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Another blast of winter is on its way.
Talk of a foot of snow or more-
as the National Guard is called in to prepare.
Plus if you have Cox cable your rates are going up again.
This powerful storm will mean different things to different regions. It is wet and will cause some flooding and where the cold air moves in, heavy snow is a sure bet.[medical-heads]
In medical news, an alternative to open heart surgery is showing promise--
and a faster recovery rate for patients.
Also advice from one of the nation's leading experts on lowering your blood pressure--it's all about lifestyle changes.
(Jean ad lib)[Video-Open]
[IN Q=I bought these]
((JACKIE STREET: I BOUGHT THESE FLASHLIGHTS ... WEATHER GOING TO DO.))
[OUT Q=going to do]
As a powerful winter storm approaches Southwest Virginia, residents aren't taking any chances.
Snow and flood warnings in our area have not only captured the attention of local residents, but also the National Guard.
[Double Boxes=Jean and Tina/Microwave]
Tina Tenret joins us with an update.
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[rollcue: taking precautions]
[IN Q=Thank you]
[SUPER=07-Jackie Street; :11]
[SUPER=01-W.K. Paul, Jr./Virginia State Police; :41]
[OUT Q=low-lying areas]
[SOT nat sound]
[IN Q=Thank you]
((THANK YOU. THAT'S THE LAST ONE WE HAVE LEFT.))
It's every man for himself at local hardware stores -- the mad dash for generators, kerosene heaters, anything to do with heat or power.
[IN Q=I live in the country]
((I LIVE IN THE COUNTRY ... HAVE TO BE PREPARED.))
[OUT Q=have to be prepared]
State police are fielding phone calls -- cautioning people to stay off the road.
Troopers are not taking any chances themselves.
The National Guard has delivered armored personnel carriers to rescue people in heavy snow -- even for possible evacuations.
And the Department of Corrections is contributing four wheel drive vehicles.
[IN Q=With the heavy rain]
((CAPT. W.K. PAUL, JR/VA STATE POLICE: WITH THE INCREASING RAIN ... LOW-LYING AREAS.))))
[OUT Q=LOW-LYING AREAS]
(Tina ad lib)
[Double Boxes=Jean and Tina/Microwave]
[GRAPHIC=Virginia State Seal]
Virginia's Department of Emergency Services is already in full swing on this week's storm.
Governor Jim Gilmore's state of emergency declaration was still in force from last week-- since some far Southwest counties still had power outages.
So the emergency operations center is fully staffed.
[IN Q=It's going]
((MICHAEL CLINE/DEPT. OF EMERGENCY SERVICES: IT'S GOING TO BE A SIGNIFICANT SNOWFALL, A SIGNIFICANT RAIN EVENT IN THE MIDDLE PART OF THE STATE, AND AN EXTRA TIDE CYCLE OR TWO ON THE COAST FOR THE WATER TO BUILD UP ON THE HIGH TIDES. SO WE'RE LOOKING AT PERHAPS A MORE SIGNIFICANT FLOODING EVENT. OBVIOUSLY IT'S GONNA DROP RIGHT BACK IN THOSE SAME AREAS IN SOUTHTWEST VIRGINIA WHERE THE POWER WAS OUT BEFORE AND THE FIX WAS KIND OF TEMPORARY.))
[SUPER=01-Michael Cline/Dept. of Emergency Services;]
[OUT Q=of temporary.]
Coastal wave damage is expected to be severe in this storm.
Floridians are cleaning up from the mess caused by Mother nature there.
A powerful storm brought high winds- and even some tornados.
This is the resulting mess in Miami-
Roofs torn off of buildings-
Planes tossed upside down-
[SUPER=03-Miami Springs, FL;]
and power lines toppled onto cars.
The National Weather Service said at least four tornadoes touched down in
the Miami area and another three or four tornadoes may have hit the Keys.
One gust was recorded at 104 miles an hour.
Tonight's scheduled Execution in Texas is becoming more likely.
The U-S Court has refused to block the execution of Karla Faye Tucker.
She would be the first woman put to death in Texas since the Civil War.
Tucker is the convicted pick ax murderer who has devoted her prison life to religion.
((WILLIAM DAVIS/VICTIM'S SON: I DON'T SEE HOW ANYBODY COULD SAY THAT WAS RIGHT OR FORGIVE SOMEONE FOR SOMETHING LIKE THAT OR EVEN FOLLOW OR BELIEVE IN HER. I JUST CAN'T.))
[SUPER=01-William Davis/Victim's Son;]
[OUT Q=I just can't."]
