[SUPER=#4064; News 7 at Eleven Headline Banner]
[graphic=N7 at 11]
A record-breaking 45-Million Americans are preparing to hit the road this holiday...
But Old Man Winter is throwing Virginia travelers a curve.
[graphic=News 7 at 11]
It looks like the wish for a white Christmas will probably come true this week.
But sleet and ice could cause driving nightmares in what is expected to be the busiest holiday for motorists ever.
Patrick Evans joins us with a weather update.
[TOSS TO PATRICK IN CK]
[TOSS TO JEAN][Holiday-Travel]
If you're one of the many traveling this holiday, you'll want to make sure your car is ready for the road... and the inclement weather.
David Johnson has a few tips for motorists -- and tells us what to expect if you're traveling by air.
The snow, ice and freezing temperatures that have gripped much of the country are on the way to Virginia.
Whether or not motorists make it to their destinations could depend on whether a vehicle is winterized.
(Rollcue: vehicle is winterized.)
[IN Q=Experts say]
[SUPER=01-Pat Flint/"Flint's" Amoco; :05]
[SUPER=01-Travis Case/Holiday Traveler; :34]
[SUPER=01-Amanda Snapp/Airport Spokesperson; :51]
[OUT Q=passenger loads.]
(( Experts say it doesn't take much to prepare your car.
[IN Q=JUST TAKE]
((PAT FLINT/"FLINT'S" AAMOCO; JUST TAKE A GENERAL LOOK AT IT. MAKE SURE THEY HAVE THE ANTIFREEZE CHANGED AND OTHER PROPER FLUIDS. AND WINDSHIELD WIPER SOLUTION RESERVIORS SHOULD HAVE THE ANTIFREEZE TYPE SOLVENT IN IT.))
[OUT Q=IN IT.]
Motorists are also advised to check their tires and have a cell phone and extra coats and blankets in their car in the event of an emergency.
For those who choose to fly, it's a whole different scenario.
Travis Case flew in from Washington state.
[IN Q=THE AIRPORTS WERE]
((TRAVIS CASE/HOLIDAY TRAVELLER: THE AIRPORTS WERE CRAZY. EVERYBODY'S RUSTLING TO GET HOME. FORTUNATELY THE WAY THINGS ARE BEING HANDLED, IT'S GOING PRETTY SMOOTHLY.))
[OUT Q=PRETTY SMOOTHLY.]
For the Roanoke Regional Airport, it's business as usual this time of year.
[IN Q=IT'S ABOUT]
((AMANDA SNAPP/AIRPORT SPOKESPERSON; IT'S ABOUT THE SAME COMPARED TO LAST YEAR. THINGS HAVE STARTED TO PICK UP AND WE'RE SEEING A LOT MORE PEOPLE BOARDING. SO THERE ARE MORE HIGH PASSENGER LOADS.))
[OUT Q=PASSENGER LOADS.]))
[Take David Live]
The airport expects to be just as busy the Sunday and Monday after Christmas.
But there are several ways to avoid problems there this time of year.
Consider calling ahead of time to confirm reservations and arrive early for your flight.
What if you're bringing home several gifts?
If you're bringing in several packages, consider shipping them instead.
And if you carry packages with you, be certain they are unwrapped to help the security lanes move along.
Winter has arrived across the United States- If you're heading North expect even colder temperatures-
If you're going to Texas- you could find ice.
Single digits and below zero wind chills are making it tough for many folks from East to West- as Lauren Bishop explains.
[IN Q=The first]
[SUPER=03-Near Green Bay, WI; 01]
[SUPER=03-Dallas, TX; 10]
[Super=01-Pat Huss/Holiday Shopper; 20]
[SUPER=01-Lauren Bishop/Reporting; 36]
[OUT Q=for CBS News.]
