Weapons inspectors are back in Iraq today.
The actual search for weapons is set to resume Wednesday, despite a strong Iraqi protest letter to the U-N.
Iraq says the U-N disarmament resolution includes fine print that the U-S could turn into a pretext for war.
Today, President Bush is expected to sign the Homeland Security Bill into law.
The department will bring together 22 agencies with 170-thousand employees.
Its responsibilities will be enormous: from securing airports and stopping drug smugglers to patrolling the shores and responding to disasters.
Nearly two weeks ago, News 7 reported General Binford (PEE) Peay will become V-M-I's new superintendent.
He'll be officially introduced today.
Keith Humphry reports on the issues the General will face.
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[IN Q=Among the issues]
[SUPER=03-Lexington/March, 1998; :00]
[SUPER=04-April, 2001; :10]
[SUPER=01-Lt. Gen. Josiah Bunting/VMI Superintendent; :37]
[OUT Q=K.H. News 7.]
(( Among the issues this retired four- star General will inherit when he assumes command next Summer is the still- unresolved matter of organized prayer in the mess hall.
[NAT SOT Full]
((O, GOD, WE ASK YOUR BLESSING ON THE CORPS.))
Customarily, the entire corps would bow their heads as a cadet chaplain said grace before the evening meal.
Last January a U-S District Judge declared the practice unconstitutional and ordered the Institute to put a stop to it. The state attorney general immediately filed an appeal.
[NAT SOT FULL @ 21:36:50]
((YOU KNOW WE'RE STILL IN THE MIDDLE OF THIS COURT CASE.))
Retiring Superintendent Josiah Bunting brought up the subject in a recent interview.
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[IN Q=This particular issue]
((THIS PARTICULAR ISSUE DOES NOT CONCERN JESUS OR MOSES OR BUDDHA OR ANY PARTICULAR RELIGION. WE SIMPLY RETURN THANKS TO PROVIDENCE, TO AN UN-NAMED GOD, AND WE ASK HIM TO LOOK AFTER VMI AND THE COUNTRY.))
[OUT Q=and the country.]
The U-S Court of Appeals is set to hear oral arguments on the subject January 21st in Richmond.
Keith Humphry, NEWS 7.))
Keith will be in Lexington first thing this morning.
He'll have an interview with the NEW Superintendent, General Peay (pee), tonight on News 7 at Six.
Virginia's law that does not allow governors to seek a consecutive term is coming under fire.
[VO-NAT 02-44 tc 52:44]
Governor Mark Warner is pushing for a constitutional amendment to allow Virginia governors to run for a second consecutive term.
And, according to the Washington Post, Warner is expected to enlist former governors to help the cause.
Critics say one four-year term doesn't give governors enough time to see their programs through.
A commission on government efficiency chaired by former Governor Doug Wilder has already endorsed the idea.
The Henry County home where an unsolved murder took place is up for sale.
The Short's Oak Level home is going on the auction block.
That is where Michael and Mary Short were found shot to death in August.
The remains of their daughter Jennifer were found in Rockingham County, North Carolina, a month later.
The family plans to auction off the home and all its contents on Saturday December 7th.
No arrests have been made in the case.
U-S officials say Saudi royal money may have ended up in the hands of two September 11th hijackers.
Saudi officials say they spent the weekend pouring over bank records of a Saudi ambassador's wife.
Lawmakers are urging the F-B-I to vigorously pursue money links between Saudi royals and terrorists.
In business news, The Dow posted gains for the seventh straight week, despite losing some ground on Friday.
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.]
((THE DOW COULDN'T PULL OFF A TRIPLE DIGIT TRIFECTA, FALLING BACK FRIDAY AFTER
TRIPLE DIGITS GAINS WEDNESDAY AND THURSDAY.
THE DOW LOST 40 POINTS ON THE DAY BUT GAINED FOR THE WEEK...
IT'S SEVENTH CONSECUTIVE WINNING WEEK.THE NASDAQ FINISHED UP A POINT AND
GAINED FOR THE WEEK
WHAT WE SAW FRIDAY WAS A LOT OF BOTTOM FISHING, INVESTORS ARE PICKING UP
STOCKS FROM BEATEN DOWN SECTORS LIKE AIRLINES AND RETAIL
UNITED AIRLINES PARENT U-A-L IS UP FOR THE THIRD TIME THIS WEEK, AS MORE
PIECES FALL INTO PLACE FOR IT'S EFFORT TO OBTAIN FEDERAL LOAN GUARANTEES AND
PERHAPS FLY CLEAR OF BANKRUPTCY.
