CRIMINAL.))
SUPER=01-Mark Langston/Boulder Attorney;
OUT Q=the criminal."
The Ramseys have not been charged-
But Langson says it's appropriate for them to hire counsel.
((LANGSON: THEY ARE BEING ASKED DIFFICULT QUESTIONS AND BEING ASKED TO
MAKE VERY IMPORTANT DECISIONS, WHO ELSE ARE YOU GOING TO CALL? ))
OUT Q=GOING TO CALL?
JonBonet Ramsey was found dead in the family's basement the day after
Millions of Americans worry that Social Security won't be there when they
retire, but the federal government is at least CONSIDERING some solutions.
Len Besthoff reports.
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SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.; :06
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SUPER=07-Lloyd Crenshaw; :30 (VERY QUICK!)
SUPER=01-Ben Hartman/Stockbroker-Edward D. Jones; :39 (VERY QUICK!)
OUT Q=LB, News-7.
(( Earlier this week a commission came out with recommendations on how to
keep Social Security money, the backbone of millions of citizens retirement
plans, safe for future generations.
IN Q=I think
((SHIRLEY CROWDER: I THINK SOCIAL SECURITY IS A GOOD THING, AND I HOPE IT
NEVER RUNS OUT.))
OUT Q=runs out.
((ANGELA NOELL: I'M DESERVING, I WORK FOR IT.))
OUT Q=I work for it.
All of the ideas, to one degree or another, call for at least studying the
idea of putting some of the fund into the stock market.
IN Q=The stock
((LLOYD CRENSHAW: THE STOCK MARKET YOU ALWAYS HAVE MONEY COMING BACK IN, SO I
THINK THAT'D BE A GOOD INVESTMENT FOR SOCIAL SECURITY.))
OUT Q=Social Security.
As you might guess, the stock market scenario sits well with stockbrokers.
IN Q=A lot
((BEN HARTMAN/STOCKBROKER-EDWARD D. JONES: A LOT OF THE SOCIAL SECURITY FUNDS
ARE INVESTED IN LOW INTEREST PAYING GOVERNMENT SECURITIES. IT'S JUST NOT
OUT Q=working out.
So how do our elected representatives stand on the issue?
Congressman Bob Goodlatte prefers no changes.
He "strongly supports the current Social Security program", noting "it's a
Senator Chuck Robb advocates some change but he isn't siding with any of the
new proposals yet.
He says "we have to look into personal security accounts and allow
individuals to choose how they are to invest."
Senator John Warner, and Congressmen Virgil Goode and Rick Boucher remain
Boucher went a step further, saying that Social Security CAN pay its bills
until 2030, and that "the potential to invest Social Security funds in other
than government obligations is a recommendation that deserves serious
For their full comments check the business section of our homepage at
IN Q=But our
((But our friends in Washington say Social Security will be on the back burner
this year. That's because a balanced budget amendment and making Medicare
solvent will come first. Len Besthoff, News-7.))
OUT Q=LB, News-7.))
Soft Music Under
Coming up next on the newscast, the woman who was accused of neglecting
dozens of pets speaks out,
and we'll see what happened when a Swan found a chilly reception at its
favorite swimming hole.
MUSIC UP FULL
Valery Green says she's being unfairly tried in the media.
She's the woman charged in Franklin County with providing inadequate care to
pets in her care.
In a phone interview Saturday, Green says the animal neglect charges are
false and she did have someone to care for her animals while she's in the
News 7 talked with Green this afternoon in her hospital room.
She says some of the reports of events in her past have been wrong.
Green says for one thing she did not leave her Floyd County residence soiled
with animal feces.
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((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.))
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Green's Floyd County troubles followed her to Franklin County, where on
Friday, officials found about 100 dogs and cats.
She says the latest problems stem from a personal vendetta of another
Green has a history of cancer and has been in and out of the hospital with
complications since Christmas.
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SUPER=334-Winter Storm Warning/Snow Totals 2-4''/20-25/Snow & Sleet/Snow
Roanoke Catholic was at home last night for a non district game against the
Fighting Blues of Parry McCluer.
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Fighting Blues head coach Nelson Fox on the bench as the Blues go after
their 9-th straight win.
The defense set up the Blues first two baskets Chip Coleman steals the pass
and takes it to the hoop for the score and a 2 to nothing lead.
Then Mike Clark steals the pass and passes it to David Downs for the Layup
as the Blues scored the first two baskets of the game.
