Today on news 7 at 5, one of the Valley's largest employers is laying off thousands of people across the nation,
and we'll see what problems two hours of heavy rain can cause in Brazil's largest city.
A blast of thundersnow means an interesting weather day. Forecast details include high winds through Thursday.
Today on health check --
A Supreme Court decision mandates public schools have to pay for nurses for some disabled students.
And the makers of one brand of cigarettes are adding some information to their labels.
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Heavy snow is accumulating in the New River Valley.
The precipitation began coming down early this afternoon, sticking to nearly everything in its path.
So far, about two inches has accumulated on the ground.
V-DOT officials were prepared for this latest batch of winter weather--- but say they did NOT expect it to begin fal
ling quite so soon.
[IN Q=Anytime they're ]
((DAN BRUGH/VDOT RESIDENT ENGINEER:ANYTIME THEY'RE CALLING FOR SNOW, WE, THE DAY BEFORE, WE DO ALL OF OUR SERVICING OF OUR EQUIPMENT AND MAKE SURE OF ANY MINOR REPAIRS, THAT'S THE TYPE OF THING THEY'D DONE TODAY IN ANTICIPATION OF NEEDING THEM SOMETIME THIS EVENING OR TONIGHT.))
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V-DOT crews have already been out treating the main roads and will work throughout the night.
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(toss to Robin)
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FIVE DAY FORECAST
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The bad weather is causing some colleges to cancel night classes.
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Greenbrier Community College, New River Community College, Radford University, Virginia Tech, and Wytheville Community College have all cancelled night classes.
Seven people are dead after torrential rain and flooding in Brazil.
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A two hour downpour caused mudslides killing six people in a shantytown.
Another person drowned in the rushing waters that transformed streets into rivers
About five inches of rain came down in all bringing the city to a near standstill, flooding Sao Paulo's main highways and stranding thousands of cars-
Take a look at the pictures to see just how horrible the situation is there.
Fire department rescue teams are workign with rubber boats to try and save people stranded from the flood waters.
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Tornados were the problem in Texas-
A cold front spawned several twisters destroying at least three homes and injuring four people seriously.
Jasper County was hit hard- where 23 homes were damaged.
The twisters downed power lines and trees and left many people without power.
At least seven tornados were reported in the area which is about 110 miles northeast of Houston.
Jasper, Texas is right in the middle of tornado alley-- a strip of real estate in the middle of the country prone to severe storms.
Here in Virginia, we are hundreds of miles away from tornado alley...
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But that doesn't mean we're safe.
A tornado paid a visit to Margaret Anderson's home in Henry county last year.
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[IN Q=so you had]
((Margaret Anderson/witnesssed tornado: SO YOU HAD DEBRIS FLYING AND THEN WE CAME OUT TO LOOK AND IT WAS JUST DARKNESS, TOTAL DARKNESS. AND IN THIRTY SECONDS, IT WAS OVER.))
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[Take PINNACLE BOARD FULL SCREEN-TONIGHT]
Tonight at six, Andrew Freiden has part two of his special report on Virginia Tornadoes.
It's judgement day for Marine pilot Richard Ashby- as eight marine officers deliberate his fate.
The prosecution says Ashby was dangerous while at the controls of his plane.
The defense calls the ski gondola crash a tragedy but simply an accident.
Lee Cowan has the latest.
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((AN OCEAN AWAY FROM THE SITE WHERE 20 SKIERS FELL TO THEIR DEATHS
LAST FEBRUARY, THE FATE OF THE MAN RESPONSIBLE NOW RESTS IN THE HANDS
OF 8 MARINES.
CAPT. RICHARD ASHBY WAS CHARGED WITH 20 COUNTS OF INVOLUNTARY
MANSLAUGHTER AFTER THE RIGHT WING OF HIS EA-6B PROWLER SLICED THROUGH
CABLES SUPPORTING A SKI GONDOLA -- SENDING THE OCCUPANTS PLUMMETING 300
FEET TO THE SNOW BELOW.
