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A winter storm wrecks causes across the Midwest.
While we're in for some bitter cold here in Virginia.
And a suprise inspection for one area school.
It won't be a record cold, but the readings will reach the teens for some. Show you why in a moment.[medical-head]
In medical news, if you're a H-M-0 member and would like more choice when it comes to selecting a doctor, a bill now being considered in Richmond might help.
Also a pilot program in Washington state makes the controversial Morning After pill more readily available to women.
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A line of trucks stuck on a highway.
A plane off the runway.
And stranded cars.
It is the latest winter storm to plague the Midwest.
Good Evening. I'm Jean Jadhon.
Snow and freezing temperatures are blamed for at least 14 deaths in the Midwest.
In Hammond Indiana stranded trucks lined up one after another-
Many are running their engines for five minutes an hour to keep their cars and themselves from freezing.
A plane skidded off the runway in Cleveland- 140 passengers were evacuated but no one was hurt.
The storm is just part of life for many in this part of the country.
((I HAVE NOTHING TO SAY BUT THIS IS CLEVELAND RIGHT? ))
[OUT Q=is Cleveland right?]
At O'Hare Airport in Chicago many passengers tried to catch some sleep on cots-
High winds are making for high drifts in Iowa and power outages across the region.
116 Chicago public schools were closed because the electricity was out there.
A hard freeze is also expected to grip the Commonwealth.
In the New River Valley and western counties-- temperatures could even plummet into the single digits.
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Teresa Hamilton joins us from Blacksburg--- where the cold has already taken its toll on outdoor plants.
That's right, Jean.
Last night's freezing temperatures really did a number on outdoor plants-- like some daffodils and winter iris'-- which had already begun to bloom.
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[OUT Q=have had this year.]
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[IN Q=There are]
((BOB LYONS/VT HORTICULTURE PROFESSOR:THERE ARE A FEW THAT YOU CAN SEE ARE TOPPLED, AND AGAIN, THAT'S A RESULT OF THE FREEZE DAMAGE THAT HAS HAPPENED--THE FREEZING ACTUALLY FREEZES THE CELLS RIGHT BENEATH THE FLOWER ITSELF. ))
Winter iris' aren't the only spring bulbs affected by the hard freeze that hit the area last night--
Many daffodils-- which have already begun to bloom-- and pansies are also feeling the effects.
Bob Lyons is a professor of horticulture at Virginia Tech--
He says the recent bout of warm weather-- so many of us enjoyed last week-- actually contributed to the flowers' early demise.
But there is a silver lining.
[IN Q=If it ]
((IF IT DOESN'T HAVE A FLOWER TO MAINTAIN THIS YEAR, ALL THE ENERGY IT'S PRODUCING IS GOING TO GO INTO NEXT YEAR'S FLOWERS, WE WOULD EXPECT, ALL THINGS BEING EQUAL TO HAVE A BETTER DISPLAY NEXT YEAR OF FLOWERS THAN WE WOULD HAVE HAD THIS YEAR. ))
[OUT Q=had this year.]
Lyons says folks can attempt to cover their outdoor plants-- but he doubts it will make any difference.
He says the best thing is just to cut the flowers-- NOT the foliage-- put them in a vase and enjoy their beauty.
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(Jean question:--Thanks Teresa, and we'll look for your tips on how we can all stay healthy through the cold snap-- coming up at six.)[(toss to R)]
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The state Education Department launched a surprise inspection today at a school for troubled boys.
The Wilderness Leadership Academy is for non-violent male teenagers with emotional or behavioral problems.
Colonel Gene Nervo heads it up -- he says a teacher fired for hitting a student last week sent a report full of false allegations to the Education Department.
[IN Q=Some of them are kind of funny]
((COL. GENE NERVO/ADMINISTRATOR: SOME OF THEM ARE KIND OF FUNNY ... 24 HOURS OR SO.))
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[OUT Q=24 hours or so]
Nervo says the Education Department is also asking about dogs on campus, unclean bedrooms, and stopped-up toilets.
The Sheriff, meanwhile, says students cause security problems in the community.
[IN Q=We've had assaults]
((WE'VE HAD ASSAULTS ... KIDS AT THE ACADEMY.))
[OUT Q=kids at the academy]
Sheriff Kelly says certain students DO succeed at the academy and Colonel Nervo emphasizes the school is safe.
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A controversial Roanoke school board member wants another term in office. We will have that story coming up on News 7 at Five.
And it's been a difficult day for state lottery workers in Connecticut--their first day back since a fellow employee shot and killed four people.
In health news, a new study says how long you will wait for a liver transplant can depend on your gender and your race.
Native Americans have a rich and varied culture.
A Roanoke store focuses on Indian history, and Patrick Evans will take us there, coming up a little later.
