Ninety seconds away on NEWS-7 at FIVE--
Getting around in the snow has gotten easier today-- a live report on road
conditions and scheduling at the Roanoke Regional Airport.
ANother hostage situation in Texas by the BROTHER of a man who did the same
thing earlier this month.
And another memory of Princess Diana.
Occasional snow showers will blow through the area tonight and a big chill is
on the way tomorrow night!
Tonight on health check--
Getting the calcium you need from sources other than milk--
And some tips to be safe and have fun in the snow.
Don't go away, NEWS-7 is next.
The cabin fever has broken, and the digging out is nearly complete for
residents in the region.
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Good Evening, I'm Tonya Flory.
Things are almost back to normal in the wake of yesterday's winter storm.
In the Roanoke Valley, the main roads are clear, and in the mountains,
driving conditions are improving, though there are still some snowy patches.
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Eric Earnhart joins us with the latest on clean-up efforts.
Tonya, everybody pitched in today...SUPER=@Eric1;
even mother nature, providing a few hours of sunshine that melted what little
snow was left on the main roads.
IN Q=Virginia Department of
OUT Q=new Christmas sled
(( Virginia Department of Transportation crews were able to shift their
attention to secondary roads today...
But they can't do much about yesterday's biggest trouble spot... route 220
south of Roanoke, where road construction caused a snowy bottleneck.
IN Q=the kind of lane
((LAURA BULLOCK/VDOT; THE KIND OF LANE CLOSURE THAT'S SET UP, YOU CAN'T TEAR
DOWN AND TAKE OUT SO THE TRAFFIC CAN FLOW THROUGH. IT WOULD HAVE BEEN AN
UNSAFE SITUATION. THERE IS NOT ANOTHER ROAD THERE FOR TRAFFIC TO USE. WE HAD A
VERY UNFORTUNATE TIME YESTERDAY WITH PEOPLE TRYING TO GET THROUGH AND WE ARE
SORRY FOR THAT.))
OUT Q=sorry for that
For most folks today, the focus was on the driveway, not the highway...
We found Peggy Nauman cheerfully shoveling her sidewalk for the third time.
IN Q=I love it
((PEGGY NAUMAN; I LOVE IT, I LOVE THE SNOW, I LOVE TO WALK IN IT, I LIKE TO
SOME PEOPLE ARE GOING TO HEAR YOU SAY THAT AND THINK YOU'RE NUTS.
I KNOW, THEY'LL JUST HAVE TO THINK IT, BUT I LOVE THE SNOW ))
OUT Q=love the snow
There were plenty of snow lovers out today, taking advantage of the sunny
weather, braving the gusty winds and occasional snow squall to throw a few
snowballs, or risk life and limb on that new Christmas sled....
(eric ad lib into page 2)
Good news for people flying out to the Gator Bowl... things are back to
normal at the Roanoke Regional Airport.
There were some cancelled flights early this morning because airplanes
couldn't land overnight.
But airport officials say all the mid-morning flights arrived on time, a
sign that things are improving at other airports as well.
IN Q=what we mostly
((JAQUELINE SHUCK/AIRPORT EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR; WHAT WE MOSTLY GUAGE IT BY IS
WHETHER WE'RE HAVING DELAYS GOING IN OR OUT, IT DOESN'T APPEAR THEY ARE, SO
THEY'RE PROBABLY BACK IN GOOD SHAPE ALSO. ))
SUPER=01-Jaqueline Shuck/Airport Executive Director;
OUT Q=good shape also
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(questions: Back to the situation on Route 220-- what happens the next time it
The black box that may hold the answers to a deadly jolt of turbulence aboard
a jumbo jetliner is being analyzed.
VO-NAT 10:00 feed 10:14:11
SUPER=03-Loudon Co./Dulles International Airport;
The flight data recorder from the United Airlines jet that experienced
severe turbulence Sunday night is now being investigated by the National
Transportation Safety Board.
