Next on News 7-
The storm was yesterday but the problems continue tonight.
Thousands are still without power.
Fire races through several busiensses in one Connecticut town.
And tonights vote results from union at Goodyear.
Plus Leon Panetta talks about his day before the grand jury in the Clinton
News 7 is next.
Nearly 20 thousand homes in the New River Valley are still without power
But AEP hopes to have the most electricty back on tomorrow.
Some people in the Eagle Rock area are using candles- others have generators
to make it through a cold night.
More war power is in the Persian Gulf. A British ship arrived off the coast
of Bahrain today.
The votes were tallied tonight.
Goodyear workers voted overwhelming in favor of 12 hour workshifts- that
could be good news for the plant's future.
Join us for News 7 at Eleven.
Yesterday's winter storm is still causing problems for many folks in the
Power is still out in parts of Botetourt County.
Road Conditions have improved but state transportation crews are preparing
to battle a possible overnight freeze.
Double Boxes=Jean and David/Microwave
David Johnson joins us from Botetourt County with an update. David, what's
going on tonight?
Jean-- people have turned to alternative power sources to help them make it
through the night.
IN Q=Several hundred
SUPER=03-Eagle Rock; :00
SUPER=01-Carlton Stickman/Eagle Rock Resident; :11
SUPER=01-Laura Bullock/VDOT Spokeswoman; :33
OUT Q=high water.
(( Several hundred customers of the Craig-Botetourt Electric Co-op and
American Electric Power remain powerless.
Those with candles and generators seem to be getting by.
((CARLTON STICKMAN/EAGLE ROCK RESIDENT; WE GOT A GENERATOR UP AT THE HOUSE. WE
BEEN KINDA USING IT FOR POWER AND STUFF. THEY CHARGING THEIR REFRIDGERATOR AND
FREEZER UP THERE WITH THAT AND THEN THEY BRING IT DOWN TO OUR HOUSE AND CHARGE
IT A LITTLE BIT.))
Meanwhile, V-DOT crews are being sent to counties that need additional help
clearing the roads.
((LAURA BULLOCK/VDOT SPOKESWOMAN; SOME OF THE AREAS THAT WERE NOT AS HARD HIT,
FOLKS FROM THOSE AREAS ARE GOING TO THE HARDER HIT PLACES LIKE THE NEW RIVER
VALLEY, CARROLL AND FLOYD COUNTIES TO PITCH IN.))
While many roads are clear, other areas such as bridges, intersections and
hills have the potential to freeze.
((BULLOCK; WE'RE ALSO CONCERNED ABOUT RISING WATER IN SOME OF OUR COUNTIES. FOR
INSTANCE IN FRANKLIN COUNTY WE HAVE ABOUT EIGHT SECONDARY ROADS THAT ARE CLOSED
BECAUSE OF HIGH WATER AND WE WOULD ENCOURAGE PEOPLE NOT TO ATTEMPT TO DRIVE
ACROSS A ROAD THAT IS COVERED BY HIGH WATER.))
David ad lib.
Double Boxes=Jeanand David/Microwave
(Does V-DOT have any snow shoveling tips for people still digging out of their
Nearly 20-thousand homes in the New River Valley are still without power
But American Electric Power hopes to have the bulk of electricity restored
by tomorrow afternoon.
Teresa Hamilton reports.
SUPER=01-Tammy LaFon/Giles Co. Resident; :00 QUICK!!!!!
SUPER=03-Giles Co.; :07
SUPER=01-Kelly Jewell/Foodland Manager; :25
OUT Q=NEWS 7, B'burg.
((TAMMY LAFON/GILES CO. RESIDENT:PITIFUL AND NOT FUN, IT'S BEEN DEVASTATING. ))
Tammy LaFon is one of the thousands struggling to care for loved ones
But home owners aren't the only ones coping with the wintry weather.
Numerous businesses in Giles County were also affected--
Businesses-- like the Foodland grocery store-- in Richcreek which was forced
to close down.
