Next on News 7 at Five-
A blast of winter weather causes trouble on area roads.
We'll go live outside to see what's going on and find out if tonights
Concert at the Civic center is still on.
Plus Hillary Rodham Clinton goes on the air defending her husband.
Winter storm warnings go up late for a mix of rain and snow. Details ahead.
Tonight on Health Check --
Rabies cases are becoming an increasing threat to cats and dogs in Southwest
And a new warning about pregnant women and caffeine.
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Several accidents reported on the roads today as a winter storm hits the
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It has been slow going on area roads for much of the day.
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David Johnson joins us from the Roanoke Civic Center. David, what are the
roads like at this point?
The snow is now turning into rain but it's still proving to be treacherous
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((V-DOT officials in the New River Valley say ALL roads-- including
Interstate 81-- are slick and snow covered. Wintery slushy conditions are
wrecking havoc in Carroll and Patrick Counties where highways and roads are
also difficult to drive on.
Radford University cancelled classes at 3 o'clock today, but the snow has
not had a negative effect on everyone.
Students took advantage of the weather break to relieve a little stress
through a creative process.
It's no easier driving in the Roanoke area.
And while the Roanoke Regional Airport is still open, poor visibility has
some airlines reporting flight delays and cancellations. Travelers are urged to
verify whether their flights are still going out and at what time before going
to the airport.
V-DOT officials say they are working on clearing highways and primary roads
--scraping and applying chemicals-- before moving on to secondary streets.
Motorists are cautioned not to come out if they can avoid it and if thery
must drive to allow extra time to get where they are going.))
The question now is whether VDOT can keep up with the snow.
At this point the Aerosmith concert scheduled for here at the Civic Center
is still on.
But there's the question of whether the opening act, The Kenny Wayne
Shepherd Band, will make it in from Charlottlesville. The group is travelling
by bus from UVA and is expected in Roanoke at any time.
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A school bus was involved in a three vehicle accident in Botetourt County
The roads near Troutville were covered by snow and slush at the time of the
The school bus was carrying four disabled pre-schoolers --
The transportation director says the bus slid through a ditch, down an icy
hill and into a car and truck that had already collided.
No one from the bus was hurt but a woman from another vehicle was taken to
President Clinton is preapring to deliver his state of the Union Address
But it was this morning that Hillary Clinton went on the air- talking about
the sexual allegations against her husband.
Lee Cowan reports from Washington.
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SUPER=04-May 8, 1996;
SUPER=07-Hillary Rodham Clinton; 1:24
SUPER=01-Lee Cowan/CBS News; 1:37
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((With yesterday's denial behind him, the president now takes to a
different stageone in front of the nation, and a joint session of congressbut
even before he opens his mouth...the tone will be decidedely different.
Last year a rousing, thunderous applause greeted Mr. Clinton as
he prepared to outline his agenda for his second term smiles all around.
Tonight most agree that reception will be civil and polite, but
SEN. TOM DASCHLE/D- MINORITY LEADER: IT'S OBVIOUS WE RETURN UNDER VERY
A sense of anxiety filled capitol hill as congress reconveened
after it's winter recess this afternoon.
With a huge audience tuning in tonight congress is acutely aware
that what isn't said will sound just as loud as what is. The only refuge it
seems, is business as usuall.
TOM DASCHLE: CONGRESS HAS A CLEAR RESPONSIBILITY, A DUTY AND AN OBLIGATION TO
GO ABOUT OUR
WORK ON BEHALF OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE, DESPITE ALLEGATIONS, INVESTIGATIONS,
AND OBVIOUS DISTRACTIONS.
And they don't have to look faronly a few blocks away, the president's personal
secretary the woman who would have approved Monica
Lewinskty's White House visits was seen leaving the federal courthouse where a
grand jury is looking into the case
MAY 8, 1996
Allegations of an affair between the president and the intern.
and the first lady was appearing on morning television defending
her husband against what she called a right wing conspiracy.
HILLARY RODHAM CLINTON: I'VE LEARNED THAT WE JUST HAVE TO RIDE THIS OUT. IT'S
JUST A VERY UNFORTUNATE TURN OF EVENTS THAT WE ARE USING THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE
SYSTEM TO TRY TO ACHIEVE POLITICAL ENDS IN THIS COUNTRY.
LEE COWAN:The silver lining in all this is the President will have one of the
largest audiences ever to get his legislative messages across. According to
recent polls that's what people want to hear about anyway, the State of the
Union, not the state of the Presidency. Lee Cowan, CBS News, Washington.))
