Norfolk Southern crews and environmental clean up teams are on the scene of
a train derailment.
It happened just after 5:30 this morning along the Maury River near Glasgow.
Double Boxes=Melanie and Scott/Starlink
Scott Goldberg is at the scene.
Scott, what can you tell us?
( ad lib)
(Rollcue:early this morning)
(Rollcue:river was not as high as it was yesterday)
WIPE WIPE WIPE
SUPER=01-Capt. Richard Spangler/Glasgow Volunteer Fire Dept.;
OUT Q=can understand that
( ad lib)
Double Boxes=Melanie and Scott/Starlink
Flood waters from rain and melting snow have been bearing down on the
SUPER=03-Blue Ridge/Last Night;
Some Blue Ridge mobile home park residents were evacuated yesterday as water
in a nearby creek began to rise.
IN Q=OUR MOBILE
((JANICE REEDY/BLUE RIDGE RESIDENT; OUR MOBILE HOME WAS ALMOST FLOODED. WE HAD
TO GET OUR CRIPPLED GRANDSON OUT BEFORE DID FLOOD.))
SUPER=01-Janice Reedy/Blue Ridge Resident;
OUT Q=did FLOOD.
Red Cross emergency shelters were set up at W.E. Cundiff in Vinton and the
Salem Civic Center, providing hot meals, warm beds and medical treatment.
Families are now in clean up mode.
This morning the shelter at W.E. Cundiff was empty.
Red Cross Volunteer Mike Stephens says his beds have been empty since last
night around 10 pm.
That's when E-M-S personnel informed families that their homes were no longer
in the danger area.
Stephens says he's happy the shelter's empty, but it won't be closing up shop
IN Q=I do know
SUPER=01-Mike Stephens/Red Cross Volunteer
OUT Q= by water
The shelter at the Salem Civic Center was also empty this morning.
The massive noreaster storm system is also causing problems along the
It's whipped up the surf along Virginia Beach, eroding away precious sand.
At the same time, several inches of
driving rain caused instant lakes in some areas and concern over dangerous
SUPER=03-Ocean City, MD;
Up the coast in Ocean City, Maryland, high tides have reached up to five
feet above normal.
Tennessee was hit the hardest with tens of thousands of power outages and
roads clogged with stranded motorists.
((WHAT ARE YOU HAVING TO DO? TOW THESE TRUCKS, BIG TRUCKS LITTLE TRUCKS...IT'S
A MESS. ))
OUT Q=it's a mess.
The storm is being blamed for at least a dozen deaths, most of them traffic
More troops may on their way to the Persian Gulf.
Pentagon officials says President Clinton is expected to approve sending a
marine unit of two-thousand to join the more than 24-thousand American soldiers
already in the region.
At a prayer breakfast this morning the President said has been consulting
Scripture as he considers his next moves on Iraq.
((SOLOMON SAID IN 1KINGS, "I AM ONLY A LITTLE CHILD, AND I DO NOT KNOW HOW TO
CARRY OUT MY DUTIES. YOUR SERVANT IS HERE AMONG PEOPLE YOU HAVE CHOSEN -- A
GREAT PEOPLE -- TO NUMEROUS TO COUNT OR NUMBER. SO GIVE YOUR SERVANT A
DISCERNING HEART." ))
OUT Q=A DISCERNING HEART.
Meantime, the U-S has gotten a boost from British Prime Minister Tony Blair.
Blair, who is in Washington for talks with the President, says force will be
necessary if Saddam Hussein does NOT cooperate with U-N weapons inspectors.
The White House is preparing for a showdown with Independent counsel Kenneth
Starr over grand jury testimony by key White House aides.
Starr has apparently rejected administration efforts to have questioning
narrowed to protect executive privilege.
Meanwhile, time may be running out for Monica Lewinsky.
The Washington Post reports she has until Friday to cut an immunity deal
with Kenneth Starr in exchange for her testimony.
(( WILLIAM GINSBURG, ATTORNEY FOR MONICA LEWINSKY
I CONTINUE TO TAKE THE POSITION THAT IF JUDGE STARR'S OBJECT
OF THIS WHOLE INVESTIGATION IS TO NET MONICA LEWINSKY IN A CONVICTION AND JAIL
TIME, THEN WE HAVE TO TAKE A SERIOUS LOOK AT HOW OUR TAX MONEY IS BEING SPENT.
SUPER=01-William Ginsburg/Monica Lewinsky's Attorney;
OUT Q=being spent
Starr yesterday rejected Lewinsky's latest offer.
A source close to the case says she was willing to testify she did have sex
with the President, but she apparently was not willing to say Clinton suggested
she lie about it.
The Roanoke Valley may have to do without some promised state funding.
Isle of Wight Senator Richard Holland has proposed eliminating all state
support for the proposed Roanoke Higher Education Center.
Governor Jim Gilmore had already cut 3-point-6 million dollars from the nine
million Governor George Allen had proposed.
