tv WFXR News Good Day Virginia 5 FOX February 17, 2016 5:00am-6:00am EST
11672737 but to join us in the good morning, it's wednesday, february 17th. thanks for starting your morning off with good day virginia. i'm kyle benjamin. and i'm january keaton. first this morning. thousands of people spent the night in the dark across southwest virginia. here is a live look at appalachian power's outage map. you can see the highest numbers still 24 hours later
county. 45-hundred people are still in the dark in roanoke county. 37-hundred also in franklin county. so what exactly does it take get your power back up and running?wfxr's sophia borrelli tagged along with appalachian power crews to find out! 0:08 - 0:130:14 - 0:24five stops - in five hours.but the list keeps growing - for this line crew.kenney boone/line crew supervisor: "if we can fix it with just the three of us real quick, we can, but if it would be something that would tie us up a long time, we will just assessing it." standup: "power crews say problems like this one aren't a quick fix but they are working 15 to 16 hours a day just to get your power back on as soon as possible."kenney: "dread the long hours, but you know, it's just part of the job been doing it for 36 years. crews say the ice storm after the snow was the cause for a lot of the problems. kenney: "snow would have been better than the ice, the ice is what caused it."with no end in sight as to how long some will be without power, crews say they are working as hard as they can. kenney: "go home and get a little sleep, then come back and do it the next day too because we know this is probably going to run two, three, four days probably."and to not shoot the messenger. kenney: "be patient and don't be mad at the ones that come out there to look at it because we're the ones that have to fix it."it's a dangerous job.but one that many residents are grateful for - once their lights are back on. reporting in roanoke,
how people are people are also asking how to stay warm because of those power outages. officials say layering is key and keeping essential supplies on hand. they include: flashlights, a battery powered radio, batteries, cs and ds will help power lanterns and other devices. also have some board games, fun activities and some sweet treats on hand as well. even though roads are in much better shape this morning than they were yesterday morning, there are
door today. meteoologist taylor kanost is keeping an eye on the roads this morning in roanoke county. thanks to the warm conditions yesterday, city and vdot crews were able to get a lot accomplished yesterday. most major roads have been cleared of all of the trees that came crashing down tuesday morning. along with that, most roads including secondary neighborhood streets appear to be clear of snow at this point. however, we aren't completely out of the woods just yet. temperatures are expected to hover right around the freezing mark this morning in roanoke and other portions of southwest virginia which means black ice could be an issue. even if your area does not drop below freezing, all of the snowmelt will pond on the roads. bottom line is most of you shouldn't have any trouble getting where you need to go today, but it's still a smart idea to take a bit slow and give yourself a little bit extra time. reporting live in
security and f-e-m-a.senators mark warner and tim kaine made the announcement in richmond on tuesday.both say the money will strengthen the state's abilities to prevent and mitigate emergencies, including terror threats, natural and man-made disasters. a proposed takeover of norfolk southern railroad could be in the works. officials with canadian pacific plan to seek preliminary approval from federal regulators. norfolk southern has responded saying they feel canadian pacific's offer is quote grossly inadequate. no word this morning on when a possible decision could be reached. wfxr news is your local election headquarters.those still left in the running for the republican presidential nomination are running all over south carolina head of saturday's primary...and with an average of recent polls showing ted cruz just trailing behind frontrunner donald trump, the war between the two is growing.peter doocy reports. :09 - :11:12 - :19:40 - :54 1:08 - 1:171:18 - 1:36after repeatedly clashing during last weekend's debate in south
between donald trump and ted cruz is clearly not letting up ... trump says: "never seen a human being lie so much ..."// butted to // cruz says: "he cannot be trusted to nominate conservatives to the court, given that for 60 years of his life he described himself as very pro-choice ..." this, while the front-runner unleashes new attacks on his other rival ... jeb bush ... who was joined by his brother -- former president george w. bush -- for the first time on the campaign trail last night ... both bushes -- responding to trump with some strong words of their own. g.w.bush says: "the strongest person isn't the loudest person in the room ..."// butted to // jeb bush says: "the leading candidate says we don't need to increase spending on military- guess he thinks he can use his real estate skills to bring weapons meanwhile, the democrats are getting ready to caucus this saturday in nevada ... with the clinton campaign hoping to slow down the momentum of her
new this morning:a new c-n-n ... o-r-c poll shows donald trump and hillary clinton both holding big leads nationally. trump is out front with 38- percent support from likely voters.texas senator ted cruz is in second place.meanwhile, on the democratic side, hillary clinton is 18-points ahead of bernie sanders. and here in virginia:donald trump and hillary clinton are leading the pack among voters. that's according to a new christopher newport university
the republican side, donald trump keeps his lead with 29-percent. marco rubio in second with 22-percent.hillary clinton edging out bernie sanders 54 to 40.also, another interesting note from the poll, 76-percent of voters say they're very likely to vote in the march 1st primary. roanoke mayoral candidate sherman lea won the democratic firehouse primary over the weekend. it was record turnout at the berglund center. now, we're taking your questions straight to mr. lea. hour, we'll sit down one-on-one with the current councilman. do you have a question for mr. lea about roanoke's economy, safety or even the city's future? we want to hear from you! share your question under this post our facebook page, you may see your question during our 7 and 8-o'clock hours right here on good day virginia. coming up on an unwelcomed discovery inside a california subway landed a
