Coming up next on News 7...
A fire that started in a basement, burned it's way through a Franklin County
People in Tennessee and Alabama clean up after a swarm of tornados destroyed
more than 200 buildings.
And hundreds of ice fishermen are stranded on a frozen lake in Canada.
News 7 at 11 is next.
A family of five is homeless tonight following a house fire in Franklin
The owner returned to the residence, just outside of Boones Mill to find
smoke pouring from the house.
It happened around seven o'clock.
No one was at home at the time.
IN Q=Arrived on the
((RODNEY JORDAN/BOONES MILL FIRE CHIEF: ARRIVED ON THE SCENE, HEAVY SMOKE
SHOWING. MADE AN INITIAL ATTACK ON THE FIRE ON THE FIRST LEVEL DETERMINED
THERE WAS CONSIDERABLE FIRE IN THE BASEMENT.))
SUPER=01-Rodney Jordan/Boones Mill Fire Chief;
OUT Q=in the basement.
Fire officials believe the blaze started in the basement.
One of the southbound lanes on Route 2-20 near the house has been closed for
National guard troops are headed to Tuscaloosa, Alabama, where a tornado
killed one person last night, and damaged 100 homes.
And in Tennessee, more than 200 homes and businesses were damaged by
The town of Barfield, southeast of Nashville, was one of the hardest hit...
160 homes were destroyed there.
The storm scattered hail and tornadoes across 9 counties.
About 20 thousand people lost power.
David Jackson has more on that and other weather problems across the
WIPE WIPE WIPE
IN Q=WELL I KNOW (bite)
SUPER=03-Wilton, CA; :19
SUPER=01-Carmelo Castro/Homeowner; :53
SUPER=03-Near Kyburz, CA; 1:11
SUPER=01-David Jackson/Reporting; 1:18
OUT Q=CBS News.
(( WELL I KNOW THAT IF HE SAID A TORNADO HIT AND IT BEING A TRAILER..THERE
WOULDN'T BE ANYTHING LEFT.
The path of destruction tore the roofs off homes and stripped others to
State officials in Tennessee and Alabama spent saturday assessing the damage
caused by the storms.
Northern California which has not yet recovered from devastating New Year's
floods...once again is being hit by heavy rains.
The second pacific storm this week caused rivers that only recently receded
to overrun their banks.
It's enough the test the faith of anyone...rising water..has flooded fertile
Homes spared from the first round of flooding are collapsing under their own
weight on the rainsoaked ground.
Homeowners who have not yet been affected by the rising water are making
sure they are protected.
Work crews filled sandbags so that residents could turn back the tide.
CARMELO CASTRO/HOMEOWNER: I HAD TO BLOCK WHAT AREA THAT MIGHT COME IN
----NO THATS WHAT I'M TRYING TO PREVENT.
Work crews are also using sandbags to shore up levees weakened by storms
earlier earlier this year.
Highway 50 which was closed for 17 days after the New Years Storms....is
It is the main thoroughfare between the Sacramento Valley and South Lake
And what was not shutdown by mudslides fell victim to the high waters.
Flash flood warning are in effect though Sunday...the rain is expected to
let up by monday.
David Jackson CBS News.
An unknown number of people are stranded on an ice floe in Canada.
Hundreds of people in Ontario were out fishing when the ice cracked, opening
a gap the length of a football field.
Helicopters were sent in.
They were able to lift at least 220 people and two dogs to safety.
But then the wind and snow kicked up.
The helicopters were grounded.
Police say there are no reports of anyone falling into the water.
Those still stranded probably can take shelter in heated fishing huts until
the copters can return.
A man claiming to have a van full of dynamite forced the evacuation of a Los
Angeles TV station and Paramount Studios this morning.
SUPER=03-Los Angeles, CA;
An unidentified man apparently parked the moving van on the Paramount lot
around 9 o'clock.
A sign on the van said it contained 5,000 pounds of dynamite.
The man reportedly demanded to speak with Attorney General Janet Reno, but
his motivations are unclear.
After a four and a half hour standoff, the man surrendered to police.
Authorities could not immediately confirm if any explosives were actually on
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Still to come on News 7 at 11, the election isn't until November, but the
race is on for the Republican nomination for a seat on the Roanoke County Board
And we'll show you a massive pileup on Germany's high-speed highway.
A Windy night is on tap, and things will be turning colder by daybreak--
Temperatures Tomorrow will struggle to reach 40 in Lynchburg and stay around
the freezing point for the New River Valley.
that's going to set the stage for the chance of more mixed precipitation Late
Sunday night and into Monday morning.
