Freezing temperatures and gusty winds are bringing an end to what had been mild weather in much of the country.
And some progress in the conditions of Texas' 8 newest celebraties.
A big winter storm is emerging from the Gulf Coast, bringing snow, sleet, and freezing rain to the region by later today and lasting through early Christmas Eve.
If you're going to be travelling over the next 24 hours, you'll want to stay tuned for the forecast.
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Just in time for Christmas a cold wave has rolled across the nation.
In Texas, temperatures plunged 40 degrees in a matter of hours.
Streets are now ice rinks.
In Wisconsin, frozen power lines have snapped leaving thousands without electricity.
Minnesota resident are waking up to tempertures well below zero this morning with a windchill in the minus 30 range.
In Detroit, the ice fed the flames as fire crews battled a blaze at a senior citizen's high rise.
The crews beat the fire and the elements, although seven residents were injured.
[SUPER=03-Traverse City, MI;]
Meanwhile, the weather caused a small plane crash at the Traverse City, Michigan airport.
No one was injured.
More than 45-million people are hitting the roads for the holidays.
With the weather likely to turn nasty, its best to be sure your vehicle is prepared for the worst.
Experts say changing the antifreeze and checking all other fluids should be at the top of your list.
[IN Q=THE MAIN THING]
((PAT FLINT/"FLINT'S" AMOCO; THE MAIN THING I WOULD TELL PEOPLE IS TO LOOK AT THEIR TIRES AND MAKE SURE THAT THEY LOOK OKAY. USE GOOD FUEL THAT HAS NO MOISTURE IN IT BECAUSE CONDENSATION IN THIS FREEZING TEMPERATURE CAN GIVE YOU A REAL PROBLEM.))
[SUPER=01-Pat Flint/Flint's Amoco;]
[OUT Q=REAL PROBLEM.]
Motorists are advised to carry cell phones, blankets and water for emergencies.
If you're taking to the friendly skies, expect possible delays at many airports.
[IN Q=WE HAD OUR]
((AMANDA SNAPP/ROANOKE REGIONAL AIRPORT; WE HAD OUR LARGEST PASSENGER TRAVEL DAY ON FRIDAY OF LAST WEEK. AND WE'RE EXPECTING ANOTHER HEAVY DAY NEXT SUNDAY AND NEXT MONDAY.))
[SUPER=01-Amanda Snapp/Roanoke Regional Airport;]
[OUT Q=NEXT MONDAY.]
To avoid problems, passengers are advised to call ahead to confirm reservations and to arrive at the airport early.
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.
South Korean Police stormed a temple in Seoul today, ending a 40-day standoff between rival monks fighting for leadership of the country's largest Buddhist order.
[SUPER=03-Seoul, South Korea;]
About 20 policemen and monks were injured, during the raid at the spiritual headquarters of the eight million South Korean Buddhists in a nation of 44 million people.
About 100 monks and followers were arrested.
The temple has been the scene of frequent violent clashes between rival monks since November.
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In sports, U-V-A proves to be too powerful for the Keydets.
Denise Allen has details.
Good Morning Denise.
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[OUT Q=a good day.]
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[IN Q=welcome back]
[SUPER=01-Ralph Birkenmaier/Dance Instructor; :23]
[SUPER=01-Jim Helba/Dancer; 1:16]
[SUPER=01-Lilly McEachern/Dancer; 1:31]
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The Sara Lee Corporation is recalling hot dogs and other packaged meats because of a bacteria threat.
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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.
A Radford doctor is urging pregnant women to consider having a minor procedure right after labor-- a procedure that could save their baby's life.
Doctor James Weston saved 6-month old Mackenzie Graham's cord blood after her mother Marti chose to save it through a process called cryoperservation (CRY-OH-preservation).
It's a fairly new procedure that's gaining popularity, but still has a long way to go.
