The Virginia Department of Transportation is NO match for Mother Nature
The mixed bag of precipitation that's falling across Southwest Virginia is
coming down faster than crews can clear the roads.
DOUBLE BOXES=TERESA/JEAN Microwave
Teresa Hamilton joins us live from Blacksburg where more than a foot of snow
has already come down.
Jean-- it's slow going here in the New River Valley tonight.
That's because the primary and secondary roads are extremely hazardous--
including Interstate 81-- which was shut down for nearly three hours this
afternoon in Pulaski County.
IN Q=The further
SUPER=01-Bill Reid/Trucker; :00 QUICK!!!!!!!
SUPER=03-Pulaski Co.; :08
SUPER=01-Gary Collins/Trucker; :25
SUPER=01-Sgt. S.L. Chumley /VA State Police; :45 QUICK!!
OUT Q=draper hall.
IN Q=The snow
((BILL REID/TRUCKER: THE SNOW DOESN'T BOTHER YOU TOO MUCH, THE ICE, WHEN IT
STARTS FREEZING, THAT'S WHEN IT GETS BAD. ))
OUT Q=gets bad.
Bill Reid should know-- he's been driving a tractor trailer for 20- years.
In fact, he was among the motorists stranded in the southbound lane of
Interstate 81 in Pulaski County, after a series of accidents brought traffic to
It all started when a church van overturned-- and traffic began backing up.
IN Q=As long
((GARY COLLINS/TRUCKER: AS LONG AS YOU'VE GOT WEIGHT ON YOUR TRUCK, IF YOU'RE
RUNNING EMPTY THEN IT'S PRETTY SCARY. ))
OUT Q=pretty scary.
Indeed-- it was tractor trailers that were having the hardest time--
especially when a second wreck took place-- just five miles away-- on an
Tow trucks were the only hope.
IN Q=The problem.
((S.L. CHUMLEY/VA. STATE POLICE:THE PROBLEM WE HAD IS WE COULDN'T GET THE BIG
WRECKERS TO THE TRUCKS THAT WERE STUCK BECAUSE OF THE BACK UP-- SO IT WAS JUST
A REAL MESS FOR A WHILE ))
OUT Q=for a while.
It was a different story at Radford University-- for students who didn't
have to venture behind the wheel.
((COLLEGE, BIG QUAD, SNOWBALL FIGHTS, WRESTLING, IT'S AWESOME. ))
OUT Q=it's awesome.
Late in the day-- classes were actually cancelled.
IN Q=It started
((JORDAN COUNCILL/RU STUDENT: IT STARTED WITH A SNOW BALL FIGHT-- THEN SNOW
MAN-- NO CLASSES, NO CLASSES.))
OUT Q=no classes.
((TIFFANY COX/RU STUDENT:I THINK IT'S FUN, A LITTLE BONDING EXPERIENCE FOR
DRAPER HALL. ))
OUT Q=draper hall.
(On a more serious note-- here in the New River Valley-- more than 15- thousand
people are without power tonight-- and will probably remain without electricity
Let's check in now with Robin-- to find out how much longer the snow is
going to continue falling.)
Teresa tosses to Robin
Robin tosses to Jean
In the Roanoke Valley, rain has turned the snow to slush, making some roads
difficult to drive on.
Double Boxes=Jean and David/Microwave
David Johnson joins us from outside the Roanoke Civic Center with the latest
update on road conditions.
Jean, primarily there's a mixture of rain and sleet falling and in some
places snow continues to do its thing. That's making for difficult road
conditions and then some.
IN Q=snow removal crews
SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.; :00
SUPER=01-Tracy Bryant/Bent Mountain Resident; :21
SUPER=01-Junior Montgomery/Bent Mountain Resident; ;31
SUPER=03-Botetourt Co.; :39
OUT Q=glad they made it.
(( Snow removal crews are out battling the elements with chemicals while
scraping the road.
But for some motorists on route 221 leading up to Bent Mountain, the
scraping came too late. And the higher they climbed, the more motorists have to
contend with including fog.
But opinions on the road conditions seem to vary.