Now let's take a look at the Hi's and Lows of the day...
MUSIC UP FULL
The woman who's accusations started the Army's sex scandal is leaving the
VO-NAT 8:00 20:07:52
According to Jessica Bleckley's lawyer, she requested and received an
Bleckley returned home to South Carolina today.
She accused a drill sergeant at the Aberdeen Proving Grounds of harassing
her and making death threats last November.
Her allegations began a large scale investigation of sexual behavior in the
Since then, four instructors at Aberdeen have been charged with sexual
crimes involving a dozen female recruits.
Fog caused a big pileup this morning on Germany's famous high-speed highway.
Officials say heavy fog blanketed the road, and when cars are traveling at
high speed, chain reaction accidents can be devastating.
This accident happened near Munich. When it was over, 51 wrecked cars
littered the highway.
At least 18 people were hurt, three of them seriously.
Two men are vying for the G-O-P nomination for the Windsor Hills seat on the
Roanoke County Board of Supervisors.
Political newcomer Joseph McNamara is hoping to win the nomination from
fellow Republican, Lee Eddy.
McNamara announced his candidacy today at his Roanoke County ice cream and
He says government spending, economic development and school overcrowding
are the top issues.
IN Q=i think we
((JOSEPH MCNAMARA/R-CANDIDATE ROANOKE CO. SUPERVISORS: I THINK WE NEED TO HAVE
A CHANGE. WE NEED TO HAVE A COMMITTMENT OF FOLKS IN SOUTHWEST COUNTY AND FOLKS
IN THE WHOLE COUNTY TO DEVELOP OUT CHILDREN, TO SEND THEM FORWARD INTO THE 21ST
SUPER=01-Joseph McNamara/(R) Cand. Roanoke Co. Supervisors;
OUT Q=IN THE 21ST CENTURY
McNamara is trying to unseat Lee Eddy who has served on the Board since
He also served on the board in the late sixties.
Eddy also sees school overcrowding as a major issue.
IN Q=I'M VERY PLEASED
((LEE EDDY/ROANOKE COUNTY SUPERVISOR: I'M VERY PLEASED WITH THE BLUE RIBBON
COMMITTEE THAT'S LOOKING AT THE NEEDS THROUGHOUT THE COUNTY. AND THEY WILL
MAKE A RECOMMENDATION TO THE SCHOOL BOARD AND THEN THE BOARD OF SUPERVISORS
WILL COME UP WITH A FUNDING PACKAGE THAT I HOPE WILL REALLY ADDRESS THE VARIOUS
NEEDS WE HAVE THROUGHOUT THE COUNTY.))
OUT Q=THROUGHOUT THE COUNTY
The nomination is expected to be made at a mass meeting in May.
The general election is November 4th.
TAPE# net; 96-87(election) & 96-81 voter
Voting in Virginia will remain quick and easy thanks to a close vote by a
legislative committee today.
The Privileges and Elections Committee voted to kill a bill that would have
required voters to show identification at the polls.
Voters could have also signed a statement attesting to their identity.
Proponents of the bill said it would protect against voter fraud, but
opponents said it would slow the voting process and discourage participation.
The vote was eight-to-seven.
Imagine living or doing business downstream from someone who was just issued
a pollution permit, and not being able to do a thing about it.
Up until earlier this week, this was the case in Virginia.
It was the only state in the U-S where citizens could not challenge
pollution permits in court.
But on Tuesday the U-S Supreme Court ruled the Commonwealth cannot limit the
rights of Virginians to have their say in these environmental matters.
This comes as a relief to groups like Friends of the Rivers of Virginia.
It's part of a coalition that has fought this restriction for almost seven
IN Q=If you're
((BILL TANGER/FRIENDS OF THE RIVERS OF VA: IF YOU'RE A DOWNSTREAM OR A DOWNWIND
PERSON FROM SOMEONE WHO IS POLLUTING THE AIR OR POLLUTING THE WATER, YOU SHOULD
HAVE THE ABILITY TO, IF IT IMPACTS YOU, TO GO TO COURT AND TO APPEAL THE
DECISION MADE BY THE STATE THAT ALLOWED THAT POLLUTION. AND UP UNTIL THIS
POINT THAT WASN'T POSSIBLE.))
SUPER=01-Bill Tanger/Friends of the Rivers of VA;
OUT Q=wasn't possible.
