Snow, sleet, and rain hit our area overnight, creating hazardous road
Bedford county authorities arrest more than 20 alleged drug dealers in a
Snow, sleet and a lot of freezing rain still creating havoc outside, and
bitter cold is headed in this direction for the weekend. I'll have all the
details coming up from the News 7 Weather Center.
Stay with us, News 7 at Noon is next.
The year's first winter storm packed a potent punch, forcing many schools
and businesses to close.
For the past 12 hours, a mixture of snow and ice has fallen on our region,
making it slow-going for nearly everyone.
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Scott Prince has spent the majority of that time braving the elements and he
now joins us from Salem with the latest.
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In Danville emergency crews are breathing a sigh of relief.
The city was bracing for the worst, but it seems rain and a small mixture
of ice were all Mother Nature had in store.
Some sporadic outages have been reported on the East and West ends of
Danville, but city officials admit it could've been worse.
IN Q=We knew
((DOUG YOUNG/EMERGENCY SERVICES DIR.:WE KNEW GOING INTO THIS THAT WE WAS RIGHT
ON THE VERGE OF, OR THE LINE OF GETTING, A LOT OF SOMETHING, OR MAYBE JUST
RAIN, SO, BUT WE PREPARED FOR THE WORST, BUT KNOWING THAT THERE WAS A CHANCE WE
COULD JUST GET RAIN, BUT WE HAD TO BE PREPARED FOR THAT OTHER SIDE, AND
FORTUNATELY WE CAME OUT ON THE WEAKER SIDE. ))
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OUT Q=weaker side.
Emergency officials will remain on alert through the weekend when
temperatures are expected to drop.
A drug bust in Bedford County last night ended with more than two dozen
suspected drug dealers in custody.
Steve Smallshaw has the story.
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OUT Q=News7, Bedford County.
(( The night started with a briefing for the forty or so officers taking part
in Phase Three of "Operation Crackdown".
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((WE'LL COME BACK IN BEFORE WE HEAD ON OUT TO START ROUNDING FOLKS UP.))
Six months of undercover work had produced 63 charges against 41 suspected
drug dealers with connections to Miami, New York and points across the U.S.
Sheriff Mike Brown characterized them as middle and upper- level dealers who
have been importing and selling millions of dollars worth of crack cocaine in
IN Q=In one instance
((SHERIFF MIKE BROWN/BEDFORD COUNTY: IN ONE INSTANCE WE HAD A MOTHER COME IN
WITH AN INFANT TO CONDUCT A DRUG DEAL, ANOTHER INSTANCE WE HAD A JANITOR OF AN
ELEMENTARY SCHOOL WHO WE HAVE ARRESTED TONIGHT.))
OUT Q=arrested tonight.
natsot cars pull out 9:27:36
Arrest teams began fanning out around 9:30, and met with almost immediate
Near Body Camp, a raid on this cabin turned up two arrests, and the seizure
of cocaine and marijuana.
A few miles away, DEA agents rounded up a half- dozen suspects, and near
Johnson's Mountain, two more names were scratched from the list.
By night's end more than two dozen people were behind bars.
IN Q=We haven't erased
((MIKE BROWN: WE HAVEN'T ERASED IT, WE HAVEN'T GOTTEN RID OF IT COMPLETELY, BUT
I CAN ASSURE THE PEOPLE OF BEDFORD COUNTY, WE'VE MADE A BIG DENT IN IT IN THE
LAST THREE, THREE AND A HALF, FOUR HOURS.))
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Steve Smallshaw, News7, Bedford County.))
A local company is closing and taking roughly 400 jobs with it.
AMP Incorporated says it will close its Roanoke Valley operations in March.
A smaller plant in the city of Roanoke will also scale down its operations.
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
In Russia, President Boris Yeltsin is back in the hospital today.
Kremlin officials say he has pneumonia and his rivals say he is
still too weak to run the country.
Jonathan Sanders has more from Moscow.
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OUT Q=CBS NEWS MOSCOW.