((TRACY BRYANT/BENT MOUNTAIN RESIDENT; BENT MOUNTAIN ROAD IS VERY BAD. IT
SEEMS LIKE ALL THE WAY FROM CAVE SPRING JUNOIR HIGH, CAVE SPRING CORNERS UP IT
JUST GETS WORSE. I JUST CAME DOWN FROM UP THE MOUNTAIN AND IT'S PRETTY ICY.))
((JUNOIR MONTGOMERY/BENT MOUNTAIN RESIDENT; IT AIN'T TOO AWFUL BAD. I BEEN
DRIVING FOR 21- YEARS DOWN BACK AND FORTH. I AIN'T NEVER FAILED GETTING HOME
YET OR GETTING BACK OUT.))
Icy conditions in Botetourt County led to an accident involving a bus
carrying handicapped children and two other vehicles.
School transportation officials say the four children on board were not
The bus struck a car and truck after sliding through a ditch and down an icy
The one woman hurt in the incident was taken to the hospital for non-life
The surprise snow storm did not prevent thrill seekers from attending the
AeroSmith concert tonight at the Roanoke Civic Center.
Ticket holders say they weren't about to miss this show.
((MARCIE CUNDIFF; I REALLY WANTED TO SEE THIS CONCERT TODAY. I BOUGHT SIX
TICKETS FOR MY FRIENDS CHRISTMAS PRESENTS AND WE BEEN EXCITED FOR A MONTH TO
COME HERE. THEN MY CAR BREAKS DOWN IN THE RAIN.))
((WANDA HOLLINS; I MEAN, THE ROADS ARE BAD AND I SEEN IT WAS BACKED UP ON 81.
I'M NOT GOING THAT WAY HOME. I'LL PROBABLY TAKE THE LONG WAY. BUT I'M GLAD THEY
I-81 is extremely hazardous from lexington on past radford. people are
advised not to travel unless it's an emergency.
there have been numerous accidents reported including a couple of overturned
tractor trailers and another truck wreck near mile mnarker 128 southbound.
Double Boxes=Jean and David/Microwave
some have been stuck in traffic four to five hours and state police are
getting more calls than they can handle.
Two teams headed in different directions hit Cassell Coliseum last night in
an Atlantic 10 contest. Virginia Tech was trying to end a 5 game losing skid
while La Salle came in protecting a 2 game winning streak.
In the first half; the Hokies faced the Explorers full court pressure. Andre
Ray finds a seam for the basket off the pass from Roland Roberts.
The Explorers answered. The Hokies lose the handle and the turnover leads
to this two handed jam by La Salle's Mike Gizzi.
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Donnie Carr hurt Tech the most with 13 first half points to lead all scorers.
The Hokies took the lead early in the second half. Russ Wheeler finishes
the play with the shot; 42-39 Tech. La Salle wins it 72-68.
The Virginia Cavaliers got roughed up down in Winston-Salem last night as
they lost to Wake Forest 62 to 55 to split their seasonal series with the
SUPER=03-Winston-Salem, NC/JP Sports; :00
Dave Odom was hoping his freshman crop could get a handle on big Norman Nolan
last night. But Nolan would play big inside and score for the Cavs.
But Wake's Robert O'Kelley would end a lackluster first half for both teams
with this three pointer as Wake led 22-to-21 at the break.
Tony Rutland would help get the Wake lead up to 10 in the second half with
this nice assist.
But Curtis Staples 24 point effort for UVa on top late.
But Wake would pull away again and beat Virginia down the stretch 62 to 55.
UVa is now 10 & 11 overall.
Several parents in Rockbridge were unhappy because schools there DID NOT
close early today.
The schools remained open as the snow came down this afternoon, sending
students home at the normal time.
That worried some parents and students who had to drive home.
IN Q=they are right
((IRENE TYREE/PARENT; THEY ARE RIGHT CRAZY FOR NOT CLOSING SCHOOLS THE WAY THE
YOU THINK IT'S DANGEROUS?
YES I DO!
WHAT ARE THE ROADS LIKE OUT THERE?
THEY'RE GETTING SLICK.
TIFFANY HILL/JUNIOR; I THINK THEY SHOULD HAVE CLOSED SCHOOLS CAUSE THE ROADS
ARE PRETTY SLICK, PLUS THE BUSSES AND STUFF LIKE THAT.