IN Q=Oh, yeah
((KELLY JEWELL/FOODLAND MANAGER:OH, YEAH, WE'VE PULLED ALL OF OUR MEAT, ALL OF
OUR ICE CREAM ANYTHING CAN GO BAD, GOT THE DOOR OPEN SO THAT SOME OF THE AIR
WILL MAYBE GO IN THERE AND KEEP IT COOL. ))
OUT Q=keep it cool.
In the meantime- American Electric Power is working to restore power.
Crews from as far away as Kentucky, Tennessee, North Carolina and Ohio have
been brought in to help.
The heavy snow and ice that fell for hours was simply more than a lot of
power lines could handle.
IN Q=Do you
((REPORTER SPEAKS:DO YOU ANTICIPATE BEING HERE THROUGH THE NIGHT? OH, YEAH,
PROBABLY TOMORROW, TOO. ))
OUT Q=tomorrow, too.
VDOT crews will also be working 'round the clock.
Here in the New River Valley the primary roads are clear-- but many
secondary roads are still snow covered and treacherous.
Teresa Hamilton, NEWS 7, B'burg.))
Only a handful of people took advantage of an emergency shelter opened in
Giles County this morning-- so it closed this afternoon.
The storm's only fatality was reported in Tazewell County, where
40-year old Barry Atwell suffered an asthma attack while stranded
at his home.
Rescuers were delayed reaching the man by downed trees and power lines.
The news helped prompt Governor Jim Gilmore to declare a statewide state of
IN Q=There's been
((GOV. JIM GILMORE: THERE'S BEEN IN SOME PLACES AS MUCH AS 20 INCHES OF SNOW.
IT'S IMPEDING THE ABILITY OF THE PEOPLE IN SOUTHWEST VIRGINIA TO GET AROUND TO
DO WHAT THEY NEED TO DO. TO BE ABLE TO GET OUT OF THEIR HOMES. TO BE ABLE TO
GET EMERGENCY MEDICAL TREATMENT. SO I HAVE ISSUED AN EMERGENCY MEDICAL ORDER
TO PLACE THE NATIONAL GUARD ON STANDBY, TO DECLARE A STATE OF EMERGENCY, SO
THAT THEY CAN BE ACTIVATED AS NECESSARY IN THE SOUTHWEST TO PROTECT LIVES.))
OUT Q=protect lives.
State officials say they're hoping the snow melts slowly to decrease
75-hundred Residents are still without power tonight in West Virginia.
10 Counties there are under a state of emergency.
10 thousand families woke up this morning without electricity,
after heavy snow tore down power and phone lines.
Ralph Boone woke up to a familiar sound.
IN Q=WHEN WE GOT UP.
((WHEN WE GOT UP, AND OPENED THE DOOR, GOT UP, IT WAS LIKE SHOTGUN SHOTS GOING
OFF. IT WAS TREE LIMBS BREAKING UNDER THE HEAVINESS OF THIS SNOW. IT WAS A
WET SNOW. ))
SUPER=01-Ralph Boone/Frankford Fire Chief;
OUT Q=WAS A WET SNOW.
That wet snow made driving difficult on all the county's back roads--
including the one leading up to a barn fire.
IN Q=the road was
((Ralph Boone/Frankford Fire Chief: THE ROAD WAS A LITTLE TREACHEROUS, GETTING
UP HERE, IT HADN'T BEEN PLOWED. THE TRUCKS WERE CHAINED, WE HAD A LITTLE
TROUBLE GETTING HERE. IT TOOK A LITTLE TIME WITH CHAINS, OF COURSE, IN A STORM
OUT Q=storm like this.
A-E-P, and West Virginia Power are continuing work overnight, but they say
some people in the county won't have power restored for three more days.
Union workers at Goodyear in Danville have voted to work 12 hour shifts.
In voting today members of Local 831 voted 765-to-191 in favor of the
Workers say the 12 hour shifts would give them two weekends off every
Last month workers reluctantly agreed to keep the plant operating seven
days a week.