One woman was killed after the Tokyo-to-Honolulu plane, hit "clear-air
turbulence" and plunged a thousand feet two hours after take-off.
A total of 102 people among the 393 passengers and crew were injured in the
A man is holding his estranged wife and their children hostage in a Texas
Police say he's the brother of the man accused of a two day hostage standoff
12 days ago involving 80 children and five adults in a daycare center.
VO-NAT 1:00 feed 13:08
Police say 38-year-old James Riccardo Lipscomb is holding his three
hostages in a public housing duplex in McKinney, Texas where his ex-wife lives.
Police are not releasing any names.
IN Q=we're not
((PHIL SIMMONS/ASST. CHIEF MCKINNNEY POLICE DEPT.:WE'RE NOT, YOU KNOW HE'S NOT
CALLING US NAMES OR ANYTHING LIKE THAT, IT'S WE'RE WORKING THROUGH THIS TO GET
SUPER=01-Asst. Chief Phil Simmons/McKinney Police Dept.
The standoff began Monday night, after reports Lipscomb was threatening his
girlfriend with a knife.
He released a nine-year-old boy about two hours after police arrived, but
everyone else is still inside.
Police say he hasn't made any demands and nobody's been hurt.
The murder investigation is closed into the slaying of Gianni Versace.
Miami Beach Police say they have not found a motive, and that the answer to
that question probably died when suspected serial killer Andrew Cunanan
((CHIEF RICHARD BARRETO/MIAMI BEACH POLICE: THE INVESTIGATION CONCLUDES THAT
ANDREW CUNANAN WAS THE PERSON RESPONSIBLE FOR THE MURDER OF GIANNI VERSACE; AND
ALSO SUGGESTS THAT CUNANAN ACTED ALONE, AND THAT THE WEAPON USED WAS THE SAME
ONE IN THE (DAVID) MADSON AND (WILLIAM) REESE MURDERS, WHICH ARE OUTSIDE THIS
SUPER=01-Chief Richard Barreto/Miami Beach Police;
OUT Q=this jurisdiction.
Police are releasing hundreds of files on the case under
Florida's open-records laws.
But they are not yet releasing autopsy photos.
Versace's family filed a lawsuit today to block the release of the photos.
The fashion designer was killed July 15th on the steps of his Miami Beach
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Selling cars without a title is earning a Clifton Forge man a hefty fine.
And a little later in the newscast-- What's life like atop Mill Mountain in
this weather? We'll check in at the zoo--
In tonight's health check report--a glass a day keeps the doctor away.
Stick around for all these stories and a live report from the Gator Bowl when
NEWS-7 at FIVE returns.
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The manager of a Clifton Forge car dealership has been found guilty of
selling cars without a title.
In court yesterday, Dave Mann was convicted on two counts of failing to
obtain a title.
He was also found guilty of improperly using temporary and dealer plates.
All of the convictions are misdemeanors.
Mann was fined a total of 18-hundred dollars.
One-third of the fine was suspended, on the condition one of the customers
involved gets his title by January 16th.
Heat pumps generally keep your home cool in the summer and warm in the
But snow and ice can cause problems if you don't monitor your system
Technicians reccomend if you own a vertical heat pump to keep snow and ice
off the top and sides of the unit.
Heat pumps need air to function efficiently.
Some units can develop frost-- but it's ice that should be taken seriously.
IN Q=If you see
((BOB MARTIN/BLUE RIDE HEATING & AIR CONDITIONING MGR.:IF YOU SEE ICE DOWN IN
THE UNIT, TURN THE UNIT OFF AND SIMPLY TAKE SOME WARM WATER AND POUR DOWN THE
UNIT TO CLEAR THE FAN BLADES AND COIL AND SO FORTH AND INSIDE AND THAT USUALLY
DOES THE TRICK WITHOUT HAVING TO CALL A SERVICE TECHNICIAN OUT. ))
SUPER=01-Bob Martin/Blue Ridge Heating & Air Cond.; :00
OUT Q=technician out.