YOU FEEL SAFE DRIVING HOME IN THIS STUFF?
NOT AT ALL. ))
SUPER=01-Tiffany Hill/Junior; :12
OUT Q=not at all
The school superintendent says the weather took a turn for the worse so
quickly this afternoon, they did not have time to mobilize the buses early.
They did put chains on the buses before putting them on the road.
A higher minimum wage, smaller elementary school classes and more money for
Those are just a few things the President proposed in tonight's State of the
Lee Cowan Reports.
SUPER=03-Washington, DC; 00
SUPER=01-Sen. Trent Lott/(R) Majority Leader;
SUPER=01-Lee Cowan/CBS News;
OUT Q=standard outcue."
((The reception was warm.cheers and a sustained standing
ovation. As the president made his way through the crowd
all to be repeated again when he was introduced by the speaker of
The First lady beamed so did the vice president then they, and the nation
There wasas predictedno mention of Monica Lewinsky not a mention of the grand
jury that began it's investigation just hours before or the appearance of the
President's personal secretary there not of the first lady's charges that it
all rooted in a right wing conspiracy
this was about where we are as a nation
CLINTON: THE STATE OF OUR UNION IS STRONG.
About what to do with an expected budget surplus.
CLINTON: SAVE SOCIAL SECURITY FIRST.
About bettering the workplace..
CLINTON: WE SHOULD RAISE THE MINIMUM WAGE.
About improving education-
CLINTON ON SMALLER CLASSES.
And about sounding tough against america's biggest enemy, saddam hussein.
YOU CANNOT DEFY THE WILL OF THE WORLD. YOU HAVE USED WEAPONS OF MASS
DESTRUCTION BEFORE. WE ARE DETERMINED TO DENY YOU THE CAPACITY TO USE THEM
All in all, it was about sounding presedential.
even the republicans steered clear of it all focusing on the
legislative agenda ahead.
TRENT LOTT: R-MAJORITY LEADER:
LEE COWAN CBS NEWS, WASHINGTON.))
Earlier today it was the first Lady who was on the air.
Hillary Rodham Clinton talked about
the sexual allegations against her husband- saying they're part of a right wing
((I'VE LEARNED WE HAVE TO RIDE THIS OUT. IT'S JUST A VERY UNFORTUNATEL TURN OF
EVENTS THAT THE CRIMANL JUSTICE SYSTEM IS BEING USED TO ACHIEVE POLITICAL ENDS
IN THIS COUNTRY.))
SUPER=07-Hillary Rodham Clinton;
OUT Q=in this country."
Hillary Clinton went on to say she and her husband know everything there is
to know about each other and they understand, accept and love one another.
Still to come on the newscast, a local high school teacher is accused of
buying drugs from a student,
and the General Assembly says it's anwering the call to stop annoying
A federal jury in Charlotte, North Carolina has found (A-keel-ia) Aquilia
Barnette guilty of killing his ex-girlfriend in Roanoke, and a man in
SUPER=03-Charlotte, NC/January 6
Barnette was convicted of killing Robin Williams of Roanoke in June, 1996.
Prosecutors said he killed her after murdering a man at the Charlotte
airport and stealing his car.
Barnette showed no reaction as the verdict was read.
He could get the death penalty when he's sentenced on Thursday.
A Bedford County teacher has been charged with buying marijuana from one of
37-year old Suzanne Renee Hudson was picked up on the grounds of Liberty
High School today.
Authorities say Hudson had a small amount of marijuana on her when she was
She's charged with possession and three counts of contributing to the
delinquency of a minor.
Hudson has been released on a 25-hundred dollar recognizance bond.
Charges against the student may be pending.
If you want some relief from the telemarketers, and think your lawmakers in
Richmond can help, here's a bill number that's easy enough to remember.
House Bill 800: the Telephone Privacy Act.
SOT REASOR TAPE
IN Q=It's really
((DEL. GEORGE GRAYSON/D-WILLIAMSBURG: IT'S REALLY A PESTILENCE SWEEPING THE
COUNTRY. UNSOLICITED TELEPHONE CALLS. NEVER DOES AN EVENING GO BY WHERE OUR
HOME DOESN'T RECEIVE SEVERAL REQUESTS TO SELL YOU MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTIONS,
ALUMINUM SIDING, CREDIT CARDS, AND SO FORTH.))