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There is a verdict in the trial of a North Carolina man accused of stalking
and killing a Roanoke woman. We will have that story next on News 7 at Five.
Also as Titanic continues to do big box office business, a new theory about
what might have caused the luxury liner to sink.
In health news --
An increase in the number of rabid domestic animals has health officials
concerned of the potential threat to humans.
We'll have have more on today's snow storm--Robin has the forecast.
And Patrick joins us live to talk snowfall totals--who got hit the hardest?
Find out when we come back.
If you hate telemarketing calls, we've got a bill for you.
Virginia's General Assembly will soon take up House Bill 800: the Telephone
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((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;
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The bill would allow you to register your name 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 from call lists if
consumers request it.
A federal cocaine conspiracy trial in Roanoke moved forward with testimony
today, as defense lawyers questioned the motives and credibility of key
Julio Roberto Castellanos (COS-teh-YAHN-ohs) is accused of drug trafficking
and making arrangements to launder more than a million dollars in currency from
the Cali Cartel.
Local real estate agent Earl Frith is also accused of money laundering and
structuring bank deposits to avoid reporting requirements.
But today, defense attornies questioned the credibility of Javier Cruz and
another key prosecution witness.
They described them as drug dealers and con men, desperate to avoid
spending the rest of their lives in prison.
A federal jury in Charlotte, North Carolina has found (A-keel-ia) Aquilia
Barnette guilty on all counts.
The jury took three hours to convict him of killing his ex-girlfriend in
Roanoke, and a man in Charlotte.
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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 new theory on the Titanic sinking.
Some of the tiniest and LEAST glamorous things may have helped sink the
luxury liner: its rivets.
Some of the metal bolts from the ship were found to contain high
concentrations of slag, which experts say made them dangerously brittle.
Slag is the glass residue left over from smelting of metallic ores.
The Titanic was held together by some 3 million rivets- securing steel beams
Scientists theorize the rivets popped and allowed the plates to separate and
let in the water.
The titanic sank off the coast of NEW Foundland killing 15 hundred people.
The snow is piling up around central and southwest Virginia---
but just how much has fallen?
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health music under
A driving school with a different kind of twist--training students to be
That story is still to come on News 7 at Five.
On Healthcheck--the country's aging population means the demand for nursing
home beds in on the rise.
After an eight- year moratorium, the state has okayed the addition of 240
beds in central Virginia.
A total of ten different companies are competing to provide those beds..
either by building new nursing homes or adding on to existing facilities.
They made their pitches at a public hearing in Lynchburg today.
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((CHARLES GROSS/CARRINGTON NURSING HOME: THIS EXPANSION WILL ALLOW US TO
RESPOND TO THE SIGNIFICANT DEMAND FOR ADDITIONAL NURSING HOME BEDS IN THE
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The number of rabies cases reported in Virginia is on the rise.
Health officials say as many as 15 people and 13 animals may have been
exposed to the disease through contact with an Amherst County farm family's
The state health department reported 667 rabies cases in 1997, up from 612
cases the previous year.
Rabies is mostly found in wild animals like raccoons, skunks, and foxes, but
recently has been discovered more frequently in domestic animals.
Pet owners can protect themselves by having their pets vaccinated.
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((DR. JODY HERSHEY/NEW RIVER HEALTH DISTRICT DIRECTOR:THE BEST PREVENTION OF
RABIES FOR DOMESTIC ANIMALS CATS AND DOGS IS RABIES VACCINATION AND IT'S A
STATE LAW IN VIRGINIA TO HAVE YOUR CATS AND DOGS BEGIN RABIES VACCINATION BY
FOUR MONTHS OF AGE AND THEN TO HAVE ANNUAL BOOSTERS.))
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The Amherst County family's ten dogs and three cats are being quarantined at
the Humane Shelter for 10 days.
None of the animals had received a rabies vaccination.
With a state moratorium lifted, the rush is on to build 240 new nursing home
beds in central Virginia.
Ten different companies have submitted proposals for new homes or additions
to existing facilities.
They made their pitch today before representatives from the Southwest
Virginia Health Systems Agency.
Many said they need to expand to survive.
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((BILL VAN THIEL/HERITAGE HALL: IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE STATE MEDICAL FACILITIES
PLAN, THE 60- BED EXPANSION WHICH WE'RE PROPOSING WILL NOT ONLY HELP MEET THOSE
NEEDS BUT WILL ALSO IMPROVE THE EFFICIENCY AND THE ECONOMY OF SCALE, AS SOMEONE
PREVIOUSLY MENTIONED, IN THE FACILITY.))
