U-N weapons inspectors arrive in Iraq today to prepare for inspections in the coming weeks.
The OFFICIAL inspections are at least nine days away, but the inspectors are carefully planning their moves.
They know their actions could ultimately start a war.
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[IN Q=I would say]
((HANS BLIX/UN CHIEF WEAPONS INSPECTOR:I WOULD SAY THE QUESTION OF WAR AND PEACE REMAINS. WE HAVE A VERY IMPORTANT ROLE TO PLAY, WE ARE NOT GOING TO PLAY THAT DOWN" ))
[SUPER=01-Hans Blix/U. N. Chief Weapons Inspector;]
[OUT Q=play that down]
Inspectors say they'll be looking for evidence of weapons of mass destruction.
But Iraqi officials believe they're really only looking for an excuse to go to war.
Full- scale inspections aren't scheduled until December 8th-- the deadline for Saddam Hussein to admit to having any illegal weapons.
In Kuwait, officials say authorities are interrogating a 21- year- old Kuwaiti man who claims to have links to the U-S-S Cole bombing.
He was arrested two weeks ago.
The Norfolk Naval Base ship was torn apart two years ago when
terrorists attacked the destroyer while it was re- fueling in Yemen.
The bombing left 17 sailors dead and 37 injured.
The Senate could vote today on a bill setting up a Department of Homeland Security.
Last week, the House passed the measure.
But Democrats in the Senate could fight parts of the legislation-- parts they call Republican special interest perks.
Republican lawmakers, meanwhile, say taking them out could kill the measure for the year.
Members of Saint Andrews Church in Roanoke bid farewell to Father Steven "Randy" Rule.
Father Rule led his last church service yesterday morning.
Rule was suspended, but later cleared of a sexual misconduct allegation involving a high school seminary student 26-years ago.
The Diocese of Richmond determined Rule's relationship with his accuser was inappropriate, but, did not warrant his removal.
As Myranda Stephens tells us, Rule is moving past the ordeal with the help of God and hundreds of supporters.
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[IN Q=it was just like]
[SUPER=01-Father Steven "Randy" Rule/Former Pastor of St. Andrews Church; :13 QUICK!!]
[SUPER=01-Father Tom Miller/St. Andrews Pastor; :27]
[SUPER=01-Christina Stocker/Parishoner; :50]
[SUPER=01-David Stocker/Parishoner; :56]
[OUT Q=Myranda Stephens, News 7, Roanoke]
((NATS OF PEOPLE ENTERING CHURCH))
It was just like old times for Father Randy Rule...as he led mass at the church he called home for over nine-years.
((FATHER RULE: I'M VERY HAPPY TO BE HERE AND GLAD THIS IS OVER AND I COULD COME HOME.))
And a warm welcome home is what he got.
((NATS OF CLAPPING))
After Mass, Rule led a prayer dedication to the church Youth Memorial Garden he inspired.
((FATHER TOM MILLER/SUCCEEDS RULES: THE GARDEN HAD BEEN WAITING FOR FATHER RULE TO COME BACK AND SAY THE PRAYER OF BLESSING AND DEDICATION FOR IT TODAY. IT WAS A VERY SPECIAL MOMENT.))
One special moment led to another as parishioners gathered inside the reception hall, dedicated last night in his name.
Bringing cards and gifts, for many, it was the first time since they had seen Rule since his suspension in August.
((CHRISTINA STOCKER: I'M JUST SO SAD TO SEE HIM GO AND JUST TRYING TO BLOCK OUT WHAT HAPPENED IN BETWEEN))
[SOT 38:18][COVER PART OF BITE PLEASE!!!]
((DAVID STOCKER: IT'S BEEN TOUGH TO STAY IN TOUCH WITH HIM BECAUSE OF THE WAY THE SITUATION WAS, AND SO LAST NIGHT WAS THE FIRST NIGHT WE SAW HIM SINCE THIS ALL CAME ABOUT...IT WAS JUST A WONDERFUL TIME. GAVE HIM A BIG HUG, THAT'S A HUG I'VE BEEN WAITING TO GIVE HIM FOR A LONG, LONG TIME.))
And while Rule has already began practicing his ministry at the church he was assigned in Richmond, he says he will not be a stranger to Saint Andrews.
((I WAS ALREADY MISSING IT BEFORE. I WAS GOING TO BE GOING, I KNEW THAT, SO I WAS ALREADY SAD. BUT, I'LL BE BACK TO VISIT, WHICH IS TERRIFIC.))
Except the next time he's here, he will be seated in a pew, and not standing in the pulpit.
Myranda Stephens, News 7, Roanoke.))
Fire damaged a storage building on Plantation Road.
The fire broke out around 10 o'clock last night in a building at Apex Direct-TV in Roanoke.
The blaze damaged the roof of the warehouse, which is used to store equipment for the satellite company.
Officials say they haven't determined what started the fire, but the investigation is continuing.
In business news, United Airlines will cut nine-thousand jobs and reduce its flight schedule another six percent as part of an effort
to return to profitability.
The carrier's parent company, U-A-L, is facing a December second deadline to avoid a bankruptcy filing.
It hopes to receive a one-point-eight billion-dollar federal loan guarantee by then.
In other news, Ed Crane takes a look at Friday's closing numbers in this morning's Marketwatch.
[SUPER=01-Ed Crane/Reporting; :00]
[OUT Q=I'm Ed Crane]
THERES A LOT TO BE ENCOURAGED ABOUT AS INVESTORS GTE BACK TO BUSINESS THIS
MORNING..MAINLY THE WAY THE MARKETS RESPONDED TO A LOT OF NEGATIVE ECONOMIC
AFTERNOON BUYING PUSHED THE DOW UP 36 POINTS...AND NEARLY
SENT THE NASDAQ INTO POSITIVE TERRITORY..IT DIPPED LESS THAN A POINT.
