The winter storm has started pounding down on the region.
Snow is already accumulating in some areas such as the NRV- Heavy rain is falling in Southside Virgnia.
Warnings are in effect for heavy snow tomorrow.
Karla Faye Tucker has been executed in Texas- the first woman put to death in the state since the Civil War.
Tucker was executed by injection for killing two people.
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The teacher who had a baby with a 13 year old student is back in trouble again for seeing him- a violation of her parole.
Join us for News 7 at Eleven.
Another blast of winter weather.
This latest winter Storm has already started pounding down on the region.
Just what can we expect-
Let's head over to meteorgoligst Robin Reed for the latest.
[ROBIN in WX pro]
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Teresa Hamilton joins us from Blacksburg-- where wet snow has been falling hard for several hours.
Robin-- folks here are heeding the warning --definitely bracing for the worst-- including road crews who've begun filling their trucks with salt.
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[SUPER=01-Sgt. Roy Holt/Christiansburg Police Dept.; :35]
[SUPER=01-Shayla Bishop/Christiansburg EMT; :52]
[SUPER=01-Bradley Scott/Christiansburg Cardiac Tech; :59]
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[IN Q=Well when]
((SAM BOONE/VDOT WORKER:WELL, WHEN YOU STAY PUSHING-- YOU STAY AWAKE-- IT'S NOT HARD. ))
[OUT Q=it's not hard.]
For many people-- the thought of pulling an all nighter brings back memories of high school or college-- preparing for that BIG exam.
But-- when it comes to VDOT workers-- LONG hours are part of the job.
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((DARYL MEREDITH/VDOT WORKER:WHEN IT'S DOING THIS AND, YOU KNOW, IT STAYS PRETTY BUSY AND EVERYTHING ,YOU REALLY DON'T HAVE NO CHOICE-- YOU REALLY DON'T EVEN THINK ABOUT GETTING SLEEPY, IT KEEPS YOU PRETTY BUSY ALL NIGHT. ))
[OUT Q=all night.]
VDOT crews aren't the only ones patrolling the streets.
Law enforcement also put in extra hours-- many-- without the benefit of four wheel drive.
[IN Q=That's correct]
((SGT. ROY HOLT/CHRISTIANSBURG POLICE DEPT.:THAT'S CORRECT, WE HAVE TWO VEHICLES RIGHT NOW THAT WE HAVE CHAINS ON, WE HAVE MORE CHAINS WE CAN PUT ON IF NEEDED. ))
[OUT Q=if needed.]
Rescue squad volunteers are another group you'll often find working 'round the clock-- in the worst conditions..
They say-- snow storms-- often bring an increase in calls.
[IN Q=It's snowed ]
((SHAYLA BISHOP/CHRISTIANSBURG EMT:IT'S SNOWED HERE MANY TIMES BEFORE AND WE HAD NO PROBLEMS GETTING OUT, JUST TAKES A LITTLE BIT LONGER GETTING TO WHERE WE NEED TO GO, PATIENTS USUALLY UNDERSTAND THAT.
BRADLEY SCOTT/CHRISTIANSBURG CARDIAC TECH: I THINK WE'LL BE ABLE TO HANDLE IT, IT DOES PUT SOME PRESSURE ON THE PEOPLE IN THE BACK KNOWING THAT IT TAKES LONGER TO GET TO THE HOUSES AND TO GET PATIENTS TO THE HOSPITAL ESPECIALLY OUR CRITICAL CARE PATIENTS.))
[OUT Q=care patients.]
(Teresa ad lib about power and update on road conditions).
The Virginia National Guard has stationed troops in Wytheville to combat the storm.
Armored personnel carriers charged through the rain to State Police headquarters this afternoon.
Soldiers say these vehicles can muscle their way through heavy snow.
And they're warm enough to carry people from rescue and evacuation missions.
Several "four by four" vehicles on loan from the State Department of Corrections were pressed into service.
Meanwhile, in hardware stores across the region, people stocked up on power and heating supplies.
[IN Q=Kerosene heaters]
((KEN BAKER/B&M HARDWARE STORE: KEROSENE HEATERS, PROPANE HEATERS, GENERATORS. WE'VE SOLD OUT OF GENERATORS. SUPPOSED TO HAVE SOME MORE THURSDAY.))
