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Folks in the New River Valley were out bright and early this morning gearing
up for what's in store.
Double Boxes=Melanie and Teresa/Microwave
Teresa Hamilton joins us live from Blacksburg where the snow's been falling
for about four hours.
Melanie, the snow's been falling steadily here since around eight thirty
And, as you might expect-- there were quite a few last minute shoppers--
trying to brace for Mother Nature.
IN Q=First thing
SUPER=01-Tim Atkinson/Wades Co-Manager; :00
SUPER=01-Mary Lipscomb/Floyd Co. Resident; :37
OUT Q=at all.
IN Q=First thing
((TIM ATKINSON/WADES CO-MANAGER;FIRST THING THIS MORNING WHEN WE OPENED UP, I
HAD CUSTOMERS AT THE DOOR AND BY SEVEN O'CLOCK WE WERE IN FULL FORCE. ))
OUT Q=full force.
Bread is perhaps the biggest seller-- leaving the shelves almost as quickly
as it's put there.
Milk and eggs are also hot items.
Fortunately, for now, at least at Wades in Blacksburg-- there's enough to go
IN Q=We started
((WE STARED PLANNING AT THE FORECAST ON SATURDAY OF GETTING EXTRA PEOPLE IN--
EXTRA HELP IN-- EXTRA DELIVERIES COMING IN THIS MORNING AND WE'RE ALREADY
WORKING ON BACK UP MILK ORDERS, BACK UP BREAD ORDERS, EGG ORDER AND THINGS OF
THAT NATURE. ))
OUT Q=that nature.
Mary Lipscomb was one of the early birds-- making sure she's prepared for
IN Q=I live
((MARY LIPSCOMB/FLOYD CO. RESIDENT:I LIVE IN FLOYD AND I WAS HOPING TO GET TO
TOWN AND BACK HOME BEFORE IT GOT HERE, THIS MORNING, SO I WAS CAUGHT BY
SURPRISE, NO I DIDN'T EXPECT IT THIS QUICK AT ALL. ))
OUT Q=at all.
That seems to be a fairly common consensus-- folks here still amazed at how
quickly it's coming down.
We're here on the edge of Route 460-- just outside Blacksburg.
And, even this road, isn't in the best of shape.
Double Boxes=Melanie and Teresa/Microwave
(Teresa, what can you tell us about the secondary roads?)
Snow-removal crews, travelers .. and just about everyone else .. are keeping
their eyes on the skies today.
Some areas are bracing for as many as 12-inches of snow.
Double Boxes=Melanie and Scott/Microwave
News-7's Scott Goldberg has been on snow patrol this morning.
He joins us now from the Roanoke Regional Airport.
Scott, is everything under control out there?
( ad lib)
(Rollcue: earlier this morning.. )
V-DOT crews were checking their trucks... making sure all the equipment was
ready to go.
Crews are working round-the-clock shifts and keeping an eye on the roads so
they're ready to head out once snow accumulates.
At the airport this morning a similar scene.
Crews de-icing runways,
Taking full advantage of a new two-and-a-half million-dollar maintenance
facility, where equipment and crews stand on guard, close to major runways.
Joining me now for an update on conditions at the airport is executive
director Jackie Shuck.
SUPER=01-Jacqueline Shuck/Airport Executive Director;
So far, have there been any problems keeping runways clear?
At what point do airlines start cancelling flights?
How is the new snow maintenance facility working?
Jackie Shuck, thank you.
If you're not flying, but plan on driving and want to know what road
conditions are like,
V-DOT pre pro-4491essC
V-DOT has a hotline you can call.
That number is 1-800-367-Road.
If you're riding Valley Metro buses,
Valley Metro Pre Pro
and you want to know if a certain route is still running, call Valley Metro
directly at 982-0305.
Double Boxes=Melanie and Scott/Microwave
That's the story from the airport, Melanie.
We'll keep you updated through the day.
Virginia highway officials will soon be using satellites to help them clear
snow from the roads.
The Virginia Department of Transportation has equipped 80 snowplows in
northern Virginia this winter with satellite navigation technology.
The experiment will tell highway supervisors in Fairfax County where the
plows are and what they're doing.