((DAVID GRAVES/WOODHAVEN: BY APPROVING THIS PROPOSAL, THE FACILITY WILL ENHANCE
OUR ABILITY TO MEET THE DEMANDS OF NURSING HOME RESIDENTS AND PROVIDE A BETTER
COMMUNITY SERVICE. BY ADDING THESE ACCOMODATIONS, WE WILL BE BETTER ABLE TO
COMPETE WITH OTHER NURSING FACILITIES AND PROVIDE AN EXPECTED LEVEL OF SERVICE
THAT THE COMMUNITY REQUIRES.))
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SUPER=01-David Graves/Woodhaven Nursing Home; :15
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Health officials say as the nation's baby boomer population ages, the need
for more nursing home beds will increase over the next twenty years.
A New Zealand study released today says pregnant women who drink more than
four cups of coffee a day could be putting their babies at risk for Sudden
Infant Death Syndrome or SIDS.
A team of pediatric researchers say the risk increases with heavy consumption
in the last few months of pregnancy.
The researchers believe the link between SIDS and coffee is due to its
stimulant effect on the baby's respiratory system.
They believe the withdrawal of caffeine after birth leads to an weaker
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((DR. RODNEY FORD/PEDIATRIC RESEARCHER:IF YOU DRINK COFFEE YOUR BABY IS TWICE
AS LIKELY TO DIE OF SIDS SUDDEN INFANT DEATH SYNDROME COMPARED TO THOSE MOTHERS
WHO DON'T DRINK AS MUCH COFFEE.))
SUPER=01-Dr. Rodney Ford/Pediatric Researcher
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A cup of coffee contains around 100 milligrams of caffeine, while
a cup of tea or cola has 40 milligrams.
There's more information on the dismissal of a successful high school coach.
Mike Stevens has the story in tonight's Two Minute Ticker.
Welcome folks to a very snowy ticker that begins with some frosty news from
Lynchburg concerning one of Friday Football Extra's most successful coaches, Bo
Back on November 27th, Henson was notified by school principal Susan Morrison
and superintendent Jim Mccormick that his services as the Toppers head coach
would NOT be needed next year.
Henson has remained silent since the dismissal, privately looking into ways
of hanging onto to his job.
Today, he said he has resigned himself to the fact that he will not coach at
Glass again, and that he plans NO legal action against the school system.
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((BO HENSON/GLASS HEAD COACH FOR 19 YEAR:))
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OUT Q=...ANY ANSWERS.
Sources tell News 7 that Henson's departure was a political ego struggle
between school officials who grew tired of the veteran coach when he refused to
accept the blame for an ineligible player suiting up this past season.
One WDBJ college basketball house keeping note. The ACC clash between
Virginia and Wake Forest will NOT be seen on your Hometown Station tonight; in
it's place; President Clinton's State of the Union address. We will have
highlights of the game on news 7 at 11.
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Last night; a trio of local womens basketball teams hit their respective
hard wood floors. Liberty improved to 18 and OH with a Convincing 71-43 win
over Big South foe Coastal Carolina at the Vine Center.
The defending conference champs are led by Elena Kissaleva. The Super soph
tallied 19 last night and is leading the conference in scoring with over 21
points a game.
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Down in Radford; the Lady Highlanders topped Charleston Southern 81-68 to
win their 5th straight.
Former Christiansburg star Rebecca McNeil became just the eighth player in
Radford school history to score a thousand points and record 500 rebounds. RU
is now tied for first place in the Big South.
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In division three action; THOMAS Moore beat Roanoke 74-47 at the bast
Center. The Lady Maroons are 11 and 5 on the season. Tori Morris led Roanoke
The NBA all star game reserve list was released today and rookie Tim
Duncan made the grade. Among the notables left off the east team; Chicago Bulls
bad boy Dennis Rodman. That's a sports wrap; but stay tuned for more news 7 at
You've heard of beauty school and driving school, but what about
It's a special school in England-
a place where chauffeur wannabees learn a uniform might make the man, but
it doesn't necessarily make a good chauffeur.
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Among the skills taught are door opening, how to protect employers from
prying microphones and camera lenses- and how to put on a cap-
((THERES' ONLY ONE WAY TO TAKE OFF A CAP THAT'S PICK IT UP WITH THREE FINGERS
NEVER BY IT'S PEAK.))
SUPER=01-Hugh Millington/Chauffeur Teacher;
OUT Q=never by its peak."
Hugh Millington says company executives waste valuable time if they drive-
so he suggests hiring a chauffeur so you can work while you travel.