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president obama says he is vowing to nominate a replacement for justice antonin scalia, no matter what! on the republican side, they plan to block any nominee until a new president is in office. democrats are defending the president's position, hillary cliton even calling any threat to halt the process quote disgraceful. scalia's empty chair on the u-s supreme court will not go unoticed. black wool crepe has been draped on the
his seat. a source close to scalia's family says a public viewing will be held on friday, with private services on saturday. antonin scalia was 79-years-old. the band performing on stage during the terrorist attack at the bataclan in paris back in november, returned to the stage on tuesday night for a tribute concert.the eagles of death metal say their return to paris is a quote sacred duty.the terrorist attacks targeted the theater and six other locations throughout the city and left 130 dead.isis claimed responsibility for the attacks. investigation of the sinking of the el faro cargo ship is underway.coast guard hearings will take place for the next nine days.the goal of the hearings is to find the facts behind what happened to the ship that sank with 33 crew members on board in october of last year during hurricane joaquin. the hearings come just a week after the ntsb announced it will begin a new search for the cargo ship's data recorder.that search will start in april. a newborn baby is
this morning after being found abandoned in a subway bathroom. take a listen to this frantic 9-1-1 call from employees. "oh my god, there's blood, oh my god. and where did she go?" police say the woman who gave birth to the baby is homeless and on narcotics drugs. they were able to track her down and arrest her. good news this morning, the baby is expected to make a full recovery and is being cared for by hospital staff. the nation's largest airline is suing the company that provides wi-fi for its planes. the reason.. because its too slow!american airlines filed that lawsuit against gogo on tuesday.they are also asking to be let go from their contract that runs through 2018.gogo says new technology will deliver a much better and faster wi-fi experience for passengers. coming up on good day virginia. you can't buy it in stores, but people in pittsylvania
"it's just milk that's straight from the cow it's unprocessed it's straight from the animal for us to enjoy and consume"but unless you actually own a cow, or a share of a herd, it's not legal for virginians to enjoy or consume..."some states where it's illegal and some states where you can buy it in the store, so there's a big debate going on"the debate centers on the bacteria in raw versus say can be dangerous...jack fuhrmann is able to get around that by selling shares of his herd, not milk--customers just pay to board the animals... "the milk is just a by product the milk is then delivered to for owning part of the herd...it's still a hotly it's due to misunderstanding. ..praising the benefits of it "i'm lactose intolerant drinking milk from the store, but that's not the case for me with raw milk"jack says he doesn't advertise, and that all of the herd's partial owners found him in their search for raw milk..."they actually find us they've done their research and they want this for their family"he encourages everyone to do their research on the issue and draw their own conclusion, and for those who don't agree? well, there's no use crying over spilled milk...solina lewis, wfxr news.
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good morning, it's wednesday, february 17th. thanks for starting your morning off with good day virginia. i'm january keaton. and i'm kyle benjamin. in addition to the school closings and delays scrolling across the bottom of your screen, we do want to re-touch on those power outages across the region. this is a live look at apco's outage map right now you can see the highest numbers still in roanoke county and franklin county. 45-hundred people are still in the dark in roanoke county. 37-hundred also in franklin county. scattered outages across other counties throughout the region. preparing for emergencies like
takes part in.it's also fire prevention week and we want to share expert advice on how you and your family can stay safe! wfxr's kristen eskow shows us how pillowcases are helping children in particular deal with emergency situations. :09-:14 getting children ready for an emergency situation is one responsibility of many american red cross volunteers - but for bridget powell - it's also personal.powell: "ironically enough, i grew up in new orleans, and my parents were unfortunately part of katrina. and that is something that we have always been taught, as a little child, to be prepared."powell is a regional instructor for the pillowcase project - which the red cross started two years ago. it's a one-time class that teaches children - usually between the ages of 8 and 12 - what kinds of items they should have handy in case of an emergency."an emergency radio, something to kind of spend the times if they're out of power, like today, maybe a coloring book or a puzzle. and also a blanket, flashlight." standup: "before filling the pillowcases, each child is given his or her own to design as they like."powell: "they get to be excited about it and have, kind of, their minds open to things. and actually it calms their fear."powell says the children use those pillowcases - to prepare and hold their own emergency preparedness kit at home - which they can use in case of a fire or other emergency - if they can access it safely. powell says she finds not many children fully understand how be prepared for an emergency - before taking the class. powell: "if you can help another child to calm their fears, to be prepared, then you've done the best thing you could ever do for a child." the class has been taught to more than 3,000 children throughout virginia. in roanoke, kristen eskow, wfxr news. if you'd like to host a pillowcase project class at your organization - or if you know a family that needs a smoke detector installed - just head to virginia first dot com. w-f-x-r news has partnered up with the american red cross. we have a special ' fire prevention week' page - with resources to help you and your family.