In 1993 the U-S Environmental Protection Agency rejected Virginia's proposed
air permitting program, saying the restrictive requirements violated the Clean
A legal battle ensued between the state and the E-P-A, which eventually
resulted in the issue going front of the Supreme Court.
A former member of the Virginia Alcoholic Beverage Control Board is speaking
out against allowing state alcohol agents to enforce youth smoking laws.
Robert Colvin said yesterday that giving the A-B-C Board authority to
enforce teen smoking laws will undermine its efforts to control teen drinking.
The current A-B-C Board has publicly embraced a proposal to give alcohol
agents that authority.
The proposal is also the centerpiece of a plan by Attorney General Jim
Gilmore, the likely Republican nominee for governor.
Soft Music Under
Coming up next,
Alternative medicine like acupuncture and massage therapy has long been used
But did you know it can work for your pets too.
We'll have the story coming up..
MUSIC UP FULL
Acupuncture and massage therapy may be the answer to your pet's ailments.
These are just two of the alternative treatments veterinarians are using to
help man's best friend.
Denise Allen explains.
IN Q=This dog is
SUPER=01-Dr. Mary Beth Leininger/American Vet. Medicine. Assn.; :13
OUT Q=News 7
(( This dog is getting treatment for hip dysplasia--a disorder which makes it
painful for the animal to walk.
He's receiving acupuncture--the stimulation of certain pressure points by
small needles--which doctors say will ease his pain.
IN Q=i think what
((DR. MARY BETH LEININGER/AMERICAN VETERNARY MEDICINE ASSN: I THINK WHAT THESE
THERAPIES DO IS GIVE VETERINARIANS THE OPPORTUNITY TO PROVIDE ANIMALS
NON-INVASIVE TREATMENT THAT COULD WORK IN ADDITION TO WESTERN MEDICINE.))
OUT Q=western medicine
Another alternative medical treatment that's becoming popular with
veterinarians is chiropractic techniques.
Here the doctor manipulates and adjusts specific joints.
Massage therapy is also used on pets.
IN Q=message therapy
((MESSAGE THERAPY IS MORE FOR MUSCLE INJURIES AND STRAIN AND STIFFNESS. THAT
DOES MAKE A LITTLE SENSE WHETHER OR NOT IT WILL ALTER A DISEASE PROCESS, THE
JURY IS STILL OUT.))
OUT Q=IS STILL OUT
Leininger says the pet owner should check with the family vet before seeking
out any ot these alternative treatments.
IN Q=THEY AREN'T
((THEY AREN'T TAUGHT IN THE PROFESSIONAL VET SCHOOLS AND BECAUSE OF THAT
THERE'S A LITTLE LESS ABILITY TO SHOW THE PEOPLE WHO ARE ACTUALLY PERFORMING
THEM HAVE A LOT OF EXTRA TRAINING.))
OUT Q=OF EXTRA TRAINING
Leininger says these alternative treatments and other research are helping
four-legged family members live longer.
Denise Allen News 7.))
The Roanoke Express was playing their second straight game at the
Roundhouse tonight and the Express beats the Charlotte Checkers 7 to 2.
SUPER=03-Roanoke/Express vs Checkers; :
Over 82-hundred fans doing the wave at the ice box tonight.
The Checkers would silence the crowd in the first period when Scott Kirton
beats Dave Gagnon with the shot to make it 1 to nothing.
But the Express rallied Working the power play Dave Stewart hits the slap
shot and the game was tied at one to one in the first period.
Roanoke would take the lead for SUPER=38-Roanoke/7/Charlotte/2/;good in
the second period. Stewart's slap shot is deflected in by Wayne Strachan on
the power play and Roanoke wins it 7 to 2.
The Virginia Tech Hokies were on the road this evening and St. Joseph's.
beats the Hokies 68 to 50. Ace Custis led tech with 13.
In Radford this afternoon, Eric Bowens scored 25 as Radford beat Coastal
Carolina 77 to 72.
Tim Duncan scored 22 points as Wake Forest rallied in the second half to
beat Florida State 61 to 58.
SUPER=03-Winston Salem, NC/JP-RAYCOM SPORTS; :
Dave Odom trying to get his team back in the game.
Wake trailed by 11 until Tony Rutland entered the game and hit the three
pointer to make it 23 to 15.
Tim Duncan then lead a 13 to 2 run here he scores inside cutting the lead
The Seminoles came back and James Collins hit the three to make it 28 to
28 at the half.
