Governor Jim Gilmore is being briefed at this hour on storm conditions in
the western half of the state.
A spokesman for the Governor says he's likely to name several localities in
a state of emergency declaration today.
That would free up the Virginia National Guard to help with disaster relief
Good afternoon Melanie, the precipitation in various forms continues around
the region, but the storm is lifting out of the area, heading North and out to
As you can see here, flooding is now becoming the main concern, with the Dan
River already a couple of feet above flood stage, and Blacks Creek in
Rockbridge county also caused the national weather service to issue a flood
warning for that area.
On the regional satellite, watch the storm pulling out of the area, with
still a fair amount of rain and snow lingering in its wake. It will be several
hours before we clear the rain/snow shield entirely, but things should steadily
improve as we progress through this afternoon.
Tonight, lows will dip into the twenties, likely freezing many spots, so
beware of icy patches and treacherous driving condition first thing tomorrow.
TWO SHOT TOSS
Coming up, we'll have a full accounting of the next day's weather, Melanie.
From snow to slush to rain, Southwest Virginia is experiencing a wide range
of weather conditions, and none of it looks good.
Double Boxes=Melanie and Tina/Carport
Tina Tenret's been hitting the roads in our region -- Tina, what's out
Melanie - rain in Roanoke, snow in Botetourt, and sleet near Lynchburg -- no
matter where you are, stick to the main roads and stay off the side streets.
(Rollcue:stay off the side streets)
IN Q=In the low-lying areas
SUPER=01-Laura Bullock/VDOT; :00
SUPER=03-Botetourt Co.; :31
OUT Q=significant accumulation
IN Q=In the low lying
((LAURA BULLOCK/VDOT: IN THE LOW-LYING AREAS, ESPECIALLY IN FRANKLIN COUNTY AND
IN HENRY COUNTY WE HAVE SOME REPORTS OF SECONDARY ROADS BEING BLOCKED BECAUSE
OF HIGH WATER. PEOPLE NEED TO BE AWARE OF THAT THROUGHOUT THE DAY.))
OUT Q=throughout the day
Roanoke streets are flooding too -- steady rain and melting snow could make
those floods worse.
Secondary roads are particularly bad because VDOT's clearing main roads
Roanoke police are still reporting no major accidents.
But head up the interstate to Botetourt County and you'll need to slow down
-- there's very little traction in this slippery slush.
Cars are sliding off the road, trucks pulling over rather than forging
Some residents have decided to dig themselves out -- but again, it all
depends on which neighborhood you live in.
IN Q=In the Henry County
((IN THE HENRY COUNTY AREA THE PAVEMENT IS MOSTLY WET BUT IN PATRICK COUNTY
WHICH IS RIGHT NEXT DOOR THEY HAVE SIGNIFICANT ACCUMULATION.))
OUT Q=significant accumulation))
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Double Boxes=Melanie and Tina/Carport
The New River Valley is also digging out from this latest blast of winter
Residents are not only dealing with slushy roads but also thousands of power
Double Boxes=Melanie and Teresa/Microwave
Teresa Hamilton joins us from Blacksburg with the latest.
Melanie-- here in the New River Valley most primary roads are in good
shape-- but the secondary roads are altogether a different story.
(Rollcue:a different story)
SUPER=01-Dan Brugh/VDOT Resident Engineer; :00
SUPER=03-Pulaski Co./Yesterday; :13
SUPER=01-Bill Madison/Business Owner; :59
OUT Q=and disappear.
((DAN BRUGH/VDOT RESIDENT ENGINEER:DEFINITELY THE WORST ONE THIS YEAR, NO
QUESTION ABOUT IT, SO FAR AS, AS, THE OPERATIONS DURING THE DAY YESTERDAY, AS
FAR AS I'M CONCERNED THEY RANK UP THERE WITH THE 93 AND 96 BLIZZARD. ))
Yesterday-- definitely wasn't a good day-- for VDOT crews.
Interstate 81-- in Montgomery and Pulaski Counties-- provided one of the
Simply put-- the snow was falling faster than crews could scrape the roads.
And-- the numerous fender benders on the interstate-- didn't help matters.
As a consequence-- VDOT is behind schedule-- in terms of secondary roads.