Tucker's attorneys are pursuing other appeals and have asked Governor George W. Bush for a temporary reprieve.
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The Seattle teacher who was convicted of having sex with a former student has been found with the boy again. We'll have that story coming up on News 7 at Five.
And from Southside Virginia--a stamp honoring the glamour girl from the early 1900's.
In health news, high blood pressure can lead to a number of medical problems. We'll have some advice on keeping your pressure under control.
Also more on the expected blast of winter--
Including a refresher course from Patrick Evans--do you know the difference between a winter storm watch and warning? Stay with us.
[Comm Break#1 [5-Clinton-Intern]
The Grand Jury investigation into President Clinton went on today with some familiar faces.
Former Clinton Aide George Stephanopoulos spent the better part of the afternoon answering quetions-
as did another former White House Intern.
((CAROLINE SELF/FORMER WHITE HOUSE INTERN: I WOULD LIKE TO START BY SAYING I KNEW OF NO IMPROPER RELATIONS HIP BEWTEEN PRESIDENT AND MONICA LEWINKSY OR ANY OTHER WHITE HOUSE INTERN.))
[SUPER=01-Caroline Self/Former White House Intern;]
[OUT Q=white house intern.]
Meanwhile Monica Lewinsky left Washington D-C today headed for her father's house in Los Angeles.
Remember the female grade school teacher who had a baby with a 13 year old student?
Now Mary Kay LaTourneau in in trouble with the law again-
The 35 year old was arrested early today- after police found her with the boy who is now 15.
LeTourneau was married with four children when she started having sex
with the boy in 1996.
Police say they were looking for a stolen vehicle in a south Seattle
neighborhood when they happened upon a parked car with lights on and steamed
LeTourneau was arrested at about 3-am for contact with a minor, a violation of her parole.
If you're a Cox Cable customer, your rates are going up again.
If you don't have Cox Cable, it's going to cost you more to get it.
Starting March first, basic service will go up about 55 cents, the cost of preferred service will rise a-dollar-seventy.
The actual increase will vary by a few cents, depending on where you live.
Customers might save some money on their converter boxes.
The monthly fee of 2.70 for converters and 18 cents for remotes will be a decrease for some people.
New customers will pay more for installation.
Hooking up service will cost 20 dollars instead of 11 dollars and 39 cents, and the cost of wiring an entire house for cable will increase by 13 dollars.
This is the fifth Cox Cable rate increase in four years.[5-City-Schools]
Contrary to recent rumors, a top administrator with the Roanoke City Schools isn't resigning.
But Assistant Superintendent Dick Kelley says he IS exploring other opportunities.
Kelley says he intends to fulfill his contract, and will likely stay on until the start of the new school year. Today, he declined an on-camera interview, but said he will consider other options at the appropriate time.
Kelley has faced criticism for a budget that school board member Harry Davis said was flawed, but last night, city auditor Bob Byrd said the document is sound.
That satisfied most school board members, but not all of them.
[IN Q=It's just a lot of hassle]
(( MELINDA PAYNE/ROANOKE CITY SCHOOL BOARD: IT'S JUST A LOT OF HASSLE OVER NOTHING AND I GUESS THAT WAS ONE OF THE POINTS I WAS TRYING TO MAKE TONIGHT. IF IT'S NOT AN ISSUE WHY ARE WE EVEN DISCUSSING IT? ))
((HARRY DAVIS/ROANOKE CITY SCHOOL BOARD: THIS WAS A VERY CONFUSING BUDGET THE WAY IT WAS PRESENTED. I WAS NOT PARTICULARLY PLEASED WITH THE ANSWERS I RECEIVED.))
[SUPER=01-Melinda Payne/Roanoke City School Board]
[SUPER=01-Harry Davis/Roanoke City School Board]
[OUT Q=with the answers I received.]
Kelley says criticism from Davis is not driving him away, but with strong philosophical differences, he says a chan
ge of financial leadership may give everyone a fresh start.[tease#2]
Southwest Virginia is bracing for another taste of winter--are you up to date on your weather terminology?
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[STOCKS BUMP NEXT]
The approaching winter storm has prompted all types of watches and warnings, and they can be tough to sort out.
[Double Boxes=Jean and Patrick/Microwave]
Patrick Evans is on Bent Mountain, where a wintry mix has been falling-
He's here to update us on what watches and warnings apply to which areas.
