There's some hope today that furloughed government workers may soon be back
on the job.
In Bosnia, there's a change in command.
And from the plains to New England residents are in the thick of a powerful
winter storm, one day before the official start of winter.
But in our part of the country it's going to stay partly sunny this
afternoon... but very windy with highs in the 30s.
I'll have the forecast in a few minutes.
Don't go away. The news is next.
The government shutdown is now in its fifth day.
But President Clinton and the Republicans finally appear to be on track
toward a balanced budget deal.
Mr. Clinton met with House Speaker Newt Gingrich and Senate Majority Leader
Bob Dole yesterday in the most serious effort thus far to bridge their
IN Q=THERE WAS A CONSTRUCTIVE.
((AL GORE/VICE PRES.: THERE WAS A CONSTRUCTIVE CONVERSATION ABOUT HOW TO
PROCEED TOWARD A BLANCE BUDGET AS SOON AS POSSIBLE AND HOW TO REOPEN THE
GOVERNMENT AND GET A CONTINUING RESOLUTION AS THE DISCUSSION PROCEED.
REP. NEWT GINGRICH/HOUSE SPEAKER: THERE'S AN AGREEMENT THAT WILL GET THIS DONE
BY THE END OF THE YEAR, IT HINK THAT'S A VERY SIGNIFICAN PROGRESS FROM WHERE WE
WERE JUST A DAY AGO, I THINK IT'S A USEFUL STEP BUT I WOULDN'T PUT TOO MUCH ON
IT YET. ))
SUPER=01-Al Gore/Vice President;
SUPER=01-Rep. Newt Gingrich/Speaker of the House; 20
OUT Q=too much on it yet.
The White House says talks between the president and Republican leaders
resume this afternoon.
If there's progress, lawmakers may work on reopening the government.
TAPE# 95-95/rolled from starlink
Workers at Peaks of Otter Lodge are getting an unwelcome Christmas gift from
the federal government -- layoffs.
Scott Prince is standing by with the latest from the resort.
Scott is the lodge officially closed now?
(scott ad lib)
(rollcue: "until a budget agreement is reached...")
IN Q=my husband and I
SUPER=01-Tammy Rollins/Peaks of Otter Employee;
OUT Q=just completely laid off
VO-NAT/******scott's mike hot under*******
OUTCUE=it appears it will be empty
(scott ad lib)
(mel q and a: What steps have been taken to cancel reservations?
How about the parkway itself, is it open?)
Some 200 workers at the George Washington and Jefferson National forests
will also be OFF the job.
Camp grounds and other facilities will be off-limits to the public, but most
roads and trails should remain open.
The U- S Forest Service was NOT affected by last month's shutdown because of
left- over money from the Interior Department.
But this time around, the well has run dry.
Former Virginia congresswoman Leslie Byrne is officially in the race for
John Warner's senate seat.
Byrne announced today that she'll run for the Democratic nomination next
year, against frontrunner MARK Warner.
Byrne made her announcement in front of a Northern Virginia elementary
school, saying potential federal budget cuts are making it harder for children
to get a good education.
The United Nations officially ended its peacekeeping effort in Bosnia today
as it transferred power to NATO.
Within minutes of the transfer soldiers attached to the U-N mission changed
their distinctive blue hats to fighting green.
U-N flags came down as well as the sign of what was the U-N headquarters in
The place now belongs to the American NATO force.
The handover ceremony did not reflect what in many ways is considered a
failed U-N mission.
((LET ME FIRST ADD MY SINCERE THANKS TO THE MEN AND WOMEN WHO UNDER THE UN HAVE
DONE A SUPERB JOB IN BRINGING US TO THIS DAY OF PROMISE. ))
SUPER=01-Admiral Leighton Smith/NATO Bosnia Commander;
OUT Q=of promise.
The 60-thousand-strong NATO force will be backed by an array of artillery.
And more importantly, troops will have the authority to use it.
In many parts of the U.S., it looks like a winter wonderland, and lots of
folks are paying the price.
Heavy snow, high winds and dangerous frigid temperatures are causing delays
on the roads and in the air.
Elizabeth Kaledin has more.
SUPER=03-New York, NY/Last Night;
SUPER=01-Mike Eckert/National Weather Service;
SUPER=03-Hartford, CT; (Quick!)
OUT Q=Elizabeth Kaledin, CBS New York.
(( PLOWS WERE OUT THROUGHOUT THE NIGHT JUST STRUGGLING TO KEEP UP WITH A
SNOW THAT KEPT FALLING...AND FALLING...AND FALLING ...ALTHOUGH SNOWFALL WAS
HEAVY THE GOOD NEWS WAS THAT TRAFFIC WAS LIGHT...IT SEEMS MANY COMMUTERS
HEEDED WARNINGS AND EITHER STAYED HOME...OR TOOK PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION. FEW
SERIOUS ACCIDENTS WERE REPORTED.