((THE FIRST FULL DAY OF WINTER LIVED UP TO IT'S BILLING. NEAR GREEN BAY,
QUICK-FROZEN POWER LINES SNAPPED, LEAVING THOUSANDS WITHOUT ELECTRICITY.
THE SUNBELT WASN'T SPARED EITHER. IN DALLAS, STREETS WERE ICE RINKS.
WIND CHILLS HOVERED NEAR ZERO.
FOR SOME, BUNDLED UP FOR LAST MINUTE HOLIDAY SHOPPING, THE COLD ADDED
SOME SEASONAL SPIRIT.
PAT HUSS - HOLIDAY SHOPPER
"I LIKE THE COLD WEATHER. I DON'T LIKE IT 90 DEGREES, THAT'S FOR SURE. THIS IS FINE WITH ME."
IT WAS THE FIRST REAL COLD SNAP IN WHAT HAD BEEN AN UNUSUALLY MILD EARLY
WINTER. HIGH WINDS CAME WITH THE FRONT- AND WIND CHILLS AS LOW AS 50
LAUREN BISHOP: There's no quick relief on the horizon. Forecaster's expect the cold to
continue through the end of the week. And, if that's not bad enough, another Arctic blast is expected by Chris mas.
In Detroit, Lauren Bishop for CBS News))
The town of Pulaski is investigating the murder of a local teenager.
19- year old John Christoper Dean was killed shot to death last night around eleven PM at Washington Square Apartments.
Police say Dean was pronounced dead shortly after arriving at a local hospital.
No other details have been released.
[GRAPHIC=Home Depot (4575)]
It looks like Roanoke County's Home Depot controversy is over.
The home-improvement chain announced it WILL NOT build a new store at Cave Spring corner.
This, after a three-month controversy that saw a citizens' group sue the county supervisors in an effort to stop Home Depot from building its store.
[IN Q=we don't mind]
((SUZANNE: WE DON'T MIND THEM DOING THEIR BUSINESS IN ROANOKE COUNTY... THAT SPOT WAS JUST NOT THE PLACE TO BE.))
[SUPER=01-Suzanne Seth/Home Depot Opponent;]
[OUT Q=PLACE TO BE]
The Cave Spring Citizen Group will likely drop its lawsuit against the supervisors.
For its part, the county said it would consider bringing another business or businesses to the corner.
But first, the supervisors would have to once again vote to rezone the land for business use.
It appears two local murder suspects were on their way to Canada this morning, when they were picked up on an Indian reservation.
Thomas Akers and Timothy Martin were arrested on the Saint Regis Indian Reservation in Northern New York State.
Tribal police found them in the Mercury Tracer police had been searching for. It belonged to the murder victim, Wesley Smith of Roanoke.
He was found beaten to death in a Franklin County field over the weekend. Akers and Martin both face capital murder charges upon their return.
A guilty plea today from a former probation officer charged with sexually abusing one of his clients.
Patrick Gould pleaded guilty in Pittsylvania County court to two counts of object sexual penetration.
The victim hopes her courage to come forward about the abuse will encourage other women to do the same.
[IN Q=I'm proud of what]
((BRENDA PREVETTE/VICTIM: I'M PROUD OF WHAT I DID. I STOOD UP FOR WHAT I BELIEVED. HE GOT WHAT HE DESERVED AND HOPEFULLY HE'LL LEARN FROM THIS.))
[OUT Q=learn from this.]
Gould was sentenced to six years in prison.
He will begin serving that sentence January 4th.
The victim says she is now pursuing a civil lawsuit against Gould.
Tonight's near-freezing temperatures did not prevent the city of Salem from giving its high school football team a warm homecoming.
[NAT-SOUND/Parade noise and fans]
A parade kicked off a celebration for the team that finished with a 14 and oh record and a state championship.
The coach was both surprised and moved.
[IN Q=I DIDN'T]
((WILLIS WHITE/SALEM HEAD COACH; I DIDN'T THINK THERE WOULD BE 10 PEOPLE OUT HERE. THE WAY IT TURNED COLD. IT'S REALLY FLATTERING THAT PEOPLE WILL COME OUT.))