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[Double Boxes=Robin and Patrick/Microwave[Forecasts]
[SUPER=330-Winter Warning/2-4" Late/32-34/Additional 4-6"/Of Snow/32-34;]
[SUPER=331-Flood Watch/Heavy Rain/32-34/Mixed Rain/And Snow/32-34;]
[SUPER=332-Heavy Snow/Warning/30-32/Heavy Snow/And Windy/30-32;]
[SUPER=333-Winter Warning/4-8" Late/30-32/Heavy Snow/Additional 4-6"/30-32;]
[SUPER=334-Heavy Snow/Warning/30-32/7-12" Snow/And Windy/30-32;]
[health music under]
There's a Blizzard coming into Roanoke-- but this time we're not talking about snow. Steve Mason has the hockey preview in the Two Minute Ticker.
Coming up next in today's health check report --
Will traditional open heart surgery become a thing of the past?
A new high tech procedure is helping patients recover in half the time and with less trauma.
[IN Q=It was ]
((AUDREY KIRKPATRICK/PATIENT:IT WAS A WHOLE LOT LESS PAINFUL ALSO I REALLY HAD NO PAIN, I WAS SENT HOME FROM THE HOSPITAL WITH NO PAIN KILLERS AND I DID NOT NEED ANY.))
[OUT Q=need any.]
A new operating procedure is on the medical horizon -- surgeons say it's a revolutionary technique for heart surgery.
[VO-NAT cover with operation 16:50:59]
[SUPER=03-New York; ]
Doctors say port access surgery is helping patients recover 50-percent faster -- sparing them the pain and trauma associated with standard open chest procedures.
[IN Q=The breast bone...]
[SUPER=01-Dr. Stephen Colvin/Chief of Cardiothoracic Surgery; ]
[SUPER=01-Audrey Kirkpatrick/Patient; ]
[SUPER=01-Dr. Aubrey Galloway/NYU Medical Center; ]
[OUT Q=I didn't need her.]
[SOT 16:39:34 cover with video of graphic 16:49:58-16:50:14]
[IN Q=The breast bone]
((DR. AUBREY GALLOWAY/NYU MEDICAL CENTER:THE BREAST BONE'S NOT OPENED, SINCE THE PATIENT DOESN'T HAVE A LARGE INCISION THROUGH A LARGE BONE AND HAS INSTEAD A SMALL INCISION THROUGH THE CHEST THERE'S MUCH LESS PAIN AND MUCH LESS TRAUMA TO THE CHEST WALL. THE PATIENT CAN RECOVER QUICKER AND GET BACK TO NORMAL ACTIVITY IN A MUCH SHORTER PERIOD OF TIME AND I THINK THAT'S THE MAIN BENEFIT.))
[OUT Q=main benefit.]
Patients with valvular heart disease like Audrey Kirkpatrick are ideal candidates for the procedure.
She says she did a lot of research and had first hand experience.
[IN Q=My husband has]
((AUDREY KIRKPATRICK/PATIENT:MY HUSBAND HAS HAD TWO TRADITIONAL OPEN HEART SURGERIES. HE HAS A THICK UGLY SCAR AT LEAST EIGHT INCHES LONG DOWN HIS CHEST. IT TOOK HIM SEVERAL MONTHS TO RECOVER FROM EACH ONE.))
[OUT Q=each one.]
[IN Q=In a female]
((DR. AUBREY GALLOWAY/NYU MEDICAL CENTER:IN A FEMALE PATIENT FOR EXAMPLE THE INCISION IS JUST BENEATH THE BREAST AND NOT SEEN HIDDEN IN THE BRA LINE AND THIS IS COMPARED WITH THE STANDARD OPEN CHEST APPROACH WHERE THE INCISION IS VERTICAL AND QUITE VISIBLE SO THERE'S A BIG, LONG-TERM COSMETIC BENEFIT FOR PATIENTS.))
[OUT Q=for patients.]
Doctors say the new port access approach has the promise of delivering high quality healthcare in a less traumatic way with less pain, and fewer side effects.
[IN Q=Our preliminary]
((DR. AUBREY GALLOWAY/NYU MEDICAL CENTER:OUR PRELIMINARY DATA SHOWS THAT THE PEOPLE GET OUT OF THE HOSPITAL AFTER THIS SURGERY ABOUT HALF AS FAST AND GET BACK TO NORMAL ACTIVITIES IN ABOUT TWO TO THREE WEEKS RATHER THAN ABOUT SIX TO EIGHT WEEKS WITH STANDARD OPEN CHEST SURGERY.))
[OUT Q=chest surgery. ]
[IN Q=Following the surgery]
((AUDREY KIRKPATRICK/PATIENT:FOLLOWING THE SURGERY WITHIN JUST A FEW DAYS I WAS WALKING, I WAS PRACTICING WALKING UP THE STAIRS. WHEN I WENT HOME I WAS ABLE TO MANAGE VERY WELL. I VERY QUICKLY DISMISSED THE HOME AID BECAUSE I DIDN'T NEED HER.))