((DAN BRUGH/VDOT RESIDENT ENGINEER:THEY ARE EXTREMELY DIFFICULT TO TRAVEL, AND
WIT THE QUANTITY OF SNOW, AS HEAVY AS IT IS, IT'S GOING BE A VERY SLOW PROCESS.
OUT Q=slow process.
In fact-- some secondary roads-- in Giles, Montgomery, and Pulaski Counties
probably won't get scraped today.
But despite the headaches-- some are actually enjoying this latest gift from
IN Q=I'd like
((BILL MADISON/BUSINESS OWNER:I'D LIKE TO SEE IT STICK AROUND A LITTLE LONGER--
BUT IT LOOKS LIKE IT'S GOING TO TURN TO RAIN AND DISAPPEAR. ))
OUT Q=and disappear.))
(Ter adlib about power outages)
Double Boxes=Melanie and Teresa/Microwave
(Question: Are there any shelters open?)
The water level at Smith Mountain Lake is on the rise.
American Electric Power says the lake will be over full pond this morning.
The power company says the best estimate at this point is that it will be
about six inches higher than normal.
Officials say that shouldn't cause any major problems.
But heavy rain could push that level higher.
President Clinton is in the nation's heartland this afternoon to push the
proposals he highlighted in last night's State of the Union address.
Meantime, back in Washington the Whitewater grand jury continues its probe
into the sex scandal involving Mr. Clinton and former White House intern Monica
Drew Levinson reports.
SUPER=03-Capitol Hill/Last Night;
SUPER=04-May 8, 1996;
SUPER=01-William Ginsburg/Lewinsky's Lawyer;
OUT Q=cbs news washington
THE PRESIDENT IS ON THE ROAD TAKING HIS STATE OF THE UNION MESSAGE
TO THE NATION'S HEARTLAND...AND DISTANCING HIMSELF LITERALLY FROM THE
NATION'S CAPITAL WHERE HE'S EMBROILED IN A SEX SCANDAL.
His programs for ECONOMIC STRENGTH, and THE SALVATION OF THE
NATION'S SOCIAL SECURITY SYSTEM got a mostly warm reception...he also got to
talk tough to iraq:
But THE SCANDAL-IN WHICH CLINTON IS ALLEGED TO HAVE HAD A
SEXUAL AFFAIR WITH THEN 21-YEAR OLD WHITE HOUSE INTERN MONICA LEWINSKY WAS NOT
MENTIONED.WHILE THE PRESIDENT IS OUT OF TOWN-A FEDERAL GRAND JURY CONTINUES
ITS PROBE INTO THE ALLEGED AFFAIR AND SUBSEQUENT COVERUP-A CHARGE THE
FORMER WHITE HOUSE CHIEF OF STAFF LEON PANETTA appeared this
Morning...LEWINSKY STARTED HER WHITE HOUSE INTERNSHIP IN PANETTA'S OFFICE...
no word yet on if and when lewinsky will make her appearance...or on whether
the independent counsel will accept her terms for not being prosecuted....
her lawyer this morning tells cbs news...that beyond feeling isolated..she's
William Ginsburg/lewinsky lawyer "she's mentally very tough"
MEANWHILE A MAN PROFESSING TO BE HER FORMER LOVER CAME FORWARD LAST
NIGHT...WITH STORIES OF A FIVE YEAR EXTRA MARITAL AFFAIR. HE CLAIMS SHE SPOKE
OF A RELATIONSHIP WITH A HIGH LEVEL FEDERAL OFFICIAL.
S/U:DREW LEVINSON/CBS NEWS.))
Press coverage of the White House scandal is not sitting well with a
Washington and Lee Journalism Ethics professor.
Lou Hodges calls the coverage "disastrous".
He says in the rush to get stories on the air, the press is bypassing the
editorial process that separates rumor from fact.
He also says the press is allowing itself to be used by both sides of the
IN Q=the press has
((LOU HODGES/W&L ETHICS PROFESSOR; THE PRESS HAS SIMPLY BEEN DRAGGED ALONG LIKE
A LITTLE DOG, FOLLOWING AND BEING WILLING TO BE MANIPULATED BY THE ACTORS IN
THIS WHOLE DRAMA. THAT IS A TERRIBLE ROLE FOR THE PRESS TO PLAY, A TERRIBLE WAY
SUPER=01-Lou Hodges/W&L Ethics Professor;
OUT Q=way to act
Hodges says while the press has damaged itself, it can redeem itself, by
slowing down, stepping back, and separating fact from hearsay.
