SCRIPT FOR EYEWITNESS NEWS NEWSCASTFriday, November 1, 2013
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PRE PRODUCED COLD OPEN
DESTRUCTION CAUSED BY WICKED WINDS.
WE'LL SHOW YOU THE DAMAGE LEFT BEHIND FROM LAST NIGHT'S STORM -- AND TELL JUST HOW FAST THOSE WINDS WERE GUSTING... PLUS...
IN THE DARK -- THOUSANDS REMAIN WITHOUT POWER -- WE'LL HAVE THE LATEST ESTIMATES ON WHEN THE LIGHTS WILL BE BACK ON.
RE-OPENED! A BUSY BRIDGE LINKING TWO COMMUNITIES IS FINALLY COMPLETE -- WE'LL SHOW YOU THE NEW AND IMPROVED BRIDGE AND TELL YOU WHAT IT MEANS FOR BUSINESSES ON BOTH SIDES
JIM AD LIB
VIDEO OF TOP STORY
AND I'M RICK LORD...
THIS IS EYEWITNESS NEWS.
HIGH WINDS SWEPT THROUGH WEST VIRGINIA...KNOCKING OUT POWER TO THOUSANDS OF HOMES.
CABELL AND WAYNE COUNTIES WERE HIT THE HARDEST WITH MORE THAN EIGHT-THOUSAND OUTAGES.
SCHOOL WAS CLOSED OR DELAYED IN ELEVEN COUNTIES.
THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE SAYS WIND GUSTS REACHED AS HIGH AS 61 MILES AN HOUR IN PARKERSBURG AND 62 MILES AN HOUR IN HUNTINGTON...
EYEWITNESS NEWS REPORTER BOB AARON BEGINS OUR TEAM COVERAGE WITH A LOOK AT THE DAMAGE IN PUTNAM COUNTY.
THERE WERE MULTIPLE REPORTS OF TREES AND BRANCHES DOWN FROM MORGANTOWN TO WAYNE.
I HUNTINGTON STORM DAMAGE
SCHOOLS WITHOUT POWER WERE CLOSED ....AND THAT PUT A BIG FOOTBALL GAME IN JEOPARDY.
DAN @ HUNTINGTON
HUNTINGTON STORM DAMAGE
---GOOD NEWS FOR MANY HERE IN THE RIVER CITY.
AS THOUSANDS WERE WITHOUT POWER....AND A MASSIVE MESS TO CLEAN.
NEIGHBORGALL CONSTRUCTION ON SEVENTH AVENUE SUFFERED EXTENSIVE DAMAGE TO THEIR SECOND FLOOR AFTER THOSE HIGH WINDS TORE BACK THE ROOF LIKE A TIN CAN.
THE OWNER SAYS THE WOOD SHOP AREA SUFFERED THE MOST DAMAGE.
HE ESTIMATES IT WILL TAKE A COUPLE OF MONTHS TO REBUILD.
NO ONE WAS INSIDE THE BUILDING WHEN THE ROOF BLEW OFF SO NO ONE WAS HURT.
NEIGHBORGALL SAID AN INSURANCE ADJUSTER WAS GOING TO BE OUT THERE TODAY ASSESSING THE DAMAGE.
NOT A HALLOWEEN PRANK... BUT WIND GUSTS OF UP TO 70 MILES PER HOUR THAT CREATED HEADACHES FOR HUNDREDS.
TREES WERE LIFTED OFF CARS AND HOUSES...AND POWER CREWS WENT TO WORK.
"SHOCK! I HAVE NEVER SEEN THIS MUCH WIND DAMAGE!"
PART OF 8TH STREET...A MAJOR TRAFFIC ARTERY...WAS CLOSED AFTER A MASSIVE TREE BROUGHT DOWN TRAFFIC LIGHTS...AND POWER LINES.
"TAKE A LOOK AT THE SIZE OF THIS TREE TRUNK COMPARED TO ME! YOU CAN SEE IT'S COMPLETELY HALLOW...AND ROTTEN...CLEARLY NO MATCH FOR LAST NIGHTS WINDS."
THE PUMPKIN HOUSE IN KENOVA...A MAJOR HALLOWEEN ATTRACTION... WAS ALSO HIT.
"WENT TO BED LAST NIGHT WITH A PUMPKIN DISPLAY...WOKE UP WITH A TEENAGERS BED ROOM."
THE RACE IS ON TO MAKE REPAIRS FOR THIS WEEKEND'S CROWD... BUT A MASSIVE PUMPKIN LIGHT DISPLAY WAS DESTROYED.