THE PROSECUTION ARGUED ASHBY WAS A HOT SHOT - TRYING TO PROVE A
POINT FLYING TOO LOW AND TOO FAST OVER A POPULATED AREA - IGNORING BOTH
SPEED AND ALTITUDE RESTRICTIONS DURING WHAT SHOULD HAVE BEEN A ROUTINE
This is a guy who wants to fly his plane the way he wants to fly
it," argued the prosecution. "He was rocketing down that valley_giving
himself only milliseconds to react. It was negligence, it was gross
BUT THE DEFENSE SAW IT DIFFERENTLY.
THEY ADMITTED ASHBY WAS FLYING HUNDREDS OF FEET BENEATH WHAT WAS
SUPPOSED TO BE HIS MINIMUM ALTITUDE, BUT THEY CLAIM IT SHOULDN'T HAVE
BEEN A PROBLEM.
ASHBY NEVER KNEW THE SKI RESORT WAS THERE - NEVER KNEW THE CABLE
EXISTED BECAUSE IT WASN'T ON ANY OF THE MAPS PROVIDED TO HIM BY HIS
You can't avoid what you can't see," his attorney repeatedly told the
jury. "This was a trap, it was an accident waiting to happen.
AN ACCIDENT THE DEFENSE FURTHER BLAMED ON WHAT THEY SAY WAS THE
PLANE'S FAULTY ALTIMETER, COMBINED WITH AN OPTICAL ILLUSION THAT TRICKED
ASHBY INTO THINKING HE WAS FLYING HIGHER THAN HE REALLY WAS.
THE PROSECUTION DIDN'T BUY IT. "THE AIRCRAFT DIDN'T FLY ITSELF
INTO THOSE CABLES, THEY SHOT BACK, "IT WAS FLOWN INTO THEM BY CAPT.
LEE COWAN//CBS NEWS :
Ashby's navigator goes on trial in a few weeks facing many of the same
charges. A statement by his legal team today argued that no member of
the flight crew should be held criminally responsible. If convicted,
Ashby could face more than 200 years in a military prison. Lee Cowan,
CBS News, at Camp Lejeune North Carolina.))
The nation's highest court is deciding whether convicted killer Tommy David Strickler deserves a chance at getting off Death Row.
Strickler was sentenced to death for the 1990 abduction, rape, robbery and murder of Salem native Leann Whitlock.
But defense attorneys say the prosecution withheld key evidence during Strickler's trial that might have cast doubt on his participation.
The U-S Supreme Court heard arguments from both sides this morning.
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((BARBARA HARTUNG/DEFENSE ATTORNEY: HE ALWAYS SAID.. A NEW TRIAL.))
[SUPER=01-Barbara Hartung/Strickler Defense Attorney]
[OUT Q=a new trial.]
The evidence in question is statements from a key eyewitness who at first told police she wasn't sure Strickler was the man she saw abduct Whitlock from a Harrisonburg mall.
The court must decide whether that testimony might have kept the jury from deciding that Strickler was the mastermind of the crime.
A decision is expected in June.
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A female rock and roll pioneer has passed away. We'll have the details in a moment.
And one of the Valley's leading employers announces it is laying off thousands of workers across the nation.
On Health Check, a major tobacco company says it will stop running potentially misleading ads.
and we'll see how NASA is trying to find some answers by studying the Wright Brothers plane.
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It could be a couple of days. It could be a couple of weeks.
First Union employees in the Roanoke area are bracing for a company-wide layoff.
The bank said it will slash its workforce by as much as 10 percent across the country.
That's more than 7-thousand people.
Workers at the Roanoke County service center received copies of a corporate memo warning them that the layoffs are coming.
First Union said it does not know how many people around Roanoke will lose their jobs.
The bank has nearly 2-thousand employees in the Valley.
Plans are finally moving ahead to build an elementary school and middle school in Alleghany County.
The idea sparked some controversy because it meant shutting down three schools in Clifton Forge.
But, city council members and Alleghany County's Board of Supervisors recently approved the project and construction is set to begin at this site later this year.
Officials are hoping the schools will eventually bring more money to the area.
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((MAC CAMPBELL/MAYOR OF CLIFTON FORGE: WHAT WE HOPE TO DO IS ALSO SPUR ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT BECAUSE THE NEW SCHOOLS WILL SIT RIGHT BESIDE THE INTERSTATE. THEY'LL BE VISIBLE FROM THE ROAD AS PEOPLE COME THROUGH THE AREA AND THEY'LL SEE THE EMPHASIS THAT WE PUT ON EDUCATION HERE IN THE ALLEGHANY HIGHLANDS.))
