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Yesterday's storm caused one fatality 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 emergency.
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((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.))
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State officials say they're hoping the snow melts slowly to decrease flooding.

[7E-NRV-Snow]


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Some portions of the state are still covered with several inches of snow and some residents are still in the dark this morning following Tuesday's winter blast.
American Electric Power hopes to restore power to thousands of homes in New River Valley by this afternoon.
Teresa Hamilton reports.
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((TAMMY LAFON/GILES CO. RESIDENT:PITIFUL AND NOT FUN, IT'S BEEN DEVASTATING. ))
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Tammy LaFon is one of the thousands struggling to care for loved ones without electricity.
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.
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((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. ))
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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.
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((REPORTER SPEAKS:DO YOU ANTICIPATE BEING HERE THROUGH THE NIGHT? OH, YEAH, PROBABLY TOMORROW, TOO. ))
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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.))
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Only a handful of people took advantage of an emergency shelter opened in Giles County yesterday morning-- so it closed by the afternoon.

[7Botetourt-Powerless]


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In Botetourt County, about 25-hundred residents were without power yesterday as a result of the winter storm.
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Two-thirds of those were Craig-Botetourt Electric Co-op customers who were left in the dark after transmission power line problems at a substation and trees on power lines.
Some Eagle Rock A-E-P customers got by on alternative power.
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((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 REFRIGERATOR AND FREEZER UP THERE WITH THAT AND THEN THEY BRING IT DOWN TO OUR HOUSE AND CHARGE IT A LITTLE BIT.))
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Power crews worked through the night to restore electricity, but for some it could be tomorrow before they get their power back.

[7E-WV-POWER]


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Seven thousand households are still without power this morning in West Virginia.
Ten counties there are under a state of emergency.
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Ten-thousand families woke up yesterday morning without electricity,
after heavy snow tore down power and phone lines.
Ralph Boone woke up to a familiar sound.
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((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. ))
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That wet snow made driving difficult on all the county's back roads-- including the one leading up to a barn fire.
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((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 LIKE THIS.))
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A-E-P, and West Virginia Power continued working through the night, but they say some people in the county won't have power restored for three more days.
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[L'burg-Pilot]


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A veteran Lynchburg pilot is in serious but stable condition after being struck by an airplane propeller.
74- year- old Rucker Tibbs was taken to the University of Virginia trauma center after the accident Tuesday night.
There, doctors had to amputate part of his arm.
The accident occurred while Tibbs was working on a small plane whose engine was running, and he got too close to the propeller.
Tibbs is a member of the Virginia Aviation Hall of Fame.
He got his pilot's license in 19-56.

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Turning to Thursday's weather, a much better day is in store for today...
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[45E-State-Emergency]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
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[TAPE#98-1]
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Residents in parts of Virginia are digging out from this week's winter storm.
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 prompted Governor Gilmore yesterday to declare a statewide state of emergency.
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((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.))
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State officials say they're hoping the snow melts slowly to decrease flooding.

[45E-NRV-Snow]


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The storm has left thousands without power in the New River Valley.
Teresa Hamilton reports.
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[SUPER=01-Tammy LaFon/Giles Co. Resident; :00 QUICK!!!!!]
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((TAMMY LAFON/GILES CO. RESIDENT:PITIFUL AND NOT FUN, IT'S BEEN DEVASTATING. ))
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Tammy LaFon is one of the thousands struggling to care for loved ones without electricity.
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.
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((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. ))
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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.
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((REPORTER SPEAKS:DO YOU ANTICIPATE BEING HERE THROUGH THE NIGHT? OH, YEAH, PROBABLY TOMORROW, TOO. ))
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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.))
[ANCHOR=Melanie]
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Only a handful of people took advantage of an emergency shelter opened in Giles County yesterday morning-- so it closed by the afternoon.

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A planned National D-Day Memorial in Bedford would lose 100-thousand dollars in state funding because of Governor Gilmore's car tax cut.
But organizers of the project say the loss won't slow their work.
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[Poplar Forest, 97-95, 12/11/97]
Former Governor Allen included two-and-a-half million dollars in funding for the memorial.
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[D-Day-Memorial, 97-84, 11/12/97]
But Gilmore proposed trimming that by 100-thousand dollars after disclosing last week the new cost of his car tax plan.
Organizers hope to complete the memorial by June 6th, 1999 -- the 55th anniversary of the D-Day invasion.
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Taking a break from news to check the forecast--
Mostly sunny and mild today, with highs in the upper 50s, so the snow will be melting.
Skies will be variably cloudy overnight, with lows dropping into the upper 30s.
The four day forecast is calling for...
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[8E-Goodyear]


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The long debate over 12- hour- work schedules is now over at the Goodyear plant in Danville.
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In voting yesterday members of Local 831 voted 765-to-191 in favor of the longer shift.
Workers say the 12 hour shifts would give them two weekends off every month.
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 schedule.
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[8E-M'ville-Museum]


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Differing financial priorities between Governor Jim Gilmore and former Governor George Allen is being blamed for the 10- million dollars Martinsville WON'T be getting to build a new museum.
Ellen Qualls sorts it all out.
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((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.))
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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.
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((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.))
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((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.))
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Indeed they are.
The museum's director told his board he's glad to get more up front planning money than Allen gave.
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((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.))
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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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Like Martinsville, Bedford is also feeling the impact of Gilmore's budget ax.
The D-Day Memorial may lose 100- thousand dollars in state money, but the work will continue.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Forest/December;]

[Poplar Forest, 97-95, 12/11/97]
Former Governor Allen included two-and-a-half million dollars in funding for the memorial.
[SUPER=03-Bedford/November;]

[D-Day-Memorial, 97-84, 11/12/97]
But Gilmore proposed trimming that by 100-thousand dollars after disclosing last week the new cost of his car tax plan.
Organizers hope to complete the memorial by June 6th, 1999 -- the 55th anniversary of the D-Day invasion.
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A plane's propeller struck and injured an experienced pilot in Lynchburg.
He is in serious, but stable condition.
74- year- old Rucker Tibbs was taken to the University of Virginia trauma center after the accident Tuesday night.
There, doctors had to amputate part of his arm.
The accident occurred while Tibbs was working on a small plane whose engine was running, and he got too close to the propeller.
Tibbs is a member of the Virginia Aviation Hall of Fame.
He got his pilot's license in 19-56.

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Time now to take a look at the Thursday forecast--
A big snow melt is likely today, as temperatures climb into the upper 50s under mostly sunny skies.
Variably cloudy skies tonight, with lows in the upper 30s.
We'll keep sunshine around for the weekend...
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