Catholic's Brendan McCarthy drives hard to the basket but pulls up and
nails the jumper Catholic trailed by 9.
The Fighting Blues push it out side SUPER=33-Parry McCluer/66/Roanoke
Catholic/43/;Damion Beverly has all day to make the jumper and Parry McCluer
wins the game 66 to 43.
George Wythe, Martinsville and Forth Chiswell also won last night.
At the Dean Dome last night, Maryland used a strong second half to come from
behind and beat North Carolina 85 to 75.
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The Terps were close early in the first half going inside to Keith booth
for the score and a 6 to 4 Carolina lead.
But the Tar Heels cranked it up Shammond Williams hit four thee pointers in
the first half as the Carolina led by 5.
North Carolina had the complete inside outside game this time going to
Serge Zwikker for the jumper The Tar heels led by 9.
But Maryland rallied in the second half Terrell Stokes goes inside for the
easy layup and the Terps were back.
Maryland cranked up the defense SUPER=33-Maryland/85/UNC/75/;and the
Terps made their shots to come from behind and beat North Carolina 85 to 75.
Mike Stevens will have a report on the Texas Motor Speedway Later on Mornin'
Roanoke College lost its first game of the season today at Washington
University and the Virginia Cavaliers beat Florida State 64 to 61.
For all of the scores lets check the boards.
WIPE TO SCORES
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SUPER=0098-j/West Va./91//Seton Hall/76////Roanoke/87/j/Washington/113///;
SUPER=0103-j/Tampa Bay/4//N.Y. Rangers/3////Colorado/1//New Jersey/1//OT/;
OUT Q=....last score."
And coming up, Mike Stevens will joins us from the Lone Star State for
tonight's report on the NASCAR Media tour.
And Steve Mason will bounce the ball around tonight on Hometown Hoops
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Onto the hardwoods-- High school basketball teams are in district play.
Steve Mason brings us up to date on Hometown Hoops Weekly with visits to 7
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SUPER=03-Roanoke Co./Last Night; :40
SUPER=03-Martinsville/Minutemen vs. Bulldogs; 1:01
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SUPER=01-Troy Wells/Martinsville Head Coach; 1:38
SUPER=01-John Griffith/Patrick Henry Head Coach; 2:14
OUT Q=...Hometown Hoops Weekly"
((Viking teams seem to always be resilient. Last year's club was 3 and 4
heading into the new year and finished 17 and 9.
Guard Xavier Lee, who scored 23 last night against Blacksburg is taking over
the leadership role.
Speaking of Blacksburg, Bob Trear's Indians are led by 6'6 senior Phillip
Klaus who is averaging over 21 points a game.
In Seminole District news, Mark Hank's Minutemen are off to a 8 and 1 start.
Peanut arrington leads Liberty with 22 pts a contest and scored a mind bobbling
39 last night against Martinsville. So how are the Minutemen dealing with being
defending state champs?
In the peidmont, Martisnville might be 3 and 5, but the city of troy's
foundation is strong. Talk about balance, Troy Wells gets double figure scoring
from 4 or 5 players about every night. District play begins Friday.
On the girls triple A side, the Patrick Henry Patriots 3 victories this
season equals their win total of the last 5 years combined.
All you need to find out if bad weather is on the way is check the dates
of the NASCAR Media Tour.
Mike stevens and Photographer Len Eller check in from Fort Worth Texas
tonight where they beat the snow out of the Lone Star State.
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SUPER=01-Eddie Gossage/Texas Speedway General Manager; :14
SUPER=01-Bobby Hillin Jr./NASCAR Driver From Texas; :44
SUPER=04-January 1996; 1:24
OUT Q=........news 7 sports."
That's it for sports. Have a Great Day everybody.
The cold weather in England was just too much for one swan.
The seven month old named Gazza was trapped in a frozen lake-
He tried to get out but could not.
((DOROTHY BEESON/SANCTUARY HELPER: THE CONSTANT CLAWING ACTION TO MAKE IT UP
THE BANK HAD TAKEN ALL HIS CLAWS OFF SO HE WAS VERY VERY WEAK. HE'D LOST A LOT
OF BLOOD AND HIS FEET WERE QUITE SHREDDED AT THE ENDS.))
SUPER=01-Dorothy Beeson/Sanctuary Helper;
OUT Q=AT THE ENDS."
But help is on the way for Gazza's frostbite.
The swan must wear socks though until his feet heal.