[SUPER=01-Willis White/Salem Head Coach;]
[OUT Q=WILL COME OUT.]
Several hundred fans filled the Salem Civic Center after the parade for a reception.
Coach White says he's not making any predictions about next season.
Coming up, several companies are recalling their hot dogs -- because they could cause anything from the flu, to meningitis.
And Vice President Al Gore makes his way to the Commonwealth to support military troops who carried out air attacks in Iraq.
The story straight ahead.
[IN Q=Jean the question]
[OUT Q=in sports]
((JEAN, THE QUESTION OF THE NIGHT...WOULD VMI DROP ITS 20TH CONSECUTIVE GAME TO THE CAVALIERS. WE'LL HAVE THE HIGHLIGHTS FROM CHARLOTTESVILLE. THE AMERICAN BASKETBALL LEAGUE FILES CHAPTER 11. AND A LOOK AT CAVS PEACH BOWL APPEARANCES OF THE PAST. ALL THAT AND MORE IN SPORTS.))
An argument this afternoon between two Lynchburg men ended in murder.
67-year old Ray Lane Junior was arrested without incident today at the scene of a stabbing.
Police say Lane and 40-year old Michael Lessard (la-SARD) had been drinking when Lane pulled a knife and stabbed Lessard once in the abdomen.
Lessard underwent surgery this afternoon at Lynchburg General Hospital... he later died.
Malicious wounding charges against Lane have been upgraded to murder charges.
Al Gore says Saddam Hussein is a mass murderer who must be removed from power.
The vice president was at the Norfolk Naval Base today, paying homage to family members whose relatives were involved in the airstrikes against Iraq.
Gore was mindful of the reason strategic airstrikes were needed
[IN Q=PLEASE NEVER]
((PLEASE NEVER FORGET THE IMPORTANCE, WHEN WE'RE FACED WITH A LEADER LIKE THAT WHO IS TRYING TO GET MORE WEAPONS OF MASS DESTRUCTION, NEVER FORGET HOW IMPORTANT IT IS TO PROTECT THE WORLD, ESPECIALLY THAT REGION FROM THE TYPE OF THREAT THAT HE WOULD POSE.))
[OUT Q=WOULD POSE.]
Gore visited with military families in Hampton Roads who have relatives serving overseas during the holidays.
Most of the people at the reception were the spouses of Navy members who are on ships in the Persian Gulf.
Panicky phone calls have been flooding in to the state Department of Environmental Quality.
They're from gas station owners, like the owner of this Shell station in Lynchburg, who are rushing to get in compliance with federal law on underground fuel storage.
The E-P-A set a deadline of TODAY -- but the deadline was set ten years ago.
[IN Q=We estimate]
((ANDY HAGELIN/VIRGINIA DEPT. OF ENVIRON. QUALITY: WE ESTIMATE LIKE EPA DOES THAT ABOUT A THIRD OF THE TANKS THAT ARE CURRENTLY OPERATING DO NOT MEET ALL THE REQUIREMENTS. IN VIRGINIA, THAT'S ABOUT FIVE OR SIX THOUSAND TANKS.))
[SUPER=01-Andy Hagelin/Virginia Dept. of Environ. Quality;]
[OUT Q=thousand tanks.]
The fines for still selling gas without replacing the tanks could be up to 25- thousand dollars a day.
The state expects to begin heavy enforcement efforts after the holidays.
If you have hot dogs in your refrigerator- listen up.
The Sara Lee Corporation is recalling hot dogs and other packaged meats because of a bacteria threat.
[Pinnacle Page 1000]
The recall includes products sold nationally under the Sara Lee, Ball Park, and Mr. Turkey brands.
Sara Lee officials say they're acting on reports the meats could contain listeria.