FORECASTERS HAD BEEN CALLING FOR UP TO TWO FEET OF SNOW...BUT THE
STORM CHANGED ITS PATH MOVING ALONG THE COAST...AND ITS IMPACT WAS NOT AS
FIERCE AS PREDICTED...
MIKE ECKERT...NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE
"IT MOVED OUT TO THE EAST.....NORTHEAST THAN WE EXPECTED."
STILL IT WAS ENOUGH TO MAKE GETTING AROUND A CHALLENGE...
((LOCATOR: HARTFORD, CT.)) PARTICULARLY AT AREA AIRPORTS...WHERE HUNDREDS OF
FLIGHTS WERE DELAYED OR CANCELLED.
THE STORM IS EXPECTED TO LEAVE NEW YORK IN ITS WAKE AS IT HEADS NORTH TO
MASSACHUSETTS AND MAINE...THE GOOD NEWS IS THAT METEOROLOGISTS
SAY THIS BLAST OF SNOW AT THE TAIL END OF AUTUMN IS NOT NECCESSARILY A SIGN
OF A TOUGH WINTER AHEAD. EK CBS NEWS NEW YORK.))
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Up next, a Virginia Tech student is killed in a car accident,
and if you thought you were busy this holiday season -- consider the post
The coastal storm that dumped rain and snow on parts of Virginia is far to
the north now and heading toward Nova Scotia.
A cold northwest wind will continue to blow through the weekend. And a few
weak disturbances may cause some snow showers or light snow, but no big storms
are in the forecast. I'll tell you more about what you can expect in a few
music up full
A Virginia Tech student is dead following an accident in Giles County this
It happened at about three-thirty.
State police say 21-year-old Matthew Raymond Petrasy (PAH-tracy) of
Richmond was traveling WEST in the east bound lane of route 4-60 when he ran
off the side of the road and struck a parked truck.
Petrasy died at the scene.
In New York, for the second time in as many weeks a gunman has opened fire
in a city store, killing innocent bystanders.
SUPER=03-New York, NY/Yesterday;
This time it was an attempted robbery that turned into a bloody massacre.
Police say the suspect killed five people and wounded three others after
announcing a hold-up.
A police officer eventually wounded the gunman.
(( CHARLES KAMMERDENER/NEW YORK CITY POLICE DEPT:THE OFFICER CAME OUT OF HIS
VEHICLE. HE TOOK HIS SHOTGUN IWTH HIM HE TOOK COVER IN THE STREET HERE BEHIND
A PARKED AUTOMOBILE, AND ENGAGED IN A GUNFIGHT WITH A MALE WHO EXITED THE STORE
SUPER=01-Charles Kammerdener/NYC Police Dept.
OUT Q=the store shooting.
On December 8th, a gunman angered by an eviction dispute opened fire in
Freddy's Fashion Mart on 125th Street in Harlem, then set fire to the store.
Seven people and the gunman died in the blaze.
A Pittsylvania County teen wanted in the fatal shooting of an elderly man
has turned himself in.
Murder warrants were served against 19- year old Paul Michael Dalton, Junior
Dalton is a suspect in the death of 72- year old Clark Aubrey Adkins of
SUPER=03-Pittsylvania Co./File Tape;
Police found the elderly man's abandoned car in the Callands (CAL-inds)
section of Pittsylvania County Sunday night.
Adkins' body was located a short distance away.
Another teen accused of murder is on trial again in Halifax County.
Kevin Chase Newman's OCTOBER trial ended in a hung jury.
The 17- year old is accused of pulling the trigger in the fatal drive-by
shooting of Anthony Scott Whitlock in February at Westside Trailer Court.
In September, Harry Traynham (TRAY-NUM) was found guilty of first degree
murder for his role in the crime.
Traynham was prosecuted for driving the car used in the shooting.
And a teenager accused of robbing a Lynchburg bank is behind bars this
Police in Rowland, North Carolina say they caught 19- year old Brian Keith
Watson breaking into a motel room yesterday morning.
A background check revealed Watson was suspected of robbing the Nationsbank
on Boonsboro Road three weeks ago.
Police recovered Watson's abandoned car that day, but he was not caught.
Two Lynchburg detectives have traveled to North Carolina to talk with
SOFT MUSIC UNDER
Still to come, the Red Cross wants you to put it on your gift list this
and here's a present from the Federal Reserve -- lower interest rates.
Len Besthoff tells us how we'll benefit.
music up full
Mail pouches are overflowing with Christmas cards and packages today.
For postal workers it's the busiest delivery day of the year.
Officials say workers will carry more than 725- million pieces of mail.
That's a 25 percent increase over normal deliveries.
Christmas isn't just a time for sending cards and giving presents-- it's
also a time for giving blood.
It's usually a busy time for the American Red Cross, which is sponsoring
Officials hope to encourage more people to donate blood during this period
when the need can be greater than usual.
