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Norfolk Southern blames the weather for a train derailment this morning in
As Scott Goldberg reports, crews are working around the clock to clean up the
package from tape 97-97 at 40:13
IN Q=It shut down
SUPER=01-Chief Richard Spangler/Glasgow Volunteer Fire Dept.;
OUT Q=News-7, Glasgow
(( It shut down one of Norfolk Southern's major routes.
It dumped a locomotive and gallons of diesel fuel into the Maury river.
It created a logistical nightmare for a railroad that must now find detours
for daily shipments of freight.
But everyone who saw it said it could have been a lot worse.
((CHIEF RICHARD SPANGLER/GLASGOW VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT))
But the rain was bad enough to wash away 250 feet of track.
Five of the freight train's 20 cars derailed.
The two men on board -- a conductor and an engineer -- jumped into the river
and swam to safety.
((CHIEF RICHARD SPANGLER/GLASGOW VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT))
Now it's up to the crews working around the clock.
Their job is to lift the derailed cars out of the Maury river, rebuild the
washed away truck, and contain as much fuel as possible, before the rushing
river carries it away.
((SCOTT GOLDBERG/REPORTER: IN THE WAKE OF THE DERAILMENT, NORFOLK SOUTHERN SAID
IT IS LUCKY THE TWO PEOPLE ONBOARD THE TRAIN WERE NOT HURT. IT IS LUCKY THE
ONLY HAZARDOUS MATERIAL ONBOARD WAS DIESEL FUEL IN THE LOCOMOTIVE. AND THE
RAILROAD SAID IT WILL BE VERY LUCKY IF IT CAN GET THE TRACK UP AND RUNNING BY
THE WEEKEND. SCOTT GOLDBERG, NEWS-7, GLASGOW.))
A school employee in Montgomery County now faces charges of having sex with
34-year old Michael Blevins was arrested Tuesday at Shawsville High School,
charged with 15 counts of fornication and 30 other counts including sodomy.
State police say the victim is 16 years old but she is NOT one of Blevins'
The crimes allegedly occurred last summer in Smyth County, where Blevins
taught high school in the 1980's.
He is currently a Montgomery County wrestling coach and math teacher but
has been suspended WITH pay until trial.
State police say they plan to press similar charges against Blevins in
The Roanoke Valley may have dodged a major snowstorm this week, but some
communities are still coping with difficult conditions.
Bent Mountain in Roanoke County was especially hard hit... A thick layer
of ice there has broken limbs and taken down power lines.
Joe Dashiell reports, residents will have to wait for their electric
service to be restored.
IN Q=Bent Mountain is no stranger
SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.; :00
SUPER=01-John Lancaster/Bent Mountain Resident; :11
SUPER=01-Don Powell/American Electric Power; :43
OUT Q=JD News 7 Roanoke County
((Bent Mountain is no stranger to snow and ice, but residents say this is
the worst winter weather they've seen in a long time.
John Lancaster should know. He's lived here for almost 70 years.
((We had one a few years back that was almost this bad, but it didn't break the
power lines down like it has today. I drove out a while ago, I was shocked to
see how many poles had snapped and how many lines are down. We're going ot be
a long time getting power back.))
OUT Q=getting power back.
The evidence is everywhere, from the pasture to the power lines coated
with a thick layer of ice.
NAT SOUND OF WIRES BEING CLEARED
And the injuries that will be evident long after the ice has melted.
((The majority of everything is blocked by trees that are down. WE've got an
awful lot of wires and poles that are down up here, just slow going, huh? Yeah,
we're making efforts but it's slow going.))
OUT Q=slow going.
American Electric Power estimates that 12-hundred customers on Bent
Mountain, more than 5000 throughout the region are without power. For many of
those people, it may be the weekend before their power is restored.
Joe Dashiell News 7 Roanoke County))
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It's a muddy mess along the east coast-
including Virginia Beach.
Dozens of beachfront homes are flooded, roads are crumbled and most
everything is covered in mud.
In the Sandbridge section, high waves washed away pilings on a number of
oceanfront houses- and part of the main road caved in.
wipe wipe wipe
wipe wipe wipe
In Cincinnati people are digging out from a suprise snowstorm.
The city got nearly a foot of snow-
It was freezing rain causing trouble in other parts of Ohio-
one car ended up propped up on a guardrail.
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And across the nation in California- it is mudslides and flooding jangling
It's the latest in a chain of drenching storms moving in off the Pacific
Several hillside homes have been evacuated in the San Francisco area-
Levees have washed away and forecasters are predicting at least two more
Jean tosses to Robin in the Chromakey
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Still to come on the 11, a jury continues to decide the fate of a former
realtor accused of money laundering,
and aides for President Clinton may cite executive privilege to avoid answering
questions from the special prosecutor.
