Weapons inspectors are looking for evidence that might disprove Iraq's arms declaration.
Iraq says it no longer has weapons of mass destruction or the means to deliver them.
In Washington, the Bush administration is picking through the 12-thousand page declaration looking for deceptions.
A former weapons inspector says the document appears to be full of old material.
Constitutional offices in Bedford County have found a way to deal with state budget cuts without cutting jobs.
That was one of many topics discussed at the Bedford County Board of Supervisors meeting last night.
According to the county administrator, constitutional officers in Bedford County won't be losing any of their staff and services.
Bill Rolfe says the commissioner of revenue and treasurer were able to make cuts in their budget to absorb the loss in state funding with minimal impact.
The office of the circuit court clerk and commonwealth's attorney will also remain intact.
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((BILL ROLFE/BEDFORD CO. ADMINISTRATOR: THE CLERK OF THE CIRCUIT COURT WAS ABLE TO ACTUALLY FIND SOME ADDITIONAL REVENUE SOURCES FOR US AND THAT ADDITIONAL SOURCE OF REVENUE IS ACTUALLY GOING TO COVER THE REDUCTIONS WE'LL BE SEEING FROM THE COMP BOARD FOR HER OFFICE AS WELL AS THE COMMONWEALTH'S ATTORNEY OFFICE. ))
[SUPER=01-Bill Rolfe/Bedford Co. Administrator;]
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The county administrator believes more budget cuts are ahead and has asked the sheriff's office and school system to begin looking at budget reductions for the future, as well as other county offices.
The federal fraud trial of former D-Day Memorial director Richard Burrow is underway in Lynchburg's U-S District Court.
Burrow is charged with improperly using a bank loan to secure millions of dollars in state funding for the project, and with defrauding another bank for two separate loans.
His supporters say Burrow never profited himself from his actions, and that everything was done for the Memorial.
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((JIM FIELDS/BURROW SUPPORTER: I FEEL LIKE ALL THE VETERANS, ALL THE VETERANS ALL THROUGHOUT THE WHOLE UNITED STATES SHOULD BE HONORED AND PRIVILEGED TO HAVE THIS MEMORIAL IN BEDFORD, AND I THINK ALL THE MONEY, EVERY SINGLE BIT, ALL THE MONEY HAS GONE TO THE D-DAY MEMORIAL.))
[SUPER=01-Jim Fields/Burrow Supporter]
[OUT Q=the D-Day Memorial.]
Burrow's attorney says all the loan applications he made were based on good-faith estimates of pledges he expected the memorial to receive.
It's another seven years behind bars for prison drug smuggler Michael Fulcher.
The 44-year old was sentenced yesterday in federal court to 7 years behind bars for conspiracy and money laundering.
The charges stem from what authorities called a "continuing criminal enterprise" at the Bland Correctional Center during the 1990's.
Fulcher was convicted in the case three years ago but the trial was thrown out after a D-E-A agent acknowledged Fulcher may have thought he was working for the government while in prison.
Fulcher's 69-year old mother, Ethel, was also sentenced for her role in the crimes.
She received two years probation and a 5-thousand dollar fine.
Invesitgators in the Jennifer Short case were also at the hearing, but would only say they were in search of information.
Judge Jackson Kiser said whatever information was gleaned during the hearing was too vague to be of any use and wouldn't alter Mike Fulcher's sentence.
Former President Jimmy Carter is in Norway to collect the Nobel Peace Prize.
He'll collect a check for a million dollars in a ceremony today.
Carter was awarded this year's prize for decades of peace work all over the world.
He said he supports President Bush's policy on Iraq, as long as the president works through the United Nations to solve his dispute with Saddam Hussein.
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(( I think it is clear though from deliberations and from the found decision that there must be a complete removal and accountability for all the weapons of mass destruction in Iraq, otherwise I think it is quite likely there will be an armed conflict.))
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Carter's being awarded this year's prize for more than 20 years of efforts to promote peace, including the 1978 Camp David agreement between Israel and Egypt.
In business news, The Federal Reserve meets today to discuss interest rates.
Ed Crane has that story and more in this morning's Marketwatch.
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((GOOD MORNING STOCKS OPENED LOWER AND STAYED THAT WAY MONDAY...
THE MARKETS WITH A BEARISH REACTION TO THE OFFICIAL BANKRUPTCY OF UNITED AIRLINES AND TO THE PRESIDENTS NEW CABINET NOMINEE.
THE DOW FELL A WHOPPING 172 POINTS.
BUT THE PERCENTAGE LOSS WAS WORSE FOR THEIR NASDAQ. CLOSING DOWN 55.
THE DOW DROPPED QUICKLY ON THE NEWS OF UNITED'S 22 BILLION DOLLAR BANKRUPTCY. IT'S THE LARGEST EVER IN THE AIRLINE SECTOR. BUT U-A-L STOCK
RALLIED IN PART BECAUSE THE AIRLINE HAS SECURED A BILLION AND A HALF DOLLARS IN NEW FINANCING FROM SEVERAL MAJOR BANKS AND PLANS TO CONTINUE OPERATIONS WHILE IT RE-ORGANIZES.