[SUPER=01-Ken Baker/B&M Hardware Store;]
[OUT Q=more Thursday]
State police say it's best to stay off the roads until VDOT clears them.
As usual when there is bad weather, many school systems are closing tomorrow.
[Jean reads the School closing from Schoolwatch]
She was the convicted pick Ax murderer who became a born again Christian-
Tonight Karla Faye Tucker was executed by lethal ejection.
Liz Mullen has the latest from Huntsville Texas.
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[SUPER=01-Richard Thornton/Victim's Husband; :25]
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[SUPER=01-David Nunnelee/Texas Dept. of Criminal Justice; :59]
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[OUT Q=Huntsville Texas."]
((HER LAST MINUTE APPEALS TO BOTH THE SUPREME COURT AND TEXAS GOVERNOR GEORGE W.
BUSH WERE IGNORED.
AND SHORTLY AFTERWARDS CONDEMNED KILLER KARLA FAYE TUCKER WAS PUT TO DEATH
HERE IN TEXAS.
HER PLACE NOW SECURE IN HISTORY AS THE FIRST WOMAN EXECUTED IN TEXAS SICNE THE
HER DEATH, RELATIVES OF HER VICTIMS SAY, SECURING PEACE FOR FAMILIES FOR
TURMOIL IN THE WAKE OF MURDER.
Richard Thorton/Victim's Husband
"KARLA FAYE EXPLODED MY FAMILY, NOW IT'S BROUGHT MY FAMILY TOGETHER AGAIN.
SHORTLY before 7 p-m LOCAL TIME, THE PICK AX KILLER TURNED BORN - AGAIN
CHRISTIAN WAS PUT TO DEATH BY LETHAL INJECTION.
WITNESSES INSIDE THE PRISON SAID KARLA FAYE HAD A FEW WORDS TO SAY BEFORE SHE
WAS PUT TO DEATH.
Mike Graczyk, Associated Press
David Nunnelee, Texas Dept. of Criminal Justice
OUTSIDE THE PRISON, YARDS AWAY FROM THE DEATH CHAMBER, THE SCENE WAS ALMOST
A CROWD OF TUCKER SUPPORTERS AND DEATH PENALTY OPPONENTS GATHERED TOGETHER TO
PRAY FOR A WOMAN WHO HAS ALMOST BECOME A MARTYR TO THE GROUP.
KARLA FAYE TUCKER WAS A FORMER PROSTITUTE AND DRUG USER WHO ADMITTED BRUTALLY
KILLING TWO PEOPLE IN 198O'S.
BUT SHE FOUND RELIGION WHILE IN PRISON AND HER ALLIES IN AN APPEAL INCLUDED
POPE JOHN PAUL THE SECOND AND PAT ROBERTSON.
Dana Brown, Tucker's Husband))
A deadly and bizarre accident involving a U-S Marine jet-
and a ski lift in Italy.
The low flying jet's wing severed a cable- dropping a car full of skiiers more than 200 feet.
20 people were killed when the cable car smashed into the ground below.
The accident happened at an Italian Ski resort.
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Still to come on the 11, former employees of General Electric say their jobs went to Mexico,
and the teacher who was sent to jail for having sex with a teenager is apparently caught with the same boy just a month after her release.
The teacher who had sex with a 13 year old boy and had his baby- is in trouble again.
Police found 35 year old Mary Kay LaTourneau with the boy- who's now 14.
Police say they were looking for a stolen vehicle at about three am- when they happened upon a parked car with lights on and steamed windows.
LaTorneau was supposed to stay away from the child-
((NORM MALENG/DISTRICT ATTORNEY: A PRISON TERM WAS IMPOSED. IT WAS SUSPENDED ON THE CONDITION THAT SHE ENTER TREATMENT AND THAT SHE AVOID CONTACT WITH THE VICTIM.))
[SUPER=01-Norm Maleng/District Attorney;]
[OUT Q=witht he victim. ]
LeTourneau could now face seven and half years behind bars.
He is the former senior advisor to the president-
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Today George Stephanopolus answered questions from the Grand Jury investigating President Clinton.
Stephanopolous says he was aware Monica Lewinsky was an intern- but
((I HAD NO FIRST HAND KNOWLEDGE AT ALL ABOUT THE NATURE OF THE RELATIONSHIP IF ANY BETWEEN THE PRESIDENT AND MONICA LEWINSKY.))