TAPE#net (edit of 97-97)
Charter schools could soon be a signature away from becoming a reality in
The House of Delegates is expected to give the final approval today.
Yesterday, despite much debate, the State Senate approved the program.
Charter schools are public schools that are freed from some regulations so
they can try innovative methods.
sot BRUCE 12:31:31
((SEN. HENRY MARSH/D-RICHMOND: CAN WE AFFORD TO EXPERIMENT WITH OUR
SUPER=01-Sen. Henry Marsh/(D) Richmond;
OUt Q=our children?
Four of the Senate's five black members voted against the bill, saying it
would return Virginia to the days of Massive Resistance to desegregation.
sot 12:38:45 BRUCE
((SEN. HENRY MAXWELL: MAYBE NONE OF YOU HERE TODAY REMEMBER THOSE DAYS BUT I
DO VERY WELL. I DO NOT NEED A RESEARCH TEXTBOOK TO FIND OUT INFORMATION
BECAUSE I LIVED IT.))
SUPER=01-Sen. Henry Maxwell/(D) Newport News;
These bills have strict requirements.
Only two charter schools can be created per district.
They'd be approved by the local school boards.
But beyond that, they'd have almost NO regulations and rules beyond the new
A Blacksburg woman who hit and killed a Virginia Tech student is no longer
facing criminal charges, but civil charges could be in the works.
Tina Tenret has the story.
SUPER=03-Montgomery Co.; :00
SUPER=04-January 1997; :11
SUPER=01-Marc Long/Defense Attorney; :33
SUPER=01-Michael Kelly/Victim's Father; 1:03
OUT Q=News7, Montgomery County
((48-year-old Evelyn Williams was found innocent of driving under the influence
and involuntary manslaughter.
About a year ago, she hit 20-year-old Daniel Kelly as he walked on the side
of a Virginia Tech road with his girlfriend.
Williams says she had two double vodka tonics before leaving the house that
night -- but Virginia Tech police waited six hours to give her a blood test.
In court, experts could not determine if Williams was drunk when she killed
Judge Ray Grubbs dismissed all charges.
IN Q=It's a tragic situation
((MARC LONG/DEFENSE ATTORNEY: IT'S A TRAGIC SITUATION. I'M VERY SORRY FOR THE
KELLY FAMILY. BUT MY CLIENT'S BEEN THROUGH A LOT TOO. AND FOR SOMEONE, SHE
WAS NOT GUILTY. SHE WAS NOT DRIVING UNDER THE INFLUENCE THAT EVENING.
EVIDENCE BORE THAT OUT.))
OUT Q=bore that out
IN Q=But Commonwealth's Attorney
((TINA TENRET/NEWS7: BUT COMMONWEALTH'S ATTORNEY PHIL KEITH SAYS CERTAIN
EVIDENCE WAS NEVER ADMITTED. FOR EXAMPLE, HE SAYS FIELD ALCOHOL TESTS TAKEN AT
THE SCENE OF THE ACCIDENT WERE IGNORED BECAUSE THE POLICE OFFICER LOST HIS
NOTES. ACCORDING TO KEITH, EVELYN WILLIAMS FAILED SOME OF THOSE TESTS.))
IN Q=It's a tragic situation
((MICHAEL KELLY/VICTIM'S FATHER: NOW A WOMAN WHO ADMITTED ON THE STAND UNDER
OATH THAT SHE DRANK TWO DOUBLE VODKA TONICS THEN DROVE AN HOUR AND A HALF LATER
WILL BE BACK ON THE ROAD. SO THE CHILDREN OF THIS COMMUNITY ARE THE ONES IN
OUT Q=ones in danger
The Kelly family plans to file a civil lawsuit against Evelyn Williams.
Tina Tenret, News7, Montgomery County))
Closing arguments are underway in the money laundering trial of real Estate
Broker Earl Frith.
Yesterday the government pointed out two eight-thousand dollar cash deposits
as evidence he was trying to avoid the requirement to report cash transactions
over 10-thousand dollars.
Frith says he didn't made those deposits.
He insisted the handwriting on the deposit slips is not his.
To prove the point, his lawyer showed the jury cancelled checks Frith wrote
around the same time to compare the handwriting.
As the world prepares for tomorrow's opening of the Winter Olympics...some
folks in Danville were also enjoying an international treat.
Christy (HUH-blee) Hubley has the story.
IN Q=(NATS)The beat of the drums
OUT Q=Christy Hubley News 7 Danville.
The beat of the drums.
The exquisite costumes.
The fast and furious feet.
These dancers are from Georgia.
No, not the southern state.
Georgia, the former Soviet Republic.
Sponsored by the Danville Area Association for the Arts and Humanities,
these dancers came to share the beauty and the art of their people.