[SUPER=01-Mac Campbell/Mayor of Clifton Forge;]
[OUT Q=the Alleghany Highlands.]
The project will save both localities about 300-thousand dollars.
Both schools are expected to open in the year 2001.
Singer Dusty Springfield has died.
The woman known as Britain's white soul diva lost her long battle with breast cancer.
Springfield was one of the most popular singers in the 1960's with such hits as "I Only Want To Be With You," "Son of a Preacher Man," and "I Just Don't Know What to Do With Myself."
She was born Mary O'Brien in London in 1939.
She was supposed to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame later this year.
NASA is taking a look back in the past to its origins at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina. The Aerospace organization wants to see just what made the Wright Brothers plane fly. Manuel Gallegus has more.
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[SUPER=01-Pete Zell/NASA Research Center;]
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((SUPER: MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA)
AT THE NASA AMES RESEARCH CENTER, WHERE SCIENTISTS DEVELOP THE LATEST
AVIATION AND SPACE TECHNOLOGY_ SOMETHING OLD IS IN WORKS.
IT'S A FULL SCALE REPLICA OF THE KITTY HAWK FLYER FLOWN BY WILBUR AND
ORVILLE WRIGHT IN 1903.
THE WOOD AND FABRIC PLANE WAS RE-CRAFTED BY THE AMERICAN INSTITUTE OF
AERONAUTICS AND ASTRONAUTICS.
THIS WEEK, RESEARCHERS WILL BEGIN FLYING IT IN NASA'S GIANT WIND TUNNEL
AT ITS' ORIGINAL SPEED, 27 MILES PER HOUR.
--SOT- PETE ZELL, NASA AMES RESEARCH CENTER 10;13;32
"our wind tunnel actually allows engineers to simulate the airflow
over different shapes without actually having to go out and fly."
SO WHY BOTHER? EVENTHOUGH, THEIR FOUR HISTORIC FLIGHTS WERE BRIEF,
LESS THAN A MINUTE EACH, THE WRIGHT BROTHERS ARE THE ONLY ONES WHO HAVE
EVER SUCESSFULLY FLOWN THEIR DESIGN.
THE HOPE IS THAT WIND TESTS WILL LEAD TO A BETTER, SAFER REPLICA.. ONE
THAT CAN BE FLOWN IN 2003, FOR THE 100TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE FLIGHT THAT
FOREVER OPENED OUR SKIES.
MANUEL GALLEGUS, CBS NEWS LOS ANGELES.)
Stay with us, Robin Reed joins us after this break with the latest on this bad weather.
and then a little later we'll see how they're celebrating a festival of lights in China.
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Coming up in Sports, the Virginia Tech men will face Temple as they advance in the Atlantic 10 tournament.
On Health Check, some education officials say a Supreme Court ruling on disability could cost school systems a lot of money,
and after nine years of delays, the Japanese government approves another form of birth control.
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Other countries, like Japan, have taken much longer to approve the pill.
Reports out of Tokyo say a health ministry committee has approved the sale of the pills and they could be availible by the end of the year.
It has taken nine years for the ministry to give its OK.
Women's groups in Japan recently complained about the process after the ministry approved the anti-impotency drug Viagra in just six months.
Resistance to birth control pills came largely from doctors who say they feared the side effects.
But the Japanese government was less reserved about the possible risks of Viagra -- although 130 Americans who took Viagra have died since last spring, mostly from heart attacks.
The Federal Trade Commission says R-J Reynolds has agreed to settle charges that its ads for Winston cigarettes are deceptive.
The F-T-C says the ads for the "no additive" brand of cigarettes implied they were safer to smoke.
Under the settlement, Reynolds agrees to include a line in future ads that say "no additives in our tobacco does not mean a safer cigarette."
Smokers are strengthening their ability to stop the habit.
New research shows a combination therapy is the best way to sucessfully quit smoking.
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Using a three pronged method of nicotene replacement, the anti-depressant drug Zyban and support counseling, smokers are having more luck quitting.
The idea is to ease the withdrawl symptoms of nicotine addiction by also taking Zyban until the patient is weaned from nicotine with a patch or some other type of reduction system.