IN Q=Travel periods go up
((BOB OSTROM/AMERICAN RED CROSS: TRAVEL PERIODS GO UP, SO OF COURSE, YOU HAVE
A LOT MORE PEOPLE WHO ARE ON THE ROAD AND YOU HAVE A HIGHER RATE OF PEOPLE
BEING INVOLVED IN SERIOUS ACCIDENTS, BUT IT TAKES THE AMERICAN RED CROSS IN
THIS REGION 260 TO 300 PINTS EVERY DAY COLLECTED, JUST TO SUPPLY THIS AREA. ))
SUPER=01-Bob Ostrom/American Red Cross;
OUT Q=SUPPLY THIS AREA
The Red Cross has held the holiday blood drive annually for the past 22
Over the opposition of residents and the Bland County Board of Supervisors,
the state Air Pollution Control Board has approved a permit for a medical waste
incinerator in the county.
The board approved the incinerator 3-2 yesterday.
Case-Lin Systems of Blacksburg says the plant is safe, but residents fear
the plant will release toxic chemicals.
Opponents of the plant probably won't be able to appeal the decision
because state law restricts the rights of residents to challenge pollution
permits in court.
Here's something many Americans are looking forward too -- lower loan rates.
The federal reserve has cut a key interest rate by a quarter percentage
Analysts say the cut is a sign that the fed is ready to fight a weakening
economy with easier credit.
Our Business Correspondant Len Besthoff is here with a look at how this
latest news affects us.
ANCHOR=Len 2 shot
SUPER=01-Denny Early/Crestar Mortgage Corp.;
(toss back to mel)
Stocks right now are on the plus side, one day after the interest rate cut.
On Wall Street at noon the Dow was UP nearly 19 points.
SPORTS MUSIC UNDER
Virginia Tech's basketball coach scores a pay raise,
and from Patrick Henry to Covington, we'll take you courtside for the latest in
high school basketball.
MUSIC UP FULL
Virginia Tech Basketball Coach Bill Foster has a new contract that will keep
him in Blacksburg through the year 2000.
Tech Athletic Director Dave Braine says terms of the contract call for a
base salary of nearly 133- thousand dollars for the first year, which is about
17- thousand more than Foster is making now.
The Hokies are 4 and 1 and ranked 22nd in the nation.
Foster was in the last year of his previous contract.
GRAPHIC=High school hoops
Time now for high school hoop action --
First, William Fleming versus Patrick Henry.
SUPER=03-Salem/Last Night; :00
Fleming's Brad DunLeavey takes the pass and goes inside for the basket.
Then the Patriots' Brooks Berry passes SUPER=33-William
to Phillip Taylor and he scores.
But this was Fleming's night; Sterling Tate makes good on an attempt and
the Colonels win 66 to 50.
wipe wipe wipe
GRAPHIC=wipe wipe wipe
VO-NAT Wipe to #eng!!!
SUPER=03-Roanoke Co./Vikings vs. Knights; :00
Over at Cave Spring the Knights hosted Northside.
Ben Peete scores with a right handed lay up.
Cave guard Jeff Lang answers with a drive of his own.
Then Lang passes to SUPER=33-Cave Spring/=65/Northside/=60;
Alex Phillips and he scores.
Peete hits a trey for Northside, but the Knights win it 65-60.
wipe wipe wipe
SUPER=03-Salem/Cougars vs. Highlanders; :00
In Pioneer district action, Glenvar beat Covington last night.
Glenvar's Josh Williamson makes a hoop that gives his team a six point
Cougar Erwin Twitty drives and passes to Cory Whitaker, who finishes with
James Williams notches two of his 15 and Glenvar wins 64-56.
Look for more racing at Roanoke' Victory Stadium next year.
Racing promoter Danny Taylor says he's scheduled 13 weeks of stock car
racing next fall.
He believes racing is big business for the valley.
IN Q=The importance of
((DANNY TAYLOR/RACING PROMOTER: THE IMPORTANCE OF IT OF COURSE IS GENERATING
ECONOMIC DOLLARS, THE QUALITY OF LIFE THAT IT WOULD PROVIDE HERE FOR THE
MARKET. AND THOSE ECONOMIC DOLLARS WILL COME FROM NOT ONLY THE ROANOKE AREA
BUT FROM OUTLYING AREAS.))
SUPER=01-Danny Taylor/Racing Promoter;
OUT Q=from outlying areas.
Experts say renovations could cost more than ten million dollars.
Coming up later today on Health Check--
Now that the holidays are here, it's important to take care of both your
body and soul-- to compensate for the extra pressures on both.
IN Q=It's important
((IT'S IMPORTANT ALSO TO REALIZE THAT HOLIDAYS BRING A MIXTURE
AS WELL AS DISSAPOINTMENTS AND
AND MAYBE SADNESS...BECAUSE WE WANT TO RECREATE THAT MAGIC THAT MAY NOT ALWAYS
BE THERE ANY LONGER. ))
SUPER=01-Julie Lusk/Health Management Center;
OUT Q=any longer.
We'll have more on that plus all the day's news, sports and weather-- on
News 7 at FIVE.
That's News 7 at NOON.
Thanks for joining us.