IN Q=Some dances are
((INGA SUKHISHVILI/CHOREOGRAPHER: SOME DANCES ARE EVOCATIVE OF THE MOUNTAINS
WHERE THE PEOPLE LIVE AND SOME DANCES REPRESENT PEOPLE LIVING ON THE SHORES AND
SOME PEOPLE LIVE IN THE VALLEYS. AND SO THEIR DANCE REFLECT THEIR LIFESTYLES.))
OUT Q=reflect their lifestyle.
The dancers must rehearse before each performance.. to adjust to the size
of the stage.
And when the curtain opens, the music of their ancestors stirs something
IN Q=When you are dancing
((ILIA SUKHISHVILI/DANCER: WHEN YOU ARE DANCING FOLK DANCES ON THE STAGE YOU
HAVE TO CHANGE FROM THE INSIDE TO FIND THE OLD TRADITIONAL FEELINGS OF THIS
OUT Q=of this dance.
IN Q=The Georgian State
((CHRISTY HUBLEY/NEWS 7: THE GEORGIAN STATE DANCE COMPANY IS NOW ON A THREE
MONTH TOUR OF THE US, CANADA, AND PUERTO RICO. THE DANCERS WILL DO 75
PERFORMANCES. EVEN THOUGH THEY MAY TIRE OF THE TRAVELLING AND THE REHEARSALS,
THEY SAY ITS EASY TO COME ALIVE WHEN THEY FINALLY HIT THE STAGE.))
OUT Q=hit the stage.
SOT 9:11:05-:07 & 9:11:20-:31
IN Q=When you go to
((TEA DRHER/DANCER: WHEN YOU GO THE STAGE, YOU FORGET EVERYTHING, ANY PAIN,
BECAUSE YOU ARE INSIDE OF THIS. YOU CAN'T LIVE WITHOUT THIS AND THIS IS YOUR
OUT Q=your life really.
From Danville, the Georgian State Dance Company goes on to Annapolis
Maryland and Washington DCTERMS.
The troupe will return to their native land in April.
Christy Hubley, News 7, Danville.))
We have an update to our Monica Lewinsky story.
CBS News is now reporting that lawyers for Lewinsky and Independent Counsel
Kenneth Starr have reached
an agreement which will allow Lewinsky immunity from prosecution in exchange
for her testimony.
We'll have more on this development tonight on News 7 at Five.
Virginia's Norman Nolan scored 26 but it wasn't enough as Florida State
beats the Cavaliers last night in Charlottesville 71 to 63.
Virginia loses its fifth straight game and drops to 10 and 13 overall and 2
and 8 in the conference.
And tonight on your hometown station Duke and North Carolina square off at
9 in a match up between the top two ranked college teams.
TAPE#net (edit of BB98-1)
In other A-C-C action last night, Wake Forest was on the road for a key
match up against N.C. State.
SUPER=03-Raleigh, NC/JP-RAYCOM Sports;
Guard Robert O'Kelly gets the ball stripped, but picks it up and lays it
back in as Wake took the early lead.
But the Wolfpack got hot from the outside. Tim Wells pulls up and hits the
baseline jumper giving State a 2 point lead.
The Wolfpack then took it inside as SUPER=33-Wake Forest/68/N.C.
State/62/;Kenny Inge takes the ball to the Hoop and scores off the glass but
Wake wins it 68 to 62.
Former Buffalo Bill quarterback Jim Kelly could be back in the N-F-L next
Kelly wants to play for the Baltimore Ravens and his brother-agent Dan Kelly
says they hope to have a deal by the end of the month.
Kelly will be 38 in just over a week. He would have to go through a
physical and workout to determine his conditioning.
Kelly retired after the 19-96 season he was a color commentator for N-B-C
A-P is reporting that Mike Tyson is on the verge of breaking away from
promoter Don King.
SUPER=04-File Tape; :
The report says that Tyson is frustrated over his banishment from boxing.
Tyson made about 112 million dollars in six fights after his release from
prison in 19-95. But he reportedly owes 7 million in unpaid taxes and is down
to 150 thousand dollars in liquid assets and he blames the situation on King.
The mansion at Chinqua-Penn Plantation in Reidsville North Carolina is open
to the public March through December.
But you can tour part of the 72- year- old estate tomorrow from the comfort
of your living room.
Less than a two hour drive from Roanoke, the plantation offers a unique look
into the lives of Thomas and Betsy Penn.
The wealthy couple loved to travel the world and decorate their home with
things they picked up along the way.
The result is a fantastic collection of everything from the bones of Saints
to a 17th century Spanish writing desk.
Steve Pardon takes a look at two of the Penn's favorite rooms tomorrow on
News 7 Mornin'
Many area residents in the Roanoke Valley were disappointed when the
expected snow didn't come, but in Japan today
it was a different story.
Today there's enough snow here to kick off the world famous (Sah -por-roh)
Sapporro Snow Festival.
Hundreds of snow statues and sculptures line the streets of the city.
The sculptures are supported by wooden frames under the snow.
The festival, which began with only six snow statues in 19-50, has grown
into a major tourist attraction.