"I KNEW IT WAS COMING BUT I JUST DIDN'T KNOW IT WOULD BE THIS STRONG."
AND CREWS WENT TO WORK TO DISMANTLE WHAT WAS KNOWN AS THE OLDEST TREE IN HUNTINGTON.
"IT WASN'T A BOOM BUT A SNAPPING SOUND."
HOMEOWNER PAT HOOTEN WAS IN BED WHEN THE 300 YEAR OLD TREE CAME CRASHING INTO HIS HOUSE.
"I WAS JUST WAITING FOR THE CEILING TO COME IN."
HIS HOME...HEAVILY DAMAGED.
HOOTEN IS THANKFUL NO ONE WAS HURT... BUT FOR HIM THIS IS A MAJOR SENTIMENTAL LOSS.
"WE'LL MOURN THE TREE FOR A WHILE...IT'S THE REASON WE BOUGHT THE HOUSE."
HUNTINGTON HIGH POWER
FOOTBALL MOMS WERE CONFIDENT THE POWER WOULD COME BACK ON AND THE GAME WOULD GO ON... THEY SPENT THE AFTERNOON DECORATING FOR SENIOR NIGHT.
THE POWER CAME BACK ON JUST BEFORE THREE AT THE HIGH SCHOOL.
IN HUNTINGTON... DAN MATICS... EYEWITNESS NEWS.
I KINETIC PARK POWER OUT
KINETIC PARK POWER OUT
GOLDY AUTO HAD A SIGN UP TO LET CUSTOMERS KNOW THEY WOULDN'T BE SELLING CARS TODAY... AND GUESTS AT SEVERAL STORES WERE IN THE DARK FOR SEVERAL HOURS TODAY AS WELL.
POWER TO MOST OF THOSE TRAFFIC LIGHTS AND BUSINESSES IS NOW RESTORED.
G POWER OUTAGES
THEY SAY THIS RESOTRATION COULD TAKE SEVERAL DAYS -- THEY'RE HOPING TO HAVE MORE SPECIFIC RESTORATION TIMES BY TONIGHT.
150 ADDITIONAL WORKERS HAVE BEEN BROUGHT IN TO HELP WITH THE JOB.
HERE ARE THE LATEST NUMBERS...
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I BRIDGE CEREMONY
LESLIE @ BRIDGE
BUT THANKS TO QUICK WORK BY THE CONTRACTOR AND COOPERATIVE WEATHER, THE SPAN LINKING NITRO AND ST. ALBANS IS BUZZING WITH TRAFFIC ONCE AGAIN.
Kennie Bass/Eyewitness News: After nearly 10 months with a price tag of 24 million dollars, the new Dick Henderson bridge officially re-opens.
Lorraine Henderson/Dick Henderson's Widow: It means so much for the posterity of the family for what he was working for.
Kennie Bass/Eyewitness News: This project came in on time and on budget, with much of the credit going to the state offering incentives to prospective contractors to get the span finished before the 2013 holiday shopping season.
Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin/(D) West Virginia: I think the fact that the incentives were added in to get it done in less than a year, I think it's great that in less than 10 months they were able to complete this entire project.
Paul Mattox/W.Va. Sec. of Transportation: We want to do everything we can to get the contractors to perform more efficiently and as effectively as possible.
Kennie Bass/Eyewitness News: Initially, federal highways officials wanted the bridge re-located. But local government representatives convinced them that building it on the existing piers made financial sense, saving millions of dollars.
Sen. Joe Manchin/(D) West Virginia: They convinced them though, let us do it here because we can save 75 percent of the money. They saved 75 million dollars and did it in ten months. This is the common sense that West Virginia has that we lack in Washington.
Kennie Bass/Eyewitness News: While the bridge was under construction, both St. Albans and Nitro suffered economically. However, it was the smaller city that took the biggest hit.
Mayor Dave Casebolt/Nitro: In the last 10 months our community has lost about 12,8 million dollars in commerce. That's over 30,000 dollars a day and that's not including the Marketplace. So, this bridge is very important to the economic stability of our city.
In St. Albans and Nitro, Kennie Bass, Eyewitness News.
I ECONOMIC IMPACT
THOSE BUSINESS OWNERS SAY IT WILL TAKE SOME TIME FOR BUSINESS TO PICK BACK UP, BUT THEY ARE OPTIMISTIC. JUST TO GIVE YOU AN IDEA OF HOW MUCH THIS 10 MONTH CLOSURE AFFECTED THESE BUSINESSES - WE TALKED TO PEOPLE WHO HAD TO LET WORKERS GO, CHANGE THEIR HOURS, AND SUFFERED LOSSES OF MORE THAN 85-PERCENT IN PROFITS.
