A major Virginia highway project gets stopped in its tracks. The details are just ahead on News 7 at 5.
And budget problems also mean mucg higher costs .. for the state's pre-paid tuition program.
Extra sunshine today probably spared with region from a significant ice storm. Look for rain to begin later tonight.
Crash tests at 40 miles per hour. Some popular models like the Accord and Corolla get the bashing.
And we'll tell you why African Americans should be especially careful about not overdoing the eating for the holidays.
Plus we'll talk to stars in "Lord of the Rings 2". News 7 at 5 is next.
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A major Virginia highway project is put on hold. The state says it's simply a matter of not enough money.
The state today put the brakes on the plan to widen the highway from Cumberland Gap to Norfolk.
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The Route 58 project calls for four lanes along most of the 680 miles, from the southwest coalfields to the Atlantic Ocean.
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The Department of Transportation has suspended all preliminary engineering, delayed new construction and reduced land acquistion for Route 58.
Secretary Whitt Clement, a former Southside delegate, says the project is 272-million dollars in the red.
V-DOT discovered the shortfall after the governor orderd a review of its finances in February.
Clement says he'll work with state lawmakers to determine how much funding Route 58 can expect, and which improvements might have to be stopped so others can be completed.
And another result of state budget troubles. Rising tuitions at Virginia's colleges are also pushing up the costs of the state's prepaid tuition program.
For Virginia's prepaid college savings plan, which locks in future college costs at current prices, rates are going up 25 percent.
The 50-thousand Virginians already enrolled in the prepaid plan will not be affected.
But those who enroll next year will be paying the higher rates.
Still, officials say they do not expect enrollment in the plan to suffer.
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((DIANA CANTER/EXEC. DIR., VA COLLEGE SAVINGS PLAN: FAMILIES KNOW THAT TUITIONS ARE GOING UP RIGHT NOW AT THE SCHOOLS AND THEY'RE NOT GOING TO GO DOWN PROBABLY FOR A COUPLE OF YEARS SO IT STILL IS A VERY GOOD TIME TO BASICALLY LOCK IN AN INVESTMENT SO THAT YOU CAN HAVE SOME PEACE OF MIND THAT WHEN YOUR CHILDREN ARE READY TO WALK INTO THE DOORS OF THE COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES, THAT YOU'LL BE PREPARED.))
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And for the first time, parents can enroll in the college savings plan online.
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A link to that website can be found on our home page at wdbj7-dot-com.
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[WXPRO/FULL] WEATHER TODAY
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Freezing rain is possible in some parts of the region late tonight and through the morning.
And because of that.. both V-DOT and A-E-P are preparing for the worst.
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New River Valley Bureau Chief Myranda Stephens joins us now with more on that?
Jean, orginally, the freezing rain was supposed to start around 10 o-clock tonight, but, now the National Weather Service has actually reduced that time frame...
mainly to the overnight hours, possibly between three and seven-a-m.
Still, if the rain does turn into ice overnight, it could cause problems on the roads, even power outages.
And that's something V-DOT and A-E-P are watching out for.
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This was the scene at V-DOT's Christiansburg office.
Workers gasing up and loading up their trucks for tonight.
One thing V-DOT officials tell us that's different when they prepare for ice rather than snow, is that the ice is harder to push, so they usually have to use more chemicals and make sure they're debri-removing equipment is working properly.
Jean, the same thing really over at American Electric Power.
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Officials tell us they are closely watching the forecast and are preparing their trucks as well, in case they have to tackle any downed power lines...Jean?
We're finding out more details about whats included in
Iraqs 12-thousand page arms declaration.
And as the threat of war looms, Saddam Hussein has some strong words about the U-S and its
Correspondent Teri Okita has the latest from washington.
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((TRACK: FACING THE STRONG POSSIBILITY OF WAR, SADDAM HUSSEIN TOLD A
MEETING OF HIS TOP AIDES AND MILITARY BRASS, GOD WILLING, YOUR ENEMY
WILL BE DEFEATED AND HUMILIATED. ITS SADDAMS FIRST APPEARANCE SINCE
IRAQS ARMS DECLARATION WAS DELIVERED, AND IT COULD BE A GOOD INDICATOR
THAT THE IRAQIS ARE PREPARING FOR THE WORST.
TRACK: BUT THAT WILL DEPEND ON WHATS INSIDE THEIR DECLARATION. THE
CHIEF WEAPONS INSPECTOR BRIEFED U-N HEADS ON HOW LONG IT WILL TAKE HIS
TEAM TO TRANSLATE AND ANALYZE THE DOCUMENTS.
(Super: Hans Blix/Chief U.N. Inspector)
SOT: the timetable is by thursday the 19th we'd have a preliminary
TRACK: ACCORDING TO THE DOSSIERS TABLE OF CONTENTS, MUCH OF THE
DOCUMENT IS EXACTLY THE SAME AS ONE GIVEN TO PREVIOUS INSPECTORS. IT
INCLUDES INFORMATION ON IRAQS PAST EFFORTS TO BUILD NUCLEAR AND
BIOLOGICAL WEAPONS. ANALYSTS SAY THE WHITE HOUSE WILL LOOK FOR RED
FLAGS PLACES WHERE IRAQ HAS CLEARLY DECEIVED.
