It appears the heating problems at Craig County Schools are over for now.
Two new boilers are now operating, and classes are scheduled to resume this morning.
Students stayed home one day last week, and again yesterday, because of continuing problems with heating equipment at the county's combined school.
Technicians worked through the night to get the equipment up and running, and by mid afternoon it was back online.
Because four additional days have been built into the schedule, the unexpected vacation has not affected the school calendar.
The chief U-N weapons inspector says his teams are ready to get down to work in Iraq--
The inspections begin tomorrow.
Today the teams are making their final preparations.
17- inspectors will start the process, but there's expected to be 100 inspectors on the ground in Iraq by Christmas.
While trying to keep the element of surprise, the inspection teams are NOT telling the Iraqis where they plan to start looking for weapons of mass destruction.
All it took was a computer and a telephone to steal the identities of more than 30- thousand people across the country.
[SUPER=03-New York, NY;]
Authorities say three men are charged with stealing credit information in the biggest case of identity theft in U-S history.
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((JAMES COMEY/U. S. ATTORNEY: IN SHORT WITH A FEW KEYSTROKES THESE MEN ESSENTIALLY PICKED THE POCKETS OF TENS OF THOUSANDS OF AMERICANS AND, IN THE PROCESS, TOOK THEIR IDENTITIES, STOLE THEIR MONEY AND SWIPED THEIR SECURITY. ))
[SUPER=01-James Comey/U. S. Attorney;]
[OUT Q=swiped their security.]
By using stolen passwords, the suspects broke into the databases of several lending institutions, downloading thousands of credit histories.
Those credit reports were sold to con artists, who could loot a victim's bank account and max out his credit cards.
Authorities say so far, the scheme has cost victims a total of nearly three million dollars-- but they're still looking for more victims.
It's been nearly two months since the night manager at Shenandoah Homes was found murdered.
Now a 34- year old man described as a transient has been formally charged with killing Helen Cadd.
Police say Danny Ray Taylor was at the retirement home the night the 88- year old was found dead.
That evening, Taylor was arrested on a probation violation and has been in custody ever since.
[SUPER=03-Roanoke Co./October 3;]
Yesterday-- he was formally charged with capital murder and sexual assault.
Authorities aren't saying what evidence led to the arrest.
Taylor is being held without bond, and has been granted two court- appointed attorneys.
A preliminary hearing is scheduled for January.
The University of Virginia went straight by the book when it dismissed 48 students as a result of a plagiarism scandal.
The last honor trial wrapped up on Saturday.
According to U-V-A's Honor Code, the only punishment for lying, cheating or stealing is dismissal from the school.
The Honor Committee Chairman says the
punishments show that the student-run disciplinary system works.
One-hundred-and-nine students were acquitted.
Riots at recent college football games have Virginia Tech police on edge.
This is footage from a 19-99 home game, when the Hokies defeated Boston College.
But, with the big rivalry game coming up this weekend between the Hokies and the Hoos... Tech police realize the possibility of fan rioting after the game is very real.
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[IN Q=i mean we can't]
[SUPER=01-Debra Duncan/VT Police Chief;]
[OUT Q=subject to arrest.]
Virginia Tech police won't be alone in keeping things under control this Saturday.
Duncan says the department will get some help from about one hundred additional officers from Blacksburg, Christiansburg and the Montgomery County Sheriff's office.
In business news, Confidence in the economy is expected to have rebounded in November after tumbling last month -- sending it to
its lowest levels in nearly nine years.
Economists are looking for consumer confidence to have risen to a reading of between 84 and 86 and a-half.
The Conference Board is expected to release its Consumer Confidence Index later this moring.
In other news, the Dow and the Nasdaq posted gains 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.]
YOU'RE STARTING TO HEAR THE WHISPERS ON WALL STREET? IS THE WORST BEHIND US?
THE DOW'S RIDING IT'S MOST SUSTAINED WINNING STREAK IN FOUR YEARS, WE'RE NOW
IN WEEK 8 AND SO FAR SO GOOD. THIS IS AN ABBREVIATED TRADING WEEK, A LOT OF
SENIOR INVESTORS ARE TAKING ALL OR PART OF THE WEEK OFF AND THAT CAN MEAN
VOLATILE SWINGS, BUT MONDAY'S SESSION WAS FAIRLY CALM...AND FAIRLY
THE DOW PICKED UP STEAM AT MID AFTERNOON AND FINISHED WITH A 44 POINT GAIN.
THE NASDAQ WAS IN THE PLUS COLUMN MOST OF THE DAY AND THE NASDAQ ADDED 13
THE DOW'S WAS PUSHED HIGHER BY THE LIKES OF G-M, MERCK AND PROCTER AND
AND MOVED UP DESPITE LOSSES FOR MC DONALDS, 3 M BOEING AND AMERICAN EXPRESS.
