Will it be a long or short winter.
Pennslyvania's most famous rodent gave his prediction this morning.
And a grain silo collapse in Pittsylvania County leads to a fuel spill.
What did that Groundhog see? And what does it mean for our forecast? We'll have the latest weather details, along with basketball notes including UConn's first loss of the season.
News 7 at noon is next.
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Authorities are investigating an accident at a Pittsylvania County grain mill early this morning.
A couple of silos at the Dry Fork Milling Company toppled over, sometime overnight.
No one was hurt, and an official with the company says he doesn't know how it happened.
The accident caused a tank of diesel fuel to spill as well, and crews are trying to contain that.
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The Dry Fork Milling Company makes dog food. They hope to resume production sometime this afternoon.
If you're one of the nearly 25-hundred Roanoke Gas Company customers who received an exceptionally high bill this month, there's a simple explanation.
Company officials say December bills for those customers were not sent due to a miscommunication between the company and its contractor.
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((JOHN WILLIAMSON/PRESIDENT & CEO; CHRISTMAS EVE, WE HAD A MISCOMMUNICATION.....ON A SINGLE BILL.))
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Williamson says Roanoke Gas has waived all late payment charges for those customers.
A House of Delegates Committee has killed legislation that would have allowed police to pull over and ticket driver who aren't wearing their seatbelts.
The bill was rejected by a 14 to 11 vote this morning.
Opponents worried that passage of the bill would lead to increased police harrasment of black drivers.
A Roanoke man has been indicted for murder and arson, in the death of his room-mate.
David Lee Griffin is charged in a fatal fire more than a year ago in northeast Roanoke.
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The fire in the Eastgate neighborhood house trapped James Cline inside.
Griffin later told police that he tried to get to Cline's bedroom, couldn't make it, and made his way outside.
Bystanders had to keep him from going back inside to make another rescue attempt.
Griffin has not yet been arrested.
Put away your winter clothes, the world's most famous forecaster says spring is right around the corner.
That's if you can believe a groundhog.
Punxsutawney Phil didn't see his shadow when the Groundhog Club pulled him into the spotlight early this morning in Pennsylvania.
For the record Phil has seen his shadow 100 of his 112 appearances.
He's been right about 40 percent of the time.
For the second year in a row Roanoke's Mill Mountain Zoo has hosted its own groundhog day event.
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And that's where Kimberly McBroom is this afternoon.
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(Rollcue:resident groundhog Kirby)
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[OUT Q=Spring's coming soon.]
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(Kimberly tosses to Patrick in Weather Center)
(Patrick tosses to Melanie)
Another day, another deposition in the Presidential impeachment case.
This time, Bill Clinton's friend and advisor, Vernon Jordan, is being questioned behind closed doors.
Lee Cowan has the story from washington.
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[OUT Q=CBS NEWS WASHINGTON.]
((AFTER WHAT SOME CALLED A PREDICTABLE 4 HOUR MEETING WITH MONICA
LEWINSKY YESTERDAY - HOUSE MANAGERS ARE AT IT AGAIN - GROUNDHOG DAY ON
(( NAT JORDAN DEPARTURE//ARRIVAL ))
AT THE TABLE TODAY - CLINTON FRIEND AND WASHINGTON SUPER LAWYER
AND JUST LIKE YESTERDAY, THE QUESTIONS ARE DESIGNED TO FOCUS IN
ON THE PRESIDENT'S ALLEGED OBSTRUCTION OF JUSTICE - WERE HIS EFFORTS TO
FIND LEWINSKY A JOB AN EFFORT TO BUY HER SILENCE?
HE'S ALREADY DENIED IT FIVE TIMES BEFORE THE GRAND JURY.
(( MARCH 5, 1998 ))
(( SUPER: VERNON JORDAN//CLINTON FRIEND ))
"I did not in any way tell here, encourage her to lie and secondly, that my efforts to find her a job were not a quid pro quo."
AND TODAY FROM HIS OWN LAWYER:
(( NAT ))
"Nothing new under the sun."
UNLIKE THE SCENE SURROUNDING LEWINSKY'S DEPOSITION AT A
WASHINGTON HOTEL -- THE SCENE ON CAPITOL HILL IS MORE SUBDUED -- JORDAN
AVOIDING REPORTERS AS HE MADE HIS WAY TO A ROOM NORMALLY USED FOR THE
SENATE INTELLIGENCE COMMITTEE.
(( NAT ))
AS THE SECOND DAY OF QUESTIONING GOT UNDERWAY - THE PRESIDENT'S
JURORS WERE BUSY USING THE TIME TO CATCH UP ON DAY ONE.
