The big winter storm is still topic "A" around town. So, it tops NEWS-7 at
Later on in the NEWScast... George Allen talks- -at length- -with Ellen
Qualls about his accomplishments as Governor- -and his personal AND POLITICAL
In sports, We'll check in with Virginia Tech as the Hokies prepare for the
And the Roanoke Express returns to the Roundhouse tonight as they prepare
for a big month of road games next month.
Snow showers continue tonight and temperatures fall big time on New Years
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Homeowners and highway workers spent the day cleaning up the mess mother
nature left behind yesterday.
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Eric Earnhart is out along the side of the Interstate tonight to tell us how
Pretty well Keith... the sun helped,
and the winds didn't cause as much drifting as some had feared...
For some people, it was even a chance to have a little fun.
IN Q=The irresistible
OUT Q=slow trip south
(( The irresistible pull of the snow-covered hill brought kids and adults out
of the house to enjoy the snow while they can...
IN Q=It's great
((SLEDDING KIDS; IT'S GREAT, IT'S AWESOME MAN... IT'D BE BETTER IF WE WERE IN
SCHOOL CAUSE WE DIDN'T GET OUT OF SCHOOL))
OUT Q=out of school
It was buisness as usual as Roanoke sanitation workers disposed of leftover
Trash collection in Roanoke County will resume tomorrow....
For Department of Transportation workers today, the battle moved off the
IN Q=mother nature
((LAURA BULLOCK/VDOT; MOTHER NATURE IS HELPING OUS OUT, THE SUN HAS KICKED IN A
BIT AND WE'RE SEEING SOME MELTING, THAT DOESN'T MEAN WE'VE QUIT WORK THOUGH,
OUR CREWS ARE CONCENTRATING ON THE SECONDARY ROADS, THOSE NUMBERED 600 AND
ABOVE, FOUND PRETTY MUCH IN THE NEIGHBORHOODS))
OUT Q=in the neighborhoods
But VDOT officials say they can't do much about this... the construction
bottleneck that backed up traffic on highway 220 south.
((LAURA BULLOCK/VDOT; OBVIOUSLY WE'D LIKE TO GET OUT OF THERE AS QUICKLY AS
POSSIBLE, THE KIND OF LANE CLOSURE THAT'S SET UP YOU CANNOT TEAR DOWN AND TAKE
IT OUT SO THE TRAFFIC CAN FLOW THROUGH... IT WOULD HAVE BEEN AN UNSAFE
SITUATION, THERE IS NOT ANOTHER ROAD THERE FOR TRAFFIC TO USE.))
OUT Q=traffic to use))
And construction here is not scheduled for completion until spring, so if
snow returns, be prepared for another slow trip south.
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There was a brief snow squall at the Roanoke Airport this afternoon, but it
didn't affect operations.
HEAVY snow shut down the airport yesterday, when visibility dropped below
Runway snow removal went smoothly.
So, as soon as visibility cleared up, the airport was ready for business.
IN Q=we're back to
((JAQUELINE SHUCK/AIRPORT EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR; WE'RE BACK TO NORMAL, WE LOST
SOME OF OUR OVERNIGHT FLIGHTS, THEY WERE'T ABLE TO GET IN SO THEY COULDN'T GET
OUT EARLY THIS MORNING. BUT THE SECOND GROUP THAT NORMALLY COMES IN AT 9:30
CAME IN RIGHT ON TIME.))
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OUT Q=right on time
Conditions also seem to be improving at other airports across the
But officials say it's still a good idea to call your airline and double
check the status of your flight.
Slippery driveways and sidewalks can be dangerous in the winter.
But the way you clear them can be just as much a health hazard.
When it comes to shoveling snow--there are right and wrong ways.
