After a major loss in 2000, Democrats are already gearing up for the 2004 Presidential Election.
The hats aren't officially in the ring yet, but many big-name Democrats are at least considering throwing them in.
Melissa McDermott reports.
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[SUPER=01-Sen. John Kerry/(D) Massachusetts;]
[SUPER=04-Courtesy: Worldwide Pants;]
[SUPER=01-Craig Crawford/CBS News Political Consultant; Quick!!!]
[SUPER=01-Melissa McDermott/CBS News;]
[OUT Q=McDermott, CBS News, New York.]
ALTHOUGH IT IS NOT A FULL COMMITTMENT, SENATOR JOHN KERRY IS AT LEAST
MAKING HIS INTENTIONS CLEAR.
(sot: Sen. John Kerry/(D) Massachussettes)
"i've made a decision to file a formal exploratory committee during the
course of this week."
KERRY IS A BIG NAME FOR THE DEMOCRATS.... BUT HE COULD FIND HIMSELF IN A
RACE WITH SOME EVEN BIGGER NAMES.
FORMER HOUSE MAJORITY LEADER RICHARD GEPHARDT HAS HINTED AT THE IDEA OF
RUNNING BUT HAS YET TO TAKE THE FIRST STEP.
HILLARY CLINTON HAS RECEIVED GOOD POLL NUMBERS BUT SAYS SHE WON'T RUN.
THE DEMOCRATS LAST CHOICE FOR VICE PRESIDENT SAYS HE'S SERIOUSLY
CONSIDERING A CAMPAIGN.
HOWEVER, SENATOR JOSEPH LIEBERMAN ALSO SAYS HE WON'T RUN IF AL GORE DOES.
(NATS)(Courtesy: Worldwide Pants)
GORE LIKELY WON'T ANNOUNCE HIS INTENTIONS UNTIL AFTER THE HOLIDAYS.
HOWEVER HE IS LEADING IN THE POLLS OF POSSIBLE DEMOCRATIC CANDIDATES.
(SOT: CRAIG CRAWFORD)
"in some ways this race is really about al gore versus john kerry right
KERRY IS A HIGHLY DECORATED VIETNAM VET, BUT WAS OPPOSED TO THE PERSIAN
THE MASSACHUSETTS SENATOR IS ALSO THE RICHEST MEMBER OF CONGRESS.
HE AND HIS WIFE,TERESA HEINZ, HAVE A PERSONAL NET WORTH IN THE HUNDREDS
BUT HE SAYS HE WILL NOT FINANCE HIS CAMPAIGN OUT OF HIS OWN POCKET.
WITH AN EXPLORATORY COMMITTEE KERRY CAN START RAISING MONEY.
HE CAN ALSO START TELLING PEOPLE WHAT HE WOULD DO IF ELECTED.
TOMORROW HE WILL MAKE AN APPEARANCE IN CLEVELAND AND IS EXPECTED TO LAY
OUT HIS ECONOMIC PLAN FOR THE COUNTRY.
MELISSA , CBS NEWS, NEW YORK.
U-N weapons inspectors spent today searching more factories in Iraq.
One plant made guidance and control systems for Scud missiles used in the Gulf War.
Yesterday, the inspectors searched an airfield north of Baghdad, a site last searched in the '90s.
Officials say they found no contraband at the airfield, which
houses crop dusters.
The Iraqi government is closely watching the inspectors, since Saddam Hussein has only six days to reveal any secret weapons programs.
A Waynesboro man who is accused of shooting a Nelson County man is in custody.
Shortly before 11 yesterday morning, deputies were called to Virginia Lane in Nellysford, where they found a 22 year old man who'd been shot with a small caliber handgun.
33- year- old Alfred Eugene Allen is charged with malicious wounding and possession of a firearm after being convicted of a felony.
The victim-- who's name has not been released, was airlifted to the U-V-A Medical Center and is listed in critical condition.
Officials say the shooting occurred after a verbal fight at the victim's home.
Most travelers have returned home after the long holiday weekend.
