Coming on News 7, Winter Weather hits Southwest Virginia. The heavy snow
has closed schools and businesses and caused numerous accidents. We'll have a
And a Liberty High School teacher is arrested and charged with buying
marijuana from one of her students.
Tonight in sports, the Express heads out of town with Aerosmith tunes blaring
on the walkmans, the Liberty University women's basketball team is riding high
with an unbeaten mark.
And former Glass coach Bo Henson breaks his silence, and says he will not
fight his dismissal as the school's football boss.
Like in real estate...your forecast for rain or snow depended on location,
location, location. The latest winter radar is just ahead.
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A Winter Storm has dumped several inches of heavy snow, ice and water on
Snow covered roads have made traveling at this hour treacherous.
Two Shot with Jean and Robin
Robin Reed joins us with the latest information on the storm.
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Patrick hands off to David
Patrick hands off to David
((Rollcue: Accidents ranged from far southwest Virginia all the way to the
OUT Q=bit of fun
(( Sometime this morning, a tour bus travelling through Smyth County was
involved in an accident. Seven children were injured.
Around 3:30 this afternoon, two I-81 northbound tractor trailers jacknifed
just south of Buchannan. Traffic was backed up for about a mile, but there were
no serious injuries.
There were reports of wrecks in Botetourt, and in Pulaski there were so many
wrecks, both the northbound and southbound lanes of I-81 have been shut down.
At Radford University, classes were cancelled at 3 pm, but students took
advantage of the time out from class by having a bit of fun.
The combination of rain and V-DOT crews' use of chemicals and pushing the
snow to the side has cleared the roads, but we're not out of the woods yet.
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((QUESTION: WHAT ABOUT AEROSMITH CONCERT?))
A bus carrying handicapped children hit two other vehicles near Troutville
The four children on board were NOT hurt-- the school's transportation
supervisor says the bus slid through a ditch and down an icy hill.
It hit a car and truck that had already collided at the bottom of the hill.
The transportation supervisor says only one woman was taken to the hospital
but she was NOT seriously injured.
Schools all over the region closed early today, but not in Rockbridge
Buses ran their normal schedule this afternoon, and schools were dismissed
at the usual time.
Some parents and students who faced a slick drive home were upset.
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.
Another trouble spot tonight is on Route 220 in south Roanoke.
Traffic has come to a standstill in the southbouth lanes near the Wonju
It's also slow going near Wal-Mart at the Roanoke/Roanoke County line
because of a jack-knifed tractor-trailer.
Bedford County authorities have arrested a teacher they say was buying
marijuana from one of her students.
37-year old Suzanne Renee Hudson was arrested today on the grounds of
Liberty High School.
She's charged with marijuana possession and three counts of contributing to
the delinquency of a minor.
Hudson was released on a 25-hundred dollar recognizance bond.
Charges against the student may be pending.
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.
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Coming up next on the newscast, some say deregulation of the power company
could drive electric bills UP,
and we'll tell you why Botetourt County says Fincastle's water system is
causing a financial drain.
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It's one of those issues voters just can't get excited about -- but
deregulation of the electric power industry in Virginia is sparking debate in
For A-E-P customers who are shown in yellow on this state map-- deregulation
in the industry could actually drive some of the lowest rates in the nation UP.
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IN Q=AEP territory
((A-E-P TERRITORY, SINCE THAT'S WHERE I LIVE I KNOW THAT WE HAVE EVEN BETTER
RATES THERE THAN PERHAPS OTHER PARTS OF THE STATE. BUT ON AVERAGE, THE RATES
ARE VERY GOOD, AND IT IS RELIABLE SERVICE. WE WANT TO BE SURE THAT WHEN THE
DEBATE'S OVER AND THE DECISIONS ARE MADE, THAT CONTINUES. AND I THINK TO DO
THAT WE NEED TO BE VERY CAUTIOUS AND VERY SLOW IN OUR APPROACH.))
SUPER=01-Sen. Jack Reasor/(D) Bluefield;
OUT Q=our approach.
So Bluefield Senator Jack Reasor has introduced his own bill to compete with
one from Virginia Power.
Virginia Power's bill is carried by a northern Virginia delegate.