Florida State's James Collins opened the second half with a three pointer
and The Noles led 31 to 28.
But watch Duncan take it inside and pass to Loren Woods for the hoop
cutting the lead to one.
The game remained close throughout SUPER=33-Wake Forest/61/Florida
State/58/;the second half and Wake Forest goes on to win it 61 to 58.
In Atlanta, Georgia Tech rallied in the second half to beat N.C. State 54 to
SUPER=03-Atlanta, GA/JP-RAYCOM; :
Bobby Cremins and the Yellow Jackets looking for the win at home.
Early in the first half State's Damon Thornton hits the jumper cutting the
lead to two
The Yellow Jackets push it outside for the three pointer but went in at
the half trailing by one.
The Wolfpack increased its lead to five when C.C. Harrison pulls up and
hits this tree pointer.
But Georgia tech took the lead with 4 minutes left in the game Matt
Harpring hits this three to make it 46 to 45.
And the Yellow Jackets got two SUPER=33-Georgia Tech/54/N.C.
State/53/;big baskets from Eddie Elisma to hold off the Wolfpack 54 to 53.
In the N-B-A Michael Jordan hit 24 points to lead Chicago over Toronto 110
SUPER=03-Chicago, IL/SC-CHI; :
The Raptors got off to a bang of a start Marcus Camby taking it in for the
jam and a 6 to 5 Toronto.
But Jordan would pull up and bust this three pointer in the second quarter
and the Bulls led by 20.
Chicago held off a Raptors rally SUPER=32-Chicago/110/Toronto/98/;in the
second half and the Bulls get the 110 to 98 win.
SUPER=03-Pittsburgh, PA/FOX SPORTS; :
In Pittsburgh, The New York Rangers scored three in the second and four in
the third to beat the Penguins 7 to 4.
For all of the scores lets check the boards.
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SUPER=0098-/Hamp.-Sydney/100/j/Emory & Henry/105////Va.
SUPER=0098-/ODU/66/j/James Madison/84////N.C. Wesleyan/75/j/Ferrum/85///;
SUPER=0098-j/VCU/86//Richmond/71////William & Mary/67/j/George Mason/70///;
SUPER=0098-j/Hampton/61//Morgan State/59///j/Liberty/72//Charleston S./68///;
SUPER=0096-/New Jersey/81/j/Dallas/92////Utah/91//Houston/91/OT/Two Late
SUPER=0103-/Tampa Bay/2/j/Florida/3////Chicago/2/j/N.Y. Islanders/3///;
OUT Q=....last score."
And coming up, Steve Jones continues to lead the Phoenix Open the final
workouts for the Super Bowl were held today.
And the Roanoke College Women get revenge beating Maryville this afternoon
Suzanne Moore scored 14 points as The Lady Maroons of Roanoke College beat
Maryville 69 to 67.
SUPER=03-Salem/Roanoke vs Maryville; :
Susan Dunagan setting up a play after a time out.
and the Ball goes to Suzanne Moore who hits the three pointer from the
corner giving Roanoke the Early lead.
Then the Lady Maroons hit the boards Sarah Dingledine getting the rebound
and putting it back in for the score.
The Scotts played the outside game Beverly Yaksich pulls up and hits the
jumper but the Lady Scotts trailed 26 to 17.
Roanoke continued to take it SUPER=33-Roanoke/69/Maryville/67/; inside
Moore passes to Cheryl Rhodes for the layup and Roanoke goes on to win the game
69 to 67.
The Men's basketball team beat Randolph-Macon this afternoon.
And Steve Mason says past experiences have the Maroons ranked number one in
the South Region.
IN Q=first audio
SUPER=03-Salem/This Season; :00
SUPER=04-1993-94 Season; :21
SUPER=01-Page Moir/Roanoke Head Coach; :33
SUPER=01-Kevin Martin/Roanoke Assistant Coach; :47
SUPER=01-Jason Bishop/Maroon Senior Guard; 1:26
OUT Q=...News 7 sports"
((Preparing for the future, whether the next practice, the next game, the
next tournament, or the next season; that is part of every coaches job. But at
least in one respect, Page Moir and his 1997 Maroons can look to the past for
clues on how win.
5 players and assistant coach Kevin Martin were integral parts to the
1993-94 Hillairy Scott lead Maroons that went 26 and 2, and lost in it's first
NCAA tournament game.
But that loss might just have yielded countless wins in the future.
Especially this year where the maroons have already beaten ODAC power
Bridgewater handily and downed Va. Weslyan twice.