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[IN Q=Unfortunately right]
((MARTI GRAHAM: UNFORTUNATELY RIGHT NOW SINCE HOSPITALS DON'T TAKE CARE OF THE PROCESS THEMSELVES, IT'S UP TO THE PARENTS TO MAKE SURE IT GETS OUT...DAD HAS TO DO IMMEDIATELY ONCE THE BABY'S BORN.))
[SUPER=07-Marti Graham; ]
[OUT Q=baby's born.]
The stem cells in the cord blood make it a better alternative to a bone marrow transplant in case the child ever needs the operation.
Doctor Weston says more patients are opting to store the blood.
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[IN Q=I am seeing]
((DR. JAMES WESTON/OBGYN: I AM SEEING THAT AND I'M INCLUDING AN INFORMATION PACKET ABOUT THE AVAIABILITY OF THIS PROCEDURE TO ALL MY NEW PRENATAL PATIENTS.))
[SUPER=01-Dr. James Weston/OB-GYN; ]
[OUT Q=prenatal patients]
Doctor Weston says there has been discussion of government sponsored programs for cord blood donation.
The Chukwu (chuhk-WOO') Octuplets remain in critical condition this morning but doctors say so far they are encouraged by their progress.
They're most concerned about the smallest baby, Baby E,-- she has a hole in her heart.
Yesterday the babies' parents released a statement saying they are overwhelmed but grateful to God.
Carolyn Campbell reports.
[SUPER=01-Dr. Leonard Weisman/Texas Children's Hospital;]
[SUPER=01-Chido Nwangwa/U. S. Africa Newspaper;]
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In medical news, a new study finds no connection between epidurals and c-sections.
Rick Jackson has that story and more in this morning's Health check.
[SUPER=01-Rick Jackson/Reporting; :00 ]
[OUT Q=CBS News, New York.]
(( A NEW STUDY IS CHALLENGING THE NOTION THAT A TYPE OF PAIN RELIEF
GIVEN DURING LABOR INCREASES THE CHANCES OF HAVING A CEASERIAN.
AN EPIDURAL IS A TYPE OF ANESTHESIA THAT IS ADMINISTERED THROUGH THE
SPINE DURING CHILDBIRTH.
PREVIOUS STUDIES HAVE SUGGESTED THAT WOMEN WHO UNDERGO THIS PROCEDURE
ARE MORE LIKELY TO HAVE C-SECTIONS.
BUT A REPORT IN THIS WEEK'S JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN MEDICAL
ASSOCIATION SAYS THAT'S SIMPLY NOT THE CASE.
CANADIAN RESEARCHERS LOOKED AT MORE THAN TWO-THOUSAND PATIENTS.. AND
FOUND THAT EPIDURALS DID NOT SIGNIFICANTLY INCREASE SUCH DELIVERIES.
THE STUDY ALSO FOUND THAT EPIDURALS WERE MORE EFFECTIVE -AND- LESS
LIKELY TO HURT THE BABY THAN NARCOTIC INJECTIONS.//
TROY MASTERS IS NOT RECEIVING YOUR TYPICAL SHOTS.
HE'S ONE OF FIVE-THOUSAND PEOPLE WHO ARE PARTICIPATING IN A
NATIONWIDE CLINICAL TRIAL OF A PROMISING AIDS VACCINE CALLED AIDSVAX.
THE VOLUNTEERS INCLUDE SEXUALLY ACTIVE GAY MEN WHO ARE H-I-V NEGATIVE.
MASTERS IS AMONG THE FIRST TO SHARE PUBLICLY HIS REASONS FOR JOINING
Troy Masters/AIDS Vaccine Trial Participant
"Ask anybody who is on this current round of medications, whether or not
it is manageable and they will tell you that it is not. It will continue
to be the case and why should we settle for anything less than an end to
DOCTORS SAY THE VOLUNTEERS WON'T CONTRACT AIDS FROM THE INJECTIONS,
BUT THERE'S STILL NO GUARANTEE THE VACCINE WILL PROTECT THEM FROM
GETTING THE AIDS VIRUS.