WITH THE TRANSCRIPT PRINTED, AND VIDEOTAPED DESPOSITION OF
LEWINSKY NOW AVAILABLE FOR VIEWING - SENATORS COULD BEGIN THEIR
DECISION-MAKING PROCESS - WAS WHAT LEWINSKY TOLD PROSECUTORS YESTERDAY
WORTH HAVING HER SAY PUBLICALLY BEFORE THE FULL SENATE?
(( LEE COWAN//CBS NEWS ))
"That is a prospect that could be put to a vote as early as Thursday,
when the Senate must make another procedural decision on how to move
forward. All of it inching ever closing to an end date next Friday. Lee
Cowan, CBS News, Washington.))
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Investigators are trying to figure out what caused that explosion at a Ford plant in Michigan.
That story is still ahead on News-7 at Noon.
And a cargo plane crashes onto the streets of the Angolan capitol.
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At least 28 are dead after a cargo plane slammed into a shanytown in Angola today.
The plane exploded on impact, leveling 5 houses.
Witnesses say one engine was on fire before the aircraft went down.
The company that operated the plane said there were seven passengers and three to five crew members on board.
Michigan fire investigators say it could be weeks before they know what caused a deadly explosion at a Ford Motor plant.
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The blast killed one worker and injured 21, several of them seriously.
It took more than seven hours to bring the blaze under control.
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[SUPER=01-William Clay Ford, Jr./Ford Chairman;]
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Officials are looking at two possible causes for the blast.
Both involve a six-story high-pressure boiler.
But the chief fire investigator says because there is so much debris it will be difficult to reconstruct exactly what happened.
In Switzerland today the International Olympic Commitee kicked off a three day summit, in a new drive to wipe out performance enhancing drugs from the Olympics.
But with the cloud of the Salt Lake City corruption scandal, many detractors are asking whether the I-O-C is the body to do it.
((JUAN ANTONIO SAMARANCH - IOC PRESIDENT: THE MAIN OBJECTIVE AS FAR AS THE OLYMPIC MOVEMENT IS CONCERNED IS TO CONTRIBUTE THROUGH PREVENTION AMD ERADICATION TO PROTECT YOUNG PEOPLE FROM MORTAL DANGER.))
[SUPER=01-Juan Antonio Samaranch/IOC President;]
[OUT Q=from mortal danger.]
Samaranch wants to help create and oversee an international anti- doping agency to coordinate drug testing around the world.
But that's drawn opposition from delegates attending the conference including the White House Drug Czar.
Barry McCaffey want a full independent anti-doping angency, and he wants it up and running by next year's Olympic games in Sydney.
A memorial service for former governor Mills Godwin begins near Suffolk in less than an hour.
The 84-year old Godwin died Saturday.
A thousand people are expected to attend the service in the community of Chuckatuck.
The General Assembly has cancelled today's floor sessions so members can attend the service.
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Some people may complain about the spread of fast food restraunts.
But next on News-7 at Noon we'll take you to a restaurant in Japan where it pays to be fast.
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In a hurried work environment many of us have endured a quick bite for lunch..of the "eat and run" variety.
But a restaurant in Japan is actually making eating in a hurry pay off.
Barry Petersen has more.
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((Welcome to Togenkyo Restarant...buffet lunch for about 17 bucks.
Unlesas you and your stomach want to play beat the clock..then you
punch in on the timer...eat your fill..and be charged 30 cents a minute
when you're finished.
That's what Mitome and Ryoko Nanba did...watch at the ready.
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TRACK: Whoa, there...how'd they do.
Thirty minutes, he says...but I'm really full.
Maybe next time, she says, we'll do it in twenty five.
They left happy...lunch was half price. The idea of faster food is
spreading in Japan, driven by a slower economy.
The recession is really helping our business, says manager
The record lunch eater was seven minutes.
A SHORTER LUNCH HOUR IS SOMETHING ONLY A BOSS WOULD LOVE.
WELL, TIME TO DIG IN..AS THEY SAY HERE AT TOGENKYO..TIME
UMMM...THAT WAS GOOD. BARRY PETERSEN, CBS NEWS, TOKYO.))
On Wall Street at Noon, the Dow was DOWN 107 Points.
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Still ahead in sports, the Broncos celebrate, while the Falcons set their sights on 2000.
And the Chicago Bulls might have to do the same.
We'll have the high and lowlights from the N-B-A's final exhibition game, when News 7 at Noon continues.
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The mile-high city gave its team... a mile-high hero's welcome.
Tens of thousands of people lined the streets and jammed a park yesterday to cheer on the Broncos-- the back to back Super Bowl champs.