[OUT Q=need her]))
The surgery is growing rapidly in popularity. Doctors say most heart disease patients are candidates for port access and at least 30-50-percent of patients with coronary artery disease can have bypasses performed with this technique.
The National Institutes of Health has released its latest report on the detection and management of hypertension.
It's considered the premiere guideline for the treatment of high
blood pressure and related heart disorders.
One of the authors of the report, Doctor Sheldon Sheps, recently visited the Danville Regional Medical Center to discuss his findings.
He explained how patients must make lifestyle changes to lower their blood pressure.
Changes in their diet, exercise, sodium intake, and smoking habits.
[IN Q=If they smoke, it's very]
((DR. SHELDON SHEPS/MAYO CLINIC: IF THEY SMOKE IT'S VERY IMPORTANT THAT THEY STOP SMOKING BECAUSE WHILE BLOOD PRESSURE MAY NOT BE AFFECTED LONG TERM BY CIGARETTES, EVERY CIGARETTE THAT YOU SMOKE RAISES YOUR BLOOD PRESSURE FOR ONE HALF-HOUR. SO IF YOU SMOKE 30 CIGARETTES A DAY, THAT'S A WHOLE DAY THAT YOUR BLOOD PRESSURE IS ELEVATED.))
[SUPER=01-Dr. Sheldon Sheps/Mayo Clinic]
[OUT Q=blood pressure is elevated.]
Sheps notes people who live in the South have the highest prevalence of hypertension.
In sports, the Radford Highlanders are investing in their athletic program.
also--can the Roanoke Express continue its winning ways? Steve Mason has that and more.[S5-ECHL]
lets begin our 120 seconds of sports on the ice.
The Express could get hit by two snow storms tonight; the one that's supposed to fall over Roanoke and the Blizard inside the Roundhouse. The Huntington Blizzard is in town for the Express's third Tuesday night game of the season.
Roanoke comes into the month of February in first place in the Northeast Division.
((FRANK ANZALONE/EXPRESS HEAD COACH:))
((DANIEL BERTHIAUME/UNBEATEN IN LAST 5 STARTS:))
[SUPER=01-Frank Anzalone/Express Head Coach; :00]
[SUPER=01-Daniel Berthiaume/Unbeaten In Last 5 Starts; :20]
[OUT Q=...WE'RE DOING."]
[SUPER=04-December 26, 1997; :00]
The last time Huntington was in town was the day after Christmas.
Roanoke played well that night but lost 1-to-nothing as Huntington Goalie Chris Wickenheiser stopped 39 shots.
The Express will counter that tonight with newcomer J.C. Ruid (RU-ED)
((J.C. RUID/ACQUIRED FROM BATON ROUGE:))
[SUPER=01-J.C. Ruid/Acquired From Baton Rouge; :00]
[OUT Q=...GONNA GO."]
Radford University's athletic program will be beef up it's facilities this spring to the tune of six million dollars.
The university will build an outdoor track and soccer complex in front of the Demon Center.
[IN Q="the one thing]
((GREIG DENNY/RADFORD ATHLETIC DIRECTOR:))
[SUPER=01-Greig Denny/Radford Athletic Director; :00]
[OUT Q=..up to this point"]
More on the Radford athletic improvements at 6, plus we will have news of another Fleming football star's college
choice. see you at 6.[5-Gibson-Stamp]
She's probably got the most famous face in Danville.
And now, the Gibson Girl has her own U-S postage stamp.
Irene Langhorne Gibson was born in Danville in 1873.
Her husband, illustrator Charles Dana Gibson, made an ink drawing of her to depict the ideal American woman.
Starting today, you can get the Gibson Girl stamp in a set that commemorates the 1900's.
[IN Q=It is part of the]
((TOM GIFFIN/DANVILLE POSTMASTER: IT IS PART OF THE CELEBRATE THE CENTURY STAMP. AND ABOUT EVERY THREE MONTHS A NEW GROUP OF STAMPS WILL BE ISSUED.. APPROXIMATELY EVERY THREE MONTHS.. ACROSS THE COUNTRY COMMEMORATING THE MOST SIGNIFICANT YEARS IN HISTORY.))
[SUPER=01-Tom Giffin/Danville Postmaster;]
[OUT Q=years in history.]
Other stamps featured in this 15-stamp set.. President Teddy Roosevelt and Crayola Crayons.