AND THAT IS A LOOK AT TODAY'S MEDICAL NEWS.
I'M RICK JACKSON, CBS NEWS, NEW YORK.))
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[SUPER=#4049; Morning Headlines]
Here's a look at today's top stories.
Without explanation, Iraq has ordered the U-N to cancel a scheduled flight of its military observers from
Amman, Jordan, to an air base outside Baghdad.
The team has been keeping tabs on the
cease-fire that ended the Gulf War.
More than a dozen have been injured in northern Israel have been hurt by a hail of rockets in northern Israel. Guerrillas in south Lebanon have claimed responsibility for today's cross-border attack.
Israel is now firing back.
An artic blast has hit the United States, just in time for holiday travel.
Wether or not motorist make it to their destinations could depend on whether your vehicle is winterized.
And that's what's making news on this Wednesday, December 23rd.
News 7 Mornin' will be right back.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has called a special meeting of his security Cabinet in the wake of this morning's rocket attack in northern Israel.
[SUPER=03-Kiryat Shemona, Israel;]
At least 13 were injured.
The guerilla group Hezbollah has claimed responsibility.
Israel says it's returning fire and is prepared to launch air strikes.
Tens of thousands of Israelis are being told to stay in shelters.
The attack is in retaliation for an Israeli air strike Tuesday on Lebanon that killed a woman and her six children.
That was the highest civilian casualty toll this year in the war between Israel and Lebanese guerrillas.
The rift continues to widen between Iraq and the United Nations.
Early this morning Iraq ordered the U-N to cancel a scheduled flight of military observers stationed on the border with Kuwait.
It offered no explanation for its decision.
Iraq has allowed U-N Humanitarian workers back into Baghdad.
About 100 arrived last night to continue distributing food and medicine under the oil for food deal.
Meantime, thousands of Iraqis took to the streets yesterday amid accusations that U-S and British warplanes fired two more missiles into southern Iraq.
Both Washington and London quickly denied the reports.
And as American forces in the Persian Gulf celebrate the season there comes word that Defense Secretary William Cohen has halted any additional deployment the region.
The town of Pulaski is investigating the murder of a teenager.
19- year old John Christoper Dean was shot to death Monday night around eleven at Washington Square Apartments.
Police say Dean was pronounced dead shortly after arriving at a local hospital.
No other details have been released.
An argument yesterday afternoon between two Lynchburg men ended in murder.
67-year old Ray Lane Junior was arrested without incident at the scene.
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 yesterday afternoon at Lynchburg General Hospital... he later died.
Malicious wounding charges against Lane have been upgraded to murder charges.
It appears two local murder suspects were on their way to Canada yesterday 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 deputies 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.
Gas station owners knew last night's midnight deadline was coming for the past ten years.
Amazingly, the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality estimates one third of all the gas stations in the state are breaking federal law today.
Ellen Qualls reports.
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[SUPER=01-Dave Axselle/Axselle's Auto Service; :14]
[SUPER=01-Andy Hagelin/Dept. of Environmental Quality; :32]
[OUT Q=Qualls, News 7, Richmond.]
(([nat sound of backhoe]
Removing and replacing old or leaking underground fuel storage tanks is expensive business.
Axselle's Auto Service took the hit in 1993, but has sympathy for others.
((DAVE AXSELLE/AXSELLE'S AUTO SERVICE: I'M SURE THERE'S A LOT OF SMALL MA AND PA BUSINESSES THAT DON'T MAKE A LIVING ON GAS BUT OFFER A SERVICE TO PEOPLE AND THEY'RE GONNA BE KNOCKED OUT AND THEY'RE NOT GONNA BE ABLE TO AFFORD 50 OR 60-THOUSAND DOLLARS TO BE IN COMPLIANCE. AND THAT'S BAD.))
