Beginning today, federal employees will screen airline passengers.
[SUPER=03-New York, NY;]
At the nation's 429 commercial airports, the people who maintain security are now paid and trained by the federal government, just in time for the holidays.
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((TOM RIDGE/HOMELAND SECURITY DIRECTOR:WE MUST TEMPER OUR PRIDE IN THIS ACHIEVEMENT KNOWING TERRORISM IS A PERMANENT THREAT AND OUR AIRPORTS ARE AN ENDURING VULNERABILITY. ))
[SUPER=01-Tom Ridge/Homeland Security Director;]
[OUT Q=enduring vulnerability.]
Some 44- thousand workers fall under the newly- formed Transportation Security Administration.
Each of the T-S-A screeners received more than 100 hours in the classroom and on- the- job training.
And the T-S-A managed to beat the hiring deadline by one day.
The NEXT major deadline is December 31st- that's when every commercial airport in the U-S must be ready to screen all checked baggage for explosives.
U-N weapons inspectors are hoping the Iraqi hospitality continues as they begin their work.
Chief inspector Hans Blix is continuing his meeting with Iraqi officials.
A U-N spokesman describes the first round of meetings as useful.
About 30 inspectors are back in Iraq after a four year absence.
The search for weapons of mass destruction could start in about a week.
Campbell County authorities have made an arrest in the death of a 26 year old.
Sheriff's officials say Teon Harvey was killed in the town of Brookneal around two yesterday afternoon.
Authorities have arrested a suspect.
29-year old Vince Adams is charged with murder and use of a firearm.
Officials haven't released any other details on what may have led up the murder.
Virginia's economy is NOT getting much worse... but it's not getting much better either.
In fact, the economy is still too weak to generate enough state revenue to meet even a flatlined budget forecast for the current year.
And since the money is short, the lines are long at the Department of Motor Vehicles.
Changes include the closing of two locations in our area, all centers are shutting their doors on Wednesdays and hours are being cut.
Dennis Montgomery visits D-M-V regularly as part of his job.
He's in charge of the car fleet at Salem Tools. He went to register two new vehicles last week - but left because of huge lines.
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((DENNIS MONTGOMERY/SALEM TOOLS CFO; AS A BUSINESS PERSON I DON'T HAVE THE LUXURY OF TIME SPENDING 3 OR 4 HOURS TO REGISTER A VEHICLE AND I WOULD SUGGEST THAT EVEN INDIVIDUALS ARE NOT GOING TO SPEND THAT KIND OF TIME IF THEY DON'T HAVE TOO.))
[SUPER=01-Dennis Montgomery/Salem Tools CFO;]
[OUT Q=DON'T HAVE TO.]
DMV is asking people to be patient- and it's encouraging them to do DMV business through the mail or on the DMV website.
One tip for next week ... holiday hours mean centers will be closed Wednesday through Friday. Offices re-open on Saturday and are expected to be very busy.
Montgomery County is also feeling the effects of the state's budget problems.
Residents could see slowdowns at four of the county government offices... as a result of state budget cuts.
The cuts total over 100-thousand dollars for the remainder of the fiscal year... forcing salary reductions and the elimination of at least nine-positions.
But, officials say it's the RESIDENTS who may feel the most impact.
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[IN Q=but for people]
((BOBBY PARKER/MONTGOMERY CO.: I THINK WHAT CITIZENS MAY BE FACED WITH IS A LONGER TIME TO GET CRIMINAL CASES PROSECUTED IN THE CASE OF THE COMMONWEALTH'S ATTY'S OFFICE, IN THE CASE OF THE CIRCUIT COURTS MIGHT BE A LONGER TIME TO GET A PASSPORT APPLICATION MARRIAGE APPLICATION, TO RESEARCH A GENEALOGY RECORD A DEED OR A WILL. 2:18))
[SUPER=01-Bobby Parker/Montgomery Co. Spokesman]
[OUT Q=or a will]
The county treasurer, commonwealth's attorney, clerk of the circuit court and the commissioner of revenue presented their budget plans to the board of supervisors last night.
Officials say supervisors could approve the proposals as early as next week.
Roanoke's main library is shortening hours in response to state budget cuts.
Starting January first, the library on Jefferson Street will close Sundays and shorten Wednesday hours to 10 to 6.
The library's currently open from 9 to 9 on Wednesdays.
The changes are in response to a nearly 3-million dollar decrease in state aid to public libraries.
The Roanoke Library Board says it regrets the reduction in funding "but must share in the solution of a problem that affects us all."
In business news, the third quarter was kind to Advance Auto.
The Roanoke-based car parts retailer saw its quarterly profit rise 45-percent to 77-cents a share.
The company's sales also grew-- to the tune of nearly 32 percent.
Advance expects a good fourth quarter as well with earnings of 38 to 42-cents per share.
Comcast has completed its 29 billion-dollar takeover of A-T-and-T's cable business.
It's now the nation's largest cable operator.
The new Comcast has 27 million subscribers, nearly twice as many as A-O-L/Time Warner.
In other news, Both the Dow and Nasdaq suffered losses yesterday.
Ed Crane has that story and more in this morning's Marketwatch.
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[OUT Q=I'm EC, CBS Marketwatch NY]
((EARLY TO SAY IF THE DOW'S SIX WEEK WINNING STREAK IS IN DANGER, BUT THE
WEEK DID NOT GET OFF TO A VERY GOOD START FOR THE DOW OR THE NASDAQ, WITH
PROFIT TAKERS FAILING TO FIND ANY REASON TO HOLD ONTO GAINS OF THE LAST FEW
THE DOW FELL 92 POINTS ABOUT 1 PERCENT....
