A Henry County supervisor is questioning Dominion's proposed path for a natural gas pipeline that would stretch from West Virginia into North Carolina.
On Thursday-- the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission will hold an informal meeting at Laurel Park high school to gather citizen input.
Yesterday-- the Henry County board of supervisors met to ensure their opposition will be noted on Thursday.
The Greenbrier pipeline would cross through the community of Axton.
Supervisor Paula Burnette says `a number of families along the path are low income, elderly, and African American.
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[IN Q=I DON'T ]
((PAULA BURNETTE: I DON'T KNOW HOW THEY GET TO COME AND CHOOSE THIS ROUTE OTHER THAN TO THEM IT LOOKED LIKE THE PATH OF LEAST RESISTANCE BECAUSE IT'S MORE RURAL DOESN'T EXCUSE THEIR RIGHT TO SAY THEY'RE GOING TO PUT IT THERE.))
[SUPER=01-Paula Burnette/Henry Co. Supervisor;]
[OUT Q=PUT IT THERE.]
Dominion says it looks at many factors when determining a route-- but says race and socioeconomic status are never a consideration and that this particular route would actually impact fewer homeowners.
Investigators plan to leave tomorrow morning for Canada to question a North Carolina man described as a possible "witness" in the murders of Jennifer Short and her parents.
Monday, during a detention hearing, Garrison Bowman told officials he was a suspect in the family's murders... but indicated it was because someone lied to authorities.
According to search warrants, his landlord told investigators Bowman had threatened to kill a Virginia man who refused to move his mobile home.
Canadian immigration officials say they'll hold a hearing later this week to decide if Bowman will be deported.
Meanwhile, Jennifer Short's relatives are making funeral arrangements.
Visitation will be held Friday at 6.
The funeral is Saturday at 1.
Both services will be held at the Martinsville Church of God.
Prison drug smuggler Michael Fulcher is scheduled to enter a guilty plea in federal court later today.
Convicted three years ago of running a continuing criminal enterprise at the Bland Correctional Center, the judge threw out Fulcher's conviction.
The reversal came after D-E-A Agent Don Lincoln acknowledged that he may have let Fulcher think that he had Lincoln's approval to work undercover inside the prison. Lincoln was prepared to testify on Fulcher's behalf at the trial next month.
There's been no plea agreement filed yet. Fulcher's Richmond lawyer says he plans to be in Roanoke for the hearing today.
A prosecutor says the two sides are close to an agreement but cautioned the deal could still fall through.
A possible break in the investigation of the sniper shootings around Washington--
Police have reportedly discovered a message from the sniper in a wooded area just outside the middle school where a 13- year- old boy was shot on Monday.
Sources say the words, "Dear Policemen, I am God" were scribbled on a Tarot card.
Detectives are also testing a shell casing found in the same place to see if it came from the gun used to shoot the teenager, who's still in critical condition.
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[IN Q=It was on the]
((GERALD WILSON/PRINCE GEORGE'S CO. POLICE CHIEF:IT WAS ON THE SAME SIDE OF THE SCHOOL AND COULD IT HAVE BEEN EJECTED FROM THE WEAPON THAT THE SUSPECT USED IS VERY POSSIBLE. ))
[SUPER=01-Gerald Wilson/Prince George's Co. Police Chief;]
[OUT Q=very possible]
The new evidence is the first real break for police looking for whomever is reponsible for killing six people.
There are no eyewitnesses, but authorities say they've received 14- hundred credible tips.
Dock workers are back on the job today at West Coast ports.
[SUPER=03-San Francisco, CA;]
At the President's request, a federal judge issued an injunction yesterday to re- open the ports.
The workers' union says it's going to take some time to clear the crowded docks of all the cargo that's been sitting for nearly 10 days.
The lockout has been costing the economy one to two- billion
dollars a day.
Ford announces it's recalling more than 400- thousand Ford Taurus and Mercury Sable cars that have adjustable pedals.
Officials say the brake and accelerator may be too close-- and that could cause drivers to accidentally hit the gas when they're trying to slow down.
Ford says the problem is linked to 18 accidents and two injuries.
[TAKE PRE- PRO FULL SCREEN]
The recall covers all 2000 and 2001 models with adjustable pedals, as well as a few 2002 models built before September 14th.
Governor Mark Warner goes to Norfolk today to discuss the state's fiscal crisis with hundreds of state workers.
This is the second time Warner will address state workers to explain the consequences of a nearly two billion dollar budget
Yesterday, advocates for the mentally disabled pleaded for the governor to spare under funded community-based programs from budget
Warner later said he is sympathetic to the plight of the disabled but grim economic realities will force his hand.
Meanwhile, one lawmaker has already voiced his concern for the state's mental health services.
He says they are in crisis and further cuts could cost lives.
Delegate Phil Hamilton says Virginia ranks 47th in the nation in what it spends for mental health.