In fact, a lot of the locally-owned, mostly rural stations have NOT done it. [sot 14:42:47]
((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.))
Some simply waited too long.
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((ANDY HAGELIN/VIRGINIA DEPT. OF ENVIRON. QUALITY: CONTRACTORS ARE GETTING DIFFICULT TO FIND THAT CAN RESPOND WITHIN THREE MONTHS OR SIX MONTHS. SIMPLY BECAUSE THEY'RE ALL BACKED UP. SOME CONTRACTORS ARE COMING IN FROM OUTSIDE OF THE STATE TOO BECAUSE THERE'S THAT KIND OF DEMAND.))
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((LEGALLY SPEAKING, THE ONE THIRD OF ALL VIRGINIA'S GAS STATIONS THAT ARE NON-COMPLIANT SHOULD SHUT DOWN. IF THEY'RE SELLING GAS BEYOND THE DEADLINE, THEY COULD FACE FEDERAL FINES OF UP TO 25-THOUSAND DOLLARS A DAY.))
((ANDY HAGELINE: WE DON'T INTEND TO LET ANYONE OFF FOR NOT COMPLYING.))
So the advantage goes to the big chains-- who may now see their small time competition closed down.
Ellen Qualls, News 7, Richmond.))
[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.
In sports, the seventh- ranked Tar Heels get stung by the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets.
Georgia Tech couldn't make a field goal in the final eight minutes, but were able to hold on with four free throws.
And North Carolina loses a close one, 66 to 64.
For all of yesterday's scores, here's a look at the scoreboards.
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[super=0098-j/#2 Duke/71//#3 Kentucky/60///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 State/99///;]
[super=0098-j/East Tenn. State/98//Ferrum/56////;]
[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/R.E. Lee/45//Liberty/38////;]
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[ROLL COLD OUT OF BIRTHDAYS]
[SUPER=01-Ralph Birkenmaier/Dance Instructor; :20]
[OUT Q=gotten to be pretty important]
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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.
[IN Q=The snow, ice]
[SUPER=01-Pat Flint/Flint's Amoco; :17]
[SUPER=01-Travis Case/Holiday Traveler; 46]
[SUPER=01-Amanda Snapp/Airport Spokesperson; 1:02]
[OUT Q=Djo, News 7.]
(( 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.
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.]
The airport expects to be just as busy the Sunday and Monday after Christmas.
((DAVID JOHNSON/REPORTING; THERE ARE SEVERAL WAYS TO AVOID POTENTIAL PROBLEMS IN AIRPORTS THIS TIME OF YEAR. CONSIDER CALLING AHEAD OF TIME TO CONFIRM RESERVATIONS. ARRIVE EARLY FOR YOUR FLIGHTS OR TO PICK UP PASSENGERS. 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. DAVID JOHNSON, NEWS 7.))
A gospel group that usually performs its music in churches around Martinsville took its soulful sounds to the White House yesterday.
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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.
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In sports, the Cavaliers try to resurrect the ghost of Peach Bowls past.
Denise Allen has details.
Good Morning Denise.
[IN Q=The Cavaliers]
[OUT Q=Music City Bowl.]
Now here's another look at today's top local stories:
Home Depot will not build a store at the corner of Brambleton Avenue and Route-419 in Roanoke County.
Since the three month controversy appears to be over, a citizen's group says they will likely drop a lawsuit against the county supervisors.
The county says it will consider bringing other businesses to the location.
Retailers are hoping for a big rush of shoppers just before Christmas.
Warm weather has hurt profits, especially from items like sweaters and coats.
But now that tempratures have dropped, they expect sales to pick up.
With winter weather on the way, holiday travelers are bracing for bad conditions.
Mechanics suggest checking your tires and fluid level before setting out on a trip.
Experts also recommend keeping extra coats and blankets in your car and taking a cellular phone if you have one.
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