special ' fire we have a american red with the partnered up w-f-x-r first dot com. head to virginia installed - just needs a smoke family that or if you know a organization - project class at pillowcase like to host a if you'd if you'd like to host a pillowcase project class at your organization - or if you know a family that needs a smoke detector installed - just head to virginia first dot com. w-f-x-r news has partnered up with the american red cross. we have a special ' fire prevention week' page - with resources to help you and your family. after winter storms,
industries of the valleys often see a decrease in donations. and thats the time they need donations the most team members say they need clothes more than anything - but they are also accepting shoes and housewares.so if you are cleaning out your closet-- consider donating! elizabeth milne/marketing manager,goodwill industries of the valleys: "when individuals donate and shop with goodwill, they are helping people in the community gain employment and last year over all, we helped over for hundred people get jobs in the community. so when you are shopping and donating at goodwill, you are helping people get back to work." donations can be dropped off at multiple locations in around the area including their store on melrose avenue in roanoke. when checking for school closing or delays, most parents watch tv, or wait for the robo-call, but more and more students are heading to twitter. in fact, according to roanoke city public schools, 85% of its twitter followers are high school students. over the past couple of days, the
media site when asked about school closings, and the responses from the school had some thinking the account had been hacked. for example, when one person tweeted "we got school or nah," the response from the school district's twitter acount? for every tweet asking about school tomorrow, we will delay our decision by 30 minutes. jadha harper/11th grader: every time we ask, he says coming back, like not with a professional answer." a school spokesperson says the the account was not hacked ... they were simply being "playful and nothing more." by the way, students in roanoke city will head back to class two hours
tree came from it just fell out of the sky."peg mcguire and her family of windsor hills in southwest roanoke woke up to this..a down tree...down power lines....and worst of all a down and out nissan quest. " i don't think it's taken out a car like this before." maquire says her neighborhood is heavily wooded. they thought they were already prepared- -removing trees they thought could hit their house or driveway. "it didn't like my van" but, nonetheless she's relieved. everyone is ok--her husband left an hour before the tree came down, and most importantly her two boys where safe inside. her oldest timothy says he wasn't scared by all the damage, but he did feel kind of bad for his mom. "that was my mom's car and it cost a lot of money to get it." maquire says fire department and power company responded quickly and luckily her home, unlike her car, was not damaged, so she's just thankful we still have internet and power and we can get cable so we're happy .... unfortunately her van isn't, so mcguire says she's be spending the rest of her week talking with insurance adjusters and looking for a new car. in roanoke, paris holmes, wfxr news high levels of lead are still in the waters of flint, michigan. next on good day virginia: the message the u-s surgeon general has for residents! residents! general has for the u-s surgeon the message virginia:good day next on waters of flint,
holmes, wfxr news high levels of lead are still in the waters of flint, michigan. next on good day virginia: the message the u-s surgeon general has for residents! and more bad news in dealing with the zika virus! seven people in one state are now possibly infected! the steps you can take to protect yourself! when we go to the store, i find my box of honey bunches of oats and i'm checking to see if i packaged it. best cereal in the world right there.
doctor vivek murthy is officials with the columbus, ohio department of public health have confirmed that seven returning travelers have been tested for the zika virus. those seven people had returned to the united states with symptoms related to several different illnesses, including the zika virus. tests have been sent to the center for disease control. results are not expected to be returned for a couple weeks. virginia leaders are pushing for more agriculture trade with cuba. this as airline service is being offered for the first time in fifty years. department of transportation leaders say airline carriers must apply for permission to fly before they sell tickets to cuba. the goal is to expand tourism and business on the island. both sides say this is a major step forward in the growing relationship between the u-s and cuba. :26 - :43"it represents a critically important milestone in the united state's continued efforts to engage with cuba and normalize our relations, as president obama
a cold front will cross through the ohio valley today andtonight...then will dissipate over the mid atlantic region bythursday morning. high pressure builds in behind the front andwill cover much united states on thursday. a lowpressure system in the upper mississippi valley friday will moveeast across the great lakes on saturday.today...partly sunny. highs in the mid 40s. northwest windsaround 10 mph. .tonight...partly cloudy in the evening...then clearing. lows the mid 20s. northwest winds around 10 mph with gusts up to20 mph..thursday...sunny. highs in the mid 40s. northwest winds around10 mph in the morning...becoming light and variable..thursday night...mostly clear in the evening...then becomingpartly cloudy. upper 20s. light and variable winds. .friday...mostly sunny. highs around 50. south winds around 10 mph. gusts up to 25 mph in the afternoon..friday night through sunday...partly cloudy. lows around 40.highs in the mid 50s..sunday night...mostly cloudy. lows in the lower 40s..monday...mostly cloudy with a 30 percent chance of showers.highs in the mid 50s..monday night and tuesday...mostly cloudy with a 40 percentchance of showers.