CHIP AND NETWORKING STOCKS ARE LEADING THE NASDAQ HIGHER AND TWO FAMILIAR
NAMES STANDOUT, CISCO AND INTEL,
BUT THE DAYS MOST EYE CATCHING MOVE COMES FROM ADVANCED MICRO DEVICES UP
ABOUT 15 PERCENT.
THE SEC HAS FINED SIBEL SYSTEMS AND CITED TWO OTHER COMPANIES,
DEFENSE CONTRACTOR RAYTHEON AND SECURE COMPUTING FOR VIOLATING RULE F-D
WHICH STANDS FOR FAIR DISCLOSURE, THRE THREE ACCUSED OF SHARING INFORMATION
ABOUT FURTURE EARNINGS AND REVENUES WITH FUND MANAGERS AND ANALYSTS BUT NOT
THE GENERAL PUBLIC.
A SURPRISINGLY GOOD REPORT ON HOME SALES FOR OCTOBER, THEY GREW 6 POINT 1
PERCENT---THE 5 POINT 7 MILLION UNIT EXPANSION ONE OF THE LARGEST MONTHLY
GAINS ON RECORD.
AND ONE INTERESTING TREND TO TELL YOU ABOUT----THERE WAS A BIG RUN IN WHAT
WERE SUPERSTAR STOCKS--TURNED PENNY STOCKS....
LUCENT--U-A-L AND NORTEL NETWORKS AMONG THE 5 DOLLARS AND UNDER
STOCKS...GETTING SOME INVESTOR INTEREST.
GET MORE AT CBS DOT MARKETWATCH DOT COM.
at the nasdaq, I'm ed crane.))
(tape tosses to stocks)
President Bush is getting out the bill- signing pen again today--
Yesterday, he signed the Homeland Security Bill.
Today he'll sign a bill to protect insurance companies from the huge costs of future terror attacks.
Bush says the economy was losing thousands of jobs because businesses weren't getting affordable insurance for big construction projects.
He says this bill is vital to the nation's economic security.
Officials with the Department of Motor Vehicles say at one point, they considered closing more than 30 D-M-V offices.
Yesterday, they responded to charges that the D-M-V intentionally sought to close offices in Republican districts.
Officials say they used factual data to shave 44-million dollars from the D-M-V's budget.
They closed a dozen D-M-V offices, including those in Bedford and Rocky Mount.
[IN Q=I FEEL VERY COMFORTABLE WITH THE DECISION]
[SUPER=01-Lynwood Butner/DMV Deputy Commissioner]
[OUT Q=MOST DIFFICULT THING I'VE EVER DONE.]
D-M-V officials say the closing of twelve offices was an "agonizing" decision but not a political one.
A showdown could be brewing between the Reverend Jerry Falwell and Lynchburg city leaders over the purchase of the city's biggest industrial site.
Steve Smallshaw reports.
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[IN Q=What was once]
[SUPER=01-Rev. Jerry Falwell/Liberty University Chancellor; :26]
[SUPER=01-Bert Dodson/Lynchburg Vice Mayor; :58]
[OUT Q=News7, Lynchburg.]
(( What was once Lynchburg's biggest employer, the Ericsson plant is now just a shell of its former self.
The 900-thousand square foot property was on the market for two years before next door neighbor Jerry Falwell stepped in.
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Falwell wants to move Thomas Road Baptist Church to the plant and also use the property to greatly expand Liberty University.
To do all that, he'll need the city's blessing by way of rezoning.
((REV. JERRY FALWELL/LIBERTY U. CHANCELLOR: ALL OF US BUY GAS AND GROCERIES AND EAT IN THE RESTAURANTS AND LIVE IN THE MOTELS, AND SHOP AT WAL-MART LIKE EVERYBODY ELSE AND PAY TAXES ALL OF US, MYSELF INCLUDED, I WOULD HOPE WOULD BE A GOOD CONTRIBUTING CITIZEN AND I WOULD HOPE THAT WE WOULD COME TO THAT AGREEMENT.))
[OUT Q=that agreement.]
((YOU'VE GOT TO REALIZE THAT THIS IS DEFINITELY GOING TO AFFECT THE FINANCES OF THE CITY.))
[OUT Q=of the city.]
Some city leaders are worried about taking Lynchburg's biggest industrial site off the tax rolls.. and what that loss of revenue would do to other city services.
((BERT DODSON/LYNCHBURG VICE MAYOR: LIBERTY BRINGS A GREAT DEAL TO THE CITY, OBVIOUSLY, BUT WHERE IS THE AMOUNT OF MONEY BEING MADE UP? WE'RE NOT GOING TO BE INCREASING OUR REAL ESTATE TAXES, THE STATE IS FAILING IN ITS OBLIGATIONS, SO WE COULD BE EVEN MORE STRESSED AS TIME UNFOLDS.))
[OUT Q=as time unfolds.]