It was back to work today for
some employees at the Connecticut State Lottery headquarters.
The building reopened for business but only a handful of workers showed up.
Employees were given the option of taking time off this week without
losing their vacation or sick leave.
Four employees were killed on Friday- but a gunmen who then killed himself.
The executive offices- where two of the murders occurred- have been isolated from the general work area, and there's a new entrance for employees.
A controversial member of the Roanoke City School Board says he will seek another term.
Harry Davis has been at the center of recent school board controversies including review of the budget.
He says public criticism did not deter him from seeking reappointment, and late this afternoon he filed his application with the city clerk.
[IN Q=If you do this job right]
((HARRY DAVIS/ROANOKE CITY SCHOOL BOARD: IF YOU DO THIS JOB RIGHT, YOU'RE GOING TO SPEND A LOT OF TIME AND THAT WAS THE QUESTION I HAD TO ASK MYSELF. WAS I WILLING TO SPEND THE TIME THAT WAS NECESSARY AND THE ANSWER WAS YES I CAN.))
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[OUT Q=the answer was yes I can.]
Current School Board member Melinda Payne has also filed for reappointment. Other candidates include Ruth Willson,
Bud Oakey and David Davis.[5-School-Construction]
General Assembly Democrats have folded on a food tax cut this year -- but they're still fighting hard for school construction money.
Governor Jim Gilmore wants to study the school construction needs for another year.
Democrats say the state's waited too long to help localities already.
But what is the true need?
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[IN Q=Five billion]
((SEN. BO TRUMBO/R-FINCASTLE: FIVE BILLION DOLLARS IN NEED.))
((SEN. JOHN EDWARDS/D-ROANOKE: WE'VE GOT A LONG WAY TO GO BECAUSE THERE'S 6-POINT-2 BILLION DOLLARS IN NEEDS FOR SCHOOL CONSTRUCTION. ))
((DEL. TOM JACKSON/D-HILLSVILLE: THE 2-POINT-1 BILLION IS WHAT THE BEYER COMMISSION OVER TWO YEARS DOCUMENTED AS CURRENT NEED.))
[OUT Q=current need.]
But in any of the proposals still before the legislature, NO more than 350-MILLION dollars could be given to localities in the form of grants or loans.
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[IN Q=Who are]
((SEN. KEN STOLLE/R-VIRGINIA BEACH: WHO ARE WE KIDDING?! WE'RE NOT GONNA BITE THAT APPLE. WE'RE NOT GONNA ASSUME RESPONSIBILITY FOR THAT THIS YEAR, NEXT YEAR, OR THE YEAR AFTER. BECAUSE YOU KNOW WHY? WE DON'T HAVE THE MONEY TO DO IT UNLESS WE SIGNIFICANTLY CHANGE THE WAY WE GO ABOUT OUR BUDGET AND THE WAY WE SPEND OUR MONEY.))
[SUPER=01-Sen. Ken Stolle/(R) Virginia Beach;]
[OUT Q=our money.]
The state has given local school boards money for school buildings only once in 50 years.
The focus is on Native American traditions at one Roanoke store.
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Buffalo meat is not your typical grocery store item, nor do you find buck skin tunics hanging on the racks at local department stores.
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But Patrick Evans can tell you exactly where to find these items, and an array of others-- he joins us from "Earth & Sky", where the emphasis is on Native American-inspired merchandise.
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The countdown is on for the Oscars, we will check in with some of the nominees, coming up on News 7 at Five.
Why do minorities wait longer to receive a liver transplant?
We'll have the results of a new study in tonight's health check report.
And lawmakers in Richmond want to loosen the control H-M-O's have on which doctors you see.
[IN Q=You know in Virginia]
((DR. ROBERT VERMILLION/PHYSICIANS TO WOMEN:YOU KNOW IN VIRGINIA BY LAW YOU CAN HAVE YOU'RE CAR REPAIRED AT WHICHEVER GARAGE YOU CHOOSE, WHY CAN'T YOU CHOOSE YOUR OWN DOCTOR.))
[OUT Q=own doctor.]
A bill that would give some H-M-0 members more flexibility in selecting a physician is now being considered in Richmond.
The measure would enable employees covered by H-M-O's to choose a doctor outside the preferred provider list.
Over the strong objections of H-M-O's, the point of service plan passed the Senate yesterday.
If a patient does choose a doctor outside the H-M-O network, the patient pays the out of pocket expense.
Senate Democrats say the bill will provide for the thousands of employees who currently don't have the option of choosing their own doctor.