All of the affected products are coded E-S-T-P 2-6-1. or E-S-T 6-9-1-1.
The bacteria can cause flu like symptoms in healthy people.
But it can kill by causing meningitis or blood infection.
[TAKE NEXT VIDEO HERE][Toy-Basketball]
[GRAPHIC=Take take take]
Meanwhile another recall- more than ten million toy basketball sets- could be a danger to children.
The Federal Government says children could strangle themselves on the basketball hoops- especially if the hoop is wearing out.
((IF YOU HAVE ONE OF THOSE BASKETBALL SETS MOST LIKELY IT IS A NEW ONE BUT TO BE ON THE SAFE SIDE WE'RE ASKING ALL CONSUMERS TO CHECK.))
[SUPER=01-Jane Francis/Consumer Product Safety Comm.]
[OUT Q=TO CHECK.]
[Pinnacle Page 1001]
The nets can come loose creating openings big enough for a child's head.
Some of the sets date back to 1976.
The sets involved in the recall are made by Ohio Art, Little Tikes, Today's Kids, and Fisher Price.
The cord that connects a newborn to it's mother may one day save that baby's life.
The blood, rich in stem cells that are the building blocks of our immune system can be used as an alternative to bone marrow transplants.
Radford Obstetrician Doctor James Weston says he's seeing more families choosing to save the cord blood after birth.
He's recommending the procedure to all prenatal patients.
[SOT ub 12 12 38]
[IN Q=Esecially important]
((DR. JAMES WESTON/OBGYN: ESPECIALLY IMPORTANT AND UNDERUTILIZED IN MINORITY GROUPS WHERE THE BONE MARROW REGISTRY DOES NOT HAVE A GREAT NUMBER OF BONE MARROW DONORS AND THAT THESE BABIES OR ADULTS GO LONG TIMES WITHOUT GOOD MATCHES.))
[SUPER=01-Dr. James Weston/OBGYN; ]
[OUT Q=good matches.]
So far Doctor Weston has performed three cord blood preservations and he has two more planned.
Still to come on news 7 at 11, area merchants welcome the cold weather in hopes of boosting sagging winter sales.
And they've played mostly to church crowds near home, but a group of Martinsville teens takes its show on the road... to the White House.
The story, when we return.
[SUPER=136-4 4 7/7 2 3 3/5 6 8 10 31/17 21 33 42 44/9]
Analysts expect those after-Christmas sales to be bigger than ever this year --
That's because this season's warm weather has hurt profits in most stores.
Heavy sweaters and coats, for example, just have not been selling.
[IN Q=I'm not buying coats]
((KAISHA WILLIAMS/SHOPPER: I'M NOT BUYING COATS ... T-SHIRTS.))
Storeowners have tried to create their own snow and ice inside -- and they say now that it's getting cold, sales are heating up.
[IN Q=Our sales were flat]
((OUR SALES WERE FLAT ... TREMENDOUSLY.))
Retailers expect more shoppers to rush in after Christmas for that cold-weather gear.
There's a million dollar rebate in the mail for a Christiansburg business we told you about last night.
Bell Atlantic billed All Seasons Lawn and Garden one million, 71 thousand, 6 hundred-79 dollars... for one month of telephone service.
But tonight owner Donna Martin can rest easy -- Bell Atlantic told her today they'll credit next month's bill for the million.
Donna's corrected bill is for just over 190 dollars.
A gospel group that usually performs its music in churches around Martinsville took its soulful sounds to the White House today.
[SOT (nats of singing)]
The Dodson-5 was invited by the President's Social Office to sing at a holiday reception.
The five boys-- ages 12 through 15-- are cousins who began singing together at family outings.
The Dodson-5 performs gospel music because of its message of hope and inspiration.