SUPER=01-Del. George Grayson/(D) Williamsburg;
OUT Q=so forth.
The bill would allow you to register your name on a list with the state.
That list would be given to telemarketing firms.
If they continued to call, you could sue them for 500-dollars in small
The American Telemarketing Association says federal regulations adopted in
1995 already require telemarketers to take names off call lists if consumers
request it -- but that's after the call is made.
A spokesman says "many a political mile has been gained" with bills bashing
the telemarketing industry.
Testimony in the Abed family trial took an odd turn today in federal court.
A former girlfriend of one of the defendants sent a horseshoe to prosecutors
and a box with three canes and a crutch to defense attorneys.
Questioned about the items this afternoon, Jane Gott testified that she sent
them as a gift. #
IN ANOTHER federal courtroom, a cocaine conspiracy case moved forward.
In opening statements, lawyers representing Julio Roberto Castellanos
(COST-eh-YAHN-ohs) and Earl Frith questioned the credibility of Javier Cruz and
another key prosecution witness.
Lynchburg says it's on the right track to rennovate its train station.
We'll have that story next.
And Botetourt County says a large bill from Fincastle could create some hot
Lynchburg's effort to renovate its old train station is slowly chugging
Tonight, city council voted to spend nearly 200-thousand dollars on the
second phase of the project.
That matches twenty percent of the 900-thousand dollars the city has already
received in federal grants.
The money will help to buy up the surrounding land and to stabilize the 80
IN Q=We anticipate the
((BOB WHITE/SPECIAL PROJECTS PLANNER: WE ANTICIPATE THE NEXT STEPS FOR THE
PROJECT TO INCLUDE TAKING APPROPRIATE MEASURES TO STABILIZE THE EXISTING TRAIN
STATION AS WELL AS THE A.C.S. BUILDING, TO CONTINUE IDENTIFYING FUNDING SOURCES
AND DEVELOPING A MARKETING PLAN TO PROMOTE THE PROJECT BOTH WITHIN THE
COMMUNITY AND TO OTHER POTENTIAL SOURCES OR AVENUES OF SUPPORT.))
SUPER=01-Bob White/Special Projects Planner; :00
OUT Q=avenues of support.
The cost of the entire project is expected to exceed three million dollars.
Botetourt County says it's being hosed by the town of Fincastle -- over a
Botetourt's new courthouse needs a sprinkler system in case of fire.
It must pay Fincastle fifty thousand dollars for the hookup, about eight
times what the job would cost in Roanoke.
IN Q=Our contractor
((KURT HODGEN/ASSISTANT COUNTY ADMINISTRATOR: OUR CONTRACTOR WILL PHYSICALLY
MAKE THE CONNECTION AS WELL. WE'RE JUST SENDING THEM $51,000 JUST FOR THE
PRIVELEGE OF CONNECTING TO THEIR MAIN LINE.))
SUPER=01-Kurt Hodgen/Assistant County Administrator;
OUT Q=their main line
Fincastle's water rates have been the same for eight years.
In this tiny town, the money is more than just a drop in the bucket.
IN Q=We do not
((HELEN MORRIS/FINCASTLE MAYOR: WE DO NOT HAVE A TOWN TAX. WE HAVE NO OTHER
WAY TO RECEIVE ANY INCOME SO WE HAVE THIS TO PROTECT US.))
SUPER=01-Helen Morris/Fincastle Mayor;
OUT Q=to protect us
Botetourt County says it will pay the bill but will not forget the financial
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Highlights from the late night Tech game at the Cassell plus, we'll check out
the UVa men and the UVa women in action tonight.
Also, the latest on the Bo Henson situation down in Lynchburg.
But first tonight's extra Point take us to
SUPER=75-Charlotte, NC; :00
the hive down in Charlotte where the Hornets hosted the Phoenix Suns.
And the Suns were flying high in the second quarter as Jason Kidd feeds
Antonio McDyess for the alleyoop slam.
Steve Nash would then beat the Hornets with the long pass to McDyess on the
break for the layin.
But Charlotte would hang in there and get 20 points from Anthony Mason to
take a 120-to-113 double overtime win.