SOT bruce 12:22:34
IN Q=Some have
((DEL. KEN PLUM/D-RESTON: SOME HAVE SAID MAYBE WE NEED TO STUDY IT FURTHER.
AND BASED ON MY TWO YEARS OF EXPERIENCE I'LL TELL YOU YOU CAN STUDY IT FROM
HERE ON OUT. BUT THE THING BEING AT SOME POINT THAT YOU HAVE TO PUT PENS TO
PAPER. YOU HAVE TO HAVE SOMETHING ON THE TABLE.))
SUPER=01-Del. Ken Plum/(D) Reston;
OUT Q=on the table.
Senator Reasor says Virginia Power's push for deregulation this year would
benefit the company more than the customers.
Rural lawmakers who say a car tax cut won't give their constituents the same
boost as more affluent Virginians haven't given up the fight.
SOT bruce 12:14:19
IN Q=Whew man!
((WHEW MAN! THAT'S HOT PAPER TODAY!))
((CAR TAX CUT TO COST ONE BILLION DOLLARS. ))
OUT Q=billion dollars.
Montgomery County Senator Madison Marye's given his fourth speech this year
on the wisdom of a food tax cut.
IN Q=If you go
((IF YOU GO DOWN TO THE BARBER SHOP, AND YOU TALK TO THE BOYS IN THE BARBER
SHOP. I CAN TELL YOU THAT'S WHAT THEY'RE TALKING ABOUT. THAT'S WHAT THEY TOLD
ME WHEN I WENT HOME THIS WEEKEND. HOW YOU GETTING ALONG WITH TAKING THE TAX
OFF FOOD, MADDY? AND I TOLD 'EM IT WAS MORE FUN THAN SHOOTING RATS DOWN AT THE
OUT Q=at the landfill.
Marye's food tax cut bill is politically doomed.
But his continued criticism of the car tax bill could force changes more
favorable to rural counties.
Authorities have nabbed one of Virginia's most-wanted deadbeat parents.
Daniel Brown was found in Elkton, Maryland.
He owes more than 50-thousand dollars to Carol Waldie of Danville and their
The "Association for Children for Enforcement of Support" or ACES says the
"most-wanted" list helps police track down deadbeat moms and dads.
But it's still difficult to make them pay up.
IN Q=If you find one
((JEFF CUMBO/ACES: IF YOU FIND ONE OF THESE PEOPLE THAT HAS A 50-THOUSAND OR
100-THOUSAND DOLLAR DEBT TO THEIR CHILDREN, THEIR HOME CAN BE TAKEN, THEIR CARS
CAN BE SEIZED, AND IF THEY DON'T TO START PAYING THIS DEBT, THEN THAT'S WHAT
OUT Q=what should happen.
So far.. two of the ten most-wanted deadbeat parents have been found since
the list was released last November.
On Wall Street, a number of blue chip companies reported strong quarterly
earnings today and THAT pushed the whole market higher today.
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The DOW was UP one hundred and two points, closing at 78-hundred-15.
NASDAQ gained more than 17 points.
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The former director of Salem's Veterans Affairs hospital -- who was fired
last year after being accused of sexual harassment -- has lost an appeal to win
back his job.
John Presley said he was the victim of a campaign to "assassinate" his
Last year, one female hospital worker filed a complaint, saying Presley
"started kissing and rubbing" her.
Other women said Presley tried to hug them, despite their protests.
When Presley was fired, he appealed the decision to the Merit Systems
That's where administrative Judge Elizabeth Bogle upheld the firing, saying
Presley's behavior was "conduct unbecoming a hospital director."
Presley had no comment on the outcome of his appeal.
Water pipes are draining Botetourt County of money -- but it may be flowing
Pipes are ready for a sprinkler system in the new Botetourt County
But the town of Fincastle wants 50-thousand-dollars for the water hookup,
eight times what the same job would cost in Roanoke.
IN Q=The water will not
((KURT HODGEN/ASSISTANT COUNTY ADMINISTRATOR: THE WATER WILL NOT EVER BE USED
UNLESS THE BUILDING CATCHES ON FIRE SO WE FELT LIKE WE WEREN'T PLACING ANY
ADDITIONAL DEMANDS ON THE TOWN'S WATER SYSTEM.))