[IN Q=You fell good about]
((KASEY LUCAS/DODSON 5: YOU FEEL GOOD ABOUT YOURSELF WHEN YOU'RE SPREADING A MESSAGE TO PEOPLE THAT'S GOING THROUGH SOMETHING OUT THERE THAT THEY REALLY NEED IT. THAT'S MAINLY WHAT I LIKE ABOUT IT.))
[SUPER=01-Kasey Lucas/Dodson 5;]
[OUT Q=like about it.]
The Dodson-5 hopes to record its sweet harmonies on a C-D in the near future and maybe even turn professional.
[SUPER=330-Increasing Clouds/Cold/16-20/Afternoon/Snowy Mix/30-35;]
[SUPER=331-Clouds Developing/Cold/17-22/Cloudy/Sleet Late/32-36;]
[SUPER=332-Partly Cloudy/& Cold/12-16/Cloudy/Afternoon Snow/28-32;]
[SUPER=333-Turning Cloudy/& Cold/10-15/Afternoon/Snow Likely/27-30;]
[SUPER=334-Mostly Clear/& Cold/10-14/Cloudy/Afternoon Snow/26-30;]
Coming up in sports, highlights from VMI's trip to UVA, a new wardrope for an NFL team and a look at the Cavs previous trips to the Peach Bowl.
But first our extra point. While Patrick is talking winter weather--a look at the boys of summer.
Five time Cy Yound Award Winner Roger Clemens has with drawn his trade demand and says he's prepared to join the Toronto Blue Jays at spring training.
Now your scores.
[wipe to Motion]
[super=0098-/#2 Duke/67//#3 Kentucky/54//2nd/j/Virginia/82//VMI/64///;]
[super=0098-/#7 North Carolina/64/j/Ga. Tech/66///j/#14 St. Johns/81//Fairleigh Dickinson/54///;]
[super=0098-/Lynchburg College/52/j/Queens, NC/67////VCU/80/j/Georgia ST/99///;]
[super=0098-j/East Tenn. ST./98//Ferrum/56//Michael Hunter 15 pts.//;]
[super=0097-j/Roanoke Catholic/50//Parry McCluer/45///j/Cave Spring/76//Northside/46///;]
[super=0097-j/GW Danville/72//Patrick Henry/41///j/RE Lee-Staunton/45//Liberty/38////;]
[OUT Q=...LAST SCORE."]
[take a break]
[TAPE#=SP-23 tc 1:42:25]
VMI coach Bart Bellairs says he would like his team to play in the A-C-C, but ACC teams haven't been kind to the Keydetts.
[SUPER=03-Charlottesville/VMI vs UVA;]
THe UVA pep band tries to provide their squad with a little inspiration for this monumental task.
THe 'Hoos Chris Williams gets the defensive rebound, makes the long pass to Willie Dersch for the easy two.
The Keydetts come right back, Andre Quarles takes a drive then dishes to Matt Matheny the former Cave Springer sinks the three.
VMI on the move again, Jason Bell on the fast break makes the pass to Quarles and the Keydetts take a 15-10 lead.
Donald Hand plays the theif in the backcourt and drives to the hoop for the score and things weren't looking up for Bellairs' Keydetts.
The Cavaleirs come on strong at the end and sink the Keydetts for the 20th straight time 82-to-64.
[TAPE#=SP-18 tc 1:58:15]
The number two and three teams in the Nation met at the Continental Arena in the Jimmy V Classic.
[SUPER=03-East Rutherford, NJ/ESPN;]
Duke and Kentucky are two of the most successful teams of the decade, last night they played for bragging rights.
The Blue Devils lead most of the game going inside to Elton Brand would be a common theme.
Duke looking in the paint again, and of course Brand is there for the bucket underneath.
Kentucky could not overcome a scoring drought in the beginning of the second half and Duke wins this one 71 to 60.
[TAPE#=SP-26 tc 50:57]
[GRAPHIC=Women's Pro Basketball]
And then there was one.
THe American Basketball League has folded.
The nine team league filed chapter 11 bankruptcy and is ceasing operations immediately.