IN Q=You need to
((DR. JODY HERSHEY/MONTGOMERY CO. HEALTH DIRECTOR:YOU NEED TO AVOID BENDING AT
THE WAIST, ARCHING YOUR BACK AND TWISTING YOUR BODY WHEN YOU'RE LIFTING THE
SHOVEL IN THE SNOW. YOU SHOULDN'T BE USING YOUR LOWER BACK MUSCLES, IT'S A GOOD
WAY TO GET A LOW BACK INJURY))
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OUT Q=back injury
Doctor Hershey says push the snow instead of lifting it, but if you have
certain health risks, don't do it at all.
((DR. JODY HERSHEY:PEOPLE THAT HAVE ANY HEART DISEASE, ANGINA, HIGH BLOOD
PRESSURE OR ASTHMA NEED TO CONSULT THEIR PHYSICIAN BEFORE THEY'RE OUT IN THE
SNOW, PLAYING, EXERCISING AND SHOVELING SNOW))
OUT Q=shoveling snow.
Doctor Hershey says wear loose fitting clothes when working in the snow, that
way as you warm up you can gradually take off the layers to avoid perspiration
and subsequent chilling.
The manager of a Clifton Forge car dealership has been found guilty of
selling cars without a title.
In court yesterday, Dave Mann was convicted on two counts of failing to
obtain a title.
He was also found guilty of improperly using temporary and dealer plates.
All of the convictions are misdemeanors.
Mann was fined a total of 18-hundred dollars.
One-third of the fine was suspended, on the condition one of the customers
involved gets his title by January 16th.
Two boys using a metal detector found a piece of history in Winchester
Micheal and Andrew Zimmerman discovered a mortar shell from the Civil War
near a soccer field.
They called police who decided to detonate it.
The blast left a large crater.
Civil War historian Allan Tischler said the shell was probably left over from
the Battle of First Kernstown.
Police are searching to see if there are more mortar shells in the area.
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Still to come on News 7, we'll see how residents of the Mill Mountain Zoo
are dealing with our first taste of winter weather,
and from Richmond, Ellen Qualls sits down with outgoing Governor George Allen
as he remembers his successes and contemplates his future.
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Virginia's 67th governor leaves office at noon on January 17th.
Ellen Qualls sat down with George Allen to talk about the last four years --
and the next four.
IN Q=There's NO
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(There's NO argument George Allen's changed the Commonwealth in his four
years at the helm -- but has it changed him?
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((THEY'RE JUST AGGRAVATING LOSERS AND I JUST WISH THEY'D KEEP THEIR MOUTHS
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((LET'S ENJOY KNOCKING THEIR SOFT TEETH DOWN THEIR WHINING THROATS.))
Okay, he still has contempt for those he calls the whinnying naysayers --
whoever they may be on any issue.
So, despite them, what's he accomplished?
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((GOV. GEORGE ALLEN: NUMBER ONE IS ALL THE REFORMS WE'VE MADE IN
EDUCATION...READING, WRITING, MATH, SCIENCE, AND HISTORY.))
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((ALSO VERY IMPORTANT ...NEARLY 13 BILLION DOLLARS OF NEW INVESTMENT IN
Next on his list, reducing the welfare rolls by 42- percent.
And number four, his 1993 campaign centerpiece of abolishing parole and
making criminals serve more time in prison.
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((WELL THEY'RE ALL -- I WOULDN'T SAY IT'S THE FOURTH MOST IMPORTANT. I DO
THINK-- I'M TRYING TO THINK WHAT ARE GONNA BE-- I THINK THEY'RE ALL ENDURING
So the legacies are in place.
How about a monument?
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((SOMEBODY SAID "WELL GOSH, DO YOU WANT A MONUMENT BUILT TO YOU?" I SAID "WELL
WHITE OAK SEMICONDUCTOR, THE SIEMENS MOTOROLA FACILITY, EVERY TIME WE FLY INTO
RICHMOND AIRPORT I ALWAYS LOOK OUT THERE AND LOOK AT THAT.))
He says pursuing his first big high-tech prize was probably the single most
time-consuming thing he did as governor.