Governor Mark Warner is expected to cut mental health programs by at least five percent this year.
Hamilton says the cuts will have dire implications for some of the state's most vulnerable citizens.
[IN Q=IF YOU'RE UNDERFUNDING MENTAL HEALTH]
[SUPER=01-Del. Phil Hamilton/(R) Newport News; :00]
[SUPER=01-Valerie Marsh/National Alliance for the Mentally Ill; :08]
[OUT Q=LEAD TO DEATHS.]
Hamilton says any reduction in mental health spending will simply shift costs to the state's correctional system.
The Republican also said Virginia's leaders need to start talking about raising taxes in order to save vital state services.
In business news, Wall Street has put the brakes on a four session losing streak.
Ed Crane has that story and more in this morning's Marketwatch.
[SUPER=01-Ed Crane/Reporting; :00]
[OUT Q=CBS Marketwatch, New York]
((FOR THE FIRST TIME IN FOUR SESSIONS---STOCKS CLOSED HIGHER IT WAS ANOTHER
TOPSY TURVEY DAY WITH THE DOW AND NASDAQ STAGING BIG AFTERNOON RALLIES, AND
HOLDING ON AS A WAVE OF PROFIT TAKING CUT INTO THE GAINS.
THE DOW FINISHED UP 78,
THE NASDAQ TACKED ON 9
STOCKS BEGAN TO MOVE HIGHER ON NEWS THAT THE WESTCOAST DOCKWORKERS LOCKOUT
COULD BE COMING TO AN END AFTER A PROD FROM THE WHITE HOUSE.
WITH DOCKWORKERS EXPECTED BACK FOR AT LEAST 30 DAYS, A SHORT TIME SOLUTION
THAT WILL AT LEAST GET HOLIDAY MERCHANDISE TO MARKET, INVESTORS BEGAN
PROPING UP RETAIL STOCKS LIKE WALL MART.
THE SOFT DRINK AND SNACKFOOD SECTOR GOT A BOOST FROM PEPSI, WHICH REPORTS
BETTER THAN EXPECTED SALES AT FRITO LAY SENT THIRD QUARTER EARNINGS UP 56%.
THAT HELPED MOVE DOW COMPONENT COCA COLA HIGHER AS WELL.
IN THE MEANTIME, FEWER BUYERS MEANS FEWER COMMISSIONS AND ON WALL STREET
THAT MEANS FEWER JOBS.
CREDIT SUISSE FIRST BOSTON ANNOUNCED IT WOULD CUT SOME 17 HUNDRED JOBS ABOUT
7 PERCENT OF IT'S WORK FORCE. THE COMPANY'S LOOKING TO SAVE 500 MILLION
FORD'S CLOSED AT A TEN YEAR LOW AFTER AN ANALYST DOWNGRADE AND CONCERN THAT
IT MIGHT HAVE TROUBLE RAISING CAPITAL IN THE CREDIT MARKETS.
AND TUESDAY SAW A GOOD RALLY IN DRUG STOCKS, AMONG THE GAINERS SCHERING
PLOUGH, JOHNSON AND JOHNSON AND MERCK.
GET MORE BUSINESS NEWS AT CBS DOT MARKETWATCH.COM
I'M ED CRANE CBS MARKETWATCH NY))
(tape tosses to stocks)
U-S intelligence is trying to figure out if the two gunmen who killed a Marine and wounded another yesterday had terrorist links.
It happened on an un- inhabited island off Kuwait.
The Pentagon says two Kuwaiti civilians drove up in a pickup truck during a routine military training exercise and opened fire.
U-S forces returned fire, killing the two men.
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A Montgomery County judge ruled against former State Senator Madison Marye.
Marye's 39th Senate district is now in northern Virginia.
He and some supporters tried to stop the special election that's being held next month in that new district to fill the rest of his term.
Marye argued voters in the OLD district were losing the right to decide who would represent them for the next 14-months.
His attorney says he is already considering an appeal.
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[IN Q=that is]
((JONATHAN MCGRADY: THAT IS CERTAINLY A POSSIBILITY. AT THIS POINT WE'RE GOING TO WEIGH OUR OPTIONS. WE'RE GOING TO REVIEW THE TRIAL RECORD FROM TODAY AND THEN WE'RE GOING TO MAKE THAT DECISION IN THE IMMEDIATE FUTURE.))
[SUPER=01-Jonathan McGrady/Marye's Attorney;]
[OUT Q=immediate future]
Marye retired from his 39th district seat in August after 30 years.
Harry Nickens is heading to Kentucky and yesterday the Roanoke County Supervisors said their goodbyes.
After serving 20 years on the board, this was Nickens' final meeting as the Vinton Supervisor.
He said he leaves with a feeling of pride and accomplishment... and confidence that the county remains in good hands.