COMPETITORS SUCH AS AMERICAN PARENT A-M-R, DELTA AND CONTINENTAL ALSO UP
IN THE RETAIL SECTOR, INVESTORS WERE FILLING THEIR SHOPPING CARTS WITH
GROCERY STOCKS WHICH HAVE BEEN OUT OF FAVOR FOR MONTHS.
THE GAINERS INCLUDE SAFEWAY--WINN DIXIE AND THE GREAT ATLANTIC AND PACIFIC
ONE OF THE HOT STOCKS HERE AT THE NASDAQ, LENDING TREE DOT COM...THE ON LINE
LOAN BROKER, IS NOW PROJECTING EARNINGS OF 18 CENTS A SHARE FOR THE QUARTER
NEARLY DOUBLE IT'S PREVIOUS ESTIMATE DUE TO STRONG DEMAND FOR HOME AND AUTO
KRISPY KREME CONTINUES TO RAKE IN THE DOUGH, IT'S UP ABOUT 5 PERCENT AFTER
EARNINGS THAT BEAT THE STREET BY A PENNY PER SHARE.THE COMPANY SAYS YOU'LL
SOON BE ABLE TO BUY THOSE TREATS AT ABOUT 2 DOZEN LOCATIONS IN THE U-K...
THERE'S BEEN A BIT OF SELLING IN THE TECH SECTOR WHICH HAS DONE SO WELL MOST
OF LAST WEEK.
ONE DISAPPOINTMENT..ELECTRONIC STORAGE, DRAGGED DOWN BY BROCADE, WHICH HAS
FALLEN MORE THAN 25% AFTER GIVING SCALED DOWN SALES FORECASTS FOR THE NEXT
A COUPLE OF I-P-O'S DEBUTED FRIDAY AND WHILE THEY DON'T ROCKET ON DAY ONE
LIKE THEY USED TO BOTH COSI SANDWICH SHOPS AND SAFETY INSURANCE....MADE
SOME MODEST GAINS ABOVE THEIR OFFERING PRICES.
GET MORE AT CBS DOT MARKETWATCH DOT COM.
I'M ED CRANE CBS MARKETWATCH NY.))
(tape tosses to stocks)
The Indian government says a deadly attack on two Hindu temples is the work of Pakistani militants.
Security forces ended a siege on the temples by the Islamic militants.
The gun battle left at least 13 dead and 50 wounded.
Police say the militants stormed the temples and shot at guards.
The Pakistani government is condemning the assault as terrorism.
Contruction on a controversial pipeline is set to begin next year.
Last week, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission approved Duke Energy's plan to build a 95-mile natural gas pipeline called the Patriot Extension.
It will begin in Wythe County and end in Rockingham County, North Carolina.
[SUPER=03-Patrick Co./April, 2001]
Out of 379 landowners affected, Duke has secured 54-percent of the necessary rights-of-way.
Duke now has the power to take the remaining land through eminent domain... but a spokesperson says it will only be done as a last resort.
Parts of the pipeline are scheduled to be up and running by May.
Another pipeline project has NOT been approved by federal regulators.
[VO-NAT 02-44 tc 54:56]
[SUPER=03-Henry Co./Last Week;]
Last week, four public hearings were held on the proposed Greenbrier Pipeline project.
The 275 mile natural gas pipeline would run from West Virginia-- through southwest and southside Virginia-- before ending in North Carolina.
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission held the meetings to gather input on the government's draft environmental impact study.
The commission will continue to take comments on the document through December 16th.
Governor Mark Warner is teaming up with some Virginia car dealers to help keep kids safe.
The Kid-Safe Virginia program will offer tips on fire safety, preventing substance abuse and how to handle dangerous online behavior.
School children will get personal safety lessons from teachers or police.
Also, parents can pick up free D-N-A kits from area car dealers.
The kits enable parents to take D-N-A samples from their children to help police in missing child cases.
[IN Q=WE WANT TO MAKE SURE THAT]
((GOVERNOR MARK WARNER: WE WANT TO MAKE SURE THAT WE ARE DOING ALL WE CAN FROM A GOVERNMENTAL PERSPECTIVE TO PARTNER WITH OUR SCHOOLS, TO PARTNER WITH OUT PARENTS TO MAKE SURE THAT THESE YOUNG PEOPLE FEEL SAFE EVERYWHERE THEY GO IN THEIR LIFE.))
[OUT Q=IN THEIR LIFE.]
Corporate donations and 300-thousand dollars from the federal government will fund the three-year program.
(Marya tosses to bump)
While air- travel has decreased since September Eleventh, security has increased.
