The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission says Dominion needs a 275 mile natural gas pipeline from West Virginia to North Carolina.
But where the pipeline will go and final approval on the project have not been granted.
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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[IN Q=People can talk about]
[SUPER=01-Nancy Maxey/Henry Co. Property Owner;]
((NANCY MAXEY: PEOPLE CAN TALK ABOUT SAFETY ALL THEY WANT TO BUT WHAT THEY'RE GETTING DOWN TO IS PROPERTY VALUE AND MINE IS BEING TOTALLY DESTROYED. ))
[OUT Q=totally destoryed.]
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.
President Bush is in the Czech Republic today for an historic NATO summit.
But the main topic on the agenda is the possible military showdown with Saddam Hussein.
The U-N's chief weapons inspector has told Iraqi officials if they want to avoid that showdown, they'd better tell the truth.
Melissa McDermott reports.
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[SUPER=03-Prague, Czech Republic; :00]
[SUPER=01-Hans Blix/U. N. Chief Weapons Inspector; :39]
[SUPER=03-Baghdad, Iraq; :47]
[SUPER=01-Mohammed Elbaradei/International Atomic Energy Agency; :58]
[SUPER=01-Melissa McDermott/Reporting; 1:07]
[OUT Q=McDermott, CBS News, New York.]
(locator: Prague, Czech Republic)
THE SUMMIT IN PRAGUE IS TO WELCOME SEVEN FORMER COMMUNIST STATES INTO
BUT THE UNDERLYING ISSUE IS A POSSIBLE SHOWDOWN WITH SADDAM HUSSEIN.
THE U-S COMMANDER IN CHIEF IS LOOKING FOR POLITICAL SUPPORT FROM NATO
NATIONS AND POSSIBLY MILITARY ASSISTANCE FROM CERTAIN COUNTRIES.
"If a decision is made to use military support we will consult with our
friends and hope are friends will join us."
WHETHER THAT SUPPORT WILL BE NEEDED NOW SEEMS TO BE IN THE HANDS OF IRAQ.
THIS MORNING THE U-N'S CHIEF WEAPONS INSPECTOR LEFT BAGHDAD AFTER TWO
DAYS OF TALKS.
IN THOSE MEETINGS HANS BLIX MADE IT PERFECTLY CLEAR THAT IF THE IRAQIS
WANT TO AVOID A WAR THEY BETTER TELL THE TRUTH.
(SOT-HANS BLIX/UN CHIEF WEAPONS INSPECTOR)
"it should be a full account that whatever they have by way of weapons
of mass destruction should be declared and registered."
SPECIFICALLY THE U-N TEAM WANTS TO KNOW WHAT HAPPENED TO THE STOCKS OF
CHEMICAL AND BIOLOGICAL WEAPONS THAT PREVIOUS INSPECTION TEAMS KNOW
EXISTED, BUT WERE UNABLE TO FIND.
(SOT- MOHAMMED ELBARADEI, DIRECTOR OF THE INTERNATIONAL ATOMIC ENERGY
"they made it very clear that they
will do everything possible to co-operate with us and we would like to
see that when we start our inspections."
U-N TEAMS WILL RETURN TO IRAQ NEXT WEEK FOR
BUT THE REAL TEST WILL BE DECEMBER 8TH, THAT'S WHEN IRAQ MUST PROVIDE A
FULL ACCOUNT OF ITS WEAPONS PROGRAM.
IF INSPECTORS FIND SOMETHING NOT ON THE LIST, IT COULD MEAN WAR.
MELISSA MCDERMOTT, CBS NEWS, NEW YORK.
The Homeland Security Bill is now awaiting the final stamp of approval from President Bush.
That after the Senate overwhelmingly voted in favor of the legislation.
The department will bring together 22 agencies with 170- thousand employees.
But it faces problems right from the start--
Officials say it'll take months to organize, and the ongoing budget stalemate continue to block most of the extra money for boosting domestic security.
The closing of a dozen Virginia DMV offices could become a FEDERAL issue.
Attorney General Jerry Kilgore says the federal Voting Rights Act requires officials to consult the Justice Department because Virginians can register to vote at D-M-V offices.
That didn't happen before the branches closed,
but a spokesman says the Attorney General's office submitted a request last week for approval and expects it to be granted.
One Republican lawmaker says closing the offices interferes with the right to vote.
[IN Q=SEVERAL YEARS AGO]
[SUPER=01-Del. Phil Hamilton/(R) Newport News]
[OUT Q=VOTING RIGHTS ACT.]
Some lawmakers are pointing out that "ten of the twelve" D-M-V offices closed are in Republican House districts.
The governor's spokeswoman says politics was NOT a factor when determining which locations to close.
The Roanoke County Supervisors say they can handle the latest round of state budget cuts... but they're warning that more bad news may be difficult to fix.
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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[IN Q=If we've got]
((JOE "BUTCH" CHURCH: IF WE'VE GOT 200-SOME NOW, WE'RE GOING TO MAKE A MOVE HERE AND TRY TO HELP YOU OUT, BUT 200-SOME NEXT WEEK OR NEXT MONTH, YOU MAY NOT SEE THE SAME CLIMATE, NOT BECAUSE WE DON'T CARE, BUT BECAUSE WE'RE GOING TO BE IN DIFFERENT SITUATIONS.))
[OUT Q=going to be in different situations.]