At this hour, federal jurors are deliberating the money laundering case
against Earl Frith.
Closing arguments consumed the entire day.
The 73-year old realtor is accused of structuring bank deposits to avoid
reporting more than 10-thousand dollars in cash receipts.
Frith allegedly deposited 16-thousand dollars- -in two separate
transactions in 1989... money from drug smuggler Javier Cruz.
President Clinton spent the day meeting with British Prime Minister Tony
Tonight the order of business was a state dinner at the White House.
But the meetings took a back seat to questions about former intern Monica
President Clinton says some of his aides could be instructed not to answer
some questions under the doctrine of executive privilege.
((SHOULD IT ARISE I WILL AWAT A RECOMMENDATION FROM WHITE HOUSE COUNSEL ABOUT
THE INSTITUTINOAL RESPONSE OF THE PRESIDENCY AND WHEN I GET IT, THEN I'LL MAKE
OUT Q=make a decision."
Meanwhile special prosecutor Kenneth Starr says the investigaiton is making
significant progress but he says investigators want to talk face to face with
A friend of the President pleaded innocent today to charges he raised
illegal campaign contributions and tried to buy influence in high places.
Charlie Trie fled to China last year just as Congressional investigators
began looking into his fund raising acitrivies-
But he returned voluntarily to this country and surrendered to FBI agents.
((CHARLIE TRIE IS A GOOD HONRABLE AND DECENT MAN. ))
butt to 15:14:33
((ANY EFFORT TO MAKE HIM THE HEAVY IN THIS POLITICAL SCANDAL WILL FALL OF IT'S
SUPER=01-Reid Weingarten/Trie's Attorney;
OUT Q=OF ITS OWN WEIGHT."
Trie donated or raised about 662-thousand dollars for the Democratic
It was later returned because of suspicions about how the money was
Two Lynchburg men could face life in prison for shooting a convenience store
clerk during an attempted robbery last summer.
Both 21-year old Rodney Keith Holland and 19-year old Derek Dewayne Smith
were found guilty on nine charges today in connection with the crime at Foster
Fuels last August.
Police say both men had guns when they entered the store, but it was Smith
who shot clerk Matthew Longerbeam in the head.
Longerbeam survived but still has a bullet fragment in his brain.
Sentencing for the two men is set for April.
The Virginia Museum of Transportation wants to preserve an important part of
The museum is gathering the oral histories of retired black railroad workers
to make sure their efforts aren't lost to time.
Stacey Martin has the story.
IN Q=Being a black
SUPER=04-Norfolk and Western Video; :00
SUPER=01-Al Holland/Retired Railroad Worker; :15
SUPER=01-Carroll Swain/Roanoke City Council; :37
SUPER=01-Kay Houck/VA Museum of Transportation; 1:05
OUT Q=SM, News 7, Roanoke.
((Being a black railroad worker for Norfolk and Western was perhaps more
bitter than sweet in the early 1930's.
The job had few perks or promotions but, as Al Holland recalls workers made
the best of a bad situation.
SOT 05.06.56 - 05.07.06
IN Q=They took cotton
((AL HOLLAND/RETIRED RAILROAD WORKER: THEY TOOK COTTON AND MADE SILK. THEY SENT
CHILDREN TO SCHOOL WITH THEIR JOBS AND THAT WAS WHAT YOU ACCEPTED, THAT'S WHAT
IT WAS AND THAT'S THE WAY YOU WENT.))
OUT Q=going to get.
Holland may have kept his story to himself until Roanoke Councilman Carroll
Swain pointed out it was exactly the kind of history this Norfolk and Western
exhibit was missing.
SOT 05.16.03 - 05.16.19
IN Q=This story was
((CARROLL SWAIN/ROANOKE COUNCILMEMBER: THIS STORY WAS GOING IGNORED. THE ONLY
STORY THEY HAD THE MUSEUM WHEN I WENT TO VISIT IT WAS A TRAIN PORTER TAKING
THIS BAGGAGE FROM A TRAVELLER))
OUT Q=on the inside.
Swain got together with officials of the Virginia Transportation Museum to
fill in the missing pieces-- retired, black Norfolk and Western workers and
stories of their experiences and contributions.
SOT 03.24.54 - 03.25.00
IN Q=As we did
((KAY HOUCK/VA MUSEUM OF TRANSPORTATION EXEC. DIR.: AS WE DID SOME RESEARCH FOR
THIS PROJECT WE COULDN'T FIND THIS PARTICULAR HISTORY. IT HADN'T BEEN RETOLD
THAT WE COULD FIND.))
OUT Q=happened in history.