Martin recommends having your heat pump serviced twice a year and changing
disposable filters every 45 days.
GRAPHIC=mill mtn zoo
So what's it like up on Mill Mountain with all the snow on the ground?
It depends on which animal you ask.
Boris the snow leopard doesn't seem to mind the white stuff.
Then again, it's his natural habitat.
Nina the llama also seemed comfortable having visitors drop by to say hello.
In fact, most of the animals at Mill Mountain Zoo were going about their
business as usual today.
Zookeepers say only a few of the animals decide to stay in after big snow
IN Q=you might
((LAURIE SPANGLER/MILL MOUNTAIN ZOO: YOU MIGHT NIGHT SEE THE PRAIRIE DOGS.
THEY DON'T LIKE THE COLD WEATHER ALTHOUGH THEY DO POKE THEIR HEADS OUT IN
FEBRUARY. AND THE TREE KANGAROOS, ONCE IT'S 60-DEGREES THEY WILL BE OUT. ))
SUPER=01-Laurie Spangler/Mill Mountain Zoo;
OUT Q=will be out
The zoo was closed today.
But it should reopen tomorrow, after zookeepers have a chance to clear snow
from the walkways.
It is the center of attention on New Year's Eve-- Times Square--
but next in the newscast-- a building collapse right in the heart of the
square-- stay tuned.
STOCKS BUMP NEXT
A Times Square building in Manhattan holding balloons for the famous New
Year's Eve celebration collapsed early this morning.
The upper floors of the six-story building on 42nd Street dropped... but the
party will go on.
The building was built in 1926 and slated for demolition in the spring.
It was holding 30-thousand balloons, 20-thousand pom-poms, 20-thousand leis
Slabs of concrete-- some chunks as long as 15 feet, landed on the sidewalk
and street below.
No one was injured and no one was in the building when it collapsed.
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Meantime, the finishing touches are underway for the celebration.
The festivities have been going on at Times Square since 1904-- when the
owners of One Times Square began ushering in the New Year from the roof-top.
The ball was first lowered in 1907.
Now, an estimated 500-thousand people pack the area to see the ball drop,
and 300-million more watch it on television worldwide.
The ball is aluminium and weighs more than 500 pounds.
The outside is covered with 12-thousand large rhinestones.
It drops down a 77-foot flagpole.
SUPER=330-Snow Showers/Wind W-15/24-28/Variable Clouds/Wind W-15/30-33;
SUPER=331-Snow Showers/Wind W-15/26-28/Variable Clouds/Wind W-15/30-34;
SUPER=332-Snow Showers/Wind W-15/21-23/Cloudy & Windy/Flurries/24-26;
SUPER=333-Snow Showers/Wind W-20/22-25/Cloudy With/Flurries/30-32;
SUPER=334-Snow Showers/1-2" Accumulation/18-22/Snow Showers/Wind NW-15/22-24;
health music under
In tonight's Two Minute Ticker- a status report on Tech quarterback Al
The first major winter storm this season has created quite a play ground...
but many activities can be dangerous--we have some safety tips tonight on
IN Q=Over 250-thousand
((DR. JODY HERSHEY/MONTGOMERY CO. HEALTH DIRECTOR:OVER 250-THOUSAND SLEDDING
INJURIES A YEAR COME INTO OUR EMERGENCY ROOMS MOSTLY HEAD, FACIAL INJURIES AND
ARM AND LEG INJURIES))
OUT Q=leg injuries
Good Afternoon-- Keith Humphry here with a look ahead what you'll see
tonight on NEWS-7 at SIX.
Four years of GOVERNOR George Allen comes to an end in two and a half weeks.
And he has this somewhat cryptic piece of advice for his successor-- fellow
Republican Jim Gilmore.
IN Q=Jim should
((GOV. GEORGE ALLEN: JIM SHOULD JUST BE HIMSELF. DON'T TRY TO BE SOMEONE
OUT Q=you're not.