When Boris Yeltsin was shown meeting with German Chancellor Helmut
Kohl, this past Saturday, Russia's leader clearly looked less
than well--much less.
(Dr.Renat Akchurin speaks in Russian)
This morning Yeltsin's heart surgeon explained the President had
caught the flu that's going around Moscow, a virus infected his lung,
but he said Yeltsin's condition was "SATISFACTORY"... the medical
team was treating early pneumonia without problems.
The doctor as well as Kremlin officials insist Yeltsin's latest illness has
NOT affected his recovery from open heart surgery, 2 months ago.
After convalescing from a quintuple-BY PASS operation, the
the 65 year old President return to the Kremlin in late December...
He announced himself "ready to battle" the dire economic problems
that accumulated during his prolonged absence.
and the President ho was told to take it easy at first, plunged
back into a very Yeltsin-ite series of staged events.
But during his TWO WEEKS back at work, notably in a New Year's
address to the nation, Yeltsin appeared less than a healthy, fully recovered
: The latest setback again raises question about Yeltsin's
capacity to govern...it gives his enemies and would be successors another
opening to call on the leader they " the SICK Man of Russia" to resign and
schedule new elections for President of Russia.
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The kickoff of the 19-97 General Assembly was marked by polite bickering
over how to spend the fruits of a good economy.
And Governor George Allen declared the state of the Commonwealth to be
"strong, vibrant, and thriving."
Ellen Qualls files this report.
IN Q=The world knows
OUT Q=Qualls, News 7, Richmond.
((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
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((GEORGE ALLEN WOULD LIKE TO MAKE IT ONE WITH EVEN THE MOST MODEST TAX CUT.
ONE THAT MIGHT JUST APPEAL TO VOTERS IN SAY, THE YEAR 2000, WHEN CHUCK ROBB'S
SENATE SEAT IS UP FOR GRABS AGAIN. ELLEN QUALLS, NEWS 7, RICHMOND.))
An electrical problem sparked the fire at the Bent Creek Apartment complex
in Roanoke County.
That's the finding of fire county fire investigators.
They say Tuesday's fire started inside the wall between two units.
Apparently an electrical wire shorted out against a copper pipe.
The building burned for about two hours severely damaging six apartments.
Damage is estimated at around 150 thousand dollars.
No one was injured in the blaze.
At least 18 people are dead and some 700 hospitalized following a massive
gas leak in Pakistan.
The leak came from two gas cylinders filled with chlorine gas that were
being carried on a truck to a chemical company.
At least 200 people were lying unconscious on roads and in
houses when ambulances and paramedics reached them.
Officials fear the number of casualties will rise as relief teams continue
to search the area.
Frank Sinatra has suffered an apparent heart attack.
A spokeswoman says paramedics took the 81- year- old entertainer
to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center this morning.
A doctor at the Los Angeles hospital says Sinatra is undergoing tests, and
that his prognosis is good.
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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(( 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.
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((SHIRLEY CROWDER: I THINK SOCIAL SECURITY IS A GOOD THING, AND I HOPE IT
NEVER RUNS OUT.))
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((ANGELA NOELL: I'M DESERVING, I WORK FOR IT.))
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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.))
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 yesterday 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.
Two separate and dramatic rescues today in stormy seas between Australia and
A British yachtsman stunned Australian Navy rescuers when he swam unaided
toward them from under his yacht which capsized four days ago.
A few hours earlier a French yachtsman was plucked from a life raft by a
Both men had been taking part in a a round the world yacht race when they hit
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Roanoke Catholic was at home last night for a non district game against the
Fighting Blues of Parry McCluer.
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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.
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Catholic/43/;Damion Beverly makes the jumper and Parry McCluer wins the game
66 to 43.
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 for thee pointers in
the first half as 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.
In one of Miami's poorest neighborhoods yesterday it was raining pennies
from heaven, well sort of.
An armored truck overturned on an overpass and its doors flew open.
Millions of dollars in bills and coins spilled out.
And before police could get control of the situation hundreds of people
moved in and helped themselves to as much cash as they could grab.
Up to 400-thousand may be missing.