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.
In business news, Car buyers in four states will soon hear an appeal to their environmental conscience: ``What would Jesus drive?''
The National Council of Churches and the Coalition on the Environment and Jewish Life are planning to run television ads in an effort to get people to switch to more fuel-efficient cars.
The goal is to urge consumers to park their S-U-V's -- claiming that Jesus would prefer a cleaner auto.
Coalition members hope to meet with the Big Three automakers and the United Auto Workers Union in Detriot
In other news, Stocks lost more ground yesterday.
Ed Crane has that story and more in this morning's Marketwatch.
[SUPER=01-Ed Crane/Reporting; :00]
[OUT Q=I'm EC, CBS Marketwatch, NY.]
((GOOD MORNING. THE DOW'S HAD A WILD RIDE, AND THE NASDAQ SLID TO IT'S THIRD
STRAIGHT LOSING SESSION.
LET'S SHOW YOU THE NUMBERS:
AFTER FALLING SOME 80 POINTS, THE DOW WENT POSITIVE AT MID AFTERNOON BEFORE
SELLING LOWER IN THE FINAL MINUTES, LOSING ALMOST 12.
THE NASDAQ SPENT TUESDAY IN THE RED FINISHING OFF 19 POINTS.
WE HAD A PRETTY GOOD SELL OFF THIS MORNING AFTER THE RELEASE OF DATA
SUGGESTING RETAIL SALES THIS MONTH, THE RUN UP TO THE HOLIDAY SHOPPING
SEASON ARE WEAKER THAN EXPECTED.
HOME DEPOT HAS FALLEN ABOUT 13 PERCENT, THE HOME IMPROVEMENT CHAIN MET IT'S
EARNINGS EXPECTATIONS BUT WARNED OF WEAKER SALES IN THE FOURTH QUARTER,
DESPITE ALL THE ACTIVITY IN THE HOUSING AND MORTGAGE MARKETS.
ANOTHER RETAILER HAVING A TOUGH DAY, CIRCUIT CITY THE NATIONAL ELECTRONICS
CHAIN SINKING TO A 52 WEEK LOW, OF LESS THAN 8 BUCKS A SHARE. ONE BRIGHT
SPOT IN THE SECTOR, STAPLES UP 7 PERCENT ON BETTER THAN EXPECTED EARNINGS.
A TRIO OF BIG NAME STOCKS ARE TRADING LOWER ON ANALYST DOWNGRADES,
MICROSOFT, BIOGEN AND AMAZON DOT COM VIEWED BY ANALYSTS AS OVERVALUED IN
THE CURRENT MARKET.
CONSUMER PRICES WERE UP 3 TENTHS OF ONE PERCENT LAST MONTH. THATS LESS THAN
ECONOMISTS HAD FORECAST BUT THERE ARE A COUPLE OF TROUBLE SPOTS, GASOLINE
JUMPED 4 PERCENT, HEALTH CARE EXPENSES WERE UP HALF OF ONE PERCENT LAST
MONTH, THEY'VE RISEN ALMOST 6 PERCENT YEAR TO DATE.
TODAY'S MARKET SCREAMER AGILENT TECHNOLOGIES, UP 19 PERCENT ON BETTER THAN
AND FROM THE WHO CAN YOU TRUST FILE, DREYERS THE MAKER OF DREYERS, EDYS AND
STARBUCK ICE CREAM MAY BE SELLING ITS HALF GALLON SIZE PRODUCT CHEAPER THAN
THE COMPETITION..BECAUSE IT'S NOT REALLY A HALF GALLON..FEARING A CONSUMER
BACKLASH IF IT RAISED PRICES, THE COMPANY HAS DOWNSIZED THE CUSTOMARY HALF
GALLON BY HALF A PINT...IT'S NOW 1 POINT 75 QUARTS.
GET MORE AT CBS DOT MARKETWATCH DOT COM...
at the nasdaq, I'm ec.))
(tape tosses to stocks)
A van full of inmates was struck head- on by a tractor- trailer that crossed the center line on an Alaska highway,
killing four of the prisoners and a corrections officer.
State troopers say the van was heading toward a correctional facility when the accident happened.
Authorities say the tractor- trailer hit the driver's side of the van.
They say it was raining and snowing at the time of the crash, which occurred on one of the most treacherous and most scenic stretches of highways in Alaska.
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.
Danville's long-time police chief is ending a 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.
(Kimberly tosses to bump)
There's no magic formula to raising children, but there are resources out there that can help.
[TAKE FS BOOK COVER]
One such resource is a book by a local author and longtime educator-- It's called "Kids Under Construction."
[TAKE FS EARLY YEARS]
In this week's "Early Years" segment, we spoke with the author Doctor Winsdon Pound-- who shares the insight he's gained about children from more than 30 years as an educator.
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[IN Q=I don't know.]
[SUPER=01-Winsdon Pound/Author; :00]
[OUT Q=written the book.]
[FULL SCREEN PRE- PRO]
You can find Dr. Pound's book at Ram's Head Book Shop, or by writing him at P-O Box 1314, Dublin, Virginia, 2-4-0-8-4.
(Kim tosses to break)
Stay with us-- News 7 Mornin will be right back.
[STRAIGHT TO BREAK]
It has taken almost a year to sort out the record and release a man alleged to have links to the terrorist group al-Fuqra.
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.