President Clinton's speech last night included a strongly worded warning to
Mr. Clinton said Baghdad cannot defy the will of the world.
There was defiant reaction to that statement on the streets of Baghdad
Some Iraqis said they were not scared by the threats and would fight until
the embargo is lifted.
The U-S warning comes as Secretary of State Madeleine Albright travels to
Europe and the Persian Gulf today seeking backing for a military response to
put maximum pressure on Iraq.
Death sentences are rare in India -- but today a judge sentenced 26 people
to death for the assassination of former Prime Minister (rah-ZHEEV') Rajiv
Gandhi and 17 others were killed in an explosion at a political rally in
Their killers were linked to a Sri Lankan separatist group.
Lawyers say the man who built the bomb and another person were
convicted of murder.
The others helped plan the bombing.
A North Carolina jury returns to court tomorrow to decide if a Charlotte man
should be executed for the
deaths of two people, including a Roanoke woman.
SUPER=03-Charlotte, NC/January 6
(A-keel-lia) Aquilia Barnette was convicted of killing Robin Williams in June
Prosecutors said he killed her after murdering a man at the Charlotte
airport and stealing his car.
The trial is the first federal capital case in North Carolina since the
federal death penalty was reinstated a decade ago.
A different type of Drug problem at a Bedford County school.
A TEACHER has been charged with buying marijuana from one of her students.
37- year- old Suzanne Renee Hudson was picked at Liberty High School
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.
Charges against the student may be pending.
It's full steam ahead for Lynchburg plans to renovate its old train station.
Last night, 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-
year- old building.
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.
Another topic of debate in Richmond is deregulation of the electric power
industry in the Commonwealth. But one Virginia senator wants to shed some light
on the subject.
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.
SOT REASOR TAPE 06:09
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.
The town of Fincastle has levied a hefty water bill against Botetourt
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
PRIVILEGE 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 OURSELVES.))
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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SUPER=330-Clearing/& Colder/26-30/Partly Sunny/& Warmer/50-53;
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TAPE#=net (edit of TB98-1)
Virginia Tech couldn't end their losing streak last night as La Salle
chalked up another win.
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.
SUPER=33-La Salle/72/Va. Tech/68;
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.
TAPE#net (edit of VB98-1)
The Virginia Cavaliers lost to Wake Forest to split their seasonal series
with the Deacons.
SUPER=03-Winston-Salem, NC/JP Sports; :00
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 put U-V-a on top late.
But Wake would pull away again and beat Virginia down the stretch 62 to 55.
U-V-a is now 10 & 11 overall.
E.C. Glass head football coach Bo Henson found out last November 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: THE ONLY REASON GIVEN IS I WANT THE
PROGRAM TO GO IN A NEW DIRECTION. FOOTBALL PLAYERS FATHERING BABIES, WE NEED
MORE WHITES ON THE TEAM, WE NEED MORE WHITES IN THE STANDS. YOU KNOW I HAVE NO
CONTROL OVER THIS. AND THESE WERE THE THREE BASIC PROBLEMS THAT EVIDENTLY
SOMEONE HAS AND THIS IS WHAT WAS GIVEN TO ME AND IT WAS A VERY SHORT MEETING
AND WE DIDN'T HUG AND KISS WHEN WE LEFT BUT THIS WAS IT AND THAT'S ALL THE
COMMENT I'M GOING TO MAKE ON IT.))
SUPER=01-Bo Henson/Glass Head Coach for 19 Years; :00
OUT Q=...ON IT."
Bo says at this time he's not sure if he wants to coach again at another
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Another attempt to circle the globe non- stop in a hot air balloon is
underway this afternoon.
A Swiss pilot, along with
a Belgian and a British crew member, took off this morning from the Swiss
They're planning to spend the next two weeks in the air, heading across
Europe to North America.
Virgin Record executive Richard Branson will begin his round the world
attempt this weekend with a launch from Morocco.