[IN Q=They worked]
((SEN. JOHN EDWARDS:THEY WORKED OUT A LOT OF THE PROBLEMS, THERE WERE SOME OBJECTIONS FROM SOME GROUPS, BUT IT'S VERY SUPPORTED BY THOSE WHO WANT TO HAVE PATIENT CHOICE, PHYSCIANS AND OTHERS VERY STRONGLY SUPPORT THIS LEGISLATION.))
[OUT Q=this legislation.]
Roanoke OB-GYN Robert Vermillion has been an advocate of the option plan for several years.
[IN Q=The HMOs]
((DR. ROBERT VERMILLION/PHYSICIANS TO WOMEN:THE HMOS FOUGHT THIS ON THE BASIS THAT IT WOULD GENERATE INCREASED COSTS TO THEM AND THESE COSTS WOULD BE PASSED ON TO BUSINESS, BUT THE INCREASED COST TO THEM HAS BEEN ESTIMATED AT FOUR TENTHS OF A PERCENT.))
[SUPER=01-Dr. Robert Vermillion/Physicians to Women; ]
[OUT Q=of a percent]
More than 90-percent of Virginia's businesses already choose H-M-O's that have a point of service option.
Women and minorities apparently have to wait longer for liver transplants than white men.
That's according to a Johns Hopkins study, which says the
reasons could be financial as well as medical.
The study says about 45 percent of minorities have type-0 blood,
making it harder to match.
It also says finding small-size organs could make it harder for women to find donors.
But, study author Ann Klassen says there's anecdotal evidence
that financing can play a part in how quickly someone has
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According to the study, white men have to wait about 68 days for
a transplant. Compare that to the average of 89 days a woman waits,
or the 70-day wait for a blacks.
About seven-thousand patients wait each year for the
distribution of about four-thousand livers.
In sports, the star treatment for the Radford Highlanders as they prepare for their first-ever trip to the N-C-Double A's.
And the U-V-A women are also headed to the tournment, hoping to make up for a somewhat disappointing regular season.
Here's Mike Stevens with more.[S5-UVA]
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The Lady Cavaliers couldn't be happier with their placing as the sixth seed in the east region of the N-C-Double-A Tournament.
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U-V-A is 18 and nine on the season, one of the poorest showings in Virginia history.
Players say this is their chance to redeem themselves.
[IN Q=We had some]
[SUPER=01-Erin Stovall/UVA Guard; :00]
[SUPER=01-Debbie Ryan/UVA Head Coach; :20]
[OUT Q=Keep them there]
While the Cavaliers face S-M-U Friday night in Tucson, Arizona.
Bonnie Henrickson and her lady Hokies are meeting Wisconsin, in Gainesville, Florida.
And Liberty will take on number one ranked Tennessee in Knoxville, Tennessee.[S5-CBS]
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Ever since winning the Big South Championship on February 28th, the Radford men's basketball team has garnered more attention and more free publicity than it ever imagined was possible.
Sunday night the CBS Evening News highlighted the Highlanders and this week CBS sports is nipping at their heels.
CBS has hired two Detroit, Michigan freelance production professionals to follow the Radford basketball team in its day to day activities as the players continue preparing for Duke.
((BILL KUBOTA/CBS PHOTOGRAPHER:))
[SUPER=01-Bill Kubota/CBS Photographer; :00]
[OUT Q=....big team"]
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RU die hard fans are enthusiastic about the relatively manageable trip to Lexington, Kentucky. It's a 326 mile drive that takes around 7 hours.
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((DOTTIE MARTIN/HIGHLANDER FAN:))
[SUPER=01-Dottie Martin/Highlander Fan; :00]
[OUT Q=....come by car"]
[SS=ncaa men's final four]
The Radford game with Duke tips-off Friday night at 10 right here on WDBJ-7.
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The coverage on Your Hometown Station begins Thursday at 12:20 with the North Carolina-Navy game.
The second afternoon game pits the Richmond Spiders against South Carolina.
Then Thursday night at 7:40, UNLV takes on the Princeton Tigers and at 10:10 U-Conn hosts Fairleigh Dickinson.
Of course you will get bonus coverage from the other games through the day.
I'll have the complete Friday schedule for you tonight on News 7 at six.
Hope to see you then.
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Some of Hollywood's heavyweights were out in full force for the Oscar nominees
[SUPER=03-Los Angeles, CA]
The power lunch for the stars gave Oscar hopefuls the opportunity
to bask in the glory of just being nominated for the industry's top honor.
[IN Q=It's astounding]
[SUPER=01-Robert Forster/Oscar Nominee; :00]
[SUPER=01-Kim Basinger/Oscar Nominee; :07]
[OUT Q=in my life]
Of course in the Best Picture category "Titanic" is the favorite.
The closest competitor is believed
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to be "LA Confidential."
The Academy Awards will be presented March 23rd.