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((WHEN IT HAPPENED, I THOUGHT "WHAT A TRANSFORMATION THIS IS IN VIRGINIA." IN
FACT I LIKENED THIS TO LEWIS AND CLARK'S EXPEDITION OUT WEST, BRINGING BACK
INFORMATION AS TO THE NEW COUNTRY. AND ALL THOSE OPPORTUNITIES. AND IT
TRANSFORMED THE WAY THAT THE COUNTRY LOOKED AT ITSELF. IT WAS NO LONGER JUST
AN EAST COAST COUNTRY. IT WAS A CONTINENTAL COUNTRY.))
So what does the future hold for him personally?
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((SO MANY BUSINESS FOLKS THINK THAT I'D HAVE A BIGGER IMPACT, AS FAR AS THE WAY
THEY LOOK ON ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT, AS GOVERNOR RATHER THAN AS A U-S SENATOR.
SO I HAVEN'T MADE ANY DECISION AS TO WHAT I WILL DO. I MAY RUN FOR GOVERNOR
AGAIN. I MAY RUN FOR THE U-S SENATE.))
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((WHO KNOWS? MAY STAY IN THE PRIVATE SECTOR. I DON'T NEED TO BE IN
GOVERNMENT. I THINK IT'S GOOD TO GET OUT OF GOVERNMENT NOW AND THEN AND GET A
PERSPECTIVE FROM THE REAL WORLD.))
But his first official act as citizen George is this.
((I'M GONNA GO OFF IN A CANOE -- ALONE -- DOWN THE JAMES RIVER. I'M NOT GONNA
BRING A PAGER OR TELEPHONE OR ANYONE ELSE WITH ME. IT'LL JUST BE ME AND THE
After four years steering the ship of state, why not?
Ellen Qualls, News 7, Richmond.)
State legislators are looking for ideas on how to spend your tax money.
The General Assembly's money committees are holding a series of public
hearings on the next state budget.
There will be one in Roanoke next Tuesday at noon, at Virginia Western
There's also one in Farmville, next Wednesday, also at noon. That one's at
The Assembly convenves January 14th to consider the budget.
Governor Allen has allocated all but 12 million dollars in his proposed
Virginia's econony has been on a roll this past year.
And an economist with First Union says that should continue in 1998.
Mark Vitner says business in the Southeast should outperform the rest of the
He's predicting 3-point-4 percent growth in Virginia, and says the state
will add nearly 80-thousand new jobs.
Vitner says cutbacks in defense and government are a thing of the past in
the Old Dominion.
But he says most of the growth will be in northern Virginia, Richmond, and
On Wall Street today, signs of progress on the Asian markets encouraged
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The DOW rose more than 123 points to close at 79-hundred-16.
NASDAQ gained 28.
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Yesterday's snow should sereve as a reminder.
Don't ignore your heat pump in the midst of severe weather.
Technicians recommend clearing ice and snow from the top and sides of your
That's because heat pumps need air to run efficiently.
If your unit isn't running properly there ARE signs to look for.
((BOB MARTIN/BLUE RIDE HEATING & AIR CONDITIONING MGR.: YOU'LL NOTICE THAT YOUR
THERMOSTAT, YOUR AUXILIARY LIGHT ON YOUR THERMOSTAT IS GOING TO BE ON A LOT
WHEN IT SHOULDN'T BE ON AND IN WEATHER LIKE THIS A HEAT PUMP SHOULD PRETTY MUCH
TAKE CARE OF THE HOME, IF IT'S SIZED CORRECTLY. ))
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OUT Q=sized correctly.
Homeowners should NOT be alarmed about frost-- but ice inside your heat pump
should be taken seriously.
Martin says you can turn the unit off and pour warm water inside it to clear
the coil and fan blades.
One place you won't hear any complaints about yesterday's snow storm is on
the top of Mill Mountain.
Gregory, the pot-bellied pig, couldn't get enough of the white stuff.
He and his buddies, like Nina the llama, had a good time today, greeting the
few people who dropped by for a visit.
Most animals dealt with the snow rather well -- probably better than most
But zookeepers point out that not all animals are used to bad weather, like
Boris the snow leopard.