SOT 04.03.47 - 04.04.01
IN Q=The first half
((STACEY MARTIN/REPORTING: THE FIRST HALF OF THE PROJECT WILL WRAP UP SOMETIME
IN EARLY MARCH. AFTER THAT, THE MUSEUM HOPES TO MAKE A TELEVISION DOCUMENTARY
OF THE EXPERIENCES OF THE BLACK WORKERS WHO TRAVELLED THESE TRACKS THROUGHOUT
THE YEARS. STACEY MARTIN, NEWS 7, ROANOKE.))
OUT Q=News 7, Roanoke.
There is a silver lining behind this week's storm clouds. We'll tell you
what it is next,
and later an international incident is shaping up as two prominent politicians
refuse to share their toys... it's a battle over Winnie the Pooh.
A local rehab program is helping set national standards for patients who've
suffered industrial or work injuries.
The patient's progress with physical therapy is documented and sent to a
national database called the (EYE-zern-hay-gen) Isernhagen program.
The information is then compared with others across the country and
recommendations are made regarding treatment and when the patient can return to
Physical therapy patients at Rehab Services of Roanoke are taking part in
IN Q=For instance
((TINA CADDEN/PHYSICAL THERAPIST:FOR INSTANCE SOMEONE WHO HAD A LUMBAR
DISCECTOMY WHICH IS A LOW BACK SURGERY CAN BE COMPARED TO THE SAME PERSON WITH
A SIMILAR HISTORY IN CALIFORNIA...WERE THE TREATMENTS DIFFERENT? DID THEY GET
BETTER FASTER IN ONE PLACE THAN THE OTHER AND THAT MIGHT CHANGE HOW WE APPROACH
OUT Q=our care.
The data is confidential for each patient.
How about one item of GOOD news from the recent rains?
The Carvin's Cove reservoir is full again.
Carvin's Cove is Roanoke's primary water supply.
Water started spilling over the dam on Sunday afternoon. Almost a foot of
water is now pouring over the spillway.
City officials say the cove hasn't been full since June 25th of last year.
The city is not encouraging people to start taking 20-minute showers, but
the cove now contains enough water to last for about a year-and a-half -- even
if we don't get another drop of rain.
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Let's go straight to our Extra Point. Heavyweight Mike Tyson says he's
moving on with his life taking control of his personal affairs by forming Mike
SUPER=03-New York, NY; :
Tyson was in New York today as part of a World Wrestling Federation press
conference announcing that he will participate in a pay per view event but not
as a wrestler.
Tyson denied reports that he slapped and kicked Don King in Los Angeles this
weekend and he had no comment on a split from King. Now, Here's the numbers.
WIPE TO MOTION
OUT Q=........last score."
A big night over at the Bast Center last night as the Roanoke College
Maroons hosted the Eagles of Bridgewater.
SUPER=03-Salem/Maroons vs Eagles; :
The Maroons huddle around head coach Page Moir.
The Eagles got off to a rough start Justin Bourne loses the ball and
Roanoke's Dewayne Bullock passes to Kyle Murphy for the layup and the lead.
Still in the first half Bridgewater shakes it off Cameron Fairchilds takes
it to the hoop and passes to Jason Jones for the score.
But Roanoke answered Nathan Hungate
SUPER=33-Roanoke/73/Bridgewater/70/;passesto Bullock who shots from the
outside scoring the basket and the Maroons go on to win the game 73 to 70.
The Lady Maroons hosted Randolph Macon at the Bast Center.
SUPER=03-Salem/Maroons vs Yellow Jackets; :
The Yellow Jackets setting up a play during a time out.
Randolph-Macon's Lindsey Carney goes inside and gets the easy basket in the
second half of the game.
But the Lady Maroons get it to Toree Morris who passes it to Jessica Ficaro
who hits the outside jumper.
Then in the final two and a half minutes of the game the Yellow Jackets
SUPER=33-Randolph-Macon/70/Roanoke/54/;go to Allison Beightol who passes to
Bren Elliott for the score and Randolph-Macon won 70 to 54.
North Carolina won the showdown between the top two ranked teams beating
Duke last night 97 to 73.
SUPER=03-Chapel Hill, NC/JP-RAYCOM aaSPORTS; :
The Tar Heels with the home court advantage at the Dean Dome.
And Chris Carter hits the turn around jumper in the first half to tie the
game at 4 to 4.
But the Blue Devils go on a four to nothing run moments later Roshown
McCleod gets out on the break for the score.
North Carolina works for the easy shot Ed Cota passes to Antawn Jamison who
scores two of his 35 points as Carolina took the lead.
The Blue Devils trailed 50 to 34 at SUPER=33-UNC#2/97/Duke#1/73/;the half
here going to Trajon Langdon for the three But North Carolina goes on to win it
97 to 73.
It will be a Grand old Time at the Roundhouse tonight. I'll tell you why in
the next sports segment.
And coming up, We'll show you the lineup for the Bud Shootout, formally
known as the Busch Clash.
And a couple of Roanoke College freshman basketball players are taking their
game to the class room.