Ellen Qualls brings us highlights of a wide-ranging interview with the 67th
Hear George Allen's OWN spin on his turn at the helm.
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That's coming up at the top of the hour on NEWS 7 at SIX.
Thanks Keith, we'll check it out.
They go together like cookies and milk... Vitamin D and calcium.
In fact, in every carton of milk, manufacturers add Vitamin D-- without it,
your body is unable to absorb the rich supply of calcium that's in the milk you
A lack of calcium causes osteoporosis... weak bones that can lead to
fractures and early death.
Post-menopausal women are especially at risk.
But what if you're not a big milk drinker?
((ELISE SOSIN/NUTRITIONIST: WELL, THERE'S MANY OTHER WAYS TO GET VITAMIN D.
YOU CAN GET IF FROM
SOME FISH, LIKE SALMON, IT'S FORTIFIED IN CEREAL AND YOU REALLY NEED TO CHECK
THE LABEL. BUTTER HAS IT ... ))
OUT Q=BUTTER HAS IT
**tonya on cart**
But Vitamin D is not in every dairy product...
(( IF THEY WANT TO KNOW HOW MUCH CALCIUM, THAT THEY'RE GETTING FROM THIS
SOURCE, ALL THEY NEED TO DO IS LOOK AT THE LABEL, AND WHATEVER PERCENTAGE IT
IS, JUST ADD A ZERO. SO THIS IS 20%, THIS WILL GIVE YOU 200 MILLIGRAMS. FOR
MOST WOMEN, THIS IS ABOUT 15 TO 20% OF WHAT THEY NEED FOR THE ENTIRE DAY.
GREAT SOURCE. ))
OUT Q=GREAT SOURCE
Diet isn't the only way to get what your body needs.
Sunlight is also rich source in Vitamin D.
One caution-- nutritionists say Vitamin D should not be overdone.
Unlike some vitamins, the body cannot rid excess vitamins naturally.
Too much of it can be toxic, so supplements should only be taken on the
advice of your doctor.
Financial help is on the way for some local communities in need of more
First Virginia Bank-Piedmont has joined the Virginia Health Care Foundation
to loan money to health-care providers who work in underserved areas, including
Danville and Pittsylvania County.
The Healthy Communities Loan Fund offers up to 250-thousand dollars.
Those eligible for the loans are medical practices, community health centers,
dental clinics, hospitals and other primary-care providers interested in
locating a practice or expanding operations in a medically underserved area.
Many people in Central and Southwest Virginia aren't hibernating during the
winter weather...especially the children.
But the fun of throwing snowballs and sliding down hills can be dampened by
Health experts caution: children should be well supervised at all times when
they're playing in the snow.
They advise staying away from ponds and note the terrain when sledding.
IN Q=Where it's void
SUPER=01-Dr. Jody Hershey/Montgomery Co. Health Director; :00
OUT Q=busy when they're inside.
IN Q=Where it's...
((DR.JODY HERSHEY/MONTGOMERY CO. HEALTH DIRECTOR:WHERE IT'S VOID OF OBSTACLES
SUCH AS TREES, STUMPS, TREE LIMBS, STUMPS WHERE THEY CAN GET HARMED AND WHERE
IT'S FREE OF TRAFFIC, PARTICULARLY AVOID AREAS THAT HAVE QUICK DROP OFFS AREAS
THSAT END UP IN PONDS OR SRTEETS OR PARKING LOTS))
OUT Q=parking lots.
Hershey suggest using a sled with runners--which is safer than toboggans and
Also dress children warmly--but don't overdress--body temperature will rise
as children play.
Zippers make clothes adaptable--when you get too warm, you can unzip.
Choose the right fabrics--
Start with thermal underwear as the first layer, then cotton or wool in the
middle...And for the outerlayer water-proof and wind resistant jackets work
Also, Hershey says mittens are a better choice than gloves...
Since the mittens keep fingers together so the heat doesn't escape as easily.