So the zoo is taking special precautions to keep its tenants safe.
IN Q=in the cold
((LAURIE SPANGLER/MILL MOUNTAIN ZOO: IN THE COLD WEATHER LIKE WE HAD TODAY AND
YESTERDAY, WHAT WE DO IS MAKE SURE THE ANIMALS HAVE WATER, WE CHECK ON THEM 2
OR 3 TIMES A DAY CAUSE THEIR WATER DISHES DO FREEZE QUICKER ))
SUPER=01-Laurie Spangler/Mill Mountain Zoo;
OUT Q=freeze quicker
The zoo usually stays open for business when it snows.
But, just to be safe, zookeepers say you should call to see if the animals
are out before heading up the mountain for a visit.
And coming up, The NationsBank Holiday hoops tournament has been rescheduled
we'll tell you when Tiger Woods gets a special present on his 22-nd birthday.
And Tech quarterback Al Clark is all set to start for the hokies against
North Carolina In the Gator Bowl.
The Virginia Tech Hokies are in Jacksonville preparing for the New Years day
match up with North Carolina in the Gator bowl.
But as we told year at five, Steve Mason is a little under the weather today
dealing with a case of pneumonia he's resting at the Motel and we hope to hear
from him tomorrow at 5 and 6.
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So we'll check in with Bruce Snyder of WXLV out of Winston-Salem. Carolina
felt as though they should be playing in a bigger bowl so just how do the Tar
Heels feel about playing a team like Virginia Tech.
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The Hokies expect flanker Shawn Scales to be back in the lineup and head
coach Frank Beamer said today that Al Clark will start the game on Thursday.
Clark worked out with the Hokies yesterday and he was back on the field this
morning as Tech went through its practice.
Clark took most of the snaps this morning and its just a matter of getting
back in the groove.
IN Q="I'm just out
((AL CLARK/TECH QUARTERBACK: ))
SUPER=01-Al Clark/Tech Quarterback; :
OUT Q=....injury reoccuring."
Clark will play but the question is for how long. He hasn't tested the
knee at full speed or has he faced a live defense since Tech's regular season
loss to Virginia.
IN Q="i think
((FRANK BEAMER/TECH HEAD COACH: ))
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OUT Q=......so forth."
If Clark is unable to go the whole game Beamer and his coaching staff have
confidence in redshirt freshman Nick Sorensen who threw just 21 passes this
IN Q="The past...
((NICK SORENSEN/TECH QUARTERBACK: ))
SUPER=01-Nick Sorensen/Tech Quarterback; :
OUT Q=.....out there."
The Roanoke Express celebrated the Christmas holiday by winning two out of
three games over the weekend and to move closer to second place in their
But the Express is preparing for a bit month ahead with 16 games in the
month of January, 11 of which are on the road.
IN Q="LIke the...
((MICHAEL SMITH/EXPRESS DEFENSEMAN: ))
((JEFF LODER/EXPRESS CENTER: ))
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OUT Q=......do the job."
Roanoke has won three straight games away from the Roundhouse making them
the best road team in the E-C-H-L at 6 and 4.
Tonight its back at the Roundhouse tonight for a game against the Wheeling
Nailers. Faceoff is 7 oclock.
The NationsBank Holiday Hoops tournament has been rescheduled for tomorrow
afternoon at the Salem Civic Center.
The Games are set for 12, 2 and William Fleming and Cave Spring will play for
the tournament championship at four.
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And Liberty Fans, The Minutemen continue to move through the field at the
Arby's Classic in Bristol.
Rodney Morris scored 35 and Peanut Arrington 23 as the Minutemen beat
Sullivan East 88 to 71.
Tiger Woods is celebrating his 22-nd birthday today with another award.
The Associated Press has named Woods the Male Athlete of the year.
Woods posted five wins on the tour, including the Masters by a record 12
shots and he set the P-G-A tour single season money record with more than 2
Woods becomes the first golfer to win the award in 26 years.
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