HE'S BEEN WORKING ON THE RAILROAD, NOW--C-S-X FREIGHT CHAIRMAN JOHN SNOW IS THE PRESIDENTS NOMINEE FOR SECRETARY OF THE TREASURY, WALL STREET'S REACTION HAS BEEN CAUTIOUS, BECAUSE HIS ECONOMIC VIEWS ARE NOT WIDELY KNOWN
SOME GOOD STOCKS HAD A BAD DAY MONDAY.
TECH FAVORITES I-B-M, INTEL AND QUALCOM WERE LOWER, QUALCOM ON AN ANALYST DOWNGRADE.
WAL MART WAS LOWER AFTER REPORTING LUKEWARM SALES FOR THE FIRST WEEK OF DECEMBER. A-O-L FELL AGAIN--OFF ABOUT 6 PERCENT.
THE POLICY SETTING FED OPEN MARKET COMMITTEE MEETS TODAY BUT IS EXPECTED TO LEAVE INTEREST RATES ALONE.
PRILOSEC MAKER ASTRA ZENECA MAY BE SUFFERING FROM HEART BURN, THE DRUG IS NOW GOING GENERIC, 3 COMPANIES HAVE A GENERIC VERSION OF THE NATIONS SECOND MOST POPULAR PRESCRIPTION DRUG, WHICH COULD GENERATE 150 MILLION DOLLARS IN SALES, EACH MONTH, AND BRING THE COST OF MEDICATION DOWN FOR HARD CORE HEART BURN SUFFERERS.
GET MORE AT CBS DOT MARKETWATCH.COM
AT THE NASDAQ, I'M ED CRANE CBS MARKETWATCH.)
(tape tosses to stocks)
More allegations of sexual misconduct against priests are piling up.
A new batch of priests' files are being released while Cardinal Bernard (BURN-urd) Law is at the Vatican.
Dozens of Boston-area priests are also asking Law to resign.
Speculation is Law went to Rome to quit or get permission to file bankruptcy for the Boston Archdiocese.
The hope of finding survivors in a series of Brazilian mudslides is dwindling.
About 40 people are confirmed dead with dozens more missing.
Five inches of rain fell in the area in just 24 hours.
More rain is forecasted until Thursday.
Many people can't seem to get rid of questions about the traffic nightmare on Route 220 last week.
Roanoke County's Board of Supervisors Chairman says officials continue to receive phone calls and e-mails about the mess.
People want to know what caused traffic to be at a standstill for as many as 8-hours and why police and rescue didn't help.
Butch Church says County services were busy with many accidents, calls and the winter elements.
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((JOE "BUTCH" CHURCH/ROANOKE CO. BOARD CHAIRMAN; WE WERE OVERWHELMED THAT'S EXACTLY RIGHT AND I DON'T WANT THE PEOPLE OF THE ROANOKE VALLEY TO THINK THAT WE WERE JUST SITTING THERE NOT CARING. THE MOST FRUSTRATING THING THAT CAN HAPPEN TO A PUBLIC OFFICIAL FOR FIRE AND SAFETY IS TO NOT BE ABLE TO REACH A SITUATION.))
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Church says officials are now gathering a timeline of when, how and what happened.
The idea is to figure out what went wrong and to adjust things if they can.
Church says it was no one's "fault" but that the situation was bizarre to say the least.
Hokie fans aren't wasting any time to get to San Francisco New Year's Eve.
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That's where the Hokies are set to play Air Force, for the Diamond Walnuts Bowl in San Francisco.
And according to area travel agents, the three-thousand mile trip is not stopping fans from joining their team.
University Travel is the official travel agency for Virginia Tech.
It booked over two-thousand reservations last year for the Gator Bowl, and agents say they expect just as many this year.
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((BILL ORTEGA/UNIVERSITY TRAVEL PRESIDENT; SO FAR THE AMOUNT WAS JUST AS STRONG AS THE GATOR BOWL FOR US, LAST YEAR FOR US. WE'RE LOOKING AT PEOPLE FIND OUT MORE TALK MORE TO THEIR FRIENDS, IT'LL BUILD UP.))
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Fans can expect to pay 13-hundred dollars for a deluxe package through University Travel, but that does NOT include the price of the ticket.
Tickets for the bowl range anywhere from 40-to-65 dollars.
(Marya tosses to bump)
News 7 Mornin' will be right back.
Lieutenant Governor Tim Kaine is proposing changes in state law to boost education spending by about one-billion-dollars a year.
Kaine says the state underfunds education by almost 600-million dollars a year.
He is proposing a constitutional amendment to compel the state to pay its fair share.
He says Virginia ranks near the bottom in state spending for public education.
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((LT. GOVERNOR TIM KAINE: THE BOTTOM LINE IS WE TALK A GOOD GAME. WE TALK A GOOD GAME. BUT WHEN IT COMES TO REALLY VALUING EDUCATION, ALL THE STATISTICS SHOW VIRGINIA AS A STATE DOESN'T. INSTEAD, WE PUSH IT OFF ON CITIES AND COUNTIES.))
[OUT Q=CITIES AND COUNTIES.]
Kaine also wants to raise teachers' pay.
He says salaries in Virginia are from 8-hundred to 3-thousand dollars below the national average.
Kaine is also pushing for annual performance reviews of all public school teachers.
He says the additional funding for education should come from spending cuts, NOT tax increases.