The Sunday after Thanksgiving is traditionally one of the heaviest travel days of the year.
And, yesterday was no exception at the Roanoke Regional Airport.
Many travelers found long lines as they tried to make it back home or to other destinations.
One woman encountered delays at other airports as she tried to make it back home to Roanoke.
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[SUPER=01-Gabriela Arraiz/Traveler; ]
((IT TOOK MORE THAN 24 HOURS OF WAITING IN THE AIRPORT AND TRYING TO GET ON MORE THAN 10 FLIGHTS, IT WAS JUST HORRIBLE, IT WAS HORRIBLE. ))
[OUT Q=IT WAS HORIBBLE. (DOUBLE OUT.)]
No major delays or cancellations occurred at the Roanoke Airport yesterday... although there were some scary moments for passengers aboard one flight out of Roanoke.
The plane-- bound for Dulles Airport-- started smoking before takeoff, so the pilots turned around and the flight was canceled.
[WIPE WIPE WIPE]
[WIPE WIPE WIPE]
Motorists also found plenty of long lines and delays on the roadways.
Traffic was slow moving along portions of Interstate 81 last night.
An accident in the southbound lanes near Daleville caused delays yesterday.
Some other minor accidents were reported throughout the area, but nothing serious.
Construction on the new Main Street bridge in downtown Danville is on track and should be completed by March.
Once finished, the bridge will accommodate all northbound and southbound traffic until the current Main Street bridge is re-furbished.
Both bridges should be open for traffic by the spring of 2004.
The project is costing more than 14 million dollars.
In business news, Discount stores like Wal-Mart and Target had the greatest success over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend.
However, major department stores and clothing chains generally met modest sales goals.
Online sales were also strong.
The popular gifts included D-V-D players and other home electronics, kitchen ware and the Fur Real Friend, a hot toy cat by
Hasbro that's already in short supply.
In other news, Wall Street begins December with an eight-week blue-chip winning streak under its belt.
Ed Crane has that story and more in this morning's Marketwatch.
[SUPER=01-Ed Crane/Reporting; :00]
[OUT Q=I'm Ed Crane, CBS Marketwatch, NY.]
((A DOWN DAY BUT ANOTHER WINNING WEEK FOR STOCKS:
IN A CHOPPY HALF DAY SESSION, THE DOW GAVE UP 36 POINTS BUT POSTED IT'S 8TH CONSECUTIVE WINNING WEEK.
THE NASDAQ LOST 9 POINTS ON THE DAY BUT GAINED ABOUT 1 PERCENT FOR THE WEEK, IT'S SEVENTH WINNING SESSION IN 8 WEEKS, AND IT'S THIRD BEST NOVEMBER EVER.
IT WAS A TURBULENT DAY FOR UNITED AIRLINES AND SHAREHOLDERS OF PARENT COMPANY U-A-L, THE STOCK FELL ABOUT 30 PERCENT AFTER MECHANICS NIXED A REQUEST FOR WAGE CONCESSIONS TO HELP KEEP THE CARRIER OUT OF BANKRUPTCY.
THE HOTTEST STOCK OF THE DAY, SEALED AIR THE MAKER OF BUBBLE WRAP WHICH ANNOUNCED PLANS TO SETTLE AN ASSORTMENT OF ASBESTOS RELATED LAWSUITS IT INHERITED WHEN IT BOUGHT CRYOVAC...
TECH STOCKS CONTINUED THEIR FALL RALLY WITH INTEL AND SUN MICROSYSTEMS AMONG THE DAYS GAINERS.ON THE BUSY FRIDAY AFTER THANKSGIVING SHOPPING DAY, INVESTORS WERE NOT KEEN ON BUYING RETAIL STOCKS, WAL MART, TARGET AND FEDERATED FINISHED LOWER.
CITIGROUP ENDED A BIG WEEK, INVESTORS MAY HAVE BEEN ENCOURAGED THAT THE COMPANYS SMITH BARNEY UNIT BACKED AWAY FROM THE BIDDING TO UNDERWRITE A HOT NEW I-P-O, TO AVOID A CONFLICT OF INTEREST. THE COMPANY IS RUN BY CITIGROUP C-E-O SANDY WEIL's DAUGHTER.