The Maroons went to the sweet 16 a season ago, and a trip back and an
extended visit is the only thing that will make this team smile, Steve Mason,
news 7 sports.))
Steve Jones shot a 65 today and he's still the leader at the Phoenix Open.
Jones is at 22 under par for a five stroke lead.
SUPER=03-Scottsdale, AZ/ABC SPORTS; :
But Tiger Woods continues to excite the crowd. On the par three 16-th hole
Woods comes through with the shot of the day. His shot takes a bounce on the
green and into the cup for a hole in one.
Woods shot a 67 today and he's at 10 under par 12 shots off the pace.
And on the eve of the Super Bowl reports in New Orleans say Mike Ditka will
become the new head coach of the Saints.
The Saints are saying nothing about the reports by two networks. Ditka
works for N-B-C sports.
SUPER=03-New Orleans, LA; :
Green Bay practiced for about 45 minutes at the Superdome today. The
Packers worked on special teams, goal line offenses and defenses and
Bill Parcels and the Patriots walked through several things, loosened up
and tested footwear on the artificial surface.
Kickoff for the Super Bowl is 6:18 tomorrow evening.
The bidding war between Norfolk-Southern and CSX has been running at full
steam for the past few weeks.
Len Besthoff spoke with people looking at the situation from some different
IN Q=One thing
SUPER=01-Louis Newton/Retired NS Employee; :10
SUPER=01-Ben Hartman/Stockbroker-Edward Jones; :55
SUPER=01-Anne Piedmont/Economic Development Partnership; 1:24
OUT Q=LB, News-7.
One thing that's clear is that Conrail has a lot of valuable routes N-S and
C-S-X want to get their hands on...like the old Pennsylvania Railroad route.
IN Q=It connects
((LOUIS NEWTON/RETIRED NS EMPLOYEE: IT CONNECTS THE MOST DIRECT ROUTE BETWEEN
THE MIDWEST AND THE NEW JERSEY/NEW YORK AREA. Like Chicago? NEWTON: LIKE
CHICAGO, SAINT LOUIS AND SO FORTH. What port does it connect to? Newark?
NEWTON: TO PHILADELPHIA AS WELL AS THE PORT OF NEW YORK. THEN THE OTHER MAJOR
ROUTE IS THE OLD NEW YORK CENTRAL WATER LEVEL ROUTE. EAST FROM SAINT LOUIS AND
CHICAGO THROUGH CLEVELAND, BUFFALO AND INTO THE NEW JERSEY, NEW YORK AREA.))
SUPER=01-Louis Newton/Retired NS Employee;
OUT Q=New Jersey, New York area.
People who watch the financial markets believe there's lots of dealmaking
ability left in all three camps.
IN Q=We're sort
((BEN HARTMAN/STOCKBROKER-EDWARD JONES: WE'RE SORT OF IN A HOLDING PATTERN.
AS FAR AS WHAT'S GOING TO TAKE PLACE NEXT. WHEN WILL THE NEXT SHAREHOLDER
MEETING BE? WHAT WILL BE THE OUTCOME? WILL ONE OF THE RAILROADS SWEETEN THE
DEAL? WILL THERE BE A MEETING AS THIS LETTER MAY IMPLY THAT THERE WILL BE A
MEETING OF THE THREE RAILROADS? SO IT'S SORT OF A WAIT AND SEE PERIOD RIGHT
NOW I THINK FOR SHAREHOLDERS.))
SUPER=01-Ben Hartman/Stockbroker-Edward Jones;
OUT Q=I think for shareholders.
Meanwhile, folks in N-S strongholds like southwest and central Virginia,
wonder how the final outcome will ultimately impact their local economies.
IN Q=I like you
((ANNE PIEDMONT/ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT PARTNERSHIP: I, YOU SAID, HAVE HEARD,
EVERYTHING FROM A WEAKENED NORFOLK SOUTHERN IS GONNA LOSE AND GET GOBBLED UP BY
SOMEBODY ELSE AND THAT'S THE END OF THE RAILROAD IN ROANOKE ALL THE WAY UP TO
WOULDN'T IT BE GREAT IF NORFOLK SOUTHERN WON AND GOT ALL OF CONRAIL AND
INCREASED ITS ROUTES AND LIVED HAPPILY EVER AFTER.))
SUPER=01-Anne Piedmont/Economic Development Partnership;
OUT Q=ever after.
For more watch On Record Sunday morning at 11. Len Besthoff, News-7.