(WIPE TO SCOREBOARDS)
WIPE TO BOARDS
SUPER=0098-/LaSalle/63//Va. Tech/64//Second Half//Virginia/55/j/Wake
SUPER=0098-/Va. Tech/86/j/Duquesne/99//Women/j/Old Dominion
OUT Q=......last score."
go to break
The UVa women had their hands full tonight as they were in Richmond playing
the nation's third ranked ODU Monarchs.
SUPER=03-Richmond/ODU vs. UVa - HTS; :00
Debbie Ryan saw her team take the early lead and then fall completely apart.
The Monarchs turn come outstanding ball movement into a Mary Andrade basket
as ODU goes one a 22-to-1 run to take a 24-to-8 lead in the first half.
UVa's Demya Walker would try to bring the Lady Cavs with this hoop off the
inbounds pass as she cuts hard to the hoops and scores.
But this play summed it up for SUPER=33-Old Dominion #3/80/Virginia/51;
Virginia. Tamara McKinney with the breakaway layin that she misses.
UVa loses it 80 to 51.
Still to come on the Big 7 tonight, a new big fat contract for Jagr, a new
temporary practice site for the Express today,
and the Liberty women hope their stay among the ranks of the unbeaten is not
a temporary visit.
Right around Thanksgiving last year, E.C. Glass head football coach Bo Henson
found out first hand what it feels like to get punted.
Near the end of November Henson was notified by school principal Susan
Morrison and superintendent Jim Mccormick that his services as the Toppers'
head football coach were no longer needed.
Since that time he has declined to comment on the dismissal.
But yesterday he broke his silence and said among other things that his
superiors weren't happy with the makeup or the behavior of his football team.
IN Q="The only...
((BO HENSON/GLASS HEAD COACH FOR 19 YEARS:))
SUPER=01-Bo Henson/Glass Head Coach for 19 Years; :00
OUT Q=...ON THAT."
Bo says at this time he's not sure if he wants to coach again at another
It didn't take long for Bo Henson's comments to reach the ears of Lynchburg
After an executive session last night, the school board reviewed a videotape
of Henson's entire new conference.
School administrators say they are not ready yet to comment on what the
former coach had to say.
Superintendent Jim McCormick DID say that every school employee who draws
attention to the school division, whether it's favorable or UN- favorable, is
accountable for their actions.
Henson is still a tenured social studies teacher at E.C. Glass.
One NHL note. Jaromir Jagr became the highest paid athlete in Pittsburgh
history when he signed a six year, 48 million dollar contract extension today.
SUPER=03-Pittsburgh, PA; :00
Jagr spoke to the media today about the contract that will pay him an
average of 9.5 million dollars over it's last four years.
Since joining the Penguins 8 years ago; he's helped lead them to a pair of
Stanley Cup crowns.
The Liberty men's basketball team has had its share of highs and lows this
year, but its been nothing but life in penthouse for the Liberty women.
Last night's 71-to-43 victory over the Coastal Carolina Chants upped the
Lady Flames record to 18-and-oh.
And Liberty is even getting votes for the top 25 polls.
In the latest A-P Poll the Flames got three votes--two more than last week.
Players and coaches say this team has the right attitude.
IN Q=you have to
((SARAH WILKERSON/LIBERTY FLAMES GUARD: YOU HAVE TO HAVE UNITY. YOU HAVE TO
FEEL CLOSE OTHERWISE YOU'RE NOT GOING TO PLAY WELL. THAN THAT SHOWS ON YOUR
RECORD. I THINK THAT'S ONE OF THE REASONS WE ARE UNDEFEATED. WE PLAY REALLY
WELL TOGETHER. WE REALLY BONDED AS A TEAM.))
SUPER=01-Sarah Wilkerson/Liberty Flames Guard;
OUT Q=AS A TEAM
The LU women host Maryland Baltimore County this Thursday night.
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The Three Stooges are making a comeback.
Or at least their images are.
Seventy six years since they first started performing together, their
families are opening a new store dedicated to preserving the memory of the
The store is appropriately enough called "Knuckleheads and is run by the
stepson of Curly Joe Derita.
He says the hot ticket is anything that talks.
IN Q= AH nice shot
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