SUPER=01-Kurt Hodgen/Ass't County Administrator;
OUT Q=water system
Even though Fincastle will share the new E-911 system inside this building
-- the town will not cut its rates for Botetourt.
IN Q=It does seem high
((HELEN MORRIS/FINCASTLE MAYOR: IT DOES SEEM HIGH. BUT WE HAVE PROBABLY 250
PEOPLE USING OUR WATER AND SEWER ... WE'RE VERY SMALL AND THIS IS THE WAY WE
HAVE OF MAKING SOME FUNDS.))
SUPER=01-Helen Morris/Fincastle Mayor;
OUT Q=making some funds
Fincastle does not tax its residents -- and the mayor says without water
bills, the town could not stay afloat.
Former E.C. Glass coach Bo Henson breaks his silence and says he doesn't plan
to fight for his coaching position any longer.
The Roanoke Express yields to Aerosmith and "Walks This Way" at the Ice
And the Liberty University women's basketball team is unbeaten on the season.
We'll see what's up with the Lady Flames right after this.
One of the most successful coaches in the 14 year history of Friday Football
Extra broke his self-imposed silence today and talked about his dismissal from
Back on November 27th Bo 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.
Henson says he explored ways to fight the dismissal with his attorney, but
says he now has resigned himself to the fact that he will not coach at Glass
He says he plans NO legal action against the school system.
IN Q="It's sad...
((BO HENSON/GLASS HEAD COACH FOR 19 YEARS:))
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OUT Q=...HEAD UP HIGH
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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 when an ineligible player suited up this past season.
Bo says at this time he's not sure if he wants to coach again at another
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In one other football note the Super Bowl Champion Broncos were honored with
a victory parade today.
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The city's first football championship celebration concluded on the City and
County building in downtown Denver.
More than 20 thousand fans gathered last night for a rally and thousands more
lined 17th street today to get a glimpse of their heroes.
The Broncos have been a part of the city for 38 years.
The first place Roanoke Express headed out of town today for a three game
Many of you with pocket schedules may be wondering why!
The team originally was supposed to play Johnstown at the Roundhouse
tonight, but that game was bumped so Aerosmith could rock the Roundhouse
Before the team boarded the bus, it got in some practice at the Ice Palace.
This was the team's first workout at the new facility.
The Express not only got a look at the new venue but the team also got a
look at Adam Young who was just acquired off waivers.
IN Q=well the one
((ADAM YOUNG/NEW EXPRESS PLAYER: WELL THE ONE THING ADAM YOUNG CAN CONTRIBUTE
TO THE GAME IS 100-PERCENT WORK ETHIC. I ALWAYS GIVE MY ALL AND BANG AND GRIND
WHEN EVER I CAN. JUST HELP OUT PHYSICALLY.))
SUPER=01-Adam Young/New Express Player;
OUT Q=JUST HELP OUT PHYSICALLY
Young is 6-5, 200 plus pounds.
The Express hope he gives them the physical play they've been lacking.
But if you wanted to catch Young's act at tonight's games you're out of
IN Q=we're not on
((DAVE STEWART/EXPRESS DEFENSEMAN: WE'RE NOT ON STAGE WITH AEROSMITH. IT'S
GOING TO BE ALL RIGHT BECAUSE WE WILL BE TRAVELING TO HAMPTON THIS AFTERNOON
AND GET A GOOD NIGHT'S SLEEP HOPEFULLY. AND BE RESTED FOR TOMORROW. IT MAY BE
KIND OF A BLESSING.))
SUPER=01-Dave Stewart/Express Defenseman;
OUT Q=KIND OF A BLESSING
Tonight's home game against Johnstown has been rescheduled for February 24th
at the Roundhouse.
The Liberty men's basketball team got its share of attention earlier this
month when it upset UVa on January 7th, but now it's the Liberty women's
basketball program that is looking for a place in the national spotlight.
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
SS Hold Liberty
The Flames are the defending Big South champs.
And the conference tournament will again be played on their home floor at
the end of next month.
And one program note for you tonight, the ACC contest this evening between
UVa and Wake Forest down in Winston-Salem will not be seen here on Your
Hometown Station at eight o'clock due to the President's State of the Union
I will have the highlights for you tonight at 11.
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