GET MORE BUSINESS NEWS AT CBS DOT MARKETWATCH DOT COM.))
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Today the attorney for the man accused of kidnapping and killing a five year old California girl is expected to ask a judge to delay a preliminary hearing.
The public defender for Alejandro Avila says she needs more time to review D-N-A evidence.
Samantha Runnion's body was discovered along a highway, one day after she was abducted outside her home in Stanton, California last summer.
Prosecutors say they plan to seek the death penalty.
It was supposed to be up and running years ago.
But only now is the "American Armored Foundation's" tank museum ready to open its doors in Pittsylvania County.
Justin McLeod has more.
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[SUPER=01-William Gasser/Museum Director; :11]
[SUPER=01-Eddie Mathews/Museum Visitor; 1:27]
[OUT Q=JM, News 7, Pittsylvania County]
((((NAT SOUND OF TANK MOVING))
The wheels are in motion to turn the old Disston Plant near Danville into a museum like no other.
[IN Q=The entire collection]
((WILLIAM GASSER/MUSEUM DIRECTOR: THE ENTIRE COLLECTION IS THE MOST COMPREHENSIVE TANK AND CALVARY COLLECTION KNOWN IN THE WORLD.))
[OUT Q=in the world]
And what collection it is.
There are 97 tanks and other artillery pieces.
You'll also find thousands of artifacts from weapons, to original paintings, to more than 700 uniforms.
The oldest piece is this body armor from 1509.
There's even a memorial wall to honor soldiers, past and present, from the surrounding area.
[IN Q=This is here for one purpose]
((WILLIAM GASSER/MUSEUM DIRECTOR: THIS IS HERE FOR ONE PURPOSE TO HONOR THOSE WHO HAD TO ACTUALLY WORK WITH THIS AWESOME EQUIPMENT AND SOMETIMES AND FIGHT AND DIE IN IT.))
[OUT Q=die in it]
The public got its first look at the collection this weekend.
The museum opened its door for three days in advance of its spring grand opening.
[IN Q=It's been a bumpy road]
((JUSTIN McLEOD/REPORTING: IT'S BEEN A BUMPY ROAD GETTING TO THIS POINT. THE BIGGEST OBSTACLE WAS ACTUALLY MOVING AND TRANSPORTING THESE LARGE PIECES FROM THE OLD MUSEUM IN NEW YORK HERE TO DANVILLE. THE MUSEUM HAD TO RAISE NEARLY A MILLION DOLLARS TO MAKE THAT MOVE HAPPEN.))
[OUT Q=that move happen]
((NAT SOUND OF WILLIAM STRAIGHTEN OUT RUSSIAN SOLDIER AT 1:32:19))
The collection is now here but you will only see a quarter of it.
The museum still needs to raise nearly six million dollars to pay for future renovations including building display cases.
Future plans call for a battlefield outside where reenactments will take place.
That is still years away but the public likes what it sees so far.
[IN Q=I'll be back]
((EDDIE MATHEWS/VISITOR: I'LL BE BACK. I'LL COME BACK. I BELIEVE IT WILL HELP THE WHOLE AREA BECAUSE I DON'T KNOW OF ANYWHERE IN THE UNITED STATES OTHER THAN A MILITARY BASE YOU CAN SEE THIS STUFF.))
[OUT Q=see this stuff]
The museum believes nearly a hundred thousand people will see it in the first year.
And although it's been a wild ride so far the museum should be up and running by Memorial Day.
Justin McLeod, News 7, Pittsylvania County.))
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The Carnival cruise ship, "Fascination" is the latest ship struck by sickness.
Authorities say nearly 90 passengers are ill aboard the cruise ship.
It's due back in a Florida port within a few hours.
Officials aren't yet sure whether this is the same illness that's been plaguing other cruise lines.
Hundreds of people came down with a contagious stomach virus aboard Holland America's ``Amsterdam'' and the Disney l