AMONG THE MARKET MOVING NEWS SURPRISINGLY HIGH JUMP IN WHOLESALE
INFLATION. POWERED BY HIGHER GASOLINE AND AUTO COSTS, THE
WHOLESALE PRICE INDEX JUMPED 1 POINT ONE PERCENT. ANALYST HAD BEEN EXPECTING
JUST A SLIGHT UP TICK. WE ALSO GOT MORE CONFIRMATION THAT THIS ECONOMY IS
SPINNING ITS WHEELS, GOODS AND SERVICES FROM THE NATIONS FACTORIES, MINES
AND UTILITIES FELL 7 TENTHS OF ONE PERCENT....
BUSINESS INVENTORIES WERE ALSO HIGHER, SUGGESTING A SLOWDOWN IN SPENDING BY
CONSUMERS...BUT COUNTERING THAT THE UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN'S MONTHLY MEASURE
OF CONSUMER SENTIMENT ROSE FOR THE FIRST TIME IN 5 MONTHS..THAT NUMBER HAD
HIT A 9 YEAR LOW IN OCTOBER...
AMONG STOCKS TO WATCH, INTEL AND G-E--DOW COMPONENTS BOTH, FALLING ON
GATEWAY COMPUTER FINISHED LOWER, THE COMPANY DISCLOSING THE S--E--C IS
LOOKING INTO SOME OF IT'S ACCOUNTING STATEMENTS FROM THE YEAR 2000.
A COUPLE OF RETAILERS TRADING HIGHER, THE GAP AND KOHLS DEPARTMENT STORES
BOTH UP ON WORD OF BETTER THAN EXPECTED EARNINGS.
KMART SAYS MARTHA STEWART'S LIKENESS WILL NOT BE FEATURED IN THE NEW TV
CAMPAIGN FOR THE MARTHA STEWART HOME FURNISHINGS LINE SOLD AT THE DISCOUNT
CHAIN. K-MART SAYS IT'S NOTHING TO WITH HER IMCLONE STOCK TROUBLES....K-MART
JUST WANTS THE PRODUCTS TO BE THE STAR.
AND AS EXPECTED MICHAEL CAPELLAS THE FORMER COMPAQ C-E-O HAS TAKEN A SIMILAR
POST AT WORLD COM PROMISING TO TAKE THE COMPANY OUT OF BANKRUPTCY AND RETURN
IT TO PROFITABILITY.
GET MORE AT CBS DOT MARKETWATCH.COM
AT THE NASDAQ MARKETSITE , I'M ED CRANE.))
(tape tosses to stocks)
An early morning attack in the Gaza Strip--
[SUPER=03-Gaza City, Gaza Strip;]
Israeli helicopters fired missiles at a Palestinian security compound today.
Tanks and soldiers moved in afterward-- shelling buildings and setting fires.
Two security officers and a T-V cameraman were slightly injured.
No other casualties were reported.
It is not known if the raid is in response to Friday's Palestinian ambush that killed 12 Israeli soldiers.
The memory of a Virginia State Trooper killed in the line of duty nearly 14- years ago lives on.
Each year, the 7th District Veterans of Foreign Wars honors an individual in memory of Trooper Jerry Hines.
Hines was shot and killed during a traffic stop on Interstate 81 near Lexington in 1989.
This year's award went to Lieutenant Jeff Werner with the Rockingham County fire and rescue department for his many years of service.
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[IN Q=It's a tremendous feeling]
[SUPER=01-Jeff Werner/Award Recipient; ]
((IT'S A TREMENDOUS FEELING TO BE HONORED IN HIS NAME KNOWING THE COMMITMENT THAT HE HAD MADE TO THE VIRGINIA STATE POLICE OF 19 YEARS SAYS SOMETHING IN ITSELF BEING A COUNTY EMPLOYEE OF ROCKINGHAM COUNTY FOR 23 YEARS I HAVE AN IDEA WHAT IT MEANS TO BE AN EMPLOYEE AND WITH A SERVICE RECORD SUCH AS HIS IT'S AN OUTSTANDING FEELING TO BE RECOGNIZED IN HIS NAME. ))
[OUT Q=recognized in his name.]
The V-F-W also honored Werner and fellow firefighter Todd Dyer with separate award... for helping save the life of a fellow firefighter trapped in a building that had collapsed from fire.
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The Mill Mountain Zoo is making the most of the holiday season.
Valley View Mall has set aside space at the mall for the zoo to raise money over the next several weeks.
The zoo is selling family and other kinds of memberships-- along with various items that would make ideal "stocking stuffers".
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[IN Q=We had ]
[SUPER=01-Beth Poff/Mill Mountain Zoo Executive Dir.;]
((WE HAVE A REALLY GOOD RESPONSE THIS PAST SATURDAY AND THE WEEKEND HAS BEEN GOING REALLY WELL AND OF COURSE AS YOU GET TO CLOSER TO THE HOLIDAY SEASON, WE JUST WANT TO REMIND FOLKS THAT YOU'RE NOT ONLY GETTING A WONDERFUL GIFT FOR YOUR FRIENDS AND FAMILY BUT IT DOES HELP SUPPORT THE MILL MOUNTAIN ZOO AS WELL. ))
[OUT Q=mill mountain zoo, as well.]
You can purchase memberships and other items at the community booth through December 24th.
Hours during the week are from four until nine p-m and all day on the weekend.
(Kimberly tosses to bump)