[SUPER=01-George Stephanopoulos/Former Clinton Advisor;]
[OUT Q=and Monica Lewinsky.]
Another former intern appeared before the Grand Jury-
Caroline Self says she knew of no improper relationship between the President and Lewinsky or any other intern.
((CAROLINE SELF/FORMER WHITE HOUSE INTERN: IN THE PAST TWO WEEKS COMEDIANS, CARTOONISTS, COORESPONDENTS AND CRUMUNDGEONS HAVE SUCCEEDED IN MAKING THE TERM WHITE HOUSE INTERN THE SUBJECT OF JOKES AND GIGGLES. HAVING JUST COMPLETED A WHITE HOUSE INTERNSHIPS I'D LKE TO REDEEM THAT IMAGE IN SOME WAY.))
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[OUT Q=in some way." ]
Meanwhile Monica Lewinsky left Washington D-C today headed for her father's house in Los Angeles.
A Roanoke man is dead after apparently taking his own life during a confrontation with police.
The Botetourt County Sheriff's Department says 20 year old Kevin Leigh Ponting was allowed into the house of an acquaintance early this morning.
Other residents weren't aware he was there and called police to report a burglary in progress.
Sheriff Reed Kelly says when an officer arrived and tried to search the suspect, Ponting produced a handgun and shot himself in the head.
The government rested its case today in the trial of Floyd County realtor Earl Frith withOUT calling drug informant Javier Cruz.
] PAMELA Cruz, the 40-year drug smuggler's ex-wife continued HER testimony today- -primarily to relate the conversation she secretly recorded when she gave Frith 40-thousand dollars in cash... following her husband's arrest in Miami.
The jury will have to decide whether Frith knew it was drug money.
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((I KNOW THAT THAT'S PROBABLY SOMETHING THAT THEY WOULD GIVE ME A HARD TIME ABOUT YOU KNOW, IF THEY KNEW I HAD SOME CONCEPT OF THE SOURCE. BUT THERE'S NO REASON FOR ME TO KNOW THAT.))
((I KNEW THAT HE'D BEEN ARRESTED. IT WAS THE TALK OF FLOYD COUNTY THAT HE WAS A BIG-TIME DRUG DEALER AND HE'D KILLED PEOPLE. AND WE WERE PRETTY FRIGHTENED ABOUT WHAT WAS GOING ON. ))
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[OUT Q=was going on.]
Pam Cruz herself admitted she was terrified of Javier at times.
"I wasn't going to cross him," she said under oath today, because, she said, she didn't want to be killed.
Javier Cruz and his second wife lived in the Clearbrook section of Roanoke County for three and half years while he worked undercover for the D-E-A.
One week after getting laid off, 245-people from the General Electric plant in Salem are wondering what they'll do next.
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G-E said there is a chance the workers will get called back in June.
The company blames the layoffs on low demand for the drive systems manufactured in Salem.
This afternoon, a group of former G-E employees told News-7 they blame their layoffs on work being sent to Mexico.
And they have a letter to prove it.
[IN Q=the letter]
((JUDY SCHEDER/LAID OFF WORKER: THE LETTER STATED THAT IT WOULD BE -- THE PRODUCT LINES GOING TO MEXICO -- WOULD BE FINISHED UP IN 98. AND THAT'S WHY WE FEEL THAT IT HAS A DIRECT RELATIONSHIP TO OUR LAYOFF. ))
[SUPER=01-Judy Scheder/Laid-off Worker;]
[OUT Q=to our layoff]
She's talking about a 19-96 letter from General Electric and given to the company's hourly workers.
The letter said G-E had "the intent to transfer some production operations from Salem" to Mexico and other countries through 19-98.
A G-E spokesman told News-7 "The alternative" to sending work abroad "is to try to protect as many G-E Salem jobs as possible and risk not being competitive."
If the workers can prove they lost their jobs to Mexico, they could be eligible for extra unemployment benefits.
If you're watching this newscast on Cox Cable, you'll soon see that your cable bill is on the rise.
We'll have that story next.
and a Danville illustrator of yesteryear will have his artwork reproduced millions of time.
The Gibson Girl is getting her own postage stamp.
For the fifth time in four years, Cox Cable rates are going up. The increase amounts to about five percent. (-----
Basic cable service rates will go up 55 cents, preferred service will rise by a dollar-seventy.