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[IN Q=When people]
((DR. JOHN SLADE/ AMERICAN SOCIETY OF ADDICTION MEDICINE WHEN PEOPLE USE A COMBINATION OF MEDICINES BOTH NICOTINE REPLACEMENT AND ANTIDEPRESSANT ALONG WITH COUNSELING...THE SUCCESS RATE CAN BE 40 TO 60 PERCENT. ))
[SUPER=01-Dr. John Slade/Addiction Doctor; ]
[OUT Q=60 percent]
One third of the nation's 45 million smokers try to quit unsucessfully every year.
The Supreme Court says public schools must pay for professional nurses to follow some disabled students throughout the school day.
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The court ruled today on a seven-to-two vote that continuous care for disabled students is NOT considered medical treatment.
As a result the justices say it has to be publicly funded under federal law.
The decision came in the case of a quadriplegic student from Iowa who is dependent on a ventilator.
Now the Cedar Rapids School District will have to pay thousands of dollars a year to provide nursing care for him.
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[IN Q=We had contended]
((DR. LEW FINCH, CEDAR RAPIDS SCHOOL SUPERINTEDENT: WE HAD CONTENDED ALL ALONG THESE WERE SERVICES ABOVE...NOT WITHSTANDING HOW THE COURT MIGHT DEFINE MEDICAL. WE THINK THAT A NURSE IS MEDCIAL SERVICE, WE'RE CONCERNED ABOUT THE IMPACT THAT THIS IS LIKELY TO HAVE ALL OVER THE COUNTRY.))
[SUPER=01-Dr. Lew Finch/Cedar Rapids School Sup.;]
[OUT Q=the country.]
Currently, the Roanoke School System has NO students enrolled who would require a full time nurse.[S5-Tech]
The Virginia Tech Hokies have advanced to the second round of the Atlantic 10 tournament in Philadelphia.
This afternoon Tech whipped Fordham 74-to-63.
[SUPER=03-Philadelphia, PA; :00]
The Hokies shot 50 percent for the game and got a big effort from Rolan Roberts who scored a team high 19 points.
Brendan Dunlop and Eddie Lucas also hit in double figures for the Hokies.
They'll now play Temple in the second round tomorrow.
Mike Stevens will have more at six.
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Wednesday means high school basketball.
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Here's Steve Mason with a preview of our Hometown Hoops Weekly teams that begin the road to a state championship.
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[SUPER=01-Charlie Morgan/3rd Trip to State Tournament; :35]
[SUPER=01-Art Lawrence/1995-96 Group A Runner Up; :58]
[SUPER=01-Linda Long/Cave Spring Head Coach; 1:11]
[SUPER=01-Robert Locust/Gretna Head Coach; 1:33]
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((CHARLIE MORGAN/SALEM HEAD COACH:))
((The loyal Salem fans will invade Roanoke College's Bast center saturday night at 7 to battle Grundy. Charlie Morgan's third state tournament in seven years at Salem comes in the same school year as the football team's state championship.
Glenvar, which will play at Northside Friday at 7pm against Clintwood, will try and send Art Lawrence out with a a title in his fifth and final last chance. The Highlanders last three wins were against opponents with a combined 60 and 11 record.
The Cave Spring girls play Deep Creek saturday at 4pm at Northside and don't have one player averaging over 12 points a game.
Gretna's bid for a regional title came up just short, but the Hawks, who battle Gate City saturday night, have been playing tall all season.
Auburn's wins over Glenvar and mighty Parry McCluer should help the Eagles against Lebanon Saturday at 7pm at Lebanon. The Eagles of G.W. Danville celebrated a state title last season. These six teams hope to make it to the state final
four next week. Steve Mason, Hometown Hoop Weekly.))[5-Lanterns]
They're celebrating the beginning of spring in Shanghai.
The people are enjoying the Lantern Festaival which marks the end of the Chinese lunar New Year.
Huge animal shaped lanterns are lighting up the streets.
The lanterns also portray mythical figures of Chinese folklore.
The festival dates back to the (Hahn) HAN dynasty marking the change from a dark part of the year to the brillance of spring.
While the festival is ancient, things are changing. Today's lanterns are not made from the traditional wire and silk or rice paper.
Festival goers are seeing more and more battery powered plastic lights.