And finally stay dry--wet feet can bring on sickness quickly.
Make sure children know when its time to come inside so they don't suffer
hypothermia or frost bite.
On a sunny day, doctors say sunscreen isn't a bad idea.
Even though it's cold--the snow reflects the sun.
But when the novelty of the white stuff has worn off--countless hours
indoors can lead to restless children, unless you have some plans.
IN Q=There's lots
((DR. JODY HERSHEY/MONTGOMERY CO. HEALTH DIRECTOR:THERE'S LOTS OF INDOOR
ACTIVITIES, BOARD GAMES, SUCH AS MONOPOLY WHICH TAKE A WHILE, BUT ALSO KEEP
TEIR ATTENTION. COOKING HEALTHY TREATS. I THINK THOSE ARE SOME GREAT WAYS TO
KEEP KIDS BUSY WHEN THEY'RE INSIDE))
OUT Q=they're inside.))
There are a couple of myths about staying warm:
Eating more keeps you warm in the winter is not true--while body fat does
provide insulation bundling up is a better method.
And hot drinks keep you warm in the cold is a myth--the fact is they taste
good and have a psychological benefit, but they don't do anything to boost body
Hot liquids can dilate blood vessels in the skin--which leads to a small
amount of heat LOSS.
Time now for sports and a trip to sunny Florida-- Roy leads the way in
GRAPHIC=two minute ticker
Thank You Tonya and welcome to the Tuesday afternoon two minute Ticker.
The Virginia Tech Hokies are in Jacksonville preparing for the New Years
day match up with North Carolina in the Gator bowl.
The Hokies expect flanker Shawn Scales to be back in the lineup and head
coach Frank Beamer said today that Al Clark will start the game on Thursday.
SUPER=03-Jacksonville, FL/This Morning; :
Clark worked out with the Hokies yesterday and he was back on the field this
morning as Tech went through its practice.
Clark took most of the snaps this morning and its just a matter of getting
back in the groove.
IN Q="I'm just out
((AL CLARK/TECH QUARTERBACK: ))
SUPER=01-Al Clark/Va. Tech Quarterback; :
OUT Q=....injury reoccuring."
Clark will play but the question is for how long. He hasn't tested the
knee at full speed or has he faced a live defense since Tech's regular season
loss to Virginia.
IN Q="i think
((FRANK BEAMER/TECH HEAD COACH: ))
SUPER=01-Frank Beamer/Va. Tech Head Coach; :
OUT Q=......so forth."
If Clark is unable to go the whole game Beamer and his coaching staff have
confidence in redshirt freshman Nick Sorensen who threw just 21 passes this
IN Q="The past...
((NICK SORENSEN/TECH QUARTERBACK: ))
SUPER=01-Nick Sorensen/Va. Tech Quarterback; :
OUT Q=.....out there."
Steve Mason is a little under the weather today dealing with a case of
pneumonia--we hope to hear from him tomorrow at 5 and 6.
DOUBLE BOXES ROY/BRUCE
So we'll check in with Bruce Snyder of WXLV of Winston-Salem with the latest
on the Tar Heels' thousand yard rusher Jonathan Linton who strained a ligament
in his right knee in practice today and is questionable for Thursday game.
(bruce ad lib)
(ROLL VO OVER BRUCE)
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We'll have more from Bruce and our crew in Jacksonville at six....see you
Britain's "Queen of Hearts," has gotten the stamp of approval from the
British Post Office
A set of five postage stamps goes on sale February 3rd-- more than 120
million sets will be available.
All monies from the commemorative collection will go to the Princess
Diana Memorial Fund and be funneled out to some of her favorite charities.
Sales are expected to reach close to 12-million dollars.
Perhaps the most lasting memorial to the princess, who was killed August
31st in France along with her companion Dodi Al Fayed and their driver, will
be a garden at her London home, Kensington Palace.
That's it for us tonight on NEWS-7 at FIVE- good night.