RICHARD STADLER, PROUCE JUNCTION OWNER
"Over the past year they'v been shopping at Krogers or whatever. So they've got to come back and hopefully we can get some of the new people in, get a younger group"
SEVERAL OF THOSE PLACES SAY THEY WILL BE HIRING THE WORKERS BACK THAT HAD TO BE LET GO - AND THEY'RE JUST READY TO GET BACK INTO THE SWING OF THINGS...
GRX RAW NEWS
REPORTING LIVE IN NITRO , LRU, EYN.
I CHH STRIKE VOTE
NEGOTIATIONS HAVE BEEN ONGOING WITH HOSPITAL ADMINISTRATION TO RENEW THE CONTRACT THAT EXPIRES AT MIDNIGHT TONIGHT.
IT'S BEEN THREE YEARS SINCE THE LAST VOTE... AND UNION MEMBERS SAY THEY MADE SEVERAL CONCESSIONS THAT YEAR WITH WAGES, HEALTHCARE AND RETIREMENT.
THEY SAY CURRENT CONCERNS ARE PENSIONS AND HEALTHCARE FOR PART-TIME WORKERS.
"We took major concessions on health care at that point in time, and we feel like we've done our part in 2010, and now that they are growing and doing well, we feel like we should not be in concessionary bargaining."
NEGOTIATIONS WILL CONTINUE INDEFINITELY, BUT UNION MEMBERS WILL START VOTING ON WHETHER THEY'LL GIVE A 10-DAY NOTICE TO STRIKE AT 6-30 TOMORROW MORNING.
I ELM STREET SHOOTING
POLICE SAY AROUND 9 LAST NIGHT... SOMEONE STARTED SHOOTING ALONG ELM STREET...
A BULLET HIT THIS HOME AT 408 ELM STREET, GOING THROUGH THE WINDOW... ADRIAN POPE WAS INSIDE AT THE TIME AND SAYS HE HAD TO DIVE TO THE FLOOR FOR COVER... TWO MORE BULLETS CAME THROUGH HIS FRONT DOOR. HE WAS NOT HURT BUT IT LEFT HIM SHAKEN.
A VAN ON THE STREET ALSO HAD ITS WINDOWS SHOT OUT.
NO ONE HAS BEEN ARRESTED -- POLICE ARE ASKING PEOPLE WHO LIVE IN THE ELM STREET AREA TO BE ALERT AND REPORT ANY SUSPICIOUS ACTIVITY.
I SHANNON BRANDON
SHANNON BRANDON FACES 40 COUNTS OF SEXUAL ASSAULT OR ABUSE... THE ALLEGATIONS INVOLVE TWO VICTIMS IN INCIDENTS THAT HAPPENED AS LONG AGO AS 15 YEARS. BRANDON PLEADED NOT GUILTY TODAY... HIS TRIAL BEGINS IN FEBRUARY.
MARK @ LAIDLEY
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INTO 30 MILE MEAL
EYEWITNESS NEWS REPORTER DARRAH WILCOX TELLS US HOW IN THIS WEEK'S HEALTHY FOR LIFE.
Bridging the gap between regional food producers with buyers from area restaurants, grocery stores and school systems. That was the goal of the first ever local food expo held in Huntington recently.
"I feel like we have so much potential with Huntington being a mid-sized city, surrounded by all of this rural land, all of this farming activity, if we could capture that, I feel like it could be a really big input into our local economy."
People who attended got a chance to taste locally prepared foods and network to find out more about establishing a network that makes buying local more accessible.
"Maybe you're sitting at a restaurant with this beautiful plate of food in front of you, and you don't realize all the work it takes to get it there."
21 at the Frederick is part of the 30 mile meal program, incorporating local ingredients into their menu.
"It's all about the seasonality. Our goal is to get fresh seasonal ingredients, something that's the best around, and get it to the people."
Chancey said it adds a layer of transparency when you establish more local connections.
Zachary Chancey / Sous chef 21 at the Frederick
"You know exactly where it`s coming from. You can have a conversation with the farmer. You can see that these people are passionate. It`s a group of passionate people doing something that we all enjoy."
THEY HOPE TO CREATE A BUYER-GROWER DIRECTORY TO BETTER CONNECT THE TWO...
YOU CAN FIND OUT MORE IN THE HEALTHY FOR LIFE SECTION ON WCHS TV DOT COM.
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