Goodyear has not decided when it may implement the new seven-day work
Jean tosses to Robin in the Chromakey
British troops begin moving into the Persian Gulf, we'll have more on that
in a moment,
and while Air Force One is stuck in the mud, former White House Chief of Staff
Leon Panetta spends the day testifying before a grand jury.
Flames light the night sky
in Branford, Connecticut tonight-
Fire fighters are battling a huge blaze that started in the basement of a
downtown and bakery and has now worked its way through several nearby
A portion of route one is closed because of the heavy smoke....but so far
there's only one reported injury.
Former White House Chief of Staff Leon Panetta says he isn't aware of an
improper relationship between President Clinton and anyone else.
Panetta spent the day before a Grand Jury looking into sex allegations
against the President.
Lee Cowan has the latest.
SUPER=03-Washington, DC; :00
SUPER=01-Leon Panetta/Former White House Chief of Staff; (second appearance)
OUT Q=standard outcue."
((Looking tired and worn the former white house chief of staff left
the federal courthouse in Washington after spending most of the day behind
closed doors with a grand jury.
LEON PANETTA/FORMER WHITE HOUSE CHIEF OF STAFF: I BELIEVE I ANSWERED ALL THE
QUESTIONS BEFORE ME.
What he said is secret. What he didn't say was precisely the message.
PANETTA:I AM PERSONALLY NOT AWARE OF ANY IMPROPER RELATIONSHIP SEXUAL OR
OTHERWISE BY THIS PRESIDENT AND ANY OF THE WHITE HOUSE INTERNS OR ANYONE ELSE
FOR THAT MATTER.
To add to the long day, Panetta was also served with another supoena this time
to testify in the Paula Jones case.
As for the president his day started out wellhe received a rousing welcome as
he took his state of the union message on the road. His right hand man vice
president Al Gore passionately standing by his side.
GORE: I NOW ASK..STAND BY HIS SIDE.
But he hadn't left all of his problems behindfirst came the news
that Air force one technically had a near miss with an incoming delta air
lines passenger jetcoming within 3 miles of it as the President took off.
Then another problemthe president's plane slipped off the runway
into the soggy midwest muckand couldn't move.
A shrug of the president's shouldlers said it allmore problems had
found himthese, however, he could walk away from.
LEE COWAN/CBS NEWS:
AS THE PRESIDENT LANDED BACK IN WASHINGTON, THE INVESTIGATION
REMAINS AT A CRITICAL JUNCTUREWILL MONICA LEWINSKI STRIKE A DEAL WITH SPECIAL
PROSECUTOR KENNETH STARR- THE ANSWER FROM LEWINSKY'S LAWYER
GINSBERG: THEY HAVEN'T HAD TIME TO GET TO US.
Leaving some to wonder what's the delay? Lee Cowan, CBS News, Washington.))
A British aircraft carrier has arrived in the Persian Gulf- adding its
firepower to the arms buildup.
The H-M-S Invincible crew is stationed near (BA-Ron) Bahrain.
There's now a formidable force in the Gulf including 2 US aircraft carriers
with 50 warplanes each.
Nine US navy vessels are also in the region carrying Tomohawk missiles and
the US Air Force can call-on up to 174 aircraft, including stealth fighters.
Meanwhile Secretary of State Madeleine Albright is heading overseas to
bolster support for the U-S position.
Albright says Saddam Hussein wants sanctions lifted while also keeping
weapons of mass destruction.
((MADELEINE ALBRIGHT/SECRETARY OF STATE: WE CAN NOT WE MUST NOT AND WE WIL NOT
LET HIM SUCCEED.))
SUPER=01-Madeleine Albright/Secretary of State;
OUT Q=let him succeed."
Iraq says it's considering taking the U-S to the International court of
justice over its threats of a military strike.
((MOHAMMEND SAID AL SAHHAF/IRAQI FOREIGN MINISTER: THERE SHOULDN'T BE ANY
ACTION BY ANY PARTY TO USE AGRESSION AGAINST IRAQ BECAUSE THERE IS A DIFFERENCE
IN VIEWS BETWEEN IRAQ AND THE SPECIAL COMMISSION IN IT'S CURRENT STRUCTURE
WHICH IS DOMINATED BY THE AMERICANS.))