Hockey History Weekend faces off later tonight at the Round House when the
Roanoke old timers take on the Greensboro old timers. The game begins at 5:45.
SUPER=03-Roanoke/last night; :00
Claude Piche and Peirre Paiment played together 25 years ago for the
Roanoke Valley Rebels. They will play.
((CLAUDE PICHE'/FORMER ROANOKE VALLEY REBEL:))
SUPER=01-Claude Piche'/Former RoanokeValley Rebel; :00
OUT Q=...put it this"
Saturday night; Pierre should be one of 10 lumanaries inducted into the
first Roanoke Hall of fame class at the first intermission of the
IN Q="we thought
((PIERRE PAIMENT/EXPRESS GENERAL MANAGER:))
SUPER=01-Piere Paiement/Express General Manager; :
OUT Q=...into the valley"
Express rookie Chris Cantu; who was called up by Roanoke AHL affiliate Saint
John, has been loaned by the Flames to Rochester American for a third string
goalie. No time table on when he will return to Roanoke.
Also, forward Mike Peron has a sprained right shoulder and will be out
anywhere from five days to two weeks. The injury occured in the Huntington game
in the second period.
This edition of Hometown Hoops takes place in the class room where two
Roanoke College freshman basketball players are teaching spelling and math
rather than just X's and O's.
IN Q=first audio
SUPER=01-Charles Godfrey/Virginia Heights Second Grader; :36
SUPER=01-Stephanie Rockwell/Program Creator; :45
SUPER=03-Roanoke/1997 High School Season; : 58
SUPER=01-Brad Dunleavy/Roanoke College Freshman; 1:12
SUPER=01-Colby Leftwich/Roanoke College Freshman; 1:25
SUPER=01-Kenny Parker/Virginia Heights Second Grader; 1:42
SUPER=01-Hilliary Scott/Roanoke Assistant Coach; 1:49
OUT Q=....Hometown Hoops weekly"
((These second graders are starting to believe in themselves more than ever.
Every Thursday; since January; the youngsters have been spending the afternoon
with Brad Dunleavy, Colby Leftwich and assistant coach Hilliary Scott working
on their studies.
Colby and Brad have been best friends since childhood. Leftwich played at
Patrick Henry before joining the Maroons. Dunleavy, who stared at William
Fleming for a few seasons, will be a physical education major. The freshmen
have already had an impact in the ODAC but it is away from the spotlight and
with these kids where the biggest impression has been made on them.
The sessions are also about encouragement and confidence building. The teachers
make sure to balance learning, fun and some friendly competition.
The tutoring has been so successful; Virginia Heights and Roanoke College
will continue this winning system even after basketball season. Steve mason
Hometown Hops Weekly.))
The starting grid for Sunday's Bud Shootout, formally known as the Busch
Clash, is all set.
Mark Martin drew the top spot yesterday while Dale Jarrett wasn't so lucky.
WIPE TO MOTION
SUPER=0107-1. Mark Martin//2. Ken Schrader//3. Mike Skinner//4. Ward
Burton//5. Jeff Gordon//;
SUPER=0107-6. Todd Bodine//7. Bill Elliott//8. Geoff Bodine//9. Bobby
Labonte//10. Joe Nemechek//;
SUPER=0107-11. Johnny Benson//12. Kenny Wallace//13. Rusty Wallace//14. John
Andretti//15. Ernie Irvan//;
SUPER=0107-16. Dale Jarrett//17. Wildcard Entry;
go to pinnacle board
And don't forget to join MIke Stevens this Saturday night at 7:30 for a
special half hour look at the upcoming Winston Cup season.
The "Dash To Daytona" begins right here on WDBJ-7.
That's it for Sports. Have a great day everybody.
World champion figure skater Tara Lipinski is hoping to get a jump on the
She arrived early for the Winter Games.
Her first order of business: practice on the ice where she hopes to win an
Olympic gold medal in two weeks.
Lipinski said she wanted to be in Nagano early so that she could
march in tomorrow's opening ceremony.
The 15 year old practiced her jump combination of two triple loops- a move
which no other competitor even attempts.
Lipinski's biggest competition may be from fellow American Michelle Kwan
Kwan is expected in Nagano next week.
A member of the British Parliment is trying to get a New York Library to
return the five antique stuffed animals that inspired A-A Milne to write his
Winnie the Pooh books.
Gwyneth Dunwoody says the tattered Pooh toys look unhappy in their display
case in the Children's Room at the Donnel Library.
He claims the animals are a part of British heritage and should be
New York City Mayor Rudolph Giulianni says the Brit's efforts to get the
stuffed animals returned to their homeland are much a POOH about nothing.
Giuliani says that Pooh and his friend have a good enviroment where they are.
He says the so called Pooh Five are well loved and are inspiring for children
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