(Super: Ari Fleischer/White House Spokesman)
SOT: team of translators, experts
TRACK: ON TUESDAY, FIVE TEAMS OF INSPECTORS LAUNCHED THEIR LARGEST
ONE-DAY OPERATION SINCE RESUMING THEIR MISSION. THEIR SEARCH INCLUDED
RESEARCH FACILITIES, NUCLEAR SITES, AND THIS CHEMICAL FACTORY SOUTH OF
BAGHDAD. FACTORY WORKERS SAY THEIR PRODUCTS ARE FOR CIVILIAN USE ONLY.
(Super: Teri Okita/Reporting)
STANDUP: ABOUT TWO DOZEN MORE ARMS INSPECTORS ARE NOW ON THE GROUND IN
BAGHDAD READY TO JOIN IN. THE INSPECTORS WILL COMPARE THE DATA
THEYVE COLLECTED WITH IRAQS DECLARATION TO CHECK FOR DISCREPANCIES.
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One man who hopes for a peaceful solution is Jimmy Carter- He picked up his Nobel Peace Prize today in Norway.
The 78 year old may be smiling, but he's serious when it comes to addressing conflicts around the world.
With the prospect of war, Carter urged respect for the United Nations to try to solve the dispute first- between the United States, its allies and Iraq.
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((JIMMY CARTER/NOBEL PEACE PRIZE WINNER: IF WE ACCEPT THE PREMISE MUST BE ENFORCED.))
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In 1978 Carter brokered a peace agreement between Israel and Egypt.
After the White House, he became a statesman committed to human rights and world peace.
He helped build low income housing and he also opened the Carter Center- an organization created to negotiate world peace.
The Federal Reserve is leaving a key interest rate unchanged at a 41-year low.
The decision gives consumers and businesses more time to take
advantage of historically low borrowing costs, and regulators hope the continued low rates will help spur the economy.
It's easy to overdo the eating at the holidays, and the problems can be bigger for African Americans. We'll explain why just ahead in Healthcheck.
And the crash test dummies are at work again .. on some popular cars like the Accord. We'll have the latest results at 40 miles per hour.
Good results from the latest crash testing on small and midsize cars.
Five vehicles were tested and all five received a best pick award and a top rating of good.
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety did the testing of front end crashes at 40 miles an hour.
The top small vehicles included the Suzuki Aerio, Toyota Corolla and the Mini Cooper.
The 2002 Audi A-4 and the Honda Accord were tops in the midsize category.
The holiday season may be merry, but overdoing it can be hazardous to your health.
Many Americans pack on extra pounds this time of year - but for African Americans the need to stay on course is especially critical.
Andre Showell tell us why.
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[SUPER=01-Clarance DuHart/Thomas Circle Sports Club; :34]
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A YEAR OF FEASTING ON FAST FOOD... PROMPTS MANY TO LET THEIR GUARD DOWN
EVEN MORE DURING THE HOLIDAYS.
BUT BLACKS NEED TO BE PARTICULARLY CAREFUL.
THIRTY PERCENT OF AFRICAN AMERICANS HEAD INTO THE HOLIDAYS "OBESE."
CG- P. FRANCISCO SEMIAO/ AMERICAN COUNCIL ON EXERCISE
T1 11-28-03 "That's exactly the problem... African Americans
unfortunately do suffer the highest burden of obesity because obesity is
one of the biggest risk factors for cardio-vascular disease, diabetes,
THE NUMBER ONE HURDLE FITNESS EXPERT CLARENCE DUHART SEES AMONG HIS
AFRICAN AMERICAN CLIENTS ?.....
CG- CLARENCE DUHART/THOMAS CIRCLE SPORTS CLUB
T1 11-56-20 "a lack of motivation to exercise and I think that relates
to a lack of information and the way many of us were brought up as a
nats.. (aerobics 2 seconds then sound down)
ONE WAY TO BEAT THE HOLIDAY BULGE IS BY GETTING ACTIVE.
11-29-24 "Exercise is very important. It's a good way to burn off
calories and to increase your metabolism."
WITH FOOD AS THE CENTER ATTRACTION FOR MANY FAMILY CELEBRATIONS ...
EXPERTS ADVISE FAMILIES TO INTRODUCE FITNESS AS A NEW FAMILY TRADITION.
T1 11-30-16 "Go outside .. do some activities, play a sport with the
family .. go for a walk."
WHILE THE HOLIDAYS ARE A TIME TO ENDULGE IN A FEW HOLIDAY TREATS...
MODERATION IS KEY.
T1 11-31-20 "People end up saving their apetite until the end of the
day.... but have some meals during the day and drink water so that when
you have the big meal in front of you .. you're not starving.'