Those amounts could vary by a few cents depending on where you live.
The cost of converters and remotes will be shifted to a national price structure.
A converter box will cost 2-seventy a month, a remote, 18 cents. That amounts to a rate DECREASE for people using newer converters.
The cost of getting cable is also on the rise. The fee for installing new service and new lines will increase across the board.
A famous Virginian now has her own U-S postage stamp.
But you won't want to mail the "Gibson Girl" on your next bill.
As Christy (HUH-blee) Hubley tells us, the new stamp is a collector's item.
[IN Q=If you live in Danville]
[SUPER=01-Thomas Saunders/Post Office Customer Service;:21]
[SUPER=01-Tom Giffin/Danville Postmaster;:47]
[OUT Q=Christy Hubley, News 7, Danville.]
(( If you live in Danville, you recognize this southern-belle.
She's the Gibson Girl.. and her face is on every city vehicle decal.
Now you can find her charming smile somewhere else.
At any U-S post office across the country.
Irene Langhorne Gibson has her own stamp.. and it's featured in a set commemorating the early 1900's.
[IN Q=Her husband Charles ]
((THOMAS SAUNDERS/POST OFFICE CUSTOMER SERVICE: HER HUSBAND CHARLES DANA GIBSON WAS AN ILLUSTRATOR. HE USED HIS WIFE AS A MODEL FOR A PEN AND INK DRAWING WHICH I GUESS REPRESENTED THE ALL-AMERICAN WOMAN OF THE TIMES.))
[OUT Q=woman of the times.]
Other stamps in this "Celebrate the Century" set.. President Teddy Roosevelt.. the first flight at Kitty Hawk.. and the Teddy Bear.
The Danville post office expects this stamp set to be a big seller.
So it stocked up.
[IN Q=I believe we've got]
((TOM GIFFIN/DANVILLE POSTMASTER:I BELIEVE WE'VE GOT 100 RIGHT NOW, 100 SETS, AND ANOTHER 100 SETS COMING IN. SO WE'LL HAVE PLENTY AND WE CAN ALWAYS GET MORE.))
[OUT Q=always get more.]
[IN Q=Want to learn more about]
((CHRISTY HUBLEY/NEWS 7: WANT TO LEARN MORE ABOUT THE FAMED GIBSON GIRL? STOP BY THE DANVILLE MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS AND HISTORY. HERE IN THE LOWER GALLERY, THERE ARE PICTURES AND WRITINGS ALL ABOUT THE LIFE AND TIMES OF THIS VIRGINIA BEAUTY.))
[OUT Q=this Virginia beauty.]
There are personal artifacts, pictures of Charles Dana and Irene Gibson, and other the historic treasures.
This exhibition continues through February 15th.
Christy Hubley, News 7, Danville.))
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The Major League Baseball free agent frenzy continues; Andy Benes is the latest player to say show me the money.
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The former St. Louis Cardinal has flown the coop to Arizona to play for the Diamondbacks. Benes gets a three year deal worth 18 million dollars. Last season, the righthander was 10 and 7 with an ERA of just over 3.
As if the stress of being a top the division isn't enough; the Express blew a 2 goal lead in the third period before escaping the Blizzard 4-3 in a shootout out last night at the Roundhouse.
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Fire on ice--and I'm not just talking baton twirlers--the Express had a three-nothing lead over Huntington.
Daniel Berthiaume had 23 saves on the night and it looked pretty good for Roanoke.
But in the third period the Blizzard blew in and Jake Deadmarsh makes it 3-to-2.
The snow continued to fall inside the Roundhouse as Huntington's Derek Smith ties things up at three.
But Roanoke prevails in the shoot out for the 4-to-3 win.
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[SUPER=01-Frank Anzalone/Express head Coach; : ]
[OUT Q=..doesn't haunt us"]
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Hometown Hoops Weekly will return THursday. Many games were postponed tonight due to weather. Salem and Lord Botetourt did play in Daleville last night.
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Cavaliers head coach Ed Purdy had his team ready.
Salem would play tough on the boards. Hershel Thomas grabs the rock and goes back for 2. Spartans by 5 in the 3rd.
The Cavaliers went to the long range plan. Michael Yates launches this bomb that tickles the twine. salem by 3.