SUPER=01-Mohammed Said Al Sahhaf/Iraqi Foreign Minister;
OUT Q=by the Americans."
Iraq's foreign minister says his nation is working with the U-N special
Former Governor Allen is unhappy with Jim Gilmore's cuts to a Martinsville
museum. We'll have that after these messages.
And then a little later in the newscast, we'll meet an optimistic pilot who's
dreams of world travel are sky high.
10 million dollars sure looked good on paper for the two months Martinsville
had it to build a new museum.
Now it's gone-- courtesy of a difference of opinion, and fiscal realities,
between two governors.
Ellen Qualls reports.
IN Q=I'm prepared
SUPER=01-George Allen/Former Governor; :23
SUPER=01-Tom Harned/City of Martinsville; :51
SUPER=01-Steve Pike/Museum Director; 1:14
OUT Q=Qualls, News 7, Richmond.
((GOV. JIM GILMORE: I'M PREPARED AT THIS POINT TO LOOK AHEAD TO THE FUTURE,
ONCE WE SEE A COMPLETE PLAN, AND THEN WE'LL KNOW EXACTLY HOW MUCH MONEY NEEDS
TO BE PUT INTO THE FUTURE.))
If George Allen was the budget Santa Claus, Jim Gilmore turned out to be the
Grinch for Martinsville.
The 10 million dollars Allen giveth for a new Museum of Natural History --
Jim Gilmore taketh away to pay for his tax cut.
((GOV. GEORGE ALLEN: I WAS SURPRISED BY THAT IN THAT THE LOGIC BEING THAT IT
NEEDED TO BE STUDIED FURTHER...SOME CONCERN ON THE PART OF THE VERY GENEROUS
AND HARD-WORKING BOARD OF THE MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY.))
((TOM HARNED/CITY OF MARTINSVILLE: WE WERE ELATED IN DECEMBER WHEN GOVERNOR
ALLEN MADE THE 10-POINT-1 MILLION DOLLAR ANNOUNCEMENT. AND YES WE WERE
DISAPPOINTED WHEN GOVERNOR GILMORE ANNOUNCED HE WOULDN'T BE ABLE TO FULLY FUND
THE PROJECT IN THIS BIENNIUM. BUT WE ARE DETERMINED OPTIMISITS.))
Indeed they are.
The museum's director told his board he's glad to get more up front planning
money than Allen gave.
((STEVE PIKE/MUSEUM DIRECTOR: WELL I'M CERTAINLY HAPPIER TO HAVE 650-THOUSAND
DOLLARS TO PLAN A MAJOR BUILDING THAN TO HAVE A HUNDRED-THOUSAND DOLLARS.))
But with the old hospital site cleared and ready for the dinosaurs and other
museum treasures... Ten million dollars can't come too soon.
Ellen Qualls, News 7, Richmond.))
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Lee Suggs talks about why he's heading to Virginia Tech to play football.
We'll also take a tour through the NBA and check out everything from Tim
Duncan to a bad hair day.
Plus, trading cards go high tech on CD rom.
But first much of this week's high school action has been postponed by the
snow. But today this was the scene inside the Patrick Henry gym where too much
rain and slush on the roof made life tough on the hardwood.
The boy's - girl's doubleheader scheduled with Pulaski tonight had to be
postponed until February 7th.
Hopefully, the floor will be OK and bounce back instead of warping out.
go to scoreboards
(WIPE TO SCOREBOARDS)
WIPE TO BOARDS
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Carolina/88//Clemson 41 fouls/;
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18/j/Hamp-Sydney/68//W & L/61///;
SUPER=0103-/Pittsburgh/2//Washington/2//Final In OT/j/Carolina/3//Tampa
OUT Q=......last score."
go to break
With almost the entire viewing area's basketball schedule on hold last night,
we head to the NBA where once again we find it necessary to play the role of
the fashion police.