CG- ANDRE SHOWELL/WASHINGTON, DC
12-33-38 "The National Institutes of Health finds that Americans gain an
average of one pound between Thanksgiving and New Year's Day. But
avoiding holiday weight gain is criticfal in preventing obesity and
diseases associated with it."
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A strong day for the Wall Street. Our Marketwatch report will have the details.
But it's all downhill in rainy Brazil, where a major mudslide causes big problems.
Mudslides are plaguing parts of Brazil-
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At least 46 people are dead in a Brazilian tourist town west of Rio De Janeiro.
The mayor said dozens of people were still missing.
Mud came rumbling down the hills around town, destroying buildings and blocking roads.
About 15-hundred were left homeless and are seeking refuge in schools.
More rain is expected in that region.
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UVA officials want their fans to make a statement to the bowls. Steve Mason has the details in sports.
And Lord of the Rings 2 appears ready to make a major box-office statement. We'll hear from some of the movie's big stars.
Stocks rose from the opening bell and never looked back.
Ed Crane has the details in today's Marketwatch report.
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Good afternoon everybody, welcome to your Tuesday ticker. The Continental Tire bowl continues to be a hot ticket as UVa and West Virginia fans gobble up tickets for the Charlotte-based bowl.
Yesterday, WVU fans stood in line for hours to get tickets, and one of those who had to wait it out, was the uncle of head coach Rich Rodriguez.
Selling thousands of tickets is also a big priority in Charlottesville.
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A very important secondary issue! Tonight at the top of the hour we will discuss UVa's bowl situation with Littlepage, and see what he thinks about the necessity for Cavalier fans to make a statement with their presence later this month in Charlotte.
Frank Beamer and his Hokies are beginning preparations for 8 and 4 Air Force in the Diamond Walnut San Francisco Bowl December 31st.
The Hokies will meet Air Force for only the second time in school history and they look forward to closing out a solid season on a high note.
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[OUT Q=....continue to get better"]
A big night for instate college basketball. VMI travels to Lynchburg to battle Liberty in men's hoops. Tip off is set for seven o'clock and we will have the highlights at 11. Both teams are 3 and 2 and VMI won the first meeting between the two this season 68-54.
To the ice where the Roanoke Express hosts the Johnstown Chiefs tonight at the Roanoke Civic Center. The Express is in fifth place in the Northeast Division with a 12-10 and 2 record while Johnstown is in fourth place in the Northwest. Face off is at 7, highlights to come at 11.
There's a report that Pete Rose recently met with commissioner Bud Selig to discuss his possible reinstatement to baseball.
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Sources close to the situation say that nothing was agreed to, including whether or not Rose will be reinstated or regain Hall of Fame eligibility. Thirteen years ago, the then manager of the Cincinnati Reds agreed to a lifetime ban from baseball following an investigation into his gambling.
That's it for the ticker, coming up at six, the finalists for the Dudley award are announced and we will tell you who they are, see ya then everybody.
Frodo and company are about to return .. for the second installment of Lord of the Rings.
Scott Rapoport talks with some of the big names in this preview.
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[SUPER=07-Viggo Mortenson; 1:05 (QUICK)]
[SUPER=07-Liv Tyler; 1:12(QUICK)]
[SUPER=07-Mirando Otto; 1:27(QUICK)]
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You say you want your hobbitsherosand harrowing acts of hell-raising
WellThe new lord of the rings sequels got all that but as the stars
will tell youtheres something else you ought to know.
Bite: elijah wood its a lot darker this movie.
Rev. q. scott - lot of killing going on in this movie.
Bite: elijah wood a lot of battles yes.
Yes, in this the second celluloid installment of the tolkein
trilogy.you will find more stabbing, slicing and slitting then you can
shake a sword at.
Nat/sot sword stuff (2:10 you must fight or sword scene - viggo and
as the forces of good and evil clash and kill each otherover that
irresistable ringpossesed by frodo, (played by elijah wood).
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scott I notice you dont actually wear a ring yourself
bite: elijah wood thats true.
Scott: after this flick I can understand why.
Nat/sot death scene
In between all this medievil mayhem all the biggies are back... the
dwarfsorcs and evil wizards
And of coursetheres the love story between mortal and elf played by
the attractiveaffectionate duo fo liv tyler and viggo mortenson (show
the kissing scene-hold over beginning of scott q.)
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bite: Scott: kissing liv tyler. Best gig in hollywood?
bite: Viggo it was a good day on this job.
Nat/sot liv from movie I have made my choice..
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Scott: lets talk about the kissing.
Bite: Liv tyler ok. (laughs)
Bite: Liv tyler with viggohis beard is very rough and manly. So I
really didnt get to his lips most of the time.
and bewarethere is another attractive femalemiranda otto with eyes for
Will the 2 damsels clash?
Bite: Miranda otto you want jello wrestling or something. (she
You can see it all for yourselfwhen the film opens december 18th.
In new yorkscott rapoportfor cbs news.))