Five years ago today, Americans were terror stricken by a bomb blast in Oklahoma City.
A memorial is being dedicated today on the site of the Murrah Federal Building.
It's a tribute the 168 who died in the explosion... as well as survivors and rescue
Family members feared the site might be turned into a monument to Bomber Timothy McVeigh, but those who've seen it believe it honors the victims and may provide peace to the survivors.
Terisa Estacio is in Oklahoma City for the ceremony and has a preview.
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During the dedication ceremony. 168 minutes of silence one minute for
each victim killed in the Oklahoma City bombing.
On this overcast day, thousands gathered to unveil a special Memorial
Park in honor of those who died in the worse act of terrorism on
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The graphic pictures of the bombed Murrah Federal Building gripped the
nation back in April 19, 1995. Timothy McVeigh was arrested and given
the death penalty. But that is the past. And this is the present..
(nats of names being read)
For the first time, survivors and family members entered the National
Memorial. 168 chairs bearing a victims name sit along one side.
Two pillars marking the time before the blast and after stand tall.
A reflecting pool, grass and trees also grace the site.
(STANDUP CLOSE: Those who lost loved ones say it is still a struggle to
deal with the tragedy.
But many believe the National Park provides a place for peace and
healing for all who visit.
Terisa Estacio/cbs news/Oklahoma city)
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An investigation is underway into the deadliest plane crash ever in the Philippines.
All 131 people on board an Air Philippines plane were killled when the plane went down this morning in a foggy coconut grove.
Air traffic controllers say the plane was unable to land on its first approach to Davao (dah-VOW)
City, because another plane was on the runway.
It crashed as it prepared to make another approach.
Rescuers have recovered the plane's voice recorder.
Virginia's Legislative black caucus is lining up behind U-S Senator Chuck Robb.
Robb joined his fellow Democrats at the state capitol this morning. Caucus members praised Robb and blasted Republican George Allen's record on Black issues.
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The black caucus says voters should not forget Allen refused to condemn slavery in a confederate heritage month proclamation, fought against the motor voter law, and initially opposed a state holiday for Dr. Martin Luther King, Junior.
In other news from Richmond , this is the day that state lawmakers approve or override the Governor's vetoes and amendments to this year's bills.
Governor Gilmore vetoed a bill that would take the "Department for the Rights of Disabled Virginians" out from under his control and make it an independent watchdog agency.
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((GOV. JIM GILMORE: SOMEHOW WE'VE LOST FAITH AND BELIEVE THAT ONLY IF YOU HAVE WATCHDOGS THAT ARE COMPLETELY SEPARATE FROM THE GOVERNMENT AND YET ARE GOVERNMENT-FUNDED, THAT THAT'S THE PROPER WAY. I THINK IT'S UNDEMOCRATIC. I THINK IT'S IMPROPER, AND I CERTAINLY DO HOPE THAT THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY WILL SUSTAIN MY VETO.))
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Some lawmakers expect the Governor is more likely to be overridden on his veto of another bill that would allow "worker's comp" coverage of migrant workers who are illegal aliens.
With the support of farmers and businesses trying to protect themselves from lawsuits, the bill had passed unanimously before Gilmore vetoed it.
Other hot issues include health insurance for textile workers, guidance counselors for elementary schools, and money for roads.
As soon as the session winds up, lawmakers head to Wakefield for the annual Shad Planking.
We'll have more on this story from Richmond and Wakefield tonight on News 7 at 5 and 6.
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City council interviewed the six candidates vying to fill three seats on the Roanoke City school board last night. The standards of learning and school uniforms were just a few of the issues they discussed. Council members say it's going to be a tough choice deciding who gets the job.
Kate Weidaw has more.
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[SUPER=01-James Beatty/School Board Candidate; 1:16]
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((The Six candidates each spoke about their vision for giving students a better education.
One of the hottest topics were the Standards of Learning.
((F.B. WEBSTER DAY/SCHOOL BOARD CANDIDATE: I THINK IT HAS MADE US STOP AND THINK ABOUT WHAT WE ARE DOING IT HAS CAUSED US TO HAVE TEACHERS COLLABORATE MORE AND FOR ADMINISTRATORS TO ANALYZE THE DATA AND SEE WHERE WE NEED TO IMPROVE.))
((MARSHA ELLISON/SCHOOL BOARD CANDIDATE: MY CONCERNS WITH THE TESTING THAT THE TESTING NOT BE THE SOLE CRITERIA FOR GRADUATION.))
With a teacher shortage expected within 3 to 5 years candidates have ideas on how to attract potential teachers.
((SHERMAN LEA: LET THE UNIVERSITIES KNOW THAT WE'RE LOOKING FOR GOOD QUALIFIED TEACHERS AND CONTINUE OUR INTERNSHIP PROGRAM TO LET JUNIORS AND SENIORS COME WORK IN ROANOKE DURING THE SUMMER MONTHS.))