THE POINT LOSS WAS LOWER BUT THE PERCENTAGE LOSS WAS HIGHER ON THE NASDAQ
WHICH DROPPED 17.
BANKS, OIL AND TRANSPORTATION STOCKS WERE THE BIG DRAG ON THE MARKET, WITH
ONE EXCEPTION. U-A-L THE PARENT OF UNITED IS FLYING..AT LEAST RELATIVE TO
IT'S SHARE PRICE.
UNITED JUMPING ABOUT 19 PERCENT AFTER RELEASING DETAILS OF A COST CUTTING
BLUE PRINT DESIGNED TO FLY UNITED AIRLINES BACK TO PROFITABILITY BY 2004. IT
INCLUDES 9 THOUSAND LAYOFFS, UNION GIVE BACKS, A POSTPONEMENT ON AIRCRAFT
PURCHASES AND A SCALED BACK FLIGHT SCHEDULE.
HOME IMPROVEMENT STOCKS ARE GOT SOME MIXED PLAY. DOW COMPONENT HOME DEPOT IS
HIGHER AHEAD OF TOMORROWS EARNINGS REPORT, WHILE COMPETITOR LOWES WAS
TRADING LOWER DESPITE REPORTING BIG GAINS IN IT'S NEW STORE SALES.
WAL MART AND FEDERATED DEPARTMENT STORES WERE LOWER AFTER SOME DISAPPOINTING
FORECASTS FOR BOTH THIS MONTH AND THE HOLIDAY SEASON.
COMPUTER ASSOCIATES GAINED ON WORD THAT IT'S FOUNDER AND CHARIMAN CHARLES
WONG IS RETIRING BUT WILL RETAIN THE TITLE OF CHAIRMAN EMERITUS..
NATIONAL CENTURY FINANCIAL, A COMPANY THAT FINANCED BILLIONS OF DOLLARS TO
VARIOUS HEALTH CARE PROVIDERS HAS FILED CHAPTER 11 AFTER IT'S DEBT RATING
WAS SLASHED BY MOODY'S INVESTORS SERVICE. THE COMPANY'S FINANCES ARE NOW THE
SUBJECT OF AN FBI INVESTIGATION.
AND IS IT RUDY TO THE RESUCE FOR WORLD COM. THE WALL STREET JOURNAL REPORTS
WORLD COM'S TOP CREDITOR WANTS RUDOLPH GIULIANI BROUGHT ON AS CHAIRMAN OF
WORLD COM...NEW C-E-O MICHAEL CAPPELAS SAYS HE'D WELCOME THE FORMER MAYOR TO
WORLD COM IN SOME CAPACITY.
GET MORE AT CBS DOT MARKETWATCH.COM.
I'M ED CRANE CBS MARKETWATCH NY....))
(tape tosses to stocks)
He made a career out of playing tough guys on screen--
Actor James Coburn has died.
Coburn died yesterday of a heart attack at his Beverly Hills home.
Over a span of 40 years, he starred in such legendary films as "The Magnificent Seven", "Our Man Flint", and "The Great Escape."
But he didn't win an Oscar until 19-98, for his role as an abusive father in the film, "Affliction," which co- starred Sissy Spacek.
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James Coburn was 74.
Lawyers for 17-year-old accused sniper suspect John Lee Malvo are due in Fairfax County juvenile court later today.
Meanwhile, there's a report that the sniper suspects may have visited Capitol Square in Richmond.
Now some are wondering if more security is needed around the capitol.
Brenda Macurik (ma-KUR-ick) says she recognizes John Muhammad and John Lee Malvo as two of the visitors to the tourist information center near the Capitol.
She says they came in the week of the shooting in Ashland and asked for a road map of Virginia.
Lieutenant Governor Tim Kaine says the fact that the sniper suspects were so close to the Capitol is "chilling."
He says Capitol Police may need to rethink some of their security measures.
Doctor Cecil Knox was back in court for another pre-trial motions hearing.
He missed the last one, because he was too sick to attend.
Nevertheless the racketeering and drug distribution case against him is progressing.
The 53-year old pain specialist is fighting lymphoma.
He's had chemotherapy as part of his treatment.
The Doctor himself did not discuss his health, nor say anything to reporters yesterday.
But his lawyer pointed out that Doctor Knox's hair is coming back.
Tony Anderson argued in court again yesterday that the new 300-count indictment ought to be dismissed as an abuse of the grand jury process.
The trial is set to begin January 6th.
The Roanoke Police Department has chosen a Blacksburg artist to create a memorial to fallen officers.
And yesterday, members of Roanoke City Council approved the project.
Lawrence Bechtel (beck-TELL) brought a scale model of his design, a sculpture he calls "Officer Down."
It depicts one officer who has been wounded, and a second officer kneeling beside him.
The memorial will be placed outside the new Roanoke Police building, and the department hopes to unveil it in the Spring of 20-04.
One speaker questioned whether the city should be spending almost 100- thousand dollars on the sculpture during a tight budget year, but Mayor Ralph Smith said the police building was designed with the sculpture in mind... and council approved it unanimously.
(Kimberly tosses to bump)
This morning's Tech 2002 report has a sense if urgency to it!
The Hokies play at home tomorrow night.
Here's Mike Stevens with more on the challenge West Virginia presents the Hokies.
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[OUT Q=...SEE YOU LATER TODAY."]
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