South Boston police say one man is dead after shooting at police officers
and setting his apartment on fire.
It happened about 1:30 this morning. Officials say police did not return
The man apparently died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
His identity has not been released yet.
No one else were hurt, but at least three police vehicles were damaged by
One apartment was gutted by the fire.
A man who managed to escape from Bedford County authorities twice this
morning is back in custody.
Bedford police were attempting to arrest 18- year- old Richard Howard Busby
when he ran from his apartment on South Street.
A tracking dog helped locate Busby and take him into custody.. but Busby
took off again while he was being booked at the sheriff's department.
IN Q=Our tracking dog
((LT. KENT ROBEY/BEDFORD CO. SHERIFF'S DEPT.: OUR TRACKING DOG WAS BROUGHT OUT
FOR THE SECOND TIME ON THIS SUBJECT, FROM OUR EARLIER INCIDENT, AND HE TRACKED
TO THE RAILROAD TRACKS HERE IN BEDFORD WHERE THE DOG CEASED THE TRACK.))
SUPER=01-Lt. Kent Robey/Bedford Co. Sheriff's Dept.; :00
OUT Q=ceased the track.
Authorities say Busby was apprehended in his mother's Bedford house at about
Busby faces malicious wounding and escape charges.
In Hong Kong, officials are killing every chicken hoping to halt the spread
of the mysterious disease known as the bird flu.
So far, fourteen people have caught the virus, four of them have died.
Randall Pinkston reports.
SUPER=03-Hong Kong; :00
SUPER=01-Chao Loi/Urban Services Dept.; :42
OUT Q=news, london
WITH MILITARY PRECISION, HEALTH OFFICIALS IN HONG KONG THIS MORNING BEGAN AN
UNPRECEDENTED OPERATION: KILLING EVERY CHICKEN IN THE TERRITORY... MORE THAN
1.2-MILLION BIRDS . THE DESPERATE MEASURE IS INTENDED TO HALT THE SPREAD OF
THE DEADLY H5NI VIRUS, KNOWN AS THE BIRD FLU -AND RESTORE CONSUMER
(Officials with face masks, merchants killing birds)
INSPECTORS AND STAFF WORE PROTECTIVE MASKS AND GLOVES. BUT, INEXPLICABLY, THE
CHICKEN VENDORS WHO DISPATCHED THEIR INVENTORY WORE NOTHING. SO FAR, NO
MERCHANT HAS CAUGHT THE VIRUS, BUT 12 OTHER PEOPLE HAVE. 4 DIED.
(Ducks and geese in cages)
TO GUARD AGAINST CROSS-INFECTION, DUCKS, GEESE, AND OTHER POULTRY KEPT IN
CLOSE PROXIMITY TO CHICKENS ARE ALSO BEING DESTROYED.
SOT/Chao Loi, Urban Services Department: By getting rid of the birds, we get
rid of the source so this will be an effective measure.
(Dead birds dumped in land fill)
THE DEAD CARCASSES ARE BEING DUMPED IN A LANDFILL. HEALTH OFFICIALS SAY HONG
KONG DOESN T HAVE AN INCINERATOR BIG ENOUGH TO BURN ALL 0F THE DEBRIS.
SOT/Chao Loi, Urban Services Dept.
(People with face masks)
BUT CRITICS QUESTION WHETHER ALL OF THESE DESPERATE MEASURES WILL SOLVE THE
PROBLEM SINCE SCIENTISTS STILL DON'T KNOW THE SOURCE OF THE BIRD FLU VIRUS.
WHAT THEY DO KNOW IS THAT UNTIL THIS YEAR, THE MYSTERIOUS FLU WHICH HAD ONLY
BEEN FOUND IN CHICKENS LEAPED TO HUMANS, TRIGGERING FEARS OF A WORLDWIDE
EPIDEMIC. RANDALL PINKSTON , CBS NEWS, LONDON.))
A dozen people remain hospitalized in Japan following a nightmare flight
over the Pacific Ocean.
The United Airlines jumbo jet, carrying nearly 400, hit massive air
turbulence during a flight from Japan to Hawaii.
The jet fell nearly a thousand feet and those who weren't wearing seat belts
hit the ceiling.
