Dominion is looking for a final approval to build a 275 mile natural gas pipeline from West Virginia to North Carolina.
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission says Dominion needs the pipeline, but they still have not decided on where it will go.
Last night, the commission held a public hearing in Henry County to gather more input on the line which would cross through several Virginia counties.
Dominion has agreed to abandon its proposed route that would cross through the Henry County communities of Sandy Level, Aiken Summit and Irisburg in favor of another route farther East.
The new path would take advantage of existing right of way-- established by A-E-P and Duke's proposed Patriot pipeline.
But some residents aren't thrilled at the prospect of a power line AND pipeline on their property.
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The route favored by Dominion is also favored by the regulatory commission... which will continue taking comments on its draft environmental impact study through December 16th.
After that-- the commission will decide if Dominion is granted final approval for the project.
It was a scary moment for two people in Montgomery County last night, when their car got stuck on a railroad crossing.
A Norfolk Southern train hit the car in Shawsville last night... luckily the driver and passenger got out in time.
The vehicle got stuck on the Blankenship Road crossing near Shawsville Middle School.
Neighbors say it's a dangerous crossing and this isn't the first time a car's gotten lodged on the tracks.
A Judge says he'll let the jury decide whether Richard Burrow intended to defraud the state in fund-raising for the D-Day Memorial.
Burrow goes on trial in three weeks facing four counts of fraud.
He borrowed three and a half million dollars to make it look like the D-Day Foundation had the money to qualify for a matching grant from the state.
Burrow's lawyer asked the court to throw out three of the charges.
In a 12-page opinion entered yesterday, Judge James Turk finds it "entirely possible" that Burrow "could have honestly believed that his actions were lawful... that he did not actually intend to conceal any material information from the Commonwealth."
But the Judge concludes "the resolution of this factual question is the reason for a trial...."
The judge also acknowledged a dispute over how much state officials knew about Foundation finances when they decided to help fund the Memorial.
The judge said that's a question for the jury too.
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Good morning, I'm Kimberly McBroom.
This morning's chilly temperatures will give way to highs in the 50s this afternoon.
Metereologist Leo Hirsbrunner has the mid- week forecast, after the news.
Some republicans believe that Governor Mark Warner is playing politics with the budget cuts.
They say dis-proportionate closings in their districts are more than a coincidence.
In trimming the state's budget last month, Warner ordered the closing of a dozen D-M-V offices across the state.
Some GOP lawmakers point out that ten of the twelve offices closed are in Republican House Districts.
And another is in the district of independent Lacey Putney, who aligns himself with the Republican caucus.
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An administration official told lawmakers yesterday that Warner used criteria developed by the D-M-V in determining which locations would close.
Factors included the volume of transactions for each office, whether the building was state-owned or leased and its proximity to other DMV offices.
A spokeswoman for the governor says politics was NOT a factor.
Roanoke County has been able to handle the most recent budget cuts...but more bad news may be on the way, and may be much more difficult to deal with.
Yesterday, the supervisors came up with more than 227- thousand dollars to maintain funding for libraries, the police department, and the county's constitutional officers.
But Governor Warner has promised another round of cuts in December, and county officials say they may not have the money to make up the difference then.
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Also yesterday, the Supervisors voted to lift mandatory water restrictions.
The level of the Spring Hollow Reservoir has risen almost 20 feet in the last three weeks. It's now at 76 percent of its capacity, higher than normal for this time of year.
A man who has alleged links to terrorist group al-Fuqra is released after almost a year in police custody.
There's no question Bilal Adbullah Ben (Ben-yoo) Benu had bought some guns and ammo.
Surveillance cameras caught him scoping out weapons at an Appomattox gun shop.
Benu argued that an earlier misdemeanor drug conviction did not bar him from buying firearms.
A federal judge in Lynchburg has dismissed the case without objection from the Government.
Danville's police chief ends a long-time career marked by achievements and controversies.
Neal Morris will retire on May 31st ... after more than 40 years with the Danville City Police.
During his tenure, the force grew by 40 officers and became state accredited.
It also weathered several controversies ... including a financial fraud involving Danville officers and questions about use of deadly force.
Morris toyed with retiring three years ago, but was persuaded to stay on by city leaders.
The Navy's newest model helicopter pays a visit to Virginia Tech.
A Knight Hawk chopper out of Norfolk landed at the Virginia Tech airport yesterday afternoon, as part of a training lesson for the university's Corps of Cadets.
Each year, the university tries to bring-in actual military officers to talk to the students...and this year, it was able to get one of its own--Dave Britton, a 19-99 graduate.
The Navy released the Knight Hawk in March...
It will replace the old H-46 model, used during Vietnam.
There's a new way for Virginia Tech fans to sport their Hokie pride.
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A turkey-gobblin' horn is one of the features included in the 2003 Hokie Ford Expedition-- unveiled yesterday afternoon at Virginia Tech.
Inspired by Ford's Eddie Bauer series, it's equipped with 12-V-T logos, maroon-trimmed leather seats, and a tailgating table that fits in the back.
The car was designed by (Shee-hee) Sheehy Ford of Richmond, and appears to be the first of its kind.
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The Hokie Expedition is priced at about 39-thousand dollars and comes in any color.
But, Hokie fans will have to go all the way to Richmond to buy it.
The company also plans to release a Hokie Explorer within the next few weeks.
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If you're ready to kick the habit... there's no time like the present.
The Great American Smoke Out is tomorrow. We'll have some tips to help get you through the day.
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