It was in it's third year.
League officials say they were unable to get the television exposure and sponsorship it needed to make the league successful.
That leaves the W-N-B-A as the only pro-women's basketball league in the U-S.
[TAPE#=SP-30 tc 03:13]
Two Roanoke players will represent the Express in this season's E-C-H-L All-Star Game in Biloxi, Mississippi.
Veteran defenseman Duane Harmer has been named to the squad.
This is Harms fourth season with the Express and his first trip to the All-Star Game.
He's tenth on the franchises all time scoring list with 115 points.
Also representing the Express is rookie forward Dru Burgess.
Burgess leads Roanoke in scoring with 21 points in 20 games played.
The all-star game is January 13th.
And the Express could welcome their 1-millionth fan within the next three games.
So far 992,398 fans have come to the Round House to support Roanoke.
The millionth fan will get a prize package that includes lifetime season ticks, dinner for two at over a dozen restaurants, an autographed jersey and more.
The Express will have all the fans enter through one door Saturday Night, to make sure the one millionth fan is correctly identified.
(BYE BYE)[Sports tease]
Just a head, a new date for the UVA-Tech football game.
And the Cavaliers are making a return trip to the Peach Bowl. Steve Mason looks at 1995 in tonight's bowl preview.
This will be the Caveliers third trip to Atlanta in 15 years.
Steve Mason takes us back to the Peach Bowl 1995.
[IN Q=first audio]
[SUPER=03-Atlanta, GA/1995 Peach Bowl; :00]
[SUPER=01-Adrian Burnim/UVa Senior Defensive Back; :23]
[SUPER=01-George Welsh/UVa Head Coach; :54]
[SUPER=01-Walt Derey/1995 UVa Tight End; 1:20]
[OUT Q=news 7 sports"]
((The 95 Peach Bowl pregame festiveties were much like the first several minutes of the game
fireworks! Virginia opened with two interceptions, one from the handy work of linebacker Skeet Jones. But it was freshman Adrian Burnim's head hunting hit that put the defensive stamp on the Bulldogs.
Offensively, Tiki Barber earned the offensive player of the game award. But 150 pound reciever Demetrious petey Allen had the games biggest impact. First, he hauled in a 82 yard Mike Groh touchdown pass that gave the Cavs their largest lead, 24-6, in the second quarter. His encore came just after a huge scare.
Then tight end Walt Derey, who now lives in Roanoke with his wife Meagan, remembers that play well, after all, it was his only fumble of the entire season.
Georgia returned the fumble for a touchdown and tied the game at 27 all with 53 seconds left. But an unsportsmanlike penalty enabled Allen to field the ensuing kickoff from the UVa 17. His 83 yard TD return erased the Georgia threat and eased another players nerves.))
[TAPE#=SP-22 tc 1:43:25]
The fans and school officials asked for it and they got it.
The UVA-Tech football game will be earlier next season.
Next year's contest will be on October second, instead of traditional regular-season finale.
The in-state match-up has been the last game of the season for each team in eight of the last nine seasons.
UVA won this year 36-to-32.
Maryland will replace the Hokies as UVA's last game.
[TAPE#=SP-33 tc 04:35]
Tennessee has a new look for the new year.
The Oilers' blue oil derrick is gone.
[SUPER=03-New York, NY;]
In is a greek inspired fire ball for the soon-to-be Tennessee Titans.
The logo features a dagger-edged "T" accented with silver on a navy blue background, surrounded by the three stars of the state's flag.
The logo plays off of Greek mythology which brought about the Titan name and ties in with Nashville's designation as "the Athens of the South."
The Oilers name will be officially retired by the National Football League after the Pro Bowl in February.
(Weekday 6 only)
SUPER=x4032; e-mail/Most Watched/Copyright/WEEKDAYS
SUPER=x4033; Fax/Most Watched/Copyright/WEEKDAYS
(Weekend 6 only)