The Spartans Adam Rutledge scoops up the loose ball and goes in for the easy bucket for a 6 point lead.
Jack Patterson gets this rebound and put back. The Cavs trailed by 2 at this point in the fourth; But salem wins it 60-52.
On to the NBA where the Atlanta Hawks ran into an Outlaw last night and were robbed as Orlando had the magic when it counted in a last second 91-90 victory.
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In the fourth quarter; look out below as Orlando's Bo Outlaw slams over Atlanta's Dikembe Motumbo. 86-82 Magic.
But with 7.7 seconds left in the game; the hawks Tyrone Corbin snaps the nylon to give Atlanta a 90-89 advantage.
The magic's mark Price is then blocked, but Outlaw is there with the hoop with 1.1 second left; Orlando wins 91-89. Outlaw a career high 17 rebounds with 23 points.
In an effort to strengthen a backcourt already missing former Virginia tech star Dell Curry and Bobby Phills; The Charlotte Hornets signed guard Vernon Maxwell to a 10 day contract.
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Dave Cowan's Hornets hosted the Boston Celtics.
Watch the celts Dee Brown fire this long bomb from treyland. 72-70 Celtics with 10 minutes left in the game.
Charlotte's david Wesley with the no [SUPER=32-Charlotte/93/Boston/89;]
look to Travis Williams for the bucket and we are tied at 77.
Wesley then makes the nice cut and scores underneath on the pass from Anthony Mason and Charlotte wins 93-89.
VMI is 6 and 4 in the Southern Conference. Saturday the Keydets; who are 12 and 8 overall, take their game on the road against Army.
Keydet senior guard Darryl Faulkner is the Southern Conference player of the week. In his last two games; Faulkner has averaged 25 points and registered 13 assists total. During the two game span he only has 2 turnovers and is shooting 50 percent from three point land.
Faulkner is just the 24th player at VMI to score over one thousand points.
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Still a head in sports; Radford University shores up it's athletic facilites witha 6 million dollar spending spree,
and William Fleming quarterback Sgherman Lea's college shopping spree is over; his choice when we come back.
William Fleming quarterback and Friday Football Extra regular Sherman Lea has chosen a college.
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The senior Colonel will play his college football at Virginia State University next season. Lea has accepted a full scholarship. Sherman led William Fleming all the way to the Group 3A Division 5 state championship game where the Colonels fell to Hampton.
Radford University is digging deep into it's pocket to shell out six million dollars for athletic facility improvements this spring.
The university will build an outdoor track and soccer complex in front of the Demon Center. The new facility should beef up areas RU was lacking in.
[IN Q="Phase one]
((GREIG DENNY/RADFORD ATHLETIC DIRECTOR:))
[SUPER=01-Greig Denny/Radford Athletic Director; :00]
[OUT Q=..for the program"]
Radford will break ground on the new athletic facilities this spring.
[IN Q="right now]
[OUT Q=....for soccer"]
Roanoke city and county officials joined tonight to honor the executive director of the Miss Virginia Pageant.
Margaret Baker instituted the program 1977.
Tonight, her friends recognized her for that and much more.
[IN Q=IN RECOGNITION]
((VOICE OF MAYOR DAVID BOWERS/ROANOKE CITY; IN RECOGNITION OF MRS. BAKER'S MANY CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE ROANOKE VALLEY AND IN CELEBRATION OF THE ANNIVERSARY OF HER BIRTH DO HEREBY PROCLAIM FEBRUARY 7TH 1998 THROUGHOUT THIS GREAT ALL AMERICA CITY AS HER DAY, MARGERAT BAKER DAY.))
[SUPER=02-David Bowers/Roanoke City Mayor;]
[OUT Q=Baker Day--applause--POT DOWN AT 1:03:36]
Baker is credited with bringing the pageant to Roanoke, but says this will be her last year running the show.
[IN Q=AT THE END]
((MARGARET BAKER/MISS VA PAGEANT DIRECTOR; I'M GOING TO MOVE UP TO CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD AND OUR NEW EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR STEVE MUSSELWHITE WILL BE TAKING OVER AT THE END OF OUR FISCAL YEAR.))
[SUPER=01-Margaret Baker/Miss Va. Pageant Director;]
[OUT Q=FISCAL YEAR.]
Baker is also credited with playing an instrumental role in the revitalization of downtown Roanoke.