SUPER=03-San Antonio, TX/Fox Southwest; :00
Clippers coach Bill Fitch looking dapper, but WHOOOOOAH! Check out the "do"
on Clippers reserve Keith Closs Jr. Closs swears he did this on purpose. In
fact he has a name for it.
He calls it Tic-Tac-Do!!
Spurs' rookie Tim Duncan with the more tradition low crop cut, scores in the
post on his bad "Hairness" with a great move.
Then Duncan, back in the low post on the other side with another abusive
SUPER=32-L.A. Clippers/86/San Antonio/109;
spin move. He scores 23 as the Spurs win it 109 to 86.
wipe to eng#!!!!!!!!!!!
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To Auburn Hills, Michigan where Doug Collins and the PIstons hosted the
Veteran Horace Grant from out front with the nice jump shot that hits nothing
but net for Orlando.
But watch Detroit work a play to perfection with two sets of screens, the
PIstons free up Malik Sealy for the wide open jumper.
Then Grant Long goes deep to Jerry SUPER=32-Orlando/86/Detroit/91;
Stackhouse, who goes behind his back and up for the slam. Detroit wins it
91 to 86.
wipe to eng#!!!!!!!!
SUPER=03-Boston, MA/Fox New England;:00
From the palace to the Fleet Center in Boston where rookie coach Rick PItino
would watch Chauncey Billups light up the scoreboard with this sweet jumper
from the right of the key.
Not long after that Wizards head coach Bernie Bickerstaff was ejected from
the game for arguing.
That fired up Washington as Juwan Howard feeds Chris Webber for the alleyoop
But Dana Barros would convert the scoop to the hoop as the Celtics beat the
Wizards 104-to-102 last night.
The Roanoke Express got out of town before the worst of the snow hit and last
night they were at the Norfolk Scope trying to hang on to first place in the
Northeast as they skated against Hampton Roads.
The Express loses it 4 to 2.
Suggs wasn't the only former player of the week to commit today.
When we return, I'll tell you where Franklin County's Matt Maxey plans to get
his kicks next year.
The top running back in the Roanoke Valley made his college choice public
Fleming Lee Suggs, a three time Friday Football Extra player of the week
picked the Hokies over the Hoos and Deacs.
The Hokies also got a commitment yesterday from quarterback Michael Vick from
Warwick High School.
Vick had 47 TD passes in his high school career. He picked Tech over
1996 Friday Football Extra player of the week Matt Maxey made his college
decision today. Franklin County kicker Matt Maxey made a verbal commitment to
VMI this afternoon.
SUPER=03-Rocky Mount; :00
The senior says VMI has offered him a partial scholarship.
And the B plus student says academics were as much a factor as football.
((MATT MAXEY/VERBALLY COMMITS TO VMI:))
SUPER=01-Matt Maxey/Verbally Commits to VMI; :00
OUT Q=...such things"
The second team all state performer set the Eagle record for the longest
field goal; a 51 yarder and had a message for his competition in Lexington.
IN Q="I just
OUT Q=...last three months"
And finally, every now and then I like to devote a little time to the
collectors of trading cards figurines and memorabilia.
last night I want to show you the latest high-tech trading card that is being
produced by the Donruss company.
The cards are rectangular in shape like most others, but these double as a CD
The CD-ROM itself contains
biographical information , statistics, and video clips of the player on the
The new cards for the 98 baseball season will feature Ken Griffey Jr., Mike
Piazza and Cal Ripken Jr. and three other players.
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Up up and away for Swiss Balloonist-Bertrand Piccard-
He and two teammates are attempting to circle the globe non-stop in a hot
((NAT POP SOUND AND CHEERS. ))
The team is planning on spending the next two weeks aloft heading across
Europe to North Africa.
Three American teams were forced to cut trips short already this month.
Then there is British ballonist Millionaire Richard Branson. He's planning
on lifting off from Morocco later this week.
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