One woman was killed and more than 100 injured.
Passengers say the "Fasten Seat Belt" sign was OFF at the time.
Jurors in the Terry Nichols' trial are listening to emotional testimony
today that may help them decide if he lives or dies.
Prosecutors plan to put survivors of the Oklahoma City bombing and relatives
of the dead on the stand hoping to convince the jury that Nichols should get
the death penalty for his role in the attack.
Last Tuesday, the same jury convicted Nichols of conspiracy and involuntary
((I DON'T THINK TERRY NICHOLS IS GOING TO GET THE DEATH PENALTY, MAY I QUOTE
THE GREAT SPEAKER JAMES NICHOLS, IT AIN'T OVER YET, YOU STILL GOT OKLAHOMA
SUPER=01-Jannie Coverdale/Victim's Grandmother;
OUT Q=YOU STILL GOT OKLAHOMA CITY.
The government is expected to present some 60 witnesses, to back
up its call for the death penalty.
Meantime, in the unabomber case there's word that Ted Kaczynski made an
offer to plead guilty.
Today's "New York Times" states the unabomber suspect made the offer in
hopes of avoiding the death penalty, but that federal officials turned him
The jury has already been seated in Kaczynski's trial which gets underway
next week in Sacramento.
Homicides in the nation's two biggest cities are on the decline.
In Los Angeles police reported 577 murders in 19-97, the city's lowest
number since 19-77.
And it looks like New York City ends the year with the fewest number of
murders since 19-67.
The figure is 756.
In 19-92 that number peaked at 22-hundred.
Police say the sharp drop can be credited to expanded efforts to
stop drug trafficking.
A Goodview man was shot while sitting in his car at a Northwest Roanoke
intersection last night.
It happened at about 8:30 near the intersection of 10th street and Orange
Police say 35 year- old Timothy Richardson was stopped at a traffic light,
when a man standing by the passenger side of the car started shooting.
Police say at least nine shots were fired.
Richardson was hit in the side and the leg, his condition has not been
The suspect is described as a young man wearing black jeans and a black
coat, with a neat haircut and dark complexion.
No one was injured yesterday when a tractor-trailer caught fire in a Salem
The truck was apparently left running for 30 to 45 minutes when the driver
says he heard a tremendous noise.
The vehicle was in flames when firefighters arrived.
The problem was caused by the truck's electrical system.
IN Q=OUR FIRE
((SGT. DOUG MOORE/SALEM FIRE DEPT.; OUR FIRE INVESTIGATOR DETERMINED THAT IT
WAS A SHORT CIRCUIT IN THE ELECTRICAL SYSTEM IN THE ENGINE COMPARTMENT. ))
SUPER=01-Sgt. Doug Moore/Salem Fire Dept.;
OUT Q=ENGINE comparTMENT.
The tractor trailer suffered about 40 thousand dollars worth of damage.
After Christmas sales may cost some shoppers more than they count on.
Save now pay later arrangements may not be the deals they're made out to be.
One financial analyst warns for long term payments you should pay careful
attention to interest rates.
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IN Q=A little bell
((TOM NASTA/FINANCIAL PLANNER AND INVESTMENT MGR.: A LITTLE BELL SHOULD GO OFF
IN YOUR HEAD WHICH SAYS WHY ARE THEY ASKING ME TO PAY AN INTEREST RATE. HOW
CAN I GET FREE MONEY? I'VE NEVER GOTTEN FREE MONEY BEFORE. SO, GENERALLY THE
INTEREST RATE IS INCLUDED MANY TIMES INTO THE PURCHASE PRICE.))
SUPER=01-Tom Nasta/Financial Planner
OUT Q=the purchase price.
Nasta says it's a good idea to take time-out from the shopping frenzy to
determine what items you really need.
SOT 16.35.28 - 16.35.44
IN Q=Some people have
((TOM NASTA/FINANCIAL PLANNER AND INVESTMENT MGR.: SOME PEOPLE HAVE A
THING--WAIT TWO DAYS OR THREE DAYS AND IF YOU DON'T NEED IT DON'T BUY IT.