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[IN Q=Nothing I can say]
((JOE "BUTCH" CHURCH/SUPERVISORS CHAIRMAN; NOTHING I CAN SAY IS GOING TO MAKE THIS LOOK ANY BETTER THAN WHAT YOU'VE DONE FOR VINTON, ROANOKE COUNTY, THE STAFF AND ALL OF US THAT KNOW YOU.))
[SUPER=01-Joe "Butch" Church/Supervisors Chairman;]
[OUT Q=all of us that know you.]
Yesterday, the Board of Supervisors declared a drought emergency in Roanoke County, and requested state and federal disaster assistance for county farmers.
They also approved mandatory water conservation measures.
It's a whole new ballgame for Lynchburg's minor league baseball team and its long-suffering fans.
Ground was broken yesterday on a 5-point-4 million dollar renovation project at City Stadium.
The 62-year-old ballpark will be brought up to modern minor league standards by adding seating, skyboxes and improving the concessions and handicapped access.
Coleman- Adams construction was awarded the bid for the project.. renovations should be finished by next July.
(Kimberly tosses to bump)
The developments on the West Coast may help businesses in our area avoid any of the fallout.
Local dealers say the supply of new cars in our area could be affected within a month if the lockout continued.
Many lots work with only a small inventory base ... called "just in time" delivery.
Honda is one of the many companies waiting for shipments sitting off the west coast.
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[IN Q=even if]
((MIKE COYLE/RICK WOODSON HONDA GM; EVEN IF A CAR IS 97-PERCENT BUILT IN THE UNITED STATES IT ONLY TAKES ONE PART TO HOLD UP PRODUCTION ON THE WHOLE CAR. SO IT COULD BE ANY CAR THAT YOU'RE DRIVING A FORD OR CHEVROLET OR A HONDA OR TOYOTA.))
[SUPER=01-Mike Coyle/Rick Woodson Honda General Manager;]
[OUT Q=OR TOYOTA]
Coyle says service on older model cars shouldn't be affected because parts are already in warehouses.
In business news this morning, One airline continues to expand.
While another announces more job cuts.
Here's Mike Markewinski with a look at the morning's top business stories..
[SUPER=01-Mike Markewinski/Reporting; :00]
[OUT Q=Mike Markewinski reporting.]
(( THE WORLD'S LARGEST CAR MAKER SAYS THE DEMAND FOR NEW CARS WILL
SHRINK NEXT YEAR.
AND A POTENTIAL WAR WITH IRAQ WILL ONLY HELP FUEL AN AUTOMOTIVE
GENERAL MOTORS PREDICTS CAR SALES WILL FALL BY ALMOST A HALF
MILLION IN 2003.
RIGHT NOW, G-M AND OTHER CAR MARKERS ARE OFFERING ZERO PERCENT
FINANCING AND OTHER INCENTIVES TO HELP BOOST THIS YEAR'S SALES.
BANKRUPT U-S AIRWAYS IS MAKING MORE CUTS.
THE AIRLINE SAYS IT PLANS TO LAY OFF AN ADDITIONAL 640 EMPLOYEES
AND CUT 200 FLIGHTS OVER THE NEXT MONTH.
THE LARGEST CUTS WILL BE COMING IN THE CITIES OF PITTSBURGH AND
PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA AS WELL AS IN CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA.
THOSE ARE THE HUB CITIES FOR THE AIRLINE.
U-S AIRWAYS FILED FOR BANKRUPTCY IN AUGUST.
SOME GOOD NEWS FOR THOSE WHO FLY AMERICA WEST.
THE AIRLINE IS NOW OFFERING SERVICE TO FOUR NEW CITIES, INCLUDING
PITTSBURGH AND BILLINGS, MONTANA.
AS PART OF ITS CELEBRATION, AMERICA WEST IS OFFERING SPECIAL
ON-LINE FARES TO THOSE CITIES THROUGH SUNDAY.
YOU HAVE TO BUY THE TICKET AT LEAST ONE WEEK IN ADVANCE...WITH
TRAVEL DATES RUNNING TROUGH DECEMBER 15TH.
UP AND UP ON WALL STREET TUESDAY...
NO MAJOR ECONOMIC DATA IS DUE OUT TODAY.
MUTUAL FUNDS MAGAZINE WILL SOON BE DISAPPEARING FROM BOOK STORE
TIME IS PULLING THE PLUG ON THE INVESTING MAGAZINE....CITING
DIFFICULT BUSINESS CONDITIONS AND DIM ADVERTISING PROSPECTS.
THE LAST ISSUE OF MUTUAL FUNDS MAGAZINE WILL BE PUBLISHED FOR
NOVEMBER - AND IS DUE OUT LATER THIS MONTH.
AND THAT'S A LOOK AT WEDNESDAY'S BUSINESS NEWS.
I'M MIKE MARKEWINSKI REPORTING.))
(tape tosses to stocks)