As Justin McLeod reports, there are several new restrictions in place that travelers should be aware of before heading to the airport this holiday season.
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[SUPER=01-Laura Bernstein/Air Traveler; :10]
[SUPER=01-Amanda DeHaven/Airport Spokesperson; :26]
[OUT Q=JM, News 7, Roanoke]
((((NAT SOUND OF WHEELING SUITCASE AT 33:05))
If you're rolling into any airport over the holidays, there's a few things you need to know.
[IN Q=I came about a hour]
((LAURA BERNSTEIN/AIR-TRAVELER: I CAME ABOUT AN HOUR EARLY BECAUSE USUALLY THEY SAY TO COME, USUALLY THEY SAY An HOUR AND HALF BECAUSE OF THE ALL THE SECURITY.))
[OUT Q=all the security]
Security that begins right at the ticket counter.
You must show two forms of I.D. and there's a good chance your luggage will be searched.
From there, you head to the gate where you're greeted by even more security.
[IN Q=The transportation security]
((AMANDA DEHAVEN/AIRPORT SPOKESPERSON: THE TRANSPORTATION SECURITY ADMINISTRATION IS NOW HANDLING IT, IT'S A FEDERAL AGENCY.))
[OUT Q=federal agency]
Meaning the screeners are now paid and trained by the government.
They've been here in Roanoke for several months and guards tell us you can expect up to a 15 minute wait getting through the gate.
To help with crowd control, the airport recently installed this divider wall.
[IN Q=The federal government]
((JUSTIN McLEOD/REPORTING: THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT MANDATED THAT BY THE END OF THE YEAR ALL CHECKED BAGGAGE MUST BE SCREENED FOR EXPLOSIVES. THE ROANOKE AIRPORT JUST RECEIVED ITS BOMB DETECTION MACHINES BUT THEY WON'T BE UP AND RUNNING UNTIL AFTER THANKSGIVING.))
[OUT Q=until after Thanksgiving]
((NAT SOUND OF SUITCASE))
Regardless, there are still several items that you cannot bring on the plane including weapons, pocket knifes, and scissors.
[IN Q=Things like nitting needles]
((AMANDA DEHAVEN/AIRPORT SPOKESPERSON: THINGS LIKE KNITTING NEEDLES AND NAIL CLIPPERS WEREN'T ALLOWED LAST YEAR WHERE AS THIS YEAR THEY ARE ALLOWED THROUGH SCREENING.))
[OUT Q=through screening]
It is also recommended that you put any undeveloped film in your suitcase not your carry-on.
Also, all gifts should remain unwrapped.
It may be a lot to remember but many travelers are understanding.
[IN Q=Usually it's not a]
((LAURA BERNSTEIN/AIR-TRAVELER: USUALLY, IT'S NOT A HASSLE AT ALL, IT'S THE SAME EXCEPT THERE'S A LOT MORE SECURITY AROUND AND I FEEL SAFER.))
[OUT Q=I feel safer]
Safer on the ground and in the air.
Justin McLeod, News 7, Roanoke.))
West Virginia's ski season will soon be underway.
A recent storm dumped up to eight inches of snow in the mountains.
Snowshoe Mountain resort plans to open on Wednesday, more than a month ahead of its December 23rd opening last year.
Tourism officials say the state's other resorts at Winterplace, Canaan Valley and Timberline Four Seasons will follow soon.
The new leader of Averett University in Danville is tackling school issues in a unique way.
Richard (FAW) Pfau became the school's 23rd president back in July.
He has spent the first few months on the job laying out his goals for the school's future.
He wants to strengthen Averett's reputation and help revitalize the area's economy.
But more importantly, he wants to raise the quality of education and student life on campus.
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[IN Q=I eat in the cafeteria]
((DR. RICHARD PFAU/AVERETT UNIVERSITY PRESIDENT: I EAT IN THE CAFETERIA FAIRLY OFTEN MUCH OF THE TIME WITH STUDENTS. WE'VE HAD STUDENTS TO OUR HOME. THERE'S JUST SO MANY WAYS TO DO THAT AND AS YOU DO IT YOU GET A FEEL FOR NAMES AND FACES AND BACKGROUNDS AND OFTEN CAN HELP SOLVE A PROBLEM OR ANSWER A QUESTION WHICH IS WHY WE ARE HERE TO SERVE STUDENTS.))
[SUPER=01-Dr. Richard Pfau/Averett University President; :06]
[OUT Q=to serve students]
Student life is about to get more comfortable.
On Friday, the university announced it was the recipient of 750-thousand dollars from the E. Stuart James Grant Charitable Trust.
The money will be used to build a new student center.