IN OTHER WORDS THERE'S ACTUALLY YOU CAN MAKE A JUDGMENT. IF YOU WANT TO BUY IT
AGREE TO WAIT TWO DAYS AND THEN SEE AFTER THE END OF THE TWO DAYS IF YOU REALLY
WANT TO BUY IT.))
OUT Q=to buy it.
Nasta says you should write down all of your debt in an effort to get
control of it and determine early on how you plan to pay off the debt.
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Your wallet, health and on- the- job performance may be linked.
Scott Goldberg explains the connection in this week's Common Sense.
SUPER=01-Peter Darby/U.S. Navy;:21
OUT Q=Scott Goldberg
TAPE="12/29 Standups" at 18:36:56
((The most recent New England Journal of Medicine reports people who have
trouble managing their finances are more likely to suffer ill health or
And, the journal says, that can lead to poor on-the-job performance.
That's why a lot of businesses -- and the United States Navy -- are hiring
people whose only job is to help employees stay financially healthy.
TAPE=Common Sense #2
IN Q=the problem
((PETER DARBY/U.S. NAVY: THE PROBLEM IS OFTEN TIMES IT'S NOT GIVEN THE
ATTENTION IT DESERVES BECAUSE THE ONLY TIME UPPER MANAGEMENT FINDS OUT ABOUT IT
IS WHEN THE SHERIFF SHOWS UP AT THE DOOR. OR THE BANKRUPTCY. OR THE SUICIDE
OR WHATEVER IT IS THAT'S BEEN PRECIPITATED. THEY DON'T SEE THE OTHER 2, 3, 400
PEOPLE. THE OTHER 20-30 PERCENT OR WHATEVER IT IS THAT ARE IN THAT SITUATION,
THEY ARE LOSING PRODUCTIVE TIME BECAUSE THEY'RE TRYING TO GET THEMSELVES OUT OF
OUT Q=out of it
TAPE="12/29 Standups at 18:39:24
Darby recommends all companies follow the Navy's lead and designate one
person who can help employees with their personal finances.
That's this week's Common Sense.
I'm Scott Goldberg.))
TAPE#net (edit of ICE-98)
A big three game weekend for the Roanoke Express. Roanoke picked up 5 out
of a possible 6 points by beating the Hampton Road Admirals last night at the
Roundhouse 3 to 1.
SUPER=03-Roanoke/Express vs. Admirals;
The Admirals get on the board in the first minute of the first period.
Ron Majic picks up the loose puck from behind the net and hits it in.
The Express comes right back.. Pete Brearly centers the puck to Kelly
Hollingshead who scores the goal to tie the game.
After a Chris Lipsett goal in the second, The Admirals were forced to
SUPER=38-Roanoke/3/Hampton/1/;pull their goalie and Tim Christan gets the
pass and puts home the empty netter and the Express beats the Admirals 3 to 1.
TAPE#net (edit of FB97-3)
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers used ball control in the first half as they beat
the Detroit Lions yesterday afternoon 20 to 10.
SUPER=03-Tampa, FL/FOX Sports;
After a three point lead in the first quarter, Tampa Bay's Trent Dilfer puts
it in the air and hits Horace Copeland on the 9 yard touchdown pass to make it
10 to nothing.
In the third quarter Mike Alstott takes the handoff and scoots up the
middle to score from 31 yards out.
Detroit scored its only touchdown SUPER=30-Tampa Bay/20/Detroit/10/;of
the game in the fourth quarter when Tommy Vardell bulls over from the one but
Tampa Bay holds on to win it 20 to 10.
The win sends the Buccaneers to Green Bay next Sunday for an N-F-C semi
final game against the Packers.
WIPE WIPE WIPE
Third ranked Duke has lost its leading scorer and rebounder for the rest of
Duke's coach says freshman Elton Brand broke a bone in his left foot during
training this weekend.
Brand has been averaging 16 points and seven rebounds per game for the 10
and 1 Blue Devils.
He's slated for surgery later this week.
The finals of the Nationsbank Holiday Hoops tournament have been postponed.
The games were scheduled to take place this afternoon and tonight at the
Salem Civic Center.
Organizers are hoping to get the games in tomorrow.