The one year anniversary of Columbine is only days away and that brought up the question of school safety.
((WILLIAM SKEEN: I BELIEVE THE SCHOOLS ARE SAFE, RELATIVE TO EVERYTHING ELSE THAT ANYONE DOES GET IN A CAR, BUS, SCHOOLS ARE THE SAFEST PLACES OUR CHILDREN CAN POSSIBLY BE.))
And would school uniforms create a better learning environment?
((JAMES BEATTY: HAVING A UNIFORM IN MY OPINION WOULD MAKE THE PLAYING FIELD MORE EVEN FOR EVERYBODY.))
((GLORIA MANNS: I THINK IF WE WOULD HAVE SOME UNIFORMS IT WOULD CREATE A COMMON ATMOSPHERE CHILDREN WOULDN'T LIKE IT BUT PARENTS WOULD.))
City council will appoint three of the candidates to the school board next month. Kate Weidaw News 7 Roanoke.))
Roanoke Mayor David Bowers says he's the only one who has the city's minority support.
Black leaders held a news conference yesterday, to endorse the mayor.
A fellow Democrat says Bower's opponents are practicing a strategy of divide and conquer.
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((ONZLEE WARE: WHAT THEY'VE DONE IS THROW ENOUGH PEOPLE IN THE RACE, HOPING THAT THERE'LL BE ENOUGH CONFUSION, PEOPLE OF ALL COLORS, REPUBLICANS AND INDEPENDENT REPUBLICANS, AND BY BRINGING SO MANY PEOPLE IN THE RACE THAT THEY'LL DIVIDE OUR VOTE.))
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Ware and others say despite some mistakes Bowers has made, he's still the best candidate.
Tensions are mounting outside the Miami home of Elian Gonzalez.
A man carrying a sign telling the boy to go home was accosted by protestors vowing to keep the boy in America.
Meanwhile, a debate is also continuing about whether Elian isbeing psychologically harmed by his Miami relatives.
A pediatrician advising the government says Elian should be taken from his relatives immediately.
The comments were quickly attacked by doctors for the Miami relatives who point out that the pediatrician hasn't even examined Elian.
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Dr. Jose Carro/President of the Cuban Pediatric Society in Exile -
We denounce the practice of anyone making conclusive statements without
having at hand all of the information to do so.))
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Elian's Miami relatives and his father are still awaiting the decision of an appeals court.
It will decide whether the government can act immediately to reunite the boy with his father... or wait until a pending appeal is settled.
Canadian police have made an arrest in the February hacker attacks that disabled some of the Internet's
most popular sites.
The suspect is a 15-year-old who uses the online nickname of ``Mafiaboy.''
Attackers used computers around the world to flood the Web sites of companies such as Yahoo, Amazon-dot-com and C-N-N with so much data users could not access them.
Royal Canadian Mounted Police say the suspect was arrested over the weekend in Montreal.
The Miranda warning is on trial in the Supreme Court.
The justices will hear arguments today on whether police still must tell criminal suspects they have the "right to remain silent'' before questioning them.
A federal appeals court ruled last year that incriminating statements need not be excluded at a trial, just
because the warning wasn't given.
A SUPREME court decision is expected in June.[Williams]
The Supreme Court has made a landmark decision in a Danville murder case.
The court ordered a new sentencing hearing in Danville for death row inmate Terry Williams.
The court says Danville jurors might have opted for a life sentence, if they'd known about Williams' I-Q of 69, abusive childhood, and fetal alcohol syndrome.
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((BRIAN POWERS/TERRY WILLIAMS' ATTORNEY: BOTH JUDGE INGRAM FROM DANVILLE, WHO KNOW JURIES BEST IN DANVILLE, AND JUDGE CACHERIS, LOOKING AT THE ENTIRE RECORD OF THINGS THAT WERE NOT PRESENTED, WERE NOT INVESTIGATED, CONCLUDED THAT THE SENTENCING HEARING WAS FATALLY FLAWED.))
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Williams' attorney says this marks the first time in history that the U-S Supreme Court has overturned a case because the trial lawyers did such a poor job it could have changed the jury's decision.
Governor Gilmore's staff says the Govenor is willing to consider a new D-N-A test for Earl Washington.
Washington's death sentence for the 1982 rape and murder of a Culpeper woman was commuted to life in prison in 1994.
It was the last official act of Governor Doug Wilder, before he left office.
Now, Washington's attorneys say there's a swab of D-N-A that's never been tested... and new D-N-A techniques that could conclusively prove Washington's innocence.
A computer generated character may by poised to revolutionize the world of broadcast news.
Ananova, the world's first virtual presenter, is making her debut on the internet today.
Alison Jack has the story.
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