It’s a commanding electronic voice that conveys an urgent need to listen. We call it the “squawk box:” NBC’s pipeline to local stations which informs our newsroom about stories of national or even world significance. The voice on the other end may tell us President Obama is preparing for a newsconference, or that video is coming of a wildfire in California. Our early evening 90 minutes of news is primarily local, however, so any bulletins shouted from the network will be carefully reviewed by our producers and management staff before inclusion in our days events immediately preceeding “NBC Nightly News. ”
“Are we doing enough weather?” shouted Assistant News Director Mark Kurtz. Which brings me to the first of five things to watch on WAVY News 10 beginning at 5:
1.) Winter’s worn out welcome. Here we go again. We have not one, but TWO chances of snow this week. The hour to hour probabilities are detailed in a series of excellent blogs composed by members of our weather team. But any obeserver of meteorology knows the forecast changes hour to hour. Thus, you need to watch the latest forecast beginning at 5.
2.) Saturday school? Erin Kelly spoke with a member of the school board in Virginia Beach about the recent decision to make up snow days on Saturdays, which riled both parents and students. What this board member said may surprise you.
3.) Give us just a little more time Which brings us to another school district and how it plans to make up snow days, without having students attend extra days. There’s a logical explanation. You’ll see tonight.
4.) Life in the cash lane? A Norfolk City Councilman wants an all cash lane at the Downtown Tunnel. Anita Blanton is working the story, and she’ll tell us why he’s pushing for it.
5.) Eminent domain scam? By now you may have seen our previews of a special report by Jason Marks about a man from Virginia Beach and his land deal with VDOT. When he refused VDOT’s first offer, the agency made a second offer, but its a practice that has some landowners calling it a scam. This is a true example of how we’re on your side. Jason spent two months researching this story. You’ll see it at 6.
Nicole Livas and I will see you at 5!