((FALWELL: WE CERTAINLY DON'T ENJOY DOING BATTLE WITH OUR FRIENDS, BUT JUST AS IT IS THE JOB OF CITY COUNCIL TO LOOK OUT FOR THE OF THEIR DISTRICT, IT IS MY DUTY, THE BUCK STOPS AT MY DESK TO LOOK OUT FOR LIBERTY AND THOMAS ROAD AND I WILL DO THAT.))
[OUT Q=will do that.]
The rezoning battle won't get underway until next year.
Steve Smallshaw, News7, Lynchburg.))
A V-M-I senior cadet from Kenya has been named a Rhodes Scholar.
Michael Lokale (low-CALL-ee) is a Biology major with a 3-point-8 grade point average.
He was recruited to run track and cross country and has twice won the conference championship.
He sees the Rhodes scholarship as a key to success.
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[IN Q=It's the key for my]
((IT'S THE KEY FOR MY LIFE-LONG DREAM, TO BE A DOCTOR. AND I'M GOING TO GO TO OXFORD AND COME BACK AND GO TO MEDICAL SCHOOL. I THINK IT'S GOING TO OPEN A LOT OF DOORS FOR THE MEDICAL SCHOOLS I WANT TO GO TO. In the United States? Yes.))
[OUT Q=United States? Yes.]
He hopes to attend U-V-a Medical School, then return home to Kenya and become a Pediatrician.
V-M-I has had ten Rhodes Scholars, but Cadet Lokale is the first one in 35 years.
The 24-year old Kenyan says V-M-I has been "a blessing."
(Kimberly tosses to bump)
He's been described as a General's general.
He was also one of the most popular cadets in V-M-I's Class of ' 62.
Next June General Binnie Peay (pee) will take over as the Institute's 14th Superintendent.
He rose to the rank of four-star general. He commanded the 101st Airborne Division in the Gulf War. So some people were asking why Peay would want to lead Virginia Military Institute.
As the son of a V-M-I cadet and father of two V-M-I graduates, General Peay points out the school was part of his life before he became a cadet.
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[IN Q=And so the chance]
((GEN. BINFORD PEAY/VMI'S NEW SUPERINTENDENT; AND SO THE CHANCE TO COME BACK TO AND JOIN AN INSTITUTION THAT'S HAD SUCH A BLUEPRINT ON YOUR LIFE IS A VERY VERY IMPORTANT THING. PAM AND I LOOK FORWARD TO DOING IT VERY MUCH.))
[SUPER=01-Gen. Binford Peay/VMI's New Superintendent]
[OUT Q= doing it very much]
Peay and his wife will move to Lexington next June. General Robert Green will serve as acting superintendent in the meantime.
This week's Tech 2002 Report is centered around Charlottesville more than Blacksburg - Here's Mike Stevens.
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[IN Q=FIRST AUDIO]
[OUT Q=...A NICE TUESDAY."]
(( The Virginia Tech Hokies host the Virginia Cavaliers this coming Saturday, and there really is no need to say anything else?
But this week is all about talk.
And it started about 20 minutes after UVa destroyed Maryland this past Saturday night.
David A Harrison Field was still full of fans when one UVa backer calmly stated - on Thursday we'll all eat Turkey - on Saturday we'll take care of the leftovers.
Speaking in football terms - the "LEFTOVERS" the UVa fan was referring to is what's left of Tech's once promising season. Three straight losses and a rash of injuries have left the Hokies beaten down.
Amazingly, the Hokies are favored by 7 points. This despite the fact that UVa is playing its best football of the season, and Tech is playing its worst.
UVa captain Billy McMullen expects Tech to have its act together by Saturday.
The Tech bandwagon has seen its share of defections in the past month from the fair weather fans - who've not been shy about ripping the players and the coaches.
The Hokies will definitely be without starting defensive tackle Kevin Lewis Saturday and for the rest of the season. He has opted for surgery to repair his torn pectoral muscle. He's even questionable for spring practice. There is some good news from the Tech training room. Head athletic trainer Mike Goforth says DeAngelo Hall's back has responded well to treatment and he should play on Saturday against UVA.))
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One couple has won money in the Virginia lottery not once, but twice.
Edith and Buck Shinault won nearly ten million in the Lottery back in April of 1991, something most would consider a once in a lifetime opportunity.
But yesterday, the couple was back at lottery headquarters to claim one of the top prizes in the thousand-dollars per week Win for Life scratch game.
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[IN Q=I scratched]
((CLYDE "BUCK" SHINAULT/2 TIME LOTTERY WINNER; I SCRATCHED OFF ONE AND SAID HEY, I WON FIVE DOLLARS. SO I SCRATCHED OFF TWO MORE AND SAID WELL THESE DIDN'T WIN SO I'LL THROW THESE IN THE TRASH CAN. THEN SHE JUST SAYS WHOOPEE!))
[SUPER=01-Clyde "Buck" Shinault/2 Time Lottery Winner]
[OUT Q=just says Whoopee!]
Buck says winning a multi-million dollar jackpot didn't change them the first time. But it has allowed the couple to retire early and travel extensively.