Manuel Gallegus reports.
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(( DENVER BRONCO FANS, FEELING GREAT OVER THEIR TEAM'S SECOND
SUPERBOWL VICTORY IN A ROW, PACKED THE STREETS TO CATCH A GLIMPSE OF THE PLAYERS.
THE TEAM ROLLED DOWN BROADWAY ON FIRE TRUCKS_LEAD BY THE FAMOUS
BUSCH CLYDSDALE HORSES, AND TEAM OWNER PAT BOLIN, WHO SMILED BROADLY AS
HE CLUTCHED THE SUPERBOWL TROPHY.
THE HEROES OF THE GAME, RUNNING BACK TYRELL DAVIS, AND VETERAN
QUARTERBACK JOHN ELWAY, WHO WAS VOTED MOST VALUABLE PLAYER_
--SOT: JOHN ELWAY/DENVER BRONCO QUARTERBACK
POLICE WERE ON STAND-BY-- CONCERNED THEY WOULD HAVE A REPEAT OF
SUNDAY NIGHT'S VIOLENCE. AFTER THE VICTORY, FOR THE SECOND YEAR IN A ROW, UNRULY CROWDS OVERTURNED CARS, AND SET FIRES. POLICE HAD TO USE
BUT THE VICTORY PARADE WENT OFF WITHOUT ANY TROUBLE--JUST A CHANCE
FOR FANS TO SHOW THEIR PRIDE.
MANUEL GALLEGUS, CBS LOS ANGELES.))
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The story was a little different for the Atlanta Falcoms as they returned home.
But many fans came out to the airport to welcome back their fallen heroes from Sunday's 34-19 loss.
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Atlanta is already thinking about Super Bowl 34. If the Falcons make it, it will be the first time the host team has played in the big game.
The post- Michael Jordan era has arrived in Chicago, and so far, it hasn't been pretty.
Bulls rookie coach Tim Floyd was looking for his first win as Chicago's new head coach, but he was going up against one of the game's best, in Indiana's Larry Bird.
In the first quarter, Tony Kukoc posts up and hits the turn around jumper.
But overall, the Bulls didn't do much. Ron Harper dribbles up the court, only to have the ball slapped into the arm
s of a Pacer. Mark Jackson goes to Dale Davis for the breakaway slam. [SUPER=33-Indiana/89/Chicago/83;]
Then, Travis Best drives the baseline and makes the nice pass to Antonio Davis for the easy bucket. 32-16 Pacers with just over 8 minutes left in the first half.
The Bulls did threaten in the second, here Kukoc gets the pass to Andrew Lang but Indiana wins it 89 to 83.
A 31- game home winning streak-- and most likely a ten- week stint as the country's number one team-- has come to an end for the Connecticut Huskies.
Previously undefeated UConn battled the nation's 16th- ranked squad in Syracuse. The Orangemen took advantage of the absence of All-American Richard Hamilton and center Jake (Vaws-kal) Voskuhl, who both sat out with injuries.
In the first half, Syracuse's Eton Thomas scores two of his twelve with the baby hook, to put the Orangemen on top 23-17.
The Hukies had few bright spots, but show the good teamwork on this breakaway.
Kevin Freeman gives to Albert Mouring who dumps it off to Edmund Saunders for the hoop. It was tied at 25 at the half.
But Syracuse freshman Damone Brown scored all 14 of his points in the second half. And the Orangemen win 59-42, holding UConn to it's lowest point total in seventeen years.
The Winston Cup stars will be rolling back into Daytona later this week for Saturday's qualifying and Sunday's Bud Shootout.
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One driver to watch out for is veteran Darrell Waltrip.
After a horrendous 19-98 season, Waltrip is back with sponsorship from K-Mart and a new teammate-- Jimmy Spencer.
And at age 52, he's not even thinking about retirement.
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[SUPER=01-Darrell Waltrip/84 Winston Cup Wins; :00]
[OUT Q=...future for it."]
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News 7 Sports will present a half hour NASCAR season preview this Saturday at Noon right before we bring you LIVE qualifying for the Daytona 500.
Be sure to join us for "Back to the Beach" - the first of five racing specials this season from News 7 Sports.
Over the next two weeks, the Roanoke Express will play seven games, and they'll do it with some familiar faces.
Including defenseman Nick Windsor, who returned to the Express yesterday after playing eight games with Lowell. He had one assist for the Lockmonsters.
Mike Peron and Jeremy Schaeffer are off the injured reserve list. Peron has skated on his sprained right knee, and wi(------------